Unfortunately, this week was filled with heartbreaking losses to send us into this holiday week.
Number 1 is cursed
Kansas became the fifth No. 1 ranked team to suffer a loss this season. The Jayhawks fell 56-55 to No. 18 Villanova. This game was going to be a hard test, since it was on the road, and they were only favored by two points. Kansas even had the lead as the game wound down, but Villanova would go on a 5-0 run, including a 3-pointer to get the win.
Like I mentioned they weren’t the first, and probably not the last team to lose at that No. 1 spot. It started with Michigan State in the preseason to Kentucky (69-62), Kentucky to Evansville (67- 64), Duke to Stephen F. Austin (85-83 in OT), Louisville to Texas Tech (70-57), and then Kansas this past week to Villanova.
Gonzaga now holds that No. 1 spot, so let’s see if they will be the first to break the curse.
A weekend of upsets
Unfortunately, the upsets would not stop with Kansas. No. 6 Kentucky was taken down by Ohio State. The Buckeyes held a dominant lead for the whole game, and are now 11-2 and sitting at the No. 2 spot. No. 9 Virginia got annihilated by South Carolina in a 70-59 loss from the 8-4 Gamecocks. While the Cavaliers held decent stats, South Carolina out shot them in every way and had 14 steals. No. 16 Arizona played a tight game with St. John’s but ended up losing 70-67. This was a major upset considering St. John’s is still an unranked team. The Wildcats were down 40-26 going into halftime, and the game didn’t get any better after that.
See ya in August
This past Saturday marked the final day of high school football until August.
The 6A D1 Championship game was played at 3 o’clock between North Shore and Duncanville. North Shore came into the game as the reigning champs, in fact this game was a rematch from last year. Both teams were without key assets, so it was almost a fair game. The Duncanville quarterback, Ja’Quinden Jackson experienced an ACL tear in the state semifinal and North Shore’s top ranked running back, Zach Evan, became ineligible for violating team rules. North Shore would come out on top once again winning 31-17.
The 6A D2 game would follow the North Shore game at 7 o’clock. Denton Guyer and Austin Westlake were going to battle this one out, after beating highly accomplished teams to get to this point. Early in the first quarter Denton quarterback and Texas A&M pledge, Eli Stowers, would go out of the game with what looked to be a PCL tear. The Guyer team would not be able to overcome this set back, and they ended up getting shut out 24-0. Westlake won their first state championship since 1996 with Drew Brees.