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Three hyped up freshman proved they're worthy of the admiration and massive attention from scores of NBA personnel at the United Center on Tuesday.
It's early, but while Andrew Wiggins had his moments in Kansas' season-opening win over Duke, Jabari Parker was even better and showed why it's not a foregone conclusion that Wiggins will go No. 1 in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The second game of the Champions Classic lived up to its billing and then some.
They're different players, but the similarities between their two highlight reel moments are incredible.
The Badgers pulled off the upset of the Gators in a physical game that went down to the wire.
YOU WERE SO CLOSE, SPARTANS
Eleven down, one to go, and the last one should be a goodie.
Let's finish strong, boys and girls.
10:22 - I'm all for televised starting lineups before any and every neutral court game. I'm way less for these Kansas warm-ups.
10:38 - Hey look, another really fun game between two teams that probbaly shouldn't be this good in mid-November. Kansas leads early, 11-10.
10:48 - Everyone's still talking about the Michigan State/Kentucky game, and deservedly so, but this game is being played at a level you don't expect to see this early in the season.
10:58 - Jabari Parker has the polish of a three or four year starter. He's more than capable of becoming a Player of the Year type guy AND leading the Blue Devils to the promised land in the process.
11:10 - Parker now has 19 first half points and Duke reclaims a 40-38 lead. All due respect to Sparty and UK, but this has been much cleaner and slightly more entertaining.
11:17 - The Blue Devils head into the locker room clinging to a 42-40 lead. Parker (19 pts) is the only Blue Devil in double figures, while Perry Ellis leads the Jayhawks with 10 points. Andrew Wiggins spent most of the half on the bench with foul trouble, and has six points and four rebounds.
11:36 - Jabari Parker finishes a one-handed alley-oop. This is becoming quite the introduction to the college basketball world.
11:39 - Sooo tired, but don't want to leave this brand of basketball behind. One thing is for sure, this season is going to be a hell of a ride. So much has happened already, and we're just (almost) five days in.
11:42 - This guy:
11:46 - This Duke team is about 34 times more athletic than last year's Blue Devil squad, and that team was good enough to be one game (or one non-Louisville region) away from a trip to the Final Four. Amile Jefferson has looked fantastic.
11:53 - Duke needs to stop letting Perry Ellis dunk, because it's apparent that it's a feat he's capable of accomplishing. The Blue Devils still lead, 56-55. Neither team has led by more than six.
12:01 - Kansas edges out in front, 62-60, and then an Amile Jefferson cram ties it back up. Crazy fun.
12:14 - Wiggins heads to the bench after picking up his 4th foul. Kansas still clinging to a 70-69 lead without him. We have 6:24 left to play.
12:17 - Kansas goes ahead by three before Parker hits back-to-back contested shots to put Duke back on top. So, so good.
12:21 - Kansas back ahead by three after four free-throws and then Rasheed Sulaimon scores and gets fouled. A missed free-throw later and it's 76-75 Kansas with just over four minutes remaining.
12:22 - The whistles are taking a little bit of the shine off this one. That's five foul calls in the last six total possessions.
12:24 - Kansas now has one field goal attempt wedged in the middle of 13 free-throw attempts. I am very tired.
12:32 - Andrew Wigginis hits a step-back jumper, finishes a dunk and fouls Parker out of the game in about 10 seconds. Suddenly Kansas leads by seven and the freshman is the best player in the world again.
12:36 - Referring to the big three freshmen as "Jabandrulius." That's mine. Trademarked. Not even sure if it works. Not thinking straight.
12:37 - FINAL: No. 5 Kansas 94, No. 4 Duke 83
Final score is not at all indicative of the first 39 minutes, which is a shame, but what can you do?
It's been real, y'all. I'm off to figure out what day it is and then get under the sheets.
The No. 2 Michigan State Spartans knocked off the top team in the nation in the first game of the Champions Classic.
It might not be the last game of the tip-off marathon, but it's hard to argue that it isn't the main event.
For the first time since 2008, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country will square off Tuesday night when top-ranked Kentucky takes on Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic from the United Center.
Here's your mandatory pregame reading:
The first game of the century for the 2013-14 season is upon us. Let's do this thing.
7:40 - Ok, I was kind of dismissive of the "Final Four in November" talk, but that Anthem and those starting lineups were pretty awesome. Quite the scene inside the United Center already.
7:44 - Michigan State handling the moment much better in the opening minutes, as might be expected. Cats are lucky to only be down 6-0 as John Calipari calls a timeout.
7:47 - Kentucky can't even get a shot up right now. That's four turnovers in less than three minutes.
