GAME OF THE DAY: No. 24 North Carolina 93, No. 3 Louisville 84
The Tar Heels got a career-high 32 points out of Marcus Paige and 13 points, 12 boards and seven assists from Kennedy Meeks as they ran over Louisville despite 36 points from Russ Smith. This win would have been impressive regardless of situation, but it was all the more impressive due to the issues that UNC had entering the game. Namely, everyone had written this group off. Guess they proved us wrong, eh?
THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: No. 6 Duke 91, Vermont 90
The Catamounts went shot-for-shot with the Blue Devils on Sunday night in Cameron, a thriller that featured about as much defense as you’ll find in the last game of over-30 pickup. Vermont shot 64.9% from the floor and scored 1.424 PPP. That’s not good. The game came to a thrilling end, as the final seconds featured a four-point play for the Cats, a free throw from Rodney Hood and UVM dribbling out the clock to end the game without getting off a shot to win the game.
THE OTHER BUZZER-BEATER: Florida State 62, Northeastern 60
Devon Bookert hit a fadeaway 10-footer with 0.5 seconds left to give the Seminoles the win over the Huskies and a 2-1 record in a tournament where Leonard Hamilton’s club made a statement.
1) Charlotte came to Puerto Rico as an afterthought, but thanks to Terrence Williams, who tipped in his own miss with 0.4 seconds left, the 49ers left San Juan with a title in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Sunday’s win came over No. 14 Michigan, which should, in theory, be a marquee win come tournament time. The concern here for Michigan isn’t the loss; it’s injuries to Glenn Robinson III (back) and Nik Stauskas (ankle).
2) Georgetown managed to get out of Puerto Rico without a complete disaster as they picked up an 84-80 win over No. 10 VCU to win the fifth-place game. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks combined for 49 points, and while VCU forced 26 turnovers, they had the same issues as they did against Florida State: 35% shooting while allowing Georgetown to shoot 56%.
3) Colorado rallied from a 14 point second half deficit to knock off Harvard, 70-62, and hand the Crimson their first loss of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie led four scorers in double-figures with 17 points.
1) Cady Lalanne finished with 20 points and 12 boards to lead UMass to a 62-56 win over Clemson in the final of the Charleston Classic. Chaz Williams is the Minutemen’s superstar, but Lalanne may be their best player to date.
2) Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney finished with 32 points and 21 boards (11 offensive) in a 104-102 win in triple overtime over Detroit. He was 13-for-14 from the floor. Warney scored at the end of the second overtime to tie the game and won the game with five seconds left in triple-overtime.
3) Tyler Harris got a career-high 22 points to go along with nine boards to lead Providence to a win over La Salle in the final of the Paradise Jam.
1) Long Beach State shot 11-for-56 from the floor in a loss to Kansas State. That’s 19.6%. The were 4-for-32 in the first half, or 12.5%. Not good.
2) Georgia lost. Again. This time to Nebraska, 73-65. They went 0-3 in the Charleston Classic and now sit at 1-4 on the season. Not a great start to the season for Mark Fox.
3) After scoring 66 points in the first two games of the Charleston Classic, Chester Frazier went 3-for-13 from the floor as UAB lost to Temple, 87-66, in the fifth-place game.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- Elgin Cook had 18 points and six boards off the bench to lead No. 17 Oregon to a 100-82 win over San Francisco.
- No. 19 New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk continued their strong play with 34 points, 21 boards, eight assists and three blocks in a 79-58 win over Davidson.
- No. 22 UCLA got 22 points from Jordan Adams and 17 points, 10 boards and seven assists from Kyle Anderso in a 106-65 over Chattanooga.
- Troy Huff had 32 points and 10 boards as North Dakota whipped up on their in-state rival North Dakota State, who got 34 points from Taylor Braun.
- Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and nine boards for Maryland in a win over Northern Iowa.
- 32 points, 13 assists and 10 steals from Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant will do a lot for a team like Notre Dame.
- Justin Drummond led four scorers in double-figures with 23 points to lead Toledo to a 6-0 record with a win over Florida Atlantic.
- D.J. Newbill’s 23 points, nine boards and seven assists led Penn State to a 93-67 win over Longwood.
- Kerry Carter led St. Mary’s with 15 points in a win over Alcorn State.
- Amric Fields had 16 points off the bench to lead TCU to a win over Washington State.
- Mo Watson had 16 points, six assists, four boards and four steals to lead BU to a win over LIU.
- Trae Golden went for 20 points and seven assists to lead Georgia Tech to a 78-71 win over North Carolina A&T.