Providence 67 Arkansas 51 - Remember when I said the Razorbacks would live and die with Gary Ervin's turnover ratio? Well he had six last night with only two assists. You think Ervin's play was bad, well look at the rest of the team. How about 32 turnovers and just 10 assists. Sonny Weems shot just 1-5 in 36 minutes and Patrick Beverley 3-11 in 38 minutes. Meanwhile, an unsung group of Friars dominated the second half, led by Brian McKenzie and Geoffrey McDermott.
Syracuse 80 Fordham 63 - It was the Donte Greene show at the Carrier Dome. The Freshman went off for 25 points and 9 boards in the rout of the Rams, showing a dizzying array of post moves. Eric Devendorf added 17 of his own and Arinze Onuaku chipped in with 12. I peeped a little of this game and the Cuse looks like hey will be a player in the Big East this year.
Tennessee 89 Prairie View A&M 75 - Nothing says November college basketball like back to back games with Arkansas-Monticello and Prairie View A&M. You know what's sad? My preseason #1 team was trailing 36-35 at the half. For the third consectuive game, All American Guard Chris Lofton's shot was way off, this time 3-12, moving his season to 6-27. Jajuan Smith was worse, shooting 1-2. The good news? Bruce Pearl re-instated F Duke Crews from suspension.
Texas 73 UC-Davis 42 - The magnificent Longhorn backcourt dominated this mismatch. A.J. Abrams scored 21 next to Point Guard D.J. Augustine who had a double-double 1o points and 11 assists. Davis actually hung tough, trailing by only six at the half, before Augustine and Conner Atchley hit big threes to push the lead to 17. At least the UC-Davis program got a cool $50k to come to Austin and get bombed.
Memphis 81 Connecticut 70 - I watched the entire second half of this tilt. It was a lot closer than the score. Folks, this Memphis team is for real. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose are an unbelievably talented duo. CDR led the Tigers with a career high 33 with seven boards. Rose looks like an veteran running the show, scoring 24 points to go with his assists. Rose is incredible and will be a first team All American this year. Mark my words. Joey Dorsey and Robert Dozier controlled the glass with 13 and 10 rebounds respectively.