|Dec 23, 2012, 04:36 PM||#1|
Location: Spfld, IL
College basketball 12-22-2012
It's was a pretty exciting Saturday in college basketball despite our Illini losing. Let's take a long look at went went down today with teams that are on the bubble, NCAA bound, a few that are destined for NIT, along with a couple that are CBI locks .
Upset central :
The Virginia Cavaliers fell to a struggling Old Dominion Monarchs squad in a neutral site matchup. After defeating power conference opponents Wisconsin in the ACC/B1G challenge, and Tennessee from the SEC this Cavalier team is hard to figure out. Joe Harris had another solid performance on the offensive end with 18 point, but sophomore ODU guard Dimitri Batten stole the show. Batten finished the game with 23 pts. on 8-13 shooting with 5 coming from long range. Donte Hill a Clemson Tigers transfer chipped in for the Monarchs with 12 pts and 7 boards with a couple key ft's to seal the victory. It's doesn't get any easier once the ACC starts up and this was one they needed. The Cavaliers at-large chances have been hurt after losses to the George Mason Patriots, Delaware's Fighting Blue Hens, and the 2-10 after today's game Old Dominion Monarchs.
The Missouri Valley Conference picked up a huge conference win with the Indiana State Sycamores beating a good Mississippi Rebels squad. The Rebels have lost 2 of its last 4 games against mid major teams with their first loss coming to a NCAA tournament at large contender in the Middle Tennessee St. Raiders. The SEC along with Ole Miss needed this game. Former Gonzaga Bulldog Manny Arop was the star of this game finishing with 27 pts, along with 7 boards. The rest of the Starters for the Sycamores had solid nights with a usual suspect to have big games in Jake Odum adding 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. The Rebels were lead by physical forwards Murphy Holloway's 16 pts., 13 boards, plus Reginald Buckner 17pts. with 10 rebounds, while Utah transfer Marshall Henderson finished with 27 points with 21 points coming from long range. Another transfer in Nick Williams from IU struggled from the field, and he could have been the x-factor in this game. Great win for the Sycamores, and the MVC who is staying hot.
Texas A&M lost to the Southern University Jaguars in a low scoring affair 53-51 in a game that gives the Big 12 another black eye. A&M needed this game if they were even thinking about a post season bid to the NIT. Luckily for the Aggies they have plenty of games left against top 100 teams to work themselves back onto the NIT bubble.
One of the biggest surprises of the day happened against the 12-0 New Mexico Lobos at home. The South Dakota St. Jackrabbits who were just pasted by the Belmont Bruins quickly forgot that game. They looked like a NCAA tournament team against Mountain West title contender New Mexico. The All American candidate pg Nate Wolters lead the way for SDSU with 28 pts., 7 assists, and 4 boards. The Lobos got solid outings from Tony Snell, and Kendall Williams who both finished with double digit numbers in the scoring column. Demetrius Walker continues to struggle and earned only 12 minutes today after playing less than 10 minutes in his last game. This is not a good loss and the A 10 is licking its chops for the MWC fictional 5th and 6th bids.
The Xavier Musketeers who just lost to a very good Cincinnati Bearcats team this week had a let down against the Wofford Terriers losing 56-55. Tough loss for Chris Macks squad, and of course after two huge morning wins for the A-10 they endure a loss like this. This Xavier team is still very young plus inexperienced, but they will compete for a top 6 finish in a deep league with good once again not great teams.
Derek Needham continues his solid season and career for what it's worth while torching the A-10's Saint Joseph's Hawks with 24 points, 5 assists, along with 3 boards in their 60-57 upset victory. Phil Martelli's team has struggled since the Hawks added dynamic senior guard Carl Jones after he served an early season suspension who ended up with just 3 points. I believe the Hawks were picked to win their league the A-10 and now stand at 5-4 on the year.
The Mercer Bears who defeated FSU earlier in the year took out a struggling Alabama Crimson team. The Bears are a unique team because the play the most players I've ever seen consistently in live game action. A depleted Crimson Tide teams depth was hurt a week or so ago with reserve big man Carl Engstrom going down with a season ending injury. Anthony Grant has to turn the Tide before they head into conference. Any legit centers not signed should look at Alabama plus a couple other teams I'm aware of because they are in desperate need of a true center.
The now 11-2 Bucknell Bison lost to the Princeton Tigers on the road today. Mike Muscala had a double double for the Bison with 17 pts with 11 rebounds. It wasn't enough as every Tiger starter finished with double digits in the scoring column lead by Ian Hummers 17 pts plus he grabbed 8 boards.
