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A LOOK BACK AT A CLASSIC NIGHT OF HOOPS
What were the other significant developments Wednesday night?
Kansas: The Jayhawks put together a 36-0 run on Alcorn State. I donít care about the competition. Thatís still quite impressive.
New Mexico: The Lobos went to 7-0 with an 86-78 win over Cal at the Pit. The Bears are another team with three early losses, while the Lobos are now a serious player in the Mountain West.
Gonzaga: The Zags came back from 13 down in the second half to outlast Washington State 74-69 in what turned out to be one of the best games of the night. Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 28 points and freshman Elias Harris put up 24 and 12. Wazzu is still a real player in the Pac-10, even if the Cougs couldnít pull off the road upset.
UNLV: Fresh off a home win over Louisville, the Runniní Rebels beat Arizona 74-72 in double-overtime in Tucson behind TreíVon Willisí 25 points and former Kentucky guard Derrick Jasperís late 3-pointer. UNLV is 6-0 and proving the MWC may be the deepest conference outside of the power six.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jacketsí "other" freshman, Mfon Udofia, scored 26 to outshine Derrick Favors (16 and 8) in a solid 13-point win over Siena. The Saints now almost certainly have to win the MAAC tourney to get an NCAA bid.
Portland: Pilots coach Eric Reveno told me he would know a lot more about his team after the Portland State game. Well, the Pilots followed up the impressive run to the 76 Classic finals by losing at home by four to Portland State, which set a Chiles Center record with 15 3s and rallied from 12 down in the second half. You know the way this works. Unfortunately, the Pilots wonít be in the AP top 25 next week.
San Diego State: To show the increasing depth of the MWC, the Aztecs won a tough road game in overtime at San Diego. Had the Zags lost to Wazzu, the good vibes the WCC felt over the weekend would have been zapped.
Vanderbilt: The six-point home win over Missouri will go down as a quality win. The game was well-contested, an entertaining watch and proved the Commodores still have plenty of life.
St. Johnís: OK, so it was just Stony Brook, but the Red Storm are still 6-0 and head to Duke this weekend.
Jeff Foote: Who is he? Heís a 7-foot senior center who probably wasnít known to many before Wednesday night. I guess he still isn't. But he had quite a night for Cornell, scoring 28 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in an overtime win over Bucknell.
Harvard: Yes, Cornell will have company this year. If Northwestern is story 1A for a team that has never been to the NCAA tournament, then Harvard might be 1B. The Crimson haven't been since 1946 and are now 6-1 after a 21-point rout of Ben Braun's Rice team, which gave Texas all it wanted earlier this week.
Ali Farokhmanesh: That should be the next spelling test at the Spelling Bee. The Northern Iowa senior guard hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to beat rival Iowa State in Ames. The Panthers, who took out BC in St. Thomas last week, are the favorite in the Missouri Valley and are looking like a nice upset special team in March.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane, the pick by many to win Conference USA, got credibility in-state with a 21-point win over Oklahoma State. Make no mistake: this is the kind of win that'll matter in March.
Tony Crocker: The Oklahoma guard may have had the most even night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 16 boards in the Sooners' 20-point rout of fading Arkansas.
New Orleans: The Privateers are likely headed to Division 3 in 2010, but are going down with plenty of pride. UNO beat Tulane 51-50 as coach Joe Pasternack continues to coach up his squad.
Utahís other Division I schools: Unless you live in the state, itís hard for the outside world to fully grasp the difficulty BYU and Utah have in going to Utah State and Weber State. This is not an excuse, but the reality every season. Utah State beat BYU by 10 behind Jared Quayleís 22, while Weber knocked off Utah by seven behind Damian Lillardís 28
LOBOS ARE VERY SERIOUS contenders LOL
Good to see that the MWC is getting some respect with the comments on UNM and UNLV. Whenever Andy Katz has a chance, he gives the Lobos some love.
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