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What we've seen so far this season from Steven and I.
Episode 28 were grinding it out here.
Second time you're seeing me today.
Saw earlier on the pick Control the college basketball betting show.
Steve and I might talk about some bets a little bit later on in the show.
But, Stephen, how you doing? You know, I mean, I'm down, I'm down.
Kind of bad any.
Any games I like for betting on its on, either sweating it out and barely winning, or I'm taking terrible losses.
It has been a rough, long first six days.
Five days? Yeah, it's the college basketball season.
You're gonna have your ups and downs.
Yeah, stick with it.
Maybe play a little bit smarter.
Stay away from those four or five team parlays that you've been liking, because if you hit one, it's dandy.
But trying to get that in college basketball is pretty tough.
You know, with with these, I'm just doing it for the preseason tournaments.
I would prefer it if I don't lose the first game each time but like you want.
Like there was like the Bad Boy Motors one which was going to take all day.
So I was like, This could be fun And then there was the the Maui Invitational, which is in North Carolina.
But I thought they could have been fun, that Memphis ****ed me and then Texas and Davidson was the team that really ****ed me in that game somehow, just because I'm going to get into this really fast before we start like the regular games.
But I mean, I watched that whole game.
They were calling every single touch foul you could call, and Davidson just sits there behind the three point line for like 2025 seconds.
They wait, take a contested three, somehow get the ball back.
Still, don't even try to go to the room to tie the game.
They just take another bad three So I'm like, I'm like at that at that point when you're only down to at least go for the tie.
Like you don't wanna put it all on a three when you guys were shooting 27% from three for the game anyway, like I like that.
Who is it? McKillop still there? He's been there forever.
You not draw up a better player than that.
Yeah, definitely some questionable stuff.
They got a nice game against Providence tonight.
So two teams that didn't show out real well in the first game.
Let's see who gets the dub there.
So far, I've gone 631 So can't complain.
Had that brutal Pepperdine plus 7.
5 in triple overtime beat.
We're steaming a little bit for that.
But teams that took rougher beats than the triple overtime these Air all top 25 squads Thio lose so far in the first weeks of Stephen.
What's what team are? What game are we kicking it off with? I want to start with a candidate's name just because I have that boxcar up right now.
Um, you knew there was gonna be some sort of drop off with the interior defense once as a bookie left.
But I didn't think it would be this bad this fast because Timmy and Kiss Bert put up 25 23 respectively.
And I mean, Kiss Bird did it a little bit more from the outside.
But like Suggs, Timmy and Kiss, Bert all kind of got whatever they wanted on the interior and in the Big 12, that has a lot of good, big men.
It's it's not the best look to the start of the season for Kansas.
So as me a little bit.
I know they played like the best team in the country, so you can't hate it that much.
But just the part of their game that got exposed is something that could be a problem for them all year.
I think the only time Kansas led in this game was two to nothing.
If I'm not mistaken, so that's kind of where UM, Gonzaga, it's just it's they.
They're showing out that they are the top team for once, but they just this rosters deep, like you even mentioned them hard.
Uh, he's one of their biggest impact players as well And if Gonzaga can put up 102 against the top five defense in college basketball, where they're going to do to these other schools? We've seen them kind of just stampede over whoever they need it to so far.
So for Kansas, I just think it was a rough draw to start off the season.
But this Guns A It's more of just showing that this Gonzaga squads legit more than anything else.
I just think e just I think that Gonzaga did it with their talent.
But they gave a blueprint to teams like Texas and West Virginia who have the dominant Biggs to just look at it and say, This is what this is what Gonzaga did.
We could do the same thing and beat Kansas, which is a little scary toe have happened.
Game one of the season.
So definitely think if you didn't buy into the Gonzaga stock, you're late because this team is there.
So, Stephen, next one we got on the list, um, nice upset for the 8.
10. You gotta love when they do that.
Richmond taken down Kentucky.
I mean, I was I think we were both, which is I think we were both kind of on this game.
We I mean, I wasn't ready.
Thio put my money on Richmond money line, but I definitely had him with the points there because I thought they were going to keep it real close.
But they're back.
Like I know their backcourt small.
But those guys were playing at the same level, if not at a higher level than the the guards for Kentucky.
I mean, Blake Francis put up 18.
Uh, it was it was a lot of How do you say his last name? Ko Nathan Ko? Yes.
Yeah, I mean, he was He didn't take a shot from outside the three point line, but he still put up 18 6 rebounds with a steal.
And him Grant Golden.
I mean, like you saw you saw Jacob Gilliard, right? He's like the 58 guy for them.
You can't kill here here, like all and he grabs boards.
Still, at the same time, it's unreal.
This man is all over the court.
He was one of the guys that we had in our top team for all conference for the 8 10.
Yeah, and just for Kentucky.
What was a little bit nervous or what was a little bit like, kind of weird for me to see was they have so much talent all around the court.
But the only people who really did anything was Terence Clark, Brandon Boston junior and Olivier saw like, If you're looking at Devon Askew, who's supposed to be good, he had two points.
Cameron Fletcher only had four points, and then the only points they scored off the bench from Isaiah Jackson, who had six 12.
Right there, you got 12 from your non producers, a 12 points.
That's not enough.
So for this game, it was for two thirds of it up until the 11 20 mark in the second half.
This game was back and forth.
Kentucky was looking strong, looking like they were going to do it.
And then this is where I just think this Richmond squad that returned a lot of their talent, a team that was kind of getting slept on a little bit, just showed that their seniority, their chemistry, being in a tough game together, they just pulled it out a win.
It wasn't shocking, given the Kentucky's transfers and Boston and sorry.
I mean, Clark is looking good, but Clark is kind of just being able to do what none of the other guys could do because they should easily each be putting up 10 around Boston and SAR because that's their sole source of offense for the Cats.
They've got a huge game tonight against Kansas.
And if they have any looks like they did against Richmond is gonna get ugly in Indianapolis tonight.
Yeah, I think Coach Cal is gonna have him more ready for this game.
But what they shoot for three.
They shot seven for or no, Richmond shot seven for 25.
Kentucky shot over 10 eso.
That's also where, like you lost by 12.
If you get two or three, you're right in it.
A lot closer to the end.
So, um, Kentucky.
One thing we did highly, a lot about them is they live and die by the offensive by the three and last night are the few nights ago it really bit him.
Yeah, I think Kentucky is going to keep this game a lot closer than you think, because they have the same thing as Gonzaga.
Like SAR and Jackson and them are going to dominate whoever Kansas tries to throw out in the middle.
So I think that's gonna probably slow the game down a little bit.
Maybe a little bit.
Maybe a little bit lower scoring, but I am definitely closed.
You ready to move on to my favorite result of the weekend? Yeah, because it's my favorite result.
To what? The Hokies 81 Villanova 73.
Nice. Plus 10 of them in cash.
But the better result was watching Nova go down and a game that they should have never lost.
Um, during the during the entire regulation there, they looked like the much stronger side.
Tech was just hanging on and Nova just gave him a shot.
Get in there and win.
And both teams, uh, didn't really shoot the three that were violent.
Nine for 25 the other 1 10 for 20 or so.
Tech shot it well, but that's kind of where the game was determined.
Nova always gets you into these three type of games.
Both of the defense is where Where semi solid.
You would like to see them be a little bit more convincing.
And with all the guys they have back, this is a game that J.
J is usually one I never called him.
Yeah, E I mean, I feel like this is a little bit kind of what I was saying before the season started.
Like Villanova is not running that deep of a roster.
They're only putting out eight guys and you would think with, like the way that rosters build out, they have a ton of wings that are all at least highly rated.
So I'm only running out eight.
Seems a little bit weird.
And then yes, right you have.
I know Colin Gillespie is good.
He's not somebody that you want.
You don't want your team to be built around him playing every single minute of the game because they don't really have another point guard or shooting guard.
So, like back him up and eventually that's gonna bite him like it did Here.
You played deeper, like you play deep teams that are either more guard centric that can like space you out or you play deeper teams that have better balance.
Villanova is going to get caught more often than people are expecting them.
Thio just cause it's like built.
I don't think this like team is like the way their rosters rounded out.
It's not built to win a national championship.
Yeah, that's gonna be real concerns.
Uh, for Villanova, Collapses of Glitzy and Robinson Earl are the only two contributors this season.
They've had their other guys show up, but it was against, I don't know.
We're gonna talk about We should probably just stick with Noven good at Arizona State game after this.
But I just think Mike Young has been brought in this Virginia Tech team quicker along a lot faster than, uh, people were expecting him.
Thio, um, coming from Wau for And Buzz Williams going to Texas A and M.
It's young has just completely changed it.
They just became a Stamos X styles nova and they just beat them at their own game.
Yeah, they did so earlier in the week.
This was, I believe, opening night.
It was Nova First.
Arizona State got highlight this matchup because we're talking about the top 25 squads at less that lost, even even though no is ranked higher than Arizona state.
Stephen, what you take from this one? Um, this game there wasn't as big of a difference as you would have expected.
Um, I think Villanova should have been expected to win this game.
They bring back so many more guys than Arizona State.
Still trying to work in Marcus Bagley.
Um, those type of guys and I mean, Remi Martin just had a bad game.
If he doesn't, if he doesn't play at least above average, then it's gonna be tough for Arizona State to win.
And they hung with them for pretty much the whole second half.
They just couldn't overcome the slow start.
But I was still more impressed with how well Arizona State hung with Villanova more than Villanova getting another win by less than 10 points over teams you would expect them to be.
Yeah, I think, uh, I don't think Nova may have covered this line.
Was sitting right around the 7 to 10 marker.
Um, and this one nova came out because you had I believe it was Justin Moore who stepped up and had the who didn't step up in the last game.
He had 16 points and Gillespie was in your leading scorer.
Robinson Earl had 28 he just dominated the paint.
No one could stop him when he went nine for 13 and he even went two for four from three.
And you said it, right? Remi Morin.
Who? Potential top three team for like the ball 1st, 2nd or 13 when you go five points on Lee, eight shot attempts and two assists and logged 37 minutes.
Um, I don't know who did you take that? He just had a terrible game or the Nova just key on him and just put the clamps on him.
It was probably a mix of both, you know, just having to play back to back days, everybody knowing that you're gonna be the main focus, and you just he just came out kind of flat, so we don't know who is probably double teaming him.
He might not have been ready after playing the night before.
Just a combination of things led to a bad game.
But that's obviously not the player he is.
Nope, And then Joshua Christopher just slashed them for 28 points.
He's efficient as well.
Eight from 12 from the field.
Three for five from three.
Definitely put his name right from the get go into the potential freshman of the year.
But that might look tough as of now to take away from sucks.
Yeah, yeah, it's always has been killing it so far this year.
Yeah, your only hope that it doesn't go to Suggs is because there's Timmy there and kiss Bert that that just takes it away just because of that.
But, e, I mean, maybe we'll get into at the end, but I think it's real potential at Gonzaga.
Yeah, two more top 25 losses.
Just a key on real quick is Ah, Virginia lost to San Fran.
Steven, I know you love this one.
I can't believe I'm surprised Nova was your biggest one.
But I guess that's because it's the Big East.
But you've a goes down to the dance.
What you see, I saw that I saw that this I saw that this Virginia team looks a lot more like the one that lost to UMBC than the one that won the national championship.
Because these shooters are not as they're not as deadly from three as the ones they had when they were winning a national championship like this team is this team is going to slow down the pace.
But the defense didn't look as good as they used Thio.
They were like San Francisco, a team that lost to U Mass.
Lowell before this came in and shot what it was like somewhere in the forties from three.
Yeah, um, so I mean, you like a team shoot 46% from three against you, and they ended up with six steals.
It's, uh they're not.
They're not efficient enough to play as slow of a style as they used Thio.
If they wanna be, I don't know.
I'd even say top like four in the A C. C.
So what hurt? So he hurt you? Ve a was, um one thing usually don't see them do is give up boards, but they give.
They did give up six offensive boards and that for some crucial second chance points.
Um, and the more surprising part was against Towson.
They went 15 for 29 from three, yet it's a different step of competition, but then you go three for 12 and three against the Don, so I don't know if they just had a completely different game plan or what.
But this was one where u Va should have closed it out and they did not close it out.
It was close throughout.
The Dons made the late run in the last three minutes to finally solidify it, and it was just I just had a good game and just pulled it through.
One in U V A squared more than 11 points.
It's a gross, ugly scoring game.
And when your team just isn't clicking and you let SANFRAN get that hot from three, that's going to cost you ve a some games.
But your comparison against them, to the team that lost to UMBC.
I don't know if it was just a one game comparison, but I still think they only had, like, four losses that entire season.
So if that one was more of a one game comparison is just looking at like you got two teams I could shoot pretty well San Francisco UMBC that year and I they played what they kind of played more like a matchup zone, kind of something like that.
It doesn't really look like they play man that often.
So like it, it seems like they just never made an adjustment to like like they didn't make the adjustment of the tournament.
They didn't make the adjustment in this game.
Two teams shooting from three like they didn't try to press up or anything.
They were just like, Nope.
This is our style of offense.
This is our style of defense.
We're not changing it.
And then it cost him at the end.
And then the biggest that are the one I found the most concerning for U va fans was, uh, the Dons only attempted 43 throws and made two of them.
So they won the game on the court.
And then because you ve a went 15 for 18 from the line.
Yeah, the last one to get into probably my second favorite result of the opening weekend.
Just because, uh was fading.
U c l a gave that I was a pick here, but San Diego State beat u C l. A.
Um yeah, this was a 25 team losing Thio team that was unranked, but you see, L.
A was extremely over hyped and over ranked here, so not surprised that they lost outright Yeah, e.
I thought a lot of people said U C L.
Was supposed to be deeper than this.
I've really only seen them run out.
Eight guys, sometimes nine if they have Thio.
But it's really thought they returned more than that to be more balanced team and they're really not.
They e mean San Diego State didn't even shoot.
They shot like 50% from the to 39% from three, which is pretty good, but like they were just locking down U C l A because u C L A Onley riel.
Major options have been like Tiger Campbell, Jamie Jack West Jr and hate hate.
Jack was junior so much.
Oh yeah, No, His his look is just so hittable.
Um, but like those air really like their main three guys that are going to score and teams with the talent of San Diego State can key in on that and hold all of them Thio having Max 17 points for the leading scorer, which was Jacquizz that game.
And when you do that, the other guys are not providing the offense, and then u C l A puts up like 60 point performances like that, and they're gonna lose a lot.
Yeah, it's just this u C L A squad last season, very bumpy.
Uh, Cronin's trying the U. C. L. A.
Program went from slow pace without for our slow paced.
Then they went too fast paced.
And then they now they're back to slow and Cronin and the guys, they just didn't get the off season training that they needed to do it.
You really got to solidify into his style.
They aren't there yet.
They let, um, San Diego State just get what they want.
It let up 73 points on Lee got 58.
They turned over the ball.
This was just more of ah, very concerning loss for U C L A.
I just because yeah, they're the three point favorites.
But you can't lose this game by double digits by believe STS you was homes.
That's a little bit tough there, but the next game didn't give it more convincing.
I'm saving my a c l.
A rant for later on, but this team should easily be owing to right now.
I mean, I wouldn't even really call that a true road game because going from Los Angeles to San Diego, that's not that bad of the trip the S D s use on the court, though I know that's just cause they didn't change it for whatever mt they were in.
Yeah, so I mean, this is where Jacquizz e.
I mean, if u c l a is really going to rely on the Jacquizz Campbell combo.
Oh, it's going to be a rough season.
I'm gonna keep hoping the books have these guys have favorites or favorite and wazoo might be the only team in Washington that would be afraid.
Toe, take the take against them as of right now.
So which of these losses was the worst here? Well, for me, the worst I will.
I think we're exactly the same on this, but, uh, for me, the worst one was virgin.
Um, no, I'm gonna switch it.
I think I think Villanova was the worst.
Just because there was never There was never a time in that game where Villanova looked like they were dominating Virginia Tech, which, with their size and they're all around talent they should be doing.
So they just let him hang around too much.
Like there were points in the Virginia game where Virginia went on a little bit of a run and you were like, Oh, well, now they're gonna put on the defense and they're just gonna close them out.
They gave up, they gave up some threes, which was tough, but that game was still only a one point game, and Virginia had a shot at the end.
Um, once that game went Thio once the Villanova game went to overtime, you just saw it.
Virginia Tech one it.
And the game was over right there wasn't there.
Wasn't any drama in the last couple of seconds where Villanova had a chance to win.
I think I think the Villanova one was the worst.
But Virginia, very close second.
Yeah, I gotta get with you via on this one.
Just from the soul Fact that the Dons had 43 throw attempts.
Just beat them at their own game.
And you've a just look not very convincing.
Which which one? Aren't you concerned about you? Give me one and I'll give you one.
Well, I can't hear you since you're mute it, so I'll start off.
The Kansas one wasn't concerning.
You lost in Gonzaga.
You lost to the best team opening match.
It is what? It is there.
Yeah, I'm my least concerning one.
Probably also have been Kansas.
But just to be different, I'm gonna go with Arizona State was my second least concerning one.
I think I think out west.
Um, once they get into conference play, they're not going to see anybody as good as Villanova and Remy Martin will not have.
Let's say he won't have you don't think they will have a worst game than that.
I think that's gonna be his worst performance of the year.
And if that's his worst performance of the year and you're still only losing by less than 10 to a team ranked in the top five at the time, I'm still perfectly fine where they're at in the Pac 12 right now.
Our biggest movers and our, uh, the largest decreases from the opening week.
This is the new A people since the preseason, Tech jumped up 10 spots previously unranked up to 16.
Big one against Nova.
That's gonna get you up there.
Um, with tech, I'm not too sure what their apps coming schedule is.
So I don't know how long they're going to stay there, but with Mike Young getting them up there, I think this is much quicker than tech fans.
Expected them to be ranked again.
Yeah, I think I'm taking.
This is the big overreaction.
A week one like you get a good overtime win against a good team, and then they move you up in tow.
Almost the top 15 you get in the A, C C play.
You play like a Duke of Florida state of North Carolina, and you lose by 15 or 20.
There's gonna be a overcorrection coming soon.
They're gonna be right on like the fringe of the top 25.
Yeah, What tech they have Penn State's there last toughest non con game than they do have Clemson.
They have them in back to back games unless they get more scheduled within their.
So the Penn State game might determine a lot for how this squad's gonna look.
Yeah, the spiders got the respect that they deserved.
They moved up seven spots through the 19 to 8.
Air ranked, what you're seeing from the spiders.
I mean, they're they're gonna be dangerous.
It's right now is looking, like, pretty much just a two horse race, Richmond and ST Louis, which is pretty much what we said at the start of the year.
Um I mean, they're gonna be good.
I need to make sure that I can see them rebound consistently, because the team is still kind of small.
But I think I'm thinking probably five losses or less out of them this year.
My only concern for this squad is there not defending the room.
Well, right now they're letting squad scoring the inside against them, and they're shooting 28% for deep.
They can clean up those to the local lot better, but still should be good enough to get them the 8. 10 if they could.
Knock offs, loop.
Yeah, the last big mover. Houston.
One of Stephen's favorite squads.
All at him. Start with these guys.
They're they're definitely rank too high right now.
Um, I mean, they caught a Texas Tech team that has a lot of transfers.
A lot of new pieces.
They beat a Boise State team.
Got, like essentially six new transfers, all playing their first game and a true road.
A true road game.
Not a true road environment, because obviously there's like nobody there.
But my biggest problem with them is I've watched so much of both of their games.
They'll go up by like around 20 points, But you start getting late into the second half and you turn the game back on their only up by six.
You're like, What's going on? I haven't seen them go up big and then just shut a team down and put them away.
They go up big, and then it seems like stuff starts to get lazy.
A lot more turnover start the happen.
They're letting teams get back in games, and at some point that's going to come back to bite them.
And they're going to start losing those games.
Yep, Or if they clean that up and stop doing that.
I mean, they've allowed 45 58 53 they let up 58 against Boise.
53 against Texas Tech were both Hi, I'm Boise and Tech So that's where I got to show them the respect there and teams were shooting.
They have the second best defense in the nation right now.
Teams were shooting 13% for them against three.
They allowed 11 and four and their three matches so far.
So this team does have to put together full 40.
Um, that's the one thing that would really make them a scary, very scary force.
Uh, lucky you can got out of the American.
I mean, you have Thio.
You do have to take into account some of the things I don't think has.
Houston played a team that had played another game before they played Houston.
I think every team they played was playing their first game when they played Houston.
And when you look at the transfer, so every team with a shortened offseason, they didn't get a lot of training time in your bringing in so many new faces.
I think it's making Houston look a little better than they probably are.
All right, our biggest drops.
We talked about you ve a decent amount already, so I don't think we need to talk about them or they dropped 11 spots to 15.
Nova dropped nine spots to 12, and Kentucky dropped 10 spots to 20 potentially looking to be out of the ranking soon.
So any quick hits for one of those squads? Yeah, the only one that's still probably pretty good is Kentucky.
Those other two teams, they stink.
They both lost already. They're done.
Alright, Steven, who's been the most impressive side so far? Um, I most impressive team has to be western Kentucky.
Just the way they played West Virginia so close, even though they didn't end up winning was impressive.
And then they came in and beat a good Northern Iowa team.
They beat a really good Memphis team, or about what I thought was a really good Memphis team going to talk about that later.
But those are two really solid winds.
You know, Charles Bass.
He has been an absolute beast.
He just looks like an MBA player playing with college kids right now.
Um and then they had that freshen who went off in the first game.
Hollingsworth No, Hollingsworth is a senior Davian.
McKnight is the freshman.
Yeah, he's definitely come back down to Earth in the first in the last two games when he put up like 20 something points in the first game against Northern Iowa.
That could be a three headed monster with, like two guys in the backcourt and then basking in the front court.
That's gonna make them probably the favorites, if not the number two team in their conference right now.
You know what I'm seeing with Western Kentucky is they kind of had a gauntlet to start the season and spend impressive Northern.
I was no easy game to start off beating Memphis, losing the W.
And they play Louisville tonight.
So that's where they're right into it.
Uh, I would I don't want to say Bassey has some top in in them because they have different games.
But East, dominating like topping, was dominating last year and against any went up against the she be and held his own and almost looks stronger in some parts of it.
But that's where Western Kentucky, definitely a team that got slept on by almost everyone that maybe now could be not overhyped yet if they beat Louisville tonight, all the hype Israel, Um, I think that sounds like a four point spread.
So that's definitely one to watch tonight if you're not watching the Championship Classic or at the Champions Classic.
Yeah, the team that I thought was most impressive so far as Houston, just from the reasons I stayed in the blast segment where Boise and TT you where teams were high on.
Maybe it was the first games against them, but they showed out Second best defense so far in the nation.
Steven, I know you want to hit on this one.
So the rams, you like them? What's been so impressive with their two ones? Yeah, honestly, I've always liked, uh, VCU, but I was not very high on them coming into the year so that I'm just walking in and beating, uh, walking in beating.
Who did you toss? I mean, I know Utah State hasn't looked good yet, but them just coming in and beating Utah State by 16 when we thought that their interior game was going to be the problem and they still kind of didn't like Kato go off too much.
I mean, I like that, um and then obviously they lost.
But it wasn't that bad.
Against West Virginia, the lead kind of blew up after some fouls at the end of the game and then coming in and beating Memphis.
It's just it's a little bit surprising to see a team that's more guard focus coming in and beating teams that have guys like Moussa Si se I name is Keita, just like when you have, like the very highly touted big guys and you have a team that only has like 12 guys at 6869 year coming in, beating them and beating them pretty handily and you're doing it with a lot of sop****res and juniors and a freshman in Jameer Walk ins.
And then you got the other three freshmen all playing limited minutes off the bench.
I think I don't see them at the top of the A 10, but the way they've been playing, I see them a lot more in the top half, closer to where I had them in the preseason rankings than where you had him.
Yeah, I'm happy with VCU just showing the A 10 that much stronger.
I'll never talk them down now.
Maybe once VCU put some stinkers together, I will.
But Day 10 looks a lot tougher than people were thinking.
So the most worrisome losses, uh, lines going to be a team, maybe.
Yeah, this is This is ****ing very worrisome for Georgia Tech.
They preseason, I think they were, like, 35 or 50 in, like, Kenpom and barked Oryx rankings.
So that's where he lose the Georgia State at home.
You lose the Mercer at home for Pastner Doesn't get much worse there.
I don't think they've lost at home to Georgia State since the seventies.
Um, just look extremely uninspiring, even though the first one they go to four over time.
And to right now the A C c could be tough if the's air to signs to come.
Yeah, everybody was saying, Georgia type is supposed to be the best team in Georgia right now or this year.
So far, they've only played two teams from Georgia and there Oh, and to Are they actually one of the worst teams in Georgia? Ah, lot of people are asking why.
I mean, this is like Alvarado has been playing great too.
And Moses, right had a great start to the year, and they're still just they just they can't stop anybody.
I know, I know that.
I know that first game kind of inflates the stats a lot because four overtimes.
But even in a regulation game giving up almost 85 to Mercer if the defense doesn't get better Georgia Tech looks like a team not making the NC double a tournament this year.
Yeah, I mean, they're just not being efficient offense, even when you get the 123 points.
They only had an effective field already to 40% there.
So you never want to see that under the 50% threshold and teams air just in threes against them right now, they're not guarding the three.
Well, teams are shooting 40% against them.
Um, yeah, the defense is definitely a concern.
Who was your, uh what? What's one of your most worrisome teams? It's gotta be.
It's got to be U C L. A.
Like everybody is no high on them.
They get beat handily by San Diego State, and then they go into what they think should be an easy game against pepper dying.
They get pushed hard in that game, probably should have lost it.
A couple of times, and the score is nowhere close to indicative of how close the game was just because of what happened in the third overtime and because Pepperdine had, like three or four players foul out.
I just if you if you can't handle your business against, like, San Diego, State isn't necessarily a mid major, but they're not in the same conference as U. C L.
Yeah, so you can't handle your business against into your state.
You're barely able to get a win against one of the small schools in California.
I'm not really small, but like pretty small schools, it's It's not a great look when you're gonna have to start playing like the Stanford's, whose look really good so far.
USCs Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado it has has me really scared about them not finishing the top half of the Pac 12.
Yeah, this is where I think Chris Smith, if he can step up and become a better player and just some more of a force that's gonna turn this squad around but to ultra not convincing games.
They play Seattle and then they have a game up against cow.
So maybe we'll see that again.
But with U C L A.
They could still be some dark times there, Um, the next squad that I want to hit on That was worrisome to me.
Um, you have some good ones in here, so I might just turn over to you because with Memphis that they're worrisome.
Just because, um, they had hype they where they rank to start the season.
I believe they wore.
And it's just other than Landers, Nolly Booty Ellis.
Who do they have? Si se has is all right, but hasn't been anything yet.
He's taking some time to come along.
Nolly in the first game was kind of non existent, then showed out in the next one.
So this team might.
Chris has some growing pains.
Still, Penny, maybe it's coaching.
It's still questionable, But this Memphis team that looked to come out hot, they did catch two teams that you're very impressed on.
So they did have tough talent or tough competition.
So far, they haven't been playing any cupcakes.
Really? Yeah, the guy I've been mostly surprised with him either Just not getting minutes or not playing well.
Was Malcolm dangerous? I like he was supposed to be either the starter or the immediate backup to see, say, and he really he's not.
He's averaging less than a point a game like 2.5 rebounds.
Um, that's surprising.
Lance Thomas hasn't been doing as much as you would expect in his junior year, and then d J.
Jeffries has been all right.
And I think Sisa is gonna find it is this just still is third game of this freshman year.
There's always some growing pains with freshman just trying toe get used to the game.
So I'm not that worried about that.
What I am worried about is just he's gonna like they're gonna start going up against, like, Cincinnati Houston.
Um, like even you.
Cf is look all right.
So far, U S F is supposed to have some talent, but they've also been kind of worrisome, like I think they'll be fine.
But with the roster they have, they should expect to be a lot better than just fine this year.
Yeah, and his boogie l is going to start soon has been coming off the bench, but logging starter minutes.
Their offense has been the biggest concern for them so far.
They've led the team scoring the seventies each game.
But the numbers? They're saying they're playing a little bit better than they're expecting.
A set for in VCU.
They just got killed on the inside.
Yeah, E nobody else has maybe been like their best scoring options so far this year.
But he's He looks like a guy who's just like a microwave.
Like he just wants to get out there and score.
He's averaging, like less than 1.
5 rebounds a game less than 1.5 assists.
Seems kind of like the perfect like sick man.
Thio just come in and sparked the offense.
All right, let's steamroll through the next part because the Champions Classic is about the tip off.
Do you understand anything about ls your Washington real quick? I thought they said 7.
30 for that first game.
Is it 7. 30? Then we can keep rolling.
All right. L s u Sam Murphy's tigers.
Why are you here? Because I I see it, But I don't see it yet.
I mean, you saw what you saw.
What, um s I u Edwardsville did against in their first game where they got blown out by a team not supposed to be anywhere close to Ah.
Ls years level, so ****, I need a whole I need to find that game again.
They ended up losing by 13 and l s u put up 94.
But Edwardsville, I really just want to see the team that blew him out before that.
Okay, well, I guess it was ST Louis.
So you play a team close? I got blown out by ST Louis.
Then you go play ST Louis and lose.
Really has you looking like the second best team in that in that tournament that they were in.
I'm not sold on the defense whatsoever.
Like it looks like they can score.
Doesn't look like they're really defending against anyone.
Yeah. Tram Wofford.
Great player to watch.
Same with Cam Thomas.
So their offense has been cooking.
No concerns there.
That's why defense might take a little bit more time to come look a lot better.
But they played the worst.
Are southeast Louisiana's technically a little bit better than that's why you Edwardsville.
So maybe have a little bit revenge on their mind coming off a loss.
But l s u I think they'll still put it together because if their offense is going to score in the high eighties or the nineties every game, I'm not worried.
Yeah, and then Washington be very concerned that I think that's really all we might have to say for this team.
Yeah, I mean, ****ing Yikes, you You go play u C Riverside, which is probably just like a by game for them.
And then they end up losing by 15 and only scoring 42 points like I wasn't that concerned when they got beat Bad by Baylor because Baylor's obviously very good, but U C Riverside is.
I mean, they lost.
They lost like U C.
Riverside lost a Pacific.
And then they go to Washington and beat him by 15.
I, Washington's offense just doesn't look very good.
And even when their defense is kind of stopping people is not gonna matter.
So you scored 52 points against Baylor.
Alright, you score 42 against Riverside.
Are you serious? 42 against the riverside.
You're shooting 18% from 3.
43 from two points.
Just nothing on offense is going right for this side.
Um, Kenpom and Bart do the fun thing with ****ytic guy.
With advanced stats on their side, their top two contributors on the team have played 3.
8% of their minutes and 18.8.
So, essentially, when they still about the starters and they're in the garbage time, that's the only time they have been playing well.
Quite a green and battle on bay.
They're just having a terrible start to the season.
Um, none of them are shooting well whatsoever.
That's all where it's coming from.
I mean, it's not too hard to say when you're shooting 43 from two and 18 from three that you're not doing well and losing the riverside.
It's just a terrible, terrible, terrible boss.
Yeah, yeah, it's not.
I mean, I think we had Washington at the bottom of our rankings going into the year, and it definitely looks like it so far.
So what everyone comes here is for you to listen.
Time to get a little homer and us real quick.
The Hawks and the Huskies Recap Stephen, talk about UConn.
I can't hate that.
were two and O, obviously, but I've seen that we can do it on both ends.
In the first game, we put up 102 points.
The offense look great, and the second game we put up, I forgot what it was.
I think it was like about 70 points.
The offense was it wasn't really there.
But the defense only gave up.
I think it was like mid fifties, so I mean, I might be 10 points off on both of these.
It might have been like 79 65 or was like 69 56.
It was one of those two scores, Um, and it's just a little bit of like obviously nobody's been complaining about it, but it's a little bit of like we have the two weeks off.
We are integrating a lot of new players, so I'm or just happy with the winds and I still think we're better than all the teams we're gonna play this week.
I think we're better than USC.
I think we're better than North Carolina State.
We showed when both of those games bye.
If we turned the ball over like we turned the ball over and against Harford.
We could easily get beat by them, even though, if that happens, I don't think the better team would have won If we lose the USC or North Carolina State, because I mean Dan Harley has been showing it this year.
We can run out pretty much anybody on the roster and not be nervous about them on the court, like I think he's been running out 11 or 12 players a game, no problem.
And a cocoa cook just got cleared for five on five contact practices again.
So he's gonna be back soon.
That adds another piece we can.
We can play with anybody.
We can play as fast as we want because we have so many guys.
It's just figuring out what the consistent rotation is is gonna be the only issue.
Yeah, so just for perspective and what it's worth, Nova beat um, Hartford by 34 today.
You guys only beat him by 12.
Is that telling now? I'm just messing with you.
You cons Offenses look solid.
Then shoot it. Too hot from three.
But three's goes into birds.
Defense has looked kind of where it's expected, can always get better.
Just what, Stephen.
So with the short in time, um, not surprising.
They're just playing extremely well on the inside right now and from two point.
So I think that's a plus where Maybe that could have been a little bit of a worry, especially without a cook.
Yeah, he's gonna be a difference maker.
E mean Sanogo has just looked like, ah, beast on the inside.
He can grab whatever rebounds he wants its look so far.
It looked like he just goes down low and he's like, It looks like he's in practice, just putting in whatever movie wants, doing whatever he feels like doing, which I love to see.
The only thing that really surprised me was that was that Josh Carlton, who was a three year starter before this year, got pushed all the way down to not even really getting minutes.
Yeah, which I definitely didn't expect to see this year.
Yep, Maybe it's just a rotation.
We'll see what happens there.
Let's get to the Hawks Real quick Main first game against Auburn looked extremely saw.
It took them to overtime, lost it there, but looked much stronger than expected again against Kansas, looked strong for maybe half to two thirds of the game.
But then Kansas ends up winning by 22 covering.
So a zoo of right now our game against Nova is T v D.
Or not scheduled because of Gonzaga gave Auburn Koval, which gave us covert or something along those lines.
Or Kansas gave it to us something or along there.
But, uh, we are projected to play Saturday.
I mean, the offense has looked extremely better than I thought.
Defense still stinks.
So we're playing the same style basketball that we wanted to threes and no defense last year to a little bit better.
Um, if this offense can keep it up, I'd be happy with that.
Um, Jack, Forrest and Bishop, I've just been huge additions to the team, which it was just extremely missing last season.
Uh, Forest coming from Colombia, I believe Bishop came from Oregon.
So that's where to the transfers are.
Bishop came from Xavier so to instant impact transfers that solidified a starting lineup that now the A tens much stronger than we were expecting.
But I still think we can get the 10 wins Yeah, I just got two more quick things I wanna hit on before we end.
Extreme, real quick.
There's something about, uh, ST Johns, who is currently three, and oh, this was a guy who was not brand very highly coming out of high school, who I've watched play in high school who I knew was going to be an instant impact player for them this year.
And it's posh Alexander from our savior.
Lutheran, Uh, do has just been doing whatever he wants against pretty much anyone.
He's averaging 14 points, almost five rebounds and almost four assists early in the year.
And then you got Dylan, a Daewoo Sue same school, our Savior Lutheran.
That backcourt is guaranteed the backcourt of the future for them for the next four years.
They're essentially the point guard shooting guard combo, and when they're both averaging over almost 10 points each, that right now this year, that's going to give ST Johns a pretty bright future.
And then also with that.
With that, it just helps champagne that much more.
It takes a little bit off of them, gets them even more open when you got to fresh and stepping up to be instant impact, especially because neither of them were really ranked inside the top 300 the rankings this year.
To get guys like that, just stepping in and being impact players is a really nice get for them.
And then just one thing I wanted to talk about with Boise State, um, they had they had their two.
They had a lot of transfers, but they're two biggest transfers.
Didn't make the trip to Texas with them for the first two games.
And that's Emmanuel a cot from the transfer from Arizona.
I said, I think they said it was the illness not related to Corona that kept him out of that one.
And then you got a de bonne aired do Trees.
Also a transfer from Arizona.
Who, um, I think he also just didn't make the trip.
And those guys add those guys at a lot of length.
That Boise State was sorely missing in the game against Houston with a cot just being kind of the same player as Derek Olson.
Like a 68 guard type player.
Those two guys were two of the big reasons that I had Boise State so high So watching them play shorthanded like that and still blowing out Sam Houston State, which was expected, and getting back into that game late against Houston, it doesn't really sour me at all on the potential of the team.
It's just now I want to see what they look like.
Yeah, you know, the East case, Boys, you boys, they're gonna be hyping them up.
I mean, the defense's and concern for the squad, even against Houston.
Um, they shut him down late.
Maybe they Houston checked out, but they still played a solid game defensively against them.
Um, it's just more of Derek Austin, like going over three from to over three from three and zero points against Houston.
I doubt we ever see that in the game again this season, because I guarantee if he is having a positive game there, it's a lot closer than it says against Houston.
They looked ultra convincing, so I know BYU is potentially their next game.
So team that was a little bit over height.
That's gonna be a great barometer test for them.
Yeah, yeah, even though even though BYU did not look very good against the U s C today.
They're still a solid team.
Yeah, by BYU is three point favorites or four point favorites to against USC, which was very shocking to see.
Yeah, definitely. Waas.
And then just, uh you wanna you wanna give out who we like in these two games tonight? Yeah, we could do that.
No official plays are money behind the Stephen you met. Now you don't either.
So let's give out our predictions real quick.
So Duke, Michigan State, Who do you got? Yeah, I'm I'm gonna I'm gonna I like I like Duke just a little bit more.
Um, Michigan State's trying to rely on so many guys coming off injuries or coming off transfers.
I would rather trust a Duke team that I think is just I think they're a little bit more talented.
I think there a little bit more ready to play, and they're not.
They're not shaking off his much rust as Michigan State's trying to.
So I'm gonna lean towards Duke tonight.
Yeah, Duke just seems like way too easy money.
Like when I saw that minus story, I just wanted to hammer it everything.
I'm looking at this as just play Duke Coppin State just wasn't a good Well, I think it's a huge overreaction.
So that's why I'm going with Michigan State.
Everything's tell me all the signs of pointing to Duke.
So I gotta go with Michigan State in this one.
Um, Hauser, verse hurt.
I guess it's gonna be one of the bigger matchups tonight that could determine the game.
Yeah, Yeah, I think towards determining the game.
That's probably it.
But I think, um, I think just going off, like pure matchups you want to see it's probably, um, mhm.
Who is the freshman for Duke? Jaylin Johnson? Yeah, I think it's Jaylin Johnson against. Probably.
Joey Hauser will be like the most fun matchup to watch is trying to watch those 269 guys going up against each other.
All right, so Kentucky, Kansas.
I would have to play Kentucky against the Spread, but I do think Kansas gets this one.
Um, it just even though Kansas wasn't convincing against Gonzaga, like the things I saw Kansas do against ST Joe's E.
I mean, I know Kentucky's kind of probably more in the middle of those two way closer to the Gonzaga, but the defense of Kansas should have no issues.
Kentucky cannot shoot it from the deep right now at an efficient rate.
So that's where you just give me the better team that's been together longer.
Boston might be one of the best players here, but other than Boston and star until someone shows me they can step up beside, there's two.
I don't think Kentucky wins the SEC with the way they're currently playing.
Yeah, um, this is a This is obviously not like a smart, ****ytical play, but it seems like every time I watch the Champions Classic, it's just Kentucky coming out and having their best game against a good team.
And then everybody being so high on Kentucky and then I'm kind of coming back down to Earth a little bit.
I think they had They're bad games early.
For some reason, I just see them coming out and just absolutely just hitting everything from the field, playing fast looking, athletic, making all the highlight plays and for some, some weird reason.
Just has me feeling like Kentucky is gonna win by like, 20 don't know they've done nothing to deserve that, but for some reason that's just what I That's what I feel like I see from them every time they play the Champions Classic.
Last season it was in MSG, so I got.
I was lucky enough to go, and that's where Maxie had his breakout game.
It was the first one of the season, but that's where Maxie hit that nice swing.
Three for the win there.
And maybe it's Boston's time to show out because BJ Boston can get hot and go for 30.
But I just think the team defense of Kansas is really just kinda key in on Star and Boston.
I would cease are going off more because I'm not high on the Kansas big men.
You're gonna try to smash the chair over someone's head again.
So that's where this Kansas side, the Guard and the small for defense super convinced they're the big man is where maybe sorry could go off tonight, But I doubt it.
Yeah, that's that's where I'm not as high on Kansas as like some other people are because, like I told you, not on here, but that ST Joe's matchup was just a bad matchup.
Because Kansas is guard, defense is good.
Their interior defense isn't good.
And it looked like they were that much better than ST Joe's because ST Joe's only likes to shoot threes.
So when you got really good guard defenders going up against a team that just wants to shoot threes scores, probably gonna look more lopsided, then it's gonna make Kansas look better than they probably are.
Yes, sir. So tip is in 10 minutes.
Uh, Steve and I are both on different sides of these games, so obviously you got some winners right there, since if we both pick, each side has gotta be there.
Um, I got one play pending for tonight in that ST Mary's.
I locked him in at minus 12.
It's currently up the minus 14, playing Nickel State, the rough and tough side of Nickel State.
But like a nice big one there for the ST Mary squad, one of their signature 30 to 40 point blowout wins in the non con against the **** team.
I mean, Alabama is also gonna blow out UNLV because right now it looks like UNLV stinks.
Looks like they might otherwise.
But I thought about putting them on the list, but It's not like many people had super high expectations for them, so I felt like I couldn't put them on their for worry. Some teams.
Yeah, I have no place for tonight.
I decided to retire for one day to give myself a hard reset before I try to take something tomorrow.
So nothing for me to really stress about.
Even I'm going to stress about something just when a game gets close and I get a rooting interest.
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