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Night Court: Cincinnati took a bad loss

Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:06 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Kent Bazemore got 23 points and nine rebounds while leading Old Dominion to a 68-66 overtime victory over USF in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament that extended the Monarchs' winning streak to three games. Next up is a showdown with Kentucky. So that winning streak will probably peak at three.

Win to brag about: It's a down year for Butler (or at least a down November), but No. 8 Louisville's 69-53 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse was still big because folks just don't go into that building and beat Brad Stevens too often. "I did get a little concerned when I read the game notes and saw he was 57-5 [in home games] since taking over as head coach," said Cards coach Rick Pitino, who dropped Stevens' record in home games to 57-6.

Loss to hide from: Cincinnati entered this season ranked for the first time since the Bob Huggins era. That's good. But the No. 20 Bearcats will enter next weekend unranked after a 56-54 loss to Presybyterian. That's bad. Really, really bad. Because Cincinnati actually led by 15 with less than eight minutes left, then absolutely collapsed down the stretch despite playing a Presbyterian team that spent last Saturday losing to Duke by 41 points.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Kentucky sophomore Doron Lamb made six of his first eight shots and had 17 points at the half -- which was two more than Penn State's entire team through 20 minutes -- in an eventual 85-47 win for the No. 2 Wildcats. Lamb finished with 26 points in 28 minutes. He made all seven of his free throw attempts and half of his six 3-point attempts.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Let's just go with whichever Cincinnati player was in charge of guarding Khalid Mutakabbir. That's the dude who hit the go-ahead jumper for Presbyterian and finished with 25 points on an 11-of-15 shooting effort.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • Gonzaga's Robert Sacre is the rare big man who can make free throws. He hit 8-of-10 free throw attemps in the 22nd-ranked Zags' 73-54 win over Hawaii. He's now shooting 85.4 percent from the line this season.

Three other notable results:

  1. Cal Poly snapped a nine-game losing streak to Pac-12 schools with a 42-36 win over Southern California. David Hanson led the Mustangs with 12 points.
  2. Syracuse played its first game since molestation allegations were made public against assistant Bernie Fine. The fifth-ranked Orange beat Colgate 92-47.
  3. Josh Gasser scored 16 points to lead No. 14 Wisconsin to a 69-33 win over Wofford.
Notes:
  • My colleague Jeff Goodman talked to a few NBA scouts earlier this week who insisted nobody but Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis should be the No. 1 pick in next June's NBA Draft. Now John Calipari is publicly on board -- even after Davis scored just three points in the Wildcats' win over Penn State. "Anthony Davis' line -- six rebounds, three points and three blocks, and, it ain't close, he's the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft," Calipari said. "It doesn't matter."
  • John Jenkins missed Tuesday's game against Bucknell with a bad ankle but returned Saturday and helped lead No. 18 Vanderbilt to a 86-79 win over North Carolina State. Jenkins finished with 28 points. He was 10-of-16 from the field.

On tap: No. 1 North Carolina vs. Mississippi Valley State, No. 2 Kentucky vs. Old Dominion and No. 4 Connecticut vs. Coppin State are all Sunday afternoon afternoon games, but the best matchup comes at night. That's No. 16 Alabama vs. Purdue in the finals of the Puerto Rick Tip-Off. It tips at 7:30 ET.

Category: NCAAB
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