Tag:Night Court
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:51 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:04 am

Night Court: No Bernie Fine mentions here

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the day:  Alabama pulled away from VCU late, but Anthony Grant got a real challenge from the team he used to coach. The Tide won, 82-74. VCU is young but are gamers. I watched that game thinking the Rams could make a run in the CAA if they played like that all year.

Win to brag about: If Tom Crean got the biggest win of his Indiana career, then it’s got to be the win to brag about.

Loss to hide from: Villanova is not an elite Big East team this year, but losing 65-64 to a middle-of-the-road WCC team (Santa Clara) hurts a lot. Jay Wright was steamed. He knows his team didn’t play well at all. The Wildcats didn’t look up for the game.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Pitt’s Khem Birtch had 10 rebounds, eight points and six blocks in the Panthers’ 81-71 win over intra-city rival Robert Morris.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits:  Andrew Nicholson, one the best 100 players in college basketball, had one of the worst games of his career against Virginia Tech. The Bonnies’ big man scored just nine points, shot less than 30 percent from the field, had four fouls and just as many turnovers.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 24. That’s how many consecutive home games Alabama has won; the Tide defeated Shaka Smart’s VCU team, 72-64.
  • 71. That’s how many possessions Indiana got in its game against Butler, which much prefers to keep games in the 55-65 possession range. Hoosiers wanted it, took it.
  • 64, 63. It was the final totals for Arizona State and Washington State. Both Pac-12 teams lost, to DePaul and UC Riverside, respectively.
  • 11, 0 and 0. That was the line for Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, who had 11 assists, no turnovers … and no shots.  

Three other notable results

  1. Minnesota lost Trevor Mbakwe in the midst of its 86-70 loss to Dayton. Dayton’s not that good. Gophers lose their first of the season. Will be the first of many more if Mbakwe’s injury proves long-term. (MRI coming soon.)
  2. Whoa: Bowling Green beat Temple 67-64? Owls aren’t as good as most thought. The Falcons finished the game on a 7-1 run.
  3. Saint Louis absolutely rolled to its 76 Classic title, winning over Oklahoma, 83-63. Bilks fans will like where their team is placed in Monday morning’s Non-BCS Power Pyramid.


  • Fairfield is now 3-4 after losing to Indiana State. The Stags should probably be a 5-2 team right now. Something’s not working early for new head coach Sydney Johnson.
  • New Mexico is an OK mid-major team, but Boston College remains to be a miserable Big Six squad. The Eagles fell 75-67 to Steve Alford’s team Sunday.

On tap:  Xavier at Vanderbilt (ESPN2, 7 ET) is a must-watch. Long Beach State at Louisville is happening at the same time over on ESPNU, and remember, LBSU already knocked off one Big East team this year in Pittsburgh. Pepperdine at UCLA at 11 ET is worth tracking just to see if the Bruins can get their first D-I win of the season before December comes.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:21 am
Edited on: November 27, 2011 10:32 am

Night Court: On Saturday basketball > football

By Matt Norlander

We wouldn't leave you out to dry without a full dose of Night Court. Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day:  UConn 78, Florida State 76 (OT). You think UNLV-UNC was better? You think wrong. This was the truly more entertaining game, even if it wasn’t the big upset. And even if it wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was ugly, sloppy and full of inconsistency. In other words, it was college basketball. Florida State would have won had Ryan Boatright not played in his first game for the Huskies.

Win to brag about: If you’re Harvard, how can’t you brag all the way back to Cambridge? Like Goodman said, the Crimson are a Top 25-worthy team right now, at 6-0, and are shaping up to be among the best teams in Ivy League history. Tommy Amaker’s team won the Battle 4 Atlantis, 69-59, over Central Florida Saturday evening. Team’s more than just Kyle Casey and Keith Wright. Oliver McNally is quickly becoming a third critical piece to that team’s execution.

Loss to hide from: St. John’s allowed Northeastern to beat it on its home floor in Queens, 78-64. Steve Lavin, who is on a helter skelter schedule, was not on the sidelines for the Red Storm. Northeastern may prove to be a strong team in the CAA, but St. John’s losing by 14 is pretty dramatic. This time, barring the most unlikely of late-winter runs, will not be an NCAA tournament squad this season.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Chace Stanback scored 28 for UNLV in its huge win. That team could rotate who comes up biggest, but I've believed since the beginning (OK, August) that Stanback's a top-100 player in college basketball.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits:  Alex Oriakhi, the UConn forward, who has been a little abnormal on Twitter as of late. He didn't play well overall in the Bahamas, and he's seeing more bench time now than he did last season.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 10.5 That was Penn State’s field goal percentage in the first half against St. Joseph’s. The Nittany Lions fell 65-47 at St. Joe’s.
  • 11. That’s how many winless teams contained the bagel in their W column after losing again today.
  • 83. Holy guacamole. That's how many possessions were played in the UNC-UNLV game. You play more than 75 possessions against the Heels and you're usually losing. What a win by Dave Rice's team.

Three other notable results

  1. Craig Robinson made his sister and brother-in-law proud, winning 66-46 over Towson in front of Michelle and Barack Obama. Oregon State flies home after more than a week away.
  2. Hofstra got a nice win today, knocking off Cleveland State from the unbeaten ranks (63-53).
  3. With a nice overtime win against a previously undefeated team, San Diego State keeps impressing thanks to its 76-75 victory over Cal-Santa Barbara.


  • Gonzaga made no problem of Western Michigan, winning 78-58. WMU is 0-6 but could very well win its division in the MAC. WMU has had the toughest start to its season of any team: South Dakota State, Temple, Iona, Colorado, Purdue and Gonzaga. The good news: Hope is around the corner. The Horses get D-III Hope College Wednesday night. A deserved reprieve after that early run. That said, WMU should’ve gotten at least one of those games if it’s truly a worthwhile team.
  • The regression back to who you are begins, BYU. Cougs fell to a very good Wisconsin team, 73-56.
  • Northern Iowa could very well be represented in Monday's Power Pyramid. It beat Providence by 17 Saturday night.
  • Long Beach State has its opportunities against big boys, but it can't blow the games like it did against Montana, falling 73-71. Louisville is next.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did this Saturday:

On tap: There isn't a lot to get riled up about Sunday. Villanova and Santa Clara (6:30 ET, ESPNU), Butler at Indiana (7 ET, Big Ten Network), Saint Louis vs. Oklahoma (ESPN2, 9 ET) and VCU at Alabama (9:30 ET, ESPNU) are the four best watches.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 11:46 pm

Night Court: MJ's son takes center stage in upset

By Jeff Goodman

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBBon Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

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

Game of the day: Central Florida stormed back from a 17-point deficit with 16 minutes left in the game and knocked off No. 4 UConn in the Bahamas. Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan (right) each had 20 points in the 68-63 victory. 

Win to brag about: Marshall has received plenty of preseason hype and the Thundering Herd got a huge victory at Cincinnati. The Bearcats are no longer a Top 25 club after a loss last week to Presbyterian, but this was still an important win for Tom Herrion & Co., if Marshall wants to be in the conversation for at an-large bid come March. 

Loss to hide from: Florida State falling to Harvard. Listen, there's no shame in losing to Harvard this season. The Crimson could wind up running the table in the Ivy League. However, the Seminoles only scored 41 points in the entire game - and a team with a frontline with NBA size was outrebounded by Harvard, 40-30. Leonard Hamilton's team had just five assists. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Michael Jordan's younger son, Marcus, went for 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and also dished out seven assists in the win over UConn. He made huge baskets - and also critical free throws - in the waning minutes of the game. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: We'll give to to a pair of Oklahoma State freshmen: Highly touted forward Le'Bryan Nash and point guard Cezar Guerrero. Nash finished with the goose egg in 11 minutes and Guerrero had just three points, three turnovers and no assists in the loss to Virginia Tech in the NIT consolation game. 

