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Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:31 am
Edited on: December 21, 2011 12:32 am
 

Night Court: C.J. Leslie beats the buzzer

By Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Kenpom.com anointed North Carolina State vs. St. Bonaventure as the game of the day prior to Tuesday – and he certainly wasn’t wrong. It was a back and forth game throughout, but it looked like it was heading to overtime once Eric Mosley tied it up at 65 with 3.1 seconds left. Then C.J. Williams launched a full-length pass to C.J. Leslie, who somehow got a shot off to win the game for the Wolfpack. Check the really high-quality video above.

Win to brag about: Northern Iowa was 6-0 on its homecourt heading into Tuesday, but Ohio went into Cedar Falls and came out with a 17-point win. The Bobcats shot 52 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range and stifled Northern Iowa on the defensive end. Ivo Baltic went for 22 points in the win for Ohio, which is now 10-1.

Loss to hide from: There weren’t any truly bad losses on Tuesday, but Stephen F. Austin dropping one to Prairie View A&M tops the list. Prairie View didn’t have a Division-I win all season and had won just two games away from home in the last season and a half. Stephen F. Austin expected to contend in the Southland this season, but going 0-for-8 from 3-point range en route to a 53-50 loss isn’t going to do it.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Richmond’s Darien Brothers scored 38 points to lead the Spiders to a 90-82 overtime win against Old Dominion. Brothers jumpstarted the extra period with a four-point play to give Richmond a lead it would never relinquish. Overall, he had 19 points in the last 11 minutes of regulation and overtime. 

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Coming off Butler’s win against Purdue over the weekend, we expected the Bulldogs to show better against Gonzaga. Instead, they got behind early and fell, 71-55. Three of Butler’s top four scorers – Andrew Smith, Chase Stigall and Chrishawn Hopkins – combined to shoot 3-for-21 for a grand total of seven points.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 358: Towson lost to Manhattan on Tuesday night. The Tigers have now gone 358 days without a win.
  • November 16: Prior to its win over UNC-Asheville, Tennessee hadn’t defeated a Division-I team in over a month.
  • 11-1: After its win over St. Francis (Pa.), Pittsburgh has now started 11-1 in 11 of the last 12 seasons. The PA announcer in that game had to call out an update after every basket due to a scoreboard malfunction.

Three other notable results:

  1. Charleston looked poised to pull the upset over Louisville, but a quick 8-0 run in 70 seconds gave the Cardinals a seven-point lead with two minutes left. Louisville held on, 69-62.
  2. Doron Lamb shot 8-for-12 from the field to lead Kentucky to an 82-50 win over Samford.
  3. Syracuse stayed undefeated with an 80-61 victory over Patriot favorite Bucknell.

Notes:

  • Jared Sullinger returned from a foot injury to play 30 minutes against Lamar. He scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 70-50 win.
  • New Mexico’s game against Montana State was delayed 30 minutes by a fire alarm before tipoff. Per the AP, it was the third time in the last two seasons New Mexico has had a game delayed.
  • BYU bounced back from an early deficit to beat Buffalo, 93-78.
  • North Texas freshman Tony Mitchell is averaging 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in his first two games since becoming eligible.
  • Solomon Hill had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help Arizona get an 85-73 win over Oakland.

On tap: There are several good games to check out on Wednesday. The best game of the night should be Texas taking on North Carolina, with Myck Kabongo going head-to-head with Kendall Marshall. Seton Hall also faces Dayton, and Alabama looks to bounce back against Oklahoma State. A couple of teams with gaudy records battle in DePaul and Cal Poly, and Parrish will be at Mississippi vs. Middle Tennessee State.

Photo: US Presswire
Video: YouTube

Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Night Court: Pair of Top 25's 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 Monday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Kansas knocked Davidson and Stephen Curry out of the NCAA tourney in the Elite Eight a few years back. Well, Bob McKillop's program exacted a small measure of revenge with a victory over the Jayhawks in Kansas City. This was the same Davidson team that had lost two straight coming into the game - including a 23-point setback to Charlotte. Nik Cochran went for 20 points and hit a couple of timely 3-pointers in the second half. 

Overlooked Game of the day: Marshall held on for a 87-86 victory over Belmont in Huntington, West Va. The Bruins had a chance to win the game, but Rick Byrd's team missed a layup with one second left. The Thundering Herd (8-2) got huge games from Dennis Tinnon (24 points, 10 rebounds), DeAndre Kane (29 points) and Damier Pitts (19 points and 11 assists). 

Win to brag about: South Florida winning convincingly at home against a Cleveland State team that entered the game with a 10-1 mark. Bulls junior guard Jawanza Poland scored 13 points in his season-debut after missing the start of the season due to an injury and a two-game suspension. Stan Heath's team needed this one after losing three of its last four games. 

Loss to hide from: Marquette losing in Baton Rouge to an LSU team that is expected to finish near the bottom of the SEC and already has suffered losses to Coastal Carolina, Northwestern and South Alabama. This was the first setback for Buzz Williams' team. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Doug McDermott - Creighton's sophomore forward, who also happens to be coach Greg McDermott's kid, went for 35 points and grabbed seven boards in the Bluejays win at Tulsa. McDermott was 16-of-23 from the field and made both of his attempts from beyond the arc. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Marquette's bench. These guys didn't get a ton of run, but only produced four points in the loss to LSU on the road. Todd Mayo, O.J.'s little brother, had played well this season but was 0-for-5 from the field and finished with just two points. 

Numbers don’t lie:

33: That was the number that LSU's Ralston Turner was shooting from beyond the arc entering the game. Turner drilled 4-of-5 from long distance in the win over Marquette. 

21 & 17: That was the final line for Kanas sophomore big man Thomas Robinson: 21 points and a career-high 17 boards in the loss to Davidson. 

5: Duke forward Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 13 boards in a rout over UNC Greensboro, marking the fifth time already this season he has recorded a double-double. 

Three Other notable results:

Illinois knocked off Cornell, 64-60, behind a huge night from Illini 7-footer Meyers Leonard -- who had 19 points and 16 boards. 

Denver improved to 9-2 with a 57-46 victory over a Wyoming team that entered the game with just one loss. 

Indiana crushed Howard, 107-50. That may not seem notable, except for the fact that the Hoosiers ran their record to 11-0. 

Notes:

Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had knee surgery eight days ago, but gutted it out in the loss to Davidson. He finished with 15 points, seven assists and five turnovers. 

Cal was without both Jorge Gutierrez (illness) and Richard Solomon (foot) in the game against UC Santa Barbara. 

Memphis forward Ferrakohn Hall made his debut and scored seven points off the bench. The Seton Hall transfer should give Josh Pastner depth up front. 

On tap: 

There are a handful of games that lead the way: 

1) Butler at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. - Two of the elite non-Power 6 teams in the country. Butler is coming off a big win against Purdue and the 'Zags have started to get it going lately. 

2) Lamar at Ohio State, 8:30 - Bob Knight will be honored by his alma mater on a night in which his son, Pat, takes Lamar to Columbus. Jared Sullinger is likely to play for the Buckeyes. 

3) Bucknell at Syracuse, 7 p.m. - The top-ranked Orange welcome the Patriot League's finest to the Carrier Dome. 

4) Oakland at Arizona, 8 p.m. - Reggie Hamilton and the Grizzlies head to Tucson and take on Sean Miller's Wildcats. 

5) Charleston at Louisville, 9 p.m. - Rick Pitino's Cards are unbeaten - and have another one at the Yum! Center. 

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:30 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Night Court: Nate Wolters did Washington



By Gary Parrish


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

Game of the night:
Seton Hall hasn't played a tough schedule. But 9-1 is still 9-1, and 9-1 is the Pirates' record after an 80-77 overtime win over Mercer that featured Herb Pope scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Pope has recorded a double-double in eight of 10 games this season. He's averaging 22.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.

Win to brag about:
I had to referee an email-fight between my colleagues Jeff Goodman and Matt Norlander this preseason because Norlander suggested Nate Wolters might be one of the top 50 players in America and Goodman suggested Norlander might be one of the top 50 idiots in America. Back and forth they went. For hours. And it nowlooks like Norlander could get the last laugh because Wolters is having a heckuva year, and he got 34 points, seven assists and zero turnovers in South Dakota State's 92-73 victory at Washington. In other words, in a game featuring former heralded recruits like Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross, Wolters was the best player on the court. Good for him. Good for Norlander.

