The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a season it has been already. Night in and night out, any team is truly capable of knocking off anyone, making the season that much more exciting. Upsets have been aplenty this season, and more are bound to come over the course of the 2015-16 season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. They could be freshmen or experienced seniors, and they could come from the smallest mid-major programs or the top teams in the country. Each night, there are big performances that are critical for their respective teams.
Here are the top three individual performances for Wednesday, November 25th!
The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Thursday was the day that some of the early-season tournaments began. Thursday had a ton of great games to watch and satisfy your craving for basketball action, and some upsets were sprinkled amongst the games during the day.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Thursday of the year brought exciting finishes, upset losses, overtime thrillers, and its fair share of big performances as some teams were still looking for their first win of the campaign.
The Northwestern State Demons are home to the top scoring guard duo in the NCAA, in Jalan West and Zeek Woodley. Combined, the two averaged over 42 points per game a season ago.
On Monday night, Jalan West was on the sidelines, recovering from an injury sustained in the Demons’ season opener against Ole Miss. They were taking on LSU-Alexandria, a team from the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) in the NAIA, so on paper it was a good game to sit out and recover.
The Generals took advantage of West’s absence, and brought their A-game in the process.
The date was November 22nd, 2014, and the game was one that didn’t garner much attention on paper leading up to the game.
Inside Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN, the Indiana Hoosiers were set to take on the Lamar Cardinals in what was expected to be a laugher. Laughter was the farthest thing from what Hoosier fans did, and the Lamar Cardinals caught the eye of seemingly everyone for the night being, including us.
Now, the final score was 85 – 72 in favour of the Hoosiers, but the contest was a lot closer than the 13-point differential in the box score. Lamar played the Hoosiers tough, and looked like they could pull off arguably their biggest win in school history.
While the win over Indiana wasn’t in the cards, Lamar scored some big wins in conference play in 2014-15, thanks in large part to a talented roster led by Tyran de Lattibeaudiere and the play of some of their younger players
. In 2015-16, things may get even better for Tic Price and the Cardinals, as they have talented and experienced players back to show that last year’s strong season was indeed no fluke.