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January 11th, 2017
It was quite a week in the Big 12, with quality games around the conference, including an upset in Lubbock and near upsets of Baylor and Kansas. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia by a score of 77-76 in overtime, scoring the biggest upset of the season to this point in the Big 12. Baylor was taken to the wire by Iowa State and Oklahoma State, while the Jayhawks took down Kansas State on a very controversial game-winning layup by Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.
Typically, the farther you progress through a season, the more you know about each team. Well, in the SEC I feel like I learn less and less each week. Just when you think a team is sinking or another is going to make a potential run to the big dance, they let you down. I started to like Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers and think they could be a potential cinderella story this year and sneak into the tourney, then they get blown out by a 6-loss Vanderbilt team. Not to say they still can’t do it, but you get the point.
We’ve finally reached conference play and the first slate of games did not disappoint. Each team (minus Texas) only played one game this week, and the results gave a little more insight on where the season could be heading for the Big 12. Texas continues to severely disappoint, while teams like Kansas State and TCU continue to prove that they can battle with the rest of the conference, and that their non-conference successes may not be a fluke. Oklahoma State and Jawun Evans proved that they can score with anyone, but their defense will be an issue.
SEC conference play started Thursday with a slate of five games, and we had some interesting outcomes. Nearing the end of non-conference play we started to get a feel of what the alignment of the SEC standings would be come tournament time. I know it was just one day of action, but the results of those games raised a few questions. Apparently homecourt advantage doesn’t matter. In every conference matchup, the road team left victorious. And that includes Tennessee going into College Station to beat the Aggies and Florida beating a 1-loss Arkansas team in Bud Walton Arena.
December 30th, 2016
Player of the Week
Marcus Keene, G, Junior, Central Michigan Chippewas
Jimmer Fredette. Buddy Hield. Carmelo Anthony. Steph Curry. All some of the best college basketball players of the last two decades in many categories. There was one thing that all of them could not accomplish: average 30 points per game by the end of the season.