Loss to hide from:
Turns out, that fight against Cincinnati cost Xavier more than just negative publicity. The suspensions that were a result of last weekend's brawl meant the Musketeers had to play Oral Roberts without three starters -- Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons and Dez Wells -- and that didn't go too well. ORU won 64-42 at the Cintas Center. So now Xavier is 8-1.

Player who deserves improper benefits:
Nate. MF'ing. Wolters. The junior guard was 10-of-20 from the field and 13-of-16 from the free throw line in that win at Washington. He's now scored at least 32 points three different times this season.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: E.J. Singler took 11 shots and missed nine of them in Oregon's 67-54 loss to Virginia. He's 6-of-22 from the field in Oregon's last two losses -- to BYU and Virginia.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 1.41: That's how many points per possession South Dakota State scored against Washington. It's the most anybody has scored per possession against a high-major team this season.
  • 20: That's how many years it had been since Missouri started a season 11-0 before a 94-56 win over William & Mary pushed the Tigers to 11-0 this season.
  • 39: That's how many consecutive home games against non-league opponents Connecticut had won before it played Holy Cross. Which means the streak moved to 40 after Andre Drummond scored 24 points in the Huskies' 77-40 victory over the Crusaders.

Three other notable results

  1. John Shurna hit nine 3-pointers and finished with 32 points in Northwestern's 87-72 win over Eastern Illinois. The Wildcats are 10-1.
  2. Rhode Island's 68-65 loss to Yale was the Rams' second loss to an Ivy League school this season. The other was to Brown. Rhode Island is 1-10.
  3. Iowa State was pushed but avoided a bad home upset. The Cyclones beat Central Michigan 59-52 thanks to 14 points and eight rebounds from Royce White. Iowa State is 8-3.

Notes

  • Florida State's 77-61 win over Loyola Marymount pushed the Seminoles to 7-0 at home this season. They've won nine straight home games dating back to last season.
  • Nate Wolters and John Shurna weren't the only players to go for 30 on Sunday. Missouri's Michael Dixon got 30 against William & Mary.
  • The Top 25 (and one) has already been updated. Vanderbilt and Alabama dropped out. Creighton and San Diego State moved in.
On tap: There are no games scheduled between ranked opponents, but Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Baylor, Michigan State, Florida, Marquette, Illinois, Indiana and Creighton are all in action.

Graphic via Norlander, obviously
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:41 am
Edited on: December 18, 2011 12:43 am
 

Night Court: Some ugly Ls for Top 25 squads

By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday night’s slate of college basketball games. We covered the early portion today, with the debut of Afternoon Delight

Game of the Night: We're going with a game you probably didn't see: Southern Miss' 86-82 win over Ole Miss. The game was tied with less than two minutes to go, and So. Miss held off the Rebels' rally -- a good sign.

Who knows how good the latter truly is, but I'm thinking USM can challenge in the C-USA all the way at the top. With the win, Larry Eustachy's team, which just reinstated Darnell Dodson (WTF?), is 8-2. Dodson did not play Saturday night.

Win to brag about: Gonzaga has never truly fallen back in the class of other mid-majors because it’s schedule so tough over the years, and with that scheduling it does peel off two or three nice wins per season. Saturday, the Bulldogs got such a win, a 71-60 one over Arizona. Gonzaga’s probably a better team, but this was a good time to check and make sure.

Win to brag about, No. 2: It’s these kinds of wins that are strong, not necessarily month-making, but prove you have the stuff to make deep tournament runs. Vegas pwned Illinois to the melody of 64-48 at the United Center. UNLV could be anything from a 4 to a 12 seed right now. Don’t know where it will end up. I do know it has the potential to reach the Elite Eight.

Loss to hide from: Villanova got beat down badly by intra-city rival St. Joe’s, 74-58. But it was nice to see a storied intra-city rivalry end in a blowout yet void itself of any thrown punches or head-stomps. In Philly no less! (Have I managed to tick off all affiliated fans now?)

Loss to hide from, No. 2: Vandy got taken down by Indiana State – at Vanderbilt. The 61-55 final gives Vandy skeptics a real reason to howl right now, as the ‘Dores are playing with Festus Ezeli, a guy Goodman and I think is the team’s best player/asset. But even though ISU will be a factor in the Valley, Vandy needs to be winning this game by 10 points. Troubling.

