The biggest matchup of the season so far got called off due to COVID concerns. Then, on Monday morning this week, the NCAA called off one of the most anticipated matchups of the week. The coronavirus pandemic has officially hit college basketball. Check out an update on how the affected teams plan on handling the situation as well as thoughts on what’s wrong with arguably the most storied college hoops school in history. Let’s jump right into action so you can keep placing your bets against their College Basketball odds.
NCAA Basketball COVID-19 Update – December 8th Edition
2021 NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship
- When: TBD
- Where: Indianapolis, IN
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- Virginia Tech
- Texas Tech
- Florida State
- Ohio State
Gonzaga-Baylor cancels after COVID positives and NCAA cancels Wisconsin-Louisville
The first-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs showed a couple of positive tests in their program last week, forcing the Zags to call off their massive game against second-ranked Baylor. The cancellation happened late in the week.
Shortly after cancelling the game versus the Bears, Gonzaga said they’d cancel their next four games. Those games, against Tarleton, Southern, Northern Arizona, and Idaho, were warmup contests. Gonzaga remains the best team in college basketball and a favorite to win the National Championship.
The NCAA also postponed Wisconsin–Louisville. The game was suppose to happen on Wednesday, but after Louisville came up with some COVID issues, the NCAA decided to postpone the matchup. The two could face-off some time in the future.
Big 12 dominant conference again with Baylor leading the way
The Bears already have a signature victory this season, they beat Illinois 82-69, and will soon start Big 12 play. Baylor takes on ranked Texas on Saturday.
Along with Baylor and Texas, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Kansas are also ranked in the Top 25. Baylor is #2, Kansas, whom the Zags beat earlier in the season, are #5, West Virginia is #11, Texas #13 and Texas Tech #17.
No longer is the Big 12 Conference Kansas and everyone else. Like in most seasons, whomever wins the Big 12 will have to earn it.
Kentucky has worst start in history
John Calipari is used to his Kentucky Wildcats starting the season off slowly, but 1-3? That’s Kentucky’s record after Georgia Tech beat them 79-62.
What’s wrong with the Wildcats? To be fair, most expected Kentucky to fall to the Kansas Jayhawks, and they did by a 65-62 score. Losing to Richmond 76-64 isn’t as telling as many might think, either.
The Richmond Spiders are a potential Final Four team. Led by 20.5 points per game Nathan Cayo, Richmond’s starting five can flat out ball. The Spiders are legit.
The loss to Yellow Jackets doesn’t make sense, though. Kentucky went to Atlanta a -6.5 favorite. Not only was Georgia Tech 0-2, but the losses were down right pathetic.
Georgia State beat G-Tech 123-120 in their first game. In their second game, Mercer dominated the Jackets 83-73. Kentucky had no business losing to Georgia Tech. So, how did it happen?
Over confidence. That’s the answer. Coach Cal’s team played as if they were destined to win. Don’t think for a minute that Calipari won’t be on his team this week reminding them how bad they are. The four and five star recruits got spanked by a lesser team.
Knowing Coach Cal, he’ll use the loss to Kentucky’s advantage. The young Wildcats understand that if they take any team lightly, even one as bad Georgia Tech, they can lose. Kentucky will turn it around and they’ll do it soon.
It’s as if Iowa’s Luka Garza is playing against toddlers
How good is Luka Garza? Sure, the Hawkeyes have yet to play a good team, but, man, Garza is already the Naismith Player of the Year. Yes, he’s that dominating.
Garza averages 34 points and 9.7 boards each game. He’s shooting 76% from the field and over 62% from three. If Garza has any daylight, he can shoot it. He’s not the fastest player on the court, but he also knows how to use his body.
Luka says he watched a lot of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic over the summer. Garza appears to have patented his game on Jokic’s. It will be interesting to see how Garza changes his game once the Hawkeyes start playing top Big Ten teams like Wisconsin and Louisville.
Have a great rest of your week!
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