Wednesday night’s slate of college hoops didn’t have a ton of marquee matchups. But the Gavitt Games continued as there was an enticing national title game rematch between Villanova and Michigan while Indiana hosted Marquette.
1. No. 18 Michigan makes a statement road win over No. 8 Villanova
Michigan made a major statement win on the road as they dismantled Villanova on Wednesday night. The Wolverines jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back.
We knew the Wolverines would likely be an impressive defensive bunch after last season’s national-title game run. But Michigan’s defense suffocated the Wildcat offense and made Villanova look completely helpless.
CBT’s Rob Dauster was in the building for this one, as he has more thoughts on Michigan’s huge win.
2. Indiana earns a blowout win at home over No. 24 Marquette
Playing without two veteran rotation players, Indiana still had an easy go of it against Marquette on Wednesday night in another Big Ten blowout victory.
Five players finished in double-figures for the Hoosiers as they were led by a solid all-around performance from five-star freshman Romeo Langford. I have more on both Langford’s performance — as well as Indiana and Marquette — with three takeaways from that game here.
3. A big night overall for the Big Ten
Besides for Indiana and Michigan’s double-digit wins over top-25 teams, rest of the Big Ten had an impressive night on Wednesday. Playing in another Gavitt Games contest, Nebraska blew out Seton Hall with an 80-57 win as senior guard James Palmer Jr. erupted for 29 points.
Michigan State also had an easy time against UL Monroe as they ran away with a double-digit win. So far in the Gavitt Games, the Big Ten is dominating the Big East, as they’re 4-1 over the past two nights. It’ll be interesting to see if the Big Ten’s dominance continues when the Gavitt Games resume on Thursday night.
4. The Zion Williamson Show continues as No. 1 Duke routs Eastern Michigan.
Another big night with more big highlights from freshman Zion Williamson helped the Blue Devils run past Eastern Michigan. Williamson finished with a team-high 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting for Duke as he continued his torrid start to the season.
Williamson is now shooting a ridiculous 82 percent from the field in three games this season as he’s 32-for-39 from the field.