7:50 - Sparty up 10-0 after a vicious Branden Dawson fast-break dunk. The way Kentucky looks (bad) is more concerning than the actual score. Of course the two typically go hand-in-hand. Michigan State on pace to win 116-0.
8:03 - UK has settled down a little bit, but Michigan State is still getting what it wants on offense much easier than the Wildcats are. Sparty holds a 14-7 lead at the under 12. James Young has two big baskets for Kentucky.
8:08 - Gary Harris has 11 points. Kentucky has 12. Michigan State has 23.
8:11 - Get TV Teddy off my TV. Forever.
8:14 - John Calipari has said the same thing himself, but Julius Randle has got to stop relying on the spin move. It's morphing him into a turnover machine.
8:20 - Kentucky's transition defense has been abysmal. That should be area of focus No. 1 after tonight. Michigan State still rolling, 34-19.
8:30 - Gary Harris and Adreian Payne would like to discuss all that NBA Draft talk they were hearing heading into tonight. Spartans up 40-29 with 1:16 in the half.
8:32 - James Young is the one Wildcat who appears complete unafraid. He's got 15, but Kentucky cannot get a stop after a score to save their life. Michigan State's lead is 13 and they have the ball.
8:35 - Halftime: Michigan State 44, Kentucky 32. Harris with 15 and Payne with 12. Both players 5-of-7 from the field.
8:52 - First five minutes of the second half are huge for Kentucky if they want to have a shot tonight.
8:56 - UK with the first six points of the second half. Julius Randle being far more aggressive. Game on at the United Center.
8:57 - You can't overstate the importance of a healthy Branden Dawson for Michigan State. He looks like a completely different player tonight
8:59 - Thirty more for old time's sake, Heineken holiday commercial.
9:07 - Michigan State weathers the initial Wildcat run, but Kentucky is still kind of just hanging around. Everyone knows they have the players for a 12-0, 14-0 run. Sparty up 52-42.
9:09 - Harrison twins both have extremely poor body language. Those are the little things that have to change if young, talented teams are going to turn into young, talented teams with the ability to win a national championship. You never saw that from the likes of Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and that's a large part of the reason why they were so special.
9:14 - Who would have thought that Michigan State's transition game would be its biggest asset against Kentucky. It's helped them to a 13-point lead at the under 12.
9:15 - Needs a spin-ectomy.
Julius Randle: 7 turnovers; Michigan State 6 turnovers— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 13, 2013
9:21 - Pardon the non-Champions Classic blurb, but...Treveon Graham....MASSIVE NOVEMBER ONIONS.
9:23 - No. 14 VCU 59, No. 25 Virginia 56. Cavaliers are the first ranked team to lose this season. It had to be someone. Literally, in that game, it had to be someone.
9:24 - Meanwhile, the Michigan State lead is down to seven and Adreian Payne just picked up his fourth foul in silly fashion. We might have some drama in Chicago after all.
9:27 - Let Julius Randle eat, young Wildcats. He's feasting in the post with Payne on the bench, and the lead is down to 60-57.
9:29 - Regardless of what happens in the last 8:30, what happened in the first 31:30 will benefit Kentucky greatly going forward.
9:31 - Michigan State 62, Kentucky 59 at the under 8. This is wayyy too much fun to be having on the fifth day of the season.
9:35 - UK is 11-of-25 from the free-throw line. In a three point game...yeah, that's a big deal.
9:37 - Tom Izzo decides that enough is enough and Adreian Payne checks back into the game. It's 66-64, Spartans with five minutes left.
9:39 - We are tied at 66 with 4:35 to go. Lots of credit to the young Wildcats.
9:40 - A Keith Appling trey and a steal and a lay-up by Gary Harris and just like that Michigan St. goes back up five.
9:50 - It's looking like it'll be a surprise if that five-point swing doesn't wind up being the difference tonight. Michigan State leads 76-70 with 2:20 to go.
9:56 - Michigan State up two with the ball and 25 seconds to play. Can't ask for much more from No. 1 vs. No. 2.
9:58 - Branden Dawson with a huge tip-in to probably put this one on ice. Spartans lead by four with 4.4 seconds.
10:00 - It's a final: No. 2 Michigan State 78, No. 1 Kentucky 74.
