Most ranked teams coasted through first set of games during Veterans’ Weekend
In Hawaii, Arizona stormed back from an early huge deficit to upend Michigan State 65-63. Early on, it was the Miles Bridges Show for Gang Green scoring the first 11 of the team’s 13 points. But somehow, Arizona clawed their way back thanks largely to Michigan State missing a bunch of layups and committing numerous turnovers.
Kadeem Allen took the ball the length of the court and scored with 1.3 seconds left to give Arizona an early leg for possible NCAA Tournament inclusion.
Indiana needed overtime in the second game to outlast Kansas, another outstanding tilt between two of the sport’s tradition rich programs by a 103-99 count. Thanks to some hot shooting from behind the arc, Indiana rallied from a nine point deficit to finish 15 of 31 shooting from three-point land. James Blackmon, Jr. scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime. He was one of five Hoosiers to finish in double figures, as Thomas Bryant achieved a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Curtis Jones chipped in with 15 points, while Yogi Ferrell’s replacement at guard OG Anunoby had 13 and Robert Johnson finished with 10.
Frank Mason III led all scorers with 30 points to go along with nine assists.
The other upset had Wagner win at UConn 67-58. It marked the first time that the Huskies lost their home opener while playing on the Storrs campus.
Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida survived early scares but coasted to easy wins by double digits.
Tip-Off Marathon to start a few hours earlier
Add Villanova at Purdue to your schedule, with the tip slated to occur shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern time Monday at the famed Keady Court at Mackey Arena. The rest of the schedule is the same that I mentioned in a blog during the summer.