Thursday, November 24, 2011

Notable Results From Wednesday, November 23

San Diego State 61, Arizona 57
The Aztecs follow a home win over Long Beach State with a defeat of Arizona at the McKale Center. The Pac 12 is really struggling so far this year.

Syracuse 69, Virginia Tech 58
The Orange took a while to get going, but pulled away from the Hokies in the Preseason NIT semis at Madison Square Garden.

Stanford 82, Oklahoma State 67
This one was not as close as the score indicates. The Cardinal move on to play the Orange in a battle of colors on Friday in the Preseason NIT championship game.

Iona 104, St. Joseph's 99 2OT
The Gaels continue their early success with this victory over St. Joe's out of the Atlantic 10. Scott Machado registered double-figure assists for the fourth time in four games and, oh yeah, scored 33 points -- good for second on his own team (behind Michael Glover's 34.)

Denver 70, St. Mary's 58
It wasn't until compiling these results that I realized that there were (at least) two college basketball teams with the Gael mascot. Anyway, these Gaels -- the St. Mary's Gaels -- didn't do their NCAA Tournament resume any favors, should it need it, by losing this one on the road. Denver isn't going to be battling for an at-large berth come March, but St. Mary's might be, and this one will probably count as a "bad loss."

Detroit 94, Austin Peay 93
The Governors are still winless. The OVC looks more and more open by the day.

Oregon 83, Nebraska 76
The Ducks win their second in a row following the departure of highly-touted freshman Jabari Brown. There's no causal relationship here; just using this as an excuse to deliver the Brown news. Apparently, the door is open for him to come back, so we'll see if this is permanent, or just a temporary sabbatical.

Vermont 65, Old Dominion 63 OT
A very nice road win for the Catamounts and first-year head coach John Becker.

South Alabama 79, LSU 75 OT
Lots of overtime games today. Let's throw 'em all in.

North Dakota 88, Montana 81 OT
See above. I find it amusing that these two teams play each other pretty much every season, as though it is some sort of regionally convenient matchup. Grand Forks and Missoula are more than 1,000 miles away from each other. I suppose they do it out of some sort of mutual obligation -- neither of these programs are able to schedule many
home games, so they scratch each other's backs. Meanwhile, Syracuse won't leave the state of New York until December 17 -- which seems early for them, to be honest.

Colorado 76, Air Force 73 OT

Loyola Marymount 79, Idaho State 76 OT

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