Your final box score:
|Michigan State Spartans|
|Matt Costello, F||1-4||0-0||0-1||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||4||2|
|Adreian Payne, C||5-9||1-1||4-5||1||3||4||0||0||1||1||4||15|
|Gary Harris, G||7-14||1-4||5-6||0||2||2||1||3||0||1||2||20|
|Keith Appling, G||8-14||2-4||4-4||1||5||6||7||4||0||3||3||22|
|Branden Dawson, G||4-9||0-0||0-0||2||6||8||1||4||0||1||3||8|
|Gavin Schilling, F||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Alex Gauna, F||2-2||0-0||0-1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||4||4|
|Travis Trice, G||1-2||0-1||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2|
|Denzel Valentine, G||2-8||1-2||0-0||0||1||1||5||2||1||1||4||5|
|Willie Cauley-Stein, F||2-4||0-0||1-3||3||4||7||0||0||4||1||2||5|
|Julius Randle, F||9-14||0-1||9-15||4||9||13||1||0||0||7||4||27|
|James Young, G||7-15||3-10||2-5||2||2||4||1||1||0||1||0||19|
|Aaron Harrison, G||1-7||0-5||1-2||0||2||2||1||0||0||2||2||3|
|Andrew Harrison, G||3-6||1-1||4-4||0||1||1||3||0||0||5||4||11|
|Marcus Lee, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Alex Poythress, F||2-6||0-2||3-4||7||5||12||0||0||3||1||2||7|
|Dakari Johnson, C||1-2||0-0||0-3||2||3||5||0||0||0||0||4||2|
|Dominique Hawkins, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Eleven down, one to go.
It's the final tune-up before the night's event(s), and it should be a pretty good one between a pair of teams with top 25 aspirations.
5:34 - We join our AAC and ACC heroes with just a little over 8 minutes remaining in the first half. Cincinnati leads 23-19 thanks in large part to Sean Kilpatrick's 10 points.
5:36 - Both teams already in the bonus here, too. If this one isn't over before 7:30, Big Blue Nation will have the worldwide leader exiled.
5:50 - Both teams now have three starters with two fouls, but they're still competing hard in the paint. The Pack now owns a 32-31 lead in what has been another extremely competitive first half.
5:53 - Nice:
5:56 - Really good first half in Cincinnati. Both teams head to the locker room with 35 points.
6:15 - Easily the worst thing about staying awake for 24 hours to watch basketball is being borderline delirious once the event's best games roll around. That's especially true when said games involve four of the top five teams in the country.
6:28 - Cincinnati wins the first segment of the second half, scoring 11 points and snagging a 46-43 lead.
6:37 - Anthony "Cat" Barber with a nice theft for NC State. The Pack have scored the last five and lead 48-46 at the under 12.
6:39 - Meanwhile in Bloomington, Indiana trails LIU Brooklyn 24-16 deep into the second half.
6:45 - Kilpatrick and Titus Rubles teaming up to push UC back in front. The Bearcats have been a team of bursts in the second half, and the latest has them up 53-48 at the under 8. Kilpatrick has 15 points, Rubles 12.
7:02 - Cincy defense has completely intimidated NC State. Bearcats also aren't allowing any opportunities for second chance points. The home team leads 62-53 with exactly two minutes to go. It's difficult to see the Pack walking out of here with a W.
7:04 - This one's over. Bring on the main course.
7:10 - Final: Cincinnati 68, NC State 57
We're underway in Waco, where Baylor got the party started with a good old-fashioned NIT banner unveiling.
NIT banner unveiled in home opener vs South Carolina! pic.twitter.com/3c7A9xDfoh— Baylor Bear Pit (@BaylorBearPit) November 12, 2013
That's a direct head shot at South Carolina, the former kings of the NIT.
This is about to get ugly.
3:30 - Gamecocks looking tough early with a 24-22 lead. No. 23 Baylor looking to avoid becoming the first top 25 team to lose a game this season. They're guaranteed to not be the first if they win this one.
3:47 - They've had seven months to think about it, and Baylor has apparently decided that it's still not particularly interested in guarding anybody. We're tied at 34 with five minutes left in the half.
3:54 - Jimmy Dykes is willing to talk about anything except for the extremely competitive game taking place directly in front of him.
4:01 - Neither team has led by more than two points since ESPN got this game. The announcers are currently discussing Baylor football.
4:02 - South Carolina leads 39-38 at halftime. This would not be good for Scott Drew.
4:26 - Frank Martin just shouted into someone's soul.
4:31 - Baylor defending better this half, just not scoring at all. They're down 45-43.
4:37 - Brady Heslip: still more than capable of successfully completing the three-point shot. We're knotted up at 49.
4:46 - Not entirely sure what day it is.
4:58 - Baylor finally starting to assert its will a little bit, and snags a 61-57 lead with 7:30 to go. South Carolina showing no signs of going away, though.
5:02 - I sincerely feel so sorry for any and all diehard Baylor basketball fans out there. I have absolutely no rooting interest in this game and the Bears are still frustrating the absolute shit out of me. There's no excuse for about 75 percent of the things they do. We've got a 1-point game after three Baylor turnovers in about 25 seconds.
