Hoops Scoops isn't sure what was more surprising. Harvard beating No.22 Florida State, 46-41 or No.4 Connecticut getting shocked by Central Florida, 68-63. Both were semifinal games at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas. Central Florida will face Harvard in the championship game.
Making this even more strange is that Florida State will be playing Connecticut in the consolation game? Wow. Bet no one saw that coming.
Push come to shove, it has to be Central Florida beating Connecticut. While Florida State is a talented club with some serious experience, the Seminoles don't shoot well, which leaves them open for teams that have size and like to pack it in.
Harvard (5-0) has five players 6-8 or taller and outrebounded the Seminoles, 36-26. Will the Crimson be ranked this week? They should be.
As for Central Florida, two things make this story big. A: it's UConn. The Huskies are one of the favorites to win the national title. B: Marcus Jordan, the son of all-time great Michael, had 20 points.
The Knights (4-1) protected the ball well (7 turnovers) and shot the three well enough (7-17) to hold on or the win.
In other minor upsets, Saint Louis beat Villanova, 80-68 and Marshall beat Cincinnati, 73-69, in OT.
In a few almost upsets: Boston College needed OT to get by UC Riverside, 66-62, and our local friends at Stony Brook came up just short at Northwestern, 63-58,