Category: Weekly Posts

One-hit Wonders?

 

Chris Collins
(Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports )

It’s possible that no team in America had a worse week than the Northwestern Wildcats. The Wildcats went 1-2 on the week, but it’s the losses that should be concerning.

 

Northwestern lost at home to Creighton-giving up 92 points to a team many expected to be the fourth or fifth best team in the Big East. Then came the 36-point loss to Texas Tech on a neutral court.

Questions now abound about whether or not the Wildcats first trip to the NCAA tournament last season was a fluke. Those questions are probably premature though as this all happened in the first month of the season.

There is still plenty of time for Northwestern to recover and with road games at Georgia Tech, Purdue, DePaul and Oklahoma before January – time to stock up quality wins. However, if they don’t, this week will be the one the nation points to as the first signs of chinks in the purple armor.

National Player of the Week: Jordan Murphy, Minnesota.

Murphy is averaging 24.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game this season. In a huge road win at Providence, he scored 23 and ripped down 14 boards as the Gophers won going away. If he continues to put up these kinds of numbers then Minnesota could be a threat to Michigan St in the Big Ten this season.

 

This Week’s Top 25:

1.       Duke

2.       Arizona

3.       Kansas

4.       Michigan St

5.       Miami

6.       Wichita St

7.       Seton Hall

8.       USC

9.       Florida

10.   Villanova

11.   Minnesota

12.   Texas A&M

13.   Purdue

14.   Xavier

15.   Notre Dame

16.   Kentucky

17.   Cincinnati

18.   West Virginia

19.   Louisville

20.   Saint Mary’s

21.   Rhode Island

22.   UCLA

23.   North Carolina

24.   Alabama

25. Creighton

 

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On the opening weekend of the season, there was no team more impressive than Texas A&M. After a slow start, Texas A&M walked West Virginia down and won going away 88-65 over a team expected to challenge Kansas for the Big XII crown.

Making the victory more impressive is the fact that the Aggies played without sophomore forward Robert Williams and redshirt freshman J.J. Caldwell. It showed the depth that they have and that they may be a real threat to win the SEC this season.

However before they get there, Texas A&M has road games at USC and Arizona and play in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn against Oklahoma St and either Pitt/Penn St. We’re definitely going to find out a lot about the Aggies in November and December.

National Player of the Week: Allonzo Trier, Arizona.

Trier was dominant in two games this weekend averaging 31 points in blowout wins over UMBC and Utah Valley. The first-team All-America candidate is living up to the hype so far.

This Week’s Top 25:

1.       Arizona

2.       Michigan St

3.       Duke

4.       Kansas

5.       Miami

6.       Wichita St

7.       Seton Hall

8.       USC

9.       Florida

10.   Villanova

11.   Minnesota

12.   Texas A&M

13.   Purdue

14.   Kentucky

15.   Xavier

16.   Notre Dame

17.   Cincinnati

18.   West Virginia

19.   Louisville

20.   Saint Mary’s

21.   Rhode Island

22.   UCLA

23.   North Carolina

24.   Northwestern

25. Alabama