5:07 - We are knotted up at 64 at the under 4 timeout. NC State/Cincinnati has started over on ESPNU. In all, just one of the marathon games has started on time, on the channel it was supposed to.
5:13 - Baylor is 20-of-40 from the free-throw line. Also, South Carolina just committed two turnovers and missed a lay-up. November basketball, y'all.
5:20 - Baylor 65, South Carolina 64. Thirty-three seconds to play.
5:24 - DRAMA IN WACO. There's a foul called, but officials are checking to see if it took place before the game clock ran out. If it did, then South Carolina will shoot a pair of free-throws to try and send the game into overtime.
5:28 - Officials determine the foul took place after the buzzer. Baylor wins it by two.
5:30 - It was not a great last possession, by the way.
The best rivalry game of the marathon features a pair of schools more known for their gridiron prowess, but with a solid history on the hardwood as well.
West Virginia enters the game coming off a 77-62 trouncing of Mount St. Mary's, while the Hokies are looking to bounce back from an embarrassing season-opening loss to USC Upstate.
We're making the move from the deuce to ESPN for this one.
1:25 - Woman outside my window has been yelling at her dog, "Copper" for a solid five minutes now.
It started in the Lassie voice ("Copppeeeerrr...Copppeerrrrrrr"). Then transitioned to a conversation with a cat ("hello, kitty, have you seen Copper?). For the last minute it's been EXTREMELY aggressive (COPPER! SHE RAN AWAY, COPPER, GET OVER HERE!? SHE'S GONE, COPPER. COPPER!!!).
I am terrified.
1:29 - In less exciting news, West Virginia is hammering Tech, 26-10 early. The Hokies might be really, really bad.
1:36 - Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver announces that he's stepping down because of health concerns. The basketball team isn't doing anything to make the day better, training WVU by 16 with 7:40 left in the first half.
1:41 - We are now airballing free-throws in Blacksburg.
1:50 - Hokies knock down a couple of shots and the crowd is right back in it. West Virginia still leading, 40-31 with a little less than two minutes to go in the opening half.
1:54 - It's quarter after pizza rolls.
Straight killing it right now.
1:57 - Huge mistake by West Virginia as they try to hold for the last shot but pull the trigger with six seconds to play. The result is a Hokie buzzer-beater to trim the lead to five (41-36) at halftime. Virginia Tech ended the half on a 12-1 run.
2:16 - And just like that we're tied in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech now in the midst of a 17-1 run.
2:20 - I've heard "Jump on It" more times in the last 16 hours than in the last 15 years or so of wedding-attending.
It's now a 20-1 Tech run, and the Hokies are suddenly ahead by three.
2:29 - It's now a 55-45 lead for Virginia Tech. Pretty incredible run by the Hokies and an equally impressive collapse from West Virginia.
2:36 - It'd be a good one, I guess.
Virginia Tech is on a 45-16 run right now. There's a chance that this could be the highlight of their season.— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) November 12, 2013
2:50 - Now it's West Virginia on the big run. The Mountaineers have cut VT's lead to 61-60 with 9 minutes to go. This has become more fun than I ever thought possible.
3:03 - Got something in my left eye.
3:11 - Both teams have gone a little cold, but it's Virginia Tech on top, 76-74 with 2:48 to play. Should be a much better finish than it looked like it'd be for most of the first half.
3:17 - Poor decision to try and take a charge leads to a three-point play for the Hokies. Tech leads it by four with 30 seconds left. Would be a huge bounce back win after the USC Upstate embarrassment to open the season.
3:26 - It's a final: Virginia Tech 87, West Virginia 82. Not a good sign for the Mountaineers.
|West Virginia Mountaineers|
|Kevin Noreen, F||2-2||0-0||2-4||2||0||2||0||1||0||4||1||6|
|Nathan Adrian, F||3-8||2-6||0-0||1||3||4||0||1||1||0||4||8|
|Devin Williams, F||1-8||0-0||4-8||5||6||11||1||0||0||2||5||6|
|Juwan Staten, G||3-12||0-0||4-7||3||6||9||7||1||0||1||3||10|
|Eron Harris, G||4-17||1-3||7-9||2||4||6||3||2||0||0||2||16|
|Brandon Watkins, F||1-2||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||2|
|Remi Dibo, F||5-10||5-9||2-2||0||2||2||1||1||0||1||5||17|
|Gary Browne, G||5-8||3-4||2-3||2||2||4||2||1||0||2||4||15|
|Terry Henderson, G||1-3||0-2||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||2|
|Virginia Tech Hokies|
|Cadarian Raines, F||1-2||0-0||2-2||1||3||4||0||0||5||3||4||4|
|Marshall Wood, F||1-5||0-2||2-2||1||5||6||0||0||0||1||1||4|
|Devin Wilson, G||4-7||0-1||8-8||0||5||5||4||0||0||2||4||16|
|Jarell Eddie, G||3-8||0-1||4-5||1||2||3||1||0||0||3||1||10|
|Adam Smith, G||7-12||2-5||3-3||1||3||4||1||0||0||4||3||19|
|Christian Beyer, F||1-1||0-0||1-2||1||4||5||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Joey Van Zegeren, F||0-2||0-0||2-2||2||1||3||0||0||2||2||5||2|
|Trevor Thompson, F||2-4||0-0||3-8||1||4||5||0||0||3||0||2||7|
|Ben Emelogu, G||7-16||3-6||5-6||2||4||6||1||0||3||1||4||22|
It's a quick turnaround for UMass, which beat Boston College less than 48 hours ago. That's not exactly an ideal scenario when you're facing an individual player as good as LSU's Jarrell Martin is.