The Syracuse Orangemen going down to Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls at the Madison Square Garden in New York was a huge surprise to me. The Owl's had lost earlier in the week to the current 8-2 Canisius Golden Griffins. Khalif Wyatt with 33 pts., 4 assists, and Anthony Lee lead the way for the Owl's upset win over Cuse. Lee finished with 21 points plus 9 boards for the near double double. Jim Boheim's club only made 2 three point fg's to Temple's 8 with both teams shooting 30 + ft's. The Orangemen failed to take advantage of those ft's by only making 19 of 34 while the Owls hit 29 of their ft's.
Of course the KSU Wildcats hold home court serve with a huge victory over the UF Gators who have now dropped two big games in a row on the road. There were a number of solid performances by the Wildcats but the most impressive was Will Spradling's 17 pts, 6 rebounds to go along with 5 assists. Florida's Patrick Young had a great game grabbing 10 boards with 19 pts for a double double. This win was important for the Big 12 conference and K state if they are on the bubble come selection Sunday. The Gators will take a hit in the rankings but still are an elite team.
The Davidson Wildcats who I thought would be a NCAA tournament dropped a big game to the Drexel Dragons. Davidson drops to 6-5 while Drexel moved to 4-7 on the season. The Dragons were lead by Frantz Massenat's 14 points while dishing out 6 assists. Davidson was lead by usual suspect De'Mon Brooks who had 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Wildcats are in my opinions still the favorites to win the Southern conference, but I thought they would be good enough to earn an at large bid just in case they didn't win the league.
A few surprises that weren't really upsets today:
The Dayton Flyers continued its solid play by beating the Murray State Racers. The Flyers were lead by three high profile transfers in pg Kevin Dillard who had 18 pts, 10 assists via SIU Carbondale, Vee Sanford's 23 pts, 5 rebounds by way of Georgetown, and Matt Derenbrecker 14 pts with four three's from LSU. After a near upset over the Illinois State Redbirds this was a huge win for a team that will be fighting for an at large bid when the NCAA tournament comes rolling around. Isaiah Cannan had 20 pt with 5 assists, and Ed Daniel scored 17 pts plus 13 rebounds to finish up with a solid game for the Racers. Cannan did struggle from the field gong 4-14 but made all 9 ft's he attempted.
USC continues its abysmal season by losing to the lowly Georgia Bulldogs. Mark Fox's team needed this win on their home court while Kevin O'Neil's club could of used a road win to boost it's RPI a little. Super Sophomore Ketavious Caldwell Pope continues to be one of the best 2nd year players in the country scoring 25 points plus pulling 5 boards. Rice transfer Omar Oraby finished with a double double scoring 14 points while grabbing 11 rebounds coming off the bench after starting a few games.
Ryan Anderson and freshman Olivier Hanlan paved the way for a big victory for ACC bottom feeder the Boston College Eagles over the Providence Friars. The sophomore Anderson had 24 points along with 7 boards, and the freshman Hanlan finished up with a double double grabbing 12 rebounds while scoring 17 points. Ed Cooley's team who's depth became a little deeper this past week with the additions of Arizona transfer Sidiki Johnson and freshman Kris Dunn had been playing good ball albeit not great before this must win game. This is one the Friars needed to win to solidify themselves as a NIT quality team. I'll take nothing away from BC and Steve Donahue has to be pleasantly surprised by their result today.
The Florida State Seminoles went on the road and handed A-10 squad the Charlotte 49er's their second loss of the season. Michael Snaer had a great day after serving a 1 game suspension finishing with 30 pts on 8-19 shooting with 5 treys while going 9-10 from the line. I'm puzzled to why the 49er's have been bringing Chris Braswell off the bench all season? The senior who has been a double figure scorer the past two years, three if you're including this one is having a solid year averaging 12 ppg with 6.5 rpg. He ended up with 20 points and 6 rebounds today. Great hard fought road win for Leonard Hamilton's team. This should help build some positive momentum heading into ACC play for a team that is tournament worthy even though their record doesn't reflect it. The early season loss to the South Alabama Jaguars and Mercer Bears aren't looking too horrible although they could come back to haunt them come selection Sunday.
The George Mason Patriots took care of business and are trending up after their win over A-10 team the Richmond Spiders. GMU was paced by Sherrod Wright's 22 points. Richmond was lead by Darien Brothers who had 20 pts. with 5 boards. Chris Mooney's team had to have this win heading into conference play as a semi resume builder. Tough home lose for the Spiders.
