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Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:06 pm

Night Court: Cincinnati took a bad loss

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.
  • 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
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:24 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 12:50 am

Night Court: Texas A&M overcomes home cooking

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: That Texas A&M beat St. John's 58-57 isn't much of a surprise. That Texas A&M beat St. John's at New York's Madison Square Garden despite the fact that the Aggies shot just three free throws compared to the Red Storm's 38 is kind of remarkable. "New York is a great city," said Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy. "We were fortunate."

Win to brag about: Mississippi State lost its opener to Akron, which pushed various MSU graduates to the verge of suicide (especially considering the Bulldogs' football season isn't going all that well, either). But now look. Mississippi State spent Thursday beating No. 19 Texas A&M, then backed it with a 67-57 win over No. 15 Arizona. Consequently, the Bulldogs are now 4-1 and positioned to enter the CBSSports.com Top 25 (and one) on Sunday night. That should get everybody on the ledge off the ledge.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Drew Crawford proved Northwestern is more than just John Shurna's team. He took 19 shots, made 11 and finished with 28 points in a 69-65 win over Tulsa that pushed the Wildcats to 3-0.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Tu Holloway didn't look like a preseason All-American in 13th-ranked Xavier's 66-60 win over Miami-Ohio. He took 12 shots, missed nine and finished with just nine points. Rest assured, the senior point guard will be fine in time. But this Friday was not his best Friday.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • Robbie Hummel continued his nice senior season by getting 20 points and six rebounds in Purdue's 85-77 win over Temple. Hummel, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, is now averaging 20.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He has Purdue off to a 4-0 start.
  • Draymond Green has played three games this season and recorded two double-doubles. The Michigan State forward got 13 points and 18 rebounds in last week's loss to North Carolina. He got 12 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 76-41 win over Texas Southern.
  • Herb Pope has been a little better than Green. The Seton Hall forward now has three double-doubles in three games thanks to a 17-point, 10-rebound effort in the Pirates' 78-70 win over St. Joseph's. Pope is now averaging 19.3 points and and 12.3 rebounds per game.

Three other notable results:

  1. Mike Krzyzewski is no longer stuck on 903 wins. The Duke coach notched No. 904 with an 82-69 win over Davidson in which Seth Curry scored 17 points over his brother's alma mater.
  2. Cleveland State, which might be the Horizon League's favorite after last weekend's big win over Vanderbilt, got pushed by St. Bonaventure but didn't slip up. The Vikings won 67-64 thanks to 20 points from Trevon Harmon. They are now 3-0.
  3. There weren't a whole bunch of power-conference schools playing power-conference schools on Friday, but one instance included Maryland (ACC) and Colorado (Pac-12).  The Terps won that game in Puerto Rico. The final score was 78-71.
  • Connecticut learned Friday that freshman point guard Ryan Boatright will miss a total of six games for receiving improper benefits while in high school. That means Boatright's first game will be Nov. 27, presumably in the title game of a tournament in the Bahamas.
  • Syracuse's Jim Boehein backed longtime assistant Bernie Fine pretty hard on Thursday against allegations of child molestation, and he went even harder on Friday while also taking a shot at a certain former Penn State football coach. "I’m not Joe Paterno," Boeheim said. "Somebody didn’t come and tell me Bernie Fine did something and I’m hiding it. I know nothing. If I saw some reason not to support Bernie, I would not support him…But until then, I’ll support him until the day I die."
  • Former UCLA star Walt Hazzard died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 69. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1964 Final Four and the best player on the undefeated team that won John Wooden's first national championship. His No. 42 jersey has been retired by UCLA.
  • Alabama did what it should have against Wichita State: took care of business against a team that could be in the NCAA tournament. If 'Bama wants to prove it's a top-15 team, it's got to win games like it did tonight.

On tap: Rick Pitino vs. Brad Stevens (also known as No. 8 Louisville vs. Butler) highlights Saturday afternoon. No. 2 Kentucky (and all its freshmen) plays Penn State in Connecticut. No. 18 Vanderbilt gets North Carolina State in New Jersey on Saturday night.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:48 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 12:54 am

Night Court: Long Beach State knocks off Pitt

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: As Matt Norlander pointed out in the preseason, Long Beach State has the toughest non-conference schedule in the country – by far. In order to prove themselves, though, the 49ers needed to pick up a win or two. They went into Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and handled the No. 9 Panthers, 86-76. Casper Ware had 26 points and six assists for LBSU, which will try to pull off another upset on Nov. 28 at Louisville.

Win to brag about:
It's more of a comeback to brag about as opposed to the actual victory. Down six with 12 seconds left, all hope seemed lost for Oklahoma State against Texas-San Antonio. Suddenly, freshman Cezar Guerrero finished a 3-point play, then stole the inbounds pass and knocked down another 3-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime. In overtime, Guerrero hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute and sent the Cowboys to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off, 90-85.

Loss to hide from: Not saying Central Arkansas is remotely good or is supposed to win more than a handful of games this season, but the Bears lost to Philander Smith at home, 97-90. Philander Smith is an NAIA school in Arkansas with just four sports and an enrollment of 850. And Central Arkansas lost to them. Don’t expect much from Corliss Williamson’s troops this season in the Southland.

Player who deserves improper benefits: We already talked about Ware, but he needs to get a second mention here. Ware had received plenty of hype throughout his career as a playmaker and a high-level scorer, but he really put on a display against Pittsburgh tonight. He knocked down deep 3-pointers, drove to the basket and finished, and was also tremendous in transition. His confidence and swagger took LBSU to a new level.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Two of the scoring stars in the Summit League had a chance to pull off SEC upsets on Wednesday. Both players struggled. Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton shot 3-for-14 and turned the ball over six times in a 23-point loss Arkansas. Stat-sheet stuffer Nate Wolters went 6-for-16 as South Dakota State was handled by Georgia.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • Long Beach State’s win snapped Pittsburgh’s 58-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
  • Dante Taylor and Talib Zanna combined for two points and eight fouls in 39 minutes at the power forward position for Pitt.
  • Long Beach State had not defeated a ranked team since beating No. 25 New Mexico State on February 24, 1994.
  • The 86 points by Long Beach State was the most Pitt had allowed in a home loss against an unranked opponent since a double-overtime loss to St. John's in 1998.
  • It was also the most points allowed at home to a non-conference opponent since an 86-80 loss to St. Bonaventure in December of 1997.
  • The defeat was Pitt's first home loss to an unranked opponent since Jan. 26, 2008 against Rutgers. 

Three other notable results:

  1. The Pit is a very tough place for New Mexico's opponents, especially during a heated intrastate game against New Mexico State. However, the Aggies went in there and pulled out a nine-point win. NMSU could be a WAC contender.
  2. Creighton is a popular mid-major pick this season. The Bluejays went into Birmingham and defeated UAB, 70-60. Doug McDermott had 27 points.
  3. DeShawn Painter knocked down a jumper with 4.2 seconds left to give North Carolina State a two-point win over Princeton.


  • Florida State shot 57 percent and held Stetson to 37 percent shooting en route to a 13-point win. The Seminoles aren’t explosive, but they’re still tough to beat.
  • Utah lost to Boise State by 21. It’s not very far fetched to say that the Utes will be the worst team in the Pac-12.
  • Oregon State's Jared Cunningham is one of the best guards on the West coast this season; he dropped 35 tonight in a win over Hofstra. Devon Collier put up 25 for the Beavers. 
  • Led by Tim Frazier’s 26 points and 10 assists, Penn State knocked off Long Island, 77-68.

On tap: Lots of tournament action tomorrow. In the 2K Sports Classic, Texas A&M takes on Mississippi State and Arizona faces St. John’s. The marquee opening-round game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off is Purdue against Iona, while Maryland also goes against Alabama. Other interesting games include VCU vs. Seton Hall and Fairfield vs. Minnesota.

Photo: AP

Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:13 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 12:30 am

Night Court: K and UK take Tuesday's headlines

By Matt Norlander

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

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court each 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.)