The Minutemen produced a buzzer-beating game-winner in this time slot a year ago, so they deserve to host this game again.
Here's hoping for some similar drama.
11:25 - Jarrell Martin tweaked his ankle at the beginning of the game, so it looks like we might not get a look at the former blue chip recruit after all. Pretty big bummer.
11:36 - Minutemen in foul trouble and now not challenging LSU on defense. They still lead 21-16, but it might be time to think about a switch to zone.
11:40 - LSU already in the bonus, UMass already in the double bonus. We'll see you early in the second half, West Virginia/Virginia Tech.
11:42 - By the way, here's the buzzer-beater from last year:
11:48 - LSU and UMass...both mad reckless.
11:51 - Heineken holiday commercial is officially my anthem for the next month and-a-half. If I'm the GM of an NBA franchise, that's my new starting lineup song TONIGHT.
11:57 - This has felt like a major conference game for stretches; sometimes between two really good major conference teams, sometimes between two really bad major conference teams. Lots of athletes, lots of momentum shifts, lots and lots of fouls. UMass still holds a 40-38 lead with a little less than two minutes to play in the half.
12:01 - Again, bummer.
#LSU freshman Jarell Martin questionable to return because of sprained ankle suffered in first minute of game.— Will Weathers (@TigerBaitWill) November 12, 2013
12:02 - It's the Minutemen up 49-45 at the break. There were 34 total fouls called, and UMass attempted as many free-throws as shots from the field (27).
12:19 - Jarrell Martin officially out for the rest of the game. UMass drills a three on the opening possession of the half to extend their lead to seven.
12:39 - Chazz Williams, one of the most underrated players in the country, is putting together quite the stat line. He's got 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with eight assists and just one turnover. UMass leads, 69-62.
12:47 - Jordan Mickey taking over with Johnny O'Bryant on the bench and LSU has trimmed the lead to one.
12:55 - Key moment as Chazz Williams is forced to leave the game after picking up his 4th foul. Minutemen lead 83-78 with 5:30 to go. Probably not going to reach BYU/Stanford level, but another game with solid scoring.
1:07 - LSU with chance after chance but haven't been able to convert. Tigers haven't scored in three minutes, a stretch which includes three missed shots from point blank. UMass has the ball up six with 1:35 left.
1:08 - Chazz Williams. Cold-blooded. His floater puts the Minutemen up eight with just over a minute to play. That may be all she wrote here.
1:10 - Man, UMass with two atrocious turnovers and an equally atrocious foul, but LSU simply cannot make a shot.
1:11 - A THIRD turnover in 20 seconds gives LSU a lay-up to pull within three. Less than a minute to play in what has been an excitingly sloppy finish.
1:18 - UMass finally starts taking care of the ball, hits some free-throws and walks away with a 92-90 win. Fun game between a pair of talented teams with solid potential. I'd say that both need to improve dramatically if they want to make the NCAA Tournament, but that pretty much goes for every team in the country right now.
