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Florida State, USC and Oklahoma All Upset on College Basketball’s Wild Opening Night

College basketball is back in a big way as fans were able to enjoy a trio of big surprises on the sport’s opening night. Sam Houston State used a furious rally to take down Oklahoma, Stetson shocked Florida State on his court with an 83-74 victory, and Florida’s Gulf Coast pulled out in the second half to surprise USC 74-61.

Sam Houston State got 17 points, including five 3-pointers from sophomore Lamar Wilkerson to get his unlikely win. Wilkerson’s biggest points came in the final seconds of the game on a buzzer that lifted the 17-point underdog and future U.S. Conference member Bearkats to a 1-0 record over a Porter Mosier team that many chose to play in the NCAA this year.

Sam Houston State got 17 points, including five 3-pointers from sophomore Lamar Wilkerson to get his unlikely win. Wilkerson’s biggest points came in the final seconds of the game on a buzzer that lifted the 17-point underdog and future U.S. Conference member Bearkats to a 1-0 record over a Porter Mosier team that many chose to play in the NCAA this year.

Against the State of Florida, Guard Stetson Lucas Brown came off the bench and hit 7 of 11 3-point shots, scoring 27 points as the Hatters took a 19.5-point underdog win. This marked the Hatters’ first victory over the Seminoles since the 1970s and perhaps indicates trouble ahead for a Florida State team that played short but also failed on some of Leonard Hamilton’s non-negotiable points, being overtaken and allowing Stetson to build an 18-point mark. lead by one point when the Hatters hit 14 3-pointers on the night.

On the West Coast, FGCU’s Chase Johnson was busy scoring 20 points at USC and keeping the Trojans on his heels for most of the second half to cause Eagles coach Pat Chambers’ first-game surprise on the sideline. The game was tied at 22-22, with just over five minutes remaining in the first half, before the visitors took control and emphatically calmed the USC crowd.

As if that action wasn’t enough for fans, they were almost treated to a twist of even more epic proportions as the TCU got enough offense to bounce back and put off a feisty Arkansas Pine-Bluff. The Horned Frogs entered the game in 15th place in the country and a loss in this contest would have marked one of the least expected results in recent college basketball memory. TCU trailed 46-35 at halftime and by double digits for much of the contest.

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With so much action already going on, there’s no doubt that fans are counting down the days until the next match on Thursday.

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