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Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:05 pm

Night Court: Best day of the hoops season

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: It's impossible to pick one, so I'm going with a copout and picking the three endings of the big 4 p.m. games. In a matter of about 60 seconds, Shabazz Napier missed a 3 at the buzzer in UConn's loss to Tennessee; Texas couldn't convert on its final possession vs. Kansas; and, of course, Michael Snaer hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Florida State over Duke. It was the best two minutes of the season so far.

Win to brag about: Hm, only one team beat an undefeated team on Saturday, so let’s go with them. Notre Dame got off to a great start against Syracuse and fought back every potential comeback by the Orange. The Fighting Irish dominated the glass early and took care of the ball when it mattered, getting 17 points and 10 boards from Jack Cooley.

Loss to hide from: California was probably the best chance the Pac-12 had at an at-large bid, but the Golden Bears really hurt their chances with a loss to Washington State on Saturday. Washington State was just 10-8 on the season, including losses to Utah and UC-Riverside. Although the Cougars beat Stanford on Thursday, this was still a game California couldn’t really afford to lose in its quest for a bid to the Big Dance.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Dee Bost hit a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime to give Mississippi State a 78-77 win at Vanderbilt in overtime. The senior point guard finished with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. It looked like the Bulldogs were on a bit of a losing streak, getting down by double-digits in the first half, but Bost and Arnett Moultrie led a comeback in the second half.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: I know it was his first game back from injury, but it was not a vintage return game from Travon Woodall. He shot 0-for-5 from the field, turned it over three times and didn’t score a single point as Pittsburgh lost – again, to Louisville. After the home loss, Pittsburgh has now lost eight in a row, and is 0-7 in Big East play.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 9: The last time Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim lost on the same day was January 18, 2003, nine years ago.
  • 1: There is just one undefeated team remaining, as Murray State cruised over SIU-Edwardsville after Syracuse lost to Notre Dame.
  • 65: Ohio State beat Nebraska by a combined 65 points in their two games this season, after the Buckeyes’ 34-point win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday. 

Three other notable results:

  1. Erik Murphy led five Florida players in double figures as the Gators beat LSU, 76-64.
  2. Marquette was tremendous from the field, shooting 54 percent from the field and 82 percent from 3-point range, in a 79-72 win over Providence.
  3. Harvard stayed undefeated in Ivy League play, beating Dartmouth easily, 54-38. The Big Green shot just 31.7 percent from the field. 


  • The Pac-12 gets weirder everyday. Washington smoked Stanford, playing to its potential for the first time all season, while Colorado escaped over Arizona. Oregon also continues to win, beating UCLA.
  • Wyoming has built up its record against weak competition, but the Cowboys held Colorado State to 51 points in a win.
  • Saint Joseph’s lost its third straight game, and fifth in seven games, after its 84-80 defeat to Penn.
  • Conference-USA got a little more confusing, as Southern Miss held off Marshall, 67-63.
  • LIU stayed undefeated in Northeast play, beating Wagner on the road by seven.
  • North Texas beat Denver on a putback at the buzzer by Tony Mitchell.
  • Gonzaga and BYU cruised to victories in West Coast play.
  • Nate Wolters scored 28 points to lead South Dakota State to an overtime win over North Dakota State.
  • VCU improved to 6-2 in the CAA with a 13-point win over Old Dominion, which previous had one loss.
  • Reggie Hamilton might be the past player in the Summit, but Oral Roberts improved to 10-0 in the league by beating Oakland.

Photo: US Presswire

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:26 pm

Night Court: Vandy rolls, UNC responds

By Jeff Goodman

(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: Penn State's Tim Frazier, one of the truly underrated point guards in the country, hit a shot in the lane to put the Nittany Lions up 54-52 over Illinois. The Illini had a last-second shot, but Sam Maniscalso was swatted by Jermaine Marshall at the buzzer. 