Player who deserves improper benefits:  Reggie Hamilton scored 41 points and won his team’s game like this (via Summit Madness).


Oakland 82, Valpo 80. Hamilton's awesome. Best player in the league (yeah, I guess better than Nate Wolters. Grr.)

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: I know Ezeli's still coming back from an injury, but four rebounds and foru points in 22 minutes doesn't vault Vandy into the elite. Those numbers gotta rise soon or the Commodores are just "good."

Numbers don’t lie

  • 11-16. Villanova is 11-16 in its last 27 games.
  • 23-0. That’s the first-half run Syracuse got out to against N.C. State, the run that cushioned the Wolfpack comeback. SU won, 88-72. Orange will be the top-ranked team when the calendar flips to 2012.
  • 28. VCU forced 28 UNC-Wilmington turnovers. The Rams won of course. 87-64.

Four other notable results

  1. Northern Arizona had its head coach step down last week. Saturday, Northern Arizona beat Arizona State, 69-68.
  2. Alabama’s good but it’s got issues I’m not sure it will overcome. The Tide cannot score in bunches, and it caught up with them tonight in Kansas City against Kansas State. Frank Martin’s team is nondescript this year, but it should make the NCAAs. Wildcats won, 71-58.
  3. Belmont will be out of the Non-BCS Power Pyramid Monday Morning. The Bruins fell 66-61 to 3-5 Miami University.
  4. New Mexico's 66-56 win over Oklahoma State shouldn't come as a surprise. The Lobos are better at so many spots. Lobos were stout on D, too. Oklahoma State will be an NIT team and scare here and there in the Big 12. New Mexico can win the Mountain West.

Notes

  • Lots to prove, but Lon Kruger getting Oklahoma to 8-1 at this point deserves a mention.
  • Terrence Jones dislocated his finger in tonight’s game against Chattanooga.
  • Murray State still undefeated with win over Arkansas State.
  • Per Run the Floor, “For the first time since Nov. 22 Josh Smith was on the floor once today for more than 10 consecutive possessions (11).” Kid’s fat. It’s sad. And a problem.
  • Northern Illinois is still winless (0-10) after falling to Southern Illinois today.
Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:03 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 1:32 am
 

Night Court: Belmont & MTSU have another thriller



By
Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Considering the first meeting between Belmont and Middle Tennessee this season went to double overtime, we should have seen a great game coming. In this one, Middle Tennessee prevailed by three, despite going 2-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 40 seconds. Belmont couldn’t convert down the stretch, going 0-for-3 from the field with two turnovers in the final 71 seconds. Middle Tennessee's crowd rushed the court after the win, as seen above.

Win to brag about: It’s not the most impressive win on paper, but Wisconsin-Milwaukee was undefeated at home this season. Therefore, Wisconsin going in there and coming out with a six-point win is nothing to scoff at. Wisconsin looked like it would roll to an easy win, but UWM went on a 16-1 run midway through the second half to make it a game. Jordan Taylor’s 3-pointer in the final minute clinched the game for the Badgers.

Loss to hide from: Nothing in the way of embarrassing losses on Tuesday, as no teams above .500 besides Belmont and UW-Milwaukee lost.

Player who deserves improper benefits: It was against Rochester College, but Oakland’s Drew Valentine’s performance was impressive nonetheless. The junior forward totaled 20 points and 15 boards, shooting 8-for-10 from the field and knocking down two 3-pointers.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Mississippi State made sure it didn’t suffer a repeat of last season, staving off a late rally by Florida Atlantic to get a seven-point win. If the Owls were to pull off the upset two years in a row, they needed a big-time game from guard Greg Gantt. However, the junior only had five points on 2-for-5 shooting. He averages nearly 14 points per game on the season.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • Despite its win over double-overtime win over NAIA Point University tonight, Alcorn State has still not defeated a Division-I team since February 26 of last season.
  • Niagara went 14 minutes and 11 seconds without a field goal in the second half against Drexel, part of the reason the Dragons had a 29-4 run. Niagara fell 71-58.
  • Wyoming won 10 games in each of the past two seasons. The Cowboys’ win over UC-Irvine on Tuesday was their 10th already this year.

