Thursday was not a kind night for the mid-majors. For the Power 5 outside of the ACC and Big Ten, this week featured some tune up games.
As for Thursday, undefeated Gonzaga (7-0) thumped completely defeated Mississippi Valley State (0-9), 97-63. You can see a full recap from that game over on The Slipper Still Fits.
Columbia fell to Seton Hall, 95-71, but Lions freshman Mike Smith had the best game of his young career, notching 23-points to lead all scorers.
Sherron Dorsey-Walker shines
Oakland senior Sherron Dorsey-Walker scored a season-high 27-points in the Grizzlies’ 92-64 win over Oral Roberts. Dorsey-Walker is in his second year with Oakland after transferring from Iowa St.
Oakland is off to a fast 7-1 start with that one loss coming to Nevada by just four points. The Grizzlies should be in the conversation for the Horizon League’s bid to the NCAA Tournament come year’s end, especially if Dorsey-Walker continues to have performances like the one he had Thursday.
SEC snags wins at the expense of little guys
The SEC had four teams in action Thursday night, three of them playing mid-majors. None of those mid-majors came close to pulling off upsets.
- Stephen F. Austin tried to hang around with Arkansas but ultimately the Hogs pulled away, 78-62.
- Florida was up 45-25 over North Florida by halftime and wound up winning, 91-60.
- Vermont managed just 18 points in the entire second half in a 68-50 loss to South Carolina.
Montana State is enjoying some offense
I also wanted to make sure to give a shout out to the Montana State Bobcats, who score a lot of points.
The Bobcats fell to 5-3 on Thursday with a 92-84 loss to Utah. It was the sixth of their eight games in which they’ve scored at least 80. MSU has scored over 90 in three games already this year.
If last year was any indication, this will be a fun squad. In one game last season, the Bobcats drained 25 three-pointers in a 101-58 beat down of Northern Arizona.
Montana State is led in scoring by Tyler Hall, who is averaging 22.7 points per game.
The Bobcats averaged 25.7 three-point attempts per game last year and they’re slightly ahead of that mark so far this year, at 26 attempts per game. So, hey, who’s worried about a shot clock?