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Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 11:16 pm

Night Court: Baylor strong in win at Northwestern

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Chase Tapley hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining to lead San Diego State to a 64-63 win over No. 24 California. The Aztecs made nine of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. They're now 8-2. Their only losses are to Baylor and Creighton -- both of which are ranked in the updated Top 25 (and one).

Win to brag about: Baylor improved to 7-0 with a 69-41 win on the road over a Northwestern team that entered undefeated. In other words, this was a dominant performance by the Bears and the reason we moved them ahead of Louisville in the updated Top 25 (and one). Baylor is now at full strength and rolling with the addition of Perry Jones. Scott Drew has the most talented team in the Big 12.

Loss to hide from: There's nothing wrong with or surprising about UNLV losing at Wichita State. In fact, I predicted it. But the Rebels were overwhelmed by the MVC school and run off the court. They were down 47-32 at the half and lost 89-70. That's not a good look for a team that spent last weekend beating North Carolina.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Terrell Stoglin took 20 shots, made 11 and finished with 31 points and five rebounds in Maryland's 78-71 win over Notre Dame. The sophomore guard is now averaging 22.4 points per game. That's nearly twice as many as he averaged last season.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Jorge Guiterrez missed nine of the 12 shots he took and finished with just six points against San Diego State. That's not the only reason why Cal lost. But it sure didn't help. Guiterrez is, after all, the Bears' leading scorer.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 7: That's how many games Creighton has played. That's also how many the Bluejays have won. The latest was a 76-66 victory over in-state rival Nebraska.
  • 8: That's how many shots Dayton's Josh Benson took against Murray State. He made all eight and finished with 17 points, but the Flyers still lost 75-58.
  • 110: That's how many points Michigan State scored in a win over Nebraska-Omaha. It was the sixth-highest point total in Spartan basketball history.
Three other notable results
  1. South Carolina stopped a three-game losing streak with a 58-55 win at Clemson.
  2. Stanford improved to 8-1 with a 76-72 with over North Carolina State.
  3. Indiana remained undefeated with an 84-50 win over Stetson.


  • Draymond Green suffered what looked like a serious injury in the first half of Michigan State's win over Nebraska-Omaha, but he returned just three minutes later with his left knee wrapped and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Arizona coach Sean Miller announced that Sidiki Johnson is transferring out of the program. The 6-foot-8 forward appeared in three games for the Wildcats this season before Miller suspended him.
On tap: There are no matchups between ranked teams on Monday. The only nationally relevant team playing is Florida State. The Seminoles host Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:39 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 8:34 pm

Updated Top 25 (and one)

By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish 

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look:

1. Kentucky
2. Syracuse
3. Ohio State
4. North Carolina
5. Duke
6. Baylor
7. Louisville
8. Florida
9. Missouri
10. Xavier
11. Connecticut
12. Kansas
13. Marquette
14. Georgetown
15. Alabama
16. Creighton
17. Pittsburgh
18. Harvard
19. Vanderbilt
20. Wisconsin
21. Mississippi State
22. Illinois
23. Gonzaga
24. Michigan
25. Michigan State
26. UNLV

New this week: Georgetown, Illinois, Michigan State
Out this week: Saint Louis, Florida State, Marshall
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:19 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:21 am

Night Court: Hollis Thompson hit a big shot

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day:  Only two ranked teams -- No. 1 Kentucky and No. 12 Alabama -- played Thursday night, and the lower ranked of the two took a home loss on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The man responsible for the buzzer-beating 3-pointer was Georgetown's Hollis Thompson. He got the ball on the right wing and launched a deep jumper that swished with less than two seconds remaining to give the Hoyas a 57-55 win that could propel them into Sunday's Top 25 (and one). Georgetown is now 6-1 with wins over Memphis and Alabama. The lone loss came to No. 15 Kansas by four points.

Win to brag about: DePaul has a win over Texas Tech and the Blue Demons played Minnesota to the final possession. So, no, they're not great, but they're better than they've been and ... OK. Which is why Ole Miss' 70-68 win in Rosemont is worth bragging about. That it came on a last-second transition bucket from Murphy Holloway made it even better. The Rebels are 6-1. They'll add former McDonald's All-American Jelan Kendrick to the rotation next week.

