Despite some solid NCAA basketball games heading in, Thursday night was rather disappointing in terms of excitement.
In the Busting Brackets Daily Wrap-Up, we go through the major games of the day with a few short summaries and articles to keep you up to date on the recent news in the college basketball world. This covers the biggest games of yesterday and today, as well as looking at major news stories from across the nation.
We also go through each game of key importance in our “Games to Watch” section, which includes a Game of the Day and a Bubble Battle.
Here we go:
Richmond, heading into a tough road game, could not hang on to their 5-0 conference record against Dayton. The Flyers finished with five players in double figures, led by 17 from Charles Cooke. And although T.J. Cline dropped 21 for the Spiders, this was one of the games that Richmond might have needed to make the NCAA Tournament.
Like Dayton, Louisville also had five players in double figures. Both Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel went for 18 points while the Cardinals shot 56.3 percent from the field. Clemson struggled all night long, especially with star Jaron Blossomgame, who only had 10 points. Clemson could’ve used a better outing here, but their tournament chances are still very much alive.
California was another team sitting right on the bubble who did not deliver on Thursday night. Oregon took care of business all night long, solidifying this 23-point victory. Jabari Bird had 21 for the Golden Bears, while Jordan Bell led the Ducks. Bell’s 26 points (11-of-12 shooting) was a sensational performance as he paced Oregon the whole way.
Lauri Markkanen led the way for Arizona as they got another nice win to add to their top-15 resume. He had 23 points, while three other Wildcats also scored in double figures. Elijah Stewart had 20 for the Trojans, but they fell seven points short in the end.
Games to Watch on Friday, January 20th:
Oakland Golden Grizzlies @ Northern Kentucky Norse, 7:00 p.m. ET: As one of the two top teams in the Horizon League, this is a game that can go a long way towards seeding in the conference tournament. The Norse have been a bit of a surprise at 12-7, while Oakland has been about as expected with a 14-5 start.