Another great week of college basketball has come to a close leaving many fans eager for more. Many of the marquee matchups in last week’s article came to fruition with many more bound to arise this week.
Looking Back: How Last Week’s Weekend Preview Games Turned Out
(Last week’s rankings are used)
Michigan vs. 4 Michigan State
Result: Michigan wins 82-72
Out of the top 25 at the time, Michigan picks up a huge road win against rival, Michigan State. While Michigan State’s top NBA prospects Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson did their part, scoring 19 points each, they were outdone by the German Mortiz Wagner, who scored a game high 27 for Michigan. Overall, this was a fun game to watch between two very competitive teams.
16 TCU vs. 9 Oklahoma
Result: Oklahoma wins 102-97 in OT
Trae Young does it again with 43 points against a strong TCU team, helping to cement himself as a top 5 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. This one was really fun to watch. TCU’s Jaylen Fisher sent the game to OT, making a layup with one second left and making the Sooner home crowd nervous. In OT, however, Trae Young finished it off, scoring 5 of the last 7 points. Oklahoma is establishing themselves as a potential number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
2 West Virginia vs. 8 Texas Tech
Result: Texas Tech wins 72-71
The win streak is over for WVU as Texas Tech shocks the Mountaineers in a thriller. This win puts the Red Raiders firmly on the map as a college basketball force to be reckoned with. Even with a 7 point halftime deficit, Keenan Evans’ Texas Tech team was able to overpower West Virginia thanks in large part to Jevon Carter’s 28 points in the game. While late scoring by West Virginia made it closer than it seems, this battle between two top teams was worth the watch.
Game of the Week: Kansas State vs. Kansas
A surprise here as Kansas State made it a game against a better Kansas squad at home. The game was close throughout, the score was tied at half and it was a back and forth battle. No team ever led by double digits. Malik Newman for Kansas hit 2 game winning free throws in a nail-biting win, 73-72.
Biggest Upset: Michigan vs. Michigan State
A crazy good game that was previously covered saw number 4 (at the time) Michigan State, going down to an unranked Michigan. This win gave Michigan legitimacy and vaulted then into the top 25 this week. I hate to mention it again but it was the biggest upset of the week.
Weekend Preview: The Biggest Games this Weekend
Texas vs. 6 West Virginia (Saturday, 2:00pm ET)
The Mountaineers make the list again, this time playing Texas and potential top 5 pick Mohamed Bamba. While he is the one-man show for Texas and an athletic freak at that (7’0” with a 7’9” wingspan, good speed and vertical), West Virginia’s vaulted team defense and shot blocker Sagaba Konate should look to stop Bamba and his team.
11 Xavier vs. 19 Seton Hall (Saturday, 2:30pm ET)
With many top ranked teams not playing against ranked opponents this week, this was the only top 25 matchup of the week. Senior and top scorer Desi Rodriguez looks to defend his home floor against the Musketeers and Trevon Bluiett. This should be a good matchup between 2 of the best teams in college basketball.
Georgia vs. 17 Auburn (Saturday, 6:00pm ET)
A football rivalry on the basketball court? None of their basketball teams stack up to their football teams, but Georgia has shown the ability to hang with ranked opponents this year, such as Kentucky, where they lost 66-61. Auburn has had a surprisingly good year as well, going 16-1. This game depends on Yante Maten. He is the heart and soul of this Georgia team, and if he can’t get it going, then this game won’t be very good. With how he has been producing though, I believe this game will be hard-fought and close throughout.