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College Hoops Go-Round: December 6

Even though it was a thrilling (and personally disappointing) college football championship Saturday, there was a lot of college basketball throughout the day and night.  It was a day that saw Kentucky put on a show in the first half against North Carolina, Ohio State lose their heart and soul, Cal win a Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series game for the West Coasters and several teams establish themselves at the top of their respective leagues.

Non-Conference Action

  • Eastern Michigan fell 111-60 at No. 15 Ohio State, who played most of the game without star guard Evan Turner who fell awkwardly and hurt his back.  He's going to miss the next eight weeks because of the injury.
  • No. 10 North Carolina came back on No. 5 Kentucky in the second half, especially after John Wall left the game with cramps.  The Wildcats prevailed 68-66, however.
  • No. 8 Syracuse had no problem with Maine, prevailing 101-55.
  • Temple defeated Penn State45-42.
  • NC State upset Marquette, 77-73. The loss was the Golden Eagles' second in a row to an ACC team.
  • St. John's is unbeaten no more.  No. 6 Duke stopped them in Durham, 80-71.
  • Vanderbilt beat DePaul, 67-54.
  • Oklahoma State survived Texas-San Antonio, 61-55.
  • Purdue had no trouble with Buffalo, prevailing 101-65.
  • Wake Forest became just the fourth team to win at the McCarthy Athletic Center, beating No. 17 Gonzaga77-75
  • Georgia Tech rolled over USC79-53
  • Charlotte drubbed injury-ridden No. 20 Louisville87-65.
  • Boise State gave Illinois a battle before falling, 84-77.
  • New Mexico swept their season series with New Mexico, 75-58.
  • Rhode Island stunned Providence, 86-82.
  • Ole Miss held off Southern Miss, 81-79.
  • Fordham lost their first game since Dereck Whittenburg was fired, falling at home to Bowling Green, 67-46.
  • Siena won their crosstown rivalry game, 83-54 over Albany.
  • Pacific picked up another win for the Big West over the WAC, toppling Nevada in Stockton, 61-58
  • But UC Santa Barbara couldn't get one over the Mountain West, as San Diego State won at the Thunderdome, 69-61
  • Cal State Fullerton lost their second straight game to a Southland Conference team, falling at Stephen F. Austin, 62-61.
  • St. Mary's won at Utah State in a rematch of last year's BracketBuster matchup, 68-63
  • No. 24 UNLV was eight down at the half against Santa Clara, but came back to win 66-63

Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series

  • Missouri crushed Oregon106-69.
  • This series has not been kind to the Pac 10 at all, even to teams who appear to be favorites early on.  Like their in-state rivals, Washington State fell on the road, but in more calamitous fashion. Kansas State handled them 86-69. The Cougars were never in the contest.
  • California did manage to pick up the Pac 10's second win in the series, as they blasted Iowa State82-63, thanks to 20 points and 11 boards from Patrick Christopher. (link)

