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Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:50 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 11:57 pm

Night Court: Florida knocks off Arizona in OT

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Without Josiah Turner, Arizona went into Florida with its back against the wall. The Wildcats, though, led by seven with seven minutes left before Florida rallied to win in overtime, 78-72. Nick Johnson was solid in Turner’s place, while Patric Young dominated down low for Florida, going for 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Win to brag about: Dayton had struggled since winning the Old Spice Classic, losing to Buffalo and Murray State by a combined 46 points the past two games. However, the Flyers led by as many as 16 points en route to a 74-62 win over Alabama. Kevin Dillard had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chris Johnson racked up 20 points.

Loss to hide from: There were a couple of embarrassing losses, but Utah takes the cake yet again. The Utes played host to a Cal State Fullerton team that is expected to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the Big West – and lost by 31. Utah was outrebounded by 28, and also allowed the Titans to shoot nearly 57 percent from the field. It’s almost at the point where, if Utah doesn’t beat Idaho State next weekend, the Utes might not beat a Division-I team this season.

Player who deserves improper benefits: In Festus Ezeli’s first game back for Vanderbilt, it was another Commodore that stole the show. Jeffery Taylor went for 30 points and four rebounds, shooting 12-for-17 from the field, in an 87-83 win over Davidson. As for Ezeli, the big man had 15 points and six assists.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Penn State's Tim Frazier came into Wednesday averaging 19 points per game. Against Lafayette at home, Frazier went 0-for-12 from the field with five turnovers in a 61-57 loss. Frazier finished with just three points, although he did dish out nine assists.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • After its win over Alabama on Wednesday, Dayton has now won nine of its last 10 games against BCS opponents.
  • Louisville’s Chris Smith scored 19 points against IUPUI on Wednesday, surpassing 1,000 career points.
  • Meanwhile, Alex Young was held to just nine points for the Jaguars. That’s only the fourth time in the past two seasons he’s been held to single-digits.
  • Georgia Tech beat Georgia on the road for the first time in 35 years.
  • Colorado State came into Wednesday leading the nation in 3-point percentage at 46 percent. The Rams went 4-for-11 from behind the arc.

Three other notable results:

  1. Illinois rallied late to beat St. Bonaventure, 48-43. Brandon Paul scored 12 points in the last four minutes.
  2. Wisconsin beat Wisconsin-Green Bay by 28, but the Kohl Center didn’t sell out for the first time in 144 games.
  3. Xavier handled Butler in a battle of two of the best non-BCS programs, 73-61. The Musketeers jumped out to a 27-9 lead and never looked back.


  • Nevada beat Arizona State, but Malik Story was held to nine points, below his season average of 15 points per game. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as ASU assistant Scott Pera was Story’s high school coach.
  • Princeton beat Rutgers for the second straight season, as Ian Hummer hit a game-winner with three seconds left.
  • High Point’s Nick Barbour went for 35 points Wednesday night, but Wake Forest picked up a road win.
  • Weber State’s Damian Lillard, the nation’s leading scorer, was held to 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting as BYU beat the Wildcats, 94-66.
  • Iona rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat Denver in overtime, 80-78. Randy Dezouvre hit a long 2-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in overtime.

On tap: There’s a top-25 matchup on the docket, as Harvard visits Connecticut in a game many are pointing to as a potential upset. Two of the most intense coaches in the country – Frank Martin and Bob Huggins – will tangle when West Virginia takes on Kansas State. The best non-BCS game of the day will involve Cleveland State and Robert Morris.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:23 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 12:24 am

Night Court: Marquette wins a white-knuckler

By Matt Norlander

After a dismal Monday night of games, we’re glad to be back with you tonight. Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate ...

Game of the day: There’s no doubt about it, Marquette’s 79-77 win over Washington in the Garden was the game of the night, and could be the game of the week. The only one better than that so far this month was Kentucky over Carolina on Saturday. We’ll have more on the site from Goodman in a bit.

Win to brag about: George Mason may not be a tournament team, but Virginia’s beginning to learn how to win with flair under Tony Bennett. The Cavs defeated GMU by 20, 68-48.

