After a pretty quiet week of hoops, the first week of conference play was much needed bout of excitement. There were constant upsets, top 25 match-ups a plenty, and players stepping up big for their teams. What were the biggests events from the week in college basketball?
#24 Nebraska: 72 vs. Maryland: 74
Despite James Palmer Jr. scoring 26, the Cornhuskers fell on the road to an unranked Terrapins team. The game was back and forth the entire way, but Maryland was able to rebound from an 8 point second half deficit, and win with a last second floater.
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#23 Oklahoma: 63 vs. #5 Kansas: 70
Kansas had their first test of Big 12 play this week when the Sooners traveled in to town. The Jayhawks took a lead with 11:38 left in the first half, and never let up the rest of the way. It really felt like a game of big brother versus little brother. The entire Jayhawk starting lineup scored 8 or more points, and the score didn’t really show how much they controlled the game.
#25 Iowa: 70 vs Purdue: 86
Iowa fell to the edge of the top 25, but it seems like they’ll be bumped all the way off with a crushing loss to a bubble team in Purdue. Lead by Carsen Edwards, Purdue dominated Iowa from start to finish, and got a much need win after a rough stretch during non-conference play.
Minnesota: 59 vs. #22 Wisconsin: 52
Wisconsin got off to a quick start this year, knocking off a very bad Xavier team on the road. At the time, that seemed like a really good win, but it hasn’t aged well. The Badgers were predicted to be one of the favorites in the Big Ten to start the year, but they might not actually be all that talented. Minnesota has sneakily gotten to 12-2, and will be fighting for a spot come tournament time.
#13 Kentucky 75 vs. Alabama: 77
Surprise, surprise, Kentucky stays inconsistent. The Wildcats closed out non-conference play with two big ranked wins, but then lose on the road versus Alabama. Unfortunately for the Tide, their football team wasn’t as lucky in the playoffs versus Clemson.
#6 Nevada: 58 vs. New Mexico: 85
So are we done with the over-hyping of Nevada? The Martin brothers are very good, but all they have accomplished was an Elite Eight run LAST year. They haven’t done anything this year, and got run off the court by a BAD New Mexico squad.
#5 Kansas: 60 vs Iowa State: 77
Kansas can’t play away from Allen Fieldhouse. Period.
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#9 Florida State: 52 vs. #4 Virginia: 65
I had stated in the weeks prior that I was buying into Virginia again this year. They have been on a mission to avenge their early exit in the tournament last year, and have looked great so far. I didn’t think Florida State was that, good since I didn’t have them in my personal top ten despite their number nine ranking, but that shouldn’t take anything away from Virginia. The ACC seems to be a two team race between Virginia and Duke.
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#8 Michigan State: 86 vs. #14 Ohio State: 77
I’ve been all in on Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann this year, so this will be a tough loss to swallow. At first, this matchup felt eerily similar to last years upset win versus the Spartans. The Buckeyes started to pull away at the end of the first half, but an almost 20 point second half outburst from Cassius Winston was too much for the Buckeyes to handle.
#24 Nebraska: 84 vs. #25 Iowa: 93
Both of these teams were in a desperate need of a win after losing their first games of the week, but only one team could come out on top. These two squads are some of the best offenses in the Big Ten this year. They both scored at least 40 points in both halves, and it was a back and forth shoot out the entire way. However, Jordan Bohannon’s 25 points were too much for the Cornhuskers to handle.
#21 Indiana: 63 vs. #2 Michigan: 74
Michigan did a great job at keeping Indiana’s Romeo Langford in check, holding him to under 50% shooting. Jauan Morgan had a nice game totalling 25 for the Hoosiers, but Michigan is the most complete team in the country, and in the end, their defense did enough for them to pull out a win.
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My Top 10
- Michigan (15-0) (-)
- Virginia (13-0) (+1)
- Duke (12-1) (-1)
- Tennessee (12-1) (-)
- Michigan State (13-2) (+4)
- Gonzaga (14-2) (+1)
- Kansas (12-2) (-2)
- Texas Tech (13-1) (+2)
- Virginia Tech (13-1) (Unranked)
- NC State (13-1) (Unranked)
Dropped Out: #6 Nevada, #8 Ohio State
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