After chaos broke out across college basketball on Tuesday, Wednesday night was much more subdued. Only a few ranked teams were in action against mediocre opponents while the bubble had a handful of teams to keep track of. Here are the things to stay up with as we get closer to the weekend.
Top-ranked Tennessee extends winning streak to 19
Although action was slow on Wednesday, No. 1 Tennessee continued its dominance with an easy SEC home win over South Carolina. Finishing with five players in double-figures — and Player of the Year candidate Grant Williams (eight points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three blocks) wasn’t even one them — the Vols continued to stay atop the SEC. Admiral Schofield ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Bowden continued a recent solid stretch with 16 points.
The rest of the SEC schedule gets significantly tougher for Tennessee as they have two against Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss among the final seven games.
No. 22 Virginia Tech stops losing streak with win over Georgia Tech
With top-25 teams not getting tested very much on Wednesday, Virginia Tech’s ACC home game against Georgia Tech became the one to watch. Since the Hokies were on a two-game losing streak, while struggling to adapt without starting point guard Justin Robinson, they desperately needed a win to get back on track.
The Hokies earned the win they needed to stop the bleeding by knocking out Georgia Tech with a 76-68 win. Scoring at point guard is still an issue for Virginia Tech without Robinson, but a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring got the job done. Ty Outlaw led the Hokies with 20 points while Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker each had 16 points.
Since Virginia Tech has an ACC schedule that still features ranked opponents like Duke, Florida State and Virginia, this is a win they needed to get with Robinson’s health not being disclosed. The Hokies aren’t in danger of being placed on the bubble, but losing games like this would have potentially put them in the discussion.
Campbell’s Chris Clemons continues to climb scoring list with 48 points
Senior guard Chris Clemons passed some more legends on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list on Wednesday as he went for 48 points in a Campbell win over Hampton. Now at No. 9 all time with 2,978 career points, Clemons passed Kansas legend Danny Manning and Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati) in the same night.
With five regular season games, the Big South Conference tournament and a potential spot in the postseason thanks to a winning record, Clemons has an outside shot to finish as college basketball’s No. 2 all-time scorer if he continues his prolific pace. Averaging close to 30 points per game, Clemons is 30 points away from Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins for the No. 8 all-time spot.