North Carolina Pummels Duke, Georgetown Upsets Villanova in a Busy Wednesday Night in College Basketball
Turnovers were a big issue for the Blue Devils as they committed 20. Zion won’t necessarily help with that but he will help with shooting, Duke was 8-39 from beyond the arc and lost the rebounding battle 44-38. Not to mention Luke Maye had a monster night and Zion would have most likely been guarding Maye all night. But credit to Carolina, they shot even worse than Duke from 3 but dominated in the paint (62 points) and answered everything Duke threw at them.
Over in the Big East we saw Villanova drop back-to-back games for the 2nd time this season losing by 12 at Georgetown. The Hoyas won the battle on the glass and shot over 50% for the game. Nova, a team that lives and dies by the 3 did just that tonight shooting 9-38 from 3-point range. This was a big win for Georgetown who has an outside chance at an at-large bid. This win does them well to get them back into the conversation. The loss hurts Villanova’s quest for the Big East title as Marquette was able to hold off Butler.
Another upset we saw was Florida winning at LSU. The Gators came into the evening on the bubble and desperately needing a big win. They got exactly that at LSU. KeVaughn Allen was great for the Gators scoring 21 points on 6-12 shooting (5-9 from 3). The biggest key was holding Tremont Waters to just 10 points and kept the rebounding battle close (-2 for Florida). This is a massive Quadrant 1 win for Florida that could vault them over many floundering bubble teams.
Last game of the night was in the SEC where we saw quite the unusual ending between two Bulldogs. Georgia and Mississippi State were tied at 65 with under 1 second left and during the free throws being taken by Mississippi State, a Georgia fan threw a stuffed animal (I believe) on the floor. Mississippi State naturally missed the free throw. So by rule, it is a technical foul against Georgia. Because of that, Mississippi State got a pair of technical free throws and made one and ended the ball game.