November 24, 2021 

Daily Briefing — Nov. 24, 2021: Jacy Sheldon sets career-high; UVA wins

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It’s Wednesday, please remember to buy a turkey before the market sells out. Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List and the Yesterday’s Recap, featuring Jacy Sheldon greatness! Day 16 of college basketball is here, although it’s really not much of a day at all.

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Watch List, Wednesday, Nov. 24



Good games

Stony Brook @ Columbia, 1 p.m., ESPN+

Also watchable


Sickos games


Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television (or national streaming)


Tuesday, Nov. 23 recap: Young Sheldon excels

#10 Louisville: 72-32 win over Cal Poly. The Cardinals have now allowed single-digits in 12 quarters across five games. Big Elizabeth Dixon scored a game-high 15 points on 7-9 shooting with five rebounds and no turnovers; wing Kianna Smith had 11 points on 4-12 from the field (3-6 3pt.), four assists, and three steals; combo guard Hailey Van Lith notched nine on 4-8 FG (0-4 3pt.), four rebounds, and three assists; big wing Emily Engstler had six points on 3-6 shooting (0-3 3pt.), nine rebounds, four steals, three blocks, seven turnovers, and three fouls in 19 minutes.

#21 Ohio State: 110-58 win over Bellarmine. Off-ball guard Jacy Sheldon scored a career-high 31 points on 12-15 from the field (3-5 3pt.) with three steals and no turnovers in 22 minutes; wing Taylor Mikesell had 18 points on 6-9 FG (4-6 3pt.); big Rebeka Mikulášiková notched 13 points on 6-9 shooting (1-2 3pt.) and six rebounds; big Tanaya Beacham scored a Buckeyes-career-high 12 points on 5-8 from the field with four rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

RV* Colorado: 70-47 win over Texas Southern. The Tigers scored four points in 13 minutes across the mid-third-to-late-fourth quarters. Buffalo combo forward Mya Hollingshead scored a game-high 20 points on 8-11 shooting (3pt.) with 10 rebounds on a double-double, plus two assists, three steals, and two blocks; point guard Kindyll Wetta — the No. 204 freshman in the country, by Blue Star — had 12 points on a perfect 6-6 FG off the bench, two assists, three steals, and two turnovers; wing Tayanna Jones notched a Buffaloes-career-high 12 bench points on 4-6 shooting and six rebounds (three offensive).

RV Michigan State: 66-63 loss to St. Francis (BKN). The Spartans entered around 85% favorites, per ESPN’s model, and had an 87.9% win expectancy with a three-point lead and 1:05 to go. They then allowed a layup, gave up a steal, and committed a foul while the Terriers were in the bonus, giving St. Francis a 64-63 lead. Michigan State then missed a layup and had to intentionally foul. The Spartans still had possession down three with 13 seconds, and missed a three, got the board, missed another three, got another board, and heard the buzzer sound. Congratulations to the Terriers on their first Power 5 win — ever — after losing their first seven such games by an average margin of 25.6 points.

CSU Northridge: 81-75 upset win over Fresno State. Big Tess Amundsen had 31 points on 10-17 from the field (4-7 3pt., 7-8 FT) with seven rebounds and no turnovers.

Virginia: 60-48 win over CSU Fullerton. They did it, guys! For the first time in 635 days, the Cavaliers won! Combo guard Amandine Toi led with 20 points on 6-14 FG (4-9 3pt.), five rebounds, three assists, and four turnovers.

St. Bonaventure, Niagara: Game cancelled due to COVID. It was not disclosed what tier of personnel tested positive or even within which program.

Blown Leads

South Alabama: 63-53 win over New Orleans. Peaked at a 95.1% win expectancy with a 14-point lead at 7:51 in the second quarter, then bottomed out at 28.9% when the Privateers led by six near the end of the third. The Jaguars went on a 17-3 run at that to retake the lead. Wing Jaylin Powell led South Alabama with a game-high 22 points on 7-13 shooting (4-8 3pt.), nine rebounds, and two steals.

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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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