Saturday Notebook: February 25, 2017

Man oh man alive.  Yesterday was a prime example of why I love college hoops so much.  I tried my best, but here is a full recap of everything you need to know about the day that was in college basketball…



19 Florida State 76, Clemson 74: Clemson’s season in a nutshell.  The Tigers lost another game by two points at home this time to Florida State.  Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 13 of his 15 points in the second half including the go-ahead bucket with 1:22 left to escape with the win


8 North Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 67: In a potential trap game, the ‘Heels continued their hot streak and breezed to an easy victory over Pitt.  Justin Jackson had 23 for UNC while Joel Berry followed with 19 points.  


18 Virginia 70, NC State 55: My all-time favorite player Kyle Guy led the way for the Cavs scoring 19 points and helping his team snap out of their recent offensive funk.  With the win, Virginia snapped their four-game losing streak.  


17 SMU 69, UConn 61: If you haven’t seen SMU’s Shake Milton play, you are really really really missing out.  Milton dominated the Huskies pouring in a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort.  


25 Wichita State 86, Missouri State 67:  Who’s the better Landry: Landry Clarke or Landry Shamet? Well, in this case, Shamet wins the crown as he scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Missouri State to help the Shockers clinch at least a share of the MVC title.  Did I forget to mention Shamet came off the bench? Now that is scary.  


13 Florida 66, 11 Kentucky 76:  Malik Monk struggles, Kentucky struggles.  When Monk is on, Kentucky is on.  That was the story yesterday when Monk went off for 30 of his 33 points in the second half.  Not to mention the ‘Cats finally started playing defense which always helps.  


12 West Virginia 61, TCU 60: It seems as if the Mountaineers want to give Bobby Huggins another heart attack.  A controversial foul call with 4.8 seconds left put Dexter Miles Jr. on the line and knocked down a free throw to give Press Virginia a one point lead which would be the final result of the contest.  


23 Creighton 63, 2 Villanova 79:  On Senior day at Pauley Pavilion, the Wildcats were able to take care of Creighton to capture their fourth straight Big East regular-season title.  Eric Paschall dominated with a season-high 19 points while Josh Hart added 16 in the victory.  


14 Purdue 70, Michigan 82:  Biggie Swanigan and Isaac Haas, who dem? Moe Wagner certainly didn’t care as he scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Michigan to a win over the Boilermakers.  Put the Wolverines in the tourney @TourneyCommittee


10 Duke 50, Miami 55: Bruce Brown is playing as good as anyone in the country right now.  The freshman led the way with 25 points for the ‘Canes and as a group, Miami held Duke to 32 points under their season average.  I’m curious to see what Jim Larranaga did after the game to celebrate.  


6 Oregon 75, Stanford 73:  Oregon escapes again.  Jordan Bell scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to give the Ducks the victory over Stanford.  Winners win boys and girls.  


9 Baylor 69, Iowa State 72:  Iowa State is also red hot.  The Cyclones have won five straight after upsetting Baylor yesterday in Ames.  Deonte Burton had 22 for Iowa State including a clutch three with just over a minute to go in regulation.  


3 Kansas 77, Texas 67:  What else is new?  Kansas clinched their 13th straight Big 12 title outright in the win over Texas.  Josh Jackson did Josh Jackson things as he lead the way with 18 points while Frank Mason added 16 to help his team’s cause.  


Iowa 83, 24 Maryland 69:  Yikes, this wasn’t a good loss for the ‘Terps.  Jordan Bohannon was raining threes going 8 of 10 in the game and finishing with 24 points for the Hawkeyes.  Maryland will most likely drop out of the top 25 losing their second home game in a week by 14 points.  


5 UCLA 77, 4 Arizona 72: UCLA proved to us they are still legit in revenging their earlier season loss to Arizona with a win last night in Tucson.  Bryce Alford led the way for the Bruins scoring 15 points and Thomas Welsh added 14 points.  UCLA outscored Arizona 20-4 on second chance points.  


Santa Clara 56, 20 St. Mary’s 70:  Jock Landale continues to be a matchup problem for opponents.  Landale scored 17 points for the Gaels in an easy victory over Steve Nash’s alma mater.  


BYU 79, 1 Gonzaga 71:  Down goes Frazier! Literally,  Ivan Drago, aka Eric Mika, beasted his way to 29 points and was getting into heated arguments with the Gonzaga crowd to go along with dominating on the court.  Don’t worry, though, Gonzaga is still legit.  


Other Tidbits from Saturday:

  • 17 of the 25 ranked teams played on the road Saturday.  Five of them lost.
  • Is Gonzaga a number one seed still? BYU gave them fits and it seemed as if Gonzaga hadn’t been in a close game before. Look at our bracketology articles for more on that.
  • Another reason why I have beef with ESPN.  They said yesterday during the Arizona-UCLA game that they spotted Lonzo Ball’s outspoken father Lavar Ball in the stands and they were going to have an interview with him.  After the commercial break, they assure us they misidentified Lavar and he wasn’t at the game.  I was so mad at the time, still am, to be honest.
  • If you haven’t heard the whole deal with Lavar Ball, I’d suggest you look it up, it’s amazing.
  • In other news, Bill Walton took off his shirt yesterday on the air.  #PrayforDavidPasch
  • BYU’s Eric Mika is the scariest man in college basketball.  Dude literally wanted to fight every Gonzaga fan last night and even had the nerve to almost pick a fight with the 7-foot 300-pound big man Przemek Karnowski. Just look at this kid and what he said to Gonzaga fans last night in the first half!! 
  • Indiana somehow someway won a game yesterday against Northwestern.  Thomas Bryant threw down an and-one dunk with 2.6 seconds left to tie it up then hit the luckiest free throw ever to take the lead. Watch that here.  IU’s Collin Hartman proposed to his girlfriend after the game during his senior night speech, I legit started crying.
  • In the meantime, Northwestern is playing like they don’t want to make the NCAA tournament.  Cry Darren Rovell, cry!
  • TCU’s Desmond Bane had a wide open three opportunity to win the game yesterday against West Virginia.  Nothing but air. It was so good, Titanic Hoops on Twitter did a video for it.


What to Watch for on Sunday:

  • Butler travels to the Cintas Center to play Xavier in a huge Big East game. The game can be watched on FS1 at 3:30 ET.  The Musketeers need this one.
  • Wisconsin will take a plane or boat across Lake Michigan to East Lansing for a date with Sparty.  This game is so big CBS gets to air it and I promise you that you won’t want to miss it.  The game is scheduled for 4;00 ET on CBS, hopefully with Bill Raftery on the call.  This game is YUGE for Tom Izzo’s team.


Well ladies and gents, I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of the College Pride Press Saturday Notebook.  It was a great day in college hoops and the best month of the year is just a couple days away and I couldn’t be more excited for it.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edupridepress and check out the site, we got a ton of content coming this month and trust me you won’t want to miss out on it.  We hit our peak in March, and you’ll definitely want to read what we have to say, even with all our typos.

Be sure to listen to the Sunday Podcast tonight, I’m pretty sure there is one but I’ll double check.  Also, the CPP Gameday Podcast this week will be a fun one so don’t miss out on that one either.  Have a great week everyone, tweet me @Sean_Bock_4 on Twitter with anything questions, comments, criticism, or concerns you have about College Basketball or anything in general.  Thank you all!!


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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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