Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Thursday …
Both Providence and Rhode Island are going to be better in a couple months. But Thursday brought a terrific battle between the two sides, with Providence pulling out a 50-49 win after E.C. Matthews airballed a buzzer attempt. Kadeem Batts' free throw with 22.1 seconds left ended up being the winning point. Bryce Cotton led Providence with 15 points, while Gilvydas Biruta had 13 points and seven boards.
Needless to say, though, there's certainly a rivalry in the Ocean State. Heading into the final media timeout, head coach Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley were out on the court yelling at each other, each earning a technical foul. Both programs are on the rise, and I think we'll see more of this intensity in the coming years.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Missouri's perimeter group makes it a factor in the SEC.
Missouri has done well with transfers in the past, and Frank Haith hit the jackpot this season with Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson. He led the way on Thursday with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Tigers handled West Virginia, 80-71. It wasn't all Clarkson, though. Oregon transfer Jabari Brown went for 18 points and five rebounds, while former Auburn transfer Earnest Ross finished with 16 points and seven boards. Freshman Wes Clark came off the bench to dish out five assists in 21 minutes. Missouri might not have the inside play to be an SEC title threat, but the Tigers' guard group will ensure they're not an easy out in conference play.
Players with impact
- Freshman guard Reggie Dillard continued his stellar start for Presbyterian, going for 19 points, six boards and nine assists in a win over Montreat.
- Seventeen points and 16 boards for Seton Hall's Gene Teague. That will certainly get a note every time.
- Rider's Anthony Myles has now notched at least 23 points in three straight games, scoring 28 points against Monmouth on Thursday night.
-- It didn't end until 1:13 a.m. Eastern, but those who stayed up for it were rewarded. San Diego State escaped with a 65-64 win over San Diego, as the Aztecs pulled out their sixth win in a row. But it wasn't easy. San Diego stayed in the game early on with 3-pointers, and Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson combined for 43 points. The Toreros had chances to win it, too, turning it over with 17 seconds left and then missing an open 3 at the buzzer after forcing a jump-ball with 3.2 seconds left. For San Diego State, Josh Davis had 10 points and 14 boards for San Diego State, while Xavier Thames finished with 17.
-- Ole Miss dropped its first game of the season as Marshall Henderson shot just 4-for-18 from the field (2-for-13 from 3) in a 61-58 loss to Kansas State. Henderson also airballed the potential game-winning shot.
-- I said this morning that Eastern Kentucky at VCU was an under-the-radar matchup to watch. It lived up to the hype. The Rams eked out a 71-68 overtime win, holding Eastern Kentucky to just two points in the extra session.
-- Oklahoma's game was moved up a few hours due to weather concerns, but it didn't matter, as the Sooners cruised past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 78-56.
-- Boise State continued to roll to the best start in school history, moving to 8-0 after beating Carroll Montana.