In the books:
Friday, November 11
Indiana 103, Kansas 99 (OT): James Blackmon lead the Hoosiers with 26 points and a KenPom ORating of 133, while Frank Mason shined in a losing effort, posing 30 PTS, 7 Reb and 9 Assists. Kansas looks for a better outing against Duke tomorrow.
Arizona 65, Michigan St 63: The good news for Spartan fans? Flintstone Freshman Miles Bridges looks every bit as good as his 5-star hype going for 21 PTS and 7 Reb in the loss.
Wagner 67, UConn 58: The Northeast Conference favorites used a balanced attack to take down the Huskies in Storrs, despite a 9-25 3-PT shooting performance.
Marquette 95, Vanderbilt 71: Early projects would have both these teams somewhere around the bubble conversation, so a blowout win on a neutral court certainly won't hurt Marquette.
Clemson 74, Georgia 64: The Tigers open up the newly-renovated Littlejohn Collisieum with a solid win over a Georgia team that will push for an at-large bit.
Chattanooga 82, Tennessee 69: The Mocs are consensus favorites to win the SoCon, and looked every bit of it going on the road and cruising to a win over a power 5 opponent. Justin Tuoyo led the way with 22 PTS, 11 REB.
Pitt 93, Eastern Michigan 90 (2OT): The Kevin Stallings era begins with a win over one of the MAC's stronger teams this season.
Florida 80, FGCU 59: The Gators begin their non-conference barnstorming tour (The O'Connell Center is undergoing a massive renovation) with a win over FGCU in Jacksonville. The Eagles looked dangerous early on, until a long scoring drought in the 2nd half ended their chances.
Sunday, November 13
North Carolina 97, Chattanooga 57: Two days after their comfortable win over Tennessee, UNC ran wild over the Mocs, holding Justin Tuoyo to 8 PTS just two days after he posted 22 PTS, 11 REB against the Volunteers.
SMU 91, Eastern Michigan 64: The Eagles played like a team drained after a double-overtime loss followed by a long flight south. Meanwhile, SMU passes an early test with flying colors heading into Saturday's game with Pitt.
ESPN's annual Tip-Off Marathon gets underway today, meaning there's a bevvy of hoops on tap today and tomorrow.
Villanova at Purdue: The defending national champions face a tough test on the road in Boilermaker territory.
San Diego St at Gonzaga: An intriguing early-season showdown by two perennial mid-major powers in Spokane.
Princeton at BYU: The Tigers are this year's Ivy League darlings, but face a tough test on the road in Provo.