Week One of the college hoops season is a wrap. Although we didn’t have any marquee matchups – those begin this week – Southern Mississippi and Georgetown posted solid road victories. And true road wins are always important resume builders.
Southern Miss won at South Florida. Georgetown at Old Dominion. USF may not be an NCAA-level team this season, but for Conference USA’s USM, beating a Big East team in its own building is noteworthy. Especially when you consider that Tulsa, another C-USA contender, lost at home to Appalachian State. As for the Hoyas, kudos for scheduling a season-opener on the road – especially at a quality mid-major like ODU. The Monarchs upset Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament last March and have a good shot at returning this season. Will ODU look back at Week 1 if they’re on the bubble in March? Time will tell.
Pittsburgh and Temple also posted solid Week One victories. Pitt held off Rhode Island and Temple slipped past Seton Hall. Both URI and SHU could be NCAA-bid contenders. Rhode Island’s missed opportunity may be a bit bigger because the Rams’ best remaining non-conference opponent is Florida. If URI fails in that one, it’ll take a strong Atlantic 10 showing to avoid bubble trouble.
Huge week ahead in Week 2. It starts with the ESPN’s 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon at Midnight on Tuesday. For the biggest bracket matchups, visit our Schedule page. Big games continue Thursday in New York with four teams from the Coaches vs. Cancer event: Illinois vs. Texas and Pittsburgh vs. Maryland.