College Basketball Opening Week

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Jack Lotz, Co Sports Editor

College basketball is finally back after seven months of waiting, so here is what might have been missed from opening week. 

The number one team in the nation, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, added seven-foot freshman Chet Holmgren, the number one recruit in high school basketball. Holmgren and the Bulldogs beat Dixie State by the score of 97-63 in their opener. Holmgren put up 14 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and an insane seven blocks. In the game on Saturday night against #5 Texas, Holmgren and teammate Drew Timme impressed again as Gonzaga trounced the Longhorns. 

Kansas’ star duo of Remy Martin and Ochai Agbaji should be one of the best pairs in the nation. That was proven as Kansas cruised past unranked Michigan State in game one of the Champions Classic. Agbaji dropped 29 points on just 17 shots at Madison Square Garden. 

In game two of the Champions Classic, ninth-ranked Duke and 10th ranked Kentucky matched up. Duke freshman Paolo Banchero is a star in the making, as he collected 22 points and added seven rebounds in a 79-71 win over the Wildcats. 

The number 17 team in the country, Ohio State, survived an enormous scare from Akron after a buzzer-beater by big man Zed Key. Star forward, EJ Liddell, had a great game before fouling out. 

The first two games in the Hubert Davis era for the North Carolina Tar Heels were successful after a 16 point win against Loyola-Maryland and a seven-point win over Brown. The sophomore backcourt, Caleb Love and R.J Davis, both looked like completely different players, passing the ball with ease and limiting turnovers. 

The first major upset in college hoops happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the Cavaliers dropped their first game of the year to the Navy. The lack of scoring for Virginia caused a great concern moving forward. 

Another great game took place late Friday night, as the fourth-ranked Villanova Wildcats traveled to second-ranked UCLA Bruins. Ultimately, the Bruins got the better of the Wildcats in overtime, as guard Johnny Juzang had 25 points. 

It was a long wait, but college hoops have arrived!