Last Second Heave: Kansas and Creighton Drop the Ball, Best and Rest of the Week in College Basketball (February 10)
A wild week of college basketball is complete, so it’s time to look at the highlights (and lowlights, depending on who you are) for the week of February 3 - 9.
(5) Kansas and (16) Creighton Both Lose Two Games in the Week
Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks entered the week reeling from their disappointing defeat at home to Oklahoma State, a loss that ended the Jayhawks’ longest active home winning streak in the nation at 33 games.
Instead of coming into TCU with the intention of overcoming their heartbreak, Kansas dropped a stunner, 62-55. The win was TCU’s first Big 12 victory of the season.
Nate Wolters has been somewhat of an enigma in college basketball the past two seasons.
Despite putting up consist 20-point games for the better part of his career, Wolters has gotten lost in the shuffle of the mid-major ranks while playing at South Dakota State. It wasn’t until December 2011 when SDSU scored a victory at Washington that Wolters started to get some publicity for his abilities. The college basketball national landscape began to pay attention to the St. Cloud, Minnesota native. In the game, Wolters dropped 34 points on 10-20 shooting in a Jackrabbit 92-73 rout.
South Dakota State would go onto win the Summit League Tournament and earn the school’s first berth in the NCAA Tournament this past March, where they would drop a heartbreaker to 3-seed Baylor 68-60.
Another week has passed. More games have been played, which means it’s time for the first Mid-Major Player of the Year Power Rankings on February.
In the previous two rankings, Creighton’s Doug McDermott has led the pack by a commanding margin. He’s been so far ahead of the rest of the list, it’s difficult to imagine another player coming anywhere near the top spot.
However, while McDermott may be holding down the top spot in the rankings for now, a few games here or there could determine the winner of the MMPOY award in the blink of an eye.
This past weekend wasn’t great for most of our players on last week’s rankings. Will that result in any changes for this week?
Let’s find out. Here are the power rankings for February 6:
1.) Doug McDermott, Creighton (24.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 53 percent three-point field goals)
Bracket Busters is the biggest stage that some mid-major teams will see in a college basketball season. With 2013 being the final installment of the Bracket Busters franchise, college basketball fans will be able to enjoy a large slate of great game.
Games will be played February 22 and 23 with the ESPN family of networks airing the top games on tap for the event.
Let’s take a look at the games viewers should be looking forward to, giving you three weeks to plan out your day accordingly:
1.) Creighton (20-3, 9-2 MVC) @ Saint Mary’s (19-4, 8-1 WCC) Feb. 23 6pmET ESPN/2
Creighton traveling to Saint Mary’s is the only game that was a given considering each team’s standing in high powered conferences. Creighton leads the Missouri Valley and is the only team in the Bracket Busters field who is currently ranked (16th in Associated Press polls as of February 4). Saint Mary’s trails Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference by one game.
We’re coming down the stretch in the college basketball season with just over a month of regular season action left. In the next month, we will separate the strong from the weak, especially when we look at the Mid-Major Player of the Year race.
In last week’s MMPOY breakdown, Creighton’s Doug McDermott held a commanding lead over the rest of the field and appeared to be running away with the award. However, another week has passed. McDermott is still in the first place spot, but the gap is narrowing with strong performances by the rest of the field.
Here’s the Mid-Major Player of the Year rankings for the week of January 30.
1.) Doug McDermott, Creighton (23.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 50 percent three-point field goals)
Once again, Doug McDermott leads the pack with his outstanding season. McDermott’s points have gone down in the last week, highlighted by Creighton’s loss at Drake last Wednesday (the day last week’s rankings came out). McDermott did finish the game with 19 points on 9-13 shooting, but it couldn’t lead the Blue Jays past the Bulldogs. Doug also went 0-6 from three-point range in the loss.