Daily Dribble: Saturday Top 25 Recap
Today’s recap is an MTV Rock & Jock style 15-pointer about Saturday’s Top 25 action.
1. #2 Memphis 65 – MTSU 41
Thoughts: The Tigers will be on national TV their next three games (Cincy, G’Town, Arizona), but luckily this one wasn’t televised. The Blue Raiders were absolutely shut down, held to 27% shooting, and no one scored more than 8 points.
2. #3 Kansas 81 – Ohio 51
Thoughts: The Bobcats came into this game in the Top 50 in RPI.. so you figure the game might have a chance to be decent, right? Not at all, Ohio leaves with their pride wounded.
3. #4 Georgetown 100 – Radford 51
Thoughts: Austin Freeman came into the season as one of the Big East’s most hyped freshmen. He hasn’t had a chance to get huge minutes, but he set a career high with 21 points in 21 minute yesterday.
4. #5 Texas 96 – Texas State 82
Thoughts: This was an oddly close game compared to some of the other Top 10 blowouts. Connor Atchley led the Longhorns with a career-best 26 points, continuing his quality season. The junior’s shooting a 63% from the floor and a money 62% from three.
5. #8 UCLA 89 – Idaho State 49
Thoughts: Western Illinois heads to Pauley on Tuesday to be the Bruins next victim. Could get ugly..
6. #9 Pittsburgh 85 – Oklahoma State 68
Thoughts: This appears to be a decent win for Pitt, but the Cowboys have proven to be a 2nd rate team this season. OSU’s best win is at home over ETSU, and they’re 0-4 against teams in the Top 100 RPI.
7. #10 Michigan State 79 – IPFW 57
Thoughts: Drew Neitzel’s numbers are mostly down across the board, but not his assist/turnover ratio. With 5 to 0 last night, Neitzel now has a ridiculous 4.7/1 ratio.
8. #11 Tennessee 88 – WKU 82
Thoughts: The Vols second straight 6-point victory. A big key in this game was UT’s ability to get to the line, getting 42 attempts to 22 for WKU. Oddly for Tennessee, all 9 players managed to get to the line. Chris Lofton continues to struggle, shooting 40% or worse for the fourth time in a row.
9. #13 Marquette 82 – Sacramento State 51
Thoughts: Nothing much to say here.. Sacramento State is one of the worst teams out there. The Hornets still haven’t beaten a D1 team this season, only coming close a month ago against Southern Utah.
10. #14 Indiana 100 – Western Carolina 52
Thoughts: The Hoosiers would have beaten Western Carolina without Eric Gordon or his 26 points, but it was good to see the top prospect back in the fold. He missed the last game and a half with a lower back bruise.
11. Nebraska 88 - #16 Oregon 79 (OT)
Thoughts: The Ducks are proving to be vulnerable away from home, losers of 2 of 4 now. Tajuan Porter and Malik Hairston did everything they could to get the game to OT, but got no help, as they combined for 81% of the team’s scoring.
12. Arizona State 77 - #17 Xavier 55
Thoughts: Maybe it was jet lag or the desert sun, but Xavier looked like anything but a Top 25 team in losing to the Sun Devils. Once ASU came back from an early 18-12 deficit, they never looked back, hitting everything in site. The FG %’s tell it all, 60 for ASU and 31 for Xavier.
13. #19 Butler 79 – Florid State 68
Thoughts: The best team playing in the Wooden Classic was Butler, sorry Purdue or Louisville. The Bulldogs bounced back from last week’s close loss at Wright State to cruise to a win. 79-68 isn’t a blow out.. but FSU trailed the last 38 minutes of action.
14. Purdue 67 - #20 Louisville 59
Thoughts: Louisville had no business being ranked before yesterday, and don’t really have a claim for the Top 40 right now either. The announcers on CBS were in love with Rick Pitino and Earl Clark, but the problem is that the sophomore forward can’t shoot straight (4 of 22 from three this year).
15. #25 BYU 86 – Pepperdine 67
Thoughts: Trent Plaisted is BYU’s biggest “name”, but Lee Cummard played lights out basketball this week. In the Cougars last two wins, the junior is 21 of 28 for 48 points, 16 rebounds, and 13 assists.