Bedlam. That was last week. Five of our top ten teams lost. Some in games you wouldn’t predict in a million years. It’s clear that Christmas came early for college basketball fans, as chaos dominated. We had Florida get trounced by their rival then inexplicably lose to a mid-major. Kansas
Oftentimes, the couple weeks following Thanksgiving can be a slow period in college basketball. The high competition of the early-season tournaments can have some teams looking for reprieve in smaller opponents. Finals are coming up, too, which means teams will usually go at least a week without contesting a game.
Last week, the college basketball year truly began, thanks to the Champions’ Classic. Those two battles brought us high-level competition just days into the season. In addition, a couple other ranked teams also saw themselves get beat, or nearly. This includes Northwestern and USC, one of which clung to a
Special Solar eclipse day Bracketology by: Jonathon Warriner For some, today might be the last time you will be able to read my Bracketology, due to looking into the sun without Solar eclipse glasses. Enjoy reading my latest predictions, and remember to wear the Solar eclipse glasses before looking at the
West Region (Los Angeles) 1.Arizona (San Diego) 16.Stephen F. Austin 8.Virginia Tech 9.Iowa 4.Seton Hall (Boise) 13.Harvard 5.St. Mary’s 12.Vermont 3.West Virginia (Pittsburgh) 14.Charleston 6.Rhode Island 11.Wake Forest/ Indiana 2.Wichita State (Dallas) 15.South Dakota 7.Gonzaga 10.Georgia Tech South Region (Atlanta) 1.Louisville (Nashville) 16.Hampton/ St. Peter’s 8.Michigan 9.Texas 4.Xavier (Detroit) 13.Akron 5.UCLA 12.Oakland 3.North Carolina (Charlotte) 14.Jacksonville State 6.Northwestern 11.Vanderbilt 2.Kentucky (Nashville) 15.Furman 7.TCU 10.Florida State East Region (Boston) 1.Michigan State (Detroit) 16.St. Francis (PA)/ Idaho 8.Baylor 9.Butler 4.Florida (Dallas) 13.Western Kentucky 5.Notre Dame 12.Bucknell 3.Duke (Charlotte) 14.Florida Gulf Coast 6.Providence 11.Missouri/
West Region (Los Angeles) 1.Arizona (San Diego) 16.St. Francis (PA)/ Idaho 8.Gonzaga 9.Texas 4.Seton Hall (Detroit) 13.Akron 5.Xavier 12.Oakland 3.Minnesota (Wichita) 14.Troy 6.Notre Dame 11.Oregon 2.Wichita State (Dallas) 15.Long Beach State 7.Rhode Island 10.Iowa South Region (Atlanta) 1.North Carolina (Charlotte) 16.Texas Southern 8.Baylor 9.Arkansas 4.Florida (Dallas) 13.Louisiana Tech 5.Miami 12.Illinois State 3.USC (San Diego) 14.Grand Canyon 6.Providence 11.SMU/ Wake Forest 2.Villanova (Pittsburgh) 15.Furman 7.Virginia 10.Oklahoma State East Region (Boston) 1.Michigan State (Detroit) 16.Hampton/ St. Peter’s 8.Virginia Tech 9.Oklahoma 4.UCLA (Boise) 13.Jacksonville State 5.Alabama 12.Vermont 3.West Virginia (Pittsburgh) 14.Florida Gulf Coast 6.Purdue 11.Georgia Tech/ Vanderbilt 2.Duke (Charlotte) 15.UNC
West Region (Los Angeles) 1.Arizona (San Diego) 16.Idaho/ Texas Southern 8.SMU 9.TCU 4.Gonzaga (Boise) 13.Harvard 5.Northwestern 12.Bucknell 3.Minnesota (Wichita) 14.Troy 6.Virginia 11.UCF/ BYU 2.North Carolina (Charlotte) 15.Furman 7.Xavier 10.Arkansas Midwest Region (Omaha) 1.Kansas (Wichita) 16.Stephen F. Austin 8.Oregon 9.Iowa 4.UCLA (Boise) 13.Jacksonville State 5.Notre Dame 12.Illinois State 3.USC (San Diego) 14.New Mexico State 6.Providence 11.Nevada 2.Wichita State (Dallas) 15.Long Beach State 7.Michigan 10.VCU South Region (Atlanta) 1.Louisville (Nashville) 16.Hampton/ St. Peter’s 8.Butler 9.Maryland 4.Baylor (Dallas) 13.Louisiana Tech 5.Florida 12.Vermont 3.West Virginia (Pittsburgh) 14.Charleston 6.Miami 11.Indiana 2.Kentucky (Nashville) 15.UNC Asheville 7.Rhode Island 10.Georgia Tech East Region (Boston) 1.Michigan State (Detroit) 16.Mount
#1 Gonzaga vs. #1 North Carolina 9:20 ET, CBS UNC Player to Watch: Kennedy Meeks In the national semifinal win over Oregon, Meeks imposed his will finishing with 25 points and 14rebounds. The senior big man obviously had the height and size advantage in comparison to the smaller Oregon front-court. Gonzaga will be a
#1 North Carolina vs. #3 Oregon Saturday 8:39, CBS North Carolina Player to Watch: Justin Jackson (Tournament Averages: 19.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists) Tempted to talk about Luke Maye here but I had to write with my head and not my heart. Justin Jackson has taken major strides forward on the offensive end this year.
#7 South Carolina vs. #1 Gonzaga Saturday 6:09 PM, CBS South Carolina Player to Watch: Sindarius Thornwell (Tournament Averages: 26.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists) Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell has been an absolute monster for the Gamecocks as they have won their four tournament games. Thornwell has been doing a little bit of everything and
#1 Gonzaga vs. #4 West Virginia Storyline: West Virginia's press vs. Gonzaga's bigs This is one matchup that involves team's that want to play very different styles. West Virginia is going to press the Zags for 40 mins with hopes of getting turnovers and easy buckets. Gonzaga wants to play fast, but