College basketball’s opening weekend has provided another eyebrow-raising upset. The big-boy programs across the country are being humbled early and often, the latest example of it coming on Saturday afternoon in Washington.
Radford took Georgetown — a team we ranked as No. 28 in the country — to double overtime at the Verizon Center. And this wasn’t Radford struggling to keep pace. No, the Hoyas were the ones playing from behind, rallying to merely tie the game and get it to a first overtime.
Then, as the seconds washed away in the second OT, Radford opted not to call a timeout. And Rashun Davis, who had missed two foul shots on the Highlanders’ prevous possession, cashed the winning 3. From downtown!
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 14, 2015
Radford 82, Georgetown 80.
Davis finished with a game-high 28 points. Georgetown star D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was held scoreless in the first half but put up 15 by game’s end. This is a big blow to a Georgetown team that earned a No. 4 seed last season and was considered by many to be No. 2 in the Big East to Villanova entering 2015-16. That could still be the case, but even after seeing how a number of schools from power conferences dropped games at home to small-time programs on Friday night, the Hoyas were unable to look the part of venerable favorite on Saturday afternoon.
For Radford, it marks the second straight season the program has knocked off a school from a major conference. Last year, the Highlanders took out in-state foe Virginia Tech.
If you missed any of the other opening-weekend surprises in college hoops, here are the biggest upsets so far:
Western Illinois stunning Wisconsin.
UCLA drops overtime game at home to Monmouth.
NC State falls by 17 (!) points at home to William & Mary.
North Florida goes on the road and scores 93 points against Illinois.
Georgia, another victim of a home OT loss, couldn’t beat Chattanooga.
Belmont plays Marquette wire to wire, wins an entertaining opener.