Sunday, January 27, 2008

Coast to Tyus Edney against Mizzou

Quite the interesting day in college hoops. The amount of underdogs that won was staggering. The Big East showed it's major league depth, while the Big Ten stumbled a bit. For the fourth straight week, our team of the week (Baylor) lost their next game. The best team in Mississippi may not reside in Oxford, and don't look now, but Kentucky is becoming relevant again. Speaking of Mississippi State, who else loved that Final Four team of 1996 with Dontae Jones, Erick Dampier, and company?

#1 Memphis 81 Gonzaga 73 - It may have finished an eight point game, but it didn't feel as though it was that close. Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts put on a show. Rose has 18, nine assists, and eight boards. Joey Dorsey killed the Bulldogs on the glass with 13 boards and a host of highlight reel dunks. Interestingly, Memphis shot just 6-24 from deep and it didn't seem to matter.

#2 Kansas 84 Nebraska 49 - The Huskers just can't hang with KU in any sport. The football team dropped 76 on the Huskers in the fall, and just two weeks ago, the Jayhawks won in Lincoln by 21. You know it's bad when Nebraska scored 15 points in the first half, while KU big man Darrell Arthur had 14 by himself. Brandon Rush hit five threes on his way to 17 points. This was men against boys.

Connecticut 68 #8 Indiana 63 - The Huskies are smokin hot right now. Playing without suspended Guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins, Jim Calhoun's club killed the Hoosiers in the post while shutting down Eric Gordon for the upset. Calhoun put 6'9 Stanley Robinson on Gordon and it worked like a charm; Gordon was just 5-16. Meanwhile, all five UConn starters were in double figures and Hasheem Thabeet was 6-7 from the field. Jeff Adrian had 11 and 11. He was toughest player on the floor by a mile. This was the biggest win of the day by any team. This was also Indiana's first home loss of the Kelvin Sampson era.

Purdue 60 #11 Wisconsin 56 - Don't look now, but Purdue is 5-1 and tied with Wisconsin and Michigan State one game behind Indiana. Purdue lost every statistical category except the one that matters most. It came down to one play. Bo Ryan ran the same play he ran to beat Texas, except this time Michael Flowers drove to the hole and had his shot blocked by Robbie Hummel to preserve the Boilers big win. The fans stormed the floor. "I didn't see them come down, I just got mobbed," Hummel, a freshman, said. "It was awesome. It was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had on a basketball court. It was crazy." Were both Indiana and Wisconsin looking ahead to their matchup Thursday?

Mississippi State 88 #15 Mississippi State 68 - Do we sound the Fraud Siren on the Rebels yet? The Bulldogs ran them over from the opening tip and have to be taken seriously as a threat to win the SEC. With Jamont Gordon (13), Jarvis Varnado (12, 8 boards, 4 blocks), and the return of Charles Rhodes (26), the Bulldogs dominated their in-state rival. They shot 56% from the field and held Ole Miss to 36%. That makes two straight losses for the Rebels who get Vandy next.

#9 Georgetown 58 West Virginia 57 - Give the Hoyas credit, winning on the road in the Big East isn't easy. They came back from a six point deficit in the last two minutes to steal this one. Jessie Sapp's three with 6.5 seconds left gave them the one point lead, but Da'Sean Butler found himself driving to the hole with a finger role for the win. Out of nowhere came Patrick Ewing Jr to swat the shot and secure the W.

#6 Washington State 56 Arizona State 55 - James Harden tried everything he could to will the Sun Devils to a win, but his drive to the hole at the buzzer rimmed out and Wazzu picked up a big road win. Harden finished with 25 in a losing effort. Derrick Low nailed six three's and keyed the Cougars who trailed by as many as 11. They almost blew and 11 point second half lead of their own and an eight point lead with 2:50 left.

