Saturday afternoon saw Iowa State get cold from the perimeter as Oklahoma played a nearly perfect game in ending the hopes of one of five remaining undefeated schools in Iowa State.
The Sycamores’ own worst enemy was shooting only 6 of 26 from long distance, while OU was 13 of 30 from three. The game was tied at 39 at the half, but the Sooners also held their own on the rebounding end and scored 22 of 24 points on second chance efforts.
DeAndre Kane led the Cyclones with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists before suffering an ankle injury with 22 seconds left. Guard Buddy Hield came up huge for the Sooners scoring 24 points, while forward Ryan Spangler had a nice effort compiling a double-double (16 points, and a team high 15 rebounds).
Continuing on with the latest Stock Up, Stock Down features on games from the last four days:
George Washington, for upsetting VCU on Tuesday night 76-66. The Colonials are building quite a nice resume worthy of getting some major votes come Selection Sunday, with a 14-3 overall record (2-1 in the Atlantic 10) and several quality wins over Creighton, Rhode Island, Boston University, and the Jaspers of Manhattan.
Arkansas (RPI of 66), for knocking off Kentucky (RPI of 14) in probably the most heart-pounding finish of the season, 87-85 in overtime on Michael Qualls’ poster worthy dunk with only two tenths (.2) of a second showing on the clock. The Razorbacks earned their first SEC win after dropping their first two in-conference games, including losing another overtime battle on Saturday to Florida.
Indiana (RPI of 56), for coming up huge defensively in knocking off previously unbeaten Wisconsin Tuesday night in Assembly Hall, 75-72. The Hoosiers used a splendid effort of Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell when he deposited 25 points, including 10 of 24 shooting in 33 minutes of action. Big Red also outscored Wisconsin’s bench 15-6, thanks in large part to Stanford Robinson’s 13 points (no relation to either Glenn Robinson).
Arizona, Syracuse, and Wichita State (RPI’s of 5, 7, and 10 respectively as of January 15)–the last of the nation’s unbeaten. The Orange have critical tests with Pittsburgh visiting the Carrier Dome on Saturday for a 4 p.m. Eastern time tip, while paying a visit down south to Miami (Florida) and the always lurking Hurricanes the following week.
After surviving a very difficult test against an inspired bunch from UCLA on January 9, the Wildcats have a three game home stand coming up, with Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah waiting in the wings on January 16, 23, and 26.
Right now, it will come down to those two schools to see who grabs the overall number 1 seed. Wichita State continues to impress, but a showdown against Indiana State looms on Saturday before visiting Illinois State on the 22nd.
Also, look out for Kansas State to move up the tournament ladder after beating Oklahoma on Tuesday night 72-66 at home. Both schools are 13-4 and their RPI’s are close at 26 and 34 respectively.
Butler, for dropping their fifth straight Big East conference game, the latest an 88-60 drubbing at the hands of Doug McDermott and Creighton. The National Player of the Year candidate scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half as the Blue Jays poured it on scoring 53 points in settling matters early in Omaha.
Duke, for losing on the road at Clemson on Saturday.
Notre Dame, for losing on the road at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Hope to provide another update sometime this weekend. Please stay dry.