Yes, the college basketball season started Friday, but the official start was yesterday with the outset of the 29-hour marathon.
Yes, 29 hours.
It may be early, as in, the beginning, but all these games count and will have serious bubble and seeding implications.
So, let’s take a look at some of the notable games that have taken place thus far and their serious implications.
Miami (2-0) 69, Florida (1-1) 67
The Hurricanes, who I projected would be one of the “first four out,” (2014-15 Preseason Bracketology) definitely helped their case with a road win over a Gator team that figures to be a tournament team. Miami can use the win as a confidence builder as well, as they head into the gauntlet that is the ACC.
Winthrop (2-0) 77, Clemson (1-1) 74
We figured Clemson would struggle to even gain sight of the bubble, but a home loss to a Big South team puts the Tigers even further behind the 8-ball.
Gonzaga (2-0) 72, SMU (1-1) 56
The Zags are stacked and expected to be one of the better teams in the country. They got off to a good start with an impressive win over an SMU squad many expect to be in the big dance.
Colorado (2-0) 90, Auburn (1-1) 59
Colorado is one of those teams most people are not quite sure about. But, the general feeling is they could and should be pretty good. That prognosis looked on point early this morning when the Buffaloes throttled Bruce Pearle’s Auburn team. Pearle will just try to establish some credibility for his new program this year.
UMass (3-0) 77, Manhattan (0-2) 68 OT
Massachusetts continued its strong start, holding on to beat a pesky Manhattan team in overtime. While still without a marquee win, the Minutemen avoided what would have been looked at as a bad loss.
Baylor (2-0) 69, South Carolina (1-1) 65
I had Baylor on the outside looking in in my tourney projections, but their play today may force me to reevaluate. The Bears looked solid in their road win vs. Frank Martin’s Gamecocks. It looks as if it may be a struggle for Martin to get South Kak back into the dance.