Another solid week off college basketball is in the books, and only one thing is certain- there is no dominate team so far this year. It looked earlier in the season that the most complete team was Duke, and that is probably still the case but even the Blue Devils had a challenge at home on Saturday. Santa Clara came into the game a huge underdog, but had the led in the second half againist the Blue Devils. Seth Curry led Duke in scoring with a team and career high 31 points. The 1-2 punch of Curry and Mason Plumlee may be the best in the country.
UCLA and Shabazz Muhammad got a much needed win on Friday night as they took down the Missouri Tigers. Shabazz may have had his coming out party as he led the upset of then #7 Missouri. The game was very exciting to watch as no defense was played by either team. All-American point Phil Pressey had a great game despite the loss as he had 19 points and a school record 18 assist. Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA with a season high 27 points, and a huge 3 pointer to seal the victory. UCLA won 97-94.
The best non-conference rivalry happened Saturday in downtown Louisville as the Kentucky Wildcats took on the #3 Louisville Cardinals. Louisville came in as the favorite for the first time since Calipari has been head coach at Kentucky. The young Wildcats showed a lot of fight during the game as Louisville went up 17 points in the second half, but battled back and had a chance to win with 2 minutes left in the ball game. Russ Smith and Chane Behanan were stars for Louisville. Smith led the Cardinals in scoring with 21 points and as always was the energy guy for them. Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel, and Willie Cauley-Stein showed why Kentucky can be as good as anybody in the nation. Ryan Harrow was very impressive with 17 points and more importantly no turnovers. ESPN tweeted out after the game “Louisville and Kentucky are two teams nobody wants to play come March.” If Kentucky plays like that every game they will be scary good come March. Louisville is as good as advertised, and should make a run at the national title.
Upset alert for the week is Indiana vs Iowa tonight. Indiana struggles outside of Bloomington, and Iowa has the talent to upset the Hooisers to start out Big Ten play.
I expect a lot of changes in the rankings this week as conference play starts, but here is this weeks top 25 rankings……..
- Ohio State
- Kansas State
- SD State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- NC State
- New Mexico