Two of the nation’s top 4 ranked teams went down on Sunday
Hot shooting and 10 blocked shots spelled doom for Duke.
While the countdown to 1,000 wins waits another few days for Coach K, the Wolfpack got a much needed boost in terms of being one of the last teams in with only nine weeks remaining until Selection Sunday.
Trevor Lacey led the charge with 21 points, as North Carolina State (12-5 overall, 3-1 mark in ACC play with an RPI of 48) managed to sink 10 of 16 shots from behind the three-point line in an 87-75 upset.
Duke on the other hand, suffered very erratic shooting–ending at 36.9 percent for the game.
This was the fourth straight season that the Blue Devils lost at PNC Arena.
Figure on Duke being on the high 2 seed line for the time being, with Kentucky firmly perched as the overall number one seed after their major escape on the road Saturday afternoon in squeaking out a double overtime victory at Texas A&M. UK fans can be thankful for Tyler Ulis, whose pair of clutch three point shots tilted the balance of the game in the Wildcats’ favor. But give the Aggies credit, they are in no way, shape, or form suffering any Johnny Football Hangovers of any kind–at least, according to this blog reporter.
In New Jersey early Sunday evening, Wisconsin’s BMOC Frank Kaminsky was ruled out of playing against Rutgers after suffering a concussion to the head during Wednesday’s win by the Badgers at Purdue.
Rutgers used an outstanding defensive effort, coupled with shooting over 54 percent from the field (5 of 11 from three) as the Scarlet Knights upset 4th ranked Wisconsin 67-62. Senior Kadeem Jack scored 20 and fellow guard Myles Mack led all scores with 21 points. Their previous best ranked win came while in the ACC when #6 West Virginia went down way back in 1982.
And for good measure, Loyola of Chicago nearly ended the run for Wichita State leading by 5 at halftime. However, Tekele Cotton, Fred Van Fleet, and Ron Baker spoiled the party as the Shockers ran way with a convincing 67-53 victory at the Gentile Center.
Please make this a great week, and I am sure more cool games will be checked on and the bigger upsets, the more it will get mentioned here. Take care, everybody.