Tag:Night Court
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:15 pm

Night Court: NFL rightly outshines today's hoops

Don't look now, but Michigan's the best team you don't know enough about. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Day: There was no game of the day. Tim Tebow sucked up all the dramatic energy from every other sport and packed it into what was the fastest overtime game in NFL history.

Win to brag about: Penn State’s not as easy to win at as you think. Indiana survived and got out of there with an 88-82 victory. Winning the games it should. Indiana’s on pace for a two or three seed right now, folks. Continues to be astounding. Tom Crean must be blasting a lot of Jon Secada on the way into work these days.

Loss to hide from: Wisconsin’s going to be one of the most tweeted and talked about basketball teams Monday, because the Badgers, although still a treading-water 12-5, lost 59-41 to Michigan, dropping their third straight. They’re a top-two KenPom.com as of tonight, which means my numbers-oriented friend out in Salt Lake has been taking a whooping all day for his system, which has its flaws.

Back to Wisconsin — as a team and regarding this loss. It signals to me a reason (or four) to not trust the Badgers the rest of the way. Even if they end up pulling out a third-place Big Ten finish, or something like that, I think the tendency to molasses themselves into this position will remain out there.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Let’s give some dap to a small-conference player. Siena junior O.D. Anosike had the best game of his college career, scoring 27 and grabbing 14 against Niagara.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Maryland’s Pe’Shon Howard hasn’t become the pick-up-the-slack guy the Terps need him to be. Terrell Stoglin and Alex Len can’t carry this team to respectability in the league this year. Howard was 1-of-8 and scored five points in Maryland’s 79-74 loss to N.C. State.

Numbers don’t lie

  • .78. Ohio State didn’t play today. It played yesterday, but per John Gasaway, the Buckeyes are allowing .78 points per possession in Big Ten play. That’s extremely frustrating for other teams.
  • 9.  Iona’s Scott Machado had nine assists against Marist today, which is lower than his NCAA-best 10.1 per game.
  • 14. The number of teams who scored 60 or fewer points on a slow -- take that both ways -- Sunday. The offense problem continues to invade our sport.

Three other notable results

  1. Purdue made little work of Minnesota, winning at The Barn, 79-66. Big day for Robbie Hummel, who scored 13 and had seven rebounds at the site where he first ripped an ACL two years ago.
  2. Drexel's had its problems. The CAA preseason favorite got to 2-2 by beating VCU -- once coming strong, now fading -- to the tune of 64-58 in Philly tonight.
  3. La Salle’s a 2-0 A10 team. The Explorers defeated UMass, 82-75. And they had foru players in double figures, tallied 21 combined assists and hit 12 treys.


  • Binghamton is still winless, now 0-15.
  • Per sources, Pitt drop-out Khem Birch will decide UNLV or Florida in the next 24 hours, most likely.
  • Fairfield has had a rough go of it. Goodman mentioned on Twitter that the Stags rank among the biggest disappointments in college hoops this season. He’s right. They’re now 8-8 after falling to much-improved Manhattan.
  • Butler may peter out to a slow death — or not. The 76-65 loss to Detroit today slows the Bulldogs to 9-8 and drops them to 3-2 in the Horizon.
  • The NFL was lame Sunday, refusing to allow fans at a hoops game watch the Giants game in the arena. If I’m Siena, I just do it discreetly.

On tap: Allow me to tease you with this: Beginning tomorrow, Borzello’s going to be putting up a daily post around noon or 1 p.m. that previews all the games upcoming, the ones worth your time and attention. So check that out and develop a habit of swinging by here during the lunch hour — as if that wasn’t already part of your routine.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:33 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 11:21 am

Night Court: Mizzou, Florida, Louisville all fall

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 Saturday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: No surprise that it was the tilt between Louisville and Notre Dame. These two teams had gone to overtime each of the last three times they met - and this one went to double-overtime before Notre Dame came out on top. The Cards had won 20 straight at the Yum! Center before losing two straight - one to Georgetown and now against the Irish. Notre Dame's Eric Atkins made the game-winning on a pull-up with 14.5 seconds left in double-OT. 

