Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday February 7th College Basketball Review

Yesterday's slate of college basketball games was filled with promise.  There was potential upsets, upsets, and surprising finishes to games.  To review the craziness we present Buzzer Beater Basketball's review of all of yesterday's games.

#6 Arizona Loses at Arizona State:
Fans in Arizona were rushing the court after Arizona State's 81-78 upset over #6 Arizona.  Arizona St. jumped out early and kept up with the Wildcats.  From the start of the game you could tell it was going to be a tough one for the #6 team in the country.   Although they received 25 points from T.J. McConnell and 16 points from Stanley Johnson, they still didn't have enough in the high scoring affair last night.  On the other hand, Bo Barnes led Arizona State with 18 points and hit a crucial late game three pointer.  This loss moves Arizona 20-3 and 8-2 in the Pac 12 this season.

#1 Kentucky Extends Streak to 23 Games:
The top ranked team in the country extended their winning streak Saturday with a 68-61 win over Florida.  Yes, Kentucky was actually tested for once.  Although, the game was on the road in a tough environment against a decent Florida team.  Kentucky's freshman Karl Towns was ready to answer to the pressure placed upon them though.  He finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while teammate Aaron Harrison led the team in scoring with 23 points.  Although this game was closer than many expected, Kentucky still escaped with another win.  Also, Willie Cauley-Stein finished off a fast break with this beautiful poster finish.

#4 Duke Stomps Over #10 Notre Dame
After losing to Notre Dame at their house recently, Duke wanted to show ND how they play at home.  And that they did.  Duke stomped over Notre Dame with a 90-60 blowout win.  Duke's freshman Jahlil Okafor dominated once again with 20 points and 10 rebounds.  Another one of their star freshman also had a great game.  Justice Winslow finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Although Duke's offense was stellar, their defense was also great.  They held Notre Dame's star players Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton under 10 points a piece.  Grayson Allen also added to the defensive punch with this block of his own.  

#8 Kansas Loses Momentum Against Oklahoma State
Just as they were starting to play better, Kansas lost.  They were just starting to click and it seemed they figured out everything they needed in order to win.  But it went wrong on Saturday during their 67-62 loss to Oklahoma State.  Granted, it's only a 5 point loss, but it still slows the momentum they were building at a crucial point of the season.  Kansas choked in the second half and lost an 11 point lead.  They shot a dismal 27% from the field in this second half.  Oklahoma State also brought it on the offensive end.  Le'Bryan Nash capped off his performance with 18 points and 5 rebounds.  For Kansas, their offense was more stagnant.  Their offense seemed to be slowed down and not as fluid last night.  Their next try to regain momentum will be at Texas Tech on Tuesday.

#3 Virginia Slides Past #9 Louisville
This is a bittersweet victory for Virginia.  They beat Louisville 52-47 after holding off a late push, but they also lost a key player.  Their leader Justin Anderson broke his finger last night and is going to be out 4-6 weeks.  Louisville's big three helped lead their second half comeback.  Terry Rozier led the big 3 with 16 points and 5 assists.  For Virginia, it was Malcolm Brogdon (15 points) and Darion Atkins (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks) who led their team to victory.  Virginia capped off their tough 3 game stretch against Duke, UNC, and Louisville with 2 wins and 1 loss against Duke's promise filled team.  Now they can relax a little as that stretch of terror is over. 

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