The day that college basketball went nuts – Men’s College …
December 31, 2017 - Basketballs
First things first. After a crazy, bustling and smashing Saturday of college hoops, there are no undefeated teams left. Villanova mislaid during Butler. TCU was degraded on a home building by Trae Young (39 points, 14 assists) and Oklahoma. Texas AM mislaid handily during Alabama. Lastly, Arizona State fell during Arizona.
In a camber of a few hours, a Nos. 1 (Nova), 3 (ASU), 5 (Texas AM) and 10 (TCU) teams all lost. What does it meant going forward? Glad we asked.
This is one of those “there are no good teams” seasons
We didn’t make it to a final day of Dec before any group in Division we mislaid during slightest one game. According to ESPN Stats Info, that is tighten to unheard of. This outlines a initial deteriorate in a AP check epoch (since 1948-49) in that no undefeated group survived to accost a new year.
We suspicion in a preseason that there would be no good teams along a lines of, well, 75 percent of a 2015 Final Four (I’m looking during you, Duke, Wisconsin and Kentucky). Still, it’s good to see acknowledgment of a preseason hunches entrance from tangible games.
The Pac-12 has what could be a valuables of a rivalry
Arizona shielded a home justice and kick Arizona State 84-78, yet maybe this was merely a initial charge in what could, with luck, be an superb rivalry. The Pac-12 is a joining built around 5 healthy adversary pairings (plus dual rivals of preference in a form of relations newcomers Utah and Colorado). Now, finally, one of those pairings has both teams good during a same time.
In fact, it’s not too many to contend that a Wildcats and a Sun Devils should conflict any other for a joining pretension this season. The dual best teams in a contention accost from a same state and, for now, underline diametrically opposite styles on offense. Will a distance and resilient of Deandre Ayton, Dusan Ristic and Allonzo Trier supply a winning formula, or will a speed and 3s of Tra Holder, Shannon Evans and Remy Martin chaperon in a new epoch in a Pac-12?
These are questions we didn’t predict seeking usually 8 weeks ago, and removing a answers promises to be rarely entertaining.
The Big East could finally pull Villanova this season
I’ve already uttered an opinion to a outcome that Villanova will continue this whole “losing a game” storm, and we still like a Wildcats as a odds-on favorites in a Big East. That said, it looks like a league, during prolonged last, is staid to during slightest give Jay Wright’s group some foe for a change.
Xavier had to come from behind on a home building to kick DePaul in a many new outing, and that’s frequency a strongest matter for a group that wants to disintegrate Wright from his roost atop a conference. Nevertheless, a Musketeers rate as one of a stronger non-Villanova teams a joining has constructed a past few seasons. Chris Mack’s guys are roughly as accurate from a margin as a Wildcats themselves, and Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura are murdering opponents by sharpened a total 88 percent during a line.
Nor is Xavier a usually group that could strive vigour on Villanova. Seton Hall is distant and divided a best descent resilient group in a conference. Creighton is led by an incredible, if underappreciated, one-two twin in a form of Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas. Then there’s a tiny matter of a Butler group that, we know, usually kick Villanova. A fifth uninterrupted joining pretension for a Wildcats is still likely, yet it won’t be a cakewalk by any means.
The much-improved SEC will be far-reaching open
Coming into a season, it was concluded that Kentucky would be a favorite to win a SEC regular-season crown. Then, within a camber of a few hours, Texas AM beaten West Virginia (in a diversion played during an Air Force bottom in Germany; a Mountaineers haven’t mislaid since), and UK looked uncommonly non-terrifying in home wins opposite a likes of Utah Valley and Vermont. With that, a Aggies became a renouned choice as a “real” favorites to win a joining title.
Who knows? Maybe Billy Kennedy’s group will indeed acquire a second joining pretension in 3 seasons (AM common a regular-season climax with Kentucky in 2015-16). But an even some-more expected unfolding is moulding up: one in that there is no favorite. Kentucky is young, yes, yet girl has a approach of evaporating as a deteriorate progresses, and John Calipari’s guys looked flattering tough in violence Louisville by 29 during Rupp Arena. Florida is dangerous, Arkansas is a multibladed hum saw on offense, and Tennessee is 3 or so security from being 11-1 with wins over North Carolina and a aforementioned Razorbacks.
It has been too easy in new years to consider of a SEC as Kentucky and Florida on one palm and “everyone else” on a other. The Wildcats and a Gators are still in a mix, certainly, yet everybody else has assimilated a discussion. This shapes adult as an glorious basketball contention for 2017-18.
Last thing: Trae Young is Trae Young, yet let’s not get too blasé usually yet
We have reached a indicate where we design Young to record numbers such as 39 points and 14 assists, even on a highway opposite a ranked opponent. So be it, yet remember a bottom-line value of these heroics. Just one year private from an 11-20 season, Oklahoma has one of a best offenses in a country.
Young’s particular feats of improbability are different to watch, yes, and they are also moving a Sooners into a top reaches of a Big 12 along with a likes of Kansas and West Virginia. No one saw that coming, and therefore any day that Young does what he does — even yet we now design it — qualifies as usually a small bit nuts.