Most exciting game: Stanford's 103-101 quadruple-overtime win over Oregon State in Corvallis. Stanford's Josh Owens' bucket at the end of regulation came just after time had expired -- and the game-winner wasn't until the fourth overtime when Chasson Randle hit a shot with 37 seconds remaining. There were 171 field goal attempts in the game. 

Win to brag about: Kansas State didn't just beat undefeated Missouri. Frank Martin's club, coming off a poor loss to in-state rival Kansas in Lawrence, dominated the Tigers. Rodney McGruder led the way, but this was a team effort - especially on the defensive side. The final score. 75-59. 

Loss to hide from: Cincinnati had reeled off seven consecutive wins since The Brawl - including one at Pittsburgh. The Bearcats had renewed promise of climbing back into the NCAA tournament picture, but those hopes took a significant step back with a loss at home to St. John's. The Red Storm blew a late lead, but came away with the win after a game-winning tip from freshman Moe Harkless. 

Another one to hide from: Florida State was believed to be the No. 3 team in the ACC behind North Carolina and Duke. The Seminoles are now 9-6 overall and got thumped on the road against a mediocre Clemson team. Leonard Hamilton's team has dropped three of its last four games - including a triple-overtime setback at home against Princeton. 

And yet another: UConn got Jim Calhoun back, but the Huskies lost their second straight on the road - this time at Rutgers. It followed a setback at Seton Hall with associate head coach George Blaney running the show. Rutgers has now taken down Florida and UConn on its home court in the last week or so.  

Player who deserves improper benefits: Iowa State's Royce White is one of the best passing big men to come around in a while. The Cyclones finished with a triple-double -- 10 points, 18 boards and 10 assists -- in a 74-50 rout over Texas A&M in College Station. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: As good as Louisville's Russ Smith has been lately, the Cardinals guard was just 1-for-9 from the field and 1-for-6 from beyond the arc and finished with just three points in the double-overtime loss to Notre Dame. 

Numbers don’t lie:

0: That's how many points Xavier point guard Tu Holloway managed. It was the first time Holloway went scoreless since his freshman season. 

11: That's how many double-doubles West Virginia's Kevin Jones has this season after going for 22 points and 16 boards in a win over Georgetown. 

17-0: Syracuse began the season with 17 straight wins last season - and Jim Boeheim's club has done it again after holding off a late Marquette charge. 

3-0: Colorado's record in Pac-12 play, which means the Buffs are in first place in the league. No one expected that. Not even Tad Boyle. 

Five Other notable results:

Florida lost in Knoxville to Tennessee and the Gators will likely fall out of the Top 25. First it was Rutgers and now Tennessee. 

Virginia Tech lost at Wake Forest, 58-55. That's not good news for Seth Greenberg and the Hokies - who will likely be on The Bubble again this March. 

Xavier got a win at Fordham, 67-59. The Musketeers needed this one badly after losing five of six since The Fight. 

Duke struggled to get a win at Georgia Tech. The final score was 81-74, but it was closer than that. 

Temple knocked off Duke earlier in the week. Dayton defeated the Owls in Philly, 87-77. 


Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, following the loss at Temple, opted to start freshman Quinn Cook at point guard and also re-insert Miles Plumlee into the starting lineup. 

Marquette coach Buzz Williams told CBSSports.com that big man Chris Otule will have season-ending knee surgery Tuesday. 

Kentucky wing Stacey Poole is transferring to Georgia Tech, according to numerous reports. 

Towson set an NCAA Division 1 record with its 35th consecutive setback in a 75-38 loss to Old Dominion. 

On tap: 

Sunday isn't loaded, but there are a few quality matchups. Here's what leads the way: 

Wisconsin at Michigan, 1:30 p.m. ET - The Badgers are struggling and Michigan is coming off a tough loss at Indiana. 

Purdue at Minnesota, 6 p.m. - After the slip-up at Penn State, Robbie Hummel & Co., can ill-afford to slip-up against a Minnesota team that is 0-3 thus far in Big Ten play.

