What Happened Yesterday
The Missouri Tigers impressed in their first official game without Michael Porter Jr, opening the Advocare Invitational with a 95-58 victory over Long Beach State. Jordan Geist led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Jontay Porter had 15 points of his own.
Tennessee looked very impressive in the Battle 4 Atlantis again, as they had a big lead over Villanova at halftime. Eventually the #5 Wildcats pulled away and picked up an 85-76 victory, but Rick Barnes’ bunch was very competitive.
Vanderbilt got Virginia’d. The Commodores managed just 42 points in their loss to the Hoos in Brooklyn’s NIT Tip-Off. Vanderbilt hadn’t had a scoring output that low since scoring 40 in a 2013 loss to Florida.
All things considered, Arkansas might have had the most impressive win of the day. The Razorbacks picked up a 92-83 win over Oklahoma in Portland as part of the PK80. Daryl Macon had 27 points.
Florida also made the most of their trip to Portland, scoring over 100 points for the third time this year. This time it was against the Stanford Cardinal. Florida won 108-87. They’re pretty good.
Finally, Georgia started the Wooden Legacy with a win over Cal State Fullerton, 64-57. William Jackson had 16.
|11 a.m.||Mizzou vs. St. John's||ESPNEWS/WatchESPN|
|2:30 p.m.||BYU vs. Alabama|
|2:30 p.m.||NC State vs. Tennessee||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|3:30 p.m.||UNC vs. Arkansas||ESPN/WatchESPN|
|7 p.m.||Winthrop vs. Auburn||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|9 p.m.||Pepperdine vs. Texas A&M||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|9:45 p.m.||Vanderbilt vs. Seton Hall||ESPNEWS/WatchESPN|
|11 p.m.||Florida vs. Gonzaga||ESPNEWS/WatchESPN|
There’s a lot going on today!
Mizzou kicks the day off at 11 a.m. ET against the Big East’s St. John’s Red Storm down in Orlando. This should be a fun matchup. St. John’s has two of the nation’s best scorers in Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett, while Mizzou has Jontay Porter and Jeremiah Tilmon.
Tennessee faces NC State in the third place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. This is a great chance for the Volunteers to really be excited about where they are in the college basketball landscape, especially compared to expectations coming into the year.
Arkansas faces North Carolina in a PK80 matchup/rematch of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Playing the defending champion is always fun, but to do it when they controversially eliminated you from the NCAA Tournament just 8 months ago? That’s even more fun.
Also in PK80, Florida will play Gonzaga. This one is going to be a huge thrill.
Auburn welcomes Winthrop to campus, which is a bit rare during Feast Week. The Tigers should be able to pick up the win, but it’s a good test for them nonetheless.
A&M welcomes Pepperdine. They’re going to win, but it will be fun to watch Robert Williams.
Finally, Vanderbilt plays the Seton Hall Pirates in Brooklyn. Seton Hall was upset by Rhode Island and will be playing angrily. Angel Delgado is a double-double machine and Vandy will have to do all it can to contain him.