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.
So to sort through the rubble after a busy Saturday winds down, it’s time to hand out winners and losers starting with the surging Red Raiders.
Texas Tech suffered its first Big 12 loss of the season on Tuesday and became the last in a long line of Trae Young victims. But the Red Raiders responded admirably on Saturday to notch not only their biggest win of the season, but perhaps their biggest in program history over No. 2 West Virginia 72-71 prompting its.
Oh, Beavers. You were so close to knocking off Arizona State. You had a 13 point lead with 11:32 left to play in the second half. You hit 11 of 26 3-point attempts. And yet somehow, you let the Sun Devils come back and win it 77-75 in regulation!
That’s a brutal way to go down. Arizona State had lost three of its last four games before Saturday, so it was as good a chance to beat a top-15 team as any, considering the Sund Devils have been in a tail spin. No matter the fact that ASU was favored, that’s a tough pill to swallow for a team that has been competitive but unable to get big wins this season.
Entering Dec. 30, TCU had the longest win streak in the entire country.
“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.
Kansas State nearly pulled off the upset on the road over Kansas.
Even more impressive is their ability to dig out from nearly any hole. They were down 13 in the second half, and yet still found a way to win by 8 over the Bulldogs. Don’t sleep on Auburn —the preseason unranked SEC contender is now projected to win the conference according to KenPom.