Loss to hide from: If you’re Iowa and you’re still rebuilding under Fran McCaffrey that’s fine, but a 20-point loss to Northern Iowa is not good for the recruiting trail.  

Player who deserves improper benefits: Kansas’ Thomas Robinson earned his seventh double-double of the season in Kansas’ 88-80 win over Long Beach State. Robinson was in full-on beast mode around the rim; LBSU was helpless to contain him. The KU junior had 26 points and 11 boards of 10-of-14 shooting.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: My man Nate Wolters didn’t make one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during South Dakota State’s 92-69 win over non-D-I Southwest State. He finished with 14. NOT GOOD ENOUGH, NATE. MAKE ME PROUD OUT THERE.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 60. That’s how many rebounds Pitt had tonight in its 97-70 win over VMI. It was a 52.4 percent OReb% rate. Veddy nice!
  • 24.6, 24.  That’s the field-goal and 3-point percentage for Columbia tonight. No matter, it still beat Holy Cross 46-45.
  • 82. Your fastest game of the night was a 79-68 Bradley home win over Northeastern. It had 82 possessions.
  • 81. Marcus Denmon’s effective field goal percentage off 16 shots tonight. Just siiiiick. By the way, no turnovers, no fouls. Again: ill.  

Three other notable results

  1. Tulane, which was undefeated thanks to one of the easiest schedules in the country, saw its flawless streak end tonight. The Green Wave lost to Wofford, 61-50.
  2. Hey, Big East, you’re gonna love Houston! Cougs lost at Texas State tonight, 81-78.
  3. The Beach gave it a good effort, but it couldn’t do what most also fail in attempting … winning at Allen Fieldhouse.


  • Syracuse 62, Marshall 56. Boeheim wasn’t happy with the win. He was happy he only had to talk about the game in the postgame press conference. Things, for the now, have settled down up there.
  • Nothing like the right kind of medicine to get you feeling better. Evansville had an icicle’s chance hell at UNC tonight. Heels came back after losing to Kentucky by winning 97-48.
  • Buzz Williams donned that Colonel Mustard jacket because someone donated $5,000 toward cancer research.

On tap: Arizona at Florida (7 ET on ESPN) should be interesting for at least a half. Ken Horton of Central Connecticut gets a crack at Michigan State at 7 on ESPNU. Horton’s a very nice player. Vanderbilt is on the road at Davidson, should win, but keep an eye … Alabama at Dayton is also a look-here-and-there game.

Vermont at Saint Louis is the best mid-major game of the night, while Wichita State at Tulsa is probably No. 2 in that category. Xavier at Butler doesn’t qualify, and that game is on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. If you want a peek at St. Bonaventure big man Andrew Nicholson, get to ESPN2 at 9, as the Bonnies aren’t on TV much. Finally, Oklahoma State and Missouri State (9 ET, ESPNU) is the biggest game no one’s talking about. Bears can and need to win that.

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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.

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:15 pm

Night Court: UK vs. UNC was everything we wanted

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Charleston and Chattanooga played two overtimes, and – oh, who am I kidding? Clearly the best game of the day – and possibly the year – was the much-anticipated Kentucky vs. North Carolina tilt. The two teams went back and forth for 40 minutes, with about 10 future first-round picks trading shots and blocks. Down by one in the final seconds, UNC’s John Henson had a chance to hit the winning shot – but Kentucky’s Anthony Davis reached out and blocked the shot, sealing the victory for the Wildcats. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Win to brag about: Marquette went to in-state rival Wisconsin and snapped the Badgers’ 23-game home winning streak, 61-54. The Golden Eagles were without Junior Cadougan, but Darius Johnson-Odom and Todd Mayo stepped up for Buzz Williams’ group. Jordan Taylor struggled for the Badgers, turning it over early and getting saddled with four fouls. Marquette dominated the glass, especially on the offensive end, and also didn’t let Wisconsin get open outside shots.