Numbers don’t lie:

32: That's the number of points scored by Boston College freshman Patrick Heckmann. The German native was 9-of-13 from the field, 4-of-5 from deep and make all 10 of his free throws in an overtime win over UC Riverside. 

250: Rick Pitino won his 250th career game at Louisville, but it was more difficult than expected - as the Cards beat Ohio University, 59-54. 

11.6: That's the rebounding average of UNLV's Mike Moser through five games this season. Moser transferred after one season at UCLA and had 13 more boards on Friday - in a win over USC. 

Three other notable results:

Saint Louis knocked off Villanova, 80-68, and went to 5-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. 

Ole Miss took care of Miami, 64-61, in overtime down in Oxford, Miss. 

Dayton beat Fairfield, 56-49, to advance to the championship game of the Old Spice Classic down in Orlando - and a matchup with Minnesota for the title. 


Florida junior forward Erik Murphy suffered a knee injury in practice on Thursday and sat out Friday's win. The extent of his injury is still unclear - per source. 

Xavier's Travis Taylor, who averaged just 4.3 points and 5 boards over the first three games, had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) in a 70-56 win over Georgia. 

Clemson's Milton Jennings, a heralded Top 50 recruit coming out of high school, had a career night with 22 points and 14 boards in a win over Furman. 

On tap: 

The Battle 4 Atlantis consolation game may be more intriguing than the title contest. UConn plays Florida State at 2 p.m. and will be followed by Central Florida vs. Harvard for the championship. 

President Obama will be in attendance for the Oregon State-Towson game. No, not because it's Pat Skerry's home debut with the Tigers. He'll be there to watch Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, better-known as Michelle Obama's brother. 

Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:50 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 11:42 pm

Night Court: Highlighting holiday hoops

By Jeff Borzello

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS@GoodmanCBS@MattNorlander@JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

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

Game of the day: Minnesota might be the Old Spice Classic favorite, but the Golden Gophers were nearly sent to the loser’s bracket immediately, barley escaping with an 86-85 victory over DePaul. The Blue Demons were up by as many as 12 in the second half, and Minnesota didn’t take the lead until eight minutes remaining in the game. Rodney Williams clinched the game on a putback with 13 seconds left, putting Minnesota up by three.

Win to brag about: New Mexico clearly misses last year's point guard Dairese Gary, but Santa Clara knocking off the Lobos in overtime was still impressive. Kevin Foster and Evan Roquemore combined for 52 points and 10 assists, hitting nine 3-pointers between them. The Broncos bounced back from giving up a six-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation to pull it out in the extra period.

Loss to hide from: Alright, I get it -- Utah might be the worst team in the Pac-12 and Harvard is one of the better mid-major teams in the country. Still, a 28-point loss by the Utes? Utah turned the ball over 16 times and was never really close. Harvard jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back. Utah is going to struggle this season, but this was just plain bad.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Keith Clanton was a stud for UCF in its 11-point win over Charleston. The junior big man went for 28 points and 14 rebounds, also dishing out two assists and racking up three blocks and a pair of steals. Clanton shot 12-for-17 from the floor, knocking down two 3-pointers, and helped the Knights outrebound Charleston, 43-21.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Texas Tech guard Ty Nurse was averaging 19.3 points heading into the Red Raiders’ game against Indiana State. The former junior college transfer went 0-for-5 from the field, and was held to just one point. Not surprisingly, Texas Tech lost, 60-49.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 2-for-47: In the last two games, Florida State has held South Alabama and Massachusetts to abysmal 3-point shooting numbers. USA went 0-for-24, while UMass went 2-for-23.
  • 46: The talk of Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb comprising the best backcourt in the country continues to rise. Napier and Lamb each had 23 points against UNC-Asheville in an easy win.
  • 40 and 77: Through four games, Arizona State has 40 assists and 77 turnovers. Against Fairfield on Thursday night, the Sun Devils dished out six dimes and turned it over 22 times.

Three other notable results:

  1. Saint Louis moved to 4-0 on the season with a hard-fought 62-51 victory over Boston College.
  2. Chris Johnson hit a 3-pointer in the final minute for Dayton, as the Flyers took down Wake Forest in the Old Spice Classic, 80-76.
  3. Villanova played a game in California for the first time in eight years, beating UC-Riverside by 25. 


  • Randomly, the Atlantic 10 and the ACC played three head-to-head games on Thursday. The A-10 took two of the three games, winning the unofficial A10/ACC challenge.

On tap: The NIT Season Tip-Off has its third-place and championship games. Syracuse battles Stanford for the title. In the 76 Classic, Villanova will look to end Saint Louis’ current roll. The best game of the night, though, might be Harvard vs. Florida State in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Marshall vs. Cincinnati should be a fun tilt too.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:25 am
Edited on: November 24, 2011 12:33 am

Night Court: Duke remains undefeated in Maui

By Gary Parrish

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

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

Game of the day: Sixth-ranked Duke trailed at halftime and even with 75 seconds remaining before closing on an 8-0 run to beat No. 14 Kansas 68-61 in the title game of the Maui Invitational. The run was started and highlighted by Tyler Thornton. He hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to put Duke ahead by two points, then another with 21 seconds remaining to stretch the lead to five. The Blue Devils are now 15-0 in the Maui Invitational. Simply put, they don't lose on that island -- especially when an opposing guard (in this case, KU's Tyshawn Taylor) has 11 turnovers.

(Other) Game of the day: Memphis played extra minutes for the second straight day, but this time, against Georgetown, the eighth-ranked Tigers lost. The final score was 91-88. Henry Sims did his best Jeronne Maymon impression. He got 24 points and eight rebounds, meaning opposing bigs averaged 28 points and 14 rebounds against Memphis in the Tigers' final two games in Maui. Translation: Post defense is a problem.

Win to brag about: A night after California got destroyed by a Big 12 school (Missouri), Stanford destroyed a Big 12 school (Oklahoma State). The Cardinal used a 32-7 run to break open a close game and win 82-67. Josh Owens finished with 21 points. He made 10-of-12 field goal attempts.

Loss to hide from: UCLA fell to 1-4 overall -- and 0-4 against Division I teams -- with a 79-63 loss to No. 15 Michigan. The Bruins are the nation's most disappointing team to date. They were ranked in the preseason Top 25 (and one).

Player who deserves improper benefits: Michael Glover got 34 points and 15 rebounds in Iona's 104-99 double-overtime win over Saint Joseph's. The 6-7 forward was 15-of-26 from the field. Nine of his rebounds were offensive.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Solomon Hill took six 3-pointers and missed five of them in No. 23 Arizona's 61-57 loss to San Diego State. The worst part about that stat is that Hill has never been a good 3-point shooter. He shot 22.2 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman and 35.4 percent last season. He entered this game shooting 30.0 percent. So why is he taking six 3-pointers in a game?

Numbers don’t lie

  • 4: That's the number of blocks Kentucky forward Anthony Davis had in the second-ranked Wildcats' 88-40 win over Radford. He's now averaging 4.4 blocks per game.
  • 6: That's the number of times Austin Peay has lost this season. The latest loss was a 94-93 loss at Detroit. The Governors are the nation's first six-loss team.
  • 31: That's the number of points No. 3 Ohio State is beating opponents by on average after a 103-68 win over VMI. The only team the Buckeyes haven't beaten by at least 31 is Florida.
Three other notable results
  • Michigan State won for the third time in three games since starting the season 0-2 with losses to North Carolina and Duke. The Spartans beat Milwaukee 68-55. Draymond Green had 18 points and eight rebounds.
  • Butler rallied from a 15-point deficit at home to beat Gardner-Webb 68-66. Chrishawn Hopkins made 7-of-14 shots and finished with 22 points.
  • No. 9 Baylor remained undefeated with a 75-65 win over UT-Arlington. That means the Bears didn't slip while Perry Jones missed the first five games because of an NCAA suspension that's now complete.
  • Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon only played two minutes in the Vols' 86-60 win over Chaminade. He was resting a tight Achilles tendon ... and just resting in general. The 6-foot-7 forward had played 40 minutes less than 24 hours earlier against Memphis.
  • Alabama forward Tony Mitchell had to leave the Crimson Tide's 82-45 win over Alabama A&M because of an ankle injury. He spent the final moments of the game sitting on the bench with his ankle wrapped. There's no official word on the severity of the injury, but Tuscaloosa News columnist Cecil Hurt Tweeted that coach Anthony Grant said it appeared to be "nothing more than an ankle sprain right now."
  • Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles has been cleared by doctors to start practicing. Buckles had been sidelined because of ACL surgery.
On tap: No. 4 Connecticut plays UNC-Asheville in the Bahamas while No. 22 Florida State plays UMass. Texas Tech and Indiana State play in Orlando. Oklahoma and Washington State play in Anaheim.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:22 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 10:10 am

