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Night Court: Brawl, upsets and no Sully

Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:48 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 9:47 am

By Jeff Goodman

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

Game of the day: Indiana blew a 10-point second-half lead and it looked as though top-ranked Kentucky was going to escape with a victory in Bloomington -- until Hoosiers talented forward Christian Watford drilled a 3-pointer as time expired to give IU its biggest win in the Tom Crean Era. This one was riveting from the get-go and could wind up being a defining victory for a program that has worked its way out of the gutter. 

Game of the Day for all the wrong reasons: The latest edition of the Crosstown Shootout was unforgettable. Xavier exacted a measure of revenge on the court with a 23-point drubbing over Cincinnati, but it was the fracas that ended the game with nine seconds left that made this one a lasting memory. It began with trash-talking between Xavier's Tu Holloway and Ge'Lawn Guyn, but included several haymakers - one delivered by Bearcats senior Yancy Gates to fellow heavyweight Kenny Frease that left the Musketeers big man with blood gushing under his eye. This ugly scene completed overshadowed a terrific showing by a Xavier team that is currently ranked eighth in the nation. 

Win to brag about: Phil Martelli and his St. Joe's program have struggled the last couple years, winning a total of 22 times the last two seasons. It had been nearly three years since the Hawks had knocked off a Top 25 team, but St. Joe's handed an undefeated and ranked Creighton team its first loss of the season on Saturday. Junior guard Carl Jones scored 29 points in the 80-71 victory. 

Loss to hide from: Tennessee didn't just blow an 11-point lead, but they did it against an Austin Peay team that began the season with nine consecutive losses. The Vols, under new coach Cuonzo Martin, fell to 3-5 overall after watching Austin Peay score the final eight points of the game at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Tyshawn Taylor - Kansas' senior guard, playing with a torn MCL that will require surgery on Sunday that is expected to put him on the shelf for the next couple weeks, logged 35 minutes, finished with nine points and 13 assists in the Jayhawks win over Ohio State. Sure, the Buckeyes didn't have Jared Sullinger. However, it doesn't take away from the gutsy effort put forth by Taylor. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Terrence Jones - He's still an enigma and yet another exhibit of how he hasn't yet changed came against Indiana when he finished with just four points and one rebound - and sat on the bench for the final minutes of the loss to the Hoosiers. One day Jones can look like the best player in America - and the next he can appear lazy and disinterested. 

Numbers don’t lie:

500: That's the number of career victories that Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus has after his Billikens defeated Illinois-Springfield, 72-62. 

1-0: That's UCLA's record in the post-Reeves Nelson Era. The Bruins defeated Penn, 77-73. Lazeric Jones scored 21 points in the win. 

38%: That's Mason Plumlee's free throw percentage after going 2-for-11 from the charity stripe in Duke's win over Washington.

43: That's how many points IUPUI's Alex Young put up tonight in a 84-76 win over Western Kentucky. The 6-foot-6 wing's previous career-high was 32.  

0: That was the number of field goal attempts Wisconsin All-American candidate Jordan Taylor made in 10 attempts. The Badgers somehow still managed to beat UNLV, 62-51. 

21 & 19: That was the final line for Delaware junior big man Jamelle Hagins on Saturday

Six Other notable results:

North Carolina edged Long Beach State, 84-78, in Chapel Hill. John Henson had 24 points and 10 boards, Harrison Barnes finished with 20 points and Kendall Marshall dished out 16 assists. Casper Ware had 29 for Long Beach State. 

Butler fell to 4-6 after losing to Ball State in Muncie. Khyle Marshall had 21 for the Bulldogs, but no one else for Brad Stevens' team was in double-figures. 

Syracuse had no issues with George Washington as the Orange rolled to a 85-50 victory, meaning that Jim Boeheim - in the midst of all the off-the-court issues involving his former assistant coach Bernie Fine - will likely assume the No. 1 spot when the polls are released on Monday. 

Kansas got a much-needed win over Ohio State in Lawrence, 78-67. The Jayhawks needed it because the Jared Sullinger (back spasms) wasn't on the court for Thad Matta's team. 

Temple, despite being without starting big man Micheal Eric, got the better of Villanova in a Big 5 matchup. Ramone Moore exploded for 32 for the Owls (6-2). Jay Wright's team fell to 5-4. 

Michigan State, led by 34 points from Draymond Green, got an impressive road win at the Kennel against Gonzaga.  


Ohio State's Player of the Year candidate Jared Sullinger sat out the game at Kansas and a much-anticipated matchup with Jayhawks big man Thomas Robinson due to back spasms. 

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor played in the win against Ohio State with a torn MCL. Taylor is set to have surgery on Sunday and is expected to miss a couple weeks. 

Arizona freshman guard Josiah Turner returned from a one-game suspension and played 17 minutes in a win over Clemson. Turner had six points, six rebounds, five turnovers and one assist. 

Marcus Jordan, Michael's son, was suspended for Central Florida's two-point win over Bethune-Cookman. 

Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper finished with a triple-double (14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds) in a win at Portland late Saturday night.  

Northern Arizona defeated Cal State Bakersfield in the Lumberjacks first game following the sudden resignation of coach Mike Adras. Dave Brown, 70, took the reigns on an interim basis. 

Texas A&M's top scorer, Khris Middleton, returned after missing the last seven games with a knee injury and finished with 24 points.  

On tap: 

It's a fairly lackluster Sunday. Here are the top three games: 

1) Murray State at Memphis, 6 p.m. ET - The Racers have one of the nation's underrated point guards in Isaiah Canaan and could pull off the upset. 

2) Iona at Marshall, 2:30 p.m. ET - Two of the nation's top mid-major teams this season. 

3) Detroit at Alabama, 6 p.m. ET - Ray McCallum Jr., (aka Little Ray) goes up against an athletic Crimson Tide squad that will likely fall out of the Top 25 after a loss earlier this week. 

Photo: AP


Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:06 pm

Night Court: Brawl, upsets and no Sully

You talk about Jordan Taylor not making any field goals, yet you fail to mention that Ben Brust went 7-7 from 3 point range?  Come on, you're better than this.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:48 pm

Night Court: Brawl, upsets and no Sully

Congratulations Kansas.  The Jayhawks looked very good.   Those saying OSu def. wins with Sully, well I don't know.  It is probably closer, but KU may still win.  Tough situation because both fanbases are ticked off.  OSU is hurt by the loss and frustrated the star didn't play, and Kansas is ticked that people will downplay the win.  they will feel like people are making excuses to discount it.  The things that stood out to me were:  how good KU's bigs are, how well Thomas is playing for OSU.  We need another score beside sully, buford and craft. we need a complete.   the future loooks very bright for both programs.  Hopefully we meet again in the final four.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:16 am

Night Court: Brawl, upsets and no Sully

You sound upset

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:46 pm

Night Court: Brawl, upsets and no Sully


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