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The 2018 Paradise Jam title went to the Kansas State Wildcats (5-0), comfortable 82-67 winners over the Missouri Tigers (3-1) in the finale on St. Thomas. Jordan Geist’s 24 points weren’t enough to push Mizzou past its former Big 8/12 rival, as Dean Wade and Barry Brown Jr. combined to score 40 for K-State.
In the fourth-place game, UNI Panthers (3-2) edged Old Dominion Monarchs (2-3), 54-53. Therefore, the Monarchs will leave the Paradise Jam having won just once for the first time in four appearances. But ODU will get a chance at revenge in Norfolk on Friday. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (3-3) sent the Kennesaw State Owls (1-5) home winless after a 100-81 romp in the seventh-place game.
The High Point Panthers (2-3) won its second Bimini Jam game in three attempts by topping Air Force Falcons (2-3), 69-62. However, UMBC Retrievers (4-2) was unable to go 3-0 in the Bahamas, as they fell to previously 0-2 South Dakota Coyotes (3-2), 58-52.
Tip Time Schedule
Tuesday, November 20
|Tip Time (ET)||Event||Round||Matchup||TV/Streaming||KenPom Fan Match Rank|
|Tip Time (ET)||Event||Round||Matchup||TV/Streaming||KenPom Fan Match Rank|
|11 a.m.||Gulf Coast Showcase||Consolation Semifinals||South Dakota State vs. UTSA||BD Global stream ($)||20|
|11 a.m.||Cayman Islands Classic||Consolation Semifinals||Akron vs. Illinois State||Stadium on Facebook Live||13|
|12:30 p.m.||Cancun Challenge||Mayan Semifinals||Jacksonville State vs. Western Carolina||College Sports Live||41|
|1:30 p.m. (approx.)||Gulf Coast Showcase||Consolation Semifinals||Colorado State vs. FGCU||BD Global stream ($)||21|
|1:30 p.m. (approx.)||Cayman Islands Classic||Championship Semifinals||Clemson vs. Georgia||Stadium on Facebook Live||9|
|2:30 p.m.||Maui Invitational||Consolation Semifinals||Xavier vs. San Diego State||ESPN2||4|
|3 p.m. (approx.)||Cancun Challenge||Mayan Semifinals||Southern Mississippi vs. North Florida||College Sports Live||26|
|4 p.m.||Cayman Islands Classic||Subregional Consolation||Jackson State vs. Chicago State||None||37|
|5 p.m.||Legends Classic||Consolation||California vs. Temple||ESPNU||16|
|5 p.m.||Legends Classic||Subregional Consolation||Hampton vs. Loyola (Md.)||FloHoops.com ($)||33|
|5 p.m.||Gulf Coast Showcase||Semifinals||Tulane vs. UC Irvine||BD Global stream ($)||19|
|5 p.m. (approx.)||Maui Invitational||Consolation Semifinals||Iowa State vs. Illinois||ESPN2||6|
|5 p.m. (approx.)||Cayman Islands Classic||Consolation Semifinals||St. Bonaventure vs. Boise State||Stadium on Facebook Live||14|
|6 p.m.||Cancun Challenge||Riviera Semifinals||SMU vs. Bradley||CBSSN||11|
|7 p.m.||Hall of Fame Classic||Consolation||Missouri State vs. USC||ESPN3||22|
|7 p.m.||Cayman Islands Classic||Subregional Championship||Sam Houston State at ETSU||ESPN3||42|
|7:30 p.m. (approx.)||Cayman Islands Classic||Championship Semifinals||Georgia State vs. Creighton||Stadium on Facebook Live||7|
|7:30 p.m. (approx.)||Legends Classic||Championship||St. John's vs. VCU||ESPN2||12|
|7:30 p.m. (approx.)||Legends Classic||Subregional Championship||Bowling Green at Detroit Mercy||FloHoops.com ($)||29|
|7:30 p.m. (approx.)||Gulf Coast Showcase||Semifinals||Louisiana vs.Toledo||BD Global stream ($)||8|
|8 p.m.||Maui Invitational||Championship Semifinals||Auburn vs. Duke||ESPN||1|
|8:30 p.m. (approx.)||Cancun Challenge||Riviera Semifinals||Penn State vs. Wright State||CBSSN||15|
|9 p.m.||Vancouver Showcase||Showcase||Santa Clara vs. Minnesota||BTN||40|
|9:30 p.m. (approx.)||Hall of Fame Classic||Championship||Nebraska vs. Texas Tech||ESPN2||2|
|10:30 p.m. (approx.)||Maui Invitational||Championship Semifinal||Arizona vs. Gonzaga||ESPN||5|
|11:30 p.m. (approx.)||Vancouver Showcase||Showcase||Washington vs. Texas A&M||ESPN2||3|
Tulane avoided a Red Line Upset in the first quarterfinal by knocking off South Dakota State, 84-80. But the Green Wave might not be so lucky in this evening’s first semifinal, as they’ll be taking on a UC Irvine squad that’s already won at Texas A&M. The Anteaters handled still-winless UTSA, 65-56, in the second afternoon matchup. Louisiana opened the evening session by roasting Colorado State, 91-73. The Ragin’ Cajuns will meet Toledo in the second semifinal, thanks to the Rockets’ blowout 90-62 win over a FGCU team playing in its literal backyard.
Clemson got more than it bargained for against Akron in the first quarterfinal on Grand Cayman, though the Tigers prevailed, 72-69.
In game two, Illinois State disappointed, while Georgia surprised, with the Bulldogs prevailing 80-68 after jumping out to a 21-point halftime lead.