Maryland at N.C. State, 6 p.m. - One of these teams could finish in the Top 5 of the ACC, so this game could be important down the line. 

VCU at Drexel, 8 p.m. - Shaka Smart's team is 2-1 in CAA play while Drexel is 1-2. However, this is an intriguing league matchup. 

Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:51 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 1:01 am

Night Court: Indiana is the truth

A Demon with a reason to smile.  (US PRESSWIRE)

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Indiana beat a ranked team at home for the third time this season. The 12th-ranked Hoosiers got past No. 16 Michigan 73-71 thanks to 25 points from Christian Watford. They're now 14-1 with wins over Kentucky, Ohio State and John Beilein's Wolverines, and they're undeniably good and worthy of their ranking. Put another way, it's time to start believing in what Tom Crean is doing, and I don't care that the Hoosiers haven't "won on the road" yet. You don't have to "win on the road" to be really good in college basketball. Kentucky went like 2-47 on the road last season. As it turned out, the Wildcats were OK. Their best SEC road win was at Tennessee. They still made the Final Four.

Win to brag about: Brandon Young got 26 points -- including the final three with 1.3 seconds remaining -- to lift DePaul to an 84-81 victory over a Pittsburgh team that was ranked 10th in the preseason but has now lost four straight for the first time ever under Jamie Dixon. That's bad for Pitt. But this is great for DePaul! The Blue Demons only won seven games all last season. They're now 10-4 under Oliver Purnell, who is among the best at taking programs in bad shape and making them respectable.

Loss to hide from: Remember that Penn State team that lost to Kentucky by 38 points in November? They just beat Purdue -- which means Purdue just lost to them -- by 20 points. The final score was 65-45. The Boilermakers shot a season-low 31 percent.

Player who deserves improper benefits: It's easy to forget that one of the nation's best talents is playing at North Texas because Tony Mitchell is still adjusting to college. And because he's at North Texas. But the 6-foot-8 freshman was terrific in a 78-73 overtime win over South Alabama. He went 11-of-14 from the field to finish with 34 points and 16 rebounds.

Players Referees who do not deserve improper benefits: Louisiana-Lafayette beat Western Kentucky 72-70 in overtime. Who cares, you ask? I care. Because the referees somehow let Louisiana-Lafayette play the final possession with six -- SIX! -- players on the court. (Here's the video.) Yes, the Rajun Cajuns scored the game-winning basket with six players on the court. It should've been a technical foul. But the officials blew it. So WKU lost.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 5: That's the number of players you are allowed to have on the court at the same time in a basketball game.
  • 6: That's the number of players Louisiana-Lafayette had on the court at the end of its win over Western Kentucky.
  • 3: That's the number of officials who should be suspended by Sun Belt office on Friday morning.

Three other notable results

  1. South Florida won 74-57 at Villanova. The Wildcats are now 7-8.
  2. Colorada beat Washington 87-69 to improve to 2-0 in the Pac-12.
  3. Utah beat Washington State 62-60 to earn its first Pac-12 victory.


On tap: There are no Top 25 teams in action Friday. You're basically stuck watching Butler or Iona and just waiting for Saturday's games to arrive.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:56 am

Night Court: Hoyas get another impressive win

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Marquette continues to confound everyone. The Golden Eagles dominated Georgetown for the first 27 minutes of the game, taking a 17-point lead with 13:10 left. They then went seven and a half minutes without a field goal, allowing the Hoyas to get back into the game. Hollis Thompson – who beat Alabama earlier this season on a 3-pointer – finally broke a tie with 24 seconds left as Georgetown won, 73-70. Jason Clark scored 18 points in the second half. Marquette has now lost three of five.

Win to brag about: Temple has now defeated a top-10 team in four consecutive seasons, the latest coming against No. 3 Duke on Wednesday night, 78-73. The Owls were extremely efficient from the field, shooting 56 percent from the field, and also outrebounded the Blue Devils. Khalif Wyatt led the way with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers to give Temple a nine-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish. It was Temple’s first win over Duke since 1996.