Night Court: Memphis-Tennessee was fun

By Gary Parrish

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

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

Game of the day: Nothing like a double-overtime, high-scoring, up-and-down affair on a weekday afternoon to get the day started. So thank you, Memphis and Tennessee. It wasn't the prettiest game ever played, and I can't begin to make sense of Wesley Witherspoon traveling at the buzzer and giving UT a second chance to force a third overtime or even win. But the eighth-ranked (for now) Tigers 99-97 victory was ... exciting. And Jeronne Maymon was awesome. The UT forward got 32 points and 20 rebounds against a foul-plagued and disappointing Memphis front line. The last guy to post a 30-20 game in college basketball was named Blake Griffin. The year was 2009.

Win to brag about: Duke is rated higher, and the Blue Devils were the favorite. But that doesn't make their 82-75 win over the 15th-ranked Michigan any less impressive. The sixth-ranked Blue Devils got 20 points from Austin Rivers, 17 from Seth Curry, 17 from Ryan Kelly and 14 for Andre Dawkins. They were balanced, and they shot 5

Loss to hide from: Josh Smith is super talented. He should never score just one point in a college basketball game. But that's what he did in UCLA's 72-56 loss to No. 14 Kansas. He was 0-for-1 from the field with five fouls.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Jim Mower plays for Lafayette. You've likely never heard of him. But he went wild in the Leopards' 85-74 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. The senior guard was 12-of-16 from the field, 10-of-13 from 3-point range. He finished with 37 points. That's a career-high.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Jorge Gutierrez took 11 shots, missed seven and finished with just 11 points in No. 20 California's 92-53 loss to No. 21 Missouri. (Frank Haith is off to an OK start, right?)

Numbers don’t lie

  • 14: That's how many games Mike Krzyzewski has won in the Maui Invitational. He's lost zero.
  • 15: That's how many assists North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall recorded in top-ranked North Carolina's 92-58 win over Tennessee State. I can't wait till next Wednesday night when Marshall goes head-to-head with Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor. (Yes, I plan to be in attendance.)
  • 24: That's the field goal percentage No. 7 Louisville held Arkansas State to in a 54-27 victory. ASU shot only 10 percent from 3-point range.

Three other notable results

  • Georgia lost by 24 to California on Monday but recovered nicely. The Bulldogs got 16 points from freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and beat Notre Dame 61-57.
  • Wisconsin shot 52.6 percent from the field, 48.1 percent from 3-point range and cruised -- and I mean really cruised -- to a 77-31 win over UMKC. Jared Berggren led the 11th-ranked Badgers with 21 points. He was 8-of-9 from the field.
  • No. 17 Pittsburgh continued to struggle with inferior teams. The Panthers only beat La Salle 73-69.å


  • Arkansas confirmed its fans worst fear on Tuesday -- that Marshawn Powell is done for the season with a knee injury. He was the Hogs' leading returning scorer and rebounder.
  • Steve Lavin did not coach St. John's in its x-x win over St. Francis because, according to the school, he's still recovering from surgery related to a cancer diagnosis.

