Last week was an exciting week of college hoops. There were many top-seeds upset, many exciting games, and some huge stat lines all across the NCAA. In this weekly article, we will be going through the best ones of the week and preview the upcoming weekend’s best action.
Game of the Week: USC vs. Stanford
Two California teams squared off in Stanford’s Maples Pavilion. Stanford jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start up, but USC opened up a double digit lead after the first half. Stanford clawed back into the game on the backs of a 21-4 run in the second half, taking a 74-72 lead with under 2 minutes left. USC took a 76-74 lead with 1.7 seconds left in what looked like a game winner, just for Stanford to hit a 50-foot half court buzzer beater to win the game. This game had it all, lead changes, scoring runs, and an exciting ending, making it the game of the week.
Biggest Upset: Duke v. NC State
College basketball powerhouse Duke surprisingly lost last Saturday, just adding to the list in a week full of upsets where many of the top teams fell in dramatic fashion. While the game was close til the very end, NC State managed to pull away from the star-studded Blue Devils despite freshman Marvin Bagley’s 31 points.
Game Preview: The Biggest Games this Weekend
Michigan v. 4 Michigan State (Saturday, 12pm ET)
The classic Michigan-Michigan State battle is writing yet another page in the history books. The Spartans Miles Bridges has been fantastic thus far and looks to capitalize in a rivalry game. Michigan hasn’t been incredible as of yet this season with an 8-5 record, but they have shown the ability to hang with ranked teams such as Purdue. While Michigan State is clearly the better team, the rivalry should bring out the best in both.
16 TCU vs. 9 Oklahoma (Saturday, 1pm ET)
Star Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has been better than ever lately, averaging a monster 29.2 points and 10.1 assists per game so far for the Sooners. While Young is always exciting to watch, he goes up against a very balanced TCU Horned Frogs team. TCU boasts 5 players averaging double figures in scoring en route to a 13-2 record to start the season. Look for this game to be close throughout.
2 West Virginia vs. 8 Texas Tech (Saturday, 2pm ET)
West Virginia has been on a tear lately, winning 15 straight after losing their opener, but Texas Tech looks to avenge their loss against Oklahoma in style vs. West Virginia. Look to see how Texas Tech’s leading scorer Keenan Evans handles West Virginia’s high pressure defense.