Loss to hide from: Losing to Illinois isn’t bad in itself, but Northwestern needs to win that kind of game if it hopes to get to the NCAA tournament in March. The Wildcats were up by 10 in the first half, but struggled offensively in the final 20 minutes, falling 57-56. John Shurna had 17 points in the first half for Northwestern, but was held to just three in the second stanza. A Myke Henry free throw with six seconds left won the game for the Illini.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Wichita State avoided a loss at Evansville on Wednesday, carried mostly by 7-foot senior Garrett Stutz. The big man shot 12-for-14 from the floor, finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed four assists and three blocks. Not surprisingly, he grabbed the game-clinching rebound in the 67-66 victory. On the other side, Colt Ryan went for 31 points.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: The entire Towson team. The Tigers have struggled this season, but Wednesday’s loss at Drexel might have been the low point. They scored just 27 points against the Dragons, the fewest points ever scored in a CAA game. Towson also tied the NCAA record for consecutive losses, at 34. The Tigers made eight baskets all game, shooting 21.6 percent from the field.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 43-3. That’s Kansas’ record against Kansas State in their last 46 meetings. The Jayhawks won the latest meeting, destroying Kansas State on the boards en route to a 67-49 victory. Kansas outrebounded K-State, 50-26. Thomas Robinson had 14 points and 15 boards.
  • 2007. That’s the last time Iowa won back-to-back road games in the Big Ten, which the Hawkeyes accomplished Wednesday night by beating Minnesota. They had defeated Wisconsin over the weekend.
  • 15-0. Murray State remained undefeated by beating Eastern Kentucky, 76-67. The Racers are one win away from matching the school’s best start, which was set in 1935-36.
  • 16-0. This is the second year in a row that Syracuse has opened the season with 16 straight wins. The Orange beat Providence, 87-73. 

Three other notable results:

  1. We’re still waiting for Xavier to snap out of its funk. The Musketeers are now 1-5 since the Crosstown brawl, after losing to La Salle, 80-70. On the other side, the Explorers improved to 11-4 with the victory.
  2. Looks like Georgia State is for real. The Panthers went into VCU on Wednesday and knocked off the Rams, 55-53. Georgia State has won 11 in a row.
  3. Dayton led for only about two minutes in regulation, but outscored Saint Louis 15-8 in overtime en route to a 79-72 win.


  • Iowa State held off Texas, 77-71. Longhorns’ point guard J’Covan Brown missed most of the second half with an ankle injury.
  • Cincinnati won its seventh in a row, beating Notre Dame 71-55 in Yancy Gates’ first game back.
  • Saint Joseph’s overcame a 16-point second half deficit to beat Duquesne in overtime, 84-82. T.J. McConnell had 28 points and five assists in the loss.
  • Memphis beat Tennessee for the second time this season, 69-51.
  • Rutgers is now 0-2 since beating Florida. West Virginia scored 51 points in the first half en route to a dominant 85-64 victory.
  • The Missouri Valley is going to be fun. Illinois State went into Missouri State and won, while Northern Iowa beat Indiana State by 17.
  • Bet this is the last time Florida State scores 85 points this year. The Seminoles beat Auburn, 85-56.
  • Remember when Tulane was 9-0? The Green Wave have now lost three of their last five, after falling to UCF.
  • Heck of a day for Philadelphia basketball. Drexel, La Salle, Temple, Penn and Saint Joseph’s all picked up victories.
  • Southern Miss improved to 14-2 with a two-point win over East Carolina. Interestingly, the Golden Eagles never trailed.
  • Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins totaled 21 points and 18 boards in a one-point win over Hofstra.

