Scoreboard Watching: November 23, 2014

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In the books

BEST WIN OF THE NIGHT - Fort Wayne 71, Indiana 68: This game may have been played on IPFW's home court, but it was a hostile environment for the "home" team as the IU faithful showed out for what they expected to be an easy win.  Instead, the Hoosiers - fresh off a #1 rating in ESPN's Power Rankings and an 82% favorite to win by KenPom - fell to Byson Scott and the Mastadons in one of the season's biggest upsets thus far.
 
Other games of interest...
 
Legend's Classic
Notre Dame 70, Northwestern 66: The Wildcats drop their second game in the final moments in just over a week, after losing on a last second shot at Butler. 
Colorado 68, Texas 54: The Longhorn's finish in a very disappointing last place in a tournament they were expected to win coming in.   They'll need to turn things around soon, with very few cupcakes on their schedule the rest of the way.
 
Hall of Fame Classic:
Kansas 65, Georgia 54: The Jayhawks took control late in the first half and cruised home for the win. Yante Maten scored 30 in a losing effort for the Bulldogs. 
 
Maui Invitational
Wisconsin 73, Georgetown 57: The Badgers ride a big second half to punch a ticket to the title game.
North Carolina 107, Oklahoma St 75: The Tar Heels easily crush their first real opponent of the season and will face Wisconsin today. 
Oregon 69, Tennessee 65 (OT): The conventional wisdom was that once the Ducks got Dillon Brooks back from injury, they'd be a new team.  So far, not so much.  After dropping their Maui opener to Georgetown, they needed overtime to get by a Tennessee team that hasn't showed much life so far this season.
UConn 93, Chaminade 82: Man, UConn may have won this one, but giving up 82 to a Division II team doesn't to anything to calm nerves about the Huskies problems.
 
Maui Invitational
Georgetown 65, Oregon 61: Fresh off a home loss to Arkansas State(!), the Hoyas turn around and upend Oregon, giving the Ducks their second upset loss of the early season.
Oklahoma St 98, UConn 90: Don't be fooled by the final, UConn looked awful for the vast majority of this game.  Kevin Ollie's team needs to improve in a hurry if they want to avoid a bottom finish in Maui.
Wisconsin 74, Tennessee 62: The Badgers hope t keep momentum rolling to erase the stigma from last week's loss at Creighton.
 
Minnesota 85, Arkansas 71: The Razorbacks turned the ball over 21 times on 78 possessions, never really threatening the Gophers who pass their first test of the season easily.

Tipping Off Today

Game of the Day - Maui Invitational Championship Game, Wisconsin vs North Carolina -  It's the title game we were hoping for coming in.  The Tar Heels have cruised through some decent tests so far, while Wisconsin knows a Maui title will erase the road loss to a Creighton team that looks very good themselves.
 
Other games of interest
Maui Invitational
Georgetown vs Oklahoma St:  Georgetown continues to be a mystery - balancing an impressive win (Oregon) against a trio of unimpressive losses so far.  Can they salvage a 3rd place finish in Maui?
Oregon vs UConn: Two teams dealing with some of college basketball's most disappointing starts this season look to leave Maui with a win.  Oregon is hoping health will help them turn the corner, while the Huskies hope to simply show a pulse for the first time this season.
 
Battle 4 Atlantis
VCU vs Baylor: Baylor hopes to keep building on the momentum of their blowout win at home over Oregon.
St John's vs Michigan St: While freshman Miles Bridges looks as good as hyped, the rest of the team does not.  The Spartans needed a home-cooked game clock to beat FGCU at home on Sunday, but hope this trip is the fresh start they badly need.
LSU vs Wichita St: Both teams have cruised through cupcakes before a gauntlet of a weekend at Atlantis.
Louisville vs Old Dominion: The Cardinals defense has been suffocating so far this season, second in defensive efficiency and first in block percentage.  They should cruise this this opening round match-up.
 
Michigan vs South Carolina: Behind a vastly improved defense, the Wolverines have looked fanastic so far, but now face their first road game of the young season.