Sunday’s college basketball schedule was light, but the hopes of highly ranked teams were dashed once again by stellar play. After the tremendous games that saw four top 10 teams lose on Saturday, Sunday presented more of the same storylines.
Unfortunately, Sportsline.com reported that Arizona forward Brandon Ashley will miss the rest of the season with an injured foot. This is a big loss for the once beaten Wildcats front court. Ashley averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
It’s the time of the year where the bubble talk starts to increase and teams on the cusp of making the tournament play at a high level. The Indiana Hoosiers made a big statement with their win over Michigan Sunday afternoon.
The Wolverines were the fifth top 10 team to lose during a weekend of mayhem. However, Michigan didn’t lose at the buzzer. The Wolverines were thoroughly beaten by an inspired group of Hoosiers.
Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 27 points, but it was the defensive job they put on Nik Stauskas that was the difference. Stauskas scored six points on six shots and was a non factor throughout the game.
Michigan dropped their first game in conference and now stand at (8-1). Indiana moved to (4-5) in the Big 10. The Hoosiers are in a four way tie for fifth place.
The Virginia Cavaliers knocked out Pittsburgh with a dagger three as time expired. The 48-45 win over the Panthers created more separation in the ACC. Virginia is in second place with an (8-1) record. Their only loss was to Duke in January.
Pittsburgh dropped consecutive home games for the first time and the Panthers are (6-3) on the season. All three losses in the ACC have come to the top three teams in the conference. They also lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats this season.
Speaking of Cincinnati, the Bearcats took South Florida’s best punch and came away with a five point victory. Cincinnati is off to a tremendous start in the AAC, and lead the conference with a (10-0) record. They are (21-2) overall and should move into the top 10 this week.
Notes: J.J. Redick is no longer the college basketball three point king. That title now belongs to Travis Bader of Oakland (Mich.). Bader hit six threes to bring his career total to 461. Redick previously held the record with 457 threes.
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