On tap: It’s not as loaded as Wednesday, but there’s plenty of action. The game of the night is in the Big Ten, as Michigan heads to Indiana. Pittsburgh looks to get back on the right track at DePaul, while Arizona trips to UCLA. Stanford also faces Oregon, while California and Oregon State do battle.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:21 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 11:23 pm

Night Court: Bo Ryan hates clocks

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan sends invisible lasers through the back of that far left ref's head. We can't thank the gentleman in the WISCONSIN shirt enough for attending tonight's game. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night: We always have a few big clock controversies each year in college basketball. We got one in Madison tonight. The Wisconsin Badgers fell to 12-4 after a prayer 3 fell — then didn’t count. Would’ve been a top-five shot of 2011-12 if it did, but alas, the clock said no. Well, one clock did. But another didn’t. The building’s digits weren’t synced. No matter: the time-keeper attached to the clock above the top of the backboard, the one that connects to the red light, is the one that counts. And that beat the ball leaving Ryan Evans’ hands. Ugly game forgotten by the fact Michigan State is now on a 14-game winning streak — and Wisconsin isn’t winning games like it did the past two years.

Win to brag about: Borzello was in Newark, N.J., to watch Seton Hall beat up on UConn 75-63, so I’ll leave most of the commentary to him. He’ll have something up soon. I will say this. The Pirates will play in this year’s NCAA tournament. I was convinced tonight.

Loss to hide from: Harvard: what gives! The Crimson lost to Fordham, 60-54. Harvard now 12-2 and has less wiggle room in the Ivy, should things get hairy. Fordham, 7-6, has its first three-game streak of any kind this season.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Someone had to play well for Fordham to have that kind of victory. Christ Gaston’s 10 rebounds and 18 points were huge. Had a pair of blocks and steals as well.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Andre Drummond. The mini outrage directed at Drummond over not knowing of Herb Pope was stupid. But Drummond managed just four points and five rebounds in 28 minutes. He did have four blocks, but we’re still waiting for Drummond to play like a lottery pick. Hasn’t happened yet.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 3,958. That’s how many days had elapsed since Seton Hall last beat UConn, on March 3, 2001.
  • 25. Per ESPN, Missouri is 14-0 for 1st time since ’82.
  • 8-for-8. Alabama had a lot of things go right against Georgia Tech. Trevor Releford was flawless from the floor.

Three other notable results

  1. Maryland 70-62 over Cornell. It’s not great, considering Cornell’s pretty bad this year. Future NBA pick Alex Len had 15 for the Terps, who lack a bench and will likely stagger down the stretch of ACC play.
  2. You wouldn’t think a 73-51 Kentucky win over 5-11 Arkansas-Little Rock would merit a mention — but Kentucky was losing this game 30-27 at the half. You don’t want to see that.
  3. Oklahoma’s not great, but it’s getting better. Good, even. Yeah: Missouri welcomed in the Sooners and smacked that a-- 87-49. Obscene. Tigers beginning to angle for a No. 1 seed. Flip Pressey had seven dimes off the bench.


  • Wyoming’s now 13-2. Just thought you’d like to know.
  • Oakland needs to be called out. The Grizzlies are now 8-9 after losing to Oral Roberts in Summit play tonight. ORU is undefeated, and now it’s a matter of the Eagles or South Dakota State taking the league. OU can’t win with Reggie Hamilton running things, even if he could be the league’s best player.
  • Darius Miller went past the thousand-point mark tonight for Kentucky. Not in one game -- that would be a record, as Kenny Mayne would say.
  • I purchased Frosted Cinnamon Toast Crunch this afternoon. Half the box is gone.
  • We’ll have our midseason awards up Thursday.

On tap: Temple hosts Duke (7 ET, ESPN2) in what should be a close one. Marquette-Georgetown gets going at the same time on ESPNU. If Northwestern’s to earn its first NCAA bid, beating Illinois at home would be optimal (7 ET, Big Ten Network). Georgia State at VCU (ESPN3.com, 7:30 ET) has suddenly turned into a good game. You’d think Memphis can get right at home against Tennessee (Fox Sports Net, 8 ET). Kansas State-Kansas and Indiana State-Northern Iowa are two 7 CT tips of relevance in the Midwest. Saint Louis at Dayton (8 ET) and Syracuse at Providence (9 ET) round up the night’s key games.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:22 am

Night Court: UVA reps for hoops on Bowl Monday

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Alright, so we didn’t have anything that matched Oregon vs. Wisconsin or Oklahoma State vs. Stanford, but Virginia holding off LSU down the stretch wasn’t too bad. The Cavaliers needed two late free throws from Mike Scott to get the 57-52 win over a Tigers team that had defeated Marquette and was on a seven-game winning streak. Virginia improved to 13-1 on the season; Monday night’s win was its 11th in a row.

