Saturday night’s alright for fighting. Or, at the very least, alright for fantastic college basketball battles.
There were many of those last night, as a smashing day of collegiate hoops came to a terrific conclusion. Michigan knocked off third ranked (but shorthanded) Michigan State on the road in primetime–their third straight win over a top ten team and a victory that will likely vault the Wolverines into the top ten themselves. Kansas plowed through TCU and got a monster outing from one Andrew Christian Wiggins, who had a line of 27-5-5. Pitt also advanced to 18-2 with their road win over Maryland. And Arizona State pounded slumping Colorado. The Buffs have now lost four of their last five. Now, it’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve got many muddled thoughts on college hoops, as is often the case. Below I present them to you, in a typically scattered manner. Enjoy!
- Marquette might have come up short against Nova yesterday, but the pink jerseys they wore were awesome. The Golden Eagles’ student section was on point also.
- Does the A-10 really count as a mid-major conference? With teams like St. Louis, VCU, UMass, and George Washington at its top and great depth, the A-10 is for real.
- New York City might not have anything resembling a top 25 team, but it has been a pretty good winter for college hoops in the Big Apple. Columbia is 13-6 and 2-0 in the Ivy League. One of the Lions’ six losses came to Manhattan and the Jaspars are good, sitting at 14-4 and at the top of the MAAC. (Important side note: Manhattan College isn’t in Manhattan, it’s in the Bronx. When I discovered this yesterday I felt shocked and offended and hurt.) St. John’s also took down Columbia and while the Red Storm need to make a push now to have a chance of dancing in March, they’re certainly a team worth watching. They’re currently on a three game winning streak and blew out Butler on the road yesterday.
- Duke’s really good right now. The Blue Devils destroyed FSU yesterday. It was their third straight blowout win over an ACC team and Coach K’s squad is starting to look like an upper echelon national title contender. But they’ve certainly got a big week coming up–their next two games will be roadies at Pitt and then at Syracuse. Syracuse and Pitt are a combined 37-2 and both boast incredible homecourt advantages. If Duke splits the two, it wouldn’t be too shabby. If they win both, we might have ourselves a new favorite to win the ACC.
- Notre Dame lost to Wake Forest yesterday to fall to 11-9. Seriously, does anyone know what’s going on with the Irish?
- Iowa is really good.