Yesterday's extremely busy slate was dominated by the NIT Season Tip-Off Regional Finals and the round-the-clock marathon. On the tournament side of things, four teams punched their tickets to New York.
- In the East Region, No. 9 Duke easily advanced over Charlotte, 101-59.
- The Blue Devils will face the winner of the West Region, Arizona State, who got all they could handle from TCU.
- No. 12 UConn survived a major scare from Hofstra in the North Region final, 76-67.
- LSU will be the Huskies' opponent at Madison Square Garden, as the Tigers handled Western Kentucky in the South final, 71-60.
Outside of the NIT, there were games played at just about every moment of the day. I covered the early morning games in my Tuesday morning recap, but there were so many more.
- Niagara defeated Drexel 76-69 in the 8 a.m start.
- Clemson didn't give Liberty a chance, jumping out to a big lead they never relinquished.
- Northeastern held a 26-20 lead at halftime, but Siena was too much in the 2nd half. The Saints ended up 59-53 winners.
- Tulsa had no problem with Arkansas-Little Rock, winning 59-45.
- No. 20 Georgetown outlasted Temple, 46-45.
- Binghamton was no match for Pittsburgh, falling 71-46.
- No. 20 Louisville rolled past shorthanded Arkansas, 96-66.
- No. 23 Illinois had no trouble with in-state rival Northern Illinois, winning 80-61.
- A strong second half pushed No. 2 Michigan State past Gonzaga, 75-71.
- A Bill Clark three with 12 seconds left pushed Duquesne past Iowa, 52-50.
- In the final game of the marathon, No. 1 Kansas got a major scare from shorthanded Memphis, surviving 57-55.
In non-marathon action:
- St. John's squeaked by St. Bonaventure in Rochester, 69-68.
- UNC Asheville was clobbered by No. 10 Tennessee, 124-49. The Vols led 66-14 at the half, and the Bulldogs shot only 7.7% in the opening 20 minutes. Tennessee set school records in points and assists.
- Georgia wasn't so lucky, as they fell to Wofford, 60-57.
- Iowa State rolled over Drake, 90-70.
- New Mexico won at in-state rival New Mexico State, 97-87.
- USC did what archrivals UCLA couldn't do the night before, beat a Big West opponent. The Trojans knocked off UC Riverside by 10.
Wednesday's TV slate after the jump.
You'd expect the day after a college basketball marathon to be quiet, but there are still a few interesting contests.
- Georgia Southern at Florida (Sun Sports/FS South, 7) The Eagles once again make the trip to Gainesville.
- Toledo at Cincinnati (FS Ohio/SNY, 7) Lance Stephenson will hope to score more than the 7 he put up on Monday night against Prairie View.
- Butler at Northwestern (Big Ten, 8) This game would have been so much better had Kevin Coble stayed healthy.
- Nebraska at St. Louis (FS Midwest/Full Court, 8)
- Utah State at Utah (the mtn., 8) The first of two WAC at MWC games that make me wish I got this channel.
- Western Carolina at No. 3 Texas (ESPNU, 9) This should be the second easy win for the Longhorns in the CBE Classic.
- Texas Southern at Colorado (FSN Rocky Mountain/Full Court, 9)
- Nevada at UNLV (the mtn., 10) This is the second game of what should be an explosive WAC/MWC doubleheader.
For other games that are only going to be telecast locally, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.