Win to brag about: Despite turning the ball over 31 times, Robert Morris went into Ohio and knocked off the Bobcats, 70-67. Ohio had won nine in a row heading into the game, including wins at Marshall and Northern Iowa. The Bobcats’ only previous loss had been to Louisville. The Northeast Conference should be very competitive at the top this season, but Andy Toole’s Colonials might be the favorite.

Loss to hide from: Wake Forest was without leading scorer C.J. Harris, but that’s no excuse for losing 56-52 at home to Wofford. The Terriers had lost four starters from last season and already had losses to High Points and UMKC this season. Travis McKie had 25 points and six rebounds for Wake Forest, but Wofford’s Brad Loesing countered with 17 points – and a win.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel went for the first triple-double in school history in a 67-41 win over Bethune-Cookman. The senior forward had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. Gabriel shot 11-for-13 from the field and also pitched in with three assists and four steals for good measure.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: In order to beat No. 5 Baylor on the road on Monday night, Texas A&M needed all the offense it could get. Instead, leading scorer Khris Middleton shot just 4-for-17 from the field and also turned it over four times en route to a 61-52 loss. The team as a whole shot below 29 percent from the field and scored just 17 points in the first half, but Middleton’s struggles set the tone. Perry Jones’ 14 points and 12 rebounds paced Baylor.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 16.4: That’s how many points per game Jamal Wilson was averaging before Rhode Island kicked him off the team. The Rams are 2-0 since dismissing him, including a double-overtime win at Boston College on Monday.
  • 10: Georgia State has now won a school-record 10 straight games after beating Drexel by 14 on Monday. The Panthers are one of the biggest surprises in the CAA.
  • 12: That’s how many consecutive points Miami’s Shane Larkin scored against UNC-Greensboro. And he did it in 1:27. The Hurricanes won, 99-89, behind 30 points and 12 boards from Kenny Kadji. Trevis Simpson had 36 for UNCG. 

Three other notable results:

  1. VCU further showed why it is the CAA favorite heading into the final two months, beating Hofstra on the road, 80-63.
  2. Long Beach State kicked off Big West play with a 74-60 win over UC-Irvine. The 49ers can’t afford more than one or two losses if they harbor even remote at-large hopes.
  3. Vanderbilt made just two of its first 14 shots, but the Commodores bounced back to beat Miami (Ohio), 69-62. 


  • UC Santa Barbara’s Orlando Johnson hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give the Gauchos a 58-57 win over Cal Poly. UCSB head coach Bob Williams is now the winningest coach in school history.
  • Vermont and Stony Brook could be the two best teams in the America East. On Monday, Stony Brook landed the first punch, knocking off the Catamounts.
  • In other America East action, Gerardo Suero had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Albany in its win over Hartford.
  • VMI’s Stan Okoye had one of the best all-around lines of the night: 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, four steals.
  • Campbell stayed undefeated in the Big South, beating previously-unbeaten Coastal Carolina in overtime, 70-65. The Chanticleers didn’t hit a field goal in the extra session.
  • Keith Rendleman racked up 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead UNC-Wilmington to a win over Delaware. The two teams combined for just two turnovers in the second half.

On tap: The competition picks up a little bit on Tuesday. The game of the night features Michigan State putting its 13-game winning streak on the line at Wisconsin. Two of the best big men in the Big East will battle when Seton Hall’s Herb Pope takes on Connecticut’s Andre Drummond. I will be in attendance for that one. Missouri also puts its undefeated record to the rest against Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener.

