And no, I do not mean Jeanie’s retirement, which was awesome, by the way.
This weekend saw #3 Duke get smacked by St. John’s, who, although playing much better this year, are still the eleventh-place team in the Big East. Editor’s Note: I want everyone to know that I called that loss when the Red Storm was up by only 4 in the first half. Fun-da-mentals. Also, the actual Red Storm mascot is very creepy. #19 Louisville beat #5 Connecticut, and are now in second place in the Big East. #7 Villanova also fell to Georgetown. And in maybe the wildest turn of events, #10 Syracuse lost its fourth game in a row, to Marquette – and are now tied with them for seventh place in the Big East.
But, the upsets were not limited to that conference, no sir. They happened nationwide. The Mountain West saw BYU (who were coming off their upset of undefeated San Diego State) go down to a New Mexico club with a losing conference record. #11 Texas A&M lost to Nebraska and #15 Wisconsin lost to Penn State. #22 Vanderbilt (who really didn’t deserve the ranking) lost to Mississippi State, and Clemson knocked Florida State out of first place in the ACC. Wake won their first ACC game and Army gave Bucknell its first Patriot League loss – by 20 points. Can you imagine if #1 Ohio State had gone down to Northwestern (they needed a Jared Sullinger free throw with 3 seconds left and a Wildcat missed 3-pointer at the buzzer to come away with the 58-57 victory)? The Earth may have truly fallen off its axis.
What does this all mean? It is going to be some February and March! Here’s to the second half of the season! Editor’s Note: Denny and I are attempting to attend the entire Big East tournament this year, for whoever wants to join. Since my parents are now retired, so am I.