Well its been a crazy week in college basketball once again with crazy upsets and players putting up big numbers. Here are some of the winners and losers over the past week.
Wake Forest was projected to be in the bottom half of the ACC but Danny Manning and Company showed some resilience on Monday by beating Indiana in the Maui Jim Maui tournament. This was huge win for Wake Forest as they were able to do the impossible by slowing the Hoosiers offense for most of the game. Look for Danny Manning to use this game as a building block for his program.
Northern Iowa knocked North Carolina from the unbeaten ranks. North Carolina traveled to Northern Iowa and lost the game along with their #1 AP ranking. This is not alarming for North Carolina because Marcus Paige has yet to play a game but this is huge for a Northern Iowa program on the rise. This is a huge resume building win as Northern Iowa looks to compete with Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Radford has had a fantastic non-conference schedule beating both Georgetown and Penn State thus far in the young season. They could be a sneaky tournament pick in March as they have stood tall in some tough tests.
Anytime Ben Simmons plays on ESPN
Everyone wins when Ben Simmons plays on national television! He is a highlight reel waiting to happen while being a fundamentally sound player. Ben Simmons is a great combination of exciting plays and the right play. He can create a fast break all by himself with his rebound, ball handling, and court vision. Be sure to check out LSU this season as he won’t be in college for very long. (Just hope that Philly doesn’t win the lottery).
Families of the Players
I am home writing this article after having a great dinner with my family and watching episodes of Netflix together. For many families it must be hard to not have your son home for Thanksgiving. While many teams are at fancy destinations for tournaments during the week off there is no place like home and I am sure it will be hard for families, especially of freshmen, to celebrate Thanksgiving without a key family member.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State has suffered two brutal loses in a row to UT-Arlington and Louisiana Tech. To make matters worse both those games were at home. While this team is struggling with the loss of D’Angelo Russell and others there is some talent on the roster. Hopefully Thad Matta can get this team playing at a respectable level before Big10 play begins but these losses are a bad omen for the Buckeyes.
Butler started the season with national headlines for putting up 144 points in their game against The Citadel but after that game they played a tight game with the lowly Temple Owls and lost in a blowout to Miami. Butler needs to pick back up the scoring soon or they will struggle greatly against Cincinnati and Purdue in the coming weeks.
Had to put something about Indiana here. If this article was written on Friday they would be winners as they blowout Creighton and looked impressive doing so. On Monday they lost a shocker to Wake Forest in the opening of the Maui Jim Maui tournament. It was a game where they should have won and they had opportunities to win as well. The Hoosier fan base does not take loses like this well at all as the overreactions began immediately. In their second game in Maui the Hoosiers beat a St. Johns team that should not have been on the court with them. The defense continues to struggle and the offense did not have the flow and energy as it did just 6 days ago against Creighton. Hopefully the Hoosiers can regain their mojo soon as this roster and year looks bright in Bloomington.