Here's your final box score:
|Johnny O'Bryant III, F||9-18||0-1||5-10||3||8||11||2||0||2||4||4||23|
|Jarell Martin, F||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jordan Mickey, F||7-15||0-0||2-3||5||5||10||1||0||5||2||4||16|
|Tim Quarterman, G||2-4||1-1||0-1||2||1||3||1||0||1||0||3||5|
|Andre Stringer, G||7-14||3-7||4-4||2||4||6||3||2||0||3||1||21|
|John Odo, F||0-0||0-0||0-1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Shavon Coleman, F||2-7||0-2||1-1||0||4||4||1||1||0||1||4||5|
|Shane Hammink, F||1-2||0-0||1-1||1||1||2||2||0||0||0||2||3|
|Anthony Hickey, G||6-13||3-9||1-2||1||1||2||7||3||0||3||4||16|
|Malik Morgan, G||0-2||0-2||1-2||0||1||1||2||1||0||0||4||1|
|Sampson Carter, F||3-6||0-1||11-15||1||5||6||2||1||0||2||3||17|
|Raphiael Putney, F||5-13||2-5||2-2||2||7||9||1||0||2||1||2||14|
|Cady Lalanne, C||8-10||0-0||0-1||4||2||6||0||1||1||3||5||16|
|Chaz Williams, G||6-14||2-5||10-14||1||2||3||9||0||0||2||4||24|
|Derrick Gordon, G||3-8||0-0||2-4||1||6||7||3||1||2||1||3||8|
|Tyler Bergantino, F||1-2||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||4||2|
|Maxie Esho, F||1-4||0-0||1-2||1||4||5||1||1||0||2||2||3|
|Seth Berger, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Trey Davis, G||2-4||2-2||2-2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||2||8|
The best day in college basketball ever is on Tuesday.
It's the second straight surprise Sweet 16 Cinderella during the early morning portion of the tip-off marathon. La Salle is expected by many to be even better this season than they were a year ago, which is why this game has the largest spread of any in the marathon.
Let's see what you got, Philly.
9:15 - As a viewing accent, here's one of my favorite things that we did last March:
Neither team having trouble scoring right now, but it's La Salle with the 16-10 lead.
9:18 - Steve Zack (that's a full name) and Tyreek Duren are the only Explorers who have put the ball in the bucket. They've got eight points each.
9:23 - Hey, today is 11/12/13. Follow www.Facebook.com for more updates throughout the day.
9:34 - Quinnipiac has suddenly lost the ability to score and as a result has fallen behind, 25-18. The Bobcats have gone six minutes without a point. Duren leads all scorers with 10. Crowd seems ready for something cool to happen.
9:47 - The Bobcats have answered the bell a little bit and are within five. Under two minutes to play in the first half and La Salle has just one turnover.
9:52 - Quinnipiac briefly ties it up before La Salle answers with the last four points of the half. The Explorers lead, 35-31. Fingers crossed for a fresh halftime show now that people are actually awake.
9:56 - Same halftime show.
9:58 - It's quarter 'til coffee. I was trying to do something other than the played out "it's (insert word) thirty," and I think it went really well.
10:08 - Meanwhile, in Chicago.
Security detail....without concern for the detail part. pic.twitter.com/zgf4koaamZ— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 12, 2013
10:19 - Five minutes into the second half and La Salle still has just a single turnover. They lead it, 44-37.
10:24 - Necessary:
Not the whole thing, but some of it. Some of it is necessary.
10:39 - Meanwhile, we may have the most competitive game of the marathon so far developing. Quinnipiac refuses to go away, and it's La Salle with just a 55-54 lead.
10:49 - This is one of those weird games where it's close the entire way, but you never doubt that one team is going to win. La Salle leads just 61-57 with three minutes left, but I will pay you all three cents each if they lose this one.
11:05 - A very shaky last minute (and entire game, really) for La Salle, but the Explorers walk away with a 73-67 win.
Here's your box score:
|Ike Azotam, F||7-14||0-0||3-7||3||3||6||0||0||2||1||5||17|
|Ousmane Drame, F||1-4||0-0||2-2||2||1||3||0||0||1||3||4||4|
|Shaq Shannon, G||2-7||1-3||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||5|
|Zaid Hearst, G||2-6||1-1||3-6||0||11||11||1||0||1||0||4||8|
|Umar Shannon, G||5-13||2-6||0-0||0||4||4||1||0||0||2||0||12|
|AJ Sumbry, F||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||1||1||1||0||4||0|
|Evan Conti, G||1-3||0-1||0-0||3||5||8||1||0||0||1||2||2|
|Kasim Chandler, G||5-13||0-2||9-10||0||3||3||4||2||0||2||1||19|
|La Salle Explorers|
|Jerrell Wright, F||4-17||0-0||3-7||3||9||12||2||1||2||2||1||11|
|Steve Zack, C||7-11||0-0||1-4||2||6||8||0||1||1||1||4||15|
|Tyreek Duren, G||5-17||0-1||7-8||1||4||5||6||2||0||0||3||17|
|Sam Mills, G||1-3||1-1||3-4||0||3||3||2||1||0||0||3||6|
|D.J. Peterson, G||2-3||1-1||0-0||2||2||4||3||0||0||1||3||5|
|Taylor Dunn, G||1-1||1-1||0-0||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Tyrone Garland, G||4-11||0-2||4-4||0||3||3||0||1||0||0||1||12|
|Rohan Brown, G||1-3||0-1||2-2||4||0||4||0||0||0||0||1||4|
ITEMS CONSUMED: One cup of coffee, two pieces of caramel coffee cake
It is only one week into the season and already we have a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup on our hands.