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|Dec 23, 2012, 04:36 PM||#2|
Location: Spfld, IL
Teams that took care of business:
Villanova beat Monmouth on their climb to make the NIT. James Bell's 15 pts, plus 5 boards along with JayVaughn Pinkston's 16 pts with 8 assists lead the way for the Wildcats. This was the Hawks 4th straight loss.
The Washington Huskies beat the lowly Huskies of Northern Illinois by a meager 10 points at home. Lorenzo Romar's team was lead by sharp shooter CJ Wilcox's 22 points despite an off shooting night while Aziz N'Diaye pulled down 12 boards, 8 on the offensive end, plus 13 points for a double double. Abdel Nader scored 18 points for the NIU Huskies.
Nebraska took down the Central Michigan Chippewas 89-75. Senior juco transfer, second year player Dylan Talley had 21 pts. with 7 rebounds. Ray Gallegos continues his solid season after being injured last year adding 19 points. Guard Kyle Randall for Central Michigan had 27 points and 8 boards for the Chippewas in a losing effort.
Top 25 ranked Minnesota and San Diego State blasted their inferior opponents with 25+ point victories. Sophomore Joe Coleman lead the way with 12 points for the Gophers in an overall team effort. The Aztecs were lead by Chase Tapley's career high 33 points and 5 boards.
missouri beat illinois....puke...
Frank Martin's South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Manhattan Jaspers at the Brooklyn Invitational today. Bruce Ellington didn't play and is probably with the football team. Brenton Williams was the leading scorer for South Carolina dropping in 17 points while forward Lakeem Jackson added 11 rebounds and 9 points for the near double double. The Gamecocks move to 8-3 into near lock range for the NIT.
The California Golden Bears, Houston Cougars, Kentucky Wildcats, and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets all had impressive W's today. Houston moves to 9-2 with conference USA play right around the corner where they'll have to finish in the top 3 for any at large considerations. GT was helped out by mid season additions in the Poole brothers, and they seem to have responded well to them joining the team. Kentucky and Cal are still teams that are at large bid worthy at this point.
The Mountain West Conference Air Force Falcons eeked out a road win taking down the UC Riverside Highlanders. The Falcons were lead by Michael Lyons 22 points along with 6 rebounds. It's going to be tough for Air Force to steal an at large bid but they keep winning, so, I'll keep checking in on them.
Mick Cronin's Cincinnati Bearcats had a close call with the Wright State Raiders at home 68-58 after being down at the half 28-22. Solid win in this trap game vs. the now 8-4 Raiders lead by JaQuon Parkers 21 points with 5 boards.
In probably the second biggest game of the day after the Braggin Rights competition had the Kansas Jayhawks taking down the OSU Buckeyes in Columbus. Ben McLemore scored 22 points while grabbing 6 rebounds, but he wasn't the only Kansas player to do damage. Jeff Withey continued his dominance in the paint putting up a double double with 14 pts and 10 rebounds. Thad Matta's Buckeyes got good games from Deshaun Thomas who went for 16pts plus 6 boards, and Shannon Scott who had 15 pts, 6 rebounds plus 4 assists.
The now 8-3 St. Louis Billikens beat the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Lions gave everything they had in a game vs. Ole Miss the other night, and they came out cold in this one. SLU was lead by Chicago's Mike McCall Jr.'s 14 points along with four assists.
Two bubble teams in the Oregon Ducks and the ISU Redbirds hammered their opponents today. ISU was lead by Jackie Carmichaels double double with 18 pts. plus 11 boards while Tyler Brown continued his solid season with 16 points and 6 steals. Dana Altman's Ducks were paced by Wake Forest transfer in center Tony Woods who had 14 points, with 6 rebounds in 14 minutes while EJ Singler had 13 points, 4 boards, plus 3 asssists all in 19 minutes.
NC State beat the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure by 19 points. CJ Leslie dominated in this game finishing with 33 points and 8 rebounds. Other notable performances from the Wolfpack were from Scott Wood who made five three pointers on his way to 23 points, Lorenzo Brown's 11 assists, and TJ Warren coming off the bench to play 32 minutes scoring 13 points while pulling down 7 rebounds. It should be noted that Richard Howell only played 11 minutes and may be injured.
