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Quick Takes: Sooners shock Wichita State

Dave2015Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young tallied 29 points and 10 assists on the road Saturday at Wichita State – a game the visiting Sooners won 91-83.  The nation’s leading scorer, Young put his stat line together at a place where the Shockers rarely lose (only once last year).  It’s a triumph that figures to pay big dividends down the line.  Non-conference road wins against quality opponents generally rank high on the Selection Committee’s seal of approval.

Elsewhere, we had upsets all along the seed list, and a few near misses – with Xavier escaping East Tennessee State at home in the final seconds.

Here are a few other Quick Takes worth mentioning …

  • Purdue looks like the top challenger to Michigan State in the Big Ten.  The Boilermakers let a large lead slip a bit against Butler, but otherwise controlled the Bulldogs at the Crossroads Classic.
  • Lots of questions about Notre Dame. Since rallying to beat Wichita State in Maui, the Irish have been dominated at Michigan State, lost at home to Ball State, and dropped a neutral-court game to Indiana after coughing up a late lead.
  • Just as many questions about Florida.  The Gators have lost four of five – the latest a two-pointer against Clemson on Saturday.
  • Other than Arizona State and Arizona (even with its early issues), the Pac-12 is complete mess.  For a league that barely squeaked in three teams in Saturday’s bracket update, UCLA lost at home to Cincinnati and Utah dropped one at BYU.  The league’s non-conference performance as a whole has been rather ugly.
  • The Big Ten isn’t great either, but Rutgers and Nebraska will not be fun stops on the circuit.  The Scarlet Knights upended Seton Hall yesterday and Nebraska came within a heartbeat of taking down Kansas.
  • Keep an eye on Iowa State.  Since dropping their opening two games, the Cyclones have won eight straight.
  • Georgia and LSU both lost clunkers yesterday – Georgia to UMass and LSU to Stephen F. Austin.
  • Lest we forget NC State losing at home to UNC-Greensboro
  • And then there was Loyola-Chicago (which won at Florida) dropping a 17-point decision at Milwaukee.
  • In its first real test of the season, Georgetown battled Syracuse at home before losing in overtime.  One has to wonder if the Hoyas overwhelmingly weak non-conference slate (NC SOS of 351 – out of 351 before yesterday) impacted their performance down the stretch.

Updating the Seed List should be fun.  Enjoy your Sunday.

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