Scoreboard Watching: November 21, 2016

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In the books

Hall of Fame Tip-Off
Semi-Finals (Saturday)
Rhode Island 76, Cincinnati 71: Kyle Washington's double-double let the Rams as they pick up a nice win and a chance to take on Duke.
Duke 78, Penn State 68: The Blue Devils shake off any rust left from Tuesday's loss to Kansas and cruise to the win.
Duke 75, Rhode Island 65: Off the 200 available minutes to play, Duke only logged 12 minutes from their bench as they continue to win short-handed and injury riddled.
Tire Pros Invitational
Xavier 67, Northern Iowa 59: After a competitive first have, the Muskateers pulled away early in the second and hung on late to take this tournament title at Disney.
3rd Place Game
Oklahoma 70, Clemson 64: The Sooners shake off their semi-final loss to Northern Iowa to beat a competive Clemson squad.
Paradise Jam
Creighton 112, NC State 94:  Creighton's top-10 offense strikes again, topping 100 points for the second straight game.  
Ole Miss 81, Saint Joe's 68: Sebastian Saiz's double-double lifted the Rebels to a win.
Michigan State 78, Florida Gulf Coast 77: The Spartans escape what would have been a disasterous home loss with some home cookin'.  FGCU had the ball under the opposite basket, threw a court long pass only for the clock to start when the ball was thrown.  The Eagles missed the game winning shot, which was forced up with the buzzer blaring early and officials not forcing a re-do of the play.  An amazing stew of incompetence.  The loss would have dropped State to 1-3 on the season heading into the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Tipping Off Today

Legends Classic
Notre Dame vs Colorado: Neither team has been tested so far, each playing teams ranked 200+ by KenPom so far.  
Texas vs Northwestern: The Wildcats nearly pulled the road upset over Butler earlier this week.  Can they turn the corner in Brooklyn and steal this tournament?
Maui Invitational
Tennessee vs Wisconsin: Typically the pre-season's marquee tournament, the Maui Invitational is ripe with teams looking for life after disappointing starts.  Wisconsin couldn't keep up with Creighton's offense in their only test thus far, while Tennessee already dropped a home contest to Chattanooga.
Georgetown vs Oregon: More slow starts here, as Oregon lost their opening test at Baylor and Georgetown followed a one point home loss to Maryland with an embarrassing six point home loss to Arkansas State on Thursday.
Oklahoma St vs UConn: The Huskies have been nothing short of awful three games into the season.   After an 0-2 start against Wagner and Northeastern, both at home, they escaped Loyola Marymount with a three point win on their way to Maui.  Oklahoma St is one of only two undefeated teams in the field, but hasn't faced a team ranked above 300 by KenPom thus far.
North Carolina vs Chaminade: Against this field and with a de facto first round bye, the Tar Heels would be disappointed with anything other than a championship in this typically marquee tournament.
Paradise Jam
Creighton vs Ole Miss: The Blue Jays are heavy favorites to take home the title after disposing of NC State in the semi-finals.
Saint Joe's vs NC State: Both teams look to bounce back after semifinal losses.
San Diego State vs Cal: After getting wiped by Gonzaga on Monday, Steve Fisher's team looks to bounce back in one of their rare non-conference tests before MWC play.
Alabama vs Valpo: The Crimson Tie have already fallen to a strong mid-major in Dayton.  Valpo looks to do the same as they come back from Tuesday's loss to Oregon.
Illinois St vs TCU: The Jamie Dixon era in Forth Worth faces it's first test of the season.