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Sully's Court: UMass' decline plus rising and falling

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  December 12, 2010 07:11 PM

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UMass: The Minutemen have fallen considerably and couldn’t compete with The Days of Our Lives guys from Seton Hall Saturday night. Still plenty of time for Derek Kellogg to get things going again but it sure would be nice if Terrell Vinson would start showing up.

BC: Should there be a rule that other local teams shouldn’t play at the same time as the Patriots? Saw the last four minutes during Patriots halftime. The Eagles showed a lot of guts in getting a four-point win on the road over Maryland.

Under the radar: Providence’s Marshon Brooks has scored at least 25 points in six straight games.

My team: Rude awakening for my Nicholls State Colonels as they were routed on the road at Wichita State 68-50.

Jimmer: Sully’s Court’s favorite guard Jimmer Fredette finally had a special game, scoring 33 points in BYU’s victory over Arizona. In two games vs. Arizona he has 82 points.

It’s tough:
to be a St. Bonaventure fan. The Bonnies pull off a great victory at St. John’s then return home and lose to archrival Niagara.

Surprising scores, amazing margins:
UNC Wilmington 81, Wake Forest 69:
The Deacons are the worst team in the ACC. This was only Wilmington’s second victory over an ACC team in 33 games. Wake has lost to Stetson, Virginia Commonwealth, and Winthrop too.
Texas College 77, Louisiana Lafayette 74: Bo Lamar, where are you when we need you? The school we used to know as Southwestern Louisiana is 1-7 after this loss to an NAIA schools.

Michigan State 77, Oakland 76:
Hey, Oakland’s not bad and is well coached. Michigan State has had some tough matchups. Just winning is enough in this case.
Quinnipiac 73, Rhode Island 66: The Bobcats are now 7-2 and have to be rated the favorites in the Northeast Conference after pulling off this upset in their beautiful facility. Rhody is still a team capable of beating anyone but then the Rams occasionally submit efforts like this.
Florida Atlantic 63, Hofstra 59: Nice road win for Mike Jarvis.
East Tennessee 63, Mississippi State 62: This one was in Starkville where State was playing without Dee Bost and Renaldo Sydney who are still serving NCAA suspensions.

Five rising:

Fairfield: The Stags, coached by former Al Skinner assistant Ed Cooley, were preseason favorites in the MAAC but started slowly. Now they’ve won their last five including a win over Siena in Albany.

IUPUFW: That's Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. The Mastodons, coached by former Indiana guard Dane Fife was 7-2 after winning six straight.

Iona: The Gaels, under first-year coach Tim Cluess have won seven in a row

St. Francis of New York: Holy Lou Rossini and Bobby Valvano! The Terriers have won four in a row including an unexpected W at Canisius Friday night. Looking back, maybe BC’s easy win over the Terriers should have signaled that the Eagles were going to better than we thought. Since then, St. Francis has won five of seven and the two losses (to Brown and South Florida) were by three points each.

Tennessee: The Vols could be Big East champions after beating Villanova and Pitt. They beat Pitt Saturday at the new Penguins arena and the loss broke a 58-game winning streak for Pitt in non-conference games played in Pittsburgh.

Five falling:

BU: The Terriers couldn’t compete with Harvard Saturday, losing 87-71, and have lost four in a row.

The Red Raiders lost to Syracuse 100-43 Saturday night, their 10th straight loss to start the season. They’re officially the worst team in America. Earlier this season, Colgate lost to Duke 100-58.

Gonzaga: The Zags lost road games to Washington State and Notre Dame and are now 4-5. And looking up to Saint Mary’s in the WCC.

Manhattan: Elevator going down as the Jaspers, once one a top-notch low major, have lost seven straight.

St. John’s: Bad week for first-year coach Steve Lavin as the Redmen lost to St. Bonaventure are home then blew a 21-point lead and fell to Fordham 84-81 Saturday.

The week’s Butler (best mid-major): Cleveland State, the Vikings journeyed to Huntsville, Tex.. and beat Sam Houston State 74-62 for their 12th straight victory.

This week’s Final Four:
Duke, Pitt, Michigan State, Kansas State

This week’s national champion:

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