Jay Wright has been rumored in recent years to be linked to the Philadelphia 76ers if he ever wants to leave Villanova. The thought of that may have crossed his mind once or twice on Wednesday night after his team was obliterated by Michigan 73-46.
From the start, Michigan controlled the game. The Wolverines came out with a wildly effective offensive attack, going on a 10-2 run to open the game and scoring 40 points before the Wildcats even hit 20. The Michigan defense held everyone with the exception of Eric Paschall to under 10 points on the day and even Paschall was held to just two first half points.
The stats don’t get any better for Nova the further into them you go. Michigan’s halftime lead of 44-17 was the biggest halftime deficit for the Wildcats since 2003. As a team that relied on the three for their first two games of the season only hit three of their 15 attempts from beyond the arch.
For Michigan, freshman Ignas Brazdeikis kept up his high scoring pace by dropping 18 in the win and was the second highest scorer on the team only behind senior Charles Matthews. Brazdeikis also led the team with seven rebounds.
Every top 20 team that took the court on Wednesday besides Villanova was victorious.
Duke flexed their depth against an overmatched Eastern Michigan team and won 84-46. Cam Reddish was sidelined with a groin injury for most of the game but his production was made up for by junior Javin DeLaurier and junior Jack White who each had 10 points.
Despite the dominance of RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson had 21 points on 10-12 shooting and continued to keep up his historic pace. The freshman is shooting an INSANE 82% from the floor through the teams first three games. I promise that that is not a typo, Zion is actually shooting 82%. Although that shooting percentage is unsustainable, Duke’s now three game winning streak is not and will likely extend until possibly the end of March (it won’t but it’s possible).
Michigan State took down UL Monroe in a game which was close at first. Junior JD Williams and sophomore Michael Ertel led the Warhawks in scoring as each eclipsed 20 points but it was not enough to take down a balanced Spartans team.
Junior Cassius Winston had 23 in the Michigan State win and senior Kenny Goins was an animal on the glass reigning in 15 rebounds to raise his season average to 10.3.
Clemson, Auburn and Kentucky all joined Michigan State by blowing out their lesser opponents.
Clemson let Sam Houston State 74-59 thanks to 26 points by Marcquise Reed. The game was close early in the second half before the Tigers pulled away.
Auburn massacred Mississippi College by 51 points by a score of 103-52. The Auburn defense held every player on Mississippi College to below 10 points and had 6 players on the Tigers team were above the 10 point mark.
Kentucky smoked North Dakota 96-58 behind fantastic performances from the starters. All 5 were double digit scorers despite not playing normal minutes since the game was out of hand early.
Now to another “upset” if you want to call it that. Indiana and freshman Romeo Langford who had 22 points sent number 24 Marquette from ranked to what will be unranked come Monday’s rankings being released in a 96-73 blowout. The Hoosiers defense never let up as they won a much needed game for their push to get into the top 25.
More of a minor upset as neither team was ranked but Boston College dropped a very winable game to IUPUI. The Jaguars defeated the Eagles 76-69 after outscoring them in the second half 40-27. If the Eagles wanted to make any noise this season, they needed to take care of business and have as few bad losses as possible on their record.
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