Last night, five AP Top-25 teams went down, three being in the top ten, and four of the five losses were to unranked opponents. Also, three teams that were undefeated in conference play were defeated. Thursday night was chaotic, to say the least.
The night began with Wisconsin defeating #6 Purdue in a thriller in Madison on Frank Kaminsky night. Purdue’s offense played terrible, only scoring 53 points. The Boilmakers average 81 a game. Wisconsin did not shoot well either, in fact both teams were under 40% from the field. Purdue’s perimeter shooting, which the team is known for shooting great at, was tremendously awful. The Boilmakers shot 23% from the arc, only making four.
The Badgers on the other hand, played almost the exact same as the Boilmakers, though Wisconsin is used to ugly, defensive basketball. Their stats nearly emulated Purdue’s shooting horrid from three and not making free throws, though the Badgers protected and shared the ball better.
Purdue has lost three straight, two were good losses to Ohio State and Michigan State, though a loss to a under-15 win team is nearly inexcusable.
Next, Cincinnati went down on the road to Houston. To summarize, Cincinnati was simply out rebounded and Houston shot better than the Bearcats. Houston was trailing Cincy by three at the half, though a late push by the Cougars led to the upset. A three-pointer from Armoni Brooks with two minutes to go gave Houston a five point lead, and basically won the game for the Cougars.
Cincinnati did not play a bad game, though their perimeter shooting and lack of rebounding killed them. The Cougars had 9 more rebounds than the Bearcats, shot 10% better from the field, and 15% higher from three.
In University Park, Penn State dominated #8 Ohio State in a semi-full arena. Like the Cincinnati-Houston game, Penn State out rebounded and out shot Ohio State. The Buckeyes percentage from three was a gross 13%. The Nittany Lions pulled in eight more rebounds than Ohio State, ten of those being offensive. Guard Tony Carr led Penn State with 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
This win over Ohio State is the Lions’ fourth straight win, and a season sweep over the Buckeyes. Penn State hits the road and plays Purdue on Sunday.
Outside of the top ten, #15 Saint Mary’s lost at unranked San Fransisco, and #17 Arizona defeated #25 Arizona State on the road.
Saint Mary’s has lost back-to-back games, losing to Gonzaga on Saturday, and San Fransisco last night.
Frankie Ferrari led the Dons to an upset victory on San Fran’s home court, with 20 points, 7 assists, 4 boards, as well as a steal, going 2-2 from three, and hitting four of five free throws.
Saint Mary’s on the other hand, played a good game as well, though like the other teams that were upset Thursday, three point shooting was not up to par. The Gaels went 4-14 from deep, which was a large reason as to why they lost. Saint Mary’s goes to Portland tomorrow night.
The other ranked team that lost was not an upset, instead it was #25 Arizona State losing to rival #17 Arizona in Tempe.
Both teams shot similarly, though one of the things that beat the Sun Devils up was the rebounding, as they were out rebounded by sixteen rebounds. Arizona completed a season sweep of Arizona State.
Outside of the Top-25, New Mexico State and Florida Gulf Coast’s undefeated conference play records were broken, NMSU losing to Utah Valley on the road, and FGCU being defeated by Kennesaw State.
Let’s hope Thursday’s mayhem continues into the weekend and the rest of the season.