Very proud of these guys, of how they’ve handled this. There’s been a lot of focus, both positive and negative about this team. … They’re fun to be around, and they deserve this 31-0.
Wichita State (18-0) will have a first-round bye in the Missouri Valley tournament next week.
This is the best start since UNLV began 34-0 and lost in the 1991 national title game. Wichita State is also off to the best start by a Missouri Valley team since Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, won its first 33 games and fell to Michigan State in the 1979 title game.
The Shockers reached the Final Four a year ago and have the confidence to make another deep run after going undefeated in the regular season. They also have more talent on the roster than many give them credit for as well as a solid coach in Marshall.
Normally it’s coaches who hold back players, but we saw the opposite Saturday.
Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin expressed his displeasure with a call during the Cincinnati-UConn game. His anger was directed at Ted Valentine, the high-profile official, and things escalated further when the coach invaded the referees personal space.
Cronin got so upset that his players held him back, and somehow avoided getting a technical.
Referee Ted Valentine had another notable incident during the Auburn vs. South Carolina game. “TV Teddy,” profiled by Sports Illustrated last year, stopped play to eject an Auburn fan sitting courtside. It’s not clear what the fan did to warrant such attention.
Arizona State upset No. 2 Arizona 69-66 in double overtime late Friday night thanks to two big 3-pointers from Jermaine Marshall and a huge block from Jordan Bachynski.
To say it was the game of the year in the Pac-12 would be an understatement.
It was a rematch of a Jan. 16 game that saw Arizona dominate Arizona State 91-68, only these were very different teams the second time around.
ASU fans stormed onto the court — to the dismay of ESPN’s Bill Walton who worried about the safety of everyone on the court. The fans needed to be cleared away since there was still 0.5 seconds left. Arizona got a final heave, it went off the rim and Sun Devils fans ran back onto the court for the second time to celebrate the upset.
Arizona State is an impressive 14-1 on its home floor this season after the win.