|Chaminade's DeAndre Haskins, center, celebrates with teammates after the big win over Texas in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP)|
The Maui Invitational always delivers, and it got off to a great start Monday. So here's everything you need to know from college basketball in Hawaii and beyond ...
Game of the Night: Butler wastes no time giving Maui 2012 its indelible moment.
Rotnei Clarke did this and in doing so a few things happened.
A) It's Maui, which has created so many great moments in the past 20 years, and we just got another one. This tournament is chock-full of nostalgia + new experiences. It always delivers. Always.
B) Clarke is considered one of the best shooters in the country, but he was actually having a bad shooting night. Then this shot -- which looks like something we all took by ourselves, in our driveways or on our bedroom hoops when we were kids, counting down a game-winner of an imaginary game in our head -- falls in. A total miracle. But of course Clarke is the one to sink it.
C) It's Butler. Again, of course. Butler.
It was a really entertaining game, if not ugly in play at times. But the second half had a great feel, and even without Clarke's prayer to end it, this would have made the lead-off spot on tonight's Night Court. Feast Week is here and we've all been starving for this.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Georgetown spoils the Shabazz Muhammad coming-out party.
We've already got two stories up on this you should read to get a clearer vibe on what happened in Brooklyn Monday night. Here's Borzello from the Georgetown angle and here's Parrish on UCLA's end. The Hoyas won 78-70.
I think we can keep the UCLA talk with Parrish's column for now. I think Georgetown deserves some serious credit for playing as well as it did. I pegged Otto Porter for Big East Player of the Year in the preseason because I wasn't sure how much help he'd get this season. Check the players of impact section below to see how wrong I was.
That's a good win: With Majerus on their mind, the Billikens dismember Texas A&M.
Rick Majerus was forced to permanently leave the Saint Louis job on Friday due to ongoing health problems, specifically with his heart. It's a tender situation, a worrisome one, and we don't know how long it will take for Majerus to get himself going again.
With that in mind, I was curious to see how his former team would respond against a solid opponent Monday night in Texas A&M. How's 70-49 sound? The Bills have a good chance to race at the top of the A10, but I didn't think they could be this good, even if A&M is going to be a sub-par team this season. Dwayne Evans led the team with 21 points.
But that's a bad loss: The Silverswords slice up Texas.
D-II Chaminade, which hosts the Maui Invitational, got into the winner's bracket for the first time since 2003 with its 86-73 win over Texas. Yeah, you read that right. This wasn't a good game. It wasn't thrilling. It didn't provide the intensity of Butler over Marquette. The Longhorns didn't take the Silverswords (love that moniker forever) seriously and so they slip into the loser's bracket.
Texas has issues. It didn't have starting point guard Myck Kabongo, but that's no excuse. And when you think it can't get worse for Rick Barnes, you see this.
FUN FACT OF THE NIGHT: Rick Barnes was the Providence head coach in 1991-92 when the Friars lost to Chaminade in the first rd of the Maui.— David Harten (@David_Harten) November 20, 2012
When you see Chaminade get the win, you might think it's only the third or fourth time it's achieved a W in the Maui Invitational. Not the case. See the number below, but also know this was the 30th anniversary of the team's win over Virginia, top-ranked Virginia, in 1982. That wasn't in the MI, but the game still has impact today. Really cool for the program to get a W on the anniversary after getting shut out in 2007 at the 25-year.
Players with impact
Chaminade's DeAndre Haskins gets first mention here. He had 32 points, was 14-of-15 from the line and snared nine rebounds. So impressive. He and his team looked like an upper-echelon CAA club Monday night.
Markel Starks and Otto Porter balled out big time for G'town against UCLA. Starks had a career-high 23; Porter had 18. Porter added 11 boards and five assists, TOO. Starks was shifty and the most-fun player to watch on the floor. I'm now extraordinarily excited to see Georgetown go to work if it's going to have Starks giving the kind of energy to the team we saw Monday.
We haven't gotten to Indiana yet, but Cody Zeller didn't have a big game in a sloppy performance by IU. However, Victor Oladipo put up 15 points and eight boards, starting a trend I think we'll see a lot of this season: the Hoosiers switching up who is the star night in and night out.
Numbers to figure:
- Chaminade is 7-76 all-time in the tournament they host.
- Four x 20: Jordan Adams of UCLA has had 20 or more points in every UCLA game this season. Oh, yeah, he's one of the other freshmen on the team. He put up 22 against the Hoyas.
- Just 12 of Shabazz Napier's 81 points from the past week came in the first half. (H/T, Kevin Duffy.)
- 15: Carolina sunk 15 treys against Mississippi State, the fourth-most in a game in school history.
Other outcomes of note:
- We almost had two D-II teams win Monday night. Cleveland State edged out Alabama Huntsville, 71-69.
- New Mexico got a nice 66-60 over UConn in the final of the Paradise Jam. The Lobos are 4-0 and a team that the computers loved in the preseason. UConn's 4-1 and has nothing to feel bad about right now, even if it took extra time to knock off Quinnipiac Sunday night.
- As noted above, UNC went deep often against Mississippi State, and that was another Maui game. MSU's going to have a long year, but a 95-49 loss to North Carolina can't be encouraging in any way.
- Iona led Illinois-Chicago by 12 points with six minutes to go and wound up losing, 86-81.
- Indiana had a "tight" 66-53 win over Georgia. That wasn't the news, though. This is
Crean isn't shy: "[Hulls] is an NBA guard," "Georgia will win 22-25 games," "Williams is the best offensive rebounder in college basketball"— Josh and Mike (@bigtengeeks) November 20, 2012
-- Bad break for Drexel, as it lost its leading scorer Monday.
-- You think you're all caught up on realignment? Think again. The Mountain West has schools turning around on its nuptials with other leagues to come back home.
-- Only in Brooklyn could you wear shinguards while playing basketball and fit in.
-- Washington State's probably in for a very long year. Wazzu lost its point guard, Reggie Moore, to another violation of team rules prior to the start of the season. Tonight the Cougs got thwomped by Kansas, 78-41.
-- Long Beach State's got another year with a tough non-con schedule, and it's wearing already. LBSU fell at Arizona 94-72, dropping to 1-3 in the process.