Penn beats Villanova
Coming off of their national title last season the Villanova Wildcats lost a lot of their top players, so it’s not too surprising that they’ve gotten off to a fairly slow start this season, but things really went downhill on Tuesday when they went into The Palestra and lost to Penn. Now Penn is a pretty good IVY League team, but they don’t have the talent level of Villanova. The most jarring stat from this game is that Villanova had only six assists.
Kansas hangs on to beat Villanova
Coming off of that loss to Penn, Villanova had a really tall task and that was to go into Allen Fieldhouse and try to beat the number one team in the country. They did play much better than they did against Penn, but ultimately they came up short, losing 74-71. The Wildcats were lead by 29 points from Phil Booth, but they couldn’t overcome 29 points from Lagerald Vick and 28 points from Dedric Lawson. Even in a loss, maybe this game will be able to give Villanova some confidence, and Kansas showed it’s still probably the toughest task in college hoops to try and go into Allen Fieldhouse and beat the Jayhawks.
Old Dominion upsets Syracuse
If you’ve watched Syracuse play this season, it’s not surprising they would get upset, because as usual, they struggle to score. This reared it’s ugly head when they lost to Old Dominion at the Carrier Dome by a score of 68-62. B.J. Stith lead the Monarchs with 18 points, but the main reason they won was being able to hold the Orange to 33.3% shooting.
Indiana beats Butler in dramatic fashion
Saturday was a great in-state matchup in the Crossroads Classic between 25th ranked Indiana and Butler. This was a very back-and-forth game that looked like either team could win and it ultimately came down to the last possession. Juwan Morgan lead the Hoosiers with 35 points, but on the last possession with it tied, the Hoosiers tried to work through star freshman Romeo Langford, but Butler did a great job denying him the ball, but the ball fell in the hands of Rob Phinisee, and he made magic happen as the clock expired.
INDIANA FOR THE WIN! UNREAL! pic.twitter.com/sRDhQyD149— CBB Talk (@CBBSuperFan) December 15, 2018
North Carolina beats Gonzaga
Saturday Night gave us a matchup of top-12 teams between North Carolina and Gonzaga and North Carolina showed they are a title contender this season, by beating Gonzaga 103-90. The Tar Heels outscored Gonzaga 53-39 in the first half and after that they coasted to a win. Luke Maye joined the 1,000-point club in this one and with this being Gonzaga’s second loss in a week, albeit to two highly-ranked teams, shows they are really missing Killian Tillie.