It is December everybody. Conference season will begin this month and teams are already coming into their own. Although this may be true, we should take notice of the things that are happening right now. So let us sit on the bench and listen to what coach is telling us during this Full Timeout.
Top 25 Teams fall early
The season is a month old and we have had numerous teams in the AP Top 25 take some early losses to unranked programs. For example, look at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs were able to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, 79-73, on Sunday. The Bulldogs were able to answer every run Stanford put out to hold on for the victory.
“We knew they were going to make a run,” Chandler Smith said speaking to Nicholas Geanios of the AP. “They have such a great coach. Luckily it worked out today.”
This is not the first top 25 upset we have seen this season so far.
In the same fashion, these are some of the scores of some of the upsets.
(Note: The rankings are what they were at the time of the game)
- Lamar over No. 17 Texas A&M 74-68
- Purdue over No. 21 Miami (FL) 74-63
- South Dakota over No. 23 Iowa State 64-59
- Florida State over No. 12 Iowa 71-67
- Drake over No. 13 South Carolina 90-85 in overtime
- Northwestern over No. 21 Duke 84-58
- UCLA over No. 14 Georgia 80-69
- Green Bay over No. 16 Missouri 56-49
- Georgia Tech over No. 14 Georgia 63-53
- Iowa State over No. 24 Miami (FL) 75-52
- Kentucky over No. 17 South Florida 85-63
Because of these wins, it makes a stronger case for those teams when it comes time to make selections for the NCAA Tournament. Keep an eye out for the rest of the season to see if more top teams take losses to unranked teams
Did we exaggerate the demise of UConn?
And now here is the portion of the show where we think UConn will fall back after the departure of talented players. Once again, everyone is being proven wrong.
With the win over Notre Dame last Sunday, the Huskies are the No. 1 team in the country again. Also with that win, UConn is 8-0 when they play in No. 1 vs No. 2 games. In those games, the Huskies have beaten Notre Dame four times.
The scary part is that UConn is beginning to gain confidence because of that win.
“I think it makes our players feel that we’re No. 1 and because we did earn it,” stated head coach Geno Auriemma speaking to Doug Feinburg.
Connecticut is one of those teams who go through early tests and usually come out on the other end succeeding. The Huskies still have top 25 matchups with Cal, Baylor and Louisville this season.
The most compelling evidence through it all is that the Huskies are producing the numbers that causes them to still successful. In 9 games this season, they have a true shooting percentage of 61.3% and an effective field goal percentage of 58.8%. Another key point is that their defense is making it easy for them to win games to go along with shooting the ball well. Teams are scoring just 53.0 points per game this season and are shooting just 31.4% from the floor against UConn.
For Connecticut, we know the veterans have been playing exceptional for Auriemma. Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield are leading the way for the Huskies. The preseason All-AAC selections are averaging 51.7 points per game. The player who teams should start game-planning for is Christyn Williams. The freshman is averaging 13.8 points per game and shooting 61.4% from the floor
Gustafson: A Hawkeye Legend
2,000 points is a career achievement that is usually unattainable by most college basketball players. Iowa forward Megan Gustafson is not most college basketball players.
The preseason Big Ten Player of the Year scored her 2,000th point in a 72-58 win for the Hawkeyes over IUPUI. She is the third Iowa player in program history to reach 2,000 points. In the game against IUPUI, Gustafson scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. This milestone adds to the career resume for Gustafson. She is now 80 points away from tying Ally Disterhoft for the school record in points.
Along with the 2,000 points, Gustafson was able to break the school record for rebounds in the game against Iowa State. That milestone was able to give her 1,000 rebounds for her career. Gustafson is the seventh player in Big Ten history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.
“I have to credit my teammates,” Gustafson stated after the IUPUI game. “I couldn’t do any of this without them.”
Through 9 games, Megan Gustafson is averaging 24.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and is shooting 75% from the field.
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