The last couple of weeks have seen very few college basketball games, because of schools finals and winter break. The hiatus is over and college basketball resumed today with 20 teams in the top 25 playing. Here is a quick rundown of the action:
Wisconsin vs 9. Texas: The best game of the day so far ended with Wisconsin guard Michael Flowers hitting a 3 pointer to give the Badgers the lead with 2 seconds left and then stealing the ensuing inbounds pass. A huge win for Wisconsin whose only two losses came to ranked teams in Duke and Marquette. These losses had forced the Badgers out of the Top 25 and left them in need of a big-time to win to prove that they were for real. They got that win with the 67-66 victory at Texas today.
American vs 8 Georgetown: Georgetown took care of business today at home versus American winning easily 78-51. The Hoyas dropped in the poles after losing to Memphis last week and they rebounded nicely with this victory. Though up only 10 at halftime, Georgetown put the game away with a 25-6 start in the second half.
Tennessee-Martin vs 15 Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt has had a great beginning to the year, starting 12-0, but I am not convinced. They have not played any good teams yet and have struggled against their opponents. They did beat Tennessee Martin today, but gave up 85 points in the process and only won by 7. This is the same Tennessee Martin who UNLV beat by 28, Maine beat by 4, and Central Arkansas beat by 3. In today’s game, the Commodores shot under 40%, but 10 three-pointers and 13 steals saved them.
Florida A&M vs 11 Texas A&M: A good win for the Aggies as they defeat Florida A&M 83-54. It is their fifth consecutive victory by 20 or more points and they destroyed Rattlers (Florida A&M) in nearly every category. The Aggies should easily defeat Rice in their next game and then LSU in the game after before entering conference play.
Savannah State vs 13 Marquette: A convincing win for Marquette who manhandled Savannah State, holding them under 20 points in both halves for a 77-37 victory. They held the Tigers (Savannah State) to 26% shooting and forced 23 turnovers. The only stat that goes against the Golden Eagles is that they committed 21 turnovers and that will need to improve before Big East Conference play.
Wisconsin-Green Bay vs 7 Michigan State: After pulling off the upset over Texas last week, the Spartans continued playing quality basketball with an 93-75 victory over the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix. Though the Spartans have already proven themselves to be an elite team in college basketball, this game showed a couple weaknesses. The Phoenix shot 50% from the field and the Spartans were never quite able to put the game away. Yet, they beat Texas last week and I’m sure that they will step up their play in Big Ten games.
Samford vs 20 Clemson: Clemson started strong last year as well, but their schedule was incredibly easy and they played teams that no Division 1 school could lose. A lot like Samford… but there is one difference: Clemson is winning this year’s games easily. Last year Clemson struggled versus the bad opponents and fell apart in conference play. A 78-45 victory over Samford today proves that Clemson has improved from last years, specifically on the boards where the Tigers out-rebounded Samford 37-11.
12 Tennessee vs Gonzaga: One of the most intriguing match-ups of the day saw the Tennessee Vollunteers face off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Bulldogs started the year ranked, but losses have knocked them out of the Top 25. Needing a good win to put themselves back in the Top 25, Gonzaga came up short today losing at home to the Vollunteers 82-72. Tennessee solidified themselves as a power in college basketball, holding the ‘Zags to 42% shooting and shooting 49% themselves
Winthrop vs 19 Miami (FL): Miami (FL) is off to a great start this year, but hit a wall today, losing to Winthrop 76-70. Though at home, the Hurricanes managed to shoot only 43% from the field while going 7 for 22 from 3-point range. Winthrop has been good in past years and this win on their resume will help greatly come March. This was the biggest test of the year so far for Miami and they did not come through.
Fresno State vs 22 Stanford: Stanford has played well of late and has worked their way up to a number 22 ranking. Fresno State is a good team and a good test for Stanford. The Cardinals past the test by defeating the Bulldogs 55-48. It wasn’t a pretty game, but the Cardinals’ Brooks Lopez scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to push Stanford to the victory
25 Rhode Island vs Georgia Southern: Finally in the Top 25, Rhode Island struggled with Georgia Southern, but escaped with the 85-80 win. Up 11 at halftime, the Rhode Island Rams gave up 46 points in the second half and barely held on. Georgia Southern is now 9-3 on the season and will cause teams trouble if they make the NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma vs 23 West Virginia: One of the biggest games today was the Sooners travelling to Morgantown to face West Virginia. This game lived up to the hype and the second overtime is just beginning . The Mountaineers have just made their way into the Top 25 and do not want to lost that title today. Oklahoma, on the other hand, has lost to Memphis and USC, but the bad loss was to Stephen F. Austin. No, that was not a mistake. Stephen F. Austin. Winning at West Virginia would be a great step for Oklahoma to regain some respect.
Those are just the games that have or mostly have finished and there are 7 other games being played tonight. The biggest of the game starts at 10 pm et when 18 Arizona visits 2 Memphis. It has been a great day of college basketball and the best game has yet to start.