30 days of College Basketball are in the books and what a first month of the sport we saw. We’ve had some surprises, upsets, and this seems to be a year where truly anyone can be the last team standing. It is only fitting that on Day 30 of the College Basketball season, we had some quality matchups, a historic comeback and so much more. Let’s dive into this entertaining night of College Basketball.
Wisconsin completes historic comeback to beat Indiana
There are just games where you don’t seem to have it and for Wisconsin, this seemed to be one of those games, as the Badgers fell down 22 at one point in this game. It seemed it would be the Hoosiers who would be able to get a big win on the road and bolster not only their resumé but get an early signature win in the process, then the game flipped. Like a slow-moving train, moving towards an abandoned car parked on the train tracks, this game became one where the Badgers slowly whittled the lead down. The Badgers eventually took the lead on a Johnny Davis three-pointer and held on for the 64-59 win. What a win this was for a Badgers team that looked defeated for most of the game, it is games like these that are so big for building confidence, knowing that you’re never out of it as a team is huge. As for Indiana, their only hope is that this loss doesn’t linger, as this could be devastating long-term.
Marquette gets scrappy road win at Kansas State
In a scrappy matchup between two likely-bubble teams, Marquette came away with a nice win against Kansas State. This was a game where both teams needed someone to step up to win, and Marquette freshman Kam Jones rose to the occasion, nailing 4 threes, including the late dagger, as Marquette won 64-63. This Marquette team is now 8-2, with nice wins over bubble teams like West Virginia and Kansas State, as well as a win against Illinois. With league play and a big matchup against UCLA around the corner, the Golden Eagles are sitting in a pretty position when it comes to making the NCAA Tournament. As for Kansas State, this is a tough loss, but they were without Nijel Pack, getting him healthy will be big as they still probably need to get 9 Big 12 wins to make the Big Dance.
West Virginia beats short-handed Huskies in low-scoring affair
It was not pretty, but West Virginia walks away with what should be a quadrant one win after beating UConn 56-53. This was truly a game where it didn’t necessarily feel like either team wanted to win, and the late-game execution was poor. West Virginia ultimately went on an 8-2 run in the last four minutes to eventually win the game. Taz Sherman had the game-high of 23 points, while Sean McNeil had 16. Overall, I came away more impressed with UConn, who still nearly won this game despite missing Adama Sanogo, who might be a First-Team All-Big East player, and Tyrese Martin, who was third on the team in scoring.
Arizona ends Wyoming’s perfect record in blowout fashion
While the method behind Wyoming being 8-0 coming into this game as a result of playing an easy schedule, with the lone tough games being against Grand Canyon and Washington, they were still undefeated coming into this game and shouldn’t have been taken lightly as an opponent against a dominant Arizona team. Arizona did not take them lightly, as they brought the heat, winning 94-65 against Wyoming. Bennedict Mathurin continues to look like a legitimate pro, scoring 24 points and adding in 10 rebounds, Kriisa and Tubelis both had 17 points, and this Wildcats team continues to be one of the premier teams in the sport this season.
Michigan State spoils Minnesota’s perfect record
It was surprising that Minnesota was still undefeated on this season to this point as they did not appear to have a great roster going into the season, albeit they played a poor non-conference schedule. Unfortunately for them, that perfect season ended Wednesday at the hands of a 75-67 loss to Michigan State. The Spartans were the better team and proved it much of the game, seizing control of the game and holding on late by making free throws. A balanced scoring attack saw all three of Gabe Brown, Malik Hall, and Tyson Walker scoring 15 points in this game. Eric Curry and Jamison Battle had 35 points between the two of them, although it was not enough. Although they lost, Minnesota appears to be on the right track program-wise, as they are way better than anyone could have expected.
Ace Baldwin returns, helps VCU to win
Normally, when VCU plays Jacksonville State, the only reason a game of this magnitude would get any sort of hype would be because of an upset, but that is not the case this time. Ace Baldwin, who had an Achilles injury that seemed to be season-ending in the preseason, returned and had 13 points, 6 steals, in 19 minutes of action. If Baldwin remains healthy, he gives this team a ball-hawk on the defensive end and a guard that can run the point. Freshman Jayden Nunn flourished in this game, scoring 20 points for the Rams to help push them over the edge.