Monday was as slow as a day could be in college basketball, with only three top 25 teams playing (two of them Big East). Here's a quick break down of what you may or may not have missed....
- In a game that was as close as me in a foot race against Usain Bolt, Connecticut demolished poor Delaware State 79-49. Hasheem Thabeet (who looked like he was 2 feet bigger then anyone on Delaware State's team) put together a 10 point, 17 rebound, and 4 block game, while reserve forward Gavin Edwards scored 17 points to lead a overall balanced attack by the Huskies. Donald Johnson led Delaware State with 25 points, including 16 in the first half, when his teammates had just two. UConn has won 92 consecutive regular-season games in Storrs in November and December. The Huskies have a record of 120-17 in Gampel Pavilion, 57-4 against non-conference opponents.
- In the best game of the night, Trevon Hughes (pictured hitting shot) hit a leaning floater in the lane with 0.9 seconds left and #22 Wisconsin survived a late rally by Virginia Tech, winning 74-72 in the opener of the 10th Annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Wisconsin led through out most of the game, until the Hokies A.D. Vassallo's sixth 3-pointer capped a 14-5 run that pulled Virginia Tech even with 7 seconds to play. The Badgers finished the game shooting 12 of 18 from behind the arc and were led by Marcus Landry (18 points) and Jon Leuer (17 points). Vassallo led the Hokies with 30 points, getting 24 in the second half. Jeff Allen (16.8 points per game), the Hokies' leading scorer, fouled out after scoring just two points.
- Syracuse entered the top 25 this week (#20) and did so with an impressive beat down of Colgate (former home of the great Adonal Foyle), 86-51. Syracuse beat Colgate in the 161st meeting between the two schools. The Orange have now won 43 straight games against Colgate and lead the all-time series 116-45. Colgate has not defeated Syracuse since the 1961-62 season. The Orangemen were led by Paul Harris (22 points and pictured left and right), who was showing off an afro that would have made any kid from the 70's jealous. Johnny Flynn finished with 12 points and a season-high seven assists for the Orange (7-0), while Colgate had zero players score in double figures.
- The #25 Kansas Jayhawks got 19 points from Sherron Collins and double double's from both Marcus Morris (14 points/10 rebounds) and Cole Adrich (10 points/13 rebounds), as they cruised through Kent State, 87-60. The Golden Flashes got double digit points from four different players ( led by Chris Singletary, 13 points and 9 rebounds) but couldn't overcome 19 turnovers and being out rebounded by the Jayhawks 37-29.
- This sure isn't your parents St. John's team anymore and that is really clear. Those teams would never had struggled with St. Francis (which I was almost sure was a all girl school before yesterday) as this Red Storm team did, hanging on for a 69-61 win. D.J. Kennedy had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead St. John's (6-1 on the season). This was the 30th victory in the last 31 games by the Red Storm against the Terriers. St. John's leads the series against its fellow New York City school 63-12. The only Terriers win in the 31-game stretch came in 2004, on the night St. John's honored Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca by renaming the arena in his honor.
- While today was a slow day in the hoops world, tomorrow will not be. There are several great games to watch, as the Big Ten/ACC challenge continues. Here are some games you shouldn't miss.
Top 25 action....
- #4 Duke at #10 Purdue at 9pm ET (ESPN-TV, ESPN360-Internet)
- South Dakota at #7 Notre Dame at 7:30pm ET
- Marist at #15 Memphis at 8pm ET
- #16 Villanova at Pennsylvania at 8pm ET
- Florida A&M at #21 Florida at 7pm ET (ESPN360-Internet)
- Ohio State at #22 Miami (FL) at 7pm ET (ESPN-TV,ESPN360-Internet)
- Georgia at Western Kentucky at 9pm ET (ESPNU-TV)
Other Big East teams in action.....
- Monmouth at Seton Hall at 7:30pm ET
- Central Michigan at Marquette at 8pm ET (ESPN360-Internet)