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.
Many of the early-season tournaments wrapped up this past weekend. Along with Duke’s win (see below), No. 17 Gonzaga won the Old Spice Classic in Orlando behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from Elias Harris, and Doug McDermott scored 29 to lead No. 14 Creighton over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Invitational final. There were also a pair of shocking upsets this weekend.