Night Court: Couple of doozies in the upset department Thursday
We had early basketball and late basketball. Upsets and expected wins. Not a thrilling day, but definitely a few notables. Come on inside.
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Five foul-outs, two buzzer-beating 3s and one wild game in Charleston. UAB blew it. Strong team, good C-USA team but, man, gotta believe that coaching staff will be gritting their teeth over blowing it against the Lobos.
Had UAB managed to foul either Kendal Williams at the end of regulation or Alex Kirk in the closing seconds of the first overtime, it's likely the Blazers would won. The video from Williams' game-tying shot is above. The premier players from this one are featured below. It wasn't a pretty game, and it was poorly attended, but it wound up being the one with the most riveting/confusing/aggravating/exciting action in the closing minutes.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Noah Vonleh filling out a Fab Five of freshmen.
You've got Jabari and Andrew and Julius and Aaron -- and Noah. The IU frosh has been awesome in every game so far this season, and his performance Thursday night (18 points, nine rebounds) in the Garden has cemented him as deserving to be in that group. Washington was powerless in the paint against him. Who knew IU could have a filler in the middle to replace Cody Zeller so quickly? Vonleh was seen as a really nice talent, but few thought he'd be this good this fast.
That's a good win: <span data-shortcode= State" data-canon="Florida Gators" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> knocks the snot out of VCU.
Could've put this in the category below, but nah. I think FSU could be undervalued this year. Well, that might not be the case now, after the Noles took out the Rams 85-67 in Puerto Rico. Something about that place. Upsets aplenty in that bracket. Hmm.
The 14-2 run to start the second half was pivotal to keeping FSU with a large lead and never giving VCU hope. Ian Miller came up big off the bench, scoring a game-best 22. Florida State, like Wisconsin, is a team that's found offense after being known for a grinding group. FSU's now topped 80 four times this year.
Are you having the question I had? VCU's turnovers forced: 25. Florida State's foul shots: 31. Can't say it was the new officiating that doomed VCU. Just bad shooting and no fluid offense at all.
Players with impact
- Kendall Williams went and had himself quite a day, scoring 29 points, dishing 10 dimes, grabbing six boards -- and of course hitting the shot that kept UNM alive.
- Also in the game, UAB's Rod Rucker had some odd stat line. Eighteen points, 20 rebounds and seven assists. He was an amazing 3 FOR 22 from the field. Most of his points came from the foul line.
- Chad Frazier. Yeah, he also plays for UAB and scored 34 points, a Thursday-high for all of D-I.
- You don't always have to score points to land here. TaShawn Thomas had 18 rebounds and seven blocks for a Houston team that's yet to lose a game so far this year.
Numbers to figure:
16: The number of teams that scored 88 or more points Thursday. I remember doing Night Court last year and counting off, with regularity, the teams that couldn't crack 50. It was often in the double digits. No more. Offense is happening, everybody. It's really happening.
Other outcomes of note:
- Our Jeff Borzello was on hand at MSG to write off UConn 72, Boston College 70. Read his stuff on that game here. And see the Napier video below.
- UMass held off Nebraska, winning 96-90. Good sign for the Huskers, really. And it's awesome another college hoops game went into the 90s for both teams. I love the 90s.
- Marquette, which couldn't crack 40 against <span data-shortcode= State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> at home over the weekend, had some issues with New Hampshire tonight. A 58-53 final.
- Kansas State: gonna be trouble this year. For Kansas State. Wildcats fell to Charlotte 68-61, meaning K-State will play Georgetown on Friday.
- Georgia is not making things easy on Mark Fox. The Dawgs lost to Davidson 94-82. It was Davidson's first win of the season.
- It's a different world for South Dakota State in the post-Nate Wolters world. The Jackrabbits are now 1-3 after losing 68-54 to Texas Tech.
- Florida's suspensions didn't hamper it from handling Middle Tennessee, winning 79-59.
- The Hurricanes took only their second loss of the season, but it was at home and to Central Florida. 63-58.
- Gonna give love to the teams who reach 5-0. Tonight, that included Houston, UConn, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wake Forest (!).
-- The hot dogs are on Mike Lonergan, everybody.
-- Shabazz Napier is nifty.
-- USC announced late Thursday night that J.T. Terrell is otu for the rest of the semester due to bad grades. Terrell was putting up 10 points/game for the Trojans, so this will have some impact.
-- Important note here: The guy who rented cars that's connected to P.J. Hairston entered accepted a plea deal for drugs and weapons charges that were not connected to the Hairston drama from the offseason.
-- Did you see this? The NCAA and EA Sports were buddy-buddy not so long ago. Then EA Sports did what it could to get out of the ongoing lawsuit the NCAA is embroiled in against Ed O'Bannon and Co. So now the NCAA is suing EA Sports.
-- ACC diehards -- some -- have denied this, but I'm telling ya, the ACC tournament will find a way to get itself to New York City as soon as contractually possible.
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