The month of March is finally here and I’ve already told my teachers my grades would be dropping because I’d be watching college hoops in class. Here is the College Pride Press Saturday Notebook for March 4, 2017…
Pittsburgh 42, 23 Virginia 67: In his final home game, London Perrantes scored 22 points for the Cavaliers. Quite a way to go out for a kid who did so much for that program the last four years. Virginia is a team you don’t want to play in March.
9 Kentucky 71, Texas A&M 63: Slow starts have been an issue as of last for Kentucky. Texas A&M started off the game leading 16-2 but Kentucky decided to wake up and had a four-point lead at the half. De’Aaron Fox had 19 for the ‘Cats.
2 Villanova 81, Georgetown 55: Villanova has never been an underdog this year. Well, this game explains why. Josh Hart had 21 points for the Wildcats in an easy victory in D.C. JT3 is on the hot seat for the Hoyas.
12 Florida 71, Vanderbilt 73: Somehow, someway Vanderbilt has found themselves on the bubble at 10-8 in SEC play. Luke Kornet, all 7-foot-1 of him, scored 24 points for the ‘Dores which could make some noise in the next week or so.
19 Notre Dame 64, 8 Louisville 71: What makes the ‘Cards so good is that they find ways to win. The victory over ND was no different. Donovan Mitchell, of course, scored 20 points to lead the Cardinals in the win.
Seton Hall 70, 13 Butler 64: Truth be told, CPP Seton Hall writer/Gameday podcast co-host Tyler Calvaruso told me his Pirates had no shot in this one. Well, Tyler, you can thank Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado who had 21 and 20 respectively to pace Seton Hall and prove you wrong. The Pirates should be a lock now for the Big Dance.
Memphis 62, 14 SMU 103: All I can say about this one is the Mustangs shot 60% from the field and 50% from three-point land to crush Memphis. SMU is LEGIT.
25 Miami 57, 15 Florida State 66: With the win, one can argue that the Seminoles are back. Dwayne Bacon did Dwayne Bacon things scoring 23 points in the Dub and helped his Florida State team to lock the number two seed in the ACC Tournament.
11 Baylor 75, Texas 64: Johnathan Motley is an absolute beast, don’t even argue with me on that. Motley had 17 points and 17 rebounds and just dominated Jarrett Allen and company inside.
7 Arizona 73, Arizona State 60: Arizona can hurt you one way, then kill you another. Allonzo Trier had 19 and Rawle Alkins had 15 rebounds, yes, 15 rebounds to help the Wildcats pull away from rival Arizona State. Lauri Markkanen might’ve had the meanest block of the season.
6 Oregon 80, Oregon State 59: Dillon Brooks is the man. Scoring 25 points in the win over Oregon State, Brooks led the way for the Ducks and helped his team earn a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title.
Missouri State 63, 21 Wichita State 78: Shaquille Morris had 21 points, while Connor Frankamp chipped in 19 for the Shockers as they got the easy dub. The win set up a date with Illinois State today at 2 PM ET in the MVC Tournament Championship.
1 Kansas 90, Oklahoma State 85: Frank Mason made sure we didn’t forget about him. Even though the Cowboys scraped and clawed to get past the Jayhawks, Frank Mason had no problem scoring 27 points in the victory.
17 Duke 83, 5 North Carolina 90: This is the best rivalry in College Basketball, and no ESPN did not pay me to say that. Joel Berry II scored 28 points for the ‘Heels and delivered clutch baskets whenever called upon. The Dukies and Tar Heels split the season series.
Pacific 52, 4 Gonzaga 80: Pacific was giving Gonzaga all it could handle. Then, before you knew it, Gonzaga was up by 20. Jordan Matthews scored 22 and Nigel Williams-Goss added 20 for the ‘Zags in the victory.
Washington State 68, 3 UCLA 77: UCLA had to go on a 14-0 run over the final 10 minutes to hold off the Cougars. Aaron Holiday scored 16 points in a game where UCLA forgot to set their alarm clocks.
Portland 58, 20 St. Mary’s 81: Calvin Hermanson hit five three-pointers and scored 21 points in the easy win for the Gaels. No one is talking about St. Mary’s but I think they’ll raise some eyebrows in March.
Other tidbits from Saturday:
- Indiana beat Ohio State 96-92 yesterday in Columbus. At one point in the game, the Hoosiers were on pace to win 160-75 and Dan Dakich said “Indiana has a chance to win the Big Ten Tournament.” Mr. Dakich, as much as I love you, pleaseeeeeee don’t suck me back in.
- It was senior night for UCLA last night. As you all know, Bruins guard Bryce Alford is the son of former IU guard and Bruins’ head coach Steve Alford. Yesterday during the senior night festivities, both of them started to tear up which meant I had to grab a tissue as well. Two GOATs crying hits me hard.
- Yesterday in the Horizon League Tournament, the number one and number two seeds both managed to fall in the first round. #1 Oakland suffered an 81-80 loss to #9 Youngstown State. Then, #2 Valparaiso lost to #10 Milwaukee 43-41. This is March.
- Another college basketball player proposed to his girlfriend on senior night. This time is was Marquette center Luke Fischer dropping down on one knee. Watch it here.
- Grayson Allen elbowed UNC’s Brandon Robinson yesterday while attacking the hoop and was awarded a technical. You be the judge.
- So many people throwing shade at Joey Brackets aka Joe Lunardi, ESPN’s Bracketologist.
- Jacksonville State out of the Ohio Valley Conference, earned their first NCAA Tournament bid yesterday knocking off UT-Martin 66-55 in the OVC Tournament Championship. Pretty cool moment.
What to Watch on Sunday:
- #21 Wichita State and Illinois State battle it out for the honor of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. That game can be watched at 2 PM ET on CBS.
- America’s Sweetheart Northwestern welcomes #16 Purdue to Welsh-Ryan Arena. Although the seeds for the Big Ten are already set, this could be a big boost or hinder on each team’s confidence. 4:30 ET on CBS.
- Minnesota heads to Madison to face off with the struggling #22 Wisconsin Badgers. 5:00 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.
Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the College Pride Press Saturday Notebook. Lots of typos but you’ll power through it. Make sure to tune into the Sunday Podcast tonight for a great recap of this week and a preview for the crazy month ahead that is March. Lots of great content coming out over the next couple weeks so keep an eye out for all that. Any questions, comments, or concerns tweet me @Sean_Bock_4. Thank you and enjoy your Sunday!!