Highlights of the Week: College Hoops

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Markus Howard’s 45 points against Kansas Sate lead him to winning Big East Player of the Week. (Photo courtesy: Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports

Upsets galore

As has been the case in this one-and-done era of college basketball, the talented young teams made up of one-and-done players tend to be rough at the start of the season and end up losing to teams they might not lose to come February or March. This was highlighted when previously 18th ranked Oregon lost a home game to Texas Southern and then it happened again when previously 17th ranked Texas lost to Radford. These surely won’t be the last big upsets of the college basketball season, but this has become fairly regular for teams that are made up of a lot of young players.

Penn State beats Virginia Tech, Louisville beats Michigan State

The ACC/Big Ten challenge was this week and it provided some fairly big upsets. They both came on Tuesday and one of them was Penn State pulling off a one-point win over 13th ranked Virginia Tech. Penn State was able to pull off this win mostly because of the production off the bench. Myreon Jones and Rasir Bolton combined for 29 points off the bench and Jones had 18 points on 7/11 shooting and 4/8 on threes.

The other upset was Louisville taking down number 9 Michigan State, 82-78 in overtime. Chris Mack’s Louisville squad is off to a pretty good start this season and in this one they were lead by 24 points from Ryan McMahon. Louisville is looking like they might be poised for a better season than a lot of people would’ve thought and that’s not all that surprising because Chris Mack is a very good coach.

Michigan continues being dominant

Michigan put a lot of people on notice earlier this season when they beat Villanova 73-46 in a national title game rematch, but they’ve showed no signs of slowing down as they’ve now entered the top-five. Last week they trounced two ranked opponents. The first one was North Carolina, winning 84-67, lead by 21 points from Charles Matthews and 24 points from Ignas Brazdeikis.

The second big win of the week for the Wolverines came against 19th ranked Purdue, 76-57. The Wolverines outscored the Boilermakers 44-28 in the first half and that was all they needed. Jordan Poole went for 21 points on 8/9 shooting. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue this level of dominance deep into conference play.

Big Ten starts conference play

As has become the tradition in the Big Ten, they started conference play before the new year when they started conference play this week. Nobody played more than one conference game so there’s not too much to talk about, but these conference games can be huge and it’s interesting to see them played before teams are playing at their best.

Marquette upsets Kansas State

Kansas State was the number 12 ranked team in the country and then they went into Fiserv Forum and lost to Marquette, 83-71, and the big reason for that was 45 points from Markus Howard. He did this on 11/17 shooting. Howard is a pure scorer and someone that needs to be watched, especially after leading his team to this upset.

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