With the NCAA conference tournaments just weeks away and potential NCAA bids on the line, teams have began focusing on playing harder and staying focused down the stretch. This past Saturday, we witnessed some serious upsets in College Basketball and many that could some serious ramifications on the tournament seeding.
There were 12 games on Saturday that consisted of at least one ranked team and in 5 of those games, the unranked or lower ranked team pulled off the upset win! Let’s take a look at how Upset Saturday played out for some of the teams in the NCAA Tournament hunt!
Baylor Just Keeps Winning, Beat #7 Texas Tech!
The Baylor Bears are one of the hottest teams in the country right now and absolutely no one wants to see this team pop up on their brackets! On Saturday, they extended their winning streak to 5 games, by beating the #7 team in the nation, Texas Tech, by the score 59-57. Baylor is beating top notch teams, such as Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas and OK State during this stretch of games and have some bigger tests in the near future.
Over the next two weeks, they will take on West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State, all of which will pose a threat against the Bears potential NCAA Tournament big. The Bears are just 17-10 on the season but are playing their best basketball right now, when it counts.
As for the Red Raiders, they are 22-5 overall and still reign supreme in the BIG 12. They have won 7 of their last 8 games and simply put, they ran into a better team on Saturday afternoon. They have some stout competition standing in front of them as they will play OK State, Kansas, West Virginia and TCU over the next 2 weeks.
Gamecocks Beat #10 Auburn
One of the biggest shockers of the day was South Carolina defeating the #10 Auburn Tigers. This game was never really close and all though Auburn made a slight comeback, it wasn’t enough as the Gamecocks won 84-75 over the Tigers.
South Carolina jumped out to an early lead and led at halftime by 21 points, 46-25, and they never looked back. Auburn outscored South Carolina 50-38 in the second half but that wasn’t enough as the Auburn Tigers dropped the game and potentially just moved out of the Top 10.
Razorbacks Prove They Should Be Ranked!
The Arkansas Razorbacks have one of the best records in college basketball and better than many of their opponents, including Saturday’s opponent, the #21 Texas A&M Aggies. The Razorbacks came into the game without being ranked at 18-8, while the Aggies were 17-9 and ranked #21 in the nation.
That should all change this week coming up due to the fact that Arkansas defeated Texas A&M by the score of 94-75. Jaylen Barford led the Razorbacks with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and now they find themselves 19-8 overall and have moved up to 3rd in the SEC. The Razorbacks have 4 games left in the season and are still mathematically able to win the SEC regular season title.
Texas Longhorns Upset Trae Young and #23 Oklahoma Sooners
The Oklahoma Sooners were once talked about being one the top teams in college basketball with Freshman Trae Young running the point guard position. They started out their season 12-1 and but have since gone 4-9 to bring their record to 16-10 and are now in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.
On Saturday, the #23 Sooners hosted the Texas Longhorns and lost their 5th game in a row. The Sooners shot just 30.8% from the floor, which included Young going 7 for 20, and as a team, they posted their lowing scoring output of the year at 66 points. The Longhorns won the game 77-66. The Sooners will now have a quick turnaround and take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday Night.
Georgia Upends #18 Tennessee
The Georgia Bulldogs may not have the best record in the SEC but they have a lot of heart and these guys are going to play spoiler to some teams down the stretch. One of those teams was the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. Tennessee was ranked 18th in the nation and traveled to Bulldog country looking to show that their man-pressure defense was the dominant force in the game.
That would not be the case though as the Georgia Bulldogs took the lead early in the game and never looked back! Georgia has now beat Florida and Tennessee in back to back games after losing 6 of 7. It is unlikely they will make the NCAA Tournament but they have 4 games left in the regular season and could end the season 19-11 and on the bubble. Tennessee on the other hand has lost 2 out of their last 3 games and could potentially fall out of the top 25 this week. They have 4 winnable games on the horizon so they have time to turn the ship around but they can’t have more games like they did against Georgia!
Michigan State Pulls Off Come From Behind Win!
It appeared to look like the biggest shocker of the day would come in the Northwestern vs. Michigan State game. The Northwestern Wildcats hosted the #2 team in the nation on Saturday, Michigan State Spartans, and were up by 22 points at halftime. The Spartans looked out of the game and it appeared as if it would take a miracle to happen for them to make a comeback……
A miracle or a defensive stand that would only allow their opponents to score 11 points in the second half. The Spartans were completely dominating in the second half and played pressure defense the Northwestern simply could not handle. The #2 Spartans came from behind and won the game 65-60 off a near triple double by Cassius Winston. Winston posted 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in the game.
Villanova Tops Xavier
In what most people were calling the game of the year in the BIG EAST, the Villanova Wildcats traveled to take on the Xavier Musketeers and were looking to end their span of games were they lost 2 out of 3 games. The Wildcats on paper dismantled the Musketeers but watching the game, it was much closer and actually a very entertaining game.
The final score was Villanova 95 Xavier 79 but with under 4 minutes in the game, the Musketeers had got within 2 points, a single possession, with a chance to win the game. But the Wildcats were truly the better team and continued to play Villanova basketball by shooting 3’s and playing uptempo style of play. Villanova shot 11 three pointers in the first half and are now just a half game behind Xavier in the BIG EAST.