The Sun Devils of Arizona State took care of business by going on the road and taking out Texas Tech in Lubbock by 15 points. I never thought ASU would be benefiting from the departure of Trent Lockett while the Marquette Golden Eagles would be struggling with his addition. There is still plenty of time for both teams to change their current direction however. We'll know what to think a little better about each team in the next couple of weeks. Back to the Devils. Jonathan Gilling and Jahil Carson both had 18 points while Carrick Felix grabbed 9 boards in their victory. Jaye Crockett had a near double double with 11 points along with 9 rebounds in the Red Raiders losing effort.
Two past opponents met up today with the Colgate Raiders taking on the St. Francis (NY) Terriers. St. Francis won 73-61 to put both teams at 3 victories for the season. Murphy Burnatowski continues his outstanding season with 19 points along with 6 rebounds for Colgate. The Terriers were lead by Jalen Cannon's 24 points and 6 boards.
The La Salle Explorers moved to 8-2 on the season beating the Sacred Heart Pioneers 100-71. South Carolina transfer Ramon Galloway came off the bench to drop 22 points, grab 5 rebounds, dish out 7 assists, while getting four steals. Another transfer this time from Virginia Tech in Tyrone Garland had a solid outing since joining the team after the fall semester going for 12 points plus 6 assists. He actually started today after coming off the bench in his first game with the team. His 12 points however were only good for 6th on the team.
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|Dec 23, 2012, 04:37 PM||#3|
Location: Spfld, IL
Depaul moved to 9-3 on the season with a win over the lowly University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers. Cleveland Melvin had another huge game with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the way for Oliver Purnell's Blue Demons. I'd be surprised in Melvin is around after this season and that's the story with this program. They lose players too early all the time but who can blame them. No one wants to get thumped every year in conference.
The Marquette Golden Eagles squeaked by the LSU Tigers at home handing them their second loss of the season. LSU has been a pleasant surprise while Marquette has had some head scratchers. The Tigers were lead by diminutive pg Andre Stringers 20 points while promising sophomore big man Johnny O'Bryant III chipped in with 14 points plus 5 boards. Buzz Williams squad was lead by Junior Cadougan's 17 points, 6 assists, with 4 rebounds, Vander Blue's 17 points, and physical beast Devante Gardner's 19 points plud 5 steals off the bench. Trent Lockett continues to be a role player despite being a star at ASU.
Ohio clubbed the MD Eastern Shore Hawks by 35+. An at large bid is slipping away from the Bobcats, and this was a must win in fashionable style against a winless club. Ex- OSU Buckeye Walter Offutt scored 15 points to lead all players while DJ Cooper dished out 14 assists.
The Texas Longhorns played tough on the road, but the MSU Spartans held serve on their home court. Big man Derrick Nix's double double with 25 points and 11 boards along with Adreian Payne's 13 points plus 7 boards off the bench helped lead the Tom Izzo's club to a victory. Keith Appling had 14 points with 3 assists while Branden Dawson cleaned up on the glass with 10 rebounds. Sophomores Julien Lewis and Sheldon McClellan had solid games for the Long Horns. Lewis finished with 16 points while McClellan totaled out at 13 points. Freshman Javan Felix had a game high 11 assists for Rick Barnes squad. The NCAA decided not to suspend Myck Kabongo for the season and made it 23 games.
The MVC's Evansville Aces fought until the end with the Butler Bulldogs in their 75-67 loss. This game further solidifies the MVC as a top conference who should get at least 3 maybe 4 teams into the NCAA tournament. Butler was lead by a pair of players scoring 20 points apiece in Andrew Smith and Rontei Clarke with reserve Kameron Woods adding 12 rebounds. Ace's senior leader Colt Ryan went bananas for 25 points along with 5 steals, assists and rebounds.
The UIC Flames are flaming out fast after a hot start. They dropped another winnable game against the Miami (OH) Redhawks 82-70.
UMASS had a big victory for A-10 today taking out the East Carolina Pirates by a score of 88-81. The Minutemen who are now 7-3 and fighting for an at large birth needed this resume building win. The Pirates wanted huge games out of transfers Ty Armstrong from Aurbun and Miguel Paul from Missouri. Both came up cold combining for 15 points, but senior leading scorer at 17.1 plus 8.9 rebounds per game Maurice Kemp had 21 points plus 6 boards for the Pirates. Chaz Williams lead UMASS with 26 points to go along with 11 assists for a double double.
Two teams hoping to be in the NCAA tournament by the end of conference play won handily today. The #24 OSU Cowboys whooped the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The Cowboys were lead by the other freshmen in Phil Forte who had 22 points with 6 three's. In Iowa City, Iowa the home team Hawkeyes crushed the Coppin St. Eagles 80-50. Aaron White had an outstanding game offensively going for 20 points, and Zach McCabe came off the bench to grab 8 rebounds. Iowa's schedule might suck but that puts them firmly on the bubble at 11-2 heading into B1G play.
