While folks in the Northeast are dealing with the impact of the latest winter storm, college basketball teams outside of the area are finding travel to be difficult for games in that part of the country. That was the case for North Carolina Central, and as a result their game at Wagner that was supposed to be played on Saturday has been canceled.
The game was supposed to be the final tuneup before the start of conference play for both the Eagles and Seahawks, with both programs expected to contend in their respective conferences. North Carolina Central’s currently 7-4 on the season, and among the wins for Levelle Moton’s team is an 82-72 overtime victory at N.C. State. If there’s a positive in this development for the Eagles is that they get a few days at home ahead of their MEAC opener against Hampton.
North Carolina Central has played four of its last five games away from home, and that would have been five of six had Saturday’s game been played. As for the Seahawks, prior to their win over former NEC rival Monmouth they’d lost five of six games. Bashir Mason’s team won’t play again until January 9, when they visit Central Connecticut State in the conference opener for both.
This is the third game to either be canceled or postponed as a result of the current storm, which was named Hercules by meteorologists. Iona’s MAAC contest against Quinnipiac, originally scheduled for Thursday, was postponed until Monday. As for the South Dakota State/Buffalo game that was originally scheduled for Friday, no makeup date has been announced.
No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.
Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?
Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.
Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.
The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.
Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.
Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.
Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.
While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”
“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”
“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”
No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.
STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.