Gonzaga Bulldogs among top 7 men’s basketball teams to lose on Saturday
For the first time in college basketball history, seven top-10 teams lost on the same day.
On Saturday, No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Kentucky and No. 9 Texas Tech all lost, surpassing the previous record of six top-10 finishes. teams in the Associated Press losing in one day poll. Saturday was also the first time the top six teams in the top 25 all lost on the same day, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The last time six top 10 teams went down in one day was on February 4, 2017. That had happened five times in total.
“It’s a bit like life in late February and early March, especially on the road,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
Saturday’s historic losing streak could have implications for the selection on Sunday.
Gonzaga suffered a 67-57 loss at rival Saint Mary’s. Arizona suffered a 16-point lick by Colorado, the worst loss by a No. 2 team in the AP Poll against an unranked opponent since UMBC upset the era. 1 Virginia in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Auburn finished 5-for-24 from the 3-point line in a 67-62 loss to Tennessee. Tyson Walker hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in Michigan State’s win over Purdue, which followed the Spartans’ 1-5 streak in its previous six games. Kansas suffered an 80-70 loss at Baylor. Arkansas outlasted Kentucky in a 75-73 win at Fayetteville. And Texas Tech was edged 69-66 at TCU.
Purdue’s loss to Michigan State could mean the Boilermakers, no longer in control of the Big Ten title race, will find themselves in a fight to retain a top-two seed. They are currently listed as the last No. 2 seed in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, while Auburn — 3-3 in their last six games — moved off the seed line after the loss to the Vols.
Baylor climbed to the front row, and Gonzaga, Arizona and Kansas retained their top seeds despite their losses, according to Lunardi’s group.
In Gonzaga’s loss to Saint Mary’s, All-America nominee Drew Timme finished 2 of 10 overall. Tommy Kuhse finished with 14 points, one of four Saint Mary’s players in double digits.