Win to brag about: Vanderbilt getting its eighth consecutive victory with a 69-59 win in Tuscaloosa against Alabama. John Jenkins had 20, Jeffery Taylor added 17 and Festus Ezeli had 12 points and 10 boards. The Commodores are now 4-0 in league play and are starting to become the team that everyone expected now that Ezeli is getting closer to 100 percent. 

Loss to hide from: I fully understand this was a rebuilding year for Georgia Tech, but a 70-38 loss to Virginia -- AT HOME. Wow. The Yellow Jackets were dominated in just about every area. It was the Cavs' biggest margin against an ACC team since 104-72 over N.C. State in 1991.

Player who deserves improper benefits: California walk-on forward Robert Thurman scored a grant total of three points last season as a sophomore. The former D-3 player (he transferred from Norwich University) went for a career-high 16 points and grabbed seven boards in the Bears huge road win at Washington. Thurman hadn't played more than 13 minutes in any game this year. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Alabama's Tony Mitchell entered the Vandy game averaging 14. 5 points per game. He wound up putting up the goose-egg, missing all eight of his field goal attempts and also five of his 3--pointers. 

Numbers don’t lie:

12: Andre Dawkins has made 12 trifectas in the past two games -- including seven in the rout over Wake Forest. Dawkins had made a dozen in his previous nine contests. 

19: Long Island extended its home winning streak at the Wellness Center to 19 after a 77-62 win over Mount St. Mary's. Jim Ferry's team has also won eight straight overall. 

1-for-15: That's what Georgia Tech managed to shoot from beyond the arc in a drubbing at the hands of Virginia. That's 6.7 percent in case you need some help with your math. 

Six Other notable results:

North Carolina looked sluggish in the first half, but the Tar Heels finally looked like, well, the Tar Heels as they pulled away from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and went onto a 82-68 victory. 

Cal went to Seattle in adverse weather conditions and came way with a huge 69-66 road win. That puts the Bears in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 with a 6-1 league mark. 

Davidson improved to 7-0 in SoCon play after a 87-69 victory over Charleston. Jake Cohen went for 29 points and 14 boards in the win. 

Texas Pan American and coach Ryan Marks won its Great West opener with a 72-65 road victory at Chicago State. I haven't given Marks nearly the amount of pub that I wanted to this season, but that could change with league play here. 

Loyola Marymount went into Provo and handed BYU its first WCC loss, 82-68. Hard-nosed point guard Anthony Ireland finished with 27 for Max Good's Lions. 

Binghamton remained one of two winless D-1 teams in the nation after a 61-58 loss to UMBC. The other team?  Towson. 


With Illinois losing, it means Michigan is in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten -- a half-game in front of the Illini, Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue. 

North Carolina's Dexter Strickland had to be helped off the court early in the second half after a right knee injury. There was no immediate word of the extent of the injury, but it didn't look good. 

Duke freshman Austin Rivers wasn't in the starting lineup for the first time this season. With his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in attendance, he finished with 20 points in 32 minutes. 

Kansas State coach Frank Martin has suspended big man Jordan Henriquez indefinitely for the old "conduct detrimental to the team." 

On tap: 

Five total games. No Ivy. 

Take your wife, girlfriend or boyfriend out somewhere.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:24 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 9:23 am

Night Court: Western Carolina wins by ... 102?!

Trey Burke had 20 points, including the game-winning assist, to lead Michigan to a 60-59 win over Michigan St. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Michigan struggled defensively for much of the second half, but the Wolverines came up big down the stretch to hold on to a 60-59 victory over Michigan State. Stu Douglass made the game-winning layup with 36.5 seconds left, off a terrific pass from Trey Burke. Draymond Green missed a potential game-winning shot and tip-in on the Spartans’ final possession. Burke led the way with 20 points.

