Villanova is on their way back to number one, maybe even more quickly than I thought. Baylor spent roughly 24 hours on top before getting THROTTLED by West Virginia, 89-68. It’s not so easy being a target, is it? Meanwhile, Villanova took a Russian Shower on Xavier, again, and had head coach Chris Mack forlorn:
“Well, the annual Villanova ass kicking. I’m getting really tired of it,” said a despondent Xavier head coach Chris Mack during his postgame press conference following his program’s latest loss at Villanova.
Great leadership there, coach. I sat rather close to the Xavier bench and was watching Mack late in the second half. Villanova was up 20 or so (natch), and on one sideline you have Jay Wright, coaching a veteran team and the National Champions, still instructing his players after each possession, and on the other you have Mack, looking exasperated and saying almost nothing to his team even after Villanova had wide open dunks on three of four possessions. You could literally see why one guy coaches the best team in the country and the other keeps getting embarrassed by them. Never mind the fact that Villanova was easy money last night as Xavier was spotted having lunch at Five Guys before the game:
— Terry Bradford (@terry_2426) January 10, 2017
And now it’s on to Duke– they lost their third game of the season last night, getting buried by Florida State. But the takeaway, of course, is Grayson Allen being a piece of shit:
— Caleb Smith (@calebt_smith) January 11, 2017
Duke guard Grayson Allen, in his third game back since serving a one-game suspension for tripping an opponent in his third such incident in the past 10 months, shoved a Florida State assistant coach as he was falling into the seats late in the Blue Devils’ 88-72 loss on Tuesday.
The play, which came as the No. 9 Seminoles were leading the No. 7 Blue Devils 75-61 with 6:00 to play in the second half, went under the radar after the game, with no known references from coaches or players of Allen’s shove of Dennis Gates, a sixth-year assistant coach on Leonard Hamilton’s staff.
It wasn’t clear whether Allen was intentionally shoving Gates in frustration or attempting to push the assistant coach out of the way as he fell after chasing a loose ball and swatting it back into play. But Allen and Gates both ended up prone on the floor amid several collapsed courtside chairs.
After the game, Gates denied that Allen pushed him, but I’m not so sure:
— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) January 11, 2017
Anyway, Duke lost and yet another team cedes it’s shot at being number one. It won’t be long until Kansas and overrated coach Bill Self join them.