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9 items males's basketball has given us coming into the vacation season – NCAA.com


It is the vacation season and males’s basketball is fittingly wrapping up non-conference play. However earlier than that involves an finish, let’s all get into the vacation spirit by reflecting on the gift-like moments males’s basketball has given us to date.

9 items males’s basketball has given us coming into the vacation season

3 Undefeated groups

Three males’s basketball groups stay undefeated coming into the vacations as of Dec. 20. No. 1 Purdue is 11-0, No. 2 UConn is 13-0 and New Mexico is 13-0. The Lobos are the one unranked and unbeaten group within the newest AP Ballot, however they did obtain 64 votes. 

Solely 5 groups have completed an everyday season undefeated since 1976, the final time an undefeated group received a nationwide championship. That mentioned, males’s basketball has handled us to a present of three undefeated groups coming into the vacations.

UNDEFEATED: The 7 undefeated college basketball national champions in the NCAA tournament era

A touching second 

At a Kentucky sport earlier this yr, coach John Calipari noticed a coal miner on the Blue-White preseason scrimmage, nonetheless soiled from work. The miner confirmed as much as the sport to verify his son did not miss any of the motion, so he did not have time to clean up after work and earlier than the sport. When Coach Calipari noticed this, he ensured the miner acquired VIP entry to a Kentucky sport, recognizing his efforts as a father.

The return of the Armed Forces Basic

On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the Armed Forces Basic returned for the primary time since 2019. It additionally marked the primary time in 10 years that faculty basketball was performed on a U.S. army ship. The USS Abraham Lincoln hosted then-No. 2 Gonzaga and Michigan State. Gonzaga trailed by as many as 12 factors within the second half however in the end prevailed with a second-half comeback to win 64-63. Males’s basketball gifted an thrilling end to followers in all places, however extra importantly, a veteran crowd.

SALUTE: No. 2 Gonzaga survives Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic

Blueblood battles all the way down to the wire to begin the season 

The Champions Basic did not kick off the season due to Election Day, however on Nov. 16, males’s basketball granted us the present of two blueblood battles. 

First got here a double-overtime thriller as Michigan State knocked off then-No. 4 Kentucky 86-77. The Spartans additionally spoiled the debut of reigning Nationwide Participant of the Yr Oscar Tshiebwe, getting him to foul out regardless of scoring 22 factors and grabbing 18 rebounds.

Within the second sport, then-No. 6 Kansas escaped No. 7 Duke in a top-10 matchup between two 2022 Closing 4 groups. The Jayhawks went on a 15-5 run to shut the sport and rally from a five-point deficit with 4:37 to play.

Males’s basketball gave us a Champions Basic that lived as much as the hype.

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HBCUs touchdown upsets

HBCU basketball applications have performed groups from conventional powerhouse conferences powerful this yr, touchdown a number of upsets. Check out a few of the notable wins beneath:

  • Grambling State beat Colorado 83-74 on Nov. 11
  • Texas Southern beat Arizona State 67-66 on Nov. 13
  • Prairie View A&M beat Washington State 70-59 on Nov. 15
  • Southern beat Cal 74-66 on Nov. 18
  • Grambling State beat Vanderbilt 64-62 on Dec. 9
  • Howard beat Harvard 66-54 on Dec. 18

CROSS-CONFERENCE: A guide to the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series in men’s and women’s basketball

The SWAC break up the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Collection 3-3 within the sequence’ first yr. Southern beat Cal in a sport that wasn’t part of the sequence, and Grambling State knocked off Vanderbilt rather less than a month after that. Even the MEAC acquired in on the motion, as Howard turned the primary HBCU to beat Harvard in males’s basketball. 

These HBCU wins are like stocking stuffers from males’s basketball, giving followers a preview present of Cinderella magic to come back in March.

SWAC: The SWAC is one of the early winners in men’s college basketball in 2022

A 4OT upset of a No. 1 group

An upset of the No. 1 group in faculty basketball is a present for a lot of followers of the sport, however for the dropping group, it in all probability appears like coal. That is maybe how then-No. 18 Alabama and then-No. 1 North Carolina felt, respectively, after a quadruple-overtime upset on Nov. 27 within the 2022 Phil Knight Invitational. 

The sport was a back-and-forth affair, that includes 15 ties and 14 lead adjustments. The sport had a becoming ending, as a lob go proved to be the game-winning basket. Alabama in the end received 103-101 in a memorable four-overtime sport.

ROLL TIDE: No. 18 Alabama men’s basketball downs No. 1 North Carolina in 4OT thriller

Basketball throughout the pond

Males’s basketball gave us a sport in London, England to begin the vacation month when then-No. 19 Kentucky battled Michigan at O2 Enviornment. Followers throughout the pond witnessed a matchup of two of essentially the most gifted large males within the nation as Wildcat Oscar Tshiebwe and Wolverine Hunter Dickinson went head-to-head. Dickson outscored Tshiebwe 23-13, however Tshiebwe completed with a double-double and the win. Kentucky defeated Michigan 73-69, thanks to 5 gamers scoring in double-figures.

One other 3,000-point scorer

Males’s basketball gave us its eleventh 3,000-point scorer in historical past. Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis scored his 3,000th level towards Charlotte on Dec. 10. He made 10 three-pointers in that sport to achieve the mark. Davis presently sits tenth all-time with 3,031 factors via Dec. 20. 

Davis averages 24.8 factors per sport this season, and Detroit Mercy has 19 common season video games remaining. If Davis continues to attain at that price, he’ll end the common season with 3,502 factors, trailing solely “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s document of three,667. 

RELATED: Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis becomes 11th men’s basketball player to reach 3,000 career points

A top-five vacation deal with

Every week earlier than Christmas Eve, basketball followers had been handled to a top-five matchup between undefeated then-No. 2 Virginia and then-No. 5 Houston. The Cavaliers entered the sport undefeated, whereas the Cougars had been coming off their first loss.

MORE: Houston drops Virginia in top-5, non-conference college basketball battle

Houston upset the No. 2 group within the nation, convincingly beating Virginia 69-61. Each member of Houston’s beginning 5 completed in double figures within the win, with basketball followers getting one final present earlier than the vacations.



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