Syracuse has the edge over Georgetown
Syracuse got the better of their rivals with eight three-pointers in the second half over Georgetown. The Syracuse has come out to be one of the best rebound teams in the country. They are placed second within the nation in offensive rebound. The Oranges have achieved the 45th rank in defensive rebound percentage. This has been a huge improvement from last season. The Oranges were one of the worst defensive teams last year with their rank being at 335. The first half of the match, Georgetown finished with a three-point lead with the score at 21-18. Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, who is the best overall rebounder, could not find the net due to some tight defending from the Hoyas. Syracuse managed to convert four of the 20 offensive chances. In the second half, it looked as if a completely different Syracuse team played on the court. They outmanoeuvred the Hoyas 21-9. Georgetown could not find any sort of opening for an offence. Syracuse seised 14 and scored 9 in second-chance points. The Syracuse University coach, Jim Boeheim praised his players for getting on the board. Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle led the offensive rebound charge for Syracuse and helped them win the match.
Washington State narrowly avoids defeat
The Huskies narrowly avoided defeat at the hands of the lesser known Loyola Marymount Lions. The Washington men showed some true grit and resilience just to edge out Loyola. Washington’s Jaylen Nowell, Matisse Thybulle and Noah Dickerson showed some true resilience and grit to snatch the game from the hands of Loyola Marymount Lions. The game did not start off well as the referees could not get the clock started. There were not many people around in the stands also. Both the teams committed fouls and had some poor shots, overall not a great start. As the game progressed, the teams got more comfortable. However, the Huskies couldn’t bring their best game. Nowell and Thybulle combined and scored four three-pointers for Washington. The second half saw the game go back and forth as the Lions also started to attack. By the end, Washington kept their nerve to secure the win with 80-78 points.
Arizona State in a comfortable position
Arizona State looked quite comfortable in their 76-64 win over Vanderbilt at the Wells Fargo Arena. Tra Holder had yet another fantastic game as the Sun Devils. Although they started a bit slowly, Arizona quickly built up the pace and delivered the knockout blow in the second half of the sold-out match. Arizona ended the first half with a lead owing to a comeback three-pointer from Holder. Then they raced to a 16-2 spree in the second half, and Vanderbilt did not have a chance of countering.