It’s almost March.
Okay, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but Tuesday night definitely felt like March. With 2 upsets of top 20 teams, the best sports tournament of the year slid toward the front of my mind; March Madness.
Kentucky Wildcats Shrink Down The Stretch
Kentucky could have used some of their head coach’s shooting skills Tuesday night. Click here to see John Calipari drain a half court shot at practice. Kentucky, the 18th ranked team in the nation, led by as many as 14 against the South Carolina Gamecocks. But with 5:29 left in the game, Kentucky went ice cold, scoring just 3 points down the stretch. South Carolina closed the game on an 18-3 run, turning a 7-point deficit into an 8-point victory (76-68).
South Carolina’s comeback was charged by their leading scorer (14.9 points per game), Chris Silva’s, 27-point evening. Silva’s 27 points tied his career high, a mark he set just 10 days earlier against Vanderbilt. Frank Booker, senior guard, gave South Carolina a nice boost off the bench as well, scoring 9 of his 18 points in the final 10 minutes of the game. This upset marks the biggest win of South Carolina’s season, by far. They’ll look to continue their winning ways when they host the 21st ranked, Tennessee Volunteers, Saturday @ 6:00 P.M. EST.
Trae Young’s Dubious Record
Trae Young, superstar, freshman guard, has been playing out of his mind. He’s leading the nation in scoring (29.5 points per game) and assists (9.8 assists per game). The Oklahoma Sooners are the 4th ranked team in the nation and are seeking to make a run at a Final Four appearance (Last Appearance – 2016). With wins against 5 top 25 teams, all arrows were pointing up….until Tuesday.
Trae Young had a night to forget. His 12 turnovers are the most in a single game in the history of the Big 12. His 2-10 performance from beyond the arc didn’t help matters either. Kansas State, on their home floor, was able to capitalize on Trae’s mistakes. They routed Oklahoma, 87-69, behind Barry Brown’s 24 points. Brown, Kansas State’s leading scorer (17 points per game), is hitting his stride, dropping 20 or more points in 5 of his last 7 games. Brown will look to lead his team to victory against another top 25 team when they host the 24th ranked, TCU Horned Dogs, Saturday @ 4:00 P.M. EST.
I feel bad for Oklahoma State, Trae Young’s next opponent….
Will Trae Young be National Player of the Year?? Are you excited for March Madness in January?? Tell me what you think in the comment section below.
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