Rude awakening: Northwestern came to New York City with a chance to prove its legitimacy. Instead, it left with its reputation as the Mildcats intact, losing to St. John's 85-69 in the finals of the Holiday Festival. (How dare they call it that anymore). This is the same St. John's team that lost to St. Bonaventure and Fordham.
The Terriers: BU coach Pat Chambers got a nice win over Saint Joseph's Tuesday night. It's been a rough start (4-7), but Darryl Partin, the transfer from La Salle, had 29 points and is coming on quickly to give BU more scoring punch. This team has a chance to be an America East contender.
The Bearcats: Cincinnati beat Miami of Ohio, 64-48, on the road for its 11th straight win. Miami has also lost to Duke, Ohio State, and San Diego State. Miami coach Charlie Coles said the Bearcats fit with those teams.
Wait, he just got there: Renardo Sidney waited nearly a season and a half to be declared eligible at Mississippi State. He played one game and now is suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. OK, what's the over-under on his leaving Mississippi State before the season ends?
My team: The Kazakhstan jacker Anatoly Bose scored 25 and has scored over 20 points in 37 straight games as Nicholls State beat Jarvis Christian 89-67. Now 6-4, the Colonels are over .500 through 10 games for only the second time in the last 16 years.
Surprising scores, amazing margins
UNLV 63, Kansas State 59: K-State coach Frank Martin was really grumpy after this one, refusing to answer questions about the suspensions of his star point guard Jacob Pullen and forward Curtis Kelly. Which just leaves everyone guessing and thinking the worst. It did have to do with improper benefits, perhaps free clothes. Pullen will sit out three games; Kelly's suspension length hasn't been determined. The Wildcats have plenty of time to regroup but it's going the other way right now. This isn't a good loss because the game was played in Manhattan but the opponent, UNLV, was a good one.
Valparaiso 103, Oakland 102: What an interesting season it's been for Oakland: a win over Tennessee, a tough loss to Michigan State, then a crazy loss like this.
Maine 74, Penn State 64: The Bears were disappointing earlier in the season but they look like they're turning it around. They've won four straight to get to 6-5 including this road win. Penn State basketball fans -- and there aren't many -- must feel sick.
Georgia 85, High Point 38: The Dawgs have won five straight, are 8-2, and gave the type of dominating performance they should in a game like this.
Presbyterian 66, Wake Forest 64: The Deacons have now lost to Stetson, Virginia Commonwealth (by 19), Winthrop, and UNC Wilmington. The Blue Hose, meanwhile, are 6-6 with wins over Wake and Auburn.
Southern Cal 65, Tennessee 64: The Vols have now lost three straight after beating Pitt.
Dartmouth 67, Drake 59: A nice non-conference road win for the Big Green who split their two-game road trip to Iowa (losing to Iowa State Sunday).
Idaho 69, Oregon 65: The Ducks' tremendous homecourt, McArthur Court, will no longer be used when they move into some multi-million dollar, sterile building (because Nike wants a new arena) in two weeks. Two bad the last days of McArthur have to be like this. McArthur Court is melting in the rain.... Sing it, just change the words.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell