With the Christmas just days away, there are a lot of College Basketball teams looking for Santa to leave some surprises under the scoreboard and to remove the coal from their sneakers.
There is no doubt the Top 10 right now is solid for the most part with the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils. But, at least for this elf, the jury is still out on who is naughty and nice for the rest of the reindeer in the herd.
Let’s let Week Six of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from College Basketball give you a little insight.
The BYU Cougars are pretty stout. Not only are they leading the nation in points per game at 88.9, but they are fifth in assists per game at 18.8. That’s right… almost 19 assists per game. Now they might only be at 10-3, but the Cougars are for real and will give the Gonzaga Bulldogs a run for their money in the West Coast Conference.
A big reason for BYU’s success and how far they will continue to rise is senior guard Tyler Hawes. Let’s just say the kid know more than how to ride around on a bicycle in a suit as he leads the nation in points scored and average at 23.8 per game. BYU is not a one man mission team with Hawes, but he is the key to a good season becoming a great one.
It took all week last week, but the 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks came up with the baddest of the bad in a lifeless 77-52 loss to the Temple Owls.
Look, Temple is having a nice season but by no means is this the John Chaney Owls of the late 1980s and 1990s. Mark Macon was not firing bullets and Temple was not running around in that match up zone all night.
Instead, the Jayhawks could only muster one player in double digits on the game in Frank Mason III with 20. The next closest to Mason was Kelly Oubre, Jr. who poured in nine. Other than that, there was a five, six and a bunch of two and three points on the scoring sheet.
In short, it was total domination by Temple on both sides of the ball.
We might only be six weeks into the season, but this guy has lost a lot of faith in this Kansas team. If they can play without any urgency and heart in December there is a great chance the same will happen in March.
Remember that time the UCLA Bruins scored seven points…
No. Not in 1903 when John Naismith was teaching the game with a peach basket on a half court. It was actually the game last Saturday on national television in the CBS Sports Classic against Kentucky.
Seriously, UCLA. How the heck do you score SEVEN points in one half! Look we all know it’s the Wildcats who are loaded but seven stinking points!
Just in case you missed the stat line for the first 20 minutes, it ended up like this…
UCLA – 7 points – 3 for 37 from the floor – 8.1% shooting – 1 for 2 on free throws – 0 for 9 from three.
Words cannot describe this folks. It’s not too often when you are alive to witness the lowest performance point in the history of a program.
Just terrible UCLA. Terrible.
There are some very interesting and fun games for you to unwrap after Christmas this weekend as Kentucky will get their first road test as the Wildcats travel to battle in-state rival Louisville Cardinals on Saturday. Louisville can make a statement with an upset and Kentucky can put their trek to a national title on cruise control until March if they escape the Cards.
Also, BYU will host Gonzaga in a huge game to see who can take early control of the WAC; and Jarad Hasse will get to try and beat his mentor in Roy Williams again as the UAB Blazers travel to battle the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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