On tap: No. 8 Memphis plays Georgetown in the afternoon. No. 6 Duke plays No. 14 Kansas at night.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 2:13 am

Night Court: Plenty of escapes for big teams

By Matt Norlander

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

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

Game of the day: Brad Tinsley (left) hit the game-winning shot with 4.5 left for Vanderbilt in the championship game of the Legends Classic, improving Vandy to 4-1 on the year. The ‘Dores defeated Oregon State, 64-62. Only funny thing about this? Vandy’s only loss came to Cleveland State — in the opening rounds of the Legends … Classic. Auto berths into the semis allow Vandy to get two nice wins over N.C. State and the Beavers.

Game of the day, No. 2: I'm plenty ready to go to bed, but have to include Kansas' 67-63 win over Georgetown in the final Maui quarterfinal. The Hoyas looked good, even if the officiating was spotty and both teams had their rusty moments. Strong defensive effort from the Jayhawks is the primary takeaway. Thomas Robinson's 20 points and 12 boards and two blocks -- he could very well end up averaging that this season. A very nice finish to a great day of hoops.

Win to brag about: Michigan beat Memphis in almost every facet of the game. Michigan hit six 3-pointers and shot better than 50 percent from the field. Plenty of folks wrongly assumed Memphis would win the Maui tournament. Not even close. Michigan could be the one that takes this home if it can avenge last March’s loss to Duke in the third round of the NCAAs.

Loss to hide from: Borzello covered it in his gamer from Monday night, but Texas falling 77-74 to N.C. State is such a stinger. J’Covan Brown fouls out via a technical foul due to swearing at the official, and Rick Barnes’ team completely melts. That’s going to be a long flight home. Texas will likely live on the bubble all season long.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Trey Bruke got a lot of love for how he played against Memphis, but for me, seeing Tim Hardaway, Jr. go off the way he did for the Wolverines was really impressive. I didn’t consider him to be a top-30 wing this year. I’m already regretting omitting him. Michigan looks sharp under his leadership.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Reeves Nelson. The delinquent UCLA forward missed the team flight to Hawaii and was sat for the first half of the game against Chaminade. He shouldn’t have even been allowed to play. UCLA struggled until the second half. Nelson finished with one point and five boards in mop-up duty.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 13-0. Duke remains undefeated in Maui play. Now 13-0 all-time. The Devils won 77-67 over Tennessee
  • 26. Marcus Denmon scored 26 and miss just two shots from the field as Missouri looked way, way, way good against Notre Dame in an 87-58 win. Tigers are now 4-0.
  • 55. That was the amount of possessions in the Drexel-Winthrop game, which was a 68-45 win for the Dragons. It was the slowest game of the night in terms of possessions.
  • 78. Yep, and since I knew you’d wonder, the South Dakota State 79-71 win over Niagara was the fastest game, featuring 78 possessions. Nearly a track meet (the 80-possession barrier, in my eyes).

Three other notable results

  1. I couldn’t believe it when it was tweeted out, so I double-checked it immediately. Sure enough, Massachusetts did defeated Boston College tonight: 82-46. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CHESTNUT HILL. With no Reggie Jackson, a dip in production was to be expected. This is alarming, though.
  2. Cincinnati 71, Northwestern State 43. That’s much more like it, Mick Cronin.
  3. Presbyterian was the team that knocked off Cincinnati a couple of days ago. Yeah, it lost 68-54 to Davidson tonight. Just a reminder: that L will absolutely cost Cinci a seed line, should it be in contention for the NCAA tournament.


  • Good job by Norfolk State taking Marquette to the wire but missing a 3 at the end of regulation (59-57). The Golden Eagles get out of the Paradise Jam tourney with a championship and avoids a bad loss against a team that’s better than most everyone thought.
  • Ohio State ran North Florida out of Columbus. Sullinger went for 27 and 13 and the team won 85-50.
  • Florida played tonight as well — coming off that loss last Tuesday to Ohio State — and knocked off Wright State 78-6 in St. Petersburg.
  • Toledo got a win tonight. Not really notable, right? It was a 90-47 W. Here’s why I bring it up: it was against a school named Victory U. For realz.

