With all of the great action we’ve had in college and pro football and also with the start of the NBA season, you may not have noticed that college basketball is underway. But for us college hoops junkies, November is almost as good as March. There are many early season tournaments and neutral site games with some great non-conference match ups that will loom large in March when the selection process is underway for the NCAA Tournament.
The Kentucky Wildcats and Villanova Wildcats have already scored some impressive wins while teams such as the UConn Huskies and Oregon Ducks may be playing their way out of the NCAA Tournament already. Let’s look at some of the early season results that may have a large impact on who will be in and who will be in the NIT.
Kansas 77 Duke 75. Any win over Duke is going to be huge. Duke has some injured players right now who will be back before the season gets into the conference potion, so that win will look really good for the Jayhawks. Kansas will of course be in the NCAA Tournament even without that win, but that win will help their seeding.
Indiana 103 Kansas 99. Speaking of the Jayhawks, the Hoosiers got a big early win on Opening Night in overtime on a neutral floor. This game will be brought up again in March, you can believe that.
Northern Iowa 73 Oklahoma 67. UNI got a big win over the Sooners, who are coming off a Final Four season. Any time a “mid-major” beats one of the Power Five heavyweights, that’s a big win.
Villanova 79 Purdue 76. The defending champions are 5-0 with a tournament win at the Charleston Invitational where they got wins over Wake Forest and a very good UCF Knights team. But their bi win so far was going on the road and taking down a very good Purdue Boilermakers team. That will be a big win.
Kentucky 69 Michigan State 48. Kentucky looks like an early season lock to gain a #1 seed on Selection Sunday. A 21 point win over Michigan State bodes very well. Although the Spartans nearly were upset by Florida Gulf Coast a few days ago, by season’s end that win will look very good.
With many, many great games coming up during “Feast Week”, you football fans may want to break away and take a peak at some really good college basketball this weekend.