Here’s today’s installment of “The Breakfast Buffet”, a daily column that can be found here every single morning getting you caught up to date on everything that’s happened from the day/night before and everything that’s going to happen in the next 24 hours.
Things To Sample
Xavier’s Souley Boum is playing like the Big East Player of the Year
He didn’t have his best game on Sunday against Marquette, but Boum did score six of the Musketeers’ final eight points and finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a four-point victory. Xavier is now 15-3 overall and in sole possession of first place in the Big East. None of this comes close to happening without the 6-3 Boum — a grad transfer from UTEP — who is separating himself as the best player in the conference. Through 18 games, Boum is averaging 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.9 assists while shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three-point range, and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. There’s a lot of season left, but Boum has separated himself from guys like Providence’s Bryce Hopkins and UConn’s Adama Sanogo in the Big East Player of the Year race.
K.J. Adams is making a case to be college basketball’s most improved player
The 6-7 forward appeared in 37 games last season for Kansas, but only tallied 38 points and 30 rebounds on the entire season. He’s now a major cog in the Jayhawks’ attack and had the game-winning basket on Saturday against Iowa State. Adams’ transformation is astounding, but not surprising considering the history of player development in Kansas’ program under Bill Self. Despite only standing 6-7, Adams has had a major role for this team as its starting center. He’s now averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while also doing plenty of things that don’t show up in the box score. Adams has reached double figures in 10 consecutive games.
Michigan State starts a big week against Purdue
After playing two straight games on the road, the Spartans are back in East Lansing to host the Boilers this afternoon at the Breslin Center. Michigan State (12-5) will also host Rutgers on Thursday night. Both games are pivotal in the Big Ten race as the Spartans trail Purdue (16-1) by just a single game. Any hope that Michigan State has to pull an upset today depends on how junior center Mady Sissoko (6.2 points, seven rebounds) performs against National Player of the Year favorite Zach Edey (21.3 points, 13.2 rebounds). This is the first of two meetings in the next two weeks between these two programs, who will also play on Jan. 29th at Mackey Arena.
On The Side
- Alabama (15-2) has won six straight games by double figures since losing to Gonzaga on Dec. 17th in Birmingham. The average margin of victory for the Crimson Tide during their current winning streak is 22.4 points.
- TCU’s Mike Miles had 11 assists in Saturday’s win over Kansas State. He previously never tallied more than seven assists in a game during his college career.
- Do you see a Final Four contender out of the Big Ten other than Purdue? I don’t either.
- UCLA is allowing an average of 56.9 points in Pac-12 play. The Bruins only allowed an average of 51.5 points in their two wins last week over Utah and Colorado.
- A seven seed or lower has advanced to eight of the last 10 Final Fours. Don’t be shocked if history repeats itself on April 1st in Houston.
Things To Sample
- Georgetown at Villanova
- Purdue at Michigan State
- William & Mary at Charleston
- Illinois at Minnesota
- Syracuse at Miami
- The Breakfast Buffet: Oscar Tshiebwe, Xavier/Creighton, Keyontae Johnson/Florida
- Midseason All-Americans for the 2022-23 season
- The Breakfast Buffet: Xavier begins its massive week at UConn, Jahvon Quinerly, Bryce Hopkins
- The Breakfast Buffet: Kansas State gets a crack at Hilton Coliseum, North Carolina/Syracuse, Trayce Jackson-Davis
- Episode 378 — Xavier’s Sean Miller