Kentucky cruised to its seventh consecutive SEC victory on Saturday with an 85-69 win over South Carolina. However the win came with a price, as freshman starting point guard De'Aaron Fox went down with an ankle injury in the first half. He returned to the bench in the second half sporting a walking boot and did not play. If coach John Calipari knew anything about the injury, he didn't show any real concern about it, downplaying the severity of it after the game. "It's not swelled," Calipari said. "I think it might've been a stinger. I don't know. But something hit his ankle, so he's in a boot. But they said there's no swelling, so I don't know." The status of Fox has not been updated, and with
Freshman of Week: Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State This was, by far, the most stacked week of accomplishments by freshmen in college basketball we've had all season. It was an embarrassment of riches in terms of first-year players putting on shows. Most notably, Smith beats out the likes of Florida State's Jonathan Isaac, Texas' Jarrett Allen and Arizona's Lauri Markkanen. All of those guys put on multiple outstanding showings. But Smith lifted NC State to its first win at Duke in 22 years, and threw his name, definitively, once and for all, into the conversation for No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. His career-high 32 points, which officially put Duke into a tailspin, put the capper on my decision.
No. 2 Kansas at No. 18 West Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN): The big game of the night lost a little bit of its luster this week, as West Virginia not only dropped a home game to Oklahoma but followed that up with a loss at Kansas State. The Mountaineers have the nation’s most disruptive press, but it hasn’t been all that effective in recent weeks. In their last three games, West Virginia has committed more turnovers than they have forced. That’s not a good sign for a team that relies on the easy baskets they can get in transition to avoid having to rely on playing half court basketball, where they struggle. And here’s the thing about these Kansas Jayhawks: I’m not sure there is a worse matchup for