The five most interesting games from the weekend:
5) Old Dominion 82, William & Mary 66. The game itself wasn’t particularly noteworthy. However, in the midst of Bracket Buster Saturday, one of the nation’s hottest mid-majors, ODU, was stuck playing a conference game against a team around 300 in the RPI.
4) Arizona 91, Oregon State 70. Lute Olson has been rather aggressive in promoting Salim Stoudamire as the best three-point shooter in the nation. The question shouldn’t be whether Stoudamire is the best shooter in the nation, but whether he’s the best since the three point line was instituted in 1987. And Lute Olson is the expert on this one. After Stoudamire’s 9-for-14 performance against the Beavers, he’s sitting at 56.0% on the season. The NCAA record (minimum 100 made) is held by Steve Kerr at 57.3%.
3) Belmont 81, Campbell 63. The bad news is Campbell drops to 0-18 in Atlantic Sun play. The good news is that nine of the A-Sun’s 11 teams are at .500 or better in conference. The tenth is Stetson at 8-10. With most teams having two games left, it’s mathematically possible that everyone but Campbell will finish with a non-losing record in America’s feel-good conference.
2) Stanford 78, UCLA 65. Stanford point-guard Chris Hernandez realizes that with the loss of leading scorer and backcourt mate Dan Grunfeld, he must score for two now. So Hernandez pours in 22 in the first half on his way to a career-high 37. The Cardinal is cruising to an at-large bid.
1) Iowa State 63, Kansas 61 (OT). The Cyclones continue their mastery of the Phog. They tried to give it away in regulation by missing the front end of three consecutive one-and-ones, but KU couldn’t take advantage in the extra period. This is why bracket projections in January are a waste of bandwidth. Iowa State wasn’t in anybody’s bracket after an 0-5 conference start. They’ve won seven in a row now, including four over top 30 RPI teams, and now it’s hard to imagine them not making the field of 65.