Florida State fans storm the floor after defeating North Carolina. (AP Photo)
Tennessee threw everything it had at Kentucky today trying to pull the upset on the number-two ranked team in the country. A handful of teams weren’t so lucky. A quick recap on the upsets we saw today in the Top-25.
Iowa 75 — No. 14 Michigan 59
The Wolverines visited the Hawkeyes in Iowa City and took a beating. It’s hard to judge this Michigan team, sometimes it looks like they can really contend in the Big 10 this season, but then they do things like this. As much as it pains me to say, I think Indiana has the second-best chance to win the conference. Iowa is not good, and Michigan was exposed today.
Oklahoma 82 — No. 18 Kansas State 73
The Wildcats were coming off a tough two-point loss to Baylor on Tuesday, and followed up by losing to Oklahoma on the road. The Sooners don’t have a bad loss this season, and have a respectable record of 11-5, but Blake Griffin isn’t walking through that door. Also, for what it’s worth, KSU’s coach Frank Martin scares me.
No. 22 San Diego State 69 — No. 12 UNLV 67
Two of the premier teams of the Mountain West squared off and the Reb’s, who knocked off North Carolina over a month ago, fell on the road. UNLV is a team scoring 81 points, hauling in almost 40 rebounds, and dishing out 19 assists per game. If the team keeps those numbers up, I’d pencil the Runnin’ Rebels in for a few “upsets” in March.
Florida State 90 — No. 3 North Carolina 57
Unless you completely distanced yourself from modern technology after the Kentucky game you surely heard about this blowout. The Seminoles had College Gameday in the house, and they did not disappoint. North Carolina looked defeated from mid-1st half on, which makes me wonder if some of the national media will now begin to unanimously favor Kentucky as the nation’s elite power. Syracuse is still ranked No. 1, but the triumvirate of UNC, UK and Ohio State seem to get the most play.
Northwestern 81 — No. 7 Michigan State 74
The Spartans of Michigan State play this game almost every season. Lose games early on, make the attention go away, but be a dominate force by March. Tom Izzo works in a similar fashion to John Calipari (and every coach, really, but it’s most notable in these two) — building your team for the tournament. Anything that happens beforehand is (almost) irrelevant. So congratulations to KSR’s own Matthew Hays who saw both of his favorite Wildcat teams win today.
Did you see the end of the 49ers — Saints game? Holy cow, what a finish. Niners score, Saints score, Niners score again. All in two minutes. San Francisco came out on top, but it wasn’t easy. Up now is the “Jesus” Tebow-led Broncos and the Patriots on CBS. I’m not sure which I hate more, but I cannot stand to see Skip Bayless’ bandwagon continue another week.
Ms. Tyler Thompson will be here later this evening to close the book on Tennessee.
Go Pats. Go Cats.