Photo: AP

Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:22 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 10:27 pm

Night Court: Gates-less Bearcats win -- again

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 Sunday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Cincinnati became the third team to go into the Peterson Events Center and come away with a victory this season. Pittsburgh entered Sunday with a 156-14 mark in the building and the Panthers had won 62 of their past 66 home games at the Pete. The Bearcats won 66-63 and run their record since The Brawl to a perfect 6-0. 

Win to brag about: Akron has been difficult to figure this season. The Zips handed Mississippi State a win in Starkville early in the season and got another big road victory Sunday, a fairly easy 67-51 win at Marshall -- a team expected to challenge Memphis for the C-USA title. Five guys finished in double-figures in a game that was delayed for an hour due to a bent rim on one of the baskets. 

Loss to hide from: Pittsburgh is now 0-2 in the Big East and has lost three straight games overall after the setback to Cincinnati. Jamie Dixon has seen Khem Birch leave the program after 10 games and was without Travon Woodall again on Sunday as he sat out for precautionary reasons. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Michigan freshman Trey Burke is making those in Ann Arbor say, "Darius Who?" Burke went for a career-high 27 points in a win over Minnesota and has made Michigan fans forget about last year's point guard Darius Morris -- who left early for the NBA. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Villanova's Dominic Cheek was a big-time recruit. Frankly, he just hasn't lived up to expectations. Cheek was just 2-of-10 from the field, 1-of-7 from long distance and had nearly as many fouls (5) as points (6) in 'Nova's loss at Marquette. 

Numbers don’t lie:

26: That's how many consecutive field goal attempts that Bowling Green's Torian Oglesby has converted. He was 10-for-10 in a loss to UTSA on Sunday. 

6: That's the number of times already this season that North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall has managed double-figure assists. He had 11 in the rout over Monmouth. 

42: That's the percentage that North Carolina's trio of Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston are shooting from beyond the arc. They are a combined 72-of-173 this season. 

Three Other notable results:

Syracuse ran its record to 15-0 after an easy road win at DePaul. The Orange started 18-0 a year ago and the program's best start was 19-0 in 1999-2000. 

Marquette knocked off Villanova, 81-77, in Milwaukee. Darius Johnson-Odom went for 24 points and 'Nova fell to 7-7 overall and 0-2 in league play. 

Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 start in Big Ten play with a 61-56 victory over Minnesota in Ann Arbor. 


Rutgers talented freshman big man Kadeem Jack made his debut against Florida, playing three minutes in the win, and logged five minutes in the loss to South Florida. 

Joe Jackson's former summer league coach told CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish that the Memphis point guard won't transfer and will remain with the Tigers. 

Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin told CBSSports.com that Jarnell Stokes -- who has enrolled early -- won't play against his hometown Memphis Tigers even if he's cleared by the NCAA in time for Wednesday's game. 

On tap: 

It's a fairly light Monday, one that's headlined by a Big 12 matchup between Texas A&M and Baylor. Towson has its best shot of ending its futility streak prior to setting the Division 1 record when it hosts Northeastern at 7 p.m. ET. Marquette lost in Baton Rouge to LSU earlier this season. Now Trent Johnson gets a chance at what appears to be the third-best team in the ACC: Virginia. 

Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:25 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 11:29 pm

Night Court: The Ivy makes the ACC its fool again

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night: It took 55 minutes, but Princeton — a team with its issues this season, knocked off what many suspected to be the third-best ACC team, Florida State. Princeton went on the road and won 75-73. The Seminoles remain abysmal offensively. They also open up, with this loss, the conversation about how “good” the ACC is. Because no one thought it was that good and this only makes business worse. So, OK, how bad is the ACC? It’s the fifth-best major conference, only ahead of the Pac-12 because the Pac-12 is in worse shape than Josh Smith. If FSU manages to make the NCAAs (totally possible, for sure), hesitate before putting them into the second weekend. Think back to this night and have visions of bricks and clanks running through your head.

