ACC wins another Challenge, but Indiana comes up huge over North Carolina

SONG SELECTION:

“A Marshmallow World”, by She & Him on Christmas Party album

Released November 18, 2016 on Columbia Records

After the usual hectic Thanksgiving weekend with plenty of holiday tournaments to satisfy even the heartiest person who loves turkey leftovers (I like having the stuffing and the cranberry sauce myself), Kentucky and Kansas proved to be the big winners.  Even Creighton continues to impress, but Indiana bounced back in a huge way on Wednesday night outdistancing North Carolina.

It was Roy Williams’ 1,000th game as a head coach, dating back to his days with Kansas.  But Carolina’s big men did not shoot the ball well, and led by a very raucous crowd–the 2014 Indiana grad and World Series hero from the Chicago Cubs, Kyle Schwarber was there to be the Hoosiers honorary captain.  Kudos to ESPN announcer Dave O’Brien for mentioning how “huge a fan” Dick Vitale is having season tickets to see the Tampa Bay Rays.

For the record, the ACC won 9 of the 14 games this past Monday through Wednesday.  The best games of the bunch otherwise were Virginia coming back from a huge deficit to topple Ohio State and Virginia Tech surviving a last second three at Michigan.

This weekend is the first big weekend where most schools will play prior to the first semester final exams.

With football wrapping up and volleyball in the middle of the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament, CBS begins its’ 36th year in covering men’s college basketball.  Their lid lifter will be at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time as UCLA makes their annual three time-zone trip to the East to take on top-ranked Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

CBS Sports Network will have a tripleheader, as the defending champs from Villanovia will have a Big Five intercity matchup at their temporary home against St. Joseph’s beginning at 1 p.m.  Two hours later, it is off to the Hoophall Miami Inviatational as VCU will take on the Fighting Illini from Illinois.  The nightcapper is at 5 p.m. with a solid matchup of mid-majors as Wichita State plays at Colorado State.  On Sunday, CBSSN will have one game beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time as the BB&T Classic features Florida State playing George Washington at the Verizon Center.

Hope to have some recaps and maybe a podcast sometime this coming week.  See you then.

 

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