The second night of the ACC/Big East challenge had a couple of marquee matchups. You also had Minnesota travelling to Florida State where an FSU team who had previously lost to Cleveland State, knocked off Tubby's Gophers 75-61. MTAC fave Frosh Blake Hoffarber led the Gophs with 12. Stat Guru MG's UVA Cavaliers buried Northwestern 94-52 and Kentucky only beat 0-5 Stony Brook by 10 in Rupp Arena.
Duke 82 Wisconsin 58 - Talk about a statement game. The cover of this week's ESPN the Magazine had a header that said "Is this the end for Coach K?" Yeah, I don't think so. PG Greg Paulus scored 18, Freshman Taylor King added 15 off the bench, and the stifling Devil full court pressure Defense completely rattled the Badgers into 18 turnovers. Duke came out smokin and led by 23 at the half. The cruised the rest of the way and looked cohesive doing so.
Indiana 83 Georgia Tech 79 - The talk of the night wasn't about the game, but rather the mysterious indefinate suspension of IU PG Jordan Crawford for a violation of team rules. Without their top guard off the bench, Kelvin Sampson essentially went with a one man bench (PF Mike White) to bring this W home. Eric Gordon, playing all 40 minutes, was fabulous again, scoring 29 and getting to the line a whopping 16 times. He did, howver commit eight turnovers. DJ White chipped in a much needed double double, 18 points and 14 boards. Don't let this win fool you, The Hoosiers looked soft.
Clemson 61 Purdue 58 - KC Rivers was the man for Clemson, carrying them to the winners circle with his 18 point, 12 rebound night. The Tigers are now 6-0. Seriously, this game was a bore and I have nothing more to say about it.
Memphis 104 Austin Peay 82 - Man does Memphis have depth. Six players scored in double digits, led by Chris Douglas-Roberts' 23. PG Derrick Rose had his usual ho-hum 19 point, 12 assist game, and Joey Dorsey came strong with a double double of his own, 10 and 10. Nine players logged 17 minutes or more.
Pittsburgh 80 Boston University 53 - The Panthers are now 6-0 after the win. Their wins are over Houston, North Carolina A&T, St. Louis, Mississippi Valley State, Buffalo, and now Boston. Look up cupcake schedule in the dictionary and you will see a picture of the Pitt Panther. Their next two games are against Toledo and Duquesne. That's an embarrassment.
Tennessee 93 North Carolina A&T 59 - Good to see Chris Lofton rounding back into form. He led the Vols with 24 in this blowout win in Knoxville. The player of the night however was Tyler Smith, who was a perfect 7-7 from the field, scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He will be the difference this year for the Vols. They finally have a true post presence.