Conference Play

  • In the Atlantic Sun, Belmont won at Mercer, 94-90, to sweep their first road trip of the conference season. 
  • Their crosstown rivals weren't so lucky. Lipscomb fell at Kennesaw State, 97-91.
  • Northern Colorado got their Big Sky campaign back on track by picking up a 59-48 win at Montana. 
  • Montana State moved to 2-0 in the league with a 62-50 win over Northern Arizona. 
  • Weber State was down two at Sacramento State at the break, but roared back in the second to win their Big Sky opener, 80-65
  • Defending Big South champ Radford is 2-0 after they held on against Presbyterian, 61-57.
  • Coastal Carolina won easily at Liberty, 73-58.
  • VCU lost at William & Mary, 75-74, in both teams' first CAA game of the season.
  • George Mason won 57-52 at UNC Wilmington.
  • Old Dominion easily beat Delaware, 65-44.
  • It was evidently a day for low scoring games in Philadelphia, Drexel stunned Northeastern at the DAC, 49-47.
  • Detroit handed Cleveland State their second straight loss in the Horizon, 69-62.
  • Wright State moved to 2-0, thanks to a 67-54 win over Youngstown State.
  • Loyola (IL) won at Milwaukee, 69-64.
  • In the Northeast, Robert Morris survived Wagner, 73-70.
  • The Colonials now have a two game lead on Mount St. Mary's, who fell at St. Francis, Pa., 73-66.
  • Murray State has to be considered the favorite in the OVC now, after they blasted defending tourney champ Morehead State by 30.
  • Austin Peay will challenge the Eagles, as they ran past Eastern Illinois, 73-60.
  • In the SoCon, College of Charleston defeated Davidson, 67-55.
  • Keep an eye on Western Carolina, who won at Furman 64-57.
  • In the MEAC, Morgan State beat local rivals Coppin State, 80-67.
  • In the Summit, IUPUI won their second straight in the conference, knocking off North Dakota State, 86-74.
  • Oakland won at IPFW, 84-76.
  • Southern Utah was no match for Oral Roberts, 68-53.

If you don't see your team's score, click on any of the score links.  You'll find a rundown of all of the day's games along the right hand side of the page.

For more on Saturday's action, visit Searching for Billy Edelin.  

After the jump, I'll take a look at Sunday's college basketball TV schedule.

The afternoon games are highlighted by a big rivalry in the Palmetto State. As usual, all times are p.m. Eastern, unless noted.
  • South Carolina at No. 18 Clemson (FS South/NESN, 1): The Gamecocks face their first real test since losing Dominique Archie to a knee injury during the Charleston Classic final two Sundays ago.  The Tigers need to recover from their epic collapse against Illinois on Wednesday night.
  • Harvard at No. 14 Connecticut (Big East/Full Court, 1): This should be an easy one for the Huskies, but the Crimson did just blast Rice by 21 on Wednesday.
  • Tulane at Western Kentucky (WKYU/FCS Central, 2): The Hilltoppers are looking for some consistency right now, as more was expected out of the defending Sun Belt champs at this point.  The Green Wave are seeking the same, sitting at 3-4.

I was planning on going to the BB&T Classic, but since I'm not feeling well and need to keep my real job, I'm not.  The good thing is, I can watch both games from here.

  • Navy at George Washington (MASN, 5): The Colonials seem to be much improved this year.  They hammered George Mason by 17 on Wednesday to move to 5-1 on the year. Navy, meanwhile, is 4-4, and fresh off a win over Penn Friday.
  • No. 3 Villanova vs. Maryland (MASN/FSN, 7:30): It will be a homecoming for Scottie Reynolds, Jason Colenda and Maurice Sutton, but the crowd will be overwhelmingly pro-Terp. A win against an unbeaten Wildcat side would help the Terps get past their 1-2 trip to Maui.

You may have heard rumblings that conference play has started.  Well, the ACC gets into the act today.  

  • Miami at Boston College (FSN, 3): The unbeaten Hurricanes go on the road to start the ACC portion of their slate, where they take on an Eagle team who also earned a big win in the ACC/BIg Ten Challenge earlier in the week.

There are two games from the Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series on the TV slate as well.

  • No. 1 Kansas at UCLA (FSN, 5:30): This is another battle of the bluebloods, but it's lost a considerable amount of luster with the Bruins' struggles this season.
  • Arizona at Oklahoma (ESPNU, 7): The Sooners hammered Arkansas Wednesday to get over .500.  The Wildcats meanwhile fell back to even thanks to an OT loss to UNLV that same night.  

Meanwhile, a team who lost in that series on Thursday tries to rebound.

  • Cal State Northridge at No. 12 Washington (FS Northwest/FCS Pacific, 10)

For a full list of televised games, including contests that are only going to be televised locally (like Nebraska at Creighton and Portland at Idaho), visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.