Apparently the trendiest upset pick in college basketball this week is the Hoosiers over the Cats. In ESPN’s College Basketball Writers’ roundtable, three out of seven analysts made Indiana the David to Kentucky’s Goliath.
4. What’s going to be the next big upset?
Brennan: Hey, why not — I’ll go with Harvard-Connecticut, Thursday night’s big game. Sure, the chances seem slim, especially in Storrs. But the newly ranked Crimson are playing very well, the Huskies are still figuring things out … if a few things go Harvard’s way, well, you never know.
Gasaway: Court, prepare to be stormed: Indiana stuns Kentucky. Sure, the top-ranked Wildcats are the superior team. But the Hoosiers will be playing at home, the crowd has waited for a game like this for three years, and Tom Crean’s team will sink enough 3s to win a close one.
Katz: Don’t be shocked if Murray State upsets Memphis at the FedExForum on Sunday. The Tigers had a solid win at Miami on Tuesday, but the Racers are cruising at 9-0 after winning the Great Alaska Shootout and crushing Dayton. Murray has the confidence and the experience to hang with the Tigers, even on the road.
King: It wouldn’t be a huge upset, but I won’t be shocked if Mississippi State beats Baylor in Dallas on Dec. 28. The Bulldogs are one of the few teams with a frontcourt that can match up with the Bears’ trio of Perry Jones, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy.
Leung: Indiana could very well surprise No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. The Hoosiers are undefeated behind a strong start from freshman Cody Zeller and the crowd is sure to be a factor against the rival Wildcats.
Medcalf: Indiana over Kentucky. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are due for a huge win. Assembly Hall will be buzzing like Times Square on New Year’s Eve for this matchup. That atmosphere will fuel an emerging IU’s upset over the Cats.
O’Neil: Washington beats Duke in New York on Saturday. The Huskies have lost two heartbreakers in the past week — a last-bucket loss to Marquette and an OT loss to Nevada. So they’re due. And while I’m sure Mike Krzyzewski has turned the Ohio State game film into a Zapruder tape, breaking down every missed assignment and miscue, there’s no doubt that dose of humility is playing on the Blue Devils’ minds.
I am shocked Dana O’Neil didn’t pick against the Cats. Combine this with her positive piece about Terrence Jones from earlier in the season and she might as well be throwing up three goggles. Maybe she’s divorcing the Triumvirate?