Also, the NBA is coming back from its all-star break this week, and there are some great matchups to start the second half in there too. If you like basketball of any kind, you are in for a treat this week.
The Kansas State Wildcats have been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this year, and they just recently became ranked after beating four ranked opponents in a row, including the perennial Big 12 champion Kansas Jayhawks. They are now in first place in the Big 12 with a 9-2 conference record.
Let’s face it, the Pro Bowl is definitely the worst of the professional all-star games, and the NHL All-Star Game isn’t much better. Since both are this weekend, there is little or no action in either of their respective leagues this week.
But fear not, as I have a list of basketball games that you will not want to miss in the upcoming days, both for college and the NBA.
Cincinnati 68-41 Tusculum:
Our consensus No. 1 in the conference pick, Cincinnati, pulled away with 40 points during the second half in their final tune-up of the season. The Bearcats had a strong overall performance; not a single player on the roster had a negative plus/minus, with Tre Scott leading the game at a plus/minus of 27. Guard Cane Broome led with 15 points and five boards.
First and foremost on any agenda is player compensation. The reason there was a black market to pay players was because they couldn’t do it legally (in NCAA terms). College basketball is big business. The players generate a lot of revenue. I think a scholarship to receive a high-level education is of tremendous value and is the schools doing their part. But these athletes should not be limited to just a scholarship.
The season could be the last of its kind. Reform seems imminent. Top prospects are skipping out on college and the professional ranks are on the precipice of doing more to help them. There was corruption in the sport, that’s why the Rice Commission was created, and according to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, their recommendations will be taken into action.
After several months, the media is finally airing college basketball’s dirty laundry. Household names and programs like Arizona, Duke and North Carolina are implicated. Their validity as a basis for punishment is potentially weak, but the allegations that have come out, and may continue to come out, will be damning to all involved at the very least.
The 2018 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship is right around the corner, and the conference standings are tight as teams battle for seeding. While Houston has clinched a first round bye along with Cincinnati and Wichita State, the No. 4 seed is still up for grabs, as Tulsa, Memphis, UCF and Temple are all fighting for the final seed that grants a bye.
Houston lost their first game since January on Thursday night, falling 91-85 to Memphis.