With College Football and the NFL winding down it is quickly turning into basketball time. Each Monday, my goal is to give a brief review of how each blogger’s college performed over the past week.
Indiana Hoosiers (AP: 9 Coach: 9)
The Hoosiers improved to 7-1 on the season after a blowout win over Houston Baptist 103-61. Indiana will stick around the top 10 again this week and have a chance to improve their standing as they take on #16 Butler.
Seton Hall Pirates
Big week for the Pirates as they headed out to Hawai’i to take part in the Pearl Harbor Invite and beat both Hawai’i and Cal despite horrendous free throw shooting. Another big test coming up on Monday as they take on #19 South Carolina at Madison Square Garden, last time The Hall played there? They beat Villanova in the Big East Championship.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (AP: 23 Coach: 22)
Mike Brey’s squad jumped into the top 25 after a nice 8-0 start behind breakout player Matt Farrell. The Jersey native was given the chance to head home and take on local power #1 Villanova at the Prudential Center in Newark. Nova ended up pulling away, but Notre Dame proved that they can hang with the best. The Irish finished the week 1-1 and will have another B1G test against #18 Purdue (see what I did there?).
Butler Bulldogs (AP: 16 Coach: 15)
The Dawgs continuously find ways to win, that is until they play Indiana State. The Sycamores stunned Butler on a pair of last second free throws. However, the Bulldogs bounced-back very nicely with a win against #22 Cincinnati, that win should keep Butler in the top 25. Big week as they take on #9 Indiana.
Creighton Bluejays (AP: 10 Coach: 10)
One of the fastest rising teams in the country, Creighton continues to roll through the competition as they dropped 113 points on lowly Longwood this week. They sit at a gentleman’s 10-0, the Jays take on Oral Roberts on Saturday.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illini improved to 8-3 on the year with wins over IUPUI and Central Michigan this week. Injuries have always seemed to riddle John Groce’s team but it was nice to see Tracy Abrams break out for a career high 31 points this weekend. Illinois plays BYU this Saturday.
Illinois State Redbirds
ISU has struggled the start the season, they’re currently 5-3 after a 1-1 week with a home win against UT-Martin and a loss at Tulsa. Paris lee (who I went to basketball camp with way back when) paces this Redbird offense with a pair of solid forwards in MiKyle McIntosh and Deontae Hawkins. Muller likes his bench and isn’t afraid to use it. Birds take on St. Joseph’s in Normal this Saturday.
Another team that just seems to get pounded with injuries is the Dayton Flyers, despite that, the Flyers are off to a 7-2 start. They picked up wins over East Tennessee State and Winthrop this week. The Flyers look ahead to a great match-up at Northwestern on Saturday.
Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquette lost the battle of Wisconsin at home against the 17th ranked Badgers, but has gotten off to a nice 7-3 start on the year. This week they added two wins against Fresno State and at Georgia. The Golden Eagles have the next week off.
Iowa has really struggled early this year, specifically on the defensive end of the floor. They did have a nice week beating Stetson and picking up a massive win against in-state rival #25 Iowa State. Peter Jok is a real impressive scoring talent and if you haven’t seen him play, I highly suggest you do. Iowa plays Norther Iowa this Saturday in a big game.
St. John’s Johnnies(MN)
The Johnnies are off to a 6-2 start but are coming off a road loss to #21 St. Thomas. St. John’s has a looooong break until January 2.
Washington University (St. Louis) Bears (#13)
Wash U is sitting pretty in the top 15 after a 6-2 start to the season. They had a 1-1 week with a blowout win over Fontbonne and a tough road loss to 7-1 Central. The Bears have a big game coming up against #16 Ilinois Wesleyan this Saturday in St. Louis.