Before we jump into what will happen Wednesday, let’s look back at Tuesday.
Michigan State 93, Georgia 85: Anthony Edwards nearly singlehandedly brought the Georgia Bulldogs to a win Tuesday. Edwards, one of the best players in the nation, had an amazing second half performance. He scored 33 points en route to a 37-point performance on the day, but it wasn’t quite enough to give UGA the win. The Michigan State Spartans fended them off and picked up a 93-85 win to advance in the loser’s side of the bracket in Maui. It certainly helped their cause that Cassius Winston scored 28 points and dished out eight assists. Still though, if you weren’t sold on Edwards going into Maui, I think you probably are now.
Wichita State 70, South Carolina 47: The South Carolina Gamecocks were thrown on their heels Tuesday, as the Wichita State Shockers thumped them 70-47. The game got out of hand in the first 10 minutes, as the Shockers went out to a 23-7 lead. The Gamecocks could not keep up with them thereafter and scored just 40 points the rest of the way. Erik Stevenson led the Shockers with 19 points and Trey Wade dropped 11 with six boards. For South Carolina, Maik Kotsar was the only player to hit double figures, with 12 points on the night. A.J. Lawson had a tough night himself, meanwhile, as he had just five points on a 2-for-6 day on the floor.
Oklahoma 77, Mizzou 66: The Missouri Tigers cannot seem to get into the swing of things. Their 4-1 start has since evaporated down to a 4-3 record after Tuesday’s 77-66 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. Granted, their losses now are to OU, the Butler Bulldogs and the Xavier Musketeers. The “worst” team of the bunch is the Sooners, and they’re ranked 35th on KenPom right now, while Butler and Xavier are 20th and 27th. So it’s not that they aren’t facing stiff competition. It’s just... well, you might fancy a win over a quality opponent. Nevertheless, that chase continues on. Austin Reaves was excellent for Oklahoma, as he put up 19 & 10 on the night.
Auburn 79, Richmond 65: Hey, let’s talk about an SEC team who won! The Auburn Tigers are still undefeated. The Tigers beat the Richmond Spiders 79-65, knocking them from the ranks of the unbeaten in the process. Samir Doughty was awesome, scoring 22 points on the night. Austin Wiley was very good also, as he scored 18 points while pulling down eight rebounds. Danjel Purifoy nearly got a double-double, as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will begin play today for the SEC. There’s a slight problem though. What’s the problem? Well, they’re tasked with corralling the North Carolina Tar Heels. In case you haven’t heard, Cole Anthony is very good. Like, rather ridiculously good at that. He’ll no doubt be the best player on the floor in this game, which should prove to be a hell of a task for the Crimson Tide.
Later, the Ole Miss Rebels are in action against the Penn State Nittany Lions. They’ll be doing battle in Brooklyn, and the Rebs are hoping to get back on track. They suffered their first loss of the season back on Saturday to the Memphis Tigers, who clipped them by a point, 87-86. The Nittany Lions to this point are 5-0, with wins over the Georgetown Hoyas, Bucknell Bison and Yale Bulldogs among others.
South Carolina will be getting back into action later on in the night against the Northern Iowa Panthers. UNI is out to a fast 6-1 start, although they did lose last night to the West Virginia Mountaineers. They have otherwise been pretty solid, although they haven’t really beaten anybody of note to this point. Their ‘best’ win is against KenPom’s 142nd best team, the Northern Illinois Huskies. Which is kinda funny because, well, y’know. UNI. NIU. You get the joke.
Finally, Georgia will be playing Chaminade in the nightcap. I’d imagine Anthony Edwards does some crazy things to Chaminade in this one. Tune in to see what.