Saturday, November 19, 2011

Notable Results From Saturday, November 19

Presbyterian 56, Cincinnati 54
Whoa. I mean -- whoa. There have been some head-turning upsets in college basketball already this season, but this one is probably the most surprising. Presbyterian is in just its fifth year of Division I competition and is not, I don't believe, eligible for the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats led by 15 before pissing this one away. I'd love to see the look on Mick Cronin's face when he realizes he just lost to a team called the Blue Hose.

San Diego State 77, Long Beach State 73 (OT)
I'm glad I waited a few days after LBSU's big win at Pittsburgh before I made public the big prediction I had for them (which likely won't see the light of day now). Not that losing at SDSU is anything to be ashamed of.

Vanderbilt 86, North Carolina State 79
C.J. Leslie returned from suspension to score 20 points in his season debut, but John Jenkins dropped 28 to lead Vandy.

Oregon State 100, Texas 95 (OT)
The Beavers are off to a 4-0 start behind Jared Cunningham, who followed up a 35-point performance against Hofstra with 37 against the Longhorns.

College of Charleston 72, Clemson 69
With its home gym in use for the Charleston Classic, the Cougars hit the road and upset the Tigers out of the ACC. To no one's surprise, Bobby Cremins is building a nice little program there at C of C.

Harvard 77, Loyola Marymount 67
This is supposed to be the year the Crimson Tide win the Ivy and make the NCAA Tournament. They've even picked up a few votes for the top 25 in the AP poll. This is a good road win for them -- LMU opened the season by beating UCLA, remember.

Cal Poly 42, USC 36
The USC football team scored more points (38) on the road in its big upset of Oregon Saturday than the hoops team did at home against a pretty unspectacular opponent.

Virginia 49, Drexel 35
Bruiser Flint's Dragons turn in a second straight lackluster performance at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. This didn't look like a particularly strong performance from the Cavs, either, who had also struggled in the first round of the tournament (in a loss to TCU).

SMU 65, Florida Gulf Coast 64
The Mustangs came back from a 17-point second-half deficit to win on a Ryan Manuel steal and layup.

Old Dominion 68, South Florida 66 (OT)
I was wrong: Kent Bazemore has been playing this season, though his PT has been limited because of his foot injury. The Monarchs got 23 points in 32 minutes from Bazemore in this game, and needed every one of 'em.

Belmont 87, Towson 41
Having opened the season against Duke and Memphis, the Bruins get a respite with a much easier opponent. Twelve Belmont players scored, led by J.J. Mann's 13 points. Two other Belmont players scored in double figures, and no Towson player did. Three players in double figures seems like not very many for a game in which one team scored 87 points.

American 66, Columbia 58
Two straight for the Eagles!

Vermont 84, Marist 75
Groovy Uvie gets its second win of the season, in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the Mohegan Sun.

Florida Atlantic 80, George Mason 75 (OT)
Sun Belt over CAA in a battle between two teams expected to contend for their conference titles.

Oral Roberts 71, Austin Peay 59
The Governors are still winless amdist a sneaky-difficult schedule.

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