There were 76 Division-I games on Tuesday night, the highest-total of any non-weekend date this season outside of opening night.
Naturally, a D-III guard in Iowa decided this was the perfect time to score 138 points and demand the college basketball world's focus. Well, if he'd shot at least 50 percent then we'd have given him a little bit of love to start Wednesday's round-up. Since he didn't, we're moving on to the top 25 scores just like any other morning . . . but not before giving a quick shoutout to David Larson, who scored 70 points for the losing team in that game by connecting on 34-of-44 field goal attempts. That's better than 70 percent.
You're a hero, David Larson.
TOP 25 SCORES
No. 1 Indiana 82, Georgetown 72 (OT) (Legends Classic championship)
The top-ranked Hoosiers were pushed for the second night in a row inside the Barclays Center, this time in what was probably the best game of this young season.
"This was one of those games where it would've been fun to be up there cheering (in the stands) or watching on television at home," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward.
The game was back-and-forth for 38 minutes until Indiana had appeared to pull away for good when it pushed its lead to seven with just 67 seconds to play. Predictably, the Hoyas responded with a pair of treys, got some help from IU on the free-throw line, and Otto Porter's runner over Jordan Hulls with 4.6 seconds to play ultimately sent the game into overtime.
The extra five minutes weren't nearly as exciting, however, as the Hoosiers did the vast majority of their damage at the charity stripe and Georgetown struggled to make a shot. Still, this is a Hoya team that displayed the all the poise and discipline that we've grown accustomed to seeing from JTIII squads early in the season, and they should be ranked when the new polls come out in six days. It's also an Indiana squad that responded to the first real questions about its preseason hype by answering the proverbial bell on consecutive nights.
The most impressive thing about Indiana's performances in New York was that it didn't win in the manner it won a season ago. That's a positive development, seeing as how it didn't win the national championship a season ago. The Hoosiers have a ways to go defensively, but they're light years ahead of where they were last November. They're also proving that they're fully capable of beating quality opponents without getting next-level performances from Cody Zeller.
No. 7 Florida 58, Savannah State 40
The Gators scoring just 58 points against Savannah State may have been as monumental an upset as there was on Tuesday night. A lot of that low total had to do with Kenny Boynton leaving the game early in the second half with a sprained ankle. He's not expected to miss any more floor time because of the injury.
Butler 82, No. 9 North Carolina 71 (Maui Invitational semifinal)
It's hard to call any Butler victory a shocker these days, but this one certainly flirts with being worthy of the title.
The same Bulldog team that was trounced by Xaver a week ago and needed a miracle shot to beat Marquette in the Maui quarterfinals on Monday absolutely manhandled the No. 9 team in the country. Carolina trailed this game 60-31 at one point in the second half, and needed a furious late rally to make the final score look somewhat respectable.
Butler got open looks at will against the young Tar Heels, ending the game 12-of-25 from beyond the arc. UNC also failed to score at least 20 points in the first half for the first time since 1998.
Brad Stevens and company get Illinois in the Maui title game Wednesday night.
No. 11 UCLA 60, Georgia 56 (Legends Classic consolation game)
Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points in his first college start, as UCLA eased the pain of Monday's loss to Georgetown by grinding out a 60-56 win over Georgia. The highly touted freshman showed no signs of the shyness that plagued his debut, often demanding the ball and making key plays down the stretch for the 11th-ranked Bruins.
The biggest concern for UCLA was its inability to keep Georgia's guards out of the lane. It was so much of a problem that Ben Howland made the rare call for his team to switch to zone. It did the trick on Tuesday, but going forward the young Bruins are going to have to make more of a commitment to defense if they want to have a legitimate shot at accomplishing something major this season.
No. 12 Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59 (Hall of Fame Classic championship)
The Bilikens dared Travis Releford to beat them with his outside shot and he responded, drilling 4-of-7 threes and finishing with 23 points. SLU also had no answer for Kansas big man Jeff Withey, who finished with a game-high 25 points. The Jayhawks led by double-digits for the bulk of the game, but a late Saint Louis run brought them to within nine with 3:51 left. Withey responded with a personal 6-0 run to put the game out of reach.