Game of the day: Kentucky was a fun watch, but the night's best game was certainly Florida at Ohio State, which ended with an 81-74 win for the Buckeyes. Both teams looked nice. They played well and appeared in mid-season form. But OSU's just so good right now. No shame in the Gators falling the way they did; I'd love to see that rematch in the Sweet 16 or beyond come March. Jared Sullinger and Patric Young going against each other was the highlight of the 24-hour marathon for me.

Win to brag about: A man won his record-setting 903rd game Tuesday night. There is no more appropriate candidate for this category, ever, than that.

Loss to hide from: It was a road game, but still, Iowa State falling 74-65 to Drake doesn't mean good things for a Fred Hoiberg team that's trying to win with duct tape and specialty gadgets. Whatever ISU's trying to do, it backfired Tuesday night.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Let's just have a cop-out here and pick everyone on Kentucky's frontcourt. It's like going up against a bunch of helicopter blades when you play the Wildcats. Kansas was obviously outmatched going into that game -- but there were times when the Jayhawks looked like ignorant robbers running into a tripped bank job. They'd scurry into the paint and scurry right back out.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Parrish may give me grief for this, but for as good as Memphis looked, his boy, Tarik Black, only played 13 minutes and scored six points in the Tigers' swift win over Belmont. Black is believed to have potential that makes him the team's best player. Didn't see any of that Tuesday.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 37. That's what Butler shot from the field, yet still won over Chattanooga, 57-46. It's going to win a lot of games like that this season.
  • 18. Michigan State's Draymond Green is the team's best player, and he's already showing his value, snaring an average of 18 boards through two games against two really good teams in UNC and Duke.
  • 59. That's what Memphis shot from the field Tuesday against Belmont. Tigers surprised me and a lot of people with how well they played. It was so good, I feel bad for thinking they'll never have a game as complete as that again against an opponent as good as Belmont.

Three other notable results

  1. Darrin Horn may not hold on to his job at the end of the year if the administration looks back and sees losses similar to the 58-53 one that happened tonight against Elon. Yep, Elon.
  2. Pepperdine 66, Arizona State 60. Sun Devils are a bad team, no doubt, but are we going to do this miserable Pac-12 spectacle again this early in the season?
  3. Weber State 73, Utah State 63. Utah State's rebuilding this year, but they did defeat BYU over the weekend at home. No luck on the road against Weber State, which only need 12 points out if its best player, Damian Lillard. Scott Bamforth led the Wildcats with 17.


  • We're really piling on here with the bad losses -- all of these are losses to hide from -- but Trent Johnson and LSU have to get served as well. The Bayou Bengals fell 71-63 to Coastal freaking Carolina.
  • You likely missed it, but Villanova could have very easily lost to La Salle at home. The Wildcats got the game to overtime and won, 76-69.
  • Texas took out URI at home, 100-90, but ... I dunno. The Longhorns looked off. About as off as a team can look when it puts up a Benjamin. I don't know what to expect from that team this year. I do know it's not elite, and the defense is nothing like what it was last year.
  • Vanderbilt didn't have John Jenkins due to a bad ankle, but beat Bucknell at home, 80-68.
  • I don't care how bad you are: you cannot score less than 40 points in a game if you are a Division I college basketball team. Yet Monmouth couldn't crack deuce tonight against George Mason, falling 71-39.

On tap: Long Beach State plays at Pittsburgh (9 ET, ESPNU); my man Nate Wolters and South Dakota State travel down to Georgia; Indiana has a tricky one on the road at Evansville, which beat Butler last week.

Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:55 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 12:11 am

Night Court: Gibbs saves Pitt from possible upset

By Gary Parrish

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

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court each 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.)

Game of the day: Ashton Gibbs helped No. 10 Pittsburgh avoid an upset against Rider. The senior guard made what basically served as a game-clinching 3-pointer with 60 seconds remaining in an eventual 86-78 victory for the Panthers. Gibbs finished with 24 points and five rebounds. Pitt and Rider were tied at the half.

