College Basketball Cliff Notes
Tennessee 59 – 57 Georgia: I have nothing but good news for Vol fans. Thanks to an awesome last second buzzer beater from Bryan Williams the Vols are now 2-2 and still in the SEC East title hunt. And even better yet Bruce Pearl is halfway done with his eight game suspension. And even better still, Pearl will be on the bench coaching Saturday as the the Vols take on #8 UConn because the suspension only applies to conference games. With a win at UConn, the Vols would be a lock for the tournament.
#9 BYU 83 – 67 TCU: Jimmer led the way in this one with 21 points…and he added another shot to the YouTube highlight reels with this three he took from way way back.
Colorado 67 – 79 Nebraska: When Public Enemy made the song “Don’t Believe the Hype” they must have been talking about this years Colorado team. Just when everybody was starting to hop on the Buffs bandwagon, with the them 3-0 in conference having beaten both #8 Mizzou and #20 KState, they go and lose to Nebraska. Nebraska!? Their matchup with Kanas next Tuesday is suddenly a date that no longer deserves a circle.
#12 Kentucky 66 – 68 Alabama: All I can say is Kentucky is young. You just never know which team is going to show up and more importantly which Terrance Jones is going to show up. After scolding him in the media for being a ball hog, Calipari didn’t start Jones again this game…wrong move. Jones finished with 17 pts and 9 rbs, but just 2 assist. And in his absence Alabama hopped out to an early lead and never gave it up…leading by as much as 20 in the 2nd half. This loss leaves the SEC Title race wide open with three teams at 2-2 and Florida and South Carolina leading the way at 2-1.
#18 Michigan State 62 – 71 #22 Illinois: On Monday Tom Izzo told the Detroit Free Press, “This has been probably my toughest year, as far as trying to get everybody on the same page”…well I think it’s safe to say now that the Spartans are on the same page, the wrong one. Both teams have tough road games coming up on Saturday with Michigan State traveling to Purdue and Illinois going to take on #1 Ohio State.