December 5, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Dec. 5, 2021: UConn-Notre Dame, Texas-Texas A&M rivalries renew

Baylor survives an upset scare from Mizzou

Happy Sunday, and welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 27 of college basketball is here, with a long schedule headlined by a couple of big historic rivalries.

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Watch List, Sunday, Dec. 5


#24 Notre Dame @ UConn, Noon, FS1

#15 Texas @ #17 Texas A&M, 4 p.m., SEC Network

Good games

Princeton @ Fordham, 1 p.m., ESPN+

#11 Tennessee @ RV* Virginia Tech, 2 p.m., ACC Network

Michigan State @ Iowa, 4 p.m., BTN

Also watchable

Belmont @ Louisville, Noon, ACC Network

Georgia Tech @ #20 Georgia, Noon, SEC Network

Sickos games

Florida @ TCU, 2 p.m., ESPN+

Virginia @ George Washington, 2 p.m., ESPN+

Vanderbilt @ Kansas, 3 p.m., ESPN+

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

See Good games

Saturday, Dec. 4 recap

#5 Baylor: 70-68 win over Missouri. Led by 11 in the early third quarter, with a 95% win expectancy, then got outscored 31-17 over the next 11 minutes. Missed 14 free-throws and got outrebounded by three. Big NaLyssa Smith had a double-double on game-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds, on 9-for-13 from the field and 7-for-10 from the line with three assists; point guard Jordan Lewis, off-ball guard Ja’Mee Asberry, and center Queen Egbo combined to shoot 6-for-25 from the field, with Asberry and Egbo adding three turnovers and fouls each, and Lewis tallying seven assists. Big wing Aijha Blackwell led Missouri with 20 points on 8-for-14 from the field (1-5 3pt.) and 16 rebounds for a double-double, against three turnovers while fouling out with almost four minutes left; point guard Haley Troup scored 16 on 6-for-14 shooting (2-5 3pt.) with six assists.

The Daily Briefing Baylor 3-Point Shooting Watch: 4-for-16, 25.0% today; 56-for-181, 30.9% for the season (56th percentile, per Her Hoop Stats).

#18 Oregon: 62-59 win over Portland. Off-ball guard Sydney Parrish scored a game-high 26 points on 10-for-14 from the field and 5-for-8 from three with five assists, all career-highs, against four fouls; center Sedona Prince had 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting (6-8 FT), eight rebounds, and two blocks in 27 minutes; everyone else combined for 14 points on 23.1% from the field and 1-for-9 from three.

RV Oklahoma: 94-63 win over Mississippi State. Shot 50.8% from the field, 40.0% from three, and 85.7% from the line, combo guard Taylor Robertson scored a game-high 22 points on 6-for-13 from three (2-for-3 from two) without a turnover; wing Madi Williams notched a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double on 5-for-7 shooting with two steals; off-ball guard Ana Llanusa had 21 points on 7-for-15 from the field and 3-for-9 from three, three rebounds, and four steals against three turnovers.

South Dakota: 71-59 win over Wichita State. Center Hannah Sjerven had a career-high 35 points on 11-for-17 from the field and 12-for-15 from the line (1-2 3pt.), seven rebounds (four offensive), and two steals in 32 minutes.

Wake Forest: 90-61 win over Troy, 13 points better against the Trojans than Duke was because basketball is weird. Combo guard Jewel Spear scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting and a season-high six threes on nine attempts, plus a season-high seven rebounds.

Ohio: 98-89 win over Richmond. Point guard Erica Johnson scored a season-high 32 points on 7-for-20 from the field, 3-for-8 from three, and 15-for-16 from the line, with five rebounds and seven assists. The Bulldogs were led by combo guard Anastasia Hayes’ 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting (3-7 3pt.), seven rebounds, and six turnovers.

North Florida: 53-51 loss to Florida International. Center Jazz Bond just missed a triple-double, with 30 points on 11-for-17 from the field (3-5 3pt.), nine rebounds, and a career-high-tying eight blocks.

UIC Flames: 68-64 overtime win over Detroit Mercy. Wing Jaida McCloud scored a career-high 30 points on 8-for-13 shooting and career-highs of 14-for-17 from the line, plus five rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a career-high three blocks against four fouls in 41 minutes.

South Dakota State: 59-50 loss to Northern Iowa. Big wing Myah Selland did not play after having her shoulder injury in her season debut, last Saturday’s win over UCLA.

Abilene Christian: 97-71 win over Nicholls. Outscored the Colonels 34-5 in the first quarter. Yeah.

Blown Leads

Yale: 52-49 loss to St. Joseph’s. Had a 94.1% win expectancy with less than three minutes left and possession. Then went 0-for-3 from the field and two-for-four from the line while committing three turnovers and a foul.

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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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