College Hoops Go-Round: November 30

The two big ESPN-run tournaments held near Disney parks wrapped up Sunday, and a couple of top 25 teams had scares at home against mid-majors.  If you watched football all day, you missed a lot.  Let's start this recap in Orlando.

Old Spice Classic - Day 3

  • Solomon Alabi hit the game winner with 12 seconds left, to give Florida State the crown, 57-56 over Marquette.  The Golden Eagles led by 12 at halftime.
  • No. 15 Michigan couldn't hold on to their lead in the third-place game.  Alabama prevailed at the end, 68-66.
  • Baylor picked up a nice 69-64 win over Xavier to finish fifth.
  • Going into this weekend, I never would've guessed that Creighton would be the team to go 0-for-3.  Yet, the Blue Jays fell to Iona, 63-55, to finish eighth.

76 Classic - Day 3

  • Da'Sean Butler and No. 8 West Virginia ended Portland's run through this tournament.  The Mountaineers claimed the crown fairly easily, 84-66.  Butler had 26 points on the night and was named tournament MVP.
  • Texas A&M held off No. 22 Minnesota66-65, to claim third place.
  • No. 19 Clemson also won a thriller to win fourth, beating No. 12 Butler, 70-69.  The Bulldogs looked to be on their way, but Demontez Stitt sunk the game winning free throws with 3.3 seconds left.  Butler's resulting inbound play, and the one that followed Shelvin Mack's blocked three-point attempt with .5 seconds on the clock, left much to be desired.
  • Eighth place in this tournament was also a surprise, as UCLA was routed by Long Beach State, 79-68.  That was the first win for the 49ers over the Bruins in 12 tries.  It's also the first time UCLA has lost to two Big West teams in the same season.

In other Sunday action

  • No. 11 North Carolina beat Nevada, 80-73, in a game the Wolf Pack led a good ways into the second half.
  • No. 14 Washington also struggled, beating Montana 63-59, in a game the Grizzlies led deep into the second.
  • No. 3 Texas pulled away from Rice, 77-59.
  • Nebraska won at USC51-48, in what appears to be an absolutely scintillating start to the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. (Note the sarcasm.)
  • Things are coming apart in Fayetteville.  Arkansas lost to South Alabama, 74-61.
  • Akron beat Niagara, 80-68.
  • Illinois State snuck by St. Bonaventure, 80-77, to win their round-robin tournament.
  • Cornell won at Drexel, 61-54, in a Legends Classic "subregional" game in Philadelphia.
  • Kent State won at Morehead State, 63-57.

If you don't see your team's score, click any of the score links.  The right side of the page will feature a rundown of all of the day's scores.  For more on what went down Sunday, visit Searching for Billy Edelin and the main SB Nation page.

On Monday, there are just a few nationally televised games.

  • The Big Ten/ACC Challenge opens with a contest between Penn State and Virginia (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET).
  • Remember what Tennessee did to UNC Asheville?  Well, the Bulldogs visit Kentucky Monday (SEC on FSN/Full Court, 7 p.m. ET).
  • Arkansas-Pine Bluff visits Arizona State (FS Arizona/FCS Pacific, 9 p.m. ET).

Please visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site for games that will only be telecast locally or on satellite.

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