This week saw plenty of great action among the top 25 along with some big upsets. The unranked Seminoles of Florida St visited the #5 Florida Gators and came away with a huge statement win. Florida St held the lead for almost the entire game and won 83-66, giving Florida their first loss of the season. Another top 10 team to fall this week was #7 Texas A&M who lost a competitive battle against Arizona 67-64. Both teams shot the ball well but the Wildcats (20/24) had the edge over the Aggies (7/10) at the free throw line. #9 Notre Dame found itself in a seesaw game against visiting Ball State and lost on a 3 point buzzer beater 80-77. Although an evenly played game, the Cardinals outrebounded the Irish 36 to 24 and were nearly perfect at the charity stripe (14/16). #14 Minnesota lost it’s second game of the season on the road to Nebraska 78-68. The Gophers’ Jordan Murphy struggled from the field and had a season low 10 points while the Cornhuskers had a combined 9 blocks. Minnesota’s bench went a combined 2 of 12 from the field and contributed only 5 points in the loss. Texas Tech rebounded from their first loss of the season with an impressive OT win over #22 Nevada 82-76. The Red Raiders had 10 steals, 5 blocks and caused 20 turnovers for the Wolfpack who lost for the first time this year.
Washington took on #2 Kansas at a “neutral” site (Kansas City, MO) and surprised many with a 74-65 victory. The Huskies shot great from the outside making 9 of 21 (43%) compared to the Jayhawks who struggled making only 5 of 20 (25%). The dagger came at 2:16 after David Crisp made a 3 point jumper with the shot clock winding down to give Washington a 14 point lead. Another shocker among the top 25 was #5 Florida losing its third game in a row to Loyola Chicago 65-59 at home. The Gators looked nothing like the second best scoring offense in the nation making only 2 of 19 three pointers while the Ramblers made 6 of 12. #25 USC suffered their third loss of the season to unranked Oklahoma 85-83. The Trojans never held a lead in the game as the Sooners were in control from the tip. The Sooners’ freshman sensation and the nation’s leading scorer, Trae Young, had 29 points and 9 assists in the decisive win. #1 Duke lost their first game of the season at Boston College 89-84. The Bluedevils shot poorly from 3 Pt (27%) while the Eagles overachieved (58%).
Some notable upsets:
- Middle Tennessee picked up a signature win at Vanderbilt 66-63. It was MTSU’s first win at Vandy after losing all 16 of their previous games there. The Blue Raiders shot poorly from 3 point (21%) and FT (65%) but went 3/3 from behind the arch in the final 5 minutes after going 0 for 11.
- Massachusetts won at home against Providence 72-63. The Friars held a 5 point lead with 9 minutes left but were out scored 26 to 12 to close the game.
Games to watch this week:
- Drake @ #14 Minnesota (12/11 @ 8:00 PM ET)
- Michigan @ Texas (12/12 @ 9:00 PM ET)
- #4 Villanova @ Temple (12/13 @ 7:00 PM ET)
- Valparaiso @ Northwestern (12/14 @ 8:00 PM ET)
- South Dakota St @ Colorado (12/15 @ 8:00 PM PT)
- Syracuse @ Georgetown (12/16 @ 12:30 PM ET)
- #11 North Carolina @ #24 Tennessee (12/17 @ 3:00 PM ET)