Daily Dribble: 12/08
Knock #5 Alabama off the list of unbeatens. We've seen this time and time again.. when college basketball teams finally go and play quality teams on the road.. they lose. #6 Texas A&M learned this rule a few days ago when they lost at LSU, and UCONN will learn the same fate if they ever leave Storrs.
Apparently Notre Dame and Bama were content not to play defense. The Irish ran off a whopping 95 points compared to Bama's 85. This played right in Notre Dame's hands.. they've now scored 90+ in 5 games this season. Colin Falls had 20 in the win and he managed to do it despite hitting only 3 field goals. For Notre Dame, after beating Maryland on the road and now knocking off another Top 25 team in the same week, the AP Poll could and probably should be in their future.
Perhaps these teams were inspired by Phoenix's 161 to 157 win over New Jersey in the NBA. These are hard to fathom, mid-eighties Denver Nugget type totals. Granted it took 2 OT's to get there.. but 318 points is impressive.
Not too many other college games of note last night. The Big East avoided avoided an embarrasing lose when South Florida eventually pulled away from Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem, now 1-12 and hasn't beaten a D1 team, was actually up 6 with 13 minutes to go. But McHugh Mattis triggered a 19 point run as USF pulled away. Mattis ended up with 22 points, 10 boards, and 10 blocks, just the 2nd triple double in team history. (Back to the Suns-Nets game for a sec.. Jason Kidd had his 78th triple double to tie Wilt Chamberlain for 3rd all-time.)
Iona's horrid start continued as the Gaels fell by 14 at Rider. Rider, who started the season with a bad loss against provisional squad NJ Tech, has bounced back to a 6-2 record. The Thompson brothers have been doing the job for the Broncs. Older bro Jason leads the team with 21 points and 10 boards per game. Younger bro Ryan, a freshman, has been coming on of late and is averaging 9 ppg.
It's been a struggle for Vanderbilt so far. The Commodores lost to Furman at home a couple weeks back and then barely beat Toledo. They actually trailed Lipscomb 27-21 at half before finishing with an ugly 59-50 win. These results don't bode well for SEC play.
If you thought Thursday was a slow day.. just look at Friday's schedule. North Florida vs William & Mary might be the best game of the night.. Louisville does play and there's still some intrigue about how Derrick Caracter will do. Iowa vs Iowa State would have been good a couple years back.. but Northern Iowa's already proven that they're the top in the state right now. 6-2 California faces Chicago State.. another chance for Ryan Anderson to put up big numbers. Anderson, a new member of CHN's Freshman 10 ranking, is averaging 18 and 8 per game. Anderson isn't a major name prospect.. but he was #98 in the country by Rivals.com