Sunday, December 11, 2011

Notable Results from the Weekend

Kansas 78, Ohio State 67
Kentucky wasn't the only top team to lose on Saturday: the second-ranked Buckeyes fell at Allen Fieldhouse. Ohio State had an excuse, though, with Jared Sullinger missing his second straight game due to back spasms.

Syracuse 85, George Washington 50
With losses by Kentucky and Ohio State, the undefeated Orange are likely to be the number one team in the nation when rankings are released on Monday. After Saturday's game in Raleigh against North Carolina State, the Cuse probably won't be tested until Marquette visits the Carrier Dome on January 7.

Michigan State 74, Gonzaga 67
Not too many teams go into Spokane and win. After season-opening losses to Duke and Carolina, the Spartans have ripped off eight wins in a row against a reasonably difficult schedule.

Austin Peay 74, Tennessee 70
The Governors scored the last eight points on the road to get their second win of the season.

St. Joseph's 80, Creighton 71
Nice non-conference win for St. Joe's against a ranked, good, Creighton team.

Duke 86, Washington 80
Washington fought gamely in the second half, but the Devils won this one fairly easily.

Wisconsin 62, UNLV 51
Since hammering then-No. 1 North Carolina on Thanksgiving weekend, the Runnin' Rebels are 2-2, having won at UCSB (in double overtime) and losing at Wichita State and now Wisconsin. That's a tough schedule UNLV is playing.

Northern Iowa 67, Milwaukee 51
The top of the Missouri Valley scores a big win over the top of the Horizon.

Georgia State 96, Rhode Island 64
The Panthers usually aren't a factor in the Colonial, but have now won seven in a row under first-year coach Ron Hunter. This blowout of Rhodey is probably the most impressive win, but it's also their second straight 32-point win: They held William & Mary to just 34 points to open conference play last weekend.

Cleveland State 69, Akron 66
Horizon over MAC.

Ball State 58, Butler 55
MAC over Horizon.

Pittsburgh 74, Oklahoma State 68
The lone blemish on the Panthers' record remains that early loss to Long Beach State, and they've won the last three without Travon Woodall. My sense is that this team isn't as good as its record, but I guess we'll have to wait until Big East play starts to find out.

Temple 78, Villanova 67
Ramone Moore dropped 32 in this Big Five win for the Owls.

St Francis (PA) 66, American 61
The Eagles raced out to a 14-point halftime lead, but couldn't hang on for a ninth straight win. It's a tough loss to take, with Villanova and Georgetown next up before Christmas.

New Mexico 44, USC 41
Scores like this are why I didn't go to many Trojan games when I was in grad school there. It's just not a fun product to watch.

North Carolina 84, Long Beach State 78
The Beach led by five at halftime, but couldn't contain John Henson. The 49ers still have one more opportunity to make a splash out of conference, with a game on the 22nd at Xavier (though X won't have Mark Lyons or Dezmine Wells for that one).

Wichita State 83, Utah State 76
These two teams always seem to be fighting for an at-large bid if they don't win their conference, and so this is a nice home win for the Shockers.

Marshall 82, Iona 63
The Thundering Herd snapped the Gaels' seven game-winning streak behind Damier Pitts and DeAndre Kane.

Murray State 76, Memphis 72
The Racers, now 10-0, get their fifth road win against Division I competition by upsetting the 21st-ranked Tigers.

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