Harvard unbeaten countdown: The Crimson are now 4-0 after consecutive takedowns of Howard and Bryant. Next comes one of the most difficult hurdles, a Sunday game at Colorado. The Buffs are 4-1 with the only loss coming against Baylor in Dallas. They were 12-3 at home last season.
Shock value: Watched most of Wichita Stateís 77-54 victory over Tulsa. This was close for a long time, but the Wheat Shockers needed just a few quick strikes to take charge of the game. Not sure Iím ready to put them in the Final Four again, but they played like theyíre supposed to (at least in the second half). My other impression: Danny Manning has the makings of a good coach for Tulsa.
Dayton 82, Georgia Tech 72: This is good for the best college basketball fans in the country on two levels. The Flyers won on the road (and they havenít been good away from the UD Arena), plus they beat former coach Brian Gregory. He couldnít have been too happy.
Evansville 100, Valparaiso 92: The Purple Aces are 4-0 and actually led this by 25 at halftime. Really good home win.
Iowa State 90, BYU 88: This must have been entertaining. Itís the second big win of the season for Iowa State, which beat Michigan in Ames earlier this week. This one was in Provo, and had some late dramatics as Iowa Stateís Melvin Ejim made an obscene gesture to the crowd after fouling out.
North Carolina Central 82, NC State 72 in OT: It was around this time last season that Jim OíConnell, the great basketball writer for the Associated Press, told a few people privately the NC Central was really good. They did have a great season but Norfolk State was unbeatable in the MEAC. This could be Centralís year. Who knows? Maybe the best team the school has had since Celtics great Sam Jones played there.
They played smart, tough basketball and deserved to win. Point guard Jeremy Ingram is a tremendous player who can play anywhere. Now that Iím done gushing about NC Central, I have to say it looks like a long year for NC State. They have some talent but there was an extreme lack of offensive cohesion and Central was able to get open shots easily.
Belmont 94, Lipscomb 64: Now you know Belmont just won at North Carolina, so a victory was expected, but this is really embarrassing for Lipscomb. You can walk from one campus to the other in Nashville, so itís a big local rivalry. Horrible result for the losers.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell