Coming into this week of college basketball we had three undefeated teams, and on Thursday night one of those went down. Arizona went to Eugene to take on a very good Oregon team. The Ducks led by double figures most of the game, but a late run from Arizona made the score look closer than the game actually was. Oregon won 70-66, and was led in scoring by E.J. Singler who had 14 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Mark Lyons had 21 in the defeat for the Wildcats. Oregon made it into our top-25 this week, and they look to be a very dangerous team in March.
Earlier this week #1 Duke learned that Ryan Kelly’s foot injury was worse than they orginally thought, and he would miss the NC State game on Saturday. Ryan Kelly is a huge part of this Duke team, and may be the best overall player on the team so of course it was a HUGE blow for the Blue Devils going into a hostile environment. Duke hung tough even without Kelly, but CJ Leslie was just too much for the Duke defense. Leslie is a freak athlete, and has the ability to be the best big man in college basketball. NC State handed Duke their first loss of the season with a score of 84-76. CJ Leslie led NC State in scoring with 25 points. Seth Curry went down with an apparant left leg injury, but isn’t expected to miss any games.
Michigan was the last unbeaten team in America, and on Sunday they had a very difficult game on the road at Ohio State. Ohio State jumped out to a 29-8 lead in the 1st half, but Michigan would respond and only be down 12 at halftime. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr are the best backcourt in the nation, but they struggled with the Ohio State defense especially Aaron Craft. The second half was when the real Michigan ball club showed up, and made this a game. With five minutes left in the game Michigan had cut the led to two points before Deshaun Thomas hit a couple key baskets, and led Ohio State to a 56-53 win. The sophomore ended the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
- Kansas State
- Ohio State
- NC State
- New Mexico
- Michigan State