Three other notable results:

  1. J’Covan Brown scored 23 points to lead Texas to a 93-40 win over Nicholls State. The Longhorns held Nicholls without a field goal for 15:37.
  2. Villanova bounced back from a three point halftime deficit against Boston University with 45 points in the second stanza. ‘Nova won 68-43.
  3. Michigan racked up 17 assists on 22 field goals in its 63-50 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Notes:

  • In his fourth game back from the football team, South Carolina's Bruce Ellington scored a season-high 15 points in an eight-point win over Presbyterian.
  • Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally only combined for 26 points on Tuesday, but Jamie Serna stepped up with 22 and five blocks in a win for UC-Santa Barbara.
  • Marcus Jordan was suspended for UCF’s weekend win over Bethune Cookman, but he bounced back with a career-high 28 points against North Carolina A&T.
  • Oregon State’s Robert Nelson is heating up. In his last four games, the guard is averaging 15.0 points per game.

On tap: It’s another light day in the college basketball world, but there are some interesting tilts. Cincinnati returns to the court for the first time since the brawl, while Iona travels to Richmond.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Night Court: Murray St. shines on a thin night

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the day: If you’re nicknamed the Ospreys and even come close to beating a relevant BCS team, then you’ve got a really good shot at slipping into this category. North Florida got it to overtime in Manhattan, Kansas, but K-State ended up winning, 79-68. We were all robbed an incredible Frank Martin quote or two because the Wildcats did what they should have and won the game.

Win to brag about: Murray State went on the road and remained undefeated. It’s now 10-0 because it beat Memphis by four, a result that will undoubtedly knock Memphis out of the polls — and could vault the Racers into the rankings Monday afternoon. They are included in our Top 25 (and one) and will be No. 8 in tomorrow morning’s Week 4 Non-BCS Power Pyramid.

Loss to hide from: I’m ready for the backlash tomorrow when people see where I put Iona in the Power Pyramid, and there will be some flack tossed out because the Gaels lost 82-63 at Marshall. It was a road game, one in a nine-game stretch for Iona. I’m OK with one blowout loss, and Marshall could actually play into the bubble scheme down the road. Still, it’s an ugly loss, and the lowest-scoring output of Iona’s season to date.

Player who deserves improper benefits: When you play against one of the biggest opponents of your season and you down six 3-pointers, you deserve a mention. I just checked in with Parrish, who saw Donte Poole do that against the Tigers in FedEx Forum Sunday night. He’s our big winner.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Fairfield’s Rakim Sanders could be drafted next year. But he won’t be if he keeps up only scoring eight points against schools like New Hampshire. (The Stags got the win, 58-52.)

Numbers don’t lie

  • 8 and 6. It’s my one worry about Scott Machado, who’s been really good so far this year. The Iona point guard put up another eight assists in a loss to Marshall, but also had six turnovers. Too many.
  • 102. South Alabama was the only team to hit the century mark against a D-I opponent Sunday, scoring 102 against Alcorn State.
  • 26. Unfortunately, that’s your high-scorer from Sunday. Jacksonville’s Keith McDougald got as many in his team’s 85-79 loss to Furman.

Three other notable results

  1. North Carolina State had a game against North Carolina Central that was way too close. It was 65-60. I asked CBSSports.com Eye on NFL senior blogger — and N.C. State alumnus — Will Brinson for a one-sentence reaction to this. Brinson says, “When you score three points from 9:57 mark to :35 left, you'll take a win against anyone, but State's got to learn to close quickly if they want to be a viable postseason contender.” This was not snarky enough.
  2. Thought Santa Clara could be a pesky team this year. Maybe that still winds up being the case in the WCC, but the Broncos got mollywhopped by, who’s that, yes, Washington State Sunday. 93-55. Goodnight, Irene.
  3. Illinois withstood a 20-5 run by Coppin State, held on to win 80-63.

Notes

  • Tomorrow will probably bring out a lot of arguing about the polls. This, as usual, is stupid. In December, it’s even worse. But it still beats Tebow talk.
  • Related: I am a Bears fan.
  • By the way, Alabama won tonight, but it was quite boring and against Detroit, which isn’t as good as many thought it could be.  

On tap: Lots of schools have finals, so lots of kids are taking tests, so very few games are being played. Even fewer good games are being played. Seriously, there’s nothing on TV. Get your Christmas shopping/duties done Monday if you’ve already let it get to this point. We’re 13 days out from Christmas and one week from Hanukah.

