CBB Rants and Rambling: Week 17

This past week in college basketball included Zion Williamson getting injured because of his shoe exploding, Jim Boeheim killing a pedestrian in New York, Ole Miss players kneeling for the national anthem, and some wild games.

Now a new set of rankings has come out and a new week has started. Let’s look back at this week in college basketball and break down the latest poll.

Duke loses Zion, but still beats Syracuse pretty convincingly. Even with a packed Carrier Dome, Duke took advantage of Syracuse’s poor shooting and was able to hand the Orange a fat L on its home floor.

RJ Barrett dropped 30 points and the Blue Devils held Tyus Battle, who had 32 points in the matchup at Cameron Indoor, to only 16 points.

Their win against the Orange didn’t help their cause, since they still dropped three spots in the rankings to #3 after getting crushed at home by UNC.

Tremont Waters doesn’t play against Tennessee, but the Tigers still win it in OT. Waters missed the game against the Vols because of an illness, which would’ve made you think Tennessee was going to handle business. You would’ve thought wrong.

Even with good performances from Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams, Ja’vonte Smart and Skylar Mays combined for 52 points. Williams flopped off a missed game-winner from Lamonte Turner, which gave the Tigers two free throws and the win.

Even with this big win, the Tigers stayed #13 in the rankings, while the Vols dropped out of the top 5, to #7. Is the Tennessee run slowly coming to and end?

Kentucky crushed Auburn without Reid Travis. Many people thought Kentucky would struggle against the Tigers without Reid Travis, but the Cats shot 54% and 46% from three compared to Auburn shooting only 32% from the field and 30% from three, which is what they’re best at.

Auburn continues it late-season slide by losing its 9th game of the year, while Kentucky wins its 23rd game of the year, jumping into a tie with LSU and Tennessee for first place in the SEC.

Kentucky @ Tennessee this Saturday is going to be a ton of fun.

Kansas gets crushed by Texas Tech, losing its 7th game, and somehow remains in the top 15. How can this happen? Kansas has some very bad losses this year, yet they still get a pass from the media and the committee.