Today is a good day. You know why? Because the College Pride Press Saturday Notebook is making its much-anticipated return. Yesterday was a loaded day of college hoops. Other than No. 1 Duke going down, there weren’t any other monumental upsets, but it still felt incredible to have a full slate of top 25 ball clubs in action.
Here is the CPP Saturday Notebook for December 9, 2017
24 Tennessee 81, Lipscomb 71: It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but the Volunteers were able to grind out a victory. Ever hear the name, Grant Williams? Well, you should get to know him. Williams had 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead Tennessee. Rick Barnes’ team is making noise early in this season.
23 Baylor 105, Randall University 82: Rand U needed Randy Moss to make this a game. Oh well, the Bears did what they were supposed to do blowing out Moss’ alma mater. Nuni Omot had a career night scoring 30 points and dishing out 6 assists. Is Scott Drew a good coach? Go
19 Seton Hall 90, VCU 67: How ’bout them Pirates. Seton Hall has one of the best starting fives in the nation as each of them scored in double figures. Desi Rodriquez continued his hot start to the season with a team-high 17 points. The Rams drop to 5-5. Time to push the panic button?
18 West Virginia 69, Pittsburgh 60: I can’t believe I did it to myself. Instead of studying for finals (sorry, mom), I became a die-hard Pitt fan as they kept it close with Press Virginia. Jevon Carter finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Mountaineers. Can we get an update on Kevin Stallings?
14 Minnesota 79, Arkansas 95: Don’t get me wrong, the Razorbacks are a tough team. But, if I’m a Minnesota fan, I’m worried about my Gophers a little bit. Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford had his way going for 22 points while Jordan Murphy had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. Did Collin Sexton ruin Richard Pitino’s squad?
13 Xavier 96, Colorado 69: Xavier is good. I repeat, Xavier is good. The Musketeers have been playing great ball lately, and it all starts with Trevon Bluiett who poured in 25 points while grabbing 7 rebounds on Saturday. The Big East race is going to be fun.
9 Notre Dame 92, Delaware 68: Thank GOD the Fighting Irish don’t have Ball State on their schedule anymore. Matt Farrell is one of the best point guards in college basketball as he went for 24 points and 7 assists in the victory. Now is the time for Notre Dame to get going.
8 Kentucky 93, Monmouth 76: Another day, another win over a weak non-conference foe for Kentucky. P.J. Washington was a beast, as he had a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats. Calipari’s GUYS are going to be a tough out in the SEC.
7 Texas A&M 73, Prarie View A&M 53: Nothing exciting came from this game other than Robert Williams having a solid performance with 8 points and 16 rebounds. Aggies are playing like the top team in the SEC.
6 Wichita State 78, Oklahoma State 66: The Shockers are one of the deepest teams in the country and gained a lot of respect after this road victory in Stillwater. Landry Shamet was a problem all game as he scored 30 points and was 14-of-16 from the free throw line. Wichita State was red hot from three as they were 12-of-26 from a distance.
5 Florida 66, Cincinnati 60: My boy Egor had 21 points and 7 rebounds to help his team bounce back after an embarrassing past week or two. Curious to see how far Florida drops in the poll this week.
3 Michigan State 88, Southern Utah 63: The Thunderbirds stuck around for a little bit, but Sparty did Sparty things and ran away with the victory. The trio of Miles Bridges. Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson each had 17 for MSU which has one of the easiest non-conference schedules coming up in the next few weeks.
1 Duke 84, Boston College 89: The score wasn’t showing up on ESPN, so I had to use this site, http://www.diddukewin.com/. The Eagles shot lights out from a distance, especially Ky Bowman who had 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Guess Duke isn’t back anymore.
Other Tidbits from Saturday:
- The game of the day may have been two teams that should be ranked in the top 25. Arizona beat Alabama 88-82 in Tuscon. DeAndre Ayton opened a lot of eyes as he had 29 points and 18 rebounds while Collin Sexton had 30 points and was 15-of-16 from the free throw line. The Wildcats will most likely be back in the rankings as they also beat Texas A&M this week, and the return of Rawle Alkins should keep them there.
- When Boston College knocked off Duke yesterday, students started to storm the court, and the lights turned off. That’s dangerous, right?
- The Big Ten isn’t great.
- 5-star recruit Romeo Langford dropped 42 points last night. Towards the end of the game, Indiana fans started chanting “I-U, I-U.” You think Hoosier fans want Langford?
— Jordan Wells (@JWellsTH) December 10, 2017
- Ball State’s Tayler Persons hit ANOTHER game-winning three-pointer. This time to beat Valparaiso 71-70.
Notre Dame ✅
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 9, 2017
- Georgetown update: Still Undefeated.
What to Watch on Sunday:
- Gonzaga at Washington. 8 PM ET/PAC-12 Networks.
- Arizona State at Kansas. 2 PM ET/ESPN
Well, folks, thanks for tuning into this year’s first edition of the CPP Saturday Notebook. It’s been a hectic few months for me with college, but I’ll try my best to get these out every week and make sure to keep you up to date on everything going on in college basketball. Tweet me @Sean__Bock with any comments, criticism, concerns, suggestions, hate, love, anything you want. Enjoy your Sunday!
Featured Image: The Boston Globe