On tap: Missouri and Cal play at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the CBE finals. That’s the game I’m looking forward to most. Elsewhere, there’s Maui semifinal action to look forward to, with Michigan-Duke in Maui (ESPN2); the Cal-Missouri game at 7:45 on ESPNU; and Richmond vs. Illinois (9:30 ET, CBS Sports) is one I'm just curious to see play out.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: November 21, 2011 1:32 am

Night Court: Nation, meet Alabama

By Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Alabama is slowly getting on the national radar as a team to watch this season. The Crimson Tide improved to 5-0 on Sunday with a 65-56 win over Purdue, which suffered its first loss. The game was back-and-forth for the entire first half and the early part of the second stanza, before Alabama went on a 19-4 run to put the game out of reach. Trevor Releford had 20 points and five assists.

Win to brag about: Although it was at home, Saint Louis’ dismantling of Washington was impressive. The Billikens jumped out to a 50-25 lead at the half, disrupting the Huskies and not allowing their perimeter-oriented attack to get going. Senior Brian Conklin had 25 for Saint Louis, which forced 16 Washington turnovers.

Loss to hide from: South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn came into the season on the hot seat. After losing to Elon on Wednesday and now Tennessee State on Sunday, Horn’s seat is getting warmer and warmer by the day. The Gamecocks were down by as many as 22 in the second half before making a run. For Tennessee State, it was the Tigers first-ever win over an SEC opponent.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Goodman wrote about it earlier, but Shabazz Napier became just the ninth player in Connecticut history to record a triple-double. The sophomore point guard racked up 22 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in an 87-70 win over Coppin State. He also threw in two steals for fun and games.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Mississippi’s Dundrecous Nelson wasn’t exactly the most accurate shooter in his first three games, shooting just 33 percent. But he was scoring the ball, heading into Sunday as the Rebels’ leading scorer. Against Marquette, though, he was a microcosm of their struggles. He was 2-for-12 with six points and three turnovers before fouling out in a 96-66 loss.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • After a 17-rebound effort (along with 23 points, six assists and five steals), UNLV forward Mike Moser is now averaging 14.3 rebounds per game – tops in the nation.
  • Before three late outside shots, North Carolina was just 2-for-15 from 3-point range against Mississippi Valley State. The Tar Heels are now just 11-for-38 from behind the arc this season.
  • Florida State dominated South Alabama, 80-39. The Jaguars attempted 24 3-pointers – and didn’t make a single one.

Three other notable results:

  1. Iona continued to put up points in a hurry, dominating Maryland in the second half of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Gaels won, 89-63.
  2. You might see both Temple and Wichita State in the NCAA tournament. On Sunday, Temple got the best of the Shockers, winning 78-74 in overtime.
  3. Northwestern won the Charleston Classic with an 80-73 victory over Seton Hall. Herb Pope went for 32 points in the loss. 


  • As if UCLA and Reeves Nelson didn’t have enough problems. Nelson missed the team’s departure for Maui, needing to take a later flight. His status for Monday’s game is up in the air.
  • LSU point guard Anthony Hickey has been one of the more underrated newcomers this year. He had 20 points in Sunday’s win over Georgia Tech, bringing his season averages to 13.4 points and 3.8 assists per game.
  • Two of the more interesting mid-major teams so far battled on Sunday, as Belmont needed two overtimes to beat Middle Tennessee State.
  • The blueprint to beat Kentucky is apparently to take 35 seconds on offense, dictate tempo and play a zone. Old Dominion demonstrated that in a closer-than-indicated 62-52 loss.

On tap: The Maui Invitational gets underway on Monday, with Memphis vs. Michigan as the marquee quarterfinal match-up. Georgetown and Kansas also face each other, while Duke plays Tennessee and UCLA draws Chaminade. In the Legends Classic, North Carolina State battles Texas and Oregon State faces Vanderbilt. The CBE Classic should also be fun, with Notre Dame going against Missouri and California playing Georgia.

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