Win to brag about: Beating Maryland in itself isn’t that impressive, but Florida State continues to turn it around after an embarrassing loss to Clemson two weeks ago. The Seminoles used a 21-3 run in the second half to dispatch of the Terrapins, 84-70. For a team that has the reputation of being offensively inept, Florida State has now scored at least 84 points in three of its last five games. Ian Miller and Okaro White combined for 31 points off the bench.

Loss to hide from: I have no clue how Toccoa Falls does against its usual competition (it's 3-6), but it apparently can’t handle Division-I opposition. Western Carolina had nine guys score in double figures, defeating the Eagles, 141-39. The Catamounts outrebounded Toccoa Falls 62-16, and only three players did not reach double-figures in scoring.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis has had several impressive performances this season, but Tuesday’s game took the cake. The Kentucky freshman had 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Wildcats to an 86-63 win over Arkansas. Moreover, he broke the school’s single-season record for blocks – with 12 games left in the regular season.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Texas Tech’s Jordan Tolbert has been one of the most underrated freshmen in the country this season, but Tuesday didn’t show that. Tolbert went just 1-for-10 from the field and turned it over five times before fouling out. The Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma, 64-55.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 3: After losing 18 of 21 in the rivalry, Michigan has now defeated Michigan State three straight times.
  • 102: The margin in Western Carolina’s win over Toccoa Falls was the third-largest in Division-I history.
  • 15: It’s been 15 years since an SEC player had 27 points, 14 boards and seven blocks in a game. Anthony Davis did it tonight.

Three other notable results:

  1. With first place in the Big South on the line, UNC-Asheville improved to 8-0 with a victory over second-place Coastal Carolina. J.P. Primm had 23 points, helping UNCA overcome six guys scoring in double-figures for Coastal.
  2. Purdue bounced back from last week’s loss to Wisconsin with a 75-68 win over Iowa. The Boilermakers overcame a five-point halftime deficit.
  3. Jason Clark scored 31 points despite going just 4-for-9 from the free-throw line, leading Georgetown to an 83-75 road win at DePaul.


  • The lone overtime game on Tuesday was between LSU and Auburn. Auburn’s Varez Ward sent it into an extra session with a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left, but LSU dominated the overtime for a 65-58 win.
  • Boise State freshman Anthony Drmic had a chance to make a name for himself early in Mountain West play, but he shot just 1-for-8 from the field in a 66-55 loss to Colorado State.
  • North Dakota State, currently 6-2 in Summit League play, went into North Dakota – a team with three D-I wins this season – and lost, 59-54.
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Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:21 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 12:28 am

Night Court: Guess who's leading the Big 12?

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the night: Baylor-Kansas was Monday's biggest matchup and still a must-see game even if it wasn't all that close. The seventh-ranked Jayhawks dealt the third-ranked Bears their first loss. The final score was 92-74. Thomas Robinson finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds (and showed why he's leading CBSSports.com's Player of the Year Watch), and now the Jayhawks are -- surprise, surprise -- all alone atop the Big 12 standings.

Win to brag about: No. 21 Marquette trailed by 16 early but rallied for a 74-63 win over 23rd-ranked Louisville. It was the Golden Eagles' third straight victory and the Cards' fifth loss in their past seven games. So now Louisville is 14-5 with two losses to unranked teams and zero wins over schools that are currently ranked. That's why I left Rick Pitino's team out of the Top 25 (and one) and spent Monday Poll Attacking AP voters who didn't follow my lead.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Fairleigh Dickinson's Melquan Bolding got 38 points in an 87-83 loss to Longwood. The performance would've been better had it A) come in a win, and B) not featured Bolding missing 12 shots. But whatever. When a college player gets 38 that's worth pointing out. Regardless of the circumstances. And especially when he only averages 13 points per game.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Dash Harris took eight shots, missed seven of them and finished with just two points in Texas A&M's 70-51 loss at No. 5 Missouri. To be clear, Harris doesn't have to be a great scorer for A&M to win; he just has to run the team. But it would be nice if he didn't miss 88 percent of the shots he takes.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 0: That's the number of games ESPN's Dick Vitale predicted Syracuse would lose during the regular season after the top-ranked Orange beat Pittsburgh 71-63. With all due respect, I disagree. My guess is the Orange will lose at least one road game and then again at some point in the Big East tournament. (They'll still be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, though.)
  • 62: That's the number of wins Missouri has recorded in its past 65 home games.
  • 876: That's the number of career wins Jim Boeheim now owns. He's tied for fourth on the all-time list with Adolph Rupp.