#14 Texas A&M 59 Oklahoma State 56 - Sean Sutton's club continues to play teams close and come up short. The Aggies got a badly needed victory and ended a three game losing streak even though they turned the ball over 16 times. The owned the glass (31-20) and shot 51% from the field. The biggest question for A&M is what has happened to Freshman DeAndre Jordan. Banished to the bench by coach Mark Turgeon, he played just 13 minutes, scoring just two points and committing three fouls. He has scored in double figures just once since New Years Eve.

Rutgers 77 #17 Pittsburgh 64 - This has to be the headscratcher of the day. Rutgers, who entered this week 0-6 in conference, has beaten ranked opponents Villanova and Pittsburgh back to back. Trailing by seven at the half, the Scarlet Knights went on a 20-2 run led by Corey Chandler (18) and Mike Coburn (17). "It's a miracle," said J.R. Inman. "It's a dream come true. We're starting to establish ourselves as a program, coming to the Zoo and winning. It's amazing."

Notre Dame 90 #18 Villanova 80 - We may rename the Fraud Siren the "Super Nova." They were completely dominated in the post by Luke Harangody, who had 25 and 10. His point guard Kyle McAlarney was better, nailing 5-8 threes on his way to 30 points. If Villanova is still ranked next week, the polls should be disbanded.

Richmond 80 #19 Dayton 63 - Here is another stunner to me. Richmond came in 9-8 and 2-2 in the Atlantic 10. Dayton had come in losers of two straight and banged up. Playing without forwards Chris Wright and Charles Little, the Spiders blew the Flyers doors off right from the start. A 25-5 first half run was the difference. Like the Pac-10 and Big East, there are no nights off in the A-10.

#21 Stanford 82 Cal 77 - Brook Lopez had a huge night with 23 points, while his brother Robin grabbed 14 boards, 10 offensive. Cal's Ben Braun cannot feel safe in Berkeley these days.

#23 Drake 58 Northern Iowa 54 - Klayton Korver was on fire for Drake, nailing 7-8 three pointers. His night was the difference as the Bulldogs move to 18-1, 9-0 in the MVC. With Illinois State's loss, they now own a two game lead in conference.

Other Scores of Note:

Oklahoma 77 Baylor 71 - Just when we jump on the Baylor bandwagon and anoint them the team of the week, they lose at home to Oklahoma. Nobody knew it, but OU super-frosh Blake Griffin would play and play well. He came off the bench to score 17 and grab 15 rebounds in 22 minutes. Now that is what we call quality minutes.

Kansas State 82 Iowa State 57 - Michael Beasley scored 33 points and tallied 15 rebounds in just 22 minutes in this blowout. How good is he? Up next for the Cats, undefeated Kansas. Have we mentioned the K-State is 0-19 at Bramlage Coliseum against KU?

Louisville 67 St. John's 57 - The Cardinals had to have this one.

UNLV 72 San Diego State 69 - The battle for first place in the MVC went to the Rebels. UNLV is now 15-4. The Mountain West is always a highly underrated league.

BYU 83 New Mexico 66 - The Cougars keep pace with UNLV atop the MVC after this win. We are still high on this team, thanks to Trent Plaisted (13 and 13) and Lee Cummard (20) in the post.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee 79 Cleveland State 71 - Just like that, CSU's two game lead over Butler has evaporated.

Kentucky 78 South Carolina 70 - Other than their loss at Mississippi State (no shame in that), Kentucky has played as well as any team in the SEC. Ramel Bradley had 26 on the perimeter and Patrick Patterson has 22 in the post.

Arizona 84 Washington 69 - The Cats better be back in the top 25 next week. Jerryd Bayless was 9-11 for 26 points. Chase Budinger hit five threes on his way to 25 points. Jordan Hill had 16 and 11 in the post. That is production for inside and out.

USC 95 Oregon 86 OT - The Trojans are making their move in the Pac-10. Daniel Hackett had 26, OJ Mayo 25, and Dwight Lewis 24. Noted Oregon ballhog was 4-16 shooting.

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