No. 14 Creighton 105, Longwood 57
The Bluejays weren't kind to every 13-year-old boy's favorite team, winning their fourth straight game by at least 20 points. Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique each scored 17 points to spearhead the blowout.
No. 15 Michigan State 74, Boise State 70
The Spartans were pushed to the brink by Boise, but the bigger news might be freshman star Gary Harris leaving the game with what appeared to be a very serious shoulder injury. Head coach Tom Izzo said after the game that the news on Harris was "not good," and that he would be "out for a while." Harris scored 18 points and provided a huge offensive spark in Michigan State's upset win over Kansas a week ago. He was expected to be relied on more and more heavily as the season went along.
No. 22 Cincinnati 91, Campbell 72
Cashmere Wright scored 28 points as Cincy continued to roll through its ridiculously soft early schedule. The Bearcats will finally get a test on Friday when they travel to Las Vegas to face Iowa State.
OHER SCORES OF NOTE
Columbia 75, Villanova 57
No one expected the Wildcats to be world beaters this year, but they certainly expected more than this. Columbia drilled 11 three-pointers and became the first Ivy League team other than Penn to knock off Villanova since 1978. Could we be headed for a Jay Wright hot seat in Philly? It sounds silly (rhymes for days), but 'Nova is one good call against Purdue away from being off to a horrific start.
Maryland 83, Lafayette 74
Lafayette's game plan was to take Alex Len out of the equation as much as possible, and it accomplished that to some degree. The only problem was it didn't have anyone left to guard James Padgett, who dunked his way to a 14-point performance.
Saint Joseph's 75, Harvard 56
The Hawks dominated from start to finish in a game they led by as many as 37 points. Carl Jones went 8-of-11 from the field and finished with 24 points for the A-10 favorites.
Illinois 84, Chaminade 61 (Maui Invitational semifinal)
The dream died for Chaminade, which fell behind Illinois 8-0 and could never catch back up. The Fighting Illini (5-0) have won their first two Maui Invitational games by a combined total of 178-125. They'll likely receive a bit more of a test in Wednesday night's final against Butler.
Marquette 89, Mississippi State 62 (Maui Invitational consolation bracket)
Mississippi State is really bad.
USC 59, Texas 53 (OT) (Maui Invitational consolation bracket)
This was the ultimate extreme praise/ridicule situation for both teams, as the winner would undoubtedly be lauded for its ability to put the previous day's performance behind it, while serious criticism would be hurled at the loser. The beneficiary of this wound up being USC, which won a game less than 18 hours after it had lost to Illinois by 30. Meanwhile, the island nightmare continued for Texas, which made national headlines by losing to Chaminade on Monday.
Southern Miss 69, UC Irvine 65
Donnie Tyndall's team quietly moved to 4-0 by knocking off a UC Irvine team that probably should have upset UCLA last week.
Wichita State 75, DePaul 62
Wichita State also remained unbeaten by rolling over DePaul in a Cancun Challenge semifinal. The Shockers are now 5-0 and own wins over a VCU team that received a lot of preseason top 25 love, as well as a team that is technically in the Big East. They'll face Iowa for the tournament's championship game on Wednesday.
Highlight of the Night:
Georgia State beating Tennessee State on a half-court shot at the buzzer? Show it to me.
Player of the Night: Jeff Withey, Kansas
As mentioned earlier, Withey absolutely dominated the Saint Louis frontcourt for the better part of 40 minutes. He's spent the first week and a half of the season proving that he's much more than just a shot-blocker.
All-November 21 Team
Cashmere Wright, Cincinnati - Scored 28 points in Cincy's rout of Campbell.
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech - Dropped 30 on Chattanooga in a 71-63 victory.
Jack Taylor, Grinnell - Scored 138 points in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist, but didn't shoot 50 percent from the field.
James Hulbin, Northwestern State - Scored 29 points but the Demons fell to LSU, 102-95.
Augustine Rubit, South Alabama - Finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but USA fell to Monmouth by a bucket.