Scanning the scorelist:
Rutgers 62, Pitt 39: I almost feel I have to type that score twice to make sure you know I have it correct. Maybe this is rock bottom for Pitt, which shot 12 of 57. Rutgers is tough at home but this game was in Pittsburgh. Remember when we were shocked when they lost to Long Beach State at home. Obviously, there are some big problems on this team. Rutgers coach Mike Rice insists his team play with emotion like he exhibits and the Knights are doing it for him.
Syracuse 79, Villanova 66: Syracuse actually wins a road game. For disappointing Villanova perhaps the Feb. 5 date at Pitt will determine which team is more disappointing.
UMass 85, Charlotte 75: Undefeated at home is great but how the Minutemen do on the road will determine the ultimate success of this season.
BU 77, Maine 68: A nice victory on the road. I’m repeating myself but the Am East schedule should help BU get things going.
Northeastern 64, Hofstra 62: Bill Coen squeezes wins out of this team.
Georgia Tech 82, NC State 71: Shocking that the Jackets could win this one in Raleigh. State fans were not happy.
Albany 86, New Hampshire 63: Surprising that UNH couldn’t at least be competitive.
Temple 72, Saint Louis 67: Owls were really tough-minded to pull out this road win. A10 is better than people thought this season but well-balanced, no team is going to dominate.
Xavier 78, Duquesne 50: I might have to take that last sentence back if X really gets into winning form again.
Saint Joseph’s 80, Fordham 62: OK, Fordham beat Harvard; Harvard beat St. Joe’s. Weird, I guess but the one thing the winning teams had in common: Home-court advantage.
Lehigh 71, American 60: The Engineers affirm they’re the team to beat in the Patriot League.
Longwood 79, Brown 77: Awful loss at home.
Memphis 60, Southern Mississippi 58: Sorry I missed it, Memphis in charge in the CUSA with this win. This ended the Fightin’ Favres 11-game winning streak.
Mississippi 71, Arkansas 63: This result proves the Hogs are a work in progress.
Michigan 66, Northwestern 64 in OT: Northwestern is a fatal flaw school; they always lose games like this.
Missouri 76, Iowa State 69: Mizzou showed it's resilient by shaking off the big road loss at Kansas State to win in Ames. It would have been a big win for Iowa State but there’s no shame in losing to Missouri (which had six players in double figures). Royce White report: 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, six turnovers, 2 of 8 on free throws.
Ohio 60, Buffalo 52: Good to see the Bobcats back on track.
William & Mary 66, Towson 49: Bill and Mere get their fourth win of the year; Towson has now lost 36 straight.
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