About last night:
Thereís no doubt: Indiana is No. 1 after the Hoosiers manhandled North Carolina 83-59. In a blink of an eye, the Hoosiers turned this into a rout in the second half. It was in Bloomington, so the loss is forgivable, but the verdict is still out on the Tar Heels.
Typical: Northwestern wins an early-season tournament, looks good doing it and I get on the bandwagon that the Mildcats can finally make the NCAA Tournament. Then ... they get blown out on their home court by Maryland.
Upset averted: Colorado, also receiving plaudits for winning an early-season tournament, nearly gave it all back before beating Texas Southern in two overtimes. Two observations: Mike Davis, the former Indiana and UAB coach, obviously has Texas Southern playing well despite a 1-5 record. It was also fluky. Omar Strong, a 5-9 guard from Baltimore, entered the game shooting 25 percent for Texas Southern and he banged in nine threes. Texas Southern should win the SWAC, the goal would be to avoid the First Four.
The Gophers: Minnesota couldnít compete with Duke but itís doing OK with everyone else, as evidenced by an impressive 77-68 victory over Florida State in Tallahassee Tuesday night. The Gophers are 7-1.
Harvard: Itís a shame, this should have been a big season for the Crimson, but after Tuesday nightís loss to Vermont at home, itís going to be a real struggle without Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry. If they return next season, the Crimson will be really tough.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell