|No Gorgui Dieng (in cast) meant the Cards weren't able to have all their D on display against Duke. (US Presswire)|
No doubt, college football ruled the roost for most of Friday and Saturday. But hoop had its moments as well, so we're glad you're here to check up on anything you might've missed or wanted to relive. Here are the important things you need to know from the 88 games played Saturday ...
Game of the Night: "Both teams are exhausted," Mike Krzyzewski said after Duke won the Battle 4 Atlantis 76-71 against Louisville.
Before we go any further, props to KP for this tweet. I am jealous I didn't think of it first.
If you don't get fired up for two teams battling for a mythical underwater city, you do not have a pulse.— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) November 25, 2012
What a battle in the ballroom it was. Duke and Louisville capped off the sport's best November tournament with a very entertaining championship game down in the Bahamas. It was the first coaching matchup between Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski since that random game in '92 you might've heard about. Again, Coach K got the best of Pitino, but even better: Christian Laettner was nowhere near this game this time.
Goodman's going to be chiming in on Duke before he hits the pillow tonight, so I'll leave the Blue Devil talk to him, except to remind you that I was the only one of us here at CBSSports.com who picked Duke to win the ACC.
As for Louisville, it remains an enjoyable team but one that's tough to watch in spurts when it can't make foul shots in addition to the general lack of offensive sexiness. The Cards lost the foul-line battle 23-9, and overall, left me still with the nagging feeling that this isn't a top-five team.
Game of the Night No. 2: Missouri had a nice run of things against VCU.
The Tigers beat the Rams 68-65 in the game that was fun, but maybe not as chaotic as I would've expected. That's credit to Mizzou PG Flip Pressey and the coaching of Shaka Smart, who nearly had VCU rip one from my pick to win the national title. Missouri continues to look nice, a team with promise, a team without its second-best player. (More on that below.)
I originally thought Saint Louis would win the A-10. I suppose I still do. But it's getting harder not to figure how VCU doesn't grip it away. We're approaching that point -- give it another two weeks -- where we can really assess what teams are and where the limits and potential lie.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Baylor going Baylor this early?
Hey, College of Charleston's a solid mid, but Baylor's got four times the talent. The Bears, an 18-point favorite, fell 63-59 to the Cougars. If you've yet to see Baylor this year, it could be the best off-the-bus team Scott Drew's had, meaning they rock a mean warm-up look. Yet gacking away one to Charleston at the Charleston Classic is a warning flare. Bears could be bobbing in and out of the polls all season.
That's a good win: Minnesota edged past Stanford in a Battle 4 Atlantis game you probably didn't see.
The Gophers managed a 66-63 W over Stanford and leave the warm Bahamian air for that Minnesota tundra with two good wins in the past three days. It lost to Duke, but also beat Memphis. The way it got the win was fortuitous, too. Stanford's Chasson Randle committed the most unfortunate of fouls on Andre Hollins with .4 seconds to go. He sank all three. Good night.
But that's a bad loss: 73-55 was how Washington lost to Colorado State.
The Huskies are most definitely not making the NCAAs this year. Colorado State is a good club, no question, but who thought UW would be this undermanned? Only the fans around the program who could see the writing on the wall. Lorenzo Romar's exit could be coming by next spring. Just feeling like all the avenues have been explored there.
Players with impact
It's a shame Washington lost because it wasted a career-best 28 points from C.J Wilcox, the team's ultimate player when it comes to necessity for victory.
We can give love to the losers. Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson put up 30 in his fifth game. He's only the fourth ASU frosh to accomplish that, and the youngest one at that.
Isaiah Canaan had himself a nice Saturday night, throwing in 30 against Old Dominion. Murray State won at home, 79-72, against the Monarchs.
Numbers to figure:
- 17: There were 17 teams who failed to score 50 points in a college basketball game on Saturday, and nearly that many more just hit 50, or 51, or 52, or 53. A couple teams needed overtime to barely cross the threshold. Vomit. College basketball has a serious offensive problem. It may be time to legislate the game the way the NFL has, in order to allow more offense. The worst of it from Saturday: Wagner's 38-36 win against North Carolina Central and the 39-38 final of Savannah State's win over Western Illinois.
Other outcomes of note:
- Arkansas drops two in a row after 77-70 loss to Wisconsin out in Vegas. Hogs might take a bit to really show who they are. Wisconsin's no easy matchup, and this went about as it should have, but you could say UW getting to 77 against Arkansas shows some lizard-like ability to adapt. Razorbacks wanted to go and the Badgers oblibed -- and won.
- Memphis got a blue-collar 52-47 over Northern Iowa. UNI probably killed off its chances at an at-large. I think it needed to get out of the Bahamas with at least one good W, but fell to Louisville and Stanford along the way. Wins over UNLV and Iowa are now mandatory, barring a two-loss season in the Valley.
- Ohio just blitzed Richmond, 73-48. Spiders aren't that hampered. What's up? Bobcats still undefeated at 5-0.
- Northwestern over Illinois State, 72-69. That's a good win for the NU, and I'm sure Illinois State's gripping over the loss. It's got the talent to match the Wildcats, but maybe not the discipline just yet.
-- Related to the offensive-woe laments from above, it seems zebras are now decreeing fundamental low-post moves out of the game. Check out how Greg Echenique fouled out of Creighton's 87-73 win over the Sun Devils.
-- As you probably heard, Louisville didn't have Gorgui Dieng due to a wrist injury from Friday night's Missouri game. It's not clear if the injury is a sprain or break. Dieng did play after he fell on the wrist against Mizzou, so we'll see.
-- As for Missouri, the Michael Dixon stuff is reaching a point where it could enter the mainstream headline fray. His former teammate is aggressively pressuring the school to do the right thing, as his suspension case seems about one more story away from becoming blatantly transparent.
-- BYU fans were so excited about Jabari Parker coming to town for the BYU-Cal State Northridge game, they printed 6,300 shirts. Except that's a violation. So we'll see how the school gets dinged, I guess. It won't be anything huge. (And why that boring of an opponent to see BYU? I suppose the holiday weekend afforded it.)
-- Durand Scott's back from suspension, and good for that, because Miami won 77-62 over Detroit, a team I thought could flirt with an at-large but no more. They'll have to win the Horizon.
-- How about this factoid? Not surprising, though.
The last time Duke lost an in-season tournament game: Nov. 21, 2006 against Marquette in the CBE Classic title game.— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) November 25, 2012
-- We got a nice game between two mid-majors who should be top-three or better in their leagues. Marshall beat Nevada, 89-82. Marshall is my enigma, I think. A riddle wrapped in a cannoli, even.
-- Start giving Cincinnati a lot of your college basketball attention. Bearcats are now 6-0 after they held off a surging Oregon team, 77-66.