TOP 25 SCORES
No. 1 Indiana 66, Georgia 53 (Legends Classic Semifinal)
The No. 1 team in the land responded to its first real test of the season well, overcoming a one-point halftime deficit to top Georgia by 13 in the first Legends Classic semifinal. It was the athleticism of Victor Oladipo, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, that really gave the Hoosiers a lift when they found themselves in need of one.
Though they were a fairly overwhelming choice as the country's preseason No. 1, I don't think anyone expected Indiana to be the type of buzzsaw that rolled over the bulk of its competition. What was surprising, however, was that the Hoosiers' first "struggle" of the year was mostly the product of an opponent's stellar defense.
I said before the season that I thought Georgia was one of eight teams in the SEC with legitimate NCAA Tournament potential, and I stand by that. Mark Fox's team will not be a pushover for anyone this year.
No. 8 North Carolina 95, Mississippi State 49 (Maui Invitational Quarterfinal)
Rick Ray's first Mississippi State team is really bad, but that only makes the Tar Heels' opening performance in Maui slightly less impressive. Though the competition has been less-than-stellar, North Carolina has still looked like ... well, North Carolina through four games. That's saying something considering all the pieces Roy Williams lost to the NBA.
UNC seeming to be a legitimate national title contender isn't exactly a shock, but the Heels appearing to be this far along in mid-November absolutely is.
Georgetown 78, No. 11 UCLA 70 (Legends Classic Semifinal)
Unfairly dubbed as "The Shabazz Game," the second Legends Classic semifinal looked like a contest everyone associated with UCLA simply wanted to get through. The result wasn't an uninspired effort, but rather an uneven performance that resulted in the Bruins' first loss.
The show's main attraction, former top-rated recruit and freshly eligible freshman Shabazz Muhammad, gave a 15-point, one-rebound performance that drew "OMG OVERRATED" and "OMG LEAVE HIM ALONE" reactions in fairly equal quantities. Muhammad did not start in his college debut, and though he showed flashes of brilliance during certain stretches, he appeared noticeably short of playing shape during more.
The true star of the evening (outside of Georgetown's defense) was Hoya big man Otto Porter, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two turnovers, five blocks and three steals. No one develops frontcourt players like John Thompson III.
No. 10 Arizona 94, Long Beach State 72
Dan Monson has put together another absurd non-conference schedule, and it appears to already be wearing on an LBSU team that isn't as equipped to handle it as his past two. The Beach did not appear at all interested in defending an Arizona team that wound up shooting 53.6 percent from the floor on Monday night. Wildcat guards Brandon Ashley and Kevin Parrom combined to go 11-for-11 from the field (all of Parrom's shots came from beyond the arc, all of Ashley's inside it) and score 35 points.
No. 12 Kansas 78, Washington State 41 (Hall of Fame Classic Semifinal)
The Jayhawks responded to criticism after a loss to Michigan State and somewhat sluggish performance against Chattanooga by absolutely obliterating a Washington State team that is in for a very long year.
Things were so one-sided that Ben McLemore resorted to posterizing teammate Jamari Traylor at one point.
New Mexico 66, No. 21 Connecticut 60 (Paradise Jam Championship)
Kevin Ollie isn't going to finish his career undefeated. We know that much now.
The new UConn front man's first L came at the worthy hands of New Mexico in the championship game of the Paradise Jam. Kendall Williams scored 15 points for the Lobos, who are off to an impressive 4-0 start that includes wins over Davidson, George Mason and now the Huskies.
Storms on the U.S. Virgin Islands resulted in CBS Sports Network not being able to air a significant portion of the game. The fans handled it pretty well, though.
YOU ARE DENYING ME SHABAZZ GLORY CBS. FUCK YOU RT @daveborges: Eight straight points by Shabazz and it's a 2-point game, 39-37 NM.— TheUConnBlog (@theuconnblog) November 20, 2012
OTHER SCORES OF NOTE
Chaminade 86, Texas 73 (Maui Invitational Quarterfinal)
Thirty years after its historic upset of No. 1 Virginia, Chaminade -- everyone's favorite D-II team for three days in November -- did it again (kinda) by embarrassing a Myck Kabongo-less Texas squad. The Silverswords actually dominated this game even more than the final score indicates, thanks in large part to the 32-point performance of forward De'Andre Haskins.
The win was Chaminade's first in the quarterfinal round since 2003, and brought its overall record in the Maui Invitational to 7-76. It was the second Maui loss to the Silverswords for the already in postseason form Rick Barnes, who also lost to the host team in 1991 when he was coaching at Providence.
Chaminade, which will face Illinois in the second semifinal on Tuesday night, hasn't appeared in the Maui title game since the inaugural tournament in 1984. They lost that game to Providence, 60-58.
Butler 72, Marquette 71 (Maui Invitational Quarterfinal)
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Saint Louis 70, Texas A&M 49 (Hall of Fame Classic Semifinal)
The Bilikens gave an extremely inspired effort in their first game since learning that head coach Rick Majerus would not be returning to the team because of some serious heart problems. Dwayne Evans had 21 points for SLU, which hit 25-of-49 (51 percent) field goal attempts. Texas A&M is not very good.
Illinois 94, USC 64 (Maui Invitational Quarterfinal)
John Groce made quite the statement in his first nationally televised game as the head coach at Illinois, as his team humiliated USC in the final Maui quarterfinal. The Fighting Illini had 57 points at halftime, which is as many or more than they scored in seven complete games last season. Brandon Paul led all scorers with 26 points.
South Carolina 88, Rider 76
The Frank Martin Era at USC moved to a 3-0 standing after a solid win over Rider. The Broncs continued to get great play from St. John's transfer Nurideen Lindsey, who dropped a game-high 26 points.
Photo of the Night:
Shabazz Muhammad may not have wowed the nation with his first collegiate performance, but his shinguards turned more than a few heads.
Via Ben Cohen
Player of the Night: De'Andre Haskins, Chaminade
The mid-November, 2012-13, Division-II version of Kyle O'Quinn. Here's hoping the encore goes better than Norfolk State's against Florida
All-Nov. 19 Team:
Brandon Paul, Illinois -- The underrated Illini guard led the rout of USC by scoring 26 points.
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State -- Dropped 34 points to go with eight boards in an 83-80 loss to North Dakota State.
Jarell Eddie, Virginia Tech -- Scored a career-high 28 points as VT held off a pesky UNC Greensboro team in a 96-87 shootout.
Otto Porter, Georgetown -- Did it all for the Hoyas, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals
Kevin Foster, Fresno State -- Scored 28 points and nine rebounds as Fresno State beat its third Big West Conference opponent (Cal Poly) in the last six days.