Saturday Notebook: January 28, 2017

Underdogs were handing out L’s to the favorites all day in college basketball yesterday.  Here is your recap of the day that was in college hoops…


18 West Virginia 81, Texas A&M 77: The Mountaineers get a home win over an unpredictable Texas A&M team.  Jevon Carter scored 19 points (4-5 3pt) in the winning effort.  


15 Wisconsin 61, Rutgers 54: Ethan Happ is a good basketball player.  Trailing for a majority of the contest, the Badgers kicked it up a notch in the final minutes of the second half to force OT.  Happ took over and finished with a career-high 32 points.  


14 Notre Dame 60, Georgia Tech 62: Georgia Tech gets a HUGE win over the Irish.  Josh Okogie converted on a fastbreak layup as time expired to give his team the win.  Josh Pastner’s team has now beaten two ranked opponents in the same week (Florida State and ND).


6 Florida State 72, Syracuse 82: The Orange are back baby. Well, sort of.  ‘Cuse gets a nice home victory over a Florida State team who has now dropped two straight.  


9 North Carolina 62, Miami 77:  Well, I was wrong on this one.  In the Gameday Pod, Tyler, Connor and I all predicted UNC to steal a W in Coral Gables.  I wish I knew the Tar Heels would shoot 29% from the field beforehand.  


25 Florida 84, Oklahoma 52: The Gators get a huge road win in Norman over the Sooners.  Kevarrius Hayes was an issue for Oklahoma leading Florida with a team-high 20 points.  


22 Maryland 85, Minnesota 78: To be honest, I wasn’t buying into Maryland’s surprising start.  Well, Melo Trimble and the freshmen have proved me wrong and I think the ‘Terps are serious contenders in the Big Ten.  


16 Creighton 83, Depaul 66: I had the Bluejays on upset watch after dropping two straight without the services of Maurice Watson.  Khyri Thomas stepped up scoring 18 for Creighton.  


17 Duke 85, Wake Forest 83: Have a day Luke Kennard! The sophomore had 30 of his 34 points in the second half in the comeback victory including the go-ahead three with 12 seconds left for the Blue Devils.  Looks like Kennard wants his Duke gear back.  


5 Baylor 78, Ole Miss 75: The Bears survive a scare in Oxford.  Manu Lecomte has been the x-factor for Baylor scoring 17 points and making key plays down the stretch.  


2 Kansas 79, 4 Kentucky 73: From the opening tip to the final buzzer, this game did not disappoint.  Josh Jackson gave the Kentucky defense fits dominating with a team-high 20 points and 10 boards while getting the win in Lexington.  The Jayhawks are a good team.  


11 Butler 81, Georgetown 85:  Sports are cruel sometimes.  Somehow, someway, the Hoyas knocked off the ‘Dawgs in Hinkle Fieldhouse.  I’m still in awe.  


23 South Carolina 63, Missouri 53: Although it wasn’t pretty, the Gamecocks came away with the W over a struggling Mizzou team.  Sindarius Thornwell is one of the most underrated players in the country.  


10 Oregon 65, Colorado 74:  How you like them apples Oregon?  Like your roommate back in Boulder, the Buffs weren’t gonna roll over.  Derrick White owned the Ducks with 23 points.  


3 Gonzaga 96, Pepperdine 49: Safe to say the ‘Zags are rolling. Mark Few’s group should be number one when the AP Poll comes out tomorrow and will likely stay there as the season progresses.  
21 St. Mary’s 72, Santa Clara 59: The Gaels continue their dominance in conference play.  Jock Landale was a beast scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win.  


Other tidbits from Saturday:

  • Five top 25 teams went down on Saturday.  College Basketball. Where the unexpected becomes the ordinary. Thank you, Jon Rothstein.
  • Marcus Keene dropped 41 for Central Michigan in the OT win over Kent State.  This guy is 5-foot-9 and he’s giving these opposing defenders work.
  • After beating Kentucky at home earlier in the week, Tennessee earned another home win against a good Kansas State team.  Don’t fall asleep on the Rocky Top.
  • Georgia Tech and Duke almost got into a benches-clearing brawl over who else other than Grayson Allen.  The shenanigans need to end.
  • Luke Kennard is my favorite player in college basketball.  Dude has ice in his veins.  I’m sorry Canyon Barry.
  • James Blackmon is out indefinitely with a lower leg injury.  Indiana cannot catch a break.
  • Some really important PA announcer did the Kentucky starting lineups yesterday.  “Let’s get ready to ROUNDBALL!!!!!!”
  • I went 0-2 in my picks yesterday.  Genius.
  • Might finally be making an appearance on the Sunday Podcast tomorrow. It’s about time @Brad @Brett.
  • Michael Buffer is the PA announcer.


What to Watch for on Sunday:

  • Virginia travels to Philly to go up against Josh Hart and Villanova.  That game can be watched on Fox at 1:00 PM ET. I pray that Gus Johnson is on the call.
  • Battle of the Wolverine state. Or will it be the Spartan State? Michigan at Michigan State tomorrow at 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
  • For my own sake, I will not be watching this game.  But if you’re interested, the injury-plagued Indiana Hoosiers battle the Wildcats of Northwestern in Evanston at 6:30 PM ET on BTN.


Well, that’s all I have for you today my friends.  Come back next week for another great recap of the day that was in college hoops. Make sure to listen to the Sunday Podcast this evening, it’s always a great listen and a perfect stress reliever for the week ahead.  Plenty of good college basketball games this week that you won’t want to miss.


Photo via Wichita Chronicle

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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