Three other notable results

  1. Belmont improved to 6-1 in the Atlantic Sun with a 95-53 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
  2. Rutgers moved to 3-3 in the Big East with a 65-58 win over Notre Dame.
  3. Jacksonville got its first Atlantic Sun win with a 77-74 overtime victory over USC Upstate.


  • Memphis freshman Adonis Thomas will have surgery this week to repair an injury suffered last Friday. He's likely done for the season.
  • Kyle Kuric did not play in Louisville's loss at Marquette because of an ankle injury. It was the second straight game he's missed.
  • Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll Monday for the sixth straight week. Seven straight weeks would represent a new school record.
On tap: No. 9 Michigan State at No. 20 Michigan highlights Tuesday's slate of games. Maryland at Florida State and Arkansas at No. 2 Kentucky are two other interesting matchups.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:05 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:06 am

Night Court: Home losses are the common theme

By Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Looks like the MAAC is not going to be a cakewalk for Iona this season. The Gaels welcomed Manhattan into town and dominated for the first 32 minutes or so, leading by 17 with 7:58 remaining. Then the Jaspers turned on a switch and outscored Iona by 20 in the final eight minutes – capped by Emmy Andjuar’s banked-in 3 at the buzzer to give Manhattan a 75-72 victory. Go check out the video above.

Win to brag about: Wisconsin needed a win badly against Purdue – and the Badgers held off the Boilermakers for a 67-62 win. It was Purdue’s first home loss since Feb. 28, 2010. Wisconsin jumped out to a 22-4 lead on the strength of five 3-pointers, but Purdue slowly came back in the game, spurred by a nice offensive game from guard Terone Johnson. For a team that has struggled to provide secondary options to Jordan Taylor, getting five guys in double-figures was key for Wisconsin.

Win to brag about, Vol. 2: Saint Mary's continues to send a message to the rest of the WCC. After dominating BYU two weeks ago, the Gaels handled Gonzaga on Thursday night, 83-62. Potential league player of the year Rob Jones didn't score until there was 1:39 left in the game, although he grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists. Matthew Dellavedova was an absolute stud, hit several clutch 3-pointers and finishing with 26 points. The hero might have been freshman Brad Waldow, who came out of nowhere to rack up 17 points and nine rebounds. Will Gonzaga and BYU protect their respective homecourts the way Saint Mary's has done in Moraga? 

Loss to hide from: Minnesota isn’t a bad team by any stretch, but the Golden Gophers were 0-4 in the Big Ten going into Thursday night. On the other hand, Indiana had already beaten Kentucky and Ohio State at home so far this season. So what happened? Minnesota grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and forced 15 turnovers en route to a 77-74 victory. Indiana couldn’t get its shooting going, knocking down just 4-of-22 from 3-point range.

Player who deserves improper benefits: In a battle for first place in the Big South, UNC-Asheville overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Campbell. The Bulldogs improved to 6-0 in the conference behind a tremendous all-around performance from guard Matt Dickey. The senior had 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals for UNCA.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: George Mason’s Ryan Pearson came into Thursday averaging 18.2 points per game. Against Drexel, Pearson shot just 1-for-9 from the field and finished with two points as George Mason suffered its first conference loss of the season. Pearson did grab 11 rebounds, but the Patriots needed his offense – and didn’t get it. 

