College basketball is starting to get pretty serious since January is almost over, February is right around the corner, and conference championships and the NCAA Tournament will be here before we know it.
Cannot freakin wait.
A new set of rankings were just released too and you know I have something to say about that.
Let’s take a look at some of the games from the weekend slate.
Duke was almost on upset alert, but finished off Georgia Tech. I really don’t like Duke at all, but this team is for real this year, and the favorite to win the national title. Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett combined for 46 points and 18 rebounds. That duo is very dangerous and will probably go #1 and #2 in the draft.
It’s funny, but this team isn’t usually the kind of roster that Coach K has. Three freshman, and he’s definitely kicking ass with them. They’re a scary team and I think they’re better than Tennessee, but they stay at #2 for the week.
Indiana got destroyed by Michigan and is no longer a “blue blood.” The Hoosiers haven’t been to a Final Four since 2002 and haven’t won a championship since 1987. They have lost six straight games and are completely wasting their one season with Romeo Langford.
NC State won because Clemson choked. The Wolfpack trailed 67-61 with 25 seconds left. They needed a miracle and Braxton Beverly gave them one:
I guess the committee didn’t care, because the Wolfpack still dropped two spots in the rankings. Never understood why teams are punished for wins.
A hot Kentucky team beat Kansas. The Cats have won six straight, their latest win coming against Kansas Saturday night and they moved up a spot in the rankings, to #7. Now, the Jayhawks were depleted due to Udoka Azubuike being out for the year and Silvio De Sousa being ineligible, but they were still able to defend home court despite poor shooting in the first half.
I’ve always thought Bill Self was an overrated coach, but the media always gives him a pass, which is very annoying. The Jayhawks lost to a horrible WVU team on the road, barely beat Iowa State at home, lost to Kentucky, and somehow are still #11.
Michigan State got destroyed by Purdue and somehow doesn’t drop a spot. I understand that this was their fourth game in eleven days, but the Spartans didn’t drop a spot after being destroyed by Purdue. The final score doesn’t show that, but the Spartans were down by almost 20 at halftime.
Every week I am usually puzzled at some of the decisions made by the committee and nothing has changed this week.
The top six didn’t budge this week. Seems like the committee thinks that Tennessee, Duke, UVA, Gonzaga, Michigan, and MSU are the best in the country. A slip up this week and Kentucky could very well be a top five or six team.
Games to watch this week:
#1 Tennessee @ South Carolina – 6:30 PM
#3 Virginia @ NC State – 7:00 PM
#11 Kansas @ Texas – 7:00 PM
#22 Mississippi State @ Alabama – 8:30 PM
#10 Marquette @ Butler – 6:30 PM
#15 Louisville @ Wake Forest – 8:00 PM
#4 Gonzaga @ BYU – 11:00 PM
#5 Michigan @ Iowa – 7:00 PM
#21 Maryland @ #24 Wisconsin – 9:00 PM
#12 Virginia Tech @ #23 NC State – 12:00 PM
#9 UNC @ Louisville – 2:00 PM
#22 Mississippi State @ Ole Miss – 3:30 PM
#7 Kentucky @ Florida – 4:00 PM
#16 Texas Tech @ #11 Kansas – 4:00 PM
#1 Tennessee @ Texas A&M – 8:00 PM
Georgetown @ #14 Villanova – 12:00 PM