College basketball has, finally, returned to the scene. It’s been a long, long time, or at least it feels like it has been a while, but the game has come back to our screens now. On Wednesday night, a number of ranked teams played, with most of them rolling over their unranked opposition. #3 Villanova got 18 points from Jeremiah Robinson in a 76-67 win over Boston College while #5 Iowa won 97-67 over North Carolina Central.
Luka Garza put up 26 points as he dominated in the paint throughout the encounter. Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky were the other top ten teams in action on the day, all of which got simple victories over much smaller foes. The same would go for the rest of the top 25 teams, with the obvious exception of the UCLA Bruins. Ranked at #22, they would fall to San Diego State in their opener, dropping it by a score of 73-58. It was a total team performance from the Aztecs as both Matt Mitchell and Jordan Schakel led the way with 15 points apiece in the slightly surprising win. Of course, it’s not a massive surprise, as they only lost twice last season, with their first loss not coming until February.
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