Top 10 Most Surprising Moments and Trends in College Basketball 2019-20College Basketball this season has been wild and unlike anything we’ve seen. There is no dominant team. Anyone can beat anyone else. There is no set National Championship contenders. There is a higher tier of teams but nobody that isn’t flawed. This should make for a really interesting tournament though
What on earth is going on in Chapel Hill? Okay sure injuries have been a problem but even through that they are in last place in the ACC..? Yes that's how low they have gone. Cole Anthony has missed time but even when healthy the Tar Heels cannot win games. Losing at home to Duke is the perfect recap of their season. They have lost games they normally don't. Clemson, Boston College, Wake Forest, Wofford, etc. There's bad and then there's this. Just wow and this is a blue blood program. Just unbelievable
The Aztecs have came out of nowhere and suddenly look like one of the best teams in basketball. Who saw this coming? They are 25-0 and have clinched the conference regular season title. They may be 1 seed caliber and who knows what happens in March.
The Flyers are sitting at 21-2 behind national player of the year front-runner Obi Toppin. They have won 12 consecutive games and They also have a dynamic guard in Jalen Crutcher. nearly all five starters average double figures while ranking second nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency (per KenPom). Of Dayton's two losses, Kansas (in overtime) and Colorado (a two-point decision) they looked like a team that can thrive in the second weekend of the NCAA tourney and still be playing in April. I don't anyone saw this coming
Yes A Rare loss At Cameron Indoor Stadium the iconic home of Prestigious Duke. It's no exaggeration to call it one of the biggest college basketball upsets in decades. Stephen F. Austin beat Duke 85-83, in overtime. And it ended on a coast-to-coast buzzer beater sure to be replayed for years to come. They have not lost a home non conference game in 150 games. The last to do it was St Johns in 2000. They came into this game 6-0 and 27.5 point favorites
The defending national champions have hit a bit of a hangover in the follow up year. Simply put they lost a lot of key players on their championship roster therefore there's a big talent drop off. Virginia has a lot of guys that can't hit shots like they did last year and while defense wins championships it takes offense to get there. Scoring just barely 50 isn't exactly National Championship caliber
Coming into this game Baylor was winless at Allen Fieldhouse going 0-16 over that span. Scott Drew himself was also at a point where he had more losses at Allen than Bill Self. All those narratives were put to rest as Baylor controlled this game from the start and this is where everyone took notice of them. From there the Bears have seemingly been dominant going 11-0 in the conference so far
Clemson has never been much of a Basketball school but that all changed. After losing the National Championship in Football to LSU the Tigers did have something to celebrate with their first win over a top 3 team since 2001. Earlier the Tigers knocked off North Carolina at Chapel Hill ending an 0-59 streak. This is the first time the Clemson Tigers have beat Duke and UNC in the same season since 1995-96
A heated rivalry turned ugly near the end of the game. Kansas was up by 20 dribbling the clock out and the coaches were already shaking hands. All normal until a k-State player takes the ball and tries to dunk at the last second only to get it rejected. From there it turns into taunting and the entire KSU bench then decided to storm the court and a chaotic brawl ensued. It was ugly and a bad look for both sides regardless of who started it. Funny enough it's the most relevant KSU will ever be this year.