Ohio State's 98-89 loss to UNC is one of the few times I can remember a #1 team losing.. but actually gaining respect. The Buckeyes came out smoking, hitting three's left and right and finished with 13 bombs on the night. Ron Lewis finished with a career high 30 points and Dickie Dolittle was suddenly touting him as a future NBA star. The play of freshmen Wayne Ellington and Tywon Lawson keyed UNC's big 2nd half. Lawson continues to show why he is UNC's best option at point guard.
Marist continues to impress, picking up a 13 point win over Old Dominion. Star point guard Jared Jordan, the nation's leader in assists, was 2 rebounds shy of a rare college triple double. He ended up with 26 points, 10 assists, and 8 boars.
Cleveland State picked up its 5th win of the season last night.. already half way to last year's 10 win total. The Vikings next face upstart Butler on Saturday.
Another team that reached the halfway point in wins is Purdue, who improved to 5-1 with a last-second win over Virginia. The Boilers won 9 games last year, but have a legitimate chance to double that number. Seniors Landry and Teague give this team a level of maturity and experience that's hard to find in the Big Ten.
To keep the 5 win theme going.. Baylor already surpassed last season's win total by knocking off Grambling State down in Waco. You'll remember that Baylor didn't play a non-conference schedule due to sanctions last year so last year's total of 4 wins is misleading. Still, its good to see Coach Drew building some positive momentum for the program.
Connecticut's a team you don't hear much about these days. The #15 team in the country has been tucked away from the public eye playing the likes of Sacred Heart. After scoring 11 points in his first five games, point guard Doug Wiggins scored 12 in the Huskies 43 point drubbing of the Pioneers.
Georgetown didn't fare quite as well as UCONN, falling at home to Oregon. The Hoyas two big name stars, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green somehow managed to take only 11 shots and score 9 points combined. Georgetown is almost certain to drop out of the Top 25 on Monday unless it can muster up an upset of Duke on Saturday.
It would have been news just a couple years ago if Northern Iowa beat in-state rival Iowa State. But the fortunes of these programs have changed thanks to the work Greg McDermott did at UNI. McDermott though was on the losing end of the 70-57 score, as he's now the head coach for a talent-thin Cyclones squad. Senior Brooks McKowen, known more for his leadership and defense, exploded for a career high 27 points for the Panthers.
This game wont get attention as the media focuses on the ACC-Big Ten challenge.. but an ACC team lost by 36 last night. Wake Forest took a trip to face the Air Force Academy and got manhandled from the tip. The Falcons now have 30+ point wins over 3 BCS teams: Wake, Stanford, and Colorado (and also an easy win over Texas Tech). It looks like three MWC teams, Air Force, along with San Diego State and New Mexico (a combined 20-1), will be contenders for at-large bids come March.
It's time to give Quincy Poindexter some respect. The Washington freshman gets overshadowed (literally and figuratively) by fellow rookie Spencer Hawes, but it is the wing player that leads the Huskies in scoring. Poindexter broke the 20 point mark for the 3rd time in 5 tries as Washington blew past Idaho 87-66.
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