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 6: Since Wes Miller took over as interim head coach for UNC-Greensboro, he had suffered six straight losses. He picked up his first win on Thursday at Charleston.
  • 47: That’s the combined number of free throws Robert Morris and Quinnipaic made on Thursday. Quinnipiac won, 78-76.
  • 6-for-26: That’s what Stanford and Utah shot from the free-throw line -- the worst combined percentage in a decade.
  • 16: That’s the number of assists Scott Machado dished out for Iona in its last-second loss to Manhattan.

Three other notable results:

  1. Virginia went 0-for-11 from 3-point range in the second half against Duke, but still had a chance to send the game into overtime. But Mike Scott and Jontel Evans both missed, giving Duke a 61-58 win. Despite the loss, Virginia is for real.
  2. Dee Bost stole the ball from Trae Golden in the final seconds and went the other way for a dunk to clinch Mississippi State’s 62-58 win over Tennessee.
  3. Murray State stayed undefeated by beating Jacksonville State, 66-55. 


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Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:54 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 12:00 am

Night Court: Did you just call your team flaccid?

The essence of Bill Carmody and Northwestern hoops. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the night: Michigan led by three in the final seconds of overtime when Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio launched a 3-pointer and was fouled by Tim Hardaway Jr. "I was probably too eager," Hardaway said. And he was right. But luckily for the NBA legend's son, Marcotullio didn't make all three free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining in OT. So the 13th-ranked Wolverines won 66-64. They're now 14-3 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten.

Win to brag about: Missouri recovered from its blowout loss at Kansas State with a 76-69 win at Iowa State, and, yes, that's worth bragging about because these Cyclones entered with a 12-3 record and on a seven-game winning streak. I don't know that they will make the NCAA tournament, but I know they could. So Frank Haith's Tigers winning at Iowa State with six players in double-figures is pretty impressive.

Loss to hide from: Oh, Pittsburgh. I don't even know what to write about you anymore. I genuinely didn't think you were ever going to be at risk of enduring a season like this under Jamie Dixon, but just look at you. You're a mess. You're 11-6 and on a five-game losing streak after this 62-39 loss to Rutgers, and how the hell did you lose by 23 points at home to Rutgers while shooting 21 percent from the field? (I think my answer is in that question.) It's like I don't even know you anymore. Get it together, please. I can't stand to see you like this.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Andrew Nicholson balled out for St. Bonaventure. The senior forward got 30 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the Bonnies' 81-73 win over Dayton, and now every Atlantic 10 school already has a league loss ... except La Salle.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Rob Chubb gets the nod here, but not because of anything he did in Auburn's 68-53 loss to No. 2 Kentucky. Chubb got 14 points and eight rebounds in the game. He was fine. The problem is that afterward he blamed Auburn's recent road losses at Florida State and Vanderbilt on the idea that the Tigers were "flaccid." Yes, he really said that. (Note to Rob: You cannot describe yourself as "flaccid." You are in college. Nobody likes flaccid.)

Numbers don’t lie

  • 4: Number of consecutive games Georgia Tech had lost before its 82-71 win at North Carolina State. The Yellow Jackets hit nine 3-pointers in the game and shot 51 percent from the field.
  • 18: Number of games top-ranked Syracuse has won to start the season thanks to a 79-66 win at Villanova. The Orange are now 18-0 for the second straight year.
  • 22: Number of points Davante Gardner scored in No. 25 Marquette's 83-64 win over St. John's. Gardner also had 15 rebounds.

Three other notable results

  1. Colorado State improved to 11-4 with a 79-75 win over a Denver team with wins over Saint Mary's and Southern Miss. The Rams might figure out a way to be a factor in the Mountain West.
  2. Alabama improved to 13-3 with a 69-53 win over LSU. The Alabama students reportedly gave LSU a standing ovation when the Tigers crossed halfcourt for the first time, which is hilarious. Well done, Bama students. Well done.
  3. Memphis improved to 11-5 with a 60-58 win over Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles actually led at FedExForum with fewer than five minutes left. But the Golden Eagles just couldn't close, presumably because -- as Memphis guard Chris Crawford explained after the Tigers' come-from-behind win over USM last season -- they little buttholes got tight.


  • Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway played for the first time since Dec. 21 in a 71-63 win over Arkansas. He had missed the Rebels' past three games with an ankle injury and entered averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per contest. He got 19 and 14 against the Hogs.
  • Kansas' 81-46 win at Texas Tech pushed the 10th-ranked Jayhawks to 3-0 in the Big 12 for the sixth straight season.
  • Maryland's 70-64 win over Wake Forest gave Mark Turgeon his first ACC victory. It won't be his last.
On tap: An interesting ACC matchup -- No. 16 Virginia at No. 8 Duke -- highlights Thursday's lineup of games. No. 21 Gonzaga at Saint Mary's could help determine the WCC title. Wisconsin will try to snap its three-game losing streak at Purdue.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:20 am
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:34 am

Night Court: Paul with the game of the year (?)

Brandon Paul should probably ask the prettiest girl he knows out on a date before his next game, because it's not getting better than this. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night: Baylor-Kansas State. We already wrote on it here, but I'll add this. Kansas State isn't one of the 16 best teams in the country. Winning at K-State is not easy at all -- it's an achievement for any team -- but Baylor's so nice, folks. This was affirming, but nothing to vault them. The Bears play at Kansas Monday night. Then we get the real answers. I don't think we need to adjust the kaleidoscope because of what happened in Manhattan, Kan., tonight.

Win to brag about: Illinois proved once again it’s tough to win on the road in conference against tournament-worthy teams. The 79-74 win was one that speaks to the depth of the Big Ten, a league that’s going to send more teams to the tournament than anyone … maybe. How do you like that for conviction? It should have more teams with higher seeds than any, though. We’ll get to Brandon Paul in a sec, but as for the rest of the team, four guys scored in double figures and went the distance against a thin-benched OSU.

Loss to hide from: C’mon. You know what it is. Louisville put up what will be measured as one of the worst losses of the season when this year’s said and done. A 90-59 sleep job to the Friars in Providence is inexcusable for a Rick Pitino team. Who knows what’s wrong. It’s more than Siva. It’s more than them being tired. This team could have peaked, though. And I still think they make the tournament, but thing is, they’re certainly no sure thing, not with these warning signs.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Borzello asks, “43 points, eight boards, two assists, two steals, four blocks. Five-point win over the No. 5 team. Brandon Paul: performance of the season?” And then there's this, from ESPN.com college basketball editor Brett Edgerton, "Paul was also incredibly efficient, becoming the 1st CBB player in the last 15 years to score 43+ on 15 or fewer FG attempts." An incredible performance. The hoop was eight feed wide for Paul -- but he did everything tonight. If he can channel half of what he did tonight on a regular basis, look out for Illinois.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: I put out the feelers on Twitter and the overwhelming response was Peyton Siva. As Louisville goes, so does he? (Notice how I didn’t phrase that the other way around.) Siva fouled out in 19 minutes, score two points -- but only one turnover!

Before we move on, WASHINGTON, YOU'RE THE BANE OF THIS POST'S EXISTENCE. The Huskies actually almost gave the game away, a home game, to three-win Seattle, causing me to sit around like the loser I am, waiting to see if they actually blew it. UW got out of the arena with a 91-83 win. Issues abound. The Huskies are not to be trusted.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 33. This wasn't the worst U of L loss for Pitino's tenure. The Cards fell by 33 to Notre Dame two years ago.
  • 0.  The number of bench points in the Ohio State-Illinois game.
  • 2. Quietly, Harrison Barnes was bad at home against Miami. He made 2 of 12 field goals.