Loss to hide from: Hate to keep going to the well, but Boston College’s 14-point home loss to Boston University was the latest in a bad Eagles’ defeats. BU had started 0-4, but has now won four in a row. Boston College was outrebounded by 13 and gave up 13 offensive boards.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Tu Holloway didn’t scored the most points of anyone on Saturday, but he proved once again he is the most clutch player in college basketball. He led Xavier to a 19-point comeback in the final 10 minutes, beating Purdue, 66-63. Holloway hit three 3-pointers in a 70-second span in the final two minutes, and also hit the game-clinching free throws. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Robert Sacre didn’t have a bad stat line on Saturday, finishing with 16 points in an 82-75 loss to Illinois. However, he scored only two points over the final 24:22, and grabbed just two rebounds all game. Defensively, he allowed Meyers Leonard to post 21 points and six rebounds. Despite having Sacre and Elias Harris, Gonzaga was also outscored in the paint. That just shouldn’t happen.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 1.95: That was the points per possession for Xavier in the final 8:03, when it overcame a huge second-half deficit.
  • 1991: The last time Tulane started a season 9-0, which the Green Wave now are after beating Georgia Tech on Saturday. It was their first win over an ACC win in eight years.
  • 23: The number of offensive rebounds Connecticut allowed against Arkansas, despite winning 75-62. When’s the last time a UConn frontline allowed so many second chances? 

Three other notable results:

  1. Spurred by seven points in 90 seconds from Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh beat Tennessee in the Panthers’ first game without Travon Woodall.
  2. Led by 19 points from Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan defeated Iowa State, 76-66. Royce White had 22 and 13 for the Cyclones.
  3. Kansas outscored South Florida by 25 points in the second half en route to a 70-42 victory.


  • Evan Ravanel started in place of the injured Jared Sullinger for Ohio State. He had 11 points and seven rebounds in an easy win over Texas Pan American.
  • Reeves Nelson played zero minutes in the second half, as Texas outscored UCLA by 16 after halftime and won 69-59. Ben Howland said Nelson missed a defensive assignment in the first half.
  • USC’s Dewayne Dedmon was expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot, but he started on Sunday, playing 26 minutes.

On tap: There’s no Kentucky vs. North Carolina for you, but Sunday has a pretty solid slate of games. Two undefeated teams go at it when Baylor travels to Northwestern, and UNLV puts its 8-0 record on the line against Missouri Valley contender Wichita State. Out west, California and San Diego State will wage battle. An under-the-radar matchup could be Dayton against 8-0 Murray State.

Photo: US Presswire

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.
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Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:35 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 1:10 am

Night Court: Late-night games bring the thrills

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the day: UNLV 94, UC-Santa Barbara 88 (2OT). I caught the second overtime of this game thanks to an online feed, and the energy in that gym out in California was awesome. Vegas got a hard-fought win against a team that, if it makes the tournament, will be a chic upset pick. Orlando Johnson went for 36 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks -- and he was on the losing team.

Game of the day, No. 2: Creighton 85, San Diego State 83. What a nutty night, and what a great, great, great comeback effort on the road by Creighton, which apparently benefited from some bad shot selection by the Aztecs in the second half. Bluejays remain undefeated at 6-0, and boy does the Valley look good early on.

Win to brag about: Dayton lost 84-55 to Buffalo — at home! Javon McCrea ain’t THAT good. Dayton’s not awful — so brag away, Buffalo. MAC sleeper right there.

Loss to hide from: It’s not a bad loss, but it’s just a loss that’s going to loom over Virginia Tech’s season. Seth Greenberg’s teams can’t dodge these fringe games, and they lost 58-55 to Minnesota tonight. It was a game the Hokies should’ve won. Va. Tech was 8 for 17 from 3, perfect from the line and got 25 from Erick Green.

Player who deserves improper benefits: North Carolina’s Dexter Strickland, who went Dexter Morgan on Jordan Taylor, killing off the best point guard in the country’s ability to make a difference in the second half of that Badgers-Heels game.

