College Basketball Update: Number 1 Auburn Losses on the Road

College Basketball Update: Number 1 Auburn Losses on the Road

Eli Thompson, Staff Writer

It’s been a crazy week in college basketball. There have already been 11 top 25 teams lose and we haven’t even gotten to the Saturday games.

The number 1 team in the nation, Auburn, fell to Arkansas on the road Tuesday. It was a close game all the way through until Auburn barely missed the game-winning 3, sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, Arkansas got a small lead and ran away with it. The Razorbacks outscored the Tigers 14-10 in overtime. As the Razorbacks pulled the rebound off the missed shot with 7 seconds left, fans began to storm the court.

Arkansas was led by guard JD Notae who put up 28 in their win. His defense was also exceptional with 4 blacks and 3 steals. He shot 11-14 from the free-throw line, which is more free throws than the Tigers made as a team (8).

The Tigers had 3 people above 15 points but that wasn’t enough for them to pull off the win. Auburn’s forward, Walker Kessler, had 19 rebounds and 7 blocks. He has been very good for the Tigers all season but he wasn’t enough for his team this time.

A second top 10 team that lost was the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They played the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday night and lost by 15 points. 

The Red Raiders had a bad game all around. Their offense couldn’t hit any shot they took as the Red Raiders shot 2-17 from the 3-point line. Their defense also couldn’t get a stop, giving up 13 3’s in the game. 

The Sooners were led by Umoja Gibson, who had 30 points. He went 8-11 on 3 pointers and shot 9-14 from the field. Gibson, who only averages 11 on the season, had an exceptional game to knock off the 9th best team in the nation.

The Red Raiders faced their 4th conference loss, which means they will fall back in the ranking pretty far.

The third top 10 team to go down was Number 7 Duke who lost to an unranked Virginia on Monday by a buzzer-beater. The Blue Devils, who were coming off a win at North Carolina over the weekend, went into this home game with no worries and ended up playing terribly.

There were no stats that really stood out as the Cavaliers only had 2 players above 10 points. What got to the Blue Devils was Virginia’s defense. The Blue Devils had 15 turnovers and the Cavaliers only had 5. 

The fourth top 10 loss was Thursday night. The Purdue Boilermakers lost to the Michigan Wolverines by 24 points. Michigan was led by their starters who all had over 30 minutes and 10 points.

Michigan’s Hunter Dickson was the star of the show with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. He put on a show vs Purdue on both sides of the ball and was an absolute unit for the Wolverines.

Purdue, who is coming off a win vs No.13 Illinois, was not playing their best game. The Boilermakers shot 44% from the field and had 14 turnovers.

With all the losses that have occurred this week, the rankings next Monday are going to be crazy. These teams will need to bounce back in their next game if they still want to be considered a threat. Even though these teams look like they might be struggling, they are still teams I definitely wouldn’t want to play in March.