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Over the past week, college basketball seemed as if it was at a standstill because of finals so there has been a lack of quality games and games in general. Most power five teams were matched up with cupcakes before they ran into the brunt of their non-conference schedule or were resting up before conference play began. Well, North Carolina scheduled Tennessee who has not been as competitive as they have been in the past couple years and that they would cruise to an easy “W” in Chapel Hill.
We’re heading to the home stretch of non-conference play in college basketball, which means breaks for finals and the holidays. Unfortunately, that also means fewer games to watch and a limited slate of Big 12 games to talk about. With that said, some teams did a nice job of reinforcing their positions in the conference, while others continued to plummet. Two teams did their best to prove my preseason predictions wrong, and only one did so in a positive way.
Player of the Week
Josh Jackson, Kansas
All great things eventually come to an end, and Kentucky’s 42 game consecutive home winning streak did just that. Freshman phenoms Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf combined to take down the No. 1 ranked cats in Rupp. There is more devastating news that could potentially shake up the outcome of the SEC. Sindarious Thornwell, a candidate for SEC player of the year was suspended indefinitely for being arrested last spring while driving with a suspended license.
It was a great week for the ACC, or at least it was for most teams. They took home the conference's first ACC/Big10 Championship title in 7 years and as a collective group, went 20-8 overall. The only "bad" loss was by Pitt on Friday night at home to a bad Duquesne team (more on that later).
The Big 12 saw some dominance from a few unexpected teams this week. Kansas continued to round into their usual form, defeating Long Beach State and Stanford comfortably. Baylor kept on rolling, dominating Sam Houston State and then controlling the 7th ranked team in the country, Xavier. Even with the Bears’ emergence as a Big 12 title contender, the most surprising team in the conference continues to be the Jamie Dixon-led TCU Horned Frogs, who are undefeated through seven games.