Player who deserves improper benefits, No. 2:  Vegas' Mike Moser, who scored 34 points and had 10 boards before fouling out in the second overtime. He also made six 3-pointers.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits:  Wisconsin's Mike Brusewitz was invisible. No points and three field goal attempts in 19 minutes.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 662. That’s how many days it’s been since Wake Forest won a road game (previous one came against Virginia). The Deacs beat Nebraska 55-53.
  • 2.21.09. That was the date the last time Utah State lost at home. Until tonight. Denver defeated the Aggies 67-54. The margin was as shocking as the loss.
  • 11. Numbers do lie! That was the positive rebound margin for Northeastern in its game against La Salle. But rebound margin is a largely worthless stat. The latest example: Northeastern fell to La Salle 78-61.
  • 16. Whoa, that would be the number of blocks St. Joe's had against Drexel.
  • 8-4. Then Big Ten’s record in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Three other notable results

  1. Indiana got a great win (yeah, I think it’s great; wanna fight about it?) on the road at N.C. State. Hoosiers are 7-0 after taking out the Wolfpack 86-75.
  2. Michigan State 65, Florida State 49. One of those results that brings you into the struggles FSU will have all season long. Team, per usual, can’t score. It had no shot against Michigan State, which I think won’t even be a top-three Big Ten team this season.
  3. Don’t know if Missouri State makes Monday’s Power Pyramid. The Bears fell 68-63 to Oral Roberts — a good major club in their own right.


  • I’ve heard Tulsa’s a good team this year. I need the proof, because it lost to Oklahoma State tonight, 59-56. Not damning, but Okie State isn’t a super-strong team. Tulsa’s now 4-4.
  • Plenty of coaches on warm seats suffered bad road losses Wednesday night. Stan Heath’s South Florida team got waxed by 4-3 VCU, 69-46. Mike Davis’ UAB team is now 1-5 and lost 55-47 at South Alabama.
  • I actually think Indiana beating N.C. State 86-75 was slightly more enjoyable than Wisconsin-UNC, even if it meant less. The Hoosiers are now 7-0, and we have to start entertaining the notion this team fights on the bubble this season.
  • Colorado State 65, Colorado 64. No Alec Burks will make for a long year in Boulder.
  • This comes from Andy Katz: With Dayton losing to Buffalo (badly: ) the Maui (Duke) 76 Classic (Saint Louis) and Old Spice winners lost their next game.
  • Is all-transfer thing is taking time to jell; Iowa State fell at home, 69-62, to a team that will be an at-large candidate later on in Northern Iowa.
  • CAA continues to have as many downs as ups. League favorite Drexel didn’t stand a chance at St. Joe’s, losing 62-49.

On tap:  St. John’s is at Kentucky at 7:30 on ESPN2, and then at 9:30 Georgetown at Alabama on the same channel. Best two games in a slow night of hoops.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:45 pm

Night Court: Ohio State pummels Duke

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 Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: There was honestly no game worthy of this space, so I'm going with the post-game news conference from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim - who did more than his fair share of smirking while fielding and deflecting questions regarding the Bernie Fine situation and investigation. It was probably more entertaining than any game on Tuesday night. 

Win to brag about: I'd say that Ohio State has plenty to brag about right now - following the good, old-fashioned shellacking over Duke. The Blue Devils were never, ever in this game. Final score: 85-63. Coach K's team was dominated in every facet by the Buckeyes. The Blue Devils couldn't guard Ohio State, had difficulty scoring and were also overmatched on the glass. 

Loss to hide from: Iowa getting blown out by Clemson in Iowa City. The final was 71-55, but it wasn't even that close. The Hawkeyes brought nearly everyone back from last year's team and some figure Fran McCaffery's team could make a run at the top half of the Big Ten. However, Iowa got pounded at home to a Clemson squad that lost to College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina in the past week or so. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Virginia's fifth-year senior big man Mike Scott, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win over a ranked Michigan team in Charlottesville. It was Scott's third double-double thus far this season. Scott missed the final 21 games a year ago following ankle surgery. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Tim Hardaway Jr., got into early foul trouble and managed just five points on 2-of-9 shooting in the loss at Virginia. 

Numbers don’t lie:

200: That's the number of wins that Illinois coach Bruce Weber has now as the Illini head coach. 

4-2: That's what the scoreboard reads thus far in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge - in favor of the Big Ten.

1: That's the number of field goals that Seth Curry made against Ohio State. The reason?  Aaron Craft was given the defensive assignment on Curry for most of the night. 

Three other notable results:

Purdue held off Miami, 76-65, in West Lafayette to run its record to 7-1. It was the 22nd straight win at Mackey Arena for the Boilermakers. 

