After a hiatus from the Winners and Losers column due to studying and exams I am finally back and will try to recap the past 2.5 weeks’ winners and losers.
Well another week and another big Monmouth upset. Monmouth beat Georgetown in a blowout 83-68. This Monmouth team seems like a force to be reckoned with and have built an impressive resume to this point in the season. Shoutout to my hometown Canisius College for beating them when they came to Buffalo.
Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns
Many people were unsure how the marriage between Texas with their big bodies and Shaka Smart’s chaotic style of play. Well we got a glimpse into the possibilities on December 12th when the Longhorns beat North Carolina on a last second shot. This is not only a huge win for their tournament resume and their season, but it is big for a program that is starting fresh with Shaka Smart. This will send shockwaves throughout the recruiting trail and the Big 12 that the Longhorns are here to play.
Fans of the Big 12
Oklahoma went to Pearl Harbor and absolutely destroyed the Villanova Wildcats. Oklahoma pulled out to a big lead early and never let the Wildcats back in. They have been blowing out teams all year with Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler leading the way.
Kansas has been blowing out every team on their schedule and they are working Cheick Diallo into the lineup. These two teams should make the Big 12 must watch TV throughout the conference schedule.
The Musketeers have been on a terror this season. The reason why they make the winners list this week is because of their win against Cincinnati. Cincy is a team I am very high on this year and Xavier took care of them with ease.
Wisconsin Badgers and College Basketball
College basketball lost one of its marquee coaches last week when Bo Ryan retired at the end of the semester. Bo will truly be missed and I don’t think anyone could replicate the type of program he ran. It will be tough for the Badgers to adjust to the sudden change and be successful in the Big Ten this season. Hope you enjoy the retired life Bo!
Iowa State fans stormed the court after their defeated Iowa after a huge comeback. I understand the game was personal being in state and it was a great come back but really? If you are ranked in the top 10 you should be embarrassed to be storming the court. Try drinking some chocolate milk before the next game you go to, it will help your better court storming judgement. Not only was the court storming embarrassing due to the ranking but also a reporter got injured by someone running onto the court. Storming the court can be a blast but it must be done right. I think the surprise of having the #4 team in the country storming the court left people unprotected.
The Illini came into the season expecting to be in the middle tier of the Big Ten but have been derailed by injuries to almost their entire starting lineup. It could be a long season for Illinois with 5 players applying for medical redshirts.