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Late Night Snacks: A wild, wild day in the November tournaments

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: New Mexico 97, UAB 94 2OT

The Lobos needed a miraculous, 30-foot runner from Kendall Williams at the buzzer to force overtime. They then needed a three from Alex Kirk to force a second overtime before finally subduing a scrappy UAB team. Our Raphielle Johnson wrote all about it here, and you can see a video of Williams’ draining that 30-footer here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES:

1) In perhaps the most shocking result of the season to date, Florida State took on No. 10 VCU in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and absolutely ran the Rams off the court. The Seminoles won 85-67, but at one point in the game they were up by 30. What’s crazier is that VCU still managed to force 25 turnovers! And they got utterly embarrassed! That’s difficult to comprehend until you realize that Shaka Smart’s club shot 5-for-23 from three and under 30% from the field.

2) It might be time to start taking UMass seriously. On Thursday, they knocked off Nebraska in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 96-90. You read that and think, ‘Oh, Nebraska, whatevs, Dauster’, but the Cornhuskers are tough this year. Maybe not NCAA tournament-tough, but they certainly aren’t a pushover like in year’s past. More impressive? The Minutemen did it with Chaz Williams having an off-night. Cady Lalanne was terrific once again, finishing with 15 points and nine boards, but it was Derrick Gordon busting out of his slump for 20 points that was just as big.

3) Deandre Daniels scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half and Shabazz Napier had 12 of his 20 points in the second half as No. 18 UConn picked up a hard-fought win over Boston College in the 2K Sports Classic.

STARRED:

1) Kevin Pangos scored 27 points and handed out four assists as No. 13 Gonzaga knocked off Washington State 90-74. The Zags shot 55.9% from the floor and 13-for-23 from three.

2) Jordan Loveridge had 15 points and 15 boards for Utah in a win over Grand Canyon. I know they haven’t really played anyone yet, but he’s averaging 16.7 points, 14.3 boards and 3.7 assists through three games.

3) No. 12 Wisconsin entered Thursday night’s game with Bowling Green shooting 45.7% from three. They hit 12-for-20 from deep, bumping that percentage to 48.5%, or 49-for-101. Their “worst” three-point shooter entering the night? Ben Brust, who was shooting 39.1% from three. He went 5-for-6 on Thursday. He’s not 14-for-29 on the season.

STRUGGLED:

1)¬†Georgetown’s second half in their 63-56 loss to Northeastern was just atrocious. They were outscored 38-20, they couldn’t do anything against Northeastern’s zone and they get beat up on the glass by the smaller Huskies.

2) Wofford let Minnesota jump out to a 24-2 lead and shot 31.0% from the floor and 19.0% from three in a 22-point loss to the Golden Gophers.

3) No. 25 Marquette barely squeaked by New Hampshire on Thursday night, winning just 58-53. Their offensive issues popped up again, as the Golden Eagles shot 32.7% from the floor and 3-for-22 from three. Chris Otule was 6-for-7 from the floor. The rest of the team? 11-for-45. Yuck.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25:

  • Nik Stauskas had 24 points, Caris LeVert chipped in with 20 and Glenn Robinson III had 14 as No. 14 Michigan made 14 threes in an 85-61 win over Long Beach State.
  • Michael Frazier started at the point and Patric Young six players in double-figures with 16 points as No. 16 Florida beat Middle Tennessee State 79-59.

