The first weekend of the basketball season has passed, and the outcomes were mostly predictable. Here’s a rundown of what happened:
Week in Review
Christian Brothers looked very good as the only team to play three games this week. The Bucs won all of them, all against solid Division-II opponents. The home win over Lynn was impressive enough, but then CBU went to Kentucky and beat Wayne State and Ferris State. The Bucs emerged unscathed and, in my opinion, should take Harding’s place in the national rankings.
Harding went 1-1 at the St. Edward’s Shootout, also facing some good D-II teams, as you know if you’ve been keeping up around here.
Henderson State, OBU, and UAM were among the undefeated this past week, with HSU beating Central Baptist in a warmup and then West Alabama in a GSC East game. OBU had a pair of warmups against lesser schools: College of the Ozarks and Ecclesia. UAM won a home in-region game against LeMoyne-Owen of the SIAC.
Delta State and SAU both went 1-1 at DSU’s tournament in Cleveland, MS. The Statesmen beat Clark Atlanta on Friday before losing to Miles on Saturday, while SAU finished with the same results on different nights.
Arkansas Tech is the only winless team after Week 1, having lost to D-II opponent Southwestern Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
The Week Ahead
Most teams have a full slate ahead of them for Thanksgiving weekend, but I don’t have time to preview every game between now and then. In fact, two of the games this week have already been played. I’ll try to catch up over the weekend and evaluate where the teams stand. Harding has the whole week off, so I’m basically taking the week off, too.