“I’m Still Here” by Day Wave
From The Days We Had
Released May 5, 2017 via Harvest Records
SPECIAL NOTE: South Carolina State player Tyvoris Solomon collapsed on Saturday seven minutes into their game at North Carolina State.
Solomon was on the bench when he collapsed, and play was discontinued as medical staff performed CPR and would subsequently be carried out on a stretcher. Thankfully, he has since been stabilized and was transported to Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Play resumed nearly 45 minutes later in a game which the Wolfpack won easily 103-71. Hopefully, Tyvoris will recover and make it back to school so he can finish his first semester exams.
ACC Takes Second Straight Challenge Over Big Ten
The ACC surely came out with their shooting shoes on straight this past week, winning an astounding 11 of 14 games in the 19th annual Challenge presented by the networks of ESPN.
On Monday, Wisconsin was held to only 37 points against the very stingy Virginia defense losing on the road 49-37. The next night, Purdue put up a good fight and survived a second half surge from Louisville 66-57. Northwestern fell only one point short and hopefully raised some members’ eyebrows from the Selection Committee, in hopefully is a “good loss” 52-51 at Georgia Tech.
Wednesday had the Big Ten winning only once, by Nebraska of all teams beating up on Boston College in Lincoln by a score of 71-62. The other five games saw the ACC schools win by an average margin of just slightly over 10 points per game.
Thursday had Michigan State race out to an early lead and never looked back against Notre Dame, in the school’s first Top 5 matchup since Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Greg Kelser won the 1979 Elite 8 at the old Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
Leading the way for the Spartans was Joshua Langford with 17 points, while Miles Bridges had 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting to go along with six rebounds and 4 assists in a game high 32 minutes of action. For the Irish, Bonzie Colson led four players in double figures tabbing 17 points and six boards. Rex Pflueger had a nice game with 15 points, while T.J. Gibbs and Matt Farrell had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Big Ten Conference Starts Nearly One Month Early
Largely because of having their postseason tournament at around the same time when the first group of automatic bids are decided in the first weekend of March, the Big Ten began conference play on Friday night.
Purdue got a statement win at Maryland 80-75, behind Isaac Haas scoring a game high 21 points to go along with 5 rebounds.
In Rosemont, Northwestern bounced back with a nice 72-68 come from behind win over their in-state rivals from Illinois in overtime. Scottie Lindsey came back big time after being held scoreless in their loss earlier in the week to Georgia Tech, scoring five of his game-high 22 points (all while coming off the bench) in the extra period. Illinois did not help their own cause, coughing up the ball 19 times in what Head Coach Brad Underwood said to reporters after the game:
”We might have set a Guinness Book of World Records for the most travel calls tonight…And we’re traveling. We can’t have 11 of our turnovers from bigs. Those are self-inflicted. Those are mistakes you can’t make. Those are not Northwestern beating us…those are our mistakes that allowed them to have success.”
Somewhere, somebody has to have that record down in print or online somewhere. But I am sure as most things in this era we live in–it will probably the 6,740th most important thing in the small section of our head we simply call the brain.
Illinois did in fact lead for a good chunk of the extra stanza, but some key rebounding and a pair of free throws by Lindsey with 59 seconds on the Allstate Arena clock proved to be the margin for victory. Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh combined to score 30 of the team’s 43 from Chris Collins’ starting five.
Northwestern improved to 5-3, while Illinois dropped to 6-2.
Taking a small page out of Shannon Ryan’s book
If you are familiar with her Big Ten Power Rankings mentioned periodically in the pages of the Chicago Tribune, Shannon does a great job in explaining why certain teams are pegged where they are at key junctures of the conference season. For those of you who don’t follow in-conference games as much as the non-conference slate–the season normally lasts a little over two months. The Big Ten is going nearly three months, with many more off days inbetween especially for Minnesota since Williams Gym will be used for entertainment purposes in the days leading up to Super Bowl LII in early February.
I present to you, my seldom produced section of the blog simply called
Who’s Better and Who’s Simply Pretending–Big Ten Style
- Michigan State (6-1, RPI of 12)–they are just getting warmed up.
- Purdue (8-2, RPI of 36)–even without Caleb Swanigan, the Boilers need to keep shooting well in order to stay competitive
- Michigan (8-2, RPI of 81)–how about four threes to start the CBS slate on Saturday afternoon against lowly Indiana? That is one way to get out of some early season doldrums.
- Minnesota (7-1, RPI of 44)–winning against only three players from Alabama in that Facebook game a week ago has to count for something–right?
- Northwestern (6-3, RPI of 110)–with their top four scorers from last season’s Tournament team back, they will find a way to secure a Top 4 seed before the MSG portion of the schedule looms on the horizon.
- Nebraska and Penn State tied, both 6-2 and having similar RPI’s in the mid 90’s.
- (Skip this line)
- Ohio State
- Indiana, looked pretty lifeless on Saturday in Ann Arbor.(((
Otherwise, the big headline is Arizona State replaced Arizona in the Top 25 poll. It is the first time the Sun Devils have been ranked since 2009. And Gonzaga came back from a 44-37 halftime deficit and won comfortably over Creighton by a 91-74 count.
See you all sometime next week. And yes, my holiday shopping is almost done…thank you very much:).