Friday, November 18
Puerto Rico tournament
Temple won its first two games by 6-14 points; they won 69-55 in first game here, holding Western Michigan to 35% from floor, while forcing 17 turnoveers. Owls are picked #2 in MAC; they've got four starters back from 26-8 team that was 14-2 in A-14. Purdue made 12-25 on arc and had just seven turnovers in 91-90 win Thursday. Interesting game that could have a bearing on what happens Selection Sunday.
Wichita State beat Alabama 66-57 in NIT finals last spring. Bama held Maryland to 27% from floor in 62-42 win yesterday; Tide was +16 on boards- they've allowed only 47.7 ppg in winning their first three games, by 20-17-20 points. Wichita State made 8-20 from arc, got to foul line only 8 times in 67-58 yesterday; Shockers have three starters back from 29-8 team that was 14-4 in Valley.
Maryland scored only 42 points in loss to Alabama yesterday, shooting 27% from floor, 14-25 from line; they lost three starters after a 19-14 year (7-9 ACC) LY. Colorado turned ball over 17 times, was minus-11 on boards yesterday- they lost 74% of scoring from LY, are picked to finish 10th in Pac-12. Pac-12 teams are 4-3-1 vs spread in games with single digit spread.
Tulsa won its first three games by 15-16-16 points, allowing 50.0 ppg; Hurricane held Western Kentucky to 27% from floor while putting them on line only seven times in easy win. Princeton offense is tough to prep for in a day, advantage for Northwestern squad that was 12-31 from arc vs LSU and whose best player played all 40 minutes Thursday, scoring 37 points. Wildcats had 10 offensive boards, a lot for them.
Seton Hall has only two upperclassmen as they rebuild; Pirates got 20 points from excellent guard Theodore in suprisingly easy win over VCU, as Pirates won despite getting no points in 43 minutes (0-3 FG) from their bench. St Joe's held first two opponents 27-37% from floor in winning first two games, by 11-13 points. A-14 teams are 8-4 vs spread in games with single-digit spread.
Coaches vs Cancer Tournament at Madison Square Garden
Middleton is out for Texas A&M, who turned ball over 16 times in loss to Miss State last night; Aggies also put State on line 31 times. St John's has home court edge, but has almost whole new team after LY's senior-laden group went 21-12. Red Storm won three of their first four games, scoring 76.5 ppg- last night was their first game in the Garden. Big X teams are 1-7 vs spread in games with single digit spread.
Mississippi State is 3-1, losing at home to Akron; their young guards gave them big spark in win over Texas A&M, and the talented transfer Moultrie from UTEP has been big help. Arizona won its first four games by 9-8-10-9 points- they made 14-29 from arc last night. Wildcats gave up an average of 65.3 ppg in those four wins. Bulldogs have older guys; if Sidney is effective playing second night in row, they'll be a handful.
Home team won last eight Ball State-Indiana State games; Cardinals lost last four visits here, by 1-1-11-5 points. Ball lost its opener at Arizona by 10, game they led by 9 at half, but were outscored 31-6 at foul line. Sycamores won their first two games, scoring 75 ppg. MAC underdogs are 7-3 vs spread, 4-2 on road. Indiana State is picked #3 in NVC; Ball State is picked #2 in its half of the MAC.
Home team won last five Miami-Xavier games; Red Hawks lost four of last five visits here, losing last three by 15-7-3 points. Musketeers won first two games by 11-23 points, allowing 63 points in both games. A-14 favorites are 10-5 vs spread this season, 4-2 at home. Miami forced 22 Dayton turnovers in upetting the Flyers in OT in its opener.
Veteran Cleveland State team won by 13 at Vanderbilt, holding Vandy to 35% from floor while forcing 20 turnovers; home side won the last three Cleveland-St Bonaventure contests, with Bonnies losing 69-51 here LY. Bonnies pounded Cornell its their opener- Nicholson might be best kid Bonnies have had since Bob Lanier 40 years ago. Vikings are picked #2 in Horizon, Bonnies are picked #7 in A-14, so they're getting better.
Home team won last two Akron-Valparaiso games; teams didn't play last year, but Zips lost here by 8 in '08, win by 20 at home next season. Zips already have win at talented Mississippi State; they've taken only 26 fouls hots in two games. Valpo lost by 9 at Arizona, beat Georgia Southern by 9; they're picked #5 in Horizon. Akron is picked second behind Kent State in their half of the MAC.
Arkansas now coached by Mike Anderson, so they're going to run and press for 40 minutes; Hogs/Houston used to be SWC rivals, but now are in different leagues. Hogs scored 87 ppg in winning first two games, with a 24-point win over Oakland. Houston scored 86 ppg in winning first two games, with 13-point win over Utah Valley. Double digit favorites from SEC are 2-4 against spread; C-USA road underdogs are 0-3.
Arizona State lost 76-62 in LY's opener at New Mexico; Sun Devils and Lobos both got upset at home in last game, with Lobos losing to in-state rival New Mexico State, shooting 28% with 20 turnovers- they miss the graduated PG Gary. Sun Devils lost 66-60 at home to Pepperdine, bad loss for team that finished last in Pac-10 LY. ASU shot 34%, and if you take away Lockett's 8-11, they made just 23.8% of their shots.