This week in college hoops is back for year number three! This is the third different site for me to post this series on, but that doesn’t matter, it has managed to get to its third season! And in other good news, college basketball is going off with minimal hitches! Let’s get into the recap of this past week of college basketball.
#22 UCLA: 58 vs San Diego State: 73
Aztec fans, you are still undefeated, and not only that, but you didn’t drop off from last year. After Malachi Flynn was drafted into the NBA, you fully expected SDSU to regress a little bit, but it just didn’t happen. Their defense was tough as ever and their offense was efficient, shooting just under 40% from behind the arc. For Mic Cronin’s UCLA squad, they don’t have the luxury of waiting to heat up again as they did last year late in the season. There aren’t as many games to build your resume, and a tough loss like this at San Diego State doesn’t look too great. This type of loss is just another nail in the coffin for an uninspiring PAC-12 conference.
#6 Kansas: 90 vs #1 Gonzaga: 102
Gonzaga is the best team in the country. It’s not even really close. This might be a premature decision, but Mark Few’s Bulldogs are the best he’s ever coached. Jalen Suggs burst on to the scene in his first-ever game by logging an insane stat line of 24 PTS/8 AST/4 REB. Not only that, but the entire Bulldogs team shot 65% from the field, with Drew Timmie also adding 25 points to the box score. I still think this Kansas team is pretty darn good, but they’re just not at the same level as Gonzaga.
#3 Villanova: 83 vs #18 Arizona State: 74
Everyone knew we were in for a shootout when this matchup was announced. Jay Wright’s Wildcats always have a talented offense, but when they’re up against a bad ASU defense, it looks even better. Remy Martin has to play better for Arizona State in big games. Your star player can’t lay a complete egg by only scoring 5 points in a championship game. He needs to get better.
#4 Virginia: 60 vs San Francisco: 61
What happened Virginia? I thought you guys could shoot now, but that didn’t happen. San Francisco isn’t that good, they just lost to UML. You might be asking yourself, who is UML? Exactly, and they beat San Francisco. I think I’m just really disappointed in Virginia because I thought they turned over a new leaf. I’m not counting them out just yet, but I will be keeping a close watch on the Cavaliers.
Virginia Tech: 81 vs #3 Villanova: 73
Virginia Tech was the better team from start to finish in this one. What looked to be a down year in Blacksburg, now has a lot more positivity around it. They forced Villanova into a lot of really bad threes and did a good enough job of keeping them off the glass. Collin Gillespie really took on a true leadership role for Villanova, but his efforts were not enough in this one.
Richmond: 76 vs #10 Kentucky: 66
Yikes, Kentucky looked rough in this one. They were thoroughly outmatched by a veteran Richmond squad. This is a young Wildcats team, with little practice experience with each other, so I expect them to quickly improve. On the other hand, Richmond might be the best team in the A10 this year. People need to stop the disrespect of this conference as a whole because there’s a lot of teams that should be participating in the tournament this year.
#14 Texas Tech: 53 vs #17 Houston: 64
I don’t want to take anything away from this Houston win, but Tech looked awful. They missed a million wide-open threes and layups, had a handful of terrible turnovers, and couldn’t get into the paint on offense at all. Houston did a good job pressuring the Red Raiders’ ball handlers, but I don’t think they threw anything that crazy at Texas Tech. Texas Tech has all the talent in the world on this years team, they need to get a lot better, and fast.
#8 Michigan State: 75 vs #6 Duke: 69
This loss really opened up a lot of questions about Duke. You’re not going to beat any team shooting just 32% from the field, especially going up against Rockett Watts. He’s one of the more underrated scorers in the country and his abilities were on display last night as he scored a smooth 20 points. The Spartans started slowly in this one, but once they got their footing, it was smooth sailing for them.
#7 Kansas: 65 vs #20 Kentucky: 62
This was a huge win for Kansas. After a brutal beatdown from Gonzaga, the Jayhawks needed some confidence moving forward. Their offense wasn’t that potent down the stretch versus Kentucky, and shooting may be a big-time concern moving forward, but they are still an elite defensive team. For Kentucky, they need more ball movement. Star players need to understand this isn’t high school anymore, you have to use your teammates. If they can swing the ball around 5-to-6 times in a possession, they’ll be more likely to have an open shot, rather then chucking up a contested three.
Top 10 (Record, My Ranking Last Week):
- Gonzaga (2-0) (+1)
- Baylor (2-0) (-1)
- Iowa (2-0) (-)
- Michigan State (3-0) (+4)
- Wisconsin (3-0) (+1)
- Kansas (2-1) (+1)
- UNC (3-0) (+3)
- Creighton (2-0) (Unranked)
- Illinois (3-0) (Unranked)
- Villanova (3-1) (-5)
Dropped Out: Virginia, Texas Tech