Well, folks, we gave you the best of the NBA matchups for the week yesterday, so today, let’s shift over to college hoops.
WED. DEC 5
Washington @ #1 Gonzaga… 11:00 PM ET
It may be hard to stay up for this one for the east-coasters, but to have a shot at seeing the #1 team in the country, it may be worth it. At 6-2, Washington is off to a good start, led by Jaylen Nowell (18.0 ppg, 58% FG, 48% 3PT), and Noah Dickerson (17.3 ppg). These two guys have been sensational and hope to lead their team to an upset.
For Gonzaga, it’s been very hard for teams to stop Rui Hachimura, one of the most impressive players in the nation, who keeps his scoring up and is near 21.0 ppg now. Zach Norvell Jr. is averaging close to 19, Brandon Clarke 17, and Josh Perkins is averaging 11.6 points per game. They spread out their scoring impressively well, and it’s a big part of them being the #1 team in the country.
SAT. DEC 8
#20 Arizona State at #6 Nevada… 12:00 AM ET
Again, a tough one for those on the east coast to stay up for, but this should be a battle. ASU is 7-0 thus far and has looked very good this season. Led by Lugentz Dort, averaging 22 points and six boards, and Kimani Lawrence, averaging around 16 ppg, the offense is looking good. The one knock on them might be that they only make seven threes per game, but that could always change quickly.
Nevada has gotten off to an 8-0 start thanks to the strong play of the Martin twins, who opted to return for one final season. Caleb is averaging close to 20 points and five boards, while Cody is averaging 10 points and six assists per game. Caleb is making three 3’s a night, and that has been huge for these guys. If he can get that shot to fall at a high clip, along with Jazz Johnson, they will soon be 9-0.
#9 Kentucky @ Seton Hall
Another new group of freshman have gotten the team off to a solid 7-1 start, though like every year, everybody ls brand new. Keldon Johnson is leading the team with 15 ppg, while Reid Travis is not far behind. They only make five threes per game but are playing well overall. There isn’t much Coach Cal can be upset about with regard to his team’s effort, this year, that is for sure.
4-3 Seton Hall is a stout talent in Myles Powell, somebody that JR Smith has a tight bond with. Powell is averaging 24 points per game this year, and shooting 46% from the floor. He’s scoring 33.3% of the team’s points, a good explanation of why they are hovering around .500, but when other guys start coming on, they sure will be a tough team to top.