Mercer 96 USC 81 - I guess the O.J. Mayo coming out party didn't go as planned. Nothing like losing to Mercer by 15 points on your home floor when you clearly have more talent on your team. Tim Floyd wasted no time with his phenom, playing him all 40 minutes. While he scored 32 points, he took a Kobe-esque 27 shots and turned the ball over eight times. Does it sound like we have a hard time rooting for the kid? Maybe its because it is. Anyone who picks a school based on how he can market himself just isn't someone we can get behind. Mercer is the second Atlantic Sun conference team to pull a major upset this week.
Oregon 100 Pepperdine 70 - Ernie Kent's squad, now known as the "other team" on campus used a balanced attack to bury the Waves. Their three studs, Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor, and Taquan Porter all scored 17. In his first start, MTAC favorite Joevan Caetron had eight points and eight boards. We love his game.
Marquette 76 IUPUI 68 - Struggling with IUPUI is not the way Tom Crean wanted to start the season. But hey, at least he didn't lose like like his mentor Tom Izzo did. Interestingly enough, the Golden Eagles shot 55% from the field, but couldn't put the Jaguars away. Jerel McNeil led Marquette with 20. Lazar Hayward played the best of the much-maligned post players, scoring 11 on 4-5 shooting.
Georgetown 68 William & Mary 53 - With gobs of talent and experience, I know they weren't only up five at the half, were they? All of the depth, yet the Hoya bench combined for just two points? No worries, Bi Roy Hibbert decided to show, going 9-11 for a game high 23. Jesse Sapp added 18.
Pittsburgh 88 North Carolina A&T 61 - The Panthers, playing for the second time in two nights, scored identical 44 points in both halves and were in control from the tip. Levance Fields had his second sub par game, but Sam Young went off for 24 and 11. Shades of Chevy Troutman.