Photo: US PRESWIRE
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:48 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 9:47 am
 

Night Court: Brawl, upsets and no Sully


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: Indiana blew a 10-point second-half lead and it looked as though top-ranked Kentucky was going to escape with a victory in Bloomington -- until Hoosiers talented forward Christian Watford drilled a 3-pointer as time expired to give IU its biggest win in the Tom Crean Era. This one was riveting from the get-go and could wind up being a defining victory for a program that has worked its way out of the gutter. 

Game of the Day for all the wrong reasons: The latest edition of the Crosstown Shootout was unforgettable. Xavier exacted a measure of revenge on the court with a 23-point drubbing over Cincinnati, but it was the fracas that ended the game with nine seconds left that made this one a lasting memory. It began with trash-talking between Xavier's Tu Holloway and Ge'Lawn Guyn, but included several haymakers - one delivered by Bearcats senior Yancy Gates to fellow heavyweight Kenny Frease that left the Musketeers big man with blood gushing under his eye. This ugly scene completed overshadowed a terrific showing by a Xavier team that is currently ranked eighth in the nation. 

Win to brag about: Phil Martelli and his St. Joe's program have struggled the last couple years, winning a total of 22 times the last two seasons. It had been nearly three years since the Hawks had knocked off a Top 25 team, but St. Joe's handed an undefeated and ranked Creighton team its first loss of the season on Saturday. Junior guard Carl Jones scored 29 points in the 80-71 victory. 

Loss to hide from: Tennessee didn't just blow an 11-point lead, but they did it against an Austin Peay team that began the season with nine consecutive losses. The Vols, under new coach Cuonzo Martin, fell to 3-5 overall after watching Austin Peay score the final eight points of the game at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Tyshawn Taylor - Kansas' senior guard, playing with a torn MCL that will require surgery on Sunday that is expected to put him on the shelf for the next couple weeks, logged 35 minutes, finished with nine points and 13 assists in the Jayhawks win over Ohio State. Sure, the Buckeyes didn't have Jared Sullinger. However, it doesn't take away from the gutsy effort put forth by Taylor. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Terrence Jones - He's still an enigma and yet another exhibit of how he hasn't yet changed came against Indiana when he finished with just four points and one rebound - and sat on the bench for the final minutes of the loss to the Hoosiers. One day Jones can look like the best player in America - and the next he can appear lazy and disinterested. 

Numbers don’t lie:

500: That's the number of career victories that Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus has after his Billikens defeated Illinois-Springfield, 72-62. 

1-0: That's UCLA's record in the post-Reeves Nelson Era. The Bruins defeated Penn, 77-73. Lazeric Jones scored 21 points in the win. 

38%: That's Mason Plumlee's free throw percentage after going 2-for-11 from the charity stripe in Duke's win over Washington.

43: That's how many points IUPUI's Alex Young put up tonight in a 84-76 win over Western Kentucky. The 6-foot-6 wing's previous career-high was 32.  

0: That was the number of field goal attempts Wisconsin All-American candidate Jordan Taylor made in 10 attempts. The Badgers somehow still managed to beat UNLV, 62-51. 

21 & 19: That was the final line for Delaware junior big man Jamelle Hagins on Saturday

Six Other notable results:

North Carolina edged Long Beach State, 84-78, in Chapel Hill. John Henson had 24 points and 10 boards, Harrison Barnes finished with 20 points and Kendall Marshall dished out 16 assists. Casper Ware had 29 for Long Beach State. 

Butler fell to 4-6 after losing to Ball State in Muncie. Khyle Marshall had 21 for the Bulldogs, but no one else for Brad Stevens' team was in double-figures. 

Syracuse had no issues with George Washington as the Orange rolled to a 85-50 victory, meaning that Jim Boeheim - in the midst of all the off-the-court issues involving his former assistant coach Bernie Fine - will likely assume the No. 1 spot when the polls are released on Monday. 

Kansas got a much-needed win over Ohio State in Lawrence, 78-67. The Jayhawks needed it because the Jared Sullinger (back spasms) wasn't on the court for Thad Matta's team. 

Temple, despite being without starting big man Micheal Eric, got the better of Villanova in a Big 5 matchup. Ramone Moore exploded for 32 for the Owls (6-2). Jay Wright's team fell to 5-4. 

