What a wild week it was on the college hoops’ hardwood. From insane second-half comebacks to shocking upsets, to half-court buzzer beaters, this week had it all. Let’s recap what all took place in college basketball, with a huge slate of games set for this week:
Chris Clemons Scores His 3,000th Career Point
On Saturday, senior guard Chris Clemons became the 9th player in Division I history to reach 3,000 career points. However, the Fighting Camels fell to Presbyterian, despite Clemons 28 points on 16/16 shooting from the free throw line. Standing at 5-foot-9, Clemons has the speed and ball-handling ability to drive right past his defender. His speciality, though, is shooting the ball, as he has Steph Curry-like range from three-point land. Radford is favored to represent the Big South in the NCAA Tournament, but if Clemons and the Fighting Camels get hot and crash the Big Dance, watch out. Fans need to see an all-time great scorer on the sport’s biggest stage.
The Big 12 Race Just Got Interesting
About a week ago, it looked all but certain that a team not named Kansas would win the Big 12. Fast forward seven days later, and things are extremely tight at the top. Kansas State, who sits at first place at 9-3, fell at home to Iowa State on Saturday, leaving the door for other teams to win the conference. The Wildcats may have also lost star forward Dean Wade in the process, as he left the game with a foot injury. The Red Raiders and Jayhawks sit at 9-4, with Iowa State just behind at 8-4. Next Saturday’s matchup between Texas Tech and Kansas will go a long way in deciding who will win the Big 12 regular season title. The team with the best chance to dethrone Kansas of the Big 12 is Iowa State, as they split with the Jayhawks this season and have a favorable final five games left. The last time Kansas didn’t win at least a share of the Big 12 was 2001.
Duke Erases 23-Point Deficit Versus Louisville
In what could be considered the ACC Game of the Year, the Blue Devils came back from down 23 points in the second half to beat Louisville. It was the largest comeback for Duke in the Coach K era, and the freshman phenoms completely took over the final 10 minutes of the game. Louisville was in control of the entire game, completely outplaying the Blue Devils in a way we haven’t seen all year. That all changed when Duke started pressuring the Cardinals, using their length and athleticism to trim the lead. Cam Reddish couldn’t seem to miss in the second half, and Zion and Barrett made play after play down the stretch to cap an unreal comeback. An argument could be made that this is the best freshman recruiting class since Michigan’s Fab Five.
Kentucky Bounces Back Against Top-Ranked Tennessee
On Tuesday, the Wildcats suffered their first loss in 10 games when LSU tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer. It would’ve been hard to imagine a Calipari team losing back-to-back games at home, and PJ Washington certainly wasn’t going to let that happen. The sophomore forward came up big, scoring 23 points while Tyler Herro contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds. To a surprise, Kentucky looked like the far tougher and more physical team compared to Tennessee, which is the recipe for beating the Vols. It was Tennessee’s first loss since November 23 when they fell to Kansas in overtime. The two teams meet again on March 2, this time in Knoxville.
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