By Austin Payne
Monday was a fairly relaxed day in college basketball, being headlined by Michigan State taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies being the most prolific matchup, which leaves a bit to be desired for the casual fan.
Aside from the number three team in the nation some other noteworthy clashes included Oklahoma and Stanford, Auburn and New Mexico, Georgia tech versus Arkansas, Ohio State and Kent, UCLA and BYU, and of course Georgia, who’s led by the nations number one recruit Anthony Edwards, that somehow managed to lose to Dayton. We of course can’t forget Kansas, who is playing…a school you’ve likely never heard of, Chaminade.
These teams are noteworthy because of their national ranking, but a few unranked teams make my must watch list simply due to some underrated prospects.
Now, is it really that surprising that Georgia lost to Dayton? Not exactly. To a by stander, Georgia is the obvious pick, but Dayton is a well rounded team led by one of scouts favorite forward prospects in the 2020 draft, Obi Toppin. And why is Georgia’s rival Tech making this list, they’re not even ranked? Well because, Michael Devoe. Get familiar with the name. Kansas possesses their own elite prospects per usual in Dotson, Agbaji, and likely transfer Isaiah Moss as well.
Ucla, while not having any top tier talent, does happen to have Shaq’s son, Shareef, playing for them. Though he’s yet to garner much playing time as a freshman, it’s obviously a name to watch.
The most surprising loss of the day? Undoubtedly Michigan State losing you Virginia Tech. Yes VT always fields a good team and has had competent coaching for several years now, but with the talent they’ve lost in recent off-seasons it’s hard to explain this one. They’re led by freshman Landers Nolley who’s walked into college averaging 20 points per and 45% from deep already as a well built 6’7 forward, but outside of him the team isn’t exactly well known. M state has undoubtedly underperformed slightly this season, which is a surprise considering they’re led by two veterans in Tom Izzo and Cassius Winston.
Despite an overall down day in college hoops, we still witnessed good performances from prospects such as Toppin, Nolley, Mason Jones, and of course Devon Dotson. There were no top ten prospects (aside from Edwards, who had an abysmal outing) set to play today, but several potential first rounders did give us some good film tonight.
Somewhat surprising losses with the likes of Georgia and Michigan State both falling to unranked opponents, almost everyone else took care of business. Number four Kansas blew out their opponent, Number 17 Tennessee scraped by Chattanooga, FSU rolled on Chicago State, and Ohio State polished off Kent.
Tomorrow we’re presented with yet another chill slate of games, though UGA does play Michigan State, which will be a test for both teams, Duke is in action, (albeit against S.F. Austin) and a ranked Colorado team at 4-0 faces Clemson, who is 5-1 at the moment.