UNC and Georgetown both coasted to wins today. The Tar Heels were lead by guards Reggie Bullock who finished with 17 points, and PJ Hairston who came off the bench to drop 20 while grabbing 8 rebounds today. John Thompson III Hoyas got a double double out of Otto Porter with the forward going for 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in their win over the American University Eagles.
The Arizona Wildcats beat the East Tennessee St. Buccaneers by 20 points in the Diamond Head Classic. The Wildcats were lead by fantastic freshman forward Brandon Ashley's 16 points and 10 rebounds for another double double on the day in college basketball.
MWC team Colorado St. won a home game tonight vs. the Portland Pilots. The 9-2 Rams after this game were lead by Pierce Horung's double double of 24 points and 11 boards. It wasn't the only double double for the Rams. Former Gonzaga player and Kentucky commit Daniel Bejarano came off the bench to score 10 points while grabbing 10 boards.
The UCLA Bruins fought off the Fresno St. Bulldogs for a big W to move them to 9-3 on the season. The Bruins had three players all score 20 points or more. All three guys were freshmen, and one finished with a double double in Kyle Anderson who went for 20 points plus an amazing 17 rebounds. Shabazz Muhammad scored 27 with 8 boards, and Jordan Adams dropped 25 along with 5 steals, 5 assists, plus 7 rebounds.
The Miami Hurricanes since the addition of Durand Scott have been pretty darn good after an early season letdown to the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. The Canes are playing in the Diamond Head classic over the holidays in Hawaii. Miami played the Warriors of Hawaii late last night and won without starting center Reggie Johnson 73-58. Durand Scott had team high in points with 20, and teammate Julian Gamble who replaced Johnson in the starting line-up pulled down 13 boards with 16 points for a double double. None of the Hawaii starters scored in double figures, but reserve guard Brandon Jawato finished with 12 points off the bench. Miami plays Arizona today in the championship game.
The Utah State Aggies moved to 9-1 on the season with a big victory over a much improved compared to last season SIU-C Carbondale squad who moves to 7-4 after this loss on the season. Kyisean Reed filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks with three assists for the Aggies in their winning effort. The Carbondale team was lead by Wyoming transfer Desmar Jackson who is having a great all around year with 29 points, 6 boards, 3 assists, along with 4 steals.
Va. Tech needed overtime to beat the Bradley Braves 66-65. The Hokies who couldn't afford to lose this game after a loss to Georgia Southern a few games back. James Johnson's team was lead by All American candidate Eric Green's huge game of 31 points while pulling down 8 boards. The Braves were lead by Dyricus Simms Edwards who had 16 points along with 7 rebounds. The Hokies move to 9-2 while Bradley drops to 8-3 on the season.
Mike Anderson's Arkansas team crushed the Alabama A&M Bulldogs by 30+ points. The Razorbacks received their usual top efforts from Marshawn Powell who had 20 points, plus 6 boards, while BJ Young just missed a double double with 13 points and 9 assists. Arkansas is a bubble team right now, but one who is improving every day that should make the tournament with no problems.
Seton Hall moved to 10-2 on the season with a blow out win over the Long Island Blackbirds. The Pirates had a total team effort while spreading the scoring around. Every Seton Hall starter scored in double figures including former SIU-C player Gene Teague, plus Brian Oliver a trasnfer from Georgia Tech added 13 points off the bench. Star Fuquan Edwin had a solid night going for 13 points, 5 rebounds along with a couple steals. The Blackbirds were lead by team leading scorer Olasewere who finished with half of his teams points with 29 along with 9 rebounds. Julian Boyd LIU's second leading scorer at 18 ppg was lost for the season a couple contests ago, and could make a very long season even longer.
Wichita St. had a fight with the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles but came out on top in a 59-51 victory. The now 11-1 Shockers were lead by Demetric Williams 17 points, while Oregon transfer Malcom Armstead lead the way with 6 assists. Southern Miss needed a big game out of Chicago prep player Johanthan Mills who ended up with only 3 points while grabbing just 3 boards. The Golden Eagles did get a solid outing from Jarrold Brookes who booked 18 points in the box scores. SMU fell to 8-4 on the season and will be fighting for a NIT bid at this point in time.
