December 14, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Dec. 14, 2021: Crown Jewel

Georgia Southern sets the second-highest win margin in DI history

It’s Tuesday, welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 36 of college basketball is here, following another Jewel Spear explosion, and it’s mid-major day!

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Watch List, Tuesday, Dec. 14



Good games

Buffalo @ Princeton, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin @ Portland, 10 p.m., WCC Network

Also watchable

UCF @ Seton Hall, 6 p.m., FloHoops

Sickos games

UIC @ Indiana State, 6 p.m., ESPN3

Pac-12 or Big Ten on national television (or national streaming)


Monday, Dec. 13 recap

RV* Oregon: 109-38 win over McNeese. Shot 60.5% from the field and 55.0% from three with a 63.3% offensive rebounding rate; assisted on 33 of its 46 buckets; notched 18 steals and 11 blocks. Allowed just 21.3% shooting and 16.1% from three while forcing 26 turnovers. Big Kylee Watson scored 21 points on 10-for-11 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks in 21 minutes; off-ball guard Sydney Parrish notched a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double on 8-for-14 FG (3-5 3pt.) with four offensive rebounds, six assists, and three steals against four turnovers; wing Maddie Scherr, playing point, went scoreless without taking a shot, but finished with eight assists and two steals against three turnovers in 21 minutes; point guard Ahlise Hurst tallied 18 points on 6-for-8 from three with six assists and two steals without a turnovers; center Phillipina Kyei had a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double on 5-for-10 FG with eight offensive rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks against four fouls in 18 bench minutes.

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Wake Forest: 90-58 win over East Tennessee State. Bigs Olivia Summiel, Niyah Becker, and Christina Morrow, off-ball guard Alexandria Scruggs, and combo guard Kaia Harrison did not play, for some reason. Shot 47.8% from the field and 48.1% from the three on 27 attempts form deep. Combo guard Jewel Spear scored a career-high 40 points on 14-for-25 from the field and 10-for-17 from three with three assists against two turnovers in 35 minutes; center Malaya Cowles — the No. 250 freshman in the country, per ASGR — made the first start of her career and first 15+-minute game of her career, finishing with 20 points on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting (1-1 3pt.) with 11 rebounds (seven offensive) for a double-double, plus two steals against two turnovers and four fouls in 31 minutes — all career-highs except for turnovers; wing Raegyn Conley — the consensus^ No. 107 freshman in the country — scored 14 points on 4-for-9 FG (2-3 3pt.) with four rebounds, two assists, and two turnovers in 28 minutes — career-highs in each.

The Daily Briefing Jewel Spear Scoring Watch: 40 points today; 22.3 points per game (100th percentile), 27.4% usage rate (92nd percentile); 30.6% of Wake Forest’s total scoring.

Georgia Southern: 133-15 win over NCCAA Carver College, the second-largest margin in history. (Savannah State beat Wesleyan 155-26 three years ago.) Went on a 54-0 run. Shot 60.2% from the field on 88(!) attempts and rebounding 62.9% of its own misses; allowed only 12.2% from the field, 11.1% from three, and 16.7% from the line; forced 49 turnovers on 28 steals; committed only six fouls. Eight Eagles scored in double-digits.

Arkansas State: Head coach Matt Daniel resigned. The Red Wolves are 4-6 this season.

*Receiving Votes
^Consensus rankings are drawn from an aggregation of ESPN, Blue Star, Prep Girls, ASGR, and Prospects Nation

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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