So St. Louis beat Detroit 66-58. Rick Majerus' club is now 3-1. John Brady, LSU's coach on the hot seat after last year's colassal failure year, was tied with 0-2 McNeese State at the half and only won by four in Baton Rouge. That on the same day that prized recruit J'Mison "Bobo" Morgan failed to sign his letter of intent and is having second thoughts about playing for Brady. Oklahoma State lost to North Texas by nine in a game that wasn't that close. To paraphrase the great Rick Pitino, "Mario Boggan ain't walkin through that door. James-On Curry ain't walkin through that door." Boy was it a bad night for the Big 12. Sam Houston State took down Bob Knight's Texas Tech club 56-54 and Iowas State lost to Bradley by nine. But how about those young National Champion Gators? They buried North Carolina Central 105-51. Oh, and we have another major injury. Kentucky's best perimeter player Jodie Meeks will be out a month with a stress fracture in his pelvic area.
North Carolina 72 Davidson 68 - So we screwed up in not ranking Davidson at the beginning of the year. They returned everyone of significance from a tournament team, led by Stephen Curry, Dell's kid. The #1 Heels led by eight at the half before succumbing to a 12-2 Davidson run. Next thing you know, they are trailing. Curry's three with 6:36 left gave Davidson a one point lead. This was a tie game with 1:21 left on the Andrew Lovedale putback. But with Tyler Hansbrough in foul trouble, Soph Guard Wayne Ellington answered with a jumper, two of his 20 points that pulled out the W for Roy Williams' club. I know it's one game, but we aren't buying the Tar Heels as a #1 team. We are buying Davidson though.
Michigan State 83 Louisiana-Monroe 65 - Back to Back W's for Tom Izzo's squad. Freshman Guard Chris Allen will be a factor all year folks. He scored 17 off the bench. The kid has no conscience. He shot a Kobe-esque 14 shots in 15 minutes. AA Candidate Drew Neitzel added 15. Canton McKinley product Raymar Morgan is looking AA-ish himself with his second straight double-double. I guess this means the Spartans can have their new locker room back.
Tennessee 101 Arkansas-Monticello 44 - The good, MTAC's #1 team buried their opponent and scored over 100. Tyler Smith scored 15 and Jajuan Smith added 14. The Bad, All-American Chris Lofton went 3-15 from the field after his 1-8 opener. Plus, what are the Vols doing playing Arkansas-Monticello anyway? Someone's got blackmail photos of Bruce Pearl. Oh yeah, everyone already does.
Texas A&M 81 UTEP 76 - In the "I was left by Billy Gillispie" bowl, the Aggies saved the Big 12 from an all-time horrible night by rallying to beat the Miners. SG Josh Carter caught fire in the second half, finishing with 23. Dominique Kirk chipped in with 13 as Mark Turgeon's club overcame an eight point halftime deficit. Freshman Center DeAndre Jordan needs work at the free throw line. 4-11 isn't going to cut it when you are your teams #1 low post option. Remember the name Stefon Jackson. UTEP's 6-5 Junior Guard lit up the Aggies for 27. He had 27 the previous night in a win over Texas A&M-CC.