Win to brag about: Schools from conferences with no BCS-affiliation need as many good non-league wins as possible, and Cleveland State got one at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym. The final was 71-58. It's a result that -- when combined with Butler's remade roster and early struggles -- suggests the Vikings might be able to win the Horizon.

Loss to hide from: Yes, Vanderbilt was without Festus Ezeli. But the No. 7 Commodores still had two pros (Jeff Taylor and John John Jenkins) and homecourt advantage, and that's why losing to Cleveland State was embarrassing. In the end, as I pointed out earlier, it probably won't matter much. But the last thing a team whose skeptics focus on bad losses from previous years needs is a bad loss in the second game of the season.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Texas has lost so many players early to the NBA Draft in recent years that Rick Barnes is stuck with a roster that isn't all that talented, and he very much needs a guy who was probably recruited as a role player to emerge as a star. Could that guy be J'Covan Brown? I'm not sure. But he got 28 points and eight assists in UT's 82-46 win over Boston University.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Josiah Turner is a McDonald's American and superb talent. But he was late for shoot-around one game last week, and Sean Miller didn't play him a single minute in Arizona's 73-63 win over Ball State. (Note to Josiah: Time to grow up, kid. You very clearly have a coach who isn't gonna take your ...)

Numbers don’t lie:

  • John Calipari's freshmen have received most of the attention in the state of Kentucky, and for good reason. But Rick Pitino also has a great freshman in Chane Behanon. The 6-foot-7 forward helped the ninth-ranked Louisville Cardinals to a 68-48 win over Lamar. He's averaging 12.0 points and 12.5 rebounds through two games.
  • Quincy Miller didn't get a lot of attention entering this season because he missed his final high school season with a torn ACL, but the Baylor freshman is healthy now and off to a nice start to his college career. He got 17 points in the 12th-ranked Bears' 92-59 win over Jackson State. He's now averaging 17 points and four rebounds per game through two games.
  • Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers are off to a 2-0 start thanks to a 78-53 win over Chattanooga. The most notable stat is that they're shooting 44 percent as a team from 3-point range on the season.

Three other notable results

  1. North Carolina coach Roy Williams donated more than $100,000 to help build UNC-Asheville's new arena and then agreed to bring his top-ranked Tar Heels to campus to open the building. It was a nice gesture on multiple levels, but the timing seemed poor considering the game tipped less than 48 hours after North Carolina played Michigan State on an aircraft carrier docked more than 2,300 miles away. Predictably, the Tar Heels were sluggish at the start. But they eventually got going, pulled away and cruised to a 91-75 victory thanks to 27 points from Tyler Zeller.
  2. A 91-61 win over Morehead State pushed Mark Gottfried to 2-0 as North Carolina State's coach, and Gottfried is 2-0 despite having to start his tenure without the services of C.J. Leslie, who is serving a three-game suspension.
  3.  You know that Loyola-Marymount team that beat UCLA the other night? The Lions backed it with a 58-51 loss to Middle Tennessee State. That's not good for Loyola-Marymount or UCLA.


  • Billy Kennedy made his Texas A&M coaching debut in the 20th-ranked Aggies' 83-58 win over Southern. Kennedy had missed the preseason and opener after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. It was nice to see him on the court.
  • Louisiana Tech's Michael White got the first win of his head coaching career courtesy of a 92-70 victory over Mississippi College. White is a former Ole Miss player and former Ole Miss assistant, so a first win over a school from Mississippi seemed fitting.
  • Louisville's Mike Marra suffered a left knee injury in the Cards' win over Lamar. As of late Sunday, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com that the severity of the injury remains unclear, but all signs point to it being serious -- perhaps a torn ACL. UPDATE: Louisville sent out a release late Sunday night that Marra did indeed tear his ACL and is out for the season.

On tap: There are no matchups between Top 25 teams scheduled for Monday. (That comes Tuesday.) But No. 4 Connecticut and No. 5 Syracuse will both be in action, and No. 23 Gonzaga has a late tip against Washington State.

Category: NCAAB
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