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College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 24

The big news last night happened just off the court in Honolulu, long after the NyQuil kicked in for your intrepid blogger. Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney fought in the stands with teammate Elgin Bailey (video on SBNation.com). If you recall, Sidney returned for Thursday's resounding win over San Diego after sitting out Wednesday's quarterfinal loss against Washington State due to "conduct detrimental to the team."

It's a safe bet that Sidney won't suit up for Saturday's fifth-place game against host Hawai'i, but it's not clear at the moment what discipline Bulldogs head coach Rick Stansbury will dish out.

There was one tournament final last night, as Northern Iowa claimed the Las Vegas Classic crown with a 66-60 win over New Mexico. Colorado claimed third place thanks to a hot second half shooting performance (64.7 percent), topping Indiana78-69.

There are just two TV games (and four overall) scheduled today, all in Cancun, where the Governor's Cup concludes. Tomorrow also features a four-game slate, all set in Honolulu.

Cancun Governor's Cup Final and Consolation

3rd place: Saint Louis vs. Mississippi, ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET): The Rebels, in general, and Chris Warren, in particular, can't possibly be as cold tonight as they were in Thursday's semifinal loss to Colorado State. Ole Miss shot .368 from the field overall, connecting on only four of 26 of their attempts from beyond the arc; Warren was three for 17 and one for 11. If they heat up just a little bit, it will be trouble for the young Billikens, who wilted late against Southern Miss in their semifinal.

Final: Southern Mississippi vs. Colorado State, ESPN2 (approx. 9:30 p.m. ET): The Golden Eagles were undoubtedly looking forward to a rematch of December 4th's game against the Rebels, so they'll have to mask their disappointment against a Rams team that's coming together at the right time. Southern Miss should dominate Tim Miles' team on the boards, much like their in-state rivals did on Thursday; however, they'll need to take advantage of their offensive boards to take home the title. The presence of Andy Ogide inside won't make it easy for Larry Eustachy's side.

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