By David K.
Welcome to a weekly article at thesportsbank.net where I will give you the 101 on what has happened in the week of college basketball and what is to come in the days ahead.
-North Carolina is human.Â Just as the Tar Heels were running over any and every team that stood in their way, the seemingly unstoppable force is upset at home by Boston College.Â Carolina is still the team to beat in the nation, but this should boost the confidence of ACC squads when they prepare to play the Heels.
-Time to do some Big East mathâ€¦Georgetown uses an 18-1 run to start the game and knock off unbeaten UConn.Â The Hoyas then get worked at Pitt by 16- meaning the Panthers, who will likely be the new #1 in the country, are the early leaders in the clubhouse.
-In very impressive fashion, Wake Forest remained unbeaten on the year and ended BYUâ€™s 53 game home-win streak.Â If the NCAA Tournament started today, the ACC would have three #1 seeds (UNC, Duke, and Wake), and thatâ€™s without even mentioning 14-0 Clemson.
-#1, #2, and #4 all fall from the ranks of the unbeaten last week.Â Like UConn, Oklahoma got into a deep early hole during in their first loss of the season at Arkansas.Â The Sooners trailed 25-8 at one point and gave up 53 first half points.Â The Razorbacks could be a sleeper to win a weakened SEC.
-With all the upsets this week, hereâ€™s how my top ten vote would go: (PS, it is a dream of mine to one day vote in the AP college basketball poll.)
1.Â Pitt (14-0)
2. North Carolina (13-1)
3. Duke (11-1)
4. Wake Forest (12-0)
5. UConn (12-1)
6. Texas (11-2)
7. Oklahoma (13-1)
8. Georgetown (10-2)
9. Syracuse (14-1)
10. Michigan State (11-2)
UCLA and Clemson nipping on their heels.
-When Gonzaga won at Washington State by 22 on December 10th, I was starting to think the Zags were a legit Final Four contender.Â However, since then Mark Fewâ€™s crew has dropped four of their last five including a one-point loss at Utah last week.
-Game of the week: North Carolina at Wake Forest (Sunday, 7:00 FSN)
Both of these teams score a lot of points.Â If Wake can pull off the win, they are a legit National Title contender.Â For the record, I did pick the Demon Deacons as my ACC sleeper before the season started.Â Ah, thankyaverymuch!
-Georgetownâ€™s brutal start to the Big East season continues on Big Monday when they visit Notre Dame, who is coming off a very disappointing loss at conference bottom feeder, St. Johnâ€™s.Â (6:00, ESPN)
-Stephen Curry will try to shoot Davidson to a road win at Duke Wednesday.Â He will probably have to go off for 60 if thatâ€™s to happen, but it still should be an exciting high scoring in-state battle. (6:00 ESPN) PS-ESPN is switching announcers this night.Â Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will call this game while Dickie V. and Dan Schulman announce the Heat-Nuggets game.Â Prepare for Dickie V. to slurp all over D-Wade and â€˜Melo.
-Gonzaga has a tough task ahead of them if they hope to end their skid, playing at Tennessee on Wednesday.Â The Vols also need a win after losing at Kansas Saturday.Â (8:00 ESPN2)
-Speaking of the Jayhawks, they will head to Michigan State Saturday.Â The Spartans look like the favorite to take the Big Ten title since Purdue hasnâ€™t looked all that strong this season.Â (noon, CBS)
The Drive to 225
To update my goal of watching 225 college basketball games this seasonâ€¦
Games watched through 1/4:Â 94
Games watched this past week: 18
Georgetown at UConn
Cincinnati at Memphis
Davidson at Charleston
Illinois at Purdue
Wisconsin at Michigan
Gonzaga at Utah
Villanova at Marquette
Syracuse at South Florida
Arizona at California
Pittsburgh at Georgetown
Penn State at Wisconsin
Tennessee at Kansas
N.C. State at Florida
Cincinnati at Marquette
Kentucky at Louisville
Arizona State at California
Arizona at Stanford
UCLA at Oregon