Senior night…just another reason college basketball is superior to the NBA.
Four #1 vs. #2 conference battles took place on Thursday. Stony Brook won on the road to win the American East; Robert Morris got the road win, wrapping up the NEC; #1 Mercer lost to #2 Florida Gulf Coast and their lead in the Atlantic Sun is down to one game; South Dakota State will have the #1 seed in the Summit League Tournament.
Three ranked teams were on the road vs. unranked teams. Ohio State and Gonzaga were victorious. Duke was outclassed.
Duke isn’t the only Top-10 team that has suffered a road loss to an unranked team…just the latest.
19 unranked teams have victories over Top-5 opponents so far.
The #1 team has lost seven times.
This season it is an upset when a ranked team is not upset.
Over the past five years, the winning percentage of #1 seeds was 91.6. This season it is 82.5% for the teams considered to be in the #1 seed pool.
In the past 20 years, 14 champions were #1 seeds…two were #2 seeds, and three were threes.
How did Temple pull off that win over Detroit?
Clemson has gone nearly a month without breaking the 60-point barrier. Ouch!
Harvard has not won at Princeton since 1989. Jeepers Creepers!
Louisville has won seven of their last eight.
St. Louis has won ten in a row.
UNC has won 10 of their last 13 games…tourney bound.
Louisiana has won 17 in a row…Middle Tennessee won their 15th straight last night.
UNLV’s Anthony Bennett still suffering from a shoulder injury…his health is something to check into come bracket time.
West Virginia is more than 800 miles away from every Big 12 School.
Miami has been to just one Tournament in the past decade, and no one on the roster has played in the dance.
The return of point guard Dominic Artis helped Oregon defeat Oregon State. He was on the court for a dozen minute and scored six points. Oregon is alone at the top of the Pac-12.
Florida Gulf Coast has their first 20-win season as a Division I member.
Undefeated in conference play: Gonzaga, Memphis, Akron, Norfolk State and Louisiana Tech.
Still winless in conference play: Grambling.
Not so fast: In Florida’s five losses, Kenny Boyton is shooting 28.8% (15-of-52). Yikes!
One more thing: Akron: 19 in a row with a hard-earned victory at Ohio.
You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball.