Road teams ruled the games on tap in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, which has quietly become a nice early season event. Plus no surprise with a couple of SEC home wins, a close call with another SEC team’s flight, and one Blackbird had a really nice night to continue a good start.
The Ancient Eight appears to have a lot of potential in the seasons to come, building on what the programs showed this season, especially among their underclassmen.
It’s early yet, but we’ve already had some upsets in conference tournaments of note, especially on Friday night. Plus two bubble teams have different fates in New York, and it’s down to one game to determine a lot for the Ivy League Tournament.
All of a sudden, only one team is undefeated in conference play after another one goes down. Plus a wild one in the Ivy League needs some extra basketball, showdowns in the northeast and Midwest, and a Trojan goes down for the season.
A coach returns to a league where he once won big and is winning yet again. Plus one conference leader adds to its margin, a once-promising season continues to go downhill, and a team responds to an ugly incident on campus the best way it can.
Friday was not a good day for the sport, and it had nothing to do with the limited on-court action. Plus one mid-major team remains undefeated in their conference, three teams are bunched up in another, and a coach is staying in an old home area for a little longer.
The most telling game of the day had one team pulling out another where they seemed vulnerable and it was one that got away for their opponent. Plus tournament action heats up, with a few surprises as a day off looms for many of them.
By now there should be no surprise to it anymore, but that doesn’t make it any less notable just what a job Texas-Arlington has done in becoming one of college basketball’s most impressive road teams.
We may be barely a week into the college basketball season, but it’s not hard to make an argument that a number of teams and conferences just might be already entering the most important 7-10 days in their regular seasons.
We roll on with a look at our favorite games for every day of the season, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball year, with a look at January.