As we inch closer towards March, we’re bound to see some wacky weekends full of upsets, and this was one of those weekends.
First, Gonzaga received their first loss thanks to BYU, who have defeated the Bulldogs while they were ranked in each of the last three years. But with wins over #4 Arizona, #13 Florida, Iowa State, and two wins over conference rival #20 Saint Mary’s, the Zags shouldn’t be worried about losing their #1 seed come tournament time.
Baylor now has lost 5 out of their last 8 games, and their inconsistent play around likely Wooden Award finalist Johnathan Motley has crippled their chances of being taken seriously in March. Their schedule doesn’t get much easier either. The Bears will be heading to Morgantown to face #10 West Virginia. Adding to the challenge, Baylor will be without point guard Manu Lecomte, so good luck trying to beat Coach Huggin’s press in that environment.
I’m still waiting for Coach K to kick his team into gear. They have to, right? They better, or my bracket will be destroyed. They have so much talent on this team, but from what I’ve seen, they don’t feed off of each other well, and the stunt in Harry Gile’s development isn’t working in The Blue Devil’s favor. In recent years, Coach K has done well when he has elite big men at his disposal (Jahlil Okafor), and has had early exits in March when he’s forced to play small ball (Jabari Parker vs. Mercer). I’m praying Duke gets it together and makes a deep tournament run, because college basketball is better when everyone hated Duke for being too good. And really, who wants to see this?