What a night (err… season?) for college basketball. Both No. 6 Duke and No. 13 Auburn went down to unranked opponents Wednesday evening, as Duke lost 88-66 to NC State and Auburn lost 65-55 to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Anthony Edwards led the charge at home against Auburn, finishing with 18 points for Tom Crean and the Bulldogs, including a late 3-pointer to halt the Tigers’ comeback attempt. The game marked Auburn’s second consecutive loss to an unranked opponent; the Tigers fell to Missouri 85-73 last Saturday. Auburn is now 22-4 overall and 9-4 in the SEC, which gives Kentucky a two-game lead in the SEC rankings.
Georgia may have won the game, but some things never really change.
Still weird pic.twitter.com/dzWCjKx5mS
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 20, 2020
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils were blown out on the road by an unranked NC State. The loss marks the first time an AP top-10 Duke team has lost by more than 20 points to an unranked opponent in over 41 years.
The loss is surprising because of the disparity between the teams’ rankings, of course, but it isn’t that shocking of an “L” when you realize Duke has actually lost five of its last seven games inside the Wolfpack’s arena (including their 2014 loss to Mercer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament). Wednesday’s loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Duke.
Again, some things never change:
Classic post loss Coach K. pic.twitter.com/405JiRfgxJ
— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) February 20, 2020
What. A. Year.