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Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points as the No. 6 Cardinals beat the No. 16 Hoosiers 77-62 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He did it in an assortment of ways, finishing with four layups, a career-high four 3-pointers and six free throw attempts. He was so red-hot that Indiana at one point went to a box-and-one defense to try and stop him.
The Wildcats of 2016 answered every challenge. At the dawn of another year, the squad looks equally equipped.
Jalen Brunson's 27 points paced No. 1 Villanova to a victory over No. 10 Creighton.Eric Francis/Getty ImagesTop-ranked Villanova upped the defensive intensity after halftime en route to a cold-blooded 80-70 victory in front of 18,831, the third-largest crowd to attend a game here, spoiling plans in Omaha for a New Years Eve celebration.
The top game of this week, according to ESPN&rs pregame matchup quality metric, features BPI No. 9 Louisville and BPI No. 18 Notre Dame in South Bend on Wednesday night (9 p.m. ET, ACC Network). This is a matchup of strengths as Notre Dame ranks fifth in adjusted offensive efficiency and Louisville ranks second defensively. BPI expects this game to be a toss-up with the Cardinals favored by 0.1 points on the road.cheap jerseys online
But that was a rare occurrence. Every time Indiana tried to make a run, Mitchell held the Hoosiers off, including an eight-point outburst after Louisville's lead was cut to 50-44. Late in the game, Mitchell grabbed an offensive rebound, passed to a teammate and then smiled and clapped his hands. He even gave a backhanded low-five to a young fan on the sideline as play continued.cheap jerseys
The situation had gotten so bad that coach Rick Pitino kept his most explosive player out of the starting lineup for the first time all season. When Mitchell finally returned to the court, he was a different person.Cheap Jerseys
This is an effective formula (duh) against almost any opponent, but it's particularly well-suited to push back against Creighton's particular strengths. Which is to say: Saturday's game is entirely winnable, because Villanova is that good. That doesn't mean it isn't also a brutal top-10 road trip to a crazy environment, and one the Wildcats will have to take on with the specter of yet another -- Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse -- just a few days away.
In summary, college BPI is a forward-looking power rating designed to measure team strength and project performance going forward. In the simplest terms, BPI answers the question, If two teams met on a neutral court, which one would win, and by how many points?
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