Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Day that was in College Basketball, Saturday November 29th.

College Basketball is the greatest time of the year and I know this is a Louisville Website but it's always good to keep a close eye on your competition and since I am basically unemployed now, what better to do with my time then keep all Lyes Report readers updated with the rest of the Countries best teams as well as the best overall conference in the Country, the Big East.

Big East....

- Connecticut (ranked 2nd) improved to 6-0 behind Hasheem Thabeet's (pictured) third double double on the season (16pts 12 rbs) beating a poor Bryant University 88-58. The Huskies have not been challenged yet this season beating the ACC's Miami (FL) 76-63 and the Big Ten's Wisconsin 76-57 already and will mostly likely cruise until their match-up with Gonzaga on 12/20.

- Pittsburgh (ranked 4th) finished off Washington State with an eleven nothing run to close out the game and beat the Cougars 57-43 going away, to put them (Pitt) at 7-0. Sam Young paced the Panthers with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

- Dayton used a second half run and with stood 28 points from Marquette's Wesley Matthews to beat the 15th ranked Golden Eagles 89-75 in the Chicago Invitational Tournament. It was Buzz Williams first loss as Head Coach at Marquette this season after a 5-0 start. Robert Lowery knocked down 21 for the Flyer's and Chris Wright had 13 points and 14 rebounds, his third straight double double. Dayton had beaten Auburn on Friday 60-59 in overtime to advance to the title game in this tournament and with the win over Marquette, the Flyer's are now 6-0.

- 19 points and 12 rebounds from Dante Cunningham of Villanova was to much for Rhode Island could handle as the 22nd ranked Wildcats beat the Rams 78-65. Reggie Redding helped as well, adding 11 points and 12 rebounds, with 7 of them coming on the offensive glass. Villanova would finish the game with 15 offensive rebounds on the night and a 6-0 start on the season. Villanova will have it easy the rest of the way before conference play begins except a road game at Texas on December 9th.

- In a game between two teams that I like as much as a case of the clap, Kentucky came from 10 down at halftime and used a 13-2 run in the last four minutes to defeat West Virginia 54-43. Kentucky scored just 16 points in the first half but came alive in the second half and out scored the Mountineers 38-17 after the intermission. The Wildcats got 19 from scoring machine Jodie Meeks as well as 15 points and 9 rebounds from Patrick Patterson. Alex Ruoff led West Virginia with only 10 points. In a game that wasn't very pretty but scrappy, Kentucky shot just 36%, compared to West Virginia's 30% from the field.

- 16 points each from Freshman beast Yancy Gates and sharp shooter Deonta Vaughn helped the Bearcats of Cincinnati edge out UNLV 67-65 to win the Global Sports third place game hosted by the Runnin Rebels. Cincinnati used a small 8-0 run starting at the four minutes left to play to take a 65-59 lead and held on to improve their record to 5-1. Gates would add 7 rebounds, including 4 of them offensive, while Vaughn had 6 assists but did turn the ball over 7 times. The Bearcats were coming off a 58-47 lost to Florida State the night before.

- Seton Hall and that wacky coach of theirs Bobby Gonzalez moved to 5-1 after coming back from seven down at the half to beat Delaware 75-70. Jeremy Hazell (pictured) led the way with 17 points, while three other Pirates scored in double figures. Seton Hall has two good out of conference wins this season already over USC (63-61) and Virginia Tech (77-73), with their only loss coming at the hands of Memphis (84-70).

- Depaul held off a rally by Larry Bird's favorite college, the Indiana State Sycamores to advance to 4-0 on the season, 75-70. The Blue Demons led 39-19 at the half and at one point in the first half even led the game 32-9 but was outscored 51-36 in the second half to nearly let the game slip away. Dar Tucker (pictured) continued his hot start to his Sophomore season with 26 points (third game with more then 20 points) and 9 rebounds. The 6'5 forward from Saginaw, Michigan is averaging 19ppg and 5.7rpg for the 4-0 Demons (Their best start since the 2002-2003 season) but they haven't played a decent team yet. Depaul will travel to California on 12/3, so then we might see what kind of team coach Jerry Wainwright really has.

- South Florida beat up mighty Northeastern 55-37, behind a 20 point, 6 rebound and 4 assist overall effort from Sophomore Dominique Jones. The Bulls are now 3-1, losing to the only decent team they have faced so far (77-75 to Virginia). South Florida's leading scorer Jesus Verdejo (17.9ppg) finished with 10 points.

The Rest Of The Top 25 Action Around The Nation.....

- Florida International's guard Henry Fuller would hit a jump shot a minute twenty-seven into their game against the 11th ranked Bruins to put the Golden Panthers up 4-2, and then UCLA would answer with a 44-9 run to finish off the first half, leading to a 89-54 victory for the Bruins. Freshman Jrue Holliday (pictured) recorded a career high with 20 points on 8 of 8 shooting from the field, while eleven other Bruins at least scored two points. UCLA will travel to Austin next for a match up with Texas on December 4th.

- The Badgers of Wisconsin (19th) bounced back from their loss to UCONN with a win over Bruce Pearl's old team and in state rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee 67-46. Fourteen different Badgers played but none were more productive then Junior guard Trevon Hughes, who led all scorers with 16 points, while Joe Krabbenhoft recorded a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

- The 20th ranked Xavier Musketeers continued their winning this season, going to 6-0 after beating cross state opponent Miami (OH) 60-53. Derrick Brown led all scorers with a game high 21 points. Xavier has been through a gauntlet of out of conference schedule so far this season, racking up wins already against power conference teams Memphis (63-58), Virginia Tech (63-62) and Missouri (75-71).

- 21st ranked Miami (FL) collected their 4th win of the season, never getting a challenge, beating Stetson 79-65. With four starters scoring 10 points or more, led mostly by Cyrus McGowen's 14 points and 8 rebounds, while guard Jack McClinton contributed 12 points and 6 assists. Stetson did get 25 points and 7 rebounds from Senior guard Garfield Blair in the loss.

Ten top 25 teams are in action on Sunday. Here are some of the better games to watch....

- #12 Tennessee going against #10 Gonzaga at 8pm ET

- #3 Louisville meets Western Kentucky n Nashville at 3pm ET (WHAS-TV)

- #16 Georgetown against Maryland at 5:30pm ET

- #24 Wake Forest against Baylor at 10:30pm ET (ESPN360-Internet)

- #8 Notre Dame will mostly humileate Furman at 2pm ET

Other Big East games to keep an eye on......

- Providence matchs up against St. Mary's at 5:30pm ET (ESPNU-TV)

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