To say this season of college basketball has been full of surprises would be an understatement. #2 Arizona shocked everyone by dropping three games to inferior teams during the Battle 4 Atlantis. This string of losses resulted in them dropping from a second ranked team to out of the Top 25 entirely. But most people just assumed this was a fluke. To see the downward spiral of a powerhouse team in such a short span of time is not a common occurrence. Fans of the sport thought they had seen their share of upsets for the foreseeable future. No one predicted that they would witness one of the most shocking weeks of play less than a month later.
Monday, December 4
#5 Florida 66 – Florida State Seminoles 83
The Florida Gators hosted in-state rivals Florida State in an ACC/SEC battle for supremacy. Florida St. is coming off one of their best seasons in recent years – finishing with a #16 ranking in the AP Poll and landing a 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. After losing several key pieces from last year’s roster such as Dwayne Bacon and All-American Jonathan Isaac, the Seminoles are not receiving a the same level of respect they are accustomed to. That will soon change with the unranked ‘Noles easily handing #5 Florida their second loss of the year in a seventeen point win in Gainesville.
Tuesday, December 5
#9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 77 – Ball State Cardinals 80
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking like the best chance for a team to take the ACC title from Duke. Going into this game, the Irish only have one loss to #3 Michigan St. On top of that the Irish have a win over consensus AAC favorites Wichita St. on their resume. In no way should they lose a buy game to a team such as Ball State. Thanks to a last second game-winner by Tayler Parson’s, that is exactly what happened.
Wednesday, December 6
#2 Kansas Jayhawks 65 – Washington Huskies 84
Rock-Chalk Jayhawk is no more. As Kansas walks into this game on a seven game winning streak, there is little that should shake their confidence. Bill Self is arguably the best coach in the country. Facing a Washington team that comes into this season with an almost entirely new coaching staff should be a breeze. Well as the Jayhawks would learn, shooting 25% from 3 and turning the ball over 14 times is not how you win a basketball game. This should be a nice confidence booster for a rebuilding Huskies program.
#5 Florida Gators 59 – Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 65
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