Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Notable Results From Tuesday, November 22

Missouri 92, California 53
The CBE Classic final ended up being such a big mismatch that I gave up my plans to write any sort of recap. I still have Cal as my favorite to win the Pac 12, but this was a forgettable performance. As for Missouri, with Steve Moore turning in a breakout performance to give the Tigers a solid seven-man rotation, well, I think Frank Haith's got something special brewing in Columbia.

Kansas 72, UCLA 56
The Bruins finally showed a pulse, erasing most of a big deficit in the second half before faltering in the final four minutes in the Maui semis.

Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 (2OT)
Basketball does not have to be pretty to be entertaining. Memphis had a big first-half lead and lost it due to poor shot selection; after coming all the way back, Tennessee had the lead in overtime but lost it due to poor shot selection. The rematch -- January 4 at the Fedex Forum in Memphis -- should be fun.

George Washington 54, Austin Peay 52
They've played a tough schedule, but I don't think there were too many people who thought the Governors, preseason favorites in the Ohio Valley, would start the season 0-5. It doesn't get much easier for them, either; Detroit's up on Wednesday, then a rematch with Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina 60, Clemson 59
Coastal got a tip-in at the buzzer from Chris Gradnigo to pull of the upset. The 5-0 Chanticleers have played only two games against DI opponents, but they've now beaten both Clemson and LSU.

Illinois State 76, Rutgers 70
The Redbirds are not considered a good Missouri Valley team. This is an embarrassing loss for Rutgers at the Cancun Challenge.

Louisville 54, Arkansas State 27
Twenty-seven points in 40 minutes while hitting less than a quarter of your shots is disgraceful for any Division I basketball team.

USC 65, Morgan State 62
The Trojans had to claw back in the final minutes to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Cleveland State 57, Kent State 53
Vanderbilt ... St. Bonaventure ... now Kent State. The Vikings are an impressive 4-0.

Bowling Green 65, Detroit 57
The Falcons are hosting a CBE Classic subregional and follow up a win over Austin Peay with one over Detroit. Next up: GW.

American 74, Quinnipiac 73
Three in a row now for Doc Slam's alma mater. Charles Hinkle led the way with 31 points. Blake Jolivette provided the winning points with a late free throw, one of 34 makes (on 48 attempts) for the Eagles.

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