Onions! for January 14th
— Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins are good. Very, very good. In last night’s 77-70 win over 8th-ranked Iowa State, Embiid and Wiggins proved why they very well could go 1-2 in the NBA Draft in June. Wiggins put up a line of 17 points and 19 rebounds in what seemed like effortless fashion. And Embiid was the reason Kansas won the game (that and Iowa State shooting 31% from the field and 4-25 from 3). He absolutely dominated the paint on both the offensive and defensive ends, forcing Fred Hoiberg to call Embiid the best player in the country. Kansas is hitting their stride right now, which is scary for the Big 12 as well as the rest of the country. After all, the last time a team had players go 1-2 in the NBA Draft was 2012 Kentucky with Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and we all remember what happened in March that season (they won the whole shebang).
— Duke survived a scare last night against Virginia at home in Cameron Indoor winning 69-65. The Blue Devils were up 61-50 with just under 5 minutes to play and had to be saved by a Rasheed Sulaimon 3-pointer with 19 seconds to go that took one fortuitous bounce off the Cameron Indoor rims to take the lead by 2. They held on after Virginia had an awful possession to try to tie or take the lead. If Duke loses that game, they fall to 1-3 in the ACC and potentially out of the race already for the conference title. But they got the W, and still have hopes of fighting it out with Syracuse for the ACC Title.
— Speaking of Syracuse, they managed to hold off a valiant effort by an underachieving Boston College on Monday. The Orange were down 50-44 at the under-12 media timeout before storming back and finishing the game on a 25-9 run. They were led by Trevor Cooney’s 21 points and Jerami Grant’s 16 points off the bench (including his sweet putback dunk which you can see below). Every conference contender is going to have a game like this on the road where they are playing down to their competition and their opponent is putting up a solid fight. Syracuse overcame that and stayed undefeated.