Michigan State, led by 34 points from Draymond Green, got an impressive road win at the Kennel against Gonzaga.  

Notes:

Ohio State's Player of the Year candidate Jared Sullinger sat out the game at Kansas and a much-anticipated matchup with Jayhawks big man Thomas Robinson due to back spasms. 

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor played in the win against Ohio State with a torn MCL. Taylor is set to have surgery on Sunday and is expected to miss a couple weeks. 

Arizona freshman guard Josiah Turner returned from a one-game suspension and played 17 minutes in a win over Clemson. Turner had six points, six rebounds, five turnovers and one assist. 

Marcus Jordan, Michael's son, was suspended for Central Florida's two-point win over Bethune-Cookman. 

Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper finished with a triple-double (14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds) in a win at Portland late Saturday night.  

Northern Arizona defeated Cal State Bakersfield in the Lumberjacks first game following the sudden resignation of coach Mike Adras. Dave Brown, 70, took the reigns on an interim basis. 

Texas A&M's top scorer, Khris Middleton, returned after missing the last seven games with a knee injury and finished with 24 points.  

On tap: 

It's a fairly lackluster Sunday. Here are the top three games: 

1) Murray State at Memphis, 6 p.m. ET - The Racers have one of the nation's underrated point guards in Isaiah Canaan and could pull off the upset. 

2) Iona at Marshall, 2:30 p.m. ET - Two of the nation's top mid-major teams this season. 

3) Detroit at Alabama, 6 p.m. ET - Ray McCallum Jr., (aka Little Ray) goes up against an athletic Crimson Tide squad that will likely fall out of the Top 25 after a loss earlier this week. 

Photo: AP

Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:59 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 12:02 am
 

Night Court: WVU wins in double overtime



By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Kansas State coach Frank Martin called a timeout and got his team a nice look at the end of the second overtime, but Rodney McGruder's 3-pointer that would've tied things just didn't fall and West Virginia escaped with an eventual 85-80 victory in Wichita. The Mountaineers got 30 points from Kevin Jones, whose 3-pointer at the end of regulation forced the first overtime. West Virginia is now 5-2. KSU fell to 5-1.

Win to brag about: Harvard entered Gampel Pavilion as a ranked team for the first time but Connecticut exited with the win. The ninth-ranked Huskies won 67-53 thanks to 18 points from sophomore Jeremy Lamb and 12 more from freshman Andre Drummond. They dropped the 25th-ranked Crimson to 8-1. Had Harvard won, Tommy Amaker would've had the first Ivy League team to start 9-0 since the 1969-70 season.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Jack Cooley got 22 points and 14 rebounds in Notre Dame's 87-78 win over Maine. Six of the junior forward's rebounds were offensive. He was 7-of-11 from the field, 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Patrick Heckmann took nine shots, missed eight and pretty much ensured that Boston College wouldn't upset Providence. The Eagles lost 64-57. It wasn't primarily because Heckmann shot 11.1 percent from the field. But it kinda was.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 8: That's how many steals Drake got in a 66-53 win over Eastern Michigan.
  • 11: That's how many assists Cliff Colimon had in Eastern Washington's 104-54 win over Linfield.
  • 32: That's how many turnovers Central Pennsylvania College had in a 109-86 loss to Virginia Military.

Three other notable results:

  1. Cleveland State improved to 9-1 with a 62-58 win over Robert Morris.
  2. Detroit moved to a game within .500 with a 92-81 win over Western Michigan.
  3. Oklahoma's 73-59 win over Oral Roberts was the Sooners' 11th consecutive victory over ORU.

Notes:

  • St. John's sophomore Nuri Lindsey told CBSSports.com on Thursday that he's transferring out of the program and to another Division I school. He was averaging 11.8 points per game for the Red Storm.
  • Ohio State sophomore Jared Sullinger tops the CBSSports.com Player of the Year rankings this week. Kansas' Thomas Robinson, Xavier's Tu Holloway, Missouri's Marcus Denmon and Kentucky's Anthony Davis round out the top five.

On tap: Florida is the only ranked team playing Friday. The 12th-ranked Gators host Rider at 7 p.m. ET. Meantime, Richmond is at VCU and Iowa is at Iowa State.

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