Loss to hide from: There's nothing wrong with losing to Providence, I don't guess. But an SEC team can't afford to lose five of his first seven non-league games when he still has games with Ohio State, Kentucky (twice), Florida (twice) and Vanderbilt (twice). That's why South Carolina's 76-67 loss to the Friars was tough -- because the Gamecocks are now 2-5 and headed the wrong direction fast.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis was terrific in top-ranked Kentucky's 81-59 victory over St. John's. The 6-foot-10 freshman finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight of UK's school-record 18 blocks. Yep, he'll be the top pick in June's NBA Draft.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits:  D'Angelo Harrison took six 3-pointers and missed five of them in St. John's loss to Kentucky. The freshman is a 34 percent 3-point shooter, so he really shouldn't be taking six in a game. But, in fairness, just about everything the Red Storm tried inside the arc got swatted, so the bombs-away approach might've been their best option.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 0: That's how many losses Murray State still has after a 70-59 win at Western Kentucky. The Racers are 8-0.
  • 26: That's how many shots Nate Wolters took in South Dakota State's 97-93 win over IUPUI. He got 32 points on those 26 shots.
  • 48: That's how many points Harvard held Vermont to in a 55-48 win. The Crimson have held four straight teams to fewer than 50.
Three other notable results
  1. Billy Gillispie got Texas Tech above .500 with a 61-54 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
  2. Frank Martin kept Kansas State undefeated with a 69-56 win over George Washington.
  3. Gary Waters moved Cleveland State to 7-1 with a 45-43 win at Wright State.
  • Ohio State announced Thursday that LaQuinton Ross will be eligible for the second semester.
  • Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor acknowledged Thursday that the school decided to fire associate head coach Bernie Fine on Sunday after hearing a recorded conversation between Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, and one of Fine's accusers, Bobby Davis. Cantor said nobody at Syracuse heard that audio during the school's investigation into allegations against Fine in 2005. If they had, she said, Fine would've been fired then.
  • Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger announced Thursday that sophomore Calvin Newell has left the program. Newell was averaging 13 points per game through OU's first five games. He said he's been "dealing with issues" regarding his family and wants to be closer to home.

On tap: 
No. 10 Florida is at No. 4 Syracuse. No. 20 Vanderbilt is at No. 6 Louisville. No. 13 Missouri hosts Northwestern State.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 11:47 pm

UNC edges Wisconsin, sets stage for trip to UK

By Gary Parrish

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It wasn't pretty or sharp or even fast.

But it was a win.

And North Carolina needed a win.

So who cares that the Tar Heels looked sloppy and turned the ball over five more times than they recorded an assist? And who cares that the Tar Heels didn't look like a team worthy of all those preseason No. 1 votes they received last month? All that matters is that they escaped the ACC-Big Ten Challenge with a 60-57 victory over ninth-ranked Wisconsin here at the Dean Smith Center late Wednesday, which means UNC won't be at risk of a three-game losing streak as it enters Saturday's showdown at top-ranked Kentucky.

That's what last weekend's loss to UNLV did.

It put UNC in a position where one surprising defeat could easily turn into a three-game losing streak.

But that's now off the table.

It took 20 points from Harrison Barnes to get it off the table, but it's off the table. So now Roy Williams and all his pros will fly to Lexington to play John Calipari and all his pros, and it really should be terrific. No, it won't be the No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle of undefeated teams we thought we'd get when the game was announced this past offseason. Again, UNLV messed that up last weekend. But it'll still be a game featuring two of college basketball's great programs and who knows how many future lottery picks. And nobody will enter on a three-game losing streak.

At times on Wednesday, it looked like UNC might.

But that's now off the table.

So now the table for Saturday is set.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:35 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 12:36 am

Ohio State dominates Duke from start to finish

By Gary Parrish

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One school entered ranked second in the Associated Press poll, the other was ranked third. So on paper not much separated Ohio State from Duke. But on the court -- at least on this Tuesday night -- the two storied programs couldn't have been farther apart.

Final score: No. 2 Ohio State 85, No. 3 Duke 63.

Yep, it was a beatdown from start to finish here at Value City Arena.

Ohio State opened on an 11-0 run, led 47-28 at the half, by as many as 25 in the second half and cruised to a lopsided victory that legitimized it as a true national contender before a star-studded crowd featuring former Buckeyes (Michael Redd, Evan Turner, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, etc.), a current NBA coach (Doc Rivers) and two NBA stars (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade). The Buckeyes are now 7-0 with five 30-point wins -- plus victories over No. 3 Duke and No. 10 Florida. They haven't done anything on the road yet, obviously; they'll get that opportunity on Dec. 10 at No. 15 Kansas. But what Ohio State showed against the winningest men's coach in Division I history -- and his team that just won the Maui Invitational -- is that it has rock-solid point guard who understands and appreciates both ends of the court, a pro wing and college basketball's best big man, and those things combined to overwhelm Duke.

The point guard (Aaron Craft) finished with 17 points and eight assists.

The wing (William Buford) finished with 20 points and four assists.

The big man (Jared Sullinger) got 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Blue Devils?

They got 22 points from freshman star Austin Rivers.

That was a bright spot.

But mostly, Duke just got slaughtered -- from the opening tip to the final horn.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:28 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 2:44 pm

The Poll Attacks

By Gary Parrish

Associated Press poll: Thanksgiving weekend is tricky.

Lots of family time.

Lots of shopping.

Good football on television.

