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College Hoops Go-Round: January 3

The first Saturday of 2010 is always one dominated by early conference action. Let's first take a look at what happened in the BCS leagues.

Among the mid-majors

  • Stony Brook established themselves as an America East favorite by winning 84-75 at Boston University. 
  • Vermont will be there too, as they topped UMBC, 73-58.
  • It wasn't a good day to be a favorite in the Atlantic Sun, as Mercer stunned Jacksonville, 75-74.
  • Florida Gulf Coast also upset Belmont, 66-63.
  • Lipscomb topped Stetson, 84-63.
  • In the Big Sky, Northern Colorado won 75-66 at Northern Arizona.
  • Weber State defeated Montana, 64-56
  • Sacramento State was no match for Portland State in a 94-66 rout. 
  • The two frontrunners in the Big South picked up wins, as Coastal Carolina topped Winthrop, 57-47.
  • Radford kept pace by topping UNC Asheville, 82-74.
  • On opening night in the wild Big West, Pacific defeated Cal State Northridge, 52-43.
  • UC Davis got a 67-63 home win over Cal State Fullerton.  
  • UC Riverside stunned Long Beach State, 69-67
  • UC Irvine made it a clean sweep for the home teams, as they defeated UC Santa Barbara, 57-55.  
  • In the CAA, George Mason had little trouble with Old Dominion, winning 71-55.
  • VCU blew UNCW out of the water. The Rams were up 37-6 at one point and won, 91-57.
  • Northeastern returned from the West Coast and topped James Madison, 73-61.
  • William & Mary came from behind to top Hofstra, 48-47
  • Butler stays at the top of the Horizon League, thanks to a 80-67 win over Milwaukee. 
  • Wright State rebounded from their close loss to Loyola by topping UIC, 64-47.
  • Green Bay rebounded from their loss at Hinkle by topping Valparaiso, 64-58.
  • In the MAAC, Rider tried to comeback, but they fell short at Loyola (MD), 68-66.
  • Iona won 63-60 at Niagara.
  • Fairfield held off Canisius, 58-52.
  • In the Northeast, Monmouth got a 72-60 home win against Quinnipiac.
  • There was an OVC thriller Saturday night, as Morehead State topped Austin Peay, 68-65, in overtime. 
  • Oakland knocked off IUPUI, 85-82, in a clash of Summit League favorites.
  • Oral Roberts won 65-59 at North Dakota State.
  • Isiah Thomas is struggling in the Sun Belt. Florida International fell at New Orleans, 68-58.
  • Louisiana-Monroe topped Arkansas-Little Rock, 68-64.
  • Middle Tennessee knocked off Louisiana-Lafayette, 68-58.
  • South Alabama needed OT to beat Florida Atlantic, 96-93.
  • Arkansas State beat North Texas, 71-56.
  • Troy hammered Denver, 64-46.
  • In the WAC, the team with the best non-league record, Louisiana Tech, got a nice 77-71 home win over Nevada. 
  • New Mexico State topped Utah State in Las Cruces, 55-52
  • Boise State fell at Fresno State, 71-68
  • Idaho won at Hawai'i, 59-52

After the jump, I'll take a look at a busy non-conference schedule, headlined by the Battle of the Bluegrass, a game that more than lived up to its name. I'll also look at what's ahead on Sunday.

Saturday featured quite a few non-conference battles.

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

For more on Satuday's action, visit SB Nation and Searching For Billy Edelin.

On Sunday, there's ACC, Big East, Big Ten, and MVC action on television.

  • No. 21 Clemson at No. 7 Duke (FSN/Comcast SportsNet, 7:45): A big ACC opener for both teams. While they haven't been migrated to the platform yet, Duke Basketball Report is now part of SB Nation. Stop by and welcome them.
  • No. 13 Georgetown at DePaul (Big East/Full Court, 2): The Hoyas should take this one easily, but it's never easy to win on the road in the Big East.
  • Providence at St. John's (Big East/Full Court, 5:30): Both teams are looking to recover from conference-opening losses.
  • Wisconsin at Penn State (Big Ten, 2): The Badgers have to avoid the letdown after blowing out Ohio State.
  • No. 15 Ohio State at Michigan (Big Ten, 4:30): The Buckeyes will look to rebound against the reeling Wolverines.
  • Southern Illinois at Illinois State (ESPNU, 8): The Salukis are unbeaten in the Valley; the Redbirds are not, thanks to a loss at Missouri State.

And a few non-conference stragglers too.

  • South Dakota at No. 12 Kansas State (FS Kansas City/Full Court, 1): The transitional Coyotes shouldn't be much of a problem for the Wildcats.
  • Houston at Iowa State (Full Court, 2): The Cougars lost to UT San Antonio on Friday. This would be a good chance to check out Aubrey Coleman and Craig Brackins, two guys who can really play.
  • Florida at NC State (FSN/Comcast SportsNet, 3): The Wolfpack may only be OK, but the Gators need a win against BCS-level opposition.
  • UTEP at No. 20 Texas Tech (Full Court, 3): The Red Raiders got smoked by New Mexico last time out, and the Miners already own a "semi-away" win over Oklahoma.
  • Xavier at Wake Forest (FSN/Comcast SportsNet, 5:30): The first annual Skip Prosser Classic features two programs with March hopes. 

For games that will be telecast regionally, like Maryland at UNC Greensboro, Missouri State at Northern Iowa, Bradley at Wichita State, and Montana State at Idaho State, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.