Upset Alert: Washington Topples Kansas

SONG SELECTION:

“Nightcall”, by London Grammar

Found on the album If You Wait

Released September 6, 2013 via Metal & Dust Recordings

Huskies score first win in 24 tries against AP Top 2 team

Washington allowed basically one shot and one shot only against Kansas.  The Jayhawks came in one of 11 remaining undefeated teams in men’s college basketball.

Matisse Thybulle led a balanced attack scoring 19 points, while Jaylen Novell had 17 points in helping Washington upset second ranked Kansas in Kansas City by a score of 74-65.  A couple of times during the second half, Kansas made a run to get as close as one point.  But each time Rock. Chalk. Jayhawk was looking for a defensive stop, their defense did not get any help.  A game high 28 points from Lagerald Vick was not enough to complete the comeback.  The only stat that favored Washington in this game was the three-point shooting (9 of 21 for UW, while KU only hit on 5 of 20 attempts from behind the arc).  The rest of the key stats were relatively even across the board.

ESPN released a really cool stat on SportsCenter confirming their second home away from home is not as cozy as it used to be:

In the first nine seasons the Sprint Center has hosted the Jayhawks in Kansas City, their teams went 41-6 averaging over 91 points per game.  In the last two seasons, Kansas has struggled going only 4-3 and their offense is averaging around 77 ppg.

But that was not the only major upset on Wednesday night.

Loyola of Chicago should start to be taken seriously

The last time the Loyola Ramblers made the NCAA Tournament, they lost to mighty Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the 1985 Sweet 16 round.  Fast forward to tonight and they got a lucky break with 22 seconds left, when a potential game-tying basket ended up going against fifth ranked Florida for offensive basket interference.  Loyola made their free throws in the final seconds to win in Gainesville 65-59.

Florida ended up shooting only 2 of 19 from long distance.  Credit Loyola with outstanding shooting from the field, hitting on 26 of 50 attempts for a cool 52 percent–and six of 12 from three point land.  Aundre Jackson had 23 points on 12 of 12 shooting, and Cameron Krutwig also came up huge scoring 14 points while playing 36 minutes.

Other upsets from the East were aplenty

Wofford got a last second three to upend Georgia Tech 63-60.

Meanwhile, Toledo got a last second three at the buzzer at Detroit Mercy to win 89-86.

But the craziest ending belonged to Marist at Colgate.  With Colgate leading 78-76, a last second heave was intercepted by a Marist player and in one motion shot the ball at the other basket–nothing but nylon.

However, a replay review confirmed the shot took place shortly after the buzzer sounded.   Therefore, the shot did not count and Marist earned their second win in nine tries escaping with a hard earned 78-76 victory.

Please continue to pray for everyone affected in Southern California, as it may be several days before the wildfires are fully contained.  Stay safe, please and I hope they find some decent places to sleep.

 

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