In the first game of the evening session, Georgia State topped St. Bonaventure, 75-65, in a matchup of two 2018 NCAA teams that seem to be going in different directions this season.
The Panthers will meet yet another 2018 NCAA qualifier in the second semifinal on Tuesday night, as Creighton got 18 from Ty-Shon Alexander and 16 from Damien Jefferson (including the dunk below) to beat Boise State, 94-82. RJ Williams scored 27 for the Broncos in a losing effort.
After an all mid-major 2017 edition, a pair of power conference teams anchor the Cancún Challenge’s Riviera Division in 2018, though both SMU and Penn State have struggled a bit in the first two weeks of the season. The Mustangs dropped the first of their on-campus games, to currently undefeated Southern Miss., 74-64, along with their last contest, a 79-73 home loss to Lipscomb. Penn State, meanwhile, has lost just once, but that was to Big East doormat DePaul in the Gavitt Tip-Off Games.
None of the four Riviera Division (host) teams have made the trip to Mexico previously, but a pair of Mayan Division (visiting) squads have. Back in 2014, North Florida won the Mayan Division en route to a first-ever NCAA bid, while Western Carolina finished third in the 2012 edition.
Mayan Bracket Semifinals
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (0-3) vs. Western Carolina Catamounts (1-3), 12:30 p.m. (CollegeSportsLive.com)
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-0) vs. North Florida Ospreys (1-3), approx. 3 p.m. (CollegeSportsLive.com)
Riviera Bracket Semifinals
While the Maui bracket went chalk, three of Monday’s four quarterfinals were thrillers.
Auburn and Xavier opened with a classic in the early morning (Maui time) tip. With the Musketeers rallying late to force OT and 5’11” Jared Harper pushing the Tigers to the win in the extra period, 88-79.
Duke opened its quest for an unprecedented sixth Maui title by annihilating San Diego State, 90-64. It wouldn’t be a Duke win in the new season without a merciless Zion Williamson dunk. It was like he was taking his feelings out on Lahaina’s famously soft rims.
The Blue Devils should expect a sterner test tonight against Auburn.
In the evening session, Arizona came back to top Iowa State, 71-66, in the third quarterfinal AKA the slot that used to feature a Chaminade blowout loss in most (but not all) previous editions. Chase Jeter had a double-double (10 points, 13 boards) for the Wildcats, while the Cyclones’ Marial Shayok outdid him with 19 and 15 in a losing effort.
The only score that matters is the final one.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 20, 2018
The Wildcats trailed the majority of the game, but they came back in the final minutes to take the lead and ultimately the win.@APlayersProgram | #Pac12Hoops pic.twitter.com/n3s47OTtZ2
So with Duke (2011) and Arizona (2014) both winning, two of the three teams looking to go 3-0 in consecutive trips to Lahaina were on the right track. The third, 2013 champ Illinois, wasn’t so lucky. Gonzaga held off the Fighting Illini, 84-78, thanks to 23 from Rui Hachimura and a near double-double by Josh Perkins (10 points and 9 assists).
So Arizona and Gonzaga will resume their on-again/off-again series in the second semifinal tonight, with the Zags having won the last meeting, a 69-62 victory in L.A. on December 3, 2016.
Cayman Islands Classic Mainland Finals
Sam Houston State dispatched Jackson State easily in Monday’s first semifinal, 75-60. The Tigers will try to win their first against fellow winless squad Chicago State tonight. That’s because the Cougars were pounded by host ETSU, 86-61, in the nightcap. The Bucs will meet the Bearkats for the Mainland title in Tuesday’s finale in Johnson City.
In the second half of Monday’s first semifinal in Brooklyn, Cal’s Paris Austin and Connor Vanover combined on one of the sweetest flushes you’ll see that doesn’t involve Zion Williamson or Jared Harper.
But Shamorie Ponds and the Red Storm had the last word, defeating the Golden Bears, 82-79.
And given how bad the rest of St. John’s non-conference schedule is, winning this tournament is vital for their March hopes. They’ll have a shot to do that tonight against VCU, thanks to Marcus Evans.
The Rams held off Temple, who looked completely hopeless on offense in the first half before falling short in the second, 57-51.
Consolation: Hampton Pirates (1-3) vs. Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds (1-4), 5 p.m. (FloHoops.com ($))
Championship: Bowling Green Falcons (3-2) at Detroit Mercy Titans (1-3), approx. 7:30 p.m. (FloHoops.com ($))
Hampton had its collective heart broken at the buzzer in Monday’s first semifinal at Calihan Hall.
Victorious Bowling Green will take on the hosts, Detroit Mercy, in this evening’s subregional championship game. Last night’s victory over Loyola was the Titans’ first of the young season.
While Nebraska didn’t dominate Missouri State quite as emphatically as its first three opponents, the Cornhuskers nevertheless moved on to tonight’s final in Kansas City with an impressive 85-62 win. However, I’m still wondering why the Bears were cosplaying 2017-18 Arizona State during the early game at the Sprint Center.
The Cornhuskers will reunite with their former Big 12 rival, Texas Tech, in tonight’s final, thanks to the Red Raiders’ 78-63 triumph over USC. The Red Raiders impressively overcame a 32-23 halftime deficit to send the Trojans to the consolation game.
Nebraska and Texas Tech last met on January 22, 2011—a 72-71 Red Raider victory in Lubbock. The coaches in that one: Doc Sadler for Nebraska and Pat Knight for Tech.
On Sunday, Washington took down Santa Clara and Minnesota slipped past Texas A&M, meaning today’s preset matchups each feature teams with reversed records. Note that the Huskies and Golden Gophers meet tomorrow evening (afternoon in B.C.) to wrap things up.