This is where you have to make a move. The sun is coming up, normal people are starting to wake up; this is where you have to convince your body that you actually went to sleep last night. Get up, make some coffee, go about your morning routine as if everything is as usual.
Another thing that will help in this process: the return of Dunk City.
Here's hoping for at least a smidge of that gloriousness the Eagles treated us to last March.
7:19 - The Hawks are just putting it on the reigning darlings of the NCAA Tournament, 16-4 early on. Game is on ESPNU for now while the Hawaii/New Mexico State five-hour game wraps up on ESPN2.
7:27 - I'm enjoying the pace, I'll say that. Hartford up 20-14 as the game switches to ESPN2 just in time for the under 8 timeout.
7:40 - Mark Nwakamma came to play this morning. He's got 12 points and seven boards in 18 minutes. His Hartford team leads 26-21.
No one-handed alley-oop dunks to speak of so far.
7:42 - I despise any and all pre-Thanksgiving Christmas activities, and it breaks my heart that I've seen both the Hershey "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and the Corona "O Christmas Tree" commercials during the marathon. I must admit, however, that the new Heineken holiday spot that was just on is pretty bad ass.
7:45 - FGCU takes its first lead with a pair of free-throws in the first half's final 10 seconds. The Eagles head into the break with a 27-26 lead. A very solid atmosphere in Fort Myers.
7:55 - Halftime fun:
8:07 - Seriously, the Fort Myers folks are giving Wichita State a run for their money in the race for best atmosphere. This is fun.
8:19 - Chase Fieler is absolutely unconscious right now. One of the few Dunk City holdovers has 21 points and has guided the Eagles to a 44-37 lead, their largest.
8:29 - Hartford scored 18 points in the first six minutes of this game and has just 23 since. Fieler now has 30 points on 12-of-15 from the field. It's gut-check time for the Hawks.
8:33 - We're just about done here.
8:45 - A plea to future tip-off marathon home crowds: don't do the "na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye" cheer. It's not like you're going to get an opposing player to cry at this point and it's so played out.
8:55 - It goes down as a workmanlike effort from FGCU, which wins going away, 65-51. Chase Fieler is the star with a career-high 30 points.
Here's how it looked on paper:
|Mark Nwakamma, F||10-17||1-6||2-2||2||7||9||3||0||0||3||3||23|
|Oren Faulk, F||3-5||0-0||0-2||1||0||1||4||1||1||1||1||6|
|Corban Wroe, G||0-4||0-1||0-1||0||3||3||1||0||0||1||1||0|
|Yolonzo Moore II, G||2-6||1-5||0-2||0||3||3||1||2||0||3||3||5|
|Evan Cooper, G||1-7||0-4||0-0||0||2||2||0||2||0||1||2||2|
|Yasin Kolo, C||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Justin Graham, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Taylor Dyson, G||2-5||0-3||2-3||0||4||4||0||0||0||2||2||6|
|Wes Cole, G||3-6||2-4||1-2||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||9|
|Florida Gulf Coast Eagles|
|Chase Fieler, F||13-18||2-3||2-2||4||7||11||0||1||0||0||1||30|
|Nate Hicks, C||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||2|
|Jamail Jones, G||3-9||1-3||1-2||1||5||6||1||0||0||2||4||8|
|Brett Comer, G||3-9||1-3||2-4||0||2||2||7||3||1||0||2||9|
|Bernard Thompson, G||3-8||0-1||1-2||0||8||8||2||0||0||3||2||7|
|Filip Cvjeticanin, F||0-4||0-3||0-0||1||4||5||0||0||0||2||3||0|
|Marcus Blake, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Dajuan Graf, G||4-5||0-1||1-2||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||9|
These ______genarians turned to high-caffeine remedies to keep them up for 1 a.m. Shockers basketball.
This is always the low point. When the Hawaii game comes on, you know you're not going to get a game that demands any significant level of attention, and you know that there is no reason for you to be awake.
This is usually where things get weird. Or weirder.
The good news? Sim F'ing Bhullar.
5:17 - Feels so good to be back for my annual one morning a year with Kanoa Leahey. He's like that one aunt that I only see at Thanksgiving, except he's not constantly hinting that I should have finished law school.
5:20 - Bhullar dunks and I'm more awake than I've been in two hours. New Mexico State up early, 16-13.
5:22 - Just going to get this out of my system early...drop 'bows on 'em.
