The Wild NCAA
Saturday has barely started, and we’ve already seen some surprises big and small in men’s NCAA basketball.
No surprise was No.1 Indiana rolling over Purdue at home. But No.21, Notre Dame was easily defeated at Providence, 71-54. And No.25, Kentucky was getting beat so badly in Tennessee, that CBS switched games while I was watching it. The final score was 88-58, but it wasn’t that close. In their first game since losing Nerlens Noel for the season, they appeared to be a team that will continue to move in the wrong direction.
The game CBS switched to was No.16 Pittsburgh at No.18 Marquette. The Golden Eagles of Marquette started fast making the half time score 42-29. Pittsburgh’s Panthers played better in the second half, outscoring Marquette 40-37 but couldn’t catch them in the end. The final was 79-69.
The game of the week could be No.13, Ohio State at No.20 Wisconsin on Sunday. They met on January 29th when both had a conference record of 5-2. The Buckeyes won 58-49. Whoever wins this game will remain in 3rd place in the Big Ten. They stand at 8-4 each before Sunday’s game.
When the top 25 are announced on Monday, Indiana is assured to remain at the top. But there will be some shuffling, as there has been every week.
Four weeks from tomorrow is Tournament Selection Sunday. It will come too quickly for some teams.
Columnist-The Guardian Express