Three other notable results

  1. Virginia Tech is right where it wants to be: behind the ball in the ACC, falling to 0-2 after the 63-59 loss at home to Florida State. Seth Greenberg is in muted despair.
  2. Wichita State pulled off a 65-62 home win against Illinois State, who will be the thorn of the Missouri Valley this year.
  3. Creighton 63, Northern Iowa 60. It’s the type of game that will ultimately ensure Creighton becomes a lock as February comes, and what’s going to make things very hard for UNI, which is now a 2-3 Valley team. A very good 2-3 Valley team, but it’s all uphill now.
  4. This is notable. Fran McCaffrey got vicious with a chair.


  • They can’t know if it will last, but Notre Dame being 3-1 in the Big East has to feel great for that program right now. Reaching the NCAA tournament is a tall order, but even just getting top eight in the Big East would be an incredible coaching job by Mike Brey. Long way to go, though.
  • Not a good sign that Harvard got a close 70-61 win at 3-13 Monmouth tonight. Convinced the Crimson will get plucked at least once in the Ivy.
  • One that’s easy to overlook: Florida 70, Georgia 48. Now, Florida’s 22 points better than Georgia at home, but it’s how the Gators respond to that awful Tennessee loss from Saturday. Good sign by Donovan’s team.
  • After flirting with the horrifying, San Diego State put on its pants, won 73-65 and kept Chicago State winless. UNLV is next, Saturday.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:07 am

Night Court: No BCS title game in these parts

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Certainly not the BCS title game. Cincinnati bounced back from Saturday’s last-second loss to St. John’s with an impressive four-point win at Georgetown. The game was tied with 1:07 remaining, when Cashmere Wright hit two free throws. Cincinnati went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 67 seconds, holding off the Hoyas, which lost their second straight game. Sean Kilpatrick had 27 points for Cincinnati.

Win to brag about: Monday’s game against West Virginia was a game Connecticut should have won. And the Huskies did, 64-57. But the way they did it had to give them confidence going forward. Andre Drummond had his best game of the season, putting up 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Jeremy Lamb scored 25. Connecticut also held the Mountaineers to 32.3 percent shooting.

Loss to hide from: There weren’t any terrible losses on Monday, but Oklahoma is reeling and needed a solid performance against Oklahoma State. The Sooners didn’t get it, trailing by as many as 17 points en route to a 72-65 loss. Le’Bryan Nash had 21 points for Oklahoma State, which has now won four of its last five against Oklahoma. Oklahoma is now 0-3 in the Big 12 after going 10-2 in non-conference play.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Matthew Dellavedova hit six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 27 points, helping Saint Mary’s beat San Francisco, 87-72. Dellavedova also dished out four assists and grabbed six rebounds. His teammate Stephen Holt came one rebound short of a triple-double, getting 11 points and 10 assists.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: West Virginia’s Darryl Bryant had been rolling lately, scoring at least 25 points in three of his last four games. On Monday against Connecticut, however, the senior guard shot 2-for-13 from the field and finished with just eight points. Bryant was 1-for-7 from 3-point range. 

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 59.1. That’s the percentage Georgetown shot from the field, but turning the ball over 17 times did the Hoyas in against Cincinnati.
  • 24. Wyoming has now defeated Idaho State twice this season, with both victories coming by 24 points.
  • 17-3. That’s the run Connecticut went on after head coach Jim Calhoun picked up a technical foul in the second half.

Three other notable results:

  1. Norfolk State improved to 4-0 in the MEAC, the Spartans’ best start since 2004-05, with a 68-48 win over Howard.
  2. Mississippi Valley State beat Alabama A&M on the road, moving to 3-0 in the SWAC.
  3. Air Force overcame a slow start to beat Texas-Pan American, 67-50. 


  • In its first game without suspended head coach Todd Bozeman, Morgan State lost to Savannah State, 57-55.
  • Former Oklahoma transfer Ray Willis had 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals for North Carolina Central, as it beat Bethune-Cookman.
  • A couple of recent transfers made their announcements. Khem Birch (Pittsburgh) decided on UNLV as his next destination, while Jamal Branch (Texas A&M) opted for St. John’s.

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