Five Things You Missed
The fact that the Michigan-Wisconsin game was not the wildest of the weekend tells you something – in this case, that there was a five-overtime game. In a week full of upsets, this weekend was no different. In addition to some of the surprises mentioned below, California won at No. 7 Arizona on Sunday.
The sports talk around the water cooler this morning probably isn’t about college basketball, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an exciting weekend for the sport.
Life is tough on the road. On Saturday, five teams ranked in the top 15 lost to unranked squads, all away from home. In a week when the No. 1 team went down (again), No. 2 Michigan won at Illinois on Sunday to move to 19-1 and presumably step into the top spot in the rankings.
There has been a growing concern over the past couple of seasons that college basketball has become a one-month sport. March Madness is awesome, but is January basketball worth getting excited about? If you watched college hoops on Saturday you have your answer—across the country there were great matchups and last-second victories.
You can’t be blamed for watching the exciting football this past weekend, but if that’s all you tuned into you missed a lot of good college hoops. After an upset-filled weekend, there are no longer any unbeaten teams, with the top spot in the polls up for grabs.
Most conferences have begun league play, with preseason favorites like Gonzaga and North Carolina State getting off on the right foot. Illinois showed its hot start was no fluke with a dominant performance against a top-10 team, while Arizona won another tight game.
Just before many schools take their holiday break, college basketball provided us an exciting weekend. In addition to the two major programs in Kansas notching impressive victories, there were upsets and big-time scoring performances across the country.
Saturday’s action was memorable, as a familiar Goliath slayer handed the No. 1 team its first loss, and a top-10 battle went down to the wire. There were other impressive performances and more conference realignment news. Here’s what happened this weekend in college basketball.
There were no major upsets this weekend, but there were plenty of impressive victories, exciting finishes, and highlight-worthy plays. UNLV moved to 7-1 but will be without one of its stars for an undetermined amount of time, while Illinois notched another notable win.
No top-25 teams played on Sunday, but there was plenty of action on Saturday, with a few ranked teams needing late baskets to avoid upsets and a pair of blue-blood programs losing their third game. The biggest news of the weekend, however, was off the court, as legendary coach Rick Majerus passed away.