Upsets Reign Supreme on Tuesday Night in College Basketball
With 9 ranked teams in action, the most during the weekday slate, we saw three of them fall with Michigan State, Marquette, and Kansas all losing. The upsets led to a pair of court stormings for Kansas State (beating Kansas) and Illinois (beating Michigan State).
From the top, Michigan State, the 9th ranked team in the country had lost back-to-back games to unranked Purdue and Indiana. In fact, the Hoosiers were on a 7-game losing streak heading into the game Saturday Night at the Breslin Center. No better way to bounce back from that disappointment than a game against 7-win Illinois right? Wrong. The Spartans fixed their free throw problem, but coughed up the ball 24 times (17 in the first half) in the upset loss in Champaign. Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu was the game’s leading scorer and nailed a couple big shots late to seal the win, the Illini’s first over a top-10 team since they beat #1 Indiana in 2013.
The next game chronologically of the night saw St. John’s hit the road to play 2nd in the Big East Marquette. The Golden Eagles last loss was at the hands of the Johnnies in Queens and it was a 20-point blowout. Justin Simon and the Red Storm came to play early and Marquette couldn’t find the net from 3 in the first half until a quick 7-0 Markus Howard run. On the night, the Golden Eagles shot just 8-26 from beyond the arc. Shamorie Ponds was magnificent in this one with 28 points (9-9 from the line) 7 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals. The Johnnies get the win they desperately needed and Marquette is left to pick up the pieces with Villanova coming to town Saturday.
In the final upset of the night, we head to the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas where the Wildcats and Jayhawks squared off in the Sunflower Showdown. Kansas State’s seniors had never beaten KU before tonight and you could see the passion from Dean Wade and Barry Brown who were excellent for the Wildcats. The Jayhawks did not help themselves much in this one committing 23 turnovers and shooting just 7-25 from 3. Somehow, Lagerald Vick only took 5 shots and scored 7 total points, that cannot happen. Watch out for K State as they are getting healthy and starting to play to their potential. Bramlage was rocking all night and will continue to be a difficult place to win at for visiting teams.