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Upsets and wild finishes highlight an impressive Saturday college basketball slate

Kentucky basketball has the late shift this evening, meaning the Big Blue Nation has had the opportunity to take in all of the impressive matchups in the lead-up to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. ET.

And goodness has it been a wild one.

We’ve seen upsets, game-winners, unexpected breakout performers, and everything in-between.

Let’s dive into the biggest games of the day.

Louisville defeats No. 12 North Carolina on the road

The biggest surprise of the day came in Chapel Hill when the Louisville Cardinals stormed into the Dean Dome and absolutely dominated against the Tar Heels.

In their third game in three days, Louisville came away with an 83-62 victory over the No. 12 team in the nation, giving head coach Roy Williams the largest home loss of his career.

Steven Enoch came off the bench to finish with 17 points on 7-13 shooting and 11 rebounds in the victory. Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora also added 17 points in the victory for Louisville.

It was the battle of two evils, and the Cardinals came out on top.

Kansas State upsets No. 20 Iowa State

With 20 seconds remaining, Iowa State led Kansas State at home 57-54, and the game seemed all but set in the Cyclones’ favor.

And then Barry Brown Jr. had other ideas.

The star Wildcat got fouled and drilled two free throws to cut the lead to just one at the 16 seconds mark. Kansas State then fouled, Iowa State missed the free throw, and Brown led his team down the court for a game-winning layup with just four seconds remaining.

Take a look at the intense finish below:

After defeating Kansas by 15 at home, Iowa State became a bit of a media darling. The Cyclones are now 0-2 since that win.

Ole Miss proves they are legit in a 81-77 victory over No. 14 Mississippi State

Before the season started, Ole Miss was predicted to finish dead last in the SEC.

After an upset victory over No. 14 Mississippi State this afternoon, the Rebels are now 13-2 with a pair of victories over top-15 opponents over the last week. And they should be ranked when the latest AP Poll is released on Monday.

Freshman guard Blake Hinson led the way with 26 points (8-16 shooting) and five rebounds, while junior guard Breein Tyree added 19 points and five assists in the victory.

Another day, another example of the SEC being ridiculous this season.

No. 1 Duke hits game-winner to avoid upset at No. 13 Florida State

In the only top-15 matchup of the day, college basketball fans were treated to an absolute gem… All the way up until the final seconds of the game.

After a back-and-forth for most of the way, Cam Reddish found himself wide open on the wing with just 2.8 seconds remaining, drilling a three with less than a second remaining to win the game 80-78.

Star freshman RJ Barrett led the way with 32 points (and zero assists) on 10-19 shooting, while Reddish added 23 points and five 3-pointers in the victory.

Zion Williamson was also poked in the eye and missed the majority of the second half, but it was still a slob fest from start to finish. And I hated every second of it

Let’s hope No. 18 Kentucky doesn’t join the madness when they take on 9-5 Vanderbilt this evening…


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Upsets and wild finishes highlight an impressive Saturday college basketball slate

  1. Kentuckybbnfan01
    6:42 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

    Does Louisville winning like that hurt our resume or help it?

    • No more excuses cal
      6:52 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      Amen brother we ain’t and can’t be any quality teams but we are players first

    • bigbluebanana
      7:09 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink


    • henderblue
      7:18 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      Good comeback bigbluebanana to the grammarretard…

    • J. Did
      7:56 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      Ole Huckleberry Hound got his ash whooped.
      On her own court.

      Subsequently, the uavel contingent lofted red pansies onto the floor as they sang, in stolen-a-sin:

      “the Shatnk smells better on our old Belknapy floor…
      yah yada… yah yada…. galore…..,
      “we a’int smart enuf to even recall another score’I
      “But we love all hookers and whoooooars!”.

    • J. Did
      7:57 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      GO CATS!

  2. BigolBlue
    6:44 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

    One thing is for sure. NC and Louisville both arent any good. For all you people that think the cats this year are good and these terrible losses and close games are just fine are fooling themselves. Just because they beat 2 mediocre teams everyone thinks they can make a run.

    • bigbluebanana
      7:08 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      Bigolblue, lets you and I have a bet? I bet you UNC beats dook at least once this season, and dook is who you seem to think is the best team out there. Willing to take that bet? Nothing major, just a little wager for bragging rights. I’d be willing to say UNC beats Virginia this year too. I’m also willing to bet we beat KU, and even you couldn’t seriously tell me KU is a crap opponent.

    • BigolBlue
      8:36 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      Ill bet everything duke beats nc both

  3. henderblue
    6:45 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

    Louisville was locked in on defense. All 5 guys. When you can lock in like that, you’re on to something. I hope the Cats took note of it. They played hard. I’m not a Louisville fan, but their defense in the game today was the best I’ve seen this year.

  4. Cousins Fake Tooth
    6:46 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

    Still not 100% sure on that final Duke call. Appears to me it switches trajectory just ever so slightly.

    • 2thepoint
      7:31 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      I agree, but when tv ted went to the camera I said ole tv teddy gonna change it.

    • J. Did
      9:31 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

      Jack White is Teflon. A Super Hero. Henceforth known as Jack Arm Teflon.

  5. sportsbird66
    6:53 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

    Probably could only help if think.

  6. Luether
    8:34 pm January 12, 2019 Permalink

    How could Fla St leave Reddish so wide open at such a critical time of the game???

    • J. Did
      7:41 am January 13, 2019 Permalink

      Precisely what my wife said.