Quick recap of last night’s events in the world of college basketball….
Upset Avoided: After thoroughly dominating their opposition in exhibitions and first game against Idaho, the Spartans probably didn’t expect to be trailing IPFW midway through the second half. It seems like the Spartans are prone to struggling with teams that slow the pace (Iowa last year and even Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournaments) and with 10:47 to go in the second half, IPFW led 45-44. Tom Izzo’s crew then went on a 13-0 run and pulled away behind Raymar Morgan (22/6).
SEC Killer: I know the rivalry is more intense on the gridiron, but surely there were a fair number of Auburn fans mocking Alabama fans for losing to Mercer at home in their first game. Oops. The SEC killers and new coach Bob Hoffman has led a team that won 11 games last year to consecutive wins over SEC opponents on the road. Quite impressive. Anyone else want to jump on the bandwagon with me?
Mid-Major Superstar: Al Fisher was single-handedly responsible for Kent State picking up a nice road win over Saint Louis last night. He scored 26 of his team’s final 27 points, 16 of 17 in overtime, and sunk the game winning layup with under three seconds to play. All with a high ankle sprain. Fisher is someone who could emerge with Curry, Mills, Maynor, Martin, Young and others as a top mid-major player in the country.
Young Wake: Wake Forest scored 120 points against UNC-Wilmington. You can look at that (and Jeff Teague’s 31 points) and be encouraged about the young Deacs. Or look at the fact they gave up 88 points. Their defense will have to improve if Wake wants to reach greater heights. Al-Farouq Aminu also piled up a double-double in the contest.
NW Wins Horse Trailer of the Day- Al Fisher, Kent State
On The Tube Tonight
- Fairfield vs. Virginia Tech, 11am (ESPNU)
- Missouri vs. Xavier, 1pm (ESPNU)
- Chattanooga vs. Memphis, 430pm (ESPN2)
- Duke vs. Southern Illinois, 7pm (ESPN2HD)
- USC vs. Seton Hall, 7pm (ESPNU)
- Illinois @ Vanderbilt, 8pm (ESPN FC)
- Southern Utah @ Florida, 8pm (ESPN FC)
- Stetson @ Florida State, 8pm (ESPN FC)
- Tulsa @ Oklahoma State, 8pm (ESPN FC)
- UCLA vs. Michigan, 9pm (ESPN2HD)