Joins some very select company
The final score on Monday night was North Carolina 85, Syracuse 68. But the real fun happened after the final buzzer, as longtime Coach Roy Williams received some really cool swag:
- A framed jersey with the number “800”.
- Commemorative Jordan Brand shoes autographed by His Airness himself, when Williams was a longtime assistant to Dean Smith during their 1982 championship run.
Mike Kryzyewski of Duke, Bob Huggins of West Virginia, Bobby Knight of Indiana and Texas Tech, along with Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, Eddie Sutton of Oklahoma State fame, and the late John Wooden of UCLA with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky are the only other coaches to have amassed at least 800 wins.
Gonzaga the last of the unbeaten, but the AP shows them little love
The latest poll that was released on Monday morning has Gonzaga pegged at #4, with Villanova back on top. Kansas occupied the second slot, hours before beating Iowa State for the Jayhawks 17th straight win by an 86-82 count.
But look out for Florida State, after their impressive win Saturday at home against Duke. The Seminoles are ranked 10th and have some interesting games coming up.
Other key results from Monday afternoon:
Butler used a 19-12 run over the final 4:23 to break open a 69-68 game with Marquette. The final score ended up being 88-80 in favor of the Bulldogs over the Golden Eagles.
Creighton held off Xavier in Cincinnati, while St. John’s showed little mercy against DePaul. And in other mid-major action, Valparaiso continues to impress with Alec Peters scoring 20 points to go along with a personal career high 16 rebounds in a convincing 80-56 home win at the ARC against Wisconsin-Green Bay. Peters only needs 89 points to hit the 1,000 point milestone. Both teams are now 5-1 in Horizon League play, but Valpo has a 15-4 overall record, while last year’s postseason tournament winners have scuffled a bit and are 11-7. They were led in scoring by Jamar Hurdle with 11 points, along with Kerem Kanter chipping with 10 points of his own.