The Tuesday before Thanksgiving saw one tournament crown a champion and two others set their final.
CBE Classic-Day Two
Maui Invitational-Day Two
- In the consolation round, No. 24 Vanderbilt pulled away from Division II Chaminade in the second half, prevailing 68-41. The Commodores will play Arizona for 5th Wednesday (ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET). The Wildcats struggled with Colorado, winning 91-87 in overtime. The Buffaloes face the Silverswords for 7th (ESPNU, 2 p.m. ET).
- I did get to watch a good chunk of both semis, impressive showings by victorious Cincinnati and Gonzaga (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET). Yancy Yates had 17 points and 13 boards to lead the Bearcats to a 69-57 win over No. 21 Maryland. Deonta Vaughn and Lance Stephenson also hit double figures for Cincy. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had four players reach double figures, led by Matt Bouldin's 18, to beat Wisconsin, 74-61. The Terps and Badgers will meet for third Wednesday afternoon (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m. ET).
Cancun Challenge-Day One
- In the non-televised mid-major games, Rider advanced by beating Florida A&M, 88-73. The Broncs will next play Sam Houston State, 71-65 winners over Oral Roberts, Wednesday. The Rattlers will meet the Golden Eagles in a consolation game.
- In the games involving higher majors, fifth-ranked Kentucky rolled past Cleveland State, 73-49, thanks to 15 points and six dimes from John Wall. The Wildcats will meet Stanford in Wednesday's final (CBS CS, 9:30 p.m. ET). The Cardinal defeated Virginia, 57-52. The Cavaliers next meet the Vikings for third (CBS CS, 7 p.m. ET).
In other action Tuesday,
- Florida beat Florida State for the first time since 2006, 68-52.
- Syracuse won their 32nd straight over Central New York rivals Cornell, 88-73.
- Charlotte defeated Hofstra in an NIT consolation game, 80-72.
- Indiana State stunned Western Kentucky at Diddle Arena in another NIT matchup, 64-63.
- Evan Turner had another triple double (16 points, 11 boards, 10 assists) to lead No. 17 Ohio State past Lipscomb, 84-64.
- Providence blasted Vermont, 106-64, one of those results that's only shocking because of the margin.
- Georgia didn't quite light up UNC Asheville like Tennessee did, but still got a big win, 79-58.
- Canisius shocked crosstown rivals Buffalo, 73-71.
- Texas Tech survived their trip to Stephen F. Austin, 63-61.
- Morgan State upset Arkansas in Fayetteville in a Hall of Fame Classic game, 97-94.
- Seattle, who already beat Fresno State, knocked off Utah in Salt Lake City in a Las Vegas Invitational prelim, 77-74.
- Cal State Fullerton got another win for the resume. They knocked off WAC contender New Mexico State, 84-73.
If you don't see your team's score, take a look at the sidebar on the right hand side of any game recap page for a full listing of the night's games. For other fine recaps, visit Searching for Billy Edelin and the main SB Nation page.
After the jump, I'll look ahead to some of Wednesday's other action.
Besides Maui's conclusion, the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals are Wednesday's other major highlight. All four regional hosts made it to New York, but No. 13 Connecticut and No. 7 Duke are the favorites to make Friday's finals. The Huskies face LSU in the first semifinal (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET), while the Blue Devils face Arizona State in the second (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m. ET).
The Great Alaska Shootout, now composed of two three-team groups, followed by placement games, starts late Wednesday in the East with Washington State taking on hosts Alaska-Anchorage (FCS Pacific/FSN Northwest/Metro Sports/MASN, 11:30 p.m. ET)
In non-tournament TV action Wednesday,
- Sacred Heart at Penn State (Big Ten, 7 p.m. ET)
- Oakland at No. 1 Kansas (Jayhawk TV/Full Court, 8 p,m. ET)
- Wyoming at Denver (FS Rocky Mountain/FCS Central, 9 p.m. ET)
All TV information is from Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site. I'll be back with another recap Thursday morning, before I spend the holiday at the 76 Classic, with or without credentials.