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Late Night Snacks: Wisconsin, Colorado pick up wins

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Game of the Night

Wisconsin 65, UW-Green Bay 54: The Phoenix looked pretty good for the first 15 minutes, controlling the Badgers defensively and getting some easy buckets in transition. But in about 10 minutes of game time that spanned both halves, Wisconsin used a 31-8 surge to take a 45-29 lead and never looked back. The most important performance — other than Jared Berggren once again shutting down a touted frontline, helping to hold Brendan Cougill and Alec Brown to 6-22 shooting — was Ryan Evans. He finished with 13 points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks, looking like a much more aggressive player than he was the last couple of games, but more importantly Evans was 3-6 from the charity stripe. That’s notable because, well, he was shooting 31.8% from the line on the season and had hit just one of his last 12 attempts.

Important Outcomes

Colorado 50, Fresno State 43: Is it time to question whether or not Colorado is actually a good basketball team? We all fell in love with them after they went to the Charleston Classic and beat Dayton, Baylor and Murray State, but what have they done in their last five games that says they’re more than just another middle of the pack Pac-12 team? Get taken to two overtimes by Texas Southern? Lose to Wyoming? Lose by 36 to Kansas? Struggle to beat Fresno State? Beating up on Colorado State was impressive, but nearly blowing a 25 point lead wasn’t.

The Buffaloes get Northern Arizona and Hartford before kicking off conference play with a trip to Arizona. They have some issues that are going to need to be worked out before then.


Jerelle Benimon, Towson: Temple beat the Tigers to move to 7-1 on the season, but Benimon was the best player on the floor, something that’s happened quite often this season, as he went for 30 points and 18 boards. Over his last three games, Benimon is averaging 23.3 points and 14.7 boards.

Keith Clanton, UCF: How about this line: 30 points, 13 boards, four assists, 14-15 FGs. Solid night. Too bad it came against Bethune-Cookman.


Campbell: The Camels lost to Rio Grande, which is an NAIA Division II team. Rio Grande should sound familiar to you, however. Bevo Francis went there. Do you know who that is?

Jahii Carson, Arizona State: Carson was 5-16 from the floor and committed six turnovers as the Sun Devils lost 78-61 to DePaul. At home. Yuck.

The Rest of the Top 25

– No. 7 Ohio State 85, Savannah State 45

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Marcus Paige, Joel Berry lead No. 9 North Carolina past No. 2 Maryland

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.

For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the NBCSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year.

On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.

Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.

Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.

In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.

As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.

(More to come from Chapel Hill…)

VIDEO: Melo Trimble drops Nate Britt with a crossover

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North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.

(H/T: The Cauldron)