Week two of the College Basketball season was one of the crazier ones in the sport as there were a lot of really good games that took place. There were the Gavitt Games that took place Monday through Thursday while last Tuesday Evansville pulled off the upset of the season as they took down the number one ranked Kentucky Wildcats. With a great week in the books, it is now time to recap the week with my weekly awards. For these, I will give my team, player, upset, and dumpster-fire of the week to display some of the best and I guess also the worst moments of the week depending upon your team of choice.
Team of the week: Ohio State Buckeyes
The team of the week award was one that I think could have gone 6 or 7 ways but ultimately I think Ohio State stands out to me most because of the absolute domination of Villanova. The Buckeyes won 76-51 and really got a good overall team performance as they had five players that scored in double-figures and seven players score seven or more points. The Buckeyes as a team was one that had an outside chance of being a Final Four competitor but thus far they have shown themselves to be one of the best teams in the sport.
Player of the week: Myles Powell – Seton Hall
No player had a better week in College Basketball than Myles Powell who was sensational while playing with an injured ankle. On Thursday Powell put up 37 and while his Pirates lost rather heartbreakingly to Michigan State, the big takeaway was just how good Powell actually is. Seton Hall was put into a position where it was easy to let off the gas a little against St. Louis but they pushed full speed ahead as they won 83-66 in a game where Powell scored 26. On the season Powell is averaging 22.5 points per game, while in the three games where he has actually played significant minutes, he is averaging 30 points per game. Needless to say, Powell is spectacular and right now is the favorite to win the National Player of the year award.
Upset of the week: Evansville over Kentucky
Was there really a question on this one? Evansville enters the game as 25 point underdogs against what was number one Kentucky. Evansville played out of their minds, Kentucky really struggled and the Purple Aces took down the number one team in the country in Kentucky. This will go down as one of the most historic upsets in regular-season history and is regarded as one of the most embarrassing losses for what is a historically great Kentucky program.
Dumpster-fire of the week: Florida Gators
No team has had a more disappointing start to this season than the Florida Gators, who came into the season as a consensus Top-10 team and have started 2-2 with losses to Florida State and now Uconn. For a second, I will throw out the loss to Florida State as I do think the Seminoles are a Top-25 team and they have the length to disrupt a relatively young and inexperienced team like Florida. That being said, the Gators should have rebounded with a blowout win against Towson but they were tied late in the game and only won 66-60. They then followed that up by losing at Uconn 62-59 in what was a very tough loss. Florida has been extremely bad offensively as the team really doesn’t know what it is doing on that end of the court, while they could find something, they have been a dumpster-fire on that end of the court.