After a fairly sleepy week of storylines in the college basketball world, a heart-palpitating Saturday slate was exactly what fans needed to get their bloodflow going again. Suffice it to say, the action did not disappoint.
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Despite what poet and author Jorge Luis Borges has written about the gauchos of the Argentine pampas, the Gauchos of UCSB were not up for much of a fight in a 102-62 drubbing. Leaf touched every corner of the stat sheet in this one, with 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks to lead the effort — his fifth 20-plus point effort so far in the 2016-17 season.
|Tyler Hall||Points||FG (3PT)||FT||Rebounds||Assists|
|Malik Monk||47||18-28 (8-12)||3-5||0||2|
|Justin Jackson||34||10-17 (4-7)||10-15||5||3|
In other action:
The Crossroads Classic features four ranked foes
These days the talk of the town in the state of Indiana likely revolves around current Governor and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, but a close second might be the high-quality college basketball on display in the 19th state in the Union. At least that was the focus on Saturday at the Crossroads Classic where Butler and Indiana linked up alongside a contest between Purdue and Notre Dame. Butler and Purdue would come out on top in their respective matchups, but rest assured it’s likely that all four teams will find a way into the Big Dance. For now, bragging rights will have to suffice as Butler’s Kelan Martin (28 points) and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan (26 points, 10 rebounds) paced their respective squads to victory.
Bob Huggins wins 800th; 10th all time
If fans were sidetracked watching Kentucky and North Carolina on Saturday, it stands to reason that some might missed West Virginia's head coach Bob Huggins becoming the 10th member of 800-win club. It’s not always flashy and it's not always fun, but the big man in old gold and blue finds a way to get the job done. Kudos.