Saturday Notebook: January 21, 2017

Another great day in college basketball.  Upsets, blowouts, great games the whole she-bang.  Here is a quick recap of all the ranked teams in action on Saturday…

 

21 Purdue 77, Penn State 52: Although I’m not the biggest Boilermaker fan, I can honestly say Caleb Swanigan would be my pick for conference player of the year at this point.  Biggie Swanigan had a monster 19 points and 12 rebound outing in an easy victory over psycho Pat Chambers’ Nittany Lions.

 

19 Florida 66, Vanderbilt 68: Earlier this week on the Gameday Podcast, I claimed that Florida has the best chance of knocking off SEC favorite Kentucky. Well then. The ‘Dores get a road win in Gainesville which doesn’t look good on the Gators resume.  

 

15 Notre Dame 84, Syracuse 66:  VJ Beachem had a career day finishing with 30 points in the easy home dub over ‘Cuse.  This Irish team is a joy to watch.  

 

9 North Carolina 90, Boston College 82: Despite a sell-out crowd and Ky Bowman going off for 33 points, the ‘Heels were able to squeak out a road win against Boston College.  Justin Jackson led the way with a quiet 22 points while Kennedy Meeks went for 20 and 9 boards in the winning effort.  

 

1 Villanova 78, Providence 68: The Wildcats picked up a nice home win over the Friars at Wells Fargo Arena.  The duo of Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for 44 points in the victory.  ‘Nova has now won five straight since the road loss at Butler earlier this month.  

 

7 Creighton 94, Marquette 102: In the first game without Mo Watson, the Bluejays suffer a home loss to the Golden Eagles. Marquette is a team that could do some damage in the Big East race.  

 

2 Kansas 79, Texas 67: Frank Mason and company took care of business down in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.  Devonte Graham poured in a team-high 18 points while Mason added 17. The Jayhawks are on track for their 13th straight Big 12 title.

 

16 Virginia 62, Georgia Tech 49: Defense wins championships. Tony Bennett’s group held Georgia Tech to 21 points in the second half and executed well enough on the offensive end to grind out the victory.

 

10 Florida State 73, 12 Louisville 68: This one was fun.  The Seminoles jumped out to a 14-0 lead to start the game but the Cards never quit and narrowed the margin to 3 at one point.  The ‘Noles ultimately held on and are the hottest team in the country as of late.  

 

13 Butler 70, DePaul 69: A win’s a win. Even if it’s against DePaul.  The ‘Dawgs fought back from a second-half deficit to force OT in Chicago.  Kethan Savage played like a savage contributing a team-high 20 points.  

 

3 UCLA 85, 14 Arizona 96: With Allonzo Trier reinstated into the lineup, the Wildcats are as good as anyone.  Sean Miller’s team made a statement in upsetting the Bruins in Los Angeles.  Freshman Kobi Simmons stepped up with 20 points and made clutch plays down the stretch.   

 

20 Cincinnati 78, Tulane 61: The Bearcats get an easy dub over the struggling Green Wave. Cincy is running away with the AAC.  Jacob Evans is the best player in the conference.

 

17 Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 76: Bronson Koenig. Onions.  Koenig hit two huge three pointers in OT to give the Badgers the advantage at the Barn. Ethan Happ owned the Minnesota frontcourt all game with 28 points.  

 

5 Kentucky 85, 24 South Carolina 69: While the Wildcats may have pulled out the W, the status of De’Aaron Fox is uncertain after suffering an ankle injury in the first half.  Fellow classmate Malik Monk picked up the slack and led Kentucky with 27 points which make the Wildcats the lone wolf atop the SEC standings.  

 

11 Oregon 69, Stanford 52: No Dillon Brooks. No Problem for the Ducks.  Oregon led wire-to-wire in the easy victory over Stanford. Chris Boucher dominated going for 16 points and 10 boards in the win.  

 

7 West Virginia 75, Kansas State 79:  UPSET CITY BABY. The Mountaineers lose their second game in a row at the hands of the Wildcats.  Is it time to be worried if you’re Press Virginia?

 

6 Baylor 62, TCU 53: The Bears earned a gritty victory on the road over a tough TCU team.  Manu Lecomte and Johnathan Motley are the best guard-big man punch in the country.  

 

4 Gonzaga 73, Portland 52: It wasn’t pretty but the ‘Zags managed to stay undefeated in an easy victory over Portland. Nigel Williams-Goss led the way with 15 points in the win.  

 

18 Duke 70, Miami 58: It looked as if Duke’s season was taking a turn for the worse as the Hurricanes led by 11 at the break.  Jeff Capel regathered his troops and the Dukies outscored Miami 25-0 at one point in the second half.  This was a huge confidence building dub for the Blue Devils.  

 

23 St. Mary’s 85, Pepperdine 65:  The Gaels shot 57% from the field in the home victory over Pepperdine.  Joe Rahon paced St. Mary’s with 22 points.

 

Other Tidbits from Saturday:

  • Gonzaga is now number one in the KenPom rankings. Took you long enough Mr. Pomeroy!!
  • Indiana beat Michigan State 82-75 in Bloomington without the services of Collin Hartmann, Juwan Morgan, and OG Anunoby. Big win for the Hoosiers.
  • Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene is the first player in college basketball since 2013 to score 50 points in a single game.  Keene did just that in the win over Miami (OH) 101-92.  The nation’s leading scorer went 5-8 from the field, 10-15 from three, and 8-8 from the free throw line.
  • In my church league game last night I scored 8 points on 2-9 from the three point line and 1-3 from inside the arc.  Keene took 11 more shots than me and scored 42 points more than I did. This is why I write instead of play.
  • In the Texas A&M-Georgia game, Georgia had the ball with less than 10 seconds left in regulation down by one in regulation.  As the Bulldogs were in their offensive set, the clock stopped with 5.6 seconds left but no one, not even the refs or players noticed.  The refs went to the monitor and gave Texas A&M the benefit of the doubt as the Georgia possession lasted much longer than it should’ve if the clocks worked as normal.  SEC scoreboard operators are officially the worse scoreboard operators in the country according to a recent study by me.
  • Grayson Allen dislocated/hyperextended his finger in the win over Miami.  It honestly looked like Grayson was about to cry and when I saw the close-up of his finger I almost puked.
  • Rutgers won a Big Ten game over Nebraska yesterday.  Safe to say Scarlet Knight fans are #TrustingTheProcess
  • I’m writing this at 12:48 AM and about to pass out.

 

What to Watch for Sunday:

  • Northwestern travels to Columbus to meet up with Big Ten rival Ohio State.  That game can be watched at 1 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.  Bryant McIntosh is the best point guard no one is talking about.
  • Virginia Tech looks to steal one on the road against the Tigers of Clemson.  6 PM ET on ESPNU.
  • Championship Sunday in the NFL.

 

That’s all I have for you this week college hoops fans. Come back next Saturday night/Sunday morning for a recap of all the top 25 games and biggest headlines of the ranked teams in action and what to watch for on Sunday.  Be sure to listen to the Sunday Podcast, for an, even more, in-depth analysis on the weekend that was in college basketball.

 

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Sean Bock
Freshman at the University of Iowa studying Journalism. I'm known for playing little defense and looking to shoot the three ball every time down the floor. Follow me on Twitter @Sean_Bock_4

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