ATLANTIC SUN SHINING BRIGHT VERSUS BIG SCHOOL FOES: There’s a new power conference rising in college basketball - the Atlantic Sun.
Within the past week, three teams from the low-major group had hit high marks against their big brethren.
Mercer showed no mercy for USC on Saturday, as the Bears spread it all over O.J. Mayo and his Trojan teammates in a 96-81 undressing. Not only did the upset spoil Mayo’s debut, it also means that SC coach Tim Floyd has yet to win a season opener.A few days earlier, Mercer’s A-Sun mate Gardner-Webb slung into Rupp Arena and de-clawed the Kentucky Wildcats. And last Friday, Belmont came to the Queen City and tranquilized the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Things are all aglow for the Conference Formerly Known As The Trans America Athletic. But can the A-Sun schools keep it up?This week, Florida Gulf Coast faces Iowa, Kennesaw State battles Auburn, and Mercer tries it again against Alabama, this time at home in Macon, GA.
At least the A-Sun is Division I, unlike some other Big Ten losses.
KENTUCKY 3RD BIG SCHOOL TO DROP ONE TO LITTLE GUYS: Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a trend.
Like fellow big boys Michigan State and Ohio State, college basketball power Kentucky was upset by a smaller school. Fortunately, it wasn’t a Division II program. Unfortunately, this loss counts.
Gardner-Webb shocked the 20th-ranked Wildcats in Rupp Arena Wednesday night, 84-68 - a bigger margin than Grand Valley State’s double-OT triumph over the Spartans and Findlay’s 2-point victory over the Buckeyes.
But this was no exhibition. The Runnin’ Bulldogs ran all over the constant crown jewel of the SEC, as the Wildcats could get no closer than 7 points to GWU throughout the night.
Next stop for Gardner-Webb: Madison Square Garden. The win over Kentucky sends the pride & joy of Boiling Springs, NC, to New York, for the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
Speaking of boiling, could new ‘Cats coach Billy Gillispie be in hot water already?