Another Upset Alert: Boston College Shoots Lights Out To Topple Duke

SONG SELECTION:

“I Wish It Was Christmas Today”, done by several artists

Also can be found on Cheap Trick’s first Christmas album

Released October 20, 2017 via Big Machine Label Group

It had been nearly four years since the Boston College Eagles toppled the nation’s top ranked team.  On Saturday afternoon, they survived a furious comeback by Duke who actually led by one point with 77 seconds left to play.

However, a controversial call of an intentional foul in the final minute sealed Duke’s fate.  Senior Grayson Allen did all he could to keep the Blue Devils undefeated streak alive, but to no avail.  Boston College scored the season’s first major upset toppling Duke by a final score of 89-84 at Chestnut Hill.

The man of the game was Ky Bowman, who dazzled by scoring career highs with 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds and dishing out 9 assists.  Also coming up huge for the Eagles was Jerome Robinson with 24 and Jordan Chatman had 22.

What proved to be Duke’s undoing was their lack of three-point shooting.  In the first half alone, BC was a hot 11 for 16 from behind the arc.  Meanwhile, Duke was as cold as the weather in most of the country hitting only 3 of their first 12 attempts.  Marvin Bagley had 10 points and 7 rebounds at the half with BC holding a slight lead of 48-41.  But Bagley would be held in check by only tabulating 5 points and 5 rebounds the rest of the way.

For the game, BC shot 15 for 26 from deep, while Duke was a paltry 8 of 30.  The final stats showed BC hitting on 31 shots out of 61 attempts (nearly 50 percent), while Duke was 32 of 69.

Another surprise happened at Ball State, as the Cardinals upended Valparaiso by the slimmest of margins 71-70.  The Crusaders have lost two in a row.

Wichita State won in a place they had not win since 1957

Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State is perennially one of the toughest places to win on the road.  But thanks to the superhuman efforts of Landry Shamet coming up with a career high 30 points (23 of them in the second half), Wichita State came up with a huge road win 78-66 over the slumping Cowboys.  For the Shockers, this win should vault themselves towards the Top 3 or 4 in the rankings when they are released on Monday morning.  Expect Kansas and Michigan State to occupy the top 2 slots.

Mike Brey wins in return to Delaware

During Mike Grey’s first coaching tenure with the Fightin’ Blue Hens, his teams reached the NCAA Tournament twice in 1998 and 1999.  On Saturday night, 5,000 fans jammed the Bob Carpenter Center when it was snowing outside to welcome back a prominent member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame.

Delaware actually made things interesting in front of a CBS Sports Network television audience.  Kevin Anderson made a three to break an 11 all tie, while Ryan Daly rallied them from a small deficit with a trey of his own.  Anderson would later give the Blue Hens a short lived lead on a jumper and when a Notre Dame bounce pass bounced out of bounds, the crowd simply went bananas.

But once T.J. Gibbs hit a pair of triples of his own after the final media time out of the first half, the Irish were off and running.  The lead ballooned to 21 and the 4,990 fans realized it was not going to be a happy ending.

Matt Farrell led all scorers with 24 points, while Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and TJ Gibbs had a nice game with 21.  Delaware was led by Anderson with 23 points.

Kentucky puts on passing clinic at MSG

The stars usually come out to New York, and the latest one to join the long list of celebs was newly minted Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who was joined by New York Yankees President Brian Cashman.

Kentucky made so many creative passes, Monmouth did not know what hit them.  The final score was 93-76 and the final score was not really indicative of how the game really was.

UCLA blows out late lead, Michigan dominates in overtime

The final big result from Saturday involved Michigan getting the better of UCLA.  With the Ball brothers mess firmly behind the school, the players and staff hopefully got the chance to breathe some very nice chilly air at Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This was the first game for the Bruins since Wednesday night’s scheduled tilt with Montana was cancelled due to the raging wildfires that are still going on in Southern California.

UCLA seemed to be in control in the waning moments of regulation, but their last second attempt to win at the buzzer was wide left and Michigan simply took charge in the extra stanza.  Michigan outscored UCLA 13-4 to win going away 78-69.  Aaron Holiday came up huge with 27 hard earned points in a much needed bounce back win after losing a tough one at Ohio State earlier in the week.

Things won’t get easier for the Wolverines, as they travel to take on Shaka Smart and Texas on Tuesday night.

Due to the very late posting of this blog, I hope to do a short podcast sometime this coming week.  Hope everyone has an enjoyable Sunday and please continue to pray for the millions of people forced to leave their homes and their belongings due to the persistent wildfires that are continuing to take over most of Southern California.

 

 

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