Win to brag about: Odd spot for Missouri to go TO Old Dominion — a game that was scheduled before Frank Haith took the job — and get out with a 75-68 win. It’s a game the Tigers should have won, but ODU’s tough; it played Kentucky to within a foot of its life in November. Point is, these kinds of game are lost by good teams all the time. A really positive, long-lasting sign when you can travel a thousand miles east against a random, solid opponent and pull out a win like this. Tigers are going nowhere this season.

Loss to hide from: West Virginia looked like it was playing in pajamas at Seton Hall. The Pirates are having a nice revival this year (but, boys, beat UConn at home Tuesday for us to take you completely seriously. Deal?), still, I can’t quite believe I saw Bob Huggins’ team look so defeated in the second half. The ’Eers lost 67-48, I think, ultimately will be getting an invite to the NIT party.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Ryan Pearson. Pearson came up really big (to the tune of 35 points on 60 percent shooting, 14 rebounds and four assist) in what was my favorite game of the night, George Mason’s 84-76 at College of Charleston. Though neither is likely to align itself on the bubble, both could wind up in the Big Bracket down the road. Charleston is the SoCon’s best team, and GMU, despite early troubles, is 9-4 and could eventually make me look good and win the Colonial. (It was my preseason pick.)

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Florida State’s entire roster, which managed just 10 first-half points. Just pathetic and unbecoming of D-I basketball. Can we manage a mere point per minute, please?

Numbers don’t lie

  • 16. Houston's TaShawn Thomas snared 16 off the tin tonight, tops in D-I action.
  • 2. Two straight years ACC teams have lost two games to Ivy teams. Boston College and Florida State fall on consecutive nights. B.C. lost two last season. Related: B.C. is worse than people who rush to tweet at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
  • 14. As I mentioned, Missouri was in action tonight. The Tigers turn the ball over only 14 percent of the time, remaining the most protective team of the orange in hoops.

Three other notable results

  1. I said it was likely, and sure enough it came to be: Dayton made little doubt it could handle Ole Miss at home. The Flyers won, 62-50. They should play their way into the NCAAs if they can get top-three in the A10.
  2. A big one in the Summit, as South Dakota State and Nate Wolters didn’t let Oakland come in and steal it. The Jackrabbits made it 76-64 W to move to 4-0 in league play. The Grizzlies are 2-2.
  3. Towson officially goes winless in 2011 with a close-no-cigar 57-50 road loss against Virginia. I had no idea UVa was ranked, by the way. Twenty-fourth. How ‘bout that. Polls suck, by the way. Doesn’t mean Cavs aren’t worthy, but these things mean nothing. You probably knew this. I’m ranting. It’s late on a Friday and I’m ready for 2012 to get here.


  • Auburn needed to rally from trailing 14 points to 3-8 Georgia Southern.
  • Rhode Island, strangely enough, had games on back-to-back nights. It defeated James Madison Thursday but fell Friday against Central Florida. Wagner also had back-to-backs, but I’m not staying up to see how the Santa Clara game plays out.
  • Could UMass be really decent? It pummeled Central Connecticut State tonight, 97-65, at home. Minutemen (11-3, undefeated at home) looking better by the hour.
  • Murray State’s still undefeated, just so you know. Don’t worry, that L will come before Valentine’s Day.

On tap: First and foremost, Louisville at Kentucky, noon ET on CBS. Don’t make me say it again. Virginia Tech at Oklahoma State (ESPN2, noon) will seem like a bubble game down the road. The 2 ET ESPN2 Providence-Georgetown game has the potential to get hairy. I like Illinois at Purdue (4 ET, ESPN2). UCLA at Cal could alter our expectations of the Bruins if they can go beat the Bears (4 ET, FSN). Ohio State and Indiana (ESPN2, 6 ET) I don't expect to be all too close. Game I look forward to second to U of L-UK is Creighton-Wichita State, on at 6 ET on ESPNU. The ESPN2 marathon continues with Gonzaga at Xavier at 8. If you care to have some hoops on in the background while waiting for the ball to drop, wrap it up on the Deuce with Oregon-Washington.

Category: NCAAB
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