NOTABLES:

  • Mike Thorne led five players in double-figures with 16 points and 10 boards as Charlotte knocked off Kansas State in the first round of the Charleston Classic, 68-61.
  • Davidson got 21 points from De’Mon Brooks and 20 from Brian Sullivan as they knocked off the ever-rebuilding Georgia Bulldogs.
  • Anthony Brown led five scorers in double-figures with 23 points and 10 boards as Stanford blew out Texas Southern, 97-71.
  • Calvin Newell went for 19 points, six assists and five boards as UCF beat Miami FL, 63-58.
  • Texas Tech smacked around South Dakota State, winning by 14 points.
  • Alan Williams didn’t play, but UC-Santa Barbara hung around with Colorado anyway, losing just 76-68.
  • 20 from K.J. McDaniels led Clemson to a win over Temple.
  • St. Louis picked up a nice win at home over a quality Oral Roberts team.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

California's Jabari Bird celebrates a score against Oregon in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Key contests in Atlantic 10, Pac-12

Arizona head coach Sean Miller talks with guard Allonzo Trier (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern State in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)  ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; GREEN VALLEY NEWS OUT
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCLA at No. 17 Arizona, 9:00 p.m.
The Bruins and Wildcats have already met once this season, with a Bryce Alford three-pointer giving UCLA an 87-84 win. But UCLA has continued to struggle with consistency since then, and the chance at payback should serve as a motivating factor for Arizona. Sean Miller’s team welcomed back Allonzo Trier in Saturday’s win at Washington, and in forward Ryan Anderson they have one of the conference’s best players. The “rivalry” aspect of this game should make it a good one, as UCLA tends to show up for big-name opponents, but it could also be another major blow to the Bruins’ fleeting hopes of getting back to the NCAA tournament.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 19 Dayton at Rhode Island, 7:00 p.m.
The Rams have struggled with injuries all season, most recently dealing with Jarvis Garrett’s broken jaw and Kuran Iverson’s concussion. Garrett’s back on the floor, playing with a face mask that appears to be inspired by Hannibal Lecter, and it’s that team toughness that makes URI a serious threat to first-place Dayton at the Ryan Center (Iverson’s been medically cleared but remains a game-time decision). Charles Cooke has been outstanding for the Flyers this season, and Dayton’s depth makes them a tough matchup for any team much less one as banged up as URI.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

1. As a result of No. 11 Oregon’s loss at Cal last night, No. 23 USC finds itself tied in the loss column atop the Pac-12 standings heading into their game at Arizona State (8:00 p.m.). Outside of keeping opponents off the offensive glass the Sun Devils have had issues defensively in conference play, and with the Trojans’ many scoring options led by guards Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs this will be a tough matchup for the home team.

2. Monmouth looks to maintain its lead atop the MAAC standings, as they visit Rider (9:00 p.m.). The Broncs haven’t been the conference contender many envisioned them being when the season began but they’re still dangerous, with players such as guard Teddy Okereafor capable of giving opponents fits. Justin Robinson, who’s been excellent at the point all season long, leads the way for a Monmouth team that still has hopes of earning an at-large bid should they need it.

3. Having lost to Yale last weekend, Columbia’s in a position where they need to hold serve ahead of the rematch in New York City March 5. That makes games like tonight’s against Penn (7:00 p.m.) that much more important for Kyle Smith’s Lions, who have done a good job of turning opponents over in league play (22.8 TO%). Penn’s had issues taking care of the basketball, and that combined with Columbia’s tandem of Maodo Lo and Alex Rosenberg could prove to be the difference at Levien Gym.

4. Two teams looking to make a push in the MAC East race meet in Buffalo, as the Bulls host Ohio (7:00 p.m.). Nate Oats’ team had its four-game win streak snapped by Toledo, with the Rockets beating Buffalo by two Wednesday night. They’ll look to rebound with a defense that has been the best in the MAC in conference play (tops in defensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage), but they have to take care of the basketball in order to do so.

5. Grand Canyon, which can’t play in the NCAA tournament as they’re still in the Division I transition process, looks to remain a game behind New Mexico State in the WAC standings. Dan Majerle’s Antelopes visit Seattle (10:00 p.m.), which handed GCU its first conference loss 13 days ago. GCU shot just 6-for-23 from three in that game, which they led by ten late in the first half. If Seattle is to win they’ll need to slow down the tandem of sophomore Joshua Braun and senior Grandy Glaze, who combine to average 31.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.