Colorado leads weekend of upsets

Updated: January 10, 2011, 1:23 PM ET
By Dick Vitale |

Wow, last Saturday was upset city, baby! Early league action offered up surprise after surprise!

Let's take a look at some of the players who stepped up. They are known by the people who compete against them in the power conferences, but they don't get enough national attention.

[+] EnlargeColorado's Alec Burks
Ron Chenoy/US PRESSWIREColorado's Alec Burks scored 36 points and had eight rebounds in an upset of Missouri.
Start with Trey Thompkins of Georgia, who dominated against national power Kentucky. Thompkins scored 25 points as the Bulldogs won their ninth straight game. Mark Fox has done a very good job down in Athens and that win should open some eyes in SEC country.

Another unsung performer is Alec Burks of Colorado, who continues to impress many Big 12 coaches. Fans opening their Sunday newspapers saw what he is capable of, putting up 36 points in a big-time upset over top 10 Missouri. Burks was absolutely sensational! Tad Boyle is doing a good job resurrecting the program.

What about Penn State?! I am not talking about Joe Paterno, baby! The Nittany Lion hoopsters found a way to beat Michigan State. Tom Izzo has to be disappointed that his club has underachieved and not lived up to its expectations.

Elsewhere, Kansas State fell at Oklahoma State. Travis Ford's team is always tough at home.

Other upsets include Central Florida losing for the first time this season (going down at Houston) and Vanderbilt blowing a big lead at South Carolina and Georgetown falling to 1-3 in Big East play with a home loss to West Virginia.

The Hoyas are still a top 25 team, however, so fans in the nation's capital should relax.

In conference play, you find out who is for real. It could be a wacky conference season with many up-and-down battles.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to