I know, I know, A-Rod signed his contract, Barry Bonds was indicted, Dennis Dixon got hurt costing Oregon a shot at a national title in a loss to Arizona, where head coach Mike Stoops just did his brother Bob and his OU Sooners a huge favor, Weedhead Ricky Williams is rejoining the Dolphins, and Jake Peavy won his Cy Young award unanimously. But we at MTAC are two things first and foremost: College Hoops junkies and lover of all things C-Town. Lots of tournament action on the docket last night on the college hardwood, so lets get right to it.
Kansas 92 Washburn 60 - The game itself was immaterial. All you need to know is that Brandon Rush played his first game since tearing his ACL this summer, coming off the bench for 12 first half minutes. He didn't play in the second half. Sherron Collins missed his first game with a stress fracture in his foot, and Washburn is like playing against five guys down at the Y. We will give you much more on this game later.
Memphis 63 Oklahoma 53 - In the second Coaches vs. Cancer Semi-final (I mean really, did anyone care to watch Gardner-Webb/UConn?), Memphis, not exactly known for his defense, locked down the Sooners, holding each of the five starters to single digits. Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts combined to outscore the Sooner backcourt 29-8. I was anxious to see the much-hyped Sooner F Blake Griffin; he didn't show me that much in his first game. That will happen when you are matched up with Memphis big man Joey Dorsey.
Georgetown 74 Michigan 52 - Now that is more like it for the Hoyas. A true blowout from the tip off. A balanced attack led by Roy Hibbert and Jesse Sapp (12 each) did it for JT3's boys. The undermanned Michigan squad had no answer for Hibbert in particular. They out rebounded the Blue 43-23. You aren't going to win many games that way. The good news for Michigan Hoops fans (all three of you)? Tommy Amaker is no longer your coach.
Arkansas 75 Charleston 49 - Thanks to ESPNU, we got to peep a little of this game from Puerto Rico. We will say this, the Sonny Weems/Patrick Beverley duo will be a major force in the down SEC this year. You think Georgetown dominated the glass against Michigan? How does a 51-23 margin grab you? Pretty nice if you are a Razorback fan. 7-15 from deep doesn't hurt your cause either. The Gary Ervin turnover count was not great; he had four compared to three assists.
Pittsburgh 78 Mississippi Valley State 45 - Props to the Delta Devils for producing the greatest Wide Receiver of all time Jerry Rice. Other than that, any particular reason Pitt coach Jamie Dixon scheduled this game? F Sam Young had 17 and 12 in this pasting.
Stanford 71 Northwestern 60 - The battle of the two best non-Ivy league schools was won by the Cardinal in Evanston. The Wildcats had no answer for Anthony Goods who scored 19. Robin Lopez was big in the paint with 16, and Sophomore Landry Fields buried four triples and 16 points off the bench. Still no Brook Lopez for the Cardinal.
N.C. State 66 William and Mary 47 - It was a late opener for the Wolfpack, but they didn't disappoint with the 19 point win. Freshman JJ Hickson, a top 15 Freshman, didn't wait to have his coming out party, going off for 31 on a sick 12-12 from the field, with seven boards and five assists. Not bad. Brandon Costner chipped in a double-double 13 and 12 of his own.
Clemson 84 Mississippi State 82 - Two teams on the fringe of the top 25 battled all night in a game won by the Tigers. You remember Clemson last year don't you? Started 17-0 and missed the tournament. James Mays and K.C. Rivers are back, which make a formidable duo. They combined for 30 in the win. The best guard you've never heard of, Jamont Gordon, led the Bulldogs with 23 and 12 rebounds.
Maryland 74 Northeastern 72 OT - Yes, you read that correctly, the Terps needed OT to beat Northeastern AT HOME. Let's be honest here, this program isn't elite anymore and hasn't been since their 2002 title. Gary Williams just isn't getting the talent he used to. My apologies to our hero, Scott Van Pelt, Maryland grad.