#18 Butler 83 Bradley 64 - A big win for the Bulldogs proving they can win in the 50's or the 80's. AJ Graves scored 21 and out of nowhere, G Willie Veasley went 5-5 for 12 points off the bench. It was Veasley's first double digit output of the year. Mike Green added 17. The Horizon League is going to be tough at the top with Butler, Valpo, and Wright State.
#2 Memphis 79 Cincinnati 69 - It was the Derrick Rose show in the Queen city. The fabulous frosh had 26 points, six assists, and four rebounds. The Tigers needed a big night from Rose as Chris Douglas-Roberts was non-existent. Like Kansas last night, Memphis struggled on the road with an inferior opponent, but came away with the W. The real question for Calipari's club still remains, who is going to step up and replace the long range shooting of Jeremy Hunt.
#12 Tennessee 86 North Carolina-Asheville 73 - Chris Lofton is back folks. He hit four threes on his way to a game high 24 points while becoming the alltime three point king in Tennessee history. Jajuan Smith and JP Prince had 13 each. Big man Brian Williams, who will be counted on with Duke Crews sidelined, scored eight points and grabbed nine boards. Up next for the Vols, a tough road test with Xavier.
#10 Michigan State 85 San Jose State 45 - Tom Izzo's club is clicking on all cylinders right now. Nothing like a 40 point blowout tuneup for the big time showdown with Texas on Saturday. Meanwhile, how good are the games this weekend? Tennessee/Xavier, Georgetown/Memphis, Mississippi/Clemson, Stanford/Texas Tech. Solid.
#14 Texas A&M 79 Detroit 39 - This was the lock of the night. A&M laying only 21 against the offensively challenged Titans. Detroit made only 14 field goals and shot just 24% from the field. They were completely outclassed by the Aggies. Freshman Deandre Jordan was 7-8 from the floor with 14. Josh Carter nailed three trifecta's for an A&M team which hit 9-17 from deep.
#1 North Carolina 88 Nichols State 78 - There was some concern that Tyler Hansbrough wouldn't play or suffer some effects from his concussion in his last game. Yeah, I wouldn't worry about that. Psycho T had 27 and 11. As for the rest of the Heels - Only beating 4-8 Nichols State by 10 proved they weren't into it. "So much for the exams being over," Coach Roy Williams said. "I thought we played better when we were studying."
#19 Arizona 52 UNLV 49 - The Cats trailed most of the game as UNLV forced their slow down pace. But in the end, Jordan Hill was too much in the post and Arizona won a game in which star Chase Budinger hit just two shots. Hill was a beast with 16 and 19 boards. Meanwhile, it was announced on Tuesday that interim coach Kevin O'Neill will be Lute Olsen's successor when he retires. USA Today had a solid piece on the O'Neill/Olsen coaching situation.
Wofford 69 Purdue 66 - Nothing like beating Louisville than losing to 4-4 Wofford five days later. Even stranger, this game was in West Lafayette. How can this one be explained? Purdue's 3-16 from three point land and 11-20 from the line didn't help. Even so, how does Wofford beat Purdue? Another black eye for the Big Ten.