College Basketball’s Most and Least Impressive Teams: Valentine’s Day Week
There was a big day of hoops Saturday and throughout the Valentine’s Day week. We saw Kentucky throttle then #1 Tennessee at home, Duke continues to win, Villanova was upset at Madison Square Garden by a confusing St. John’s team, and Iowa hit an improbable buzzer beater to beat Rutgers in New Jersey. So much happening as desperation time hits for teams that find themselves on the bubble and fighting for an at-large bid.
LSU Tigers 21-4 NET: 16
Huge week for LSU as the Tigers are now tied for first place in the SEC. They outlasted Kentucky at Rupp mid-week winning on a controversial tip in at the buzzer. Then they go to Georgia and hang on to beat the Bulldogs. Sure, Georgia is in the early stages of building under Tom Crean, but road games in conference play are never easy, especially after coming off a big, emotional win like LSU did against Kentucky. It seems like every game someone else big steps up for the Tigers. Waters is one of the most talented point guards in the country and this team top to bottom is loaded. When they play efficient basketball they are tough to beat.
Honorable Mention: Kansas Jayhawks, Virginia Cavaliers, Michigan State Spartans, St. John’s Red Storm, Florida Gators
Clemson Tigers 15-10 NET: 42
On paper, it seemed as though Clemson had a warm up prior to their trip to Louisville. And to throw another cliche on top of that to complete the lead in, that’s why they play the games as the Tigers fell to a struggling Miami team in Coral Gables. A win at Louisville would erase that and some. Despite a feverish finish that saw the Tigers come up with a steal and get a shot blocked at the rim at the buzzer, Clemson couldn’t come up with the win. This is the danger zone for this team, I feel like I’ve written them off week after week but the bubble is so incredibly weak that it is tough to figure who is close and who is not. With just a few opportunities left, it looks as though Clemson is done.
Honorable Mention: TCU Horned Frogs, Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide