Dayton has made quite a run, first beating Boise State, then 6-seed Providence, and capturing the hearts of college basketball fans everywhere. But playing six games in 10 days with only seven scholarship players on the roster, and point guard (Scoochie Smith) getting less than 3 minutes rest in the last three games, finally took a toll on Dayton. Dayton only scored 10 points in the last 10:30 of the game, and Oklahoma was able to capitalize with a 72-66 win.
No. 9 Kansas and No. 15 Oklahoma have played each other before. It will not be the same game whatsoever. Kansas lost to rival Kansas State a couple weeks ago but stormed back with two-straight wins to secure at least a share of its 11th consecutive Big 12 regular season title. Oklahoma lost a heartbreaker against No. 17 Iowa State but looks to rebound well against a Jayhawk team that’s missing a couple of key pieces. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
And down the stretch they come …
While the low- and mid-major conferences prepare for tournaments, the big conferences still have one week remaining in the regular season … and what a week it’s set up to be. Take, for instance, Monday night’s docket, featuring two huge Big 12 matchups and an ACC showdown. So yes, this may seem counter-intuitive, but we’re wishing our weekend away, looking forward to Monday night.