College Hoops Go Round: November 19

With everyone, including myself, worn out from marathon Tuesday, it was a relatively quiet Wednesday night.  Here's a quick rundown of what did go down in the headline games of the night.

  • Florida pulled away from a feisty Georgia Southern squad, winning 69-49.
  • VCU got smacked by Western Michigan, 83-67
  • Florida State dominated Stetson, 80-38.
  • Toledo was no match for Cincinnati, falling 92-68.  
  • Cornell won another road game against a name opponent, beating UMass by 13.
  • No. 11 Butler won easily at Northwestern67-54
  • Nebraska fell by 15 at St. Louis, 69-55.
  • Utah won at thriller at home against in-state rival Utah State, 68-67
  • Western Carolina was no match for Damion James-led No. 3 Texas.
  • Oral Roberts won at Stanford, 83-81, in an early-round Cancun Challenge game.
  • UNLV completed a Mountain West sweep over WAC contenders, beating Nevada 88-75.  
  • For another excellent wrap-up of last night's action, visit Searching for Billy Edelin.  A preview of today's tournament-heavy schedule is after the jump.

    There's a lot of action on tap both today and tonight, with tournaments taking center stage.  Preview text is from my Early Season Tournament Preview.  All times are p.m. ET unless noted. 

    CBE Classic Semifinals

    In the first game of tonight's doubleheader, Pac-10 co-favorite California faces a Syracuse squad who may have a bit of a homecourt advantage in New York.  In game two, defending national champion North Carolina faces the first big challenge of its defense against Evan Turner and Ohio State.  The winners and losers will play on Friday evening.

    Puerto Rico Tip-Off Quarterfinals

    The top half of this field is loaded.  Chris Wright and A-10 favorite Dayton will be tested by the Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors-led frontcourt of Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, this matchup of top 25 squads will only be on regional television. Meanwhile, CAA contender George Mason faces Final Four team Villanova in a rematch of a 2007 Old Spice Classic semifinal. In the bottom half, Tom Crean's rebuilding Indiana takes on Andy Kennedy's Mississippi, a team who is a threat in the SEC West, while America East favorite Boston University takes on Denis Clemente and Kansas State.

    • No. 21 Georgia Tech vs. No. 18 Dayton (CSS/CW Dayton, 11:30 a.m.)
    • George Mason vs. No. 5 Villanova (ESPNU, 2)
    • Indiana vs. Ole Miss (ESPN2, 5)
    • Kansas State vs. Boston University (No TV, 7:30)

    Charleston Classic Quarterfinals

    In the top half of the bracket,  Miami (FL)--with Villanova transfer Malcolm Grant running the point in place of graduated Jack McClinton faces Tulane. while UNC Wilmington, who could rise in the CAA this year, faces NIT Champion Penn State.  In the bottom half, Big East cellar dwellar USF faces Stephen Curry-less, but still dangerous Davidson, while John Giannini's La Salle, who hopes to make a statement here before the A-10 season, plays Dominique Archie and Devan Downey-led South Carolina, who should have the crowd behind them.

    There are a few other non-tournament games on TV as well.

    • Sam Houston State at No. 4 Kentucky (SEC on FSN/Full Court, 7)
    • Utah Valley at Minnesota (Big Ten, 8)
    • Northwestern State at Texas Tech (Full Court, 8)
    • Central Arkansas at No. 1 Kansas (Full Court, 8)
    • Montana at Denver (FSN Rocky Mountain/FCS Central, 9)
    • Fresno State at Seattle (FSN Northwest/FCS Pacific, 10)
    • Rice at Arizona (FS Arizona/FCS Atlantic, 10:30)

    For other games that will only be televised locally, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.

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