Louisville took care of business and looker good doing it in their 78-55 win over the now 8-5 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Dynamic scorer Russ Smith had 20 points to lead all Cardinal scorers, while sophomore stud pf Chane Behanan added 14 points plus pulled down 7 rebounds. WKU got 14 points and 7 assists out of junior guard Brandon Harris who had a horrible shooting night going 5-18 from the field.
New Mexico St. who is fighting for a NIT bid moved to 6-6 on season with a victory over college basketball weakling the Missouri State Bears. Monster 7'5, 350 lbs freshman Sim Bhullar lead the way with his best performance of the season scoring 25 points, grabbed 5 boards, while dishing out 3 assists. This team is getting better as the season goes on. The Bears received a 17 points, 3 rebounds effort out of guard Anthony Downing.
Oregon St. fended off a second half comeback attempt by the San Diego Torreros to win 86-79 in a must win game. The Beavers moved to 9-2 on the season, while the Torreros fell to 6-7. OSU got a huge game out of pf Eric Moreland who finished the day with a double double. The long, athletic Moreland scored 20 points along with grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Roberto Nelson shared game high scoring honors with Moreland while dishing out 4 assists. San Diego had four starters score in double digits lead by Chris Manresa who had 18 points plus 8 boards.
Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs picked up a must win victory over college basketball bottom feeder the Alcorn St. Braves to move to 7-4 on the season. The Mustangs had been on a 3 game slide dropping games to Wagner, Utah, and Rhode Island which are all bad losses come selection Sunday most likely. Sophomore guard, and team leading scorer Jalen Jones lead the Mustangs with 19 points, snagged 9 boards, while swiping 4 steals. The Braves were lead by Marquiz Baker's 24 points along with 4 rebounds. SMU is going to have to finish in the top 3 during the conference USA season if they have any hope of making the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin took care of business against in state opponent the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers by 20 + points. Senior fifth year forward Ryan Evans lead all Badgers in scoring with 19 points while collecting 7 rebounds plus 4 assists. Peoria native Paris Gulley finished with 16 points to be the top scorer for the Panthers. The senior guard is having a solid season despite his teams struggles averaging 14.4 points, 2.7 rpg, and 1 apg.
The University of Texas El Paso Miners followed up an impressive victory over the Oregon Ducks with a 22 point victory over the struggling Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions to move to 5-5 on the season. The Miners were lead by Julian Wasburn's double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The other UTEP starters all scored in double figures in the victory. This is a team who played the Runnin Rebels to a 2 point game earlier in the season and one I'll watch a little closer as the season progresses.
The UNLV Rebels had a tough matchup with an upset minded Canisius Golden Grinffin's after their huge win over the Temple Owls earlier in the week. Anthony Bennett continued his quest to become the national freshmen of the year with 21 points, 7 boards along with 3 assists. Pittsburg transfer Khem Birch who became eligible this past week came off the bench in an impressive fashion to score 20 points, grab 8 rebounds, dish out 3 assists, get 1 steal, along with 6 blocks. UNLV continues to show they know how to work the transfer market with guys like Quintrell Thomas from Kansas, Bryce DeJean Jones via USC, Khem Birch, and Roscoe Allen from UCONN who is set to suit up next year. They also add very well traveled Jelani Kendrick (Memphis, Ole Miss, Indian Hills CC ) for the 13-14 season. The Golden Griffins were lead by two time transfer Billy Barron who had 30 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Billy started his career off at Virginia. He played a half season there before leaving for Rhode Island to play for his father. His pops was fired the same season then hired by Canisius where the younger Barron followed his dad where he is immediately eligible this season.
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|Dec 23, 2012, 07:46 PM||#5|
Location: Rockford, Illinois
"There is an uncommon spirit known only by those who call themselves Illini...It is a dignified spirit portrayed by the Chief. It is a spirit of orange and blue blood and of the young and the old. Once it enters your veins, you will never be the same again." Illini Spirit William Branom, '54 (1932-2012)
|Dec 23, 2012, 11:37 PM||#6|
Location: Spfld, IL
I had a couple hours from 4 a.m. when the little guy was sleeping until 6 a.m. when my wife woke up. I needed to get my college basketball fix after going cold turkey for a couple days I guess. . I woke up around 10 a.m.,did a few chores for the lady, and then Mrs. Zoggle let me edit for about 45 minutes. Thanks for the kind words fellas.
Side note: Arizona played Miami in a semi final game today in the diamond head classic, and I had them playing in the final. Zona takes on San Diego State tomorrow night in the championship game.