Texas A&M might just be the most disappointing team in the country. The Aggies were one of the frontrunners to win the SEC entering the season, but a loss to Tennessee on Saturday dropped them to 0-5 in conference play and losers of five-straight.
Sparty was on the receiving end of a bludgeoning on Sunday, though that loss came in a tough road venue against an Ohio State team that’s surging in league play. But Saturday’s 82-72 loss to Michigan was purely inexplicable — not only were they at home, but they were favored by 9.5 points at full strength and lost by double digits.
But fast forward two weeks and five games, and the Horned Frogs have fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten all the way to unranked and tied for last place in the Big 12 standings at 1-4. They nearly got off the mat with a massive bounceback win over Oklahoma on the road Saturday, but in overtime, they weren’t able to outlast the Trae Young-led Sooners offense and fell 102-97.
“This could be the best team of Matt Painter’s impressive career, a team that we need to start talking about as a team that should be considered the Big Ten favorite – and should also be considered a contender for the national title,” he wrote.
But down 1 point with possession of the ball, the Wildcats final play was too slow to develop, and instead of getting a bucket at the rim for the potential go-ahead, Barry Brown settled for a deep 3-pointer that clanked off the rim.
No. 8 Texas Tech handed No 2 West Virginia its first conference loss in its first-ever top-10 showdown in Lubbock, Oklahoma held on to beat TCU to improve to 4-1, and victories for the Red Raiders and Kansas ensured the conference race is as tight as ever.
Granted, De Sousa played only four minutes and only only logged stats in turnovers and fouls (one each). But his clearance is still a boon for a Jayhawks team with a depleted frontcourt. The windfall came the same day they hung on to beat Kansas State 73-72, too. So after a shaky start in league play, the Jayhawks are again tied for first place in the league standings.
Not only did Kansas get a needed win over cross-state rival Kansas State, it did so with an additional member of the team as true freshman Silvio De Sousa — a former four-star prospect — wasand played on Saturday.