November College Basketball News #1

Greetings, BBN! College basketball and the Kentucky Wildcats are back in hardwoods as heated buildings and yards draw cool November campus residents. In this roundup, we’ll look at this week’s events so far, including the UK’s inaugural win over Howard, the Boards on the High Seas, as well as the many turmoil and turmoil almost across the D1 scene, and a preview of some fun matches this weekend Including Kentucky vs the Du (ke) quesne Duke(s) (Not That Duke), Talk About Anything else cool in hoops including but not limited to hot seats, cattle drives, Eric Musselman, and bulldog fighting techniques , and orange-colored things. Let’s roll:

Shortlisted Kentucky shines in a stellar opening night performance

Below Oscar Chipwey, Sapphire Wheeler and Damion Collins in their first game of the season, little would have been surprised if the cats had started to rust a bit and left Howard hanging around in the second half. The rest of the “Cats” showed the depth of this team, however, with an easy 95-63 win with 23 points from Antonio Reeves and 20 points from C.J. Frederick.

Friday night had more than the same good vibes, taking a 16-point lead in the first half into the locker rooms against Duquesne and never looking back. Wheeler travel is back, so BBN is now waiting for Big O and Damion Collins to return. If Michigan State played the way they did against Gonzaga, the cats would need all hands on deck.

Louisville loses inaugural game at home to cross Bellarmine town

Sounds like Yum! The center is open for business, selling turbulent opportunities and the road winning left and right, because after losing in double digits to enemy D2 fairgrounds they lost a point to cross town A-Sun Bellarmine, who just joined D1 two years ago and plays in one of the old Louisville arenas. If the cards hold this way, we may see a more successful team in Louisville at Freedom Hall than Yum! center.

Florida loses by double digits to Stetson

Several Power 5 teams had embarrassing losses or came close to them in their first games this week like Louisville which showed why the pre-season conference expected long seasons for the cards, Georgetown, Boston College, etc. With the Seminoles picking Leonard Hamilton to finish in the top five in the ACC standings, losing by 11 to Stetson? I didn’t see that Quad 4 was fatal on opening night, especially not by a large margin. If it turns out they’ll be on the bubble in March, November 7th may come back to chase them.

Gonzaga reigns supreme in the sea battle with Michigan

Off the Pacific coast of San Diego Bay on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, two great college basketball teams took the hardwoods and put on a stunning show that combined the novelty of the first stand-up deck game since 2012 with a thrilling back-and-forth game. The unranked 11.5-point Michigan State was an underdog against the #2 Zags, but anyone expecting an easy, calm win for the Bulldogs was by surprise as the Spartans led up to 12 in the second half and came short at the bell. These outdoor ocean games don’t happen often, so it’s very important that you go well when you do so that the producers aren’t afraid to try again. I don’t think it could have been better.

The best of the rest:

  • Oklahoma State and Oklahoma State each lose by one point to Sam Houston State and Southern Illinois, respectively.
  • #14 TCU Coming Back From A First-Hat Double Disaster To Escape A Disaster Against SWAC At Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • Memphis hits the road and beats Vanderbilt in a daring opening night gamble

Seton Hall plays Saint Peters as the former Peacocks coach faces the former team in Game Two

Shaheen Holloway made history this past March as he became the first coach to lead the 15th seed to the Elite Eight, which resulted in a phone call from Seton Hall and a small salary increase. Now in only his second game with the Pirates, he’s facing his former team and several players he was coaching just eight months ago. I wonder how embarrassed he will be on Saturday.

Louisville tries not to lose again

With the way the Cardinals play, it looks like every game is a ‘U of L Embarrassing ‘L’ Watch, so when they host Wright State this afternoon as a mere 5.5 point favourite, who knows what’s going to happen?

The best of the rest:

  • Colorado vs #11 Tennessee in Nashville on Sunday 2:00

CBSsports ranked top 25 and 1 coaches with many familiar faces that no longer exist

A fun read by CBS staff that shows who’s the best at the sport right now and reminds you how hard it can be to win a national title. The only coach I saw with more than one coach was Bill Self (and guess where it ranked?). In addition to coaches like Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim who have been coaching for over 25 years, their legacy is still forever cemented in their schools with one national title while their fan bases are still cherished. You can find the article over here:

Gonzaga checks out Big 12 and explores options

It will certainly be a fitting bonus to the program after Mark Few’s career finally comes to an end sometime in the future, and will keep them from slipping back into the folds of the middle of the majors. I’m not sure how good or easy the potential transition will be, but I can see this helping the software a lot. It will definitely make the Big 12 a basketball heavyweight. Who do you know? The new acc could become the hoops with Baylor and Kansas winning the last two titles and the conference loaded again this year and soon Houston.

Until next time, go cats!

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