A glance back at Saturday’s activity, including the incomparable SEC/Big 12 Challenge
The SEC/Big 12 Challenge became the dominant focal point Saturday and kid, oh rapture, it didn’t frustrate.
Florida upset No. 11 West Virginia with an exciting fight against eminent loss 85-80 win, No. 12 Missouri defeated a twofold digit shortage to get away from TCU in additional time 102-98 and No. 10 Texas Tech pulled the Houdini demonstration of the day year with a 12-0 spat the last moment to expel LSU 76-71 in staggering design.
That wasn’t all. The Oklahoma schools conveyed the merchandise too, with No. 24 Oklahoma commencing the day with a 66-61 success over No. 9 Alabama and Oklahoma State overcoming Arkansas 81-77 gratitude to the late-game heroics of Cade Cunningham. At that point, the chief group in the state only north of Oklahoma, No. 15 Kansas, got clobbered out and about by No. 18 Tennessee.
It was a wild day undoubtedly in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge yet additionally in the game. So we’ve accomplished the leg work to wrap up all the happenings into one clean section naming the day’s greatest champs and washouts. Appreciate.
Failure: Kansas battles proceed
Circumstances are difficult for Bill Self and Co. They assumed their fourth misfortune in five games Saturday to the Vols, who stepped them 80-61. It was the Jayhawks’ fifth loss of January to close the month, the first run through since 1989 the program has taken that numerous misfortunes in a solitary month and the first run through Self has done as such as a lead trainer since 1995, per ESPN.
Champ: Florida reinforces NCAA Tournament continue
Nobody would have accused the Gators in the event that they’d collapsed subsequent to losing preseason SEC Player of the Year Keyontae Johnson in December in startling design. Be that as it may, the Gators have now won four straight subsequent to outliving No. 11 West Virginia 85-80. Just Gonzaga and Texas Tech have scored more against the Mountaineers this season. Yet, with Michigan move Colin Castleton ending up being a disclosure, the Gators are flooding and building a serious resume. The 6-foot-11 Castleton got done with 21 focuses, seven bounce back and five squares on Saturday.
Failure: Providence blows important lead to Hoyas
As though blowing an important lead to a Georgetown group that sat at the lower part of the meeting standings in front of Saturday wasn’t sufficiently ruthless, Providence did precisely that, losing 73-72 in particularly anguishing style. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Providence star David Duke missed a free toss that would have likely sent the game to OT, sending the game to a sudden stop all things considered. (Duke is hitting above 80% from the free-toss line this season.)
Champ: Duke’s Johnson shows dunking abilities
Duke green bean forward Jalen Johnson conveyed the dunk of the day with power Saturday as the Blue Devils extinguished Clemson 79-53. Johnson took a take halfway through the principal half and stuck over Clemson green bean PJ Hall when the two met at the edge, posterizing him simultaneously.
Here’s another look, since it was totally wonderful and only one point doesn’t get the job done.
Johnson carried the certainty and strut to his postgame, as well, revealing to ACC Network that he saw it coming.
“I could judge by the manner in which he was seeking after it [that he planned to attempt to hinder it],” he said. “I realized I planned to place him in the edge.”
Failure: TCU blows enormous lead out and about
To hack up a twofold digit lead is a certain something, however to do as such in the last minutes out and about against a positioned group is in its own uncommon class of torment. TCU drove by twelve with 4:40 left in guideline however let No. 12 Mizzou mount a 19-7 run from that point to drive additional time. In OT, the Tigers outscored TCU 13-9 to take a 102-98 success at home. TCU has now lost five-straight and is just projected by KenPom to win two of its leftover nine meeting games. Ouch.
Failure: Two more unbeaten groups go down
The quantity of unbeaten groups in school circles contracted by two this end of the week after Alabama A&M lost to Prairie View A&M 79-57. The Bulldogs’ misfortune came a day after Winthrop (16-1) assumed its first loss of the period on Friday by only two measly focuses in a 57-55 triumph by an UNC Asheville group it beat by four just a day prior.
Victor: Baylor handles Auburn easily
The Bears actually haven’t dominated a match by less than eight focuses after they repped the Big 12 with a 84-72 success over Auburn. Baylor drove only 35-30 at halftime before methodicallly destroying Bruce Pearl’s club with the standard blend of 3-point shooting and protection, holding Auburn star watch Sharife Cooper within proper limits. There was additionally this crazy set back dunk by Matthew Mayer that sent the Bears’ seat into an absolute free for all.
Victor: Cade Cunningham warms up late
Oklahoma State green bean Cade Cunningham didn’t make the beginning Saturday against Arkansas subsequent to missing the last two games because of COVID-19 conventions. Be that as it may, consistent with the platitude: It’s not how you start, it’s the manner by which you finish.
Also, Cunningham got done with reason. He had 14 second-half focuses in the Pokes’ 81-77 success over Arkansas, and sunk not just the thumbs up jumper in time to get down to business, however free toss endeavors in the last couple of moments to save the success.