The NCAA basketball season has just begun, and with it, we can finally start a closer look at the current scores of the games. There are several matches, including Duke vs. Kentucky, Indiana Hoosiers vs. Temple Hoosiers, Louisville vs. Charleston, and Florida State vs. Clemson. Let’s take a look at what the scores are and which teams are looking strong.
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Temple Hoosiers
There’s a big reason Indiana Hoosiers are expected to be a top contender this year. This team has a knack for winning games in the clutch, and it looks like the formula is working for them.
Before this season, the Hoosiers had not made the NCAA Tournament since 2007. However, that changed for the better last season. They went 15-3 in the Big Ten Conference and earned the #1 seed in the 2016 Big Ten tournament.
During their losing streaks, the Hoosiers lost to Purdue, Michigan, and Illinois. Then, after knocking off Kentucky, they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. However, they were beaten by the eventual national champions, Iowa.
Florida State beat Clemson.
The Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles have faced each other yearly since 1992. Their first game was in Tallahassee. These teams are pretty even in their all-time head-to-head record. But the two programs have had lows and highs over the years.
The Seminoles have won 15 ACC championships over the last decade. They have won four straight games after losing to Clemson in December. However, they are still 2-9 in their previous 11 games. Despite this, the team is still ranked 14th in FBS.
After a slow start in the second quarter, the two teams turned up their offenses in the third. Four Seminoles scored in double digits. Balsa Koprivica scored 13 points and shot 5-of-6 from the floor. RayQuan Evans added 17 points and broke a tie with a jumper with 14 seconds left.
Duke vs. Kentucky
The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team played the Duke Blue Devils at the Champions Classic in New York. It was a battle of blue blood.
Kentucky entered the game after two years of losing in the NCAA Tournament. They are looking to avenge their disappointing season.
Duke entered the game as the number four team in the preseason polls. In addition to being a big-time college basketball school, Duke has the athleticism and experience to run at the national championship.
The Blue Devils were off to a great start, scoring 11 points on the game’s first four possessions. Their young, talented players also gave Kentucky fans a taste of what they can expect this year.
Tennessee holds the NCAA record for the fewest points allowed
One of the important stories of Tennessee’s recent success is the emergence of star Jalin Hyatt. This is the third time in the past four games that he has scored multiple receiving touchdowns. And, in that span, Tennessee has defeated two of the top five teams in the nation.
A win against Alabama could propel Tennessee to the top of the college football rankings. With a potent offense and a robust defense, the Vols can alter the SEC’s power structure to a position to contend for the national championship.
The Vols beat Kentucky 69-62 in the SEC Tournament. They overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half and held off a challenge from the Wildcats.
Steph Curry’s LSU team deserves a spot on the scoring list.
The LSU Tigers are a powerhouse in their own right. They have a solid track record in the SEC and the NCAA tourney. But their recent plight with suspended coach Will Wade and the rumor of payment to assistant coach Tony Benford has taken a toll on the team’s fan base. They could soon find themselves in the doghouse if they are not careful. For starters, their guards must learn to pass more. It’s the old saw, “if you don’t ask, you won’t get.”
Despite a lack of star power, they’ve still compiled a top-ten conference regular season title. As it turns out, the Tigers have a few of the best defenders in the SEC. And while their offense isn’t exactly slick, their ability to score big is.
Louisville beat Charleston in NCAA basketball.
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Charleston Cougars on Saturday 70-48. They are now playing the defending national champions, the South Carolina Gamecocks, in the Final Four.
In the first half, the Louisville Cardinals struggled to keep up with the Cougars. But the Cards started making up for a lost time in the second half. They did not only win the quarter but also outscored the Cougars 36-10 in the paint.
The Louisville Cardies scored a few big-time dunks, including Gorgui Dieng’s one-handed dunk with 30 seconds to go. Also, they notched a few of their own with a few key steals.