Northwestern did what it needed to do, went on the road and took care of Georgia Tech, 76-60. John Shurna had 25 points and eight boards in the win. 

Illinois stayed unbeaten with a 71-62 victory over a small and thin Maryland team in College Park. 


Baylor sophomore forward Perry Jones III, who sat the first five games of the year due to an NCAA suspension, scored 27 points in his season debut. 

Baylor freshman forward Quincy Miller sat out due to a sprained ankle, but it expected to play Sunday against Northwestern. 

Providence guard Vincent Council nearly had a triple-double (19 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds) in the Friars win over Holy Cross. 

On tap: 

No shortage of quality games on Wednesday. We'll start with the ACC-Big Ten matchups: 

1) Wisconsin at North Carolina, 9:30 p.m. ET

2) Florida State at Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. ET

3) Indiana at N.C. State, 7:15 p.m. ET

4) Virginia Tech at Minnesota, 9:15 p.m. ET

5) Notre Dame at Gonzaga, 11:15 p.m. ET

6) UNLV at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m. ET

7) Creighton at San Diego State, 10:3p p.m. ET

Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:12 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 1:13 am

Night Court: Xavier jump-starts big week of hoops

By Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Xavier showed once again why it’s going to be a tough team to beat come March. The Musketeers came back from a 10-point deficit to beat No. 20 Vanderbilt in overtime, 82-70. Tu Holloway scored 24 points, including eight in overtime, and Mark Lyons scored 19. When those are rolling – like they were late in the game – Xavier can hang with anyone. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt struggled offensively again without Festus Ezeli on the inside.

Win to brag about: On the surface, beating a Long Beach State that now has three losses wouldn’t be that impressive for Louisville. But the Cardinals – far from a healthy team right now – handled the 49ers by 13. They dominated the turnover category, forcing 21 and only giving it up 11 times. For LBSU, it needs to bounce back after following up its Pittsburgh win with a 1-3 stretch.

Loss to hide from: San Francisco State had not defeated a Division-I team since beating Cal State Bakersfield in an exhibition game in 2007. But the Gators snapped their streak on Monday, beating Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks turned the ball over 22 times in the loss.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Oakland no longer has Keith Benson, but the Golden Grizzlies still have a bonafide star in Reggie Hamilton. The senior guard went for 35 points and six rebounds to lead Oakland to an 89-81 victory over Tennessee. He was 15-for-15 from the free-throw line, bouncing back from his four-point performance against the Volunteers last season.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: On the other side was Jeronne Maymon. Since going for 32 points and 20 rebounds against Memphis, Maymon has struggled. He only played two minutes against Chaminade to rest an injury, but only went for eight points and six boards in the loss to Oakland. The Volunteers should have had an advantage on the inside, but they were beaten handily on the glass and allowed 15 offensive rebounds.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 6:39: Vanderbilt’s scoring drought at the end of regulation and beginning of overtime.
  • 8-1: Xavier's record in its last nine games against SEC opponents.
  • 400: Florida head coach Billy Donovan earned his 400th career victory in the Gators’ 96-70 win over Stetson. He's the youngest to reach that milestone.

Three other notable results:

  1. After leading by just one at halftime, Georgetown went on a 10-0 run to put IUPUI away. The Jaguars’ Alex Young had 16 points.
  2. West Virginia dominated Akron by 21. Jabarie Hinds went for 19 points, while Kevin Jones had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
  3. Saint Mary's overcame a one-point halftime deficit to score 56 points in the second half en route to an 87-70 win over Weber State. Damien Lillard scored 36 points in the loss.


  • In a battle of NCAA tournament contenders in the NYC area, Iona dismantled LIU, 100-84. The Gaels are looking better and better.
  • Georgia vs. Colorado was the only matchup of two BCS-conference teams. Colorado escaped with a two-point win at home.

On tap: The Big Ten/ACC Challenge kicks off on Tuesday, with a top-three battle between Duke and Ohio State as the highlight. Michigan and Virginia should also be a good matchup, while Miami (Fl.) vs. Purdue is solid. In other games, Arizona travels to New Mexico State.

Photo: US Presswire

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