It's easy to lose track of things in college basketball, I know. But my god. There are websites all over the place -- including, of course, CBSSports.com -- where box scores from every game played can be found, and it just seems like AP voters ought to take a few minutes and look at them before submitting their ballots. If they did, the Poll Attacks would be much more difficult to file every week. As it is, this is simple stuff.

So thank you, Mark McCarter of the Huntsville Times.

You've made my job simple on this Monday.

And I hate that it's you because I like you and we go way back. But come on, man. You put Cincinnati 25th on your ballot despite the fact that the Bearcats are 3-2 with home losses to Presbyterian and Marshall. That's two home losses. To Presbyterian. And Marshall. What does Cincinnati have to do to get off your ballot? Would a loss to Miami-Ohio this week do it? What about two losses this week -- to Miami-Ohio on Tuesday and Georgia on Friday? Surely that would be enough, right?

Also, why no UNLV on your ballot?

The Rebels are 7-0 with a win over North Carolina.

That's slightly better than 3-2 with home losses to Presbyterian and Marshall.

Obviously, I could go on for another 300 words. But that's enough. Because the Houston Chronicle's Sam Khan voted Villanova 24th, and that's similarly silly and needs to be addressed. The Wildcats are 4-2 with neutral-court losses to Saint Louis (by 12 points) and Santa Clara (by one point). I suppose that's better than home losses to Presbyterian and Marshall, but not much better. I genuinely have no idea how Sam could still be ranking Villanova, but I also have no idea how Sam can rank Memphis seventh -- 12 spots of the Michigan team that dominated the Tigers and at least sixteen spots ahead of the Georgetown team that he didn't rank despite it also beating the Memphis team he still believes belongs in the top 10.

In fact, I don't even know why he'd rank Memphis at all right now.

I'll explain that next ...

Coaches poll: Memphis will win Conference USA.

The Tigers are too talented to do anything but win Conference USA.

But at some point, to some degree, the results have to matter, and the Tigers' results through four games don't suggest they are, at this moment, the top 10 team most believed they'd be in the preseason ... or even worthy of the No. 21 ranking the coaches gave them Monday. Memphis is 2-2 with a home win over an Atlantic Sun team (Belmont) and a double-overtime win on a neutral court over a team picked 11th in the SEC (Tennessee). The Tigers' losses are a double-digit defeat on a neutral court to No. 15 Michigan and an overtime loss to unranked Georgetown, also on a neutral court. Simply put, that's not good enough.

Now I know what you're thinking: How can CBSSports.com rank two-loss FSU but not two-loss Memphis?

Answer: Florida State's two losses are better. And FSU deserves more of the benefit of the doubt. The Seminoles are 5-2. Their losses are an overtime loss to a team we have ranked 11th (Connecticut) and a five-point loss to a team we have ranked 22nd (Harvard). Beyond that, FSU's ranking isn't based on potential nearly as much as Memphis'. The Seminoles were good last season -- third in the ACC with an 11-5 league record and a trip to the Sweet 16 -- and they returned the bulk of that roster. Meantime, Memphis was awful last season. The Tigers went 10-6 in Conference USA, basically played well for just one week in El Paso, won the C-USA tournament and got the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. So their preseason ranking was always based more on recruiting rankings and the idea that they'd this season be more like the team that pushed Arizona to the buzzer in their postseason opener last season than the team that finished fourth in C-USA, and, again, I think they will eventually. But through four games, they haven't. And that's why I can't make sense of Memphis still being ranked this week when so many other teams deserve it more.

Like Harvard.

The Crimson are 6-0 with a win over Florida State.

Or Georgetown.

The Hoyas are 4-1 with the lone loss being a close loss to No. 14 Kansas.

And Georgetown beat Memphis.

How could anybody rank Memphis but not Georgetown right now?

That's baffling.

Either way, again, Memphis will be fine in time; I still believe that. The roster remains really, really talented. But should the Tigers be ranked 21st on Nov. 28 -- ahead of Saint Louis, FSU, Harvard and Georgetown? No, absolutely not. It really can't be justified by anything that's ever happened on a basketball court.
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:33 pm
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Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:30 pm
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Updated Top 25 (and one)

By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look:
  1. Kentucky
  2. Syracuse
  3. Ohio State
  4. Duke
  5. North Carolina
  6. Louisville
  7. Baylor
  8. Florida
  9. Missouri
  10. Xavier
  11. Connecticut
  12. Gonzaga
  13. Kansas
  14. Alabama
  15. Michigan
  16. Vanderbilt
  17. Wisconsin
  18. UNLV
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Marquette
  21. Saint Louis
  22. Harvard
  23. Creighton
  24. Florida State
  25. Mississippi State
  26. Marshall
New this week: UNLV, Saint Louis, Harvard, Marshall
Out this week: Memphis, Villanova, California, Cleveland State
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