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Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:17 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 10:17 pm

Jeff Borzello

This weekend isn’t filled with tons of high-profile games, but it has featured some of the bigger upsets in conference play. Eleven ranked teams are on the road this weekend, with 10 of them going against unranked squads. As you might expect, given the difficulty road teams have faced lately, we've had some craziness. Here’s a look at ranked teams on the road.


Florida State 90, No. 3 North Carolina 57Florida State seems to pull off an upset or two at home every season, but this was mind-boggling from North Carolina's perspective. The Seminoles have struggled offensively all season, yet managed to light up the Tar Heels' defense for 90 points, led by Deividas Dulkys scoring 32 points on 8-for-10 3-point shooting.

Northwestern 81, No. 6 Michigan State 74Northwestern had struck out on nearly every chance at a quality win so far this season, but the Wildcats picked up a big home victory over Michigan State. They turned it over only six times, and got a combined 42 points from John Shurna and Drew Crawford. For the Spartans, it was their first loss since November 15.

Iowa 75, No. 13 Michigan 59: The Wolverines dropped to 0-3 in true road games this season, shooting just 8-for-31 from 3-point range in the 16-point loss. A 10-0 run by Iowa put the game out of reach in the second half. Interestingly, the Hawkeyes now have wins over Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, yet are just 11-8 overall. Michigan needs to start winning away from home.

Oklahoma 82, No. 18 Kansas State 73: The Wildcats have now dropped three of their last four, opening Big 12 play with a 1-3 record. It was the Sooners' first conference win of the season, as they led the entire game and held off a late KSU run after getting out to an 18-point advantage. The Wildcats have only one true road win on the season, at Virginia Tech.

South Florida 56, No. 24 Seton Hall 55
: This game happened on Friday, but it could be a preview of what’s to come. The Pirates were playing like arguably the second-best team in the Big East, but they blew a 10-point lead in the final six minutes to suffer their second conference loss.

No. 22 San Diego State 69, No. 12 UNLV 67: This isn't truly an upset, as San Diego State is tough to beat at home and certainly not a pushover. Jamaal Franklin's layup with 0.3 seconds left gave the Aztecs a two-point win, after UNLV tied it on a Brice Massamba free throw with 23.3 seconds remaining. SDSU has now won eight in a row.

No. 2 Kentucky 65, Tennessee 62: Kentucky has been letting lesser teams hang around longer than expected recently, and Saturday was no different. However, the Wildcats went on a 13-3 run midway through the second half and held off the Volunteers down the stretch for a 65-62 win.

No. 17 Connecticut 67, Notre Dame 53: The Huskies had lost their previous two road games against Seton Hall and Rutgers, but they had no trouble dispatching of the Fighting Irish in the second half en route to a 14-point win. Notre Dame had won 29 straight home games heading into Saturday.

No. 19 Florida 79, South Carolina 65: Florida had not won a true road game heading into the weekend, but knocked down 12 3-pointers and dominated the second half en route to its second straight victory. Patric Young was saddled with foul trouble and only finished with four points off the bench, but Will Yaguete came up big in the frontcourt. The Gators had six guys in double-figures. 

No. 21 Gonzaga 72, Loyola Marymount 68: Gonzaga avoided back-to-back losses in WCC play by holding Loyola Marymount scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half en route to a 17-4 run and a lead the Bulldogs wouldn't give up. Loyola Marymount fought back, but two Kevin Pangos free throws with two seconds left clinched it for Gonzaga.

No. 23 Creighton 87, Illinois State 78: An ending that featured three technical fouls in the final 30 seconds -- including one for fans throwing debris onto the court -- overshadowed what was a close game for much of the night. Doug McDermott had 20 points, as the Bluejays improved to 5-1 in the MVC.

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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:07 pm

Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

It is sad that two top 25 teams played each other to a two point game, and SDSU versus UNLV only gets little tiny blurb. No respect for the Mountain West.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:26 pm

Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

I have to agree boston.  SU is the only one of the top teams that has looked like a top team all season long.  Carolina and Kentucky go through lapses and seem to lack the mental toughness to grind out a come from behind win in big games.  UConn has dropped lately as has Louisville.  OSU is an injury to Sullinger away from irrelevence.  Even with an injury or two, SU is so deep that I don't think anyone can stop them.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:33 pm

Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

I agree....CUSE keeps winning...CONVINCINGLY while the rest of the pack loses...Continue to see more of the same cuz CUSE is for REAL with a rotation of 10 players that the backups would start on most CBB teams....Watch and SEE.....and BELIEVE !!!!!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:04 pm

Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

And the Orangemen just keep on marching along in impressive style.

Winning by 23 points!!

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:32 am

Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

Northwestern had struck out on nearly every chance at a quality win so far this season,

I find that comment interesting, in that it points to the inherent advantages schools from the big conferences have. Being in the Big Ten, how many chances does Northwestern have to get a 'quality' win.........18, 20? Other schools get 2 or 3, and they are always on the road, or at best on a neutal court in an early season tournament.

We need to always remember this at tournament's the same every year.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:02 am
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Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:28 pm

Ranked teams going on the road face pitfalls

This is no thing to be ashamed about in thier position,although florida  state semms to get a couple upsets now and then.

Good for my team of course.hAHa 

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