After the first games of the College Basketball season saw Duke and Gonzaga look unstoppable the weekend confirmed those beliefs. Here is a recap of the top games of the weekend.
Many of the top 25 teams in the AP top 25 hit the court on Friday and many of them delivered the W for their schools.
No. 22 Clemson completed a 71-51 victory over NC Central in one of the early games on Friday. Forward David Skara led the Tigers with 16 points and forward Javan White grabbed 6 rebounds off the bench.
No. 15 Virginia Tech defeated Gardner-Webb, 87-59, in a game that was never really close. Nate Johnson was the leader for Virginia Tech as he dropped 17 in the victory.
No. 8 North Carolina is wanted for Murder of the entire Elon team after beating them 116-67. The 49-point differential was both embarrassing for the Phoenix and another statement made by the Tar Heels. Freshman Nassir Little was tied for the team lead in scoring with 21 points off the bench.
No. 6 Tennessee beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 87-65, thanks to 31 from Greg Williams. Every starter in this game for the Volunteers ended the game scoring in the double digits in scoring.
No. 2 Kentucky rolled past Southern Illinois in a closer game than many expected by a score of 71-59. The Wildcats were led in scoring by two of their top freshman Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson as each dropped 15. Despite the win, Kentucky has massive problems that they need to have addressed if they want to continue to be considered title contenders.
No. 23 LSU followed up a 94 point showing with a 97 point one as they beat UNC Greensboro, 97-91. Although the defense looked spotty in this one Kyrin Galloway went 8-10 from three and had 32 points in the Tigers victory.
No. 18 Mississippi State beat Austin Peay 95-67 in a game that would have been inexcusable to lose. Quinndary Weatherspoon proved he is the Bulldogs leading scorer as he dropped 21 in the win although he failed to make either of his two attempts from beyond the arch.
No. 12 Kansas State won their first game of the season thanks to a strong defensive effort over Kennesaw State, 56-41. Barry Brown Jr., Dean Wade, and Makol Mawien outscored Kennesaw State by themselves (43-41) as they provided the majority of the scoring for the Wildcats.
UPSET ALERT! Buffalo is coming off an impressive win over Arizona in last seasons round of 64 in March Madness and the program has continued to thrive this year after a 2-0 start and 99-94 OT win over No. 13 West Virginia on the road. CJ Massinburg had 43 points and sunk 9 threes in the victory as he led the way to the upset.
No. 7 Nevada beat Pacific 83-61 in another game that was never close. Caleb Martin was the star again as he sunk 5 threes and scored 22 points in the win.
The later games on Friday provided a few blowouts. No. 14 Oregon beat EWU, 81-47, behind 23 points and 12 rebounds from Bol Bol. No. 11 Auburn smoked number 25 Washington 88-66 thanks to 16 by Jaylen Nowell and Nahziah Carter, who came off the bench. No. 21 UCLA beat Long Beach State 91-80 as they were led by 17 from the guard and center combination of Kris Wilkes and Moses Brown.
No. 16 Syracuse won, 84-70, over Morehead State in what was a fun game to watch throughout. Tyus Battle and Elijah Huges each eclipsed 20 points in the Orange victory.
No. 19 Michigan beat Holy Cross, 56-37, in a game that was never even close. Last season’s runner-up smoked a team not worthy of being on the same court as them thanks to 20 from Charles Matthews.
No. 24 Purdue picked up their second win of the year over Ball State, 84-75. Carsen Edwards padded his All-American status with 23 points as the Boilermakers eased to a win over a team whose name suggests they should be far better than they are.
No. 9 Villanova improved to 2-0 with an 86-53 win over Quinnipiac. Phil Booth dropped 23 in the win for ‘Nova.
Gonzaga smoked Texas Southern 104-67 in another incredible showing from the offense. The Zags look like a complete team as they had four players in double digits and are primed to make a statement in March this season.
Duke. Wow. Zion. Wow. The No. 4 Blue Devils didn’t put up quite as many points in their 94-72 win over Army as they did against Kentucky, but they still looked just as impressive. The big three of Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett scored 27, 25, and 23, respectively, and outscored Army by themselves.
No. 5 Virginia had a very impressive early season win as they beat George Washington, 76-57. The Cavaliers put up 76 points as their offense led by 20 from Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome looked impressive for the first time in a while.
No. 18 Mississippi State won their second game of the weekend, beating Hartford, 77-59. Weathers was once again the star of the game as he scored 22 in the victory.
No. 20 TCU improved to 2-0 with a 79-62 win over Oral Roberts in an obvious win game. Desmond Bane had 22 and Alex Robinson had 23 to anchor the offense for TCU.
No. 10 Michigan State evened out their record in a bounce-back win over Florida Gulf Coast University, 106-82. Nick Ward led the way with 25 points as the Spartans had 4 double-digit scorers.
No. 17 Florida State improved to 2-0 with an 80-69 road win against Tulane. Terance Mann has 21 in the win.
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