This weekend was supposed to be all around conference title games in football. Florida-Alabama. USC-UCLA. Tim Tebow, Chase Daniel, Graham Harrell, Sam Bradford ... you get the idea. But the players on the court put on shows of their own -- some better than others. With Michigan and Ohio State pulling upsets over top 10-ranked squads, Stephen Curry turning in a LeBron-like (and LeBron-liked) performance and Gonzaga continuing to carry the West Coast on its back, NCAA hoops had its fair share of stars. Unfortunately, it also had a handful of duds. Here are this weekend's winners and losers thus far.
- Stephen Curry. While every city is pining for LeBron, Curry lured Mr. 2010 to Charlotte. There, the Davidson star dropped 44 against N.C. State.
- Jantel Lavender. Her three-point play with 21.6 seconds left led the No. 18 Lady Buckeyes past Nebraska 69-65. Lavender was fouled after nailing a right-handed hook. She knocked down her free throw to seal the win. Buckeyes came through all around today.
- Michigan. The Wolverines got their first win over Duke since 1997 thanks to DeShawn Sims' career-high 28 points and this little number by Manny Harris. Not bad for a team that didn't beat any ranked teams last year. Welcome to the Top 25, Michigan.
- Kemie Nkele. Her put-back was the winning bucket in UC Riverside's upset of No. 16 Vanderbilt. Nkele had 17 points and eight rebounds in the 50-47 victory.
- Gonzaga. Still undefeated after a 70-54 victory over Indiana. Jeremy Pargo had eight assists and 13 points, two of which came from this monster of a dunk. Continue to beware of ‘Zags.
- Nathan Walkup. The Texas A&M Aggie needed only one touch and 20 seconds to knock off Arizona.
- Duke. Sims and Harris weren't having any of Kyle Singler & Co., who beat the Wolverines three weeks ago.
- American University. The Eagles were only able to score 12 points in the first half against Georgetown.
- Indiana State. I'll give the Sycamores the benefit of the doubt in this one: they were simply overmatched. Even at their best, there's no way they could have handled Louisville, who dominated for a final score of 83-43. Aside from that, though, coach Kevin McKenna and his team do belong in this category for losing 23 out of their past 25 home games. And being 0-6 this season. And for committing 23 turnovers today. Twenty-three!
- Indiana. Frazzled before the end of the first half. Worn down. In foul trouble. Four straight turnovers to start the second half. All signs of a poor performance. And a blowout.
- Notre Dame. Wow, rough day for the state of Indiana. Not only did its teams that were projected to lose live up to expectations, but even the star of the region, the No. 7 ranked Fighting Irish, tanked. Scary to think what Ohio State would have done to them had Luke Harangody not returned.