Sunday, February 3, 2008

Coast to Tyus Edney against Mizzou

The Upsets:

Penn State 85 #7 Michigan State 76 - When we looked at the Spartans soft schedule, we didn't see many blips on the radar screen. We certainly didn't see them losing to 10-10 a Penn State team. Drew Neitzel shot just 2-10 and they never adjusted their physical style to the refs who called it tight. Penn State went to the line a whopping 51 times, making 34.

#14 Stanford 67 #9 Washington State 65 OT - Why is this considered an upset? Technically, it shouldn't be as Stanford is the hot team, now 18-3. But going into Pullman and winning without starting SG Anthony Goods is impressive. Brook Lopez and Lawrence Hill both scored 18. Kyle Weaver had 23 for the Cougars in a losing effort. Key for this game was Wazzu's Arron Baynes, their sole physical big man, fouled out in just 15 minutes of play.

South Carolina 80 #22 Mississippi 77 - This one has to be the stunner of the day. What has happened to Ole Miss? They were once 14-0, now they are 16-4 after this home loss to a bad South Carolina team. The Gamecocks shot 11-22 from three and PG Devon Downey had 25 points in the win. Andy Kennedy's team is sinking fast.

Missouri 77 #24 Kansas State 74 - For the fifth consecutive week, our team of the week loses it's next game. K-State dominated this game for a half. Then Mizzou coach Mike Anderson went zone and the game completely changed. They packed it in against star Michael Beasley and he couldn't get anything going. Meanwhile, the K-State guards couldn't hit their shots and turned the ball over 15 times. J.T. Tiller was big down the stretch for the Tigers, scoring 20 and Mizzou pulled off the upset at home without suspended F Darryl Butterfield, PG Jason Horton, and leading scorer Steffon Hannah out with a broken jaw.

Arkansas 80 #19 Florida 61 - Just when we started to give some love to the young Gators, they go to Arkansas and get their doors blown off. John Pelphrey, a former assistant under Billy Donovan in Gainesville, watched as his Razorbacks shot 54% while holding the Gators to 33%. Our favorite whipping boy, Gary Ervin scored 15 off the bench, but it was Sonny Weems who led Arkansas with 17.

They Keep Rolling:

#1 Memphis 70 UTEP 64 - The #1 Tigers struggled, shooting just 1-17 from three and missing 20 free throws, but in the end, Derrick Rose hit two big shots to hold off the Miners. If there is a weakness on this team, its free throw shooting. They rank a shocking 339th out of 341 D-1 teams. Chris Douglas-Roberts led the Tigers with 24.

#3 Duke 88 Miami 73 - The Devils clearly did not overlook the Canes before Wednesday's showdown with North Carolina. They nailed 12 threes and Demarcus Nelson continued his great play of late, leading Duke with 21.

#5 UCLA 82 Arizona 60 - Maybe the biggest statement game of the day. Arizona came to Pauley on a role, playing some of its best basketball of the year, and the Bruins just rolled them. Darren Collison completely shut down Jerryd Bayless while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute held Chase Budinger to 4-12 shooting and 9 points. While this was going on, Kevin Love was killing the Cats in the post with 26 and 11 boards. The Bruins looked dominant.

#8 Tennessee 76 #25 Mississippi State 71 - This was a nice road win for the Vols; Mississippi State is a solid squad. Good to see Duke Crews back for Tennessee after his heart issue. Chris Lofton had another solid effort, nailing four more three's on his way to 20 points. "We take a lot of pride on trying to get a win on the road because a lot of teams ain't going to go in someone else's gym and get a win in our conference," JaJuan Smith said.

#15 Xavier 75 Lasalle 62 - Watch out for Xavier, They are flying under the radar and they have the talent to make a Final Four run. Six Musketeers scored in double figures and while they didn't shoot it well (5-18 from deep), they were in control from the opening tip.

#6 Georgetown 73 Seton Hall 61 - This is a better win than you think. The Pirates are playing as well as any team in the Big East, coming in winning five straight. Brian Laing's 26 was not enough to stop Pat Ewing Jr (16) and Roy Hibbert (16) in the post, and Jessie Sapp (17) on the perimeter.

#17 Drake 83 Indiana State 77 - The Bulldogs are really impressing us. Another road win in a hostile enviornment last night was they win in Terre Haute. They shot 10-22 from deep, including four from Josh Young, and they all of them as they trailed by as many as 10. Three point specialist Klayton Korver played just 14 minutes and didn't score, with foul trouble all night. Drake is now 11-0 in the MVC and carry a 19 game winning streak.

Connecticut 60 #21 Pittsburgh 63 - The Huskies are sizzling. Their fifth straight win and third over a ranked team came in Hartford as they held off a game Pitt team. Unlike the other games, they did it with defense. The Panthers shot just 2-16 from three and 32% for the game. Meanwhile, A.J. Price was magnificent for UConn, leading the way with 21. "I'm impressed, I should be. It is impressive what we're doing right now," Price said of the winning streak. "We haven't played at our peak but we have shown you how good we can be and as the season goes on we'll get better and go from there."

#23 Texas A&M 60 Oklahoma 52 - A close game throughout, the Aggies pulled away late thanks to hustle plays from big man Brian Davis. Since coach Mark Turgeon went to Davis in the starting lineup to replace struggling Freshman DeAndre Jordan, A&M has just one loss, in five OT's to Baylor. Joseph Jones had 18 to go with Davis' 13 and eight boards. Davis also locked down OU's star Blake Griffin, holding him to just five shots and six points in 38 minutes.

Good Bounce Backs:

#2 Kansas 73 Colorado 59 - KU looked like a team still hung over during the first half in Boulder. They were tied at 30 at the half, playing uninspired ball. They came out in the second half with an 8-0 run and never looked back. It wa sthe post players who did it for the Jayhawks. Darnell Jackson was great, leading KU with 18, including 10-10 from the line. Sasha Kaun was 4-5 for 12 points and Brandon Rush added 15.

#10 Texas 80 Baylor 72 - Rick Barnes was willing to try anything to light a fire under his struggling squad. He benched PF Damion James to start the game and it must have worked. James had 17 and eight boards off the bench to go with A.J. Abrams 20 in the Horns come from behind win. It was also good to see Gary Johnson get back to form, scoring 12 in 19 minutes off the bench. Kevin Rogers led a game Baylor club with 20.

Other Scores of Note:

Rhode Island 82 Dayton 70 - Dayton needs to get healthy and fast if they want to stay on the NCAA Tournament committee radar. Rhode Island is already right there.

Loyola-IL 65 Cleveland State 53 - That's 0-4 on the four game road trip for the Vikings.

Cal 79 Washington 75 - Another tough team in the Pac-10 is emerging. Cal swept their Washington trip thanks Ryan Anderson. He followed up his 33 point performance Thursday with 33 and 17 in Seattle.

USC 67 Arizona State 53 - It took two whole weeks to show ASU was a fraud. Sound the Siren. As the Sun Devils are now 4-5 and have lost four in a row.

Syracuse 87 Villanova 73 - What has happened to Jay Wright's club? 14 point loss at home and a 3-6 mark in the Big East? Yikes.

Notre Dame 89 Depaul 80 - Anyone else notice the Irish are 6-2 in the Big East and just one game back of Georgetown?

Iowa 53 Ohio State 48 - That's a bad loss for the Buckeyes.

Purdue 83 Illinois 75 -The Boilers are quietly putting together a nice season at 17-5 and 8-1 in the Big Ten.

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