No. 15 West Virginia won the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic on Friday, defeating Western Kentucky, 70-64, in the championship game.
The Mountaineers (3-0) now get a few days off before they prepare to face No. 1 Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic next week.
➡️ Derek Culver was named the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic MVP
➡️ But, West Virginia’s game with Gonzaga may be at risk after COVID-positive tests among the Bulldogs
➡️ Texas Tech cruises again, while Kansas won its first game of the season.
No. 15 West Virginia 70, Virginia Commonwealth 64
Leaders — West Virginia: Miles McBride, 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Derek Culver, 15 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Taz Sherman, 12 points, 2 rebounds. Western Kentucky: Charles Bassey 15 points, 8 rebounds; Taveion Hollingsworth, 13 points, 3 assists; Josh Anderson, 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 rebounds; Carson Williams, 10 points, 5 rebounds.
Records — West Virginia (3-0), Western Kentucky (2-1)
About the game — Derek Culver earned MVP honors after averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds for the three-day tournament. But with Culver only getting one rebound in 30 minutes vs. WKU, it was Oscar Tshiebwe (5 points, 7 rebounds) and Gabe Osabuohein (8 points, 8 rebounds) that picked up the slack on the glass. WKU had the height to compete with WVU, as the Mountaineers only had a plus-6 edge there. So the guards helped out. Miles McBride had a solid game in the starting lineup, along with Sean McNeil (9 points), while Taz Sherman (12 points) gave WVU another solid game off the bench. The Mountaineers are humming out of the gate and should see a definite jump in the AP Top 25 come Monday.
Now, will the Mountaineers get a chance to show they’re worthy of a higher jump next week? We will see. On Friday Gonzaga revealed that at least one player and one member of its support staff had tested positive for COVID-19, but the Bulldogs played at the Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic (where Kansas is also playing). Right now, the Mountaineers’ meeting with the Bulldogs is still on, but it’s worth monitoring.
No. 6 Kanas 94, Saint Joseph’s 72
Leaders — Kansas: Christian Braun, 30 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals; Ochai Agbaji, 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block; Jalen Wilson, 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Saint Joseph’s: Jack Forrest, 18 points, 2 rebounds; Dahmir Bishop, 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Ryan Daly, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Records — Kansas (1-1), Saint Joseph’s (0-2)
About the game — Can Christian Braun do this every game? Well, probably not. Kansas was most certainly the better team in this one. But with Marcus Garrett experiencing an off-night scoring (just 1-of-5 shooting for 5 points, but he also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals), Braun’s huge night came in handy. Ochai Agbaji came through with 18 points and hit all the relevant parts of the stat sheet (4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block). Bill Self flipped Jalen Wilson out of the starting lineup and flipped Bryce Thompson into the starting lineup. Wilson had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes. Thompson had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. This was also the second straight game with the Jayhawks shooting 50 percent or better.
No. 14 Texas Tech 84, Sam Houston State 52
Leaders — Texas Tech: Mac McClung, 18 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Marcos Santos-Silva, 12 points, 9 rebounds; Terrence Shannon Jr., 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Sam Houston State: Zach Nutall, 14 points, 6 rebounds; Demarkus Lampley, 12 points, 3 rebounds; Bryce Monroe, 11 points, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Records — Texas Tech (2-0), Sam Houston State (0-2)
About the game — Texas Tech outscored Sam Houston State 43-15 in the first half and the Red Raiders cruised from there. This gave head coach Chris Beard the chance to spread the wealth and play 12 players. Mac McClung has been the Red Raiders’ best player out of the gate, and the starting lineup of McClung, Kyler Edwards, Micah Peavy, Terrence Shannon Jr. and Marcos Santos-Silva has good early chemistry. Off the bench, Nimari Burnett and Jamarius Burton each had 8 points, and even though Kyler Edwards was 1-for-6 from the floor, he scored 9 points because he got to the free throw line and went 6-for-6. The competition hasn’t been to Texas Tech’s level to start this season, but they’ve played quite well.
Colorado 76, Kansas State 58
Leaders — Kansas State: Mike McGuirl, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals; Antonio Gordon, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists; Nijel Pack, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Kasoi Ezeagu, 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 blocks. Colorado: McKinley Wright IV, 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal; Maddox Daniels, 10 points, 2 rebounds.
Records — Kansas State (0-2), Colorado (2-0)
About the game — Through two games, Nijel Pack and Mike McGuirl have been K-State’s two most consistent players, with Antonio Gordon — who slid into the starting lineup against Colorado — not far behind. After a solid first half, during which the Wildcats mustered a 1-point lead, the Buffs went on a 46-27 run in the second half, as the K-State defense had no answer for McKinley Wright IV. Pack is turning into a promising offensive player as a true freshman, while McGuirl has provided stable leadership. Kasoi Ezeagu now has five blocked shots in two games, so his presence inside has the potential to help the Wildcats lock down the paint later on this season. Perhaps the best news is that nine of the 10 players that head coach Bruce Weber used scored, and he’ll need depth as the season continues.
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