5:25 - So many Forgetting Sarah Marshall jokes to make, so little energy.
5:29 - I was not aware that the 7'5 Sim Bhullar had a younger brother, Tanveer Bhullar, who was 7'3 and also on the New Mexico State roster. Apparently Tanveer will likely be redshirted this season. I say to hell with that and get them on the floor at the same time tonight.
NMSU leads, 23-20 with 9 minutes left in the first half. Both Bhullars currently on the bench.
5:44 - New Mexico State with the largest lead of the morning at 10. Pace still seems to be more in Hawaii's favor, but Bhullar is doing a relatively good job getting up and down the floor.
5:47 - I would not hurt anyone for Isaac Fotu's hair. Don't get me wrong, it's incredible, just not a look I can pull off.
5:55 - Hawaii gets the lead down to six and the crowd into the game, and DK Eldridge promptly completes a four-point play to push the lead back to 10.
5:58 - Aggies up 46-37 at the break. Eldridge leads all scorers with 11.
6:04 - The repeat halftime show is always BRUTAL during the early a.m. games. Play me old tournament clips or old SportsCenter commercials or something.
6:16 - Dunk City comin'.
6:28 - The New Mexico State lead has hovered around 10 for what feels like 15 hours now. Hawaii is playing with more effort than I've ever seen them give in this game, but they just don't appear to be on the Aggies' level right now.
Still New Mexico State up 10, 66-56, with 10:30 left.
6:42 - We have our first tip-off marathon ejection. It's Hawaii's Keith Shamburger, who picks up his second technical after mouthing off to NMSU's K.C. Ross-Miller. Interesting note about Ross-Miller: he was actually the second player to commit to Billy Gillispie at Kentucky when he did so back in 2007. The only thing is he didn't graduate high school until 2010. He did not wind up as a Wildcat.
Aggies in control, 73-60 at the under 8.
6:50 - New Mexico State is shooting 81 percent in the second half and 60 percent for the game. You're not going to lose very often when you do that.
6:54 - One last run from the Rainbow Warriors. They'll shoot a pair of free-throws to try and get the lead down to seven after the under 4 timeout. Really impressed with the way Hawaii has competed. The Big West is a wide-open league and they'll be able to compete.
7:00 - It's pretty obvious that Sim Bhullar works his ass off. You have to if you're going to be that big and get up and down the floor as much as he does. You also have to if you're going to shoot free-throws as well as he does when you're basically shooting them one-handed. NMSU still in control with 2:30 to go.
7:13 - Annnddd K.C. Ross-Miller gets T'd up. A ridiculous mistake that gives Hawaiii some life with 37 seconds left. This game will never end.
7:18 - Annddd now a technical on Hawaii for calling a timeout when they didn't have any. Seriously, this game will never end.
7:25 - Hawaii makes it interesting(?) in the final minutes, but a big jumper by Ross-Miller and some late free-throws ultimately puts this one on ice. New Mexico State takes it, 95-88, and in the process hands the Rainbow Warriors just their second loss in six marathon appearances.
|New Mexico State Aggies|
|Tshilidzi Nephawe, F||1-2||0-0||2-2||0||4||4||0||0||1||1||3||4|
|Sim Bhullar, C||6-7||0-0||3-6||1||9||10||0||0||4||3||4||15|
|K.C. Ross-Miller, G||3-9||1-4||10-12||1||3||4||2||2||0||5||3||17|
|Daniel Mullings, G||6-11||1-1||8-12||1||1||2||5||1||1||3||4||21|
|DK Eldridge, G||5-9||3-5||2-3||1||6||7||2||0||0||3||3||15|
|Renaldo Dixon, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Remi Barry, F||7-8||0-0||4-5||3||3||6||1||0||0||0||1||18|
|Kevin Aronis, G||1-4||1-4||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||1||3|
|Travon Landry, G||1-2||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||2||1||0||1||0||2|
|Isaac Fotu, F||7-15||1-4||5-7||4||5||9||1||0||0||1||2||20|
|Christian Standhardinger, F||3-12||0-2||3-4||2||3||5||3||2||1||1||2||9|
|Aaron Valdes, G||3-8||0-2||0-0||1||1||2||0||0||1||1||2||6|
|Garrett Nevels, G||8-16||4-6||6-9||0||2||2||3||2||1||0||3||26|
|Keith Shamburger, G||2-4||1-3||1-2||0||1||1||2||1||0||1||3||6|
|Michael Thomas, F||0-2||0-1||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Davis Rozitis, C||2-3||0-0||2-2||0||3||3||1||3||3||1||2||6|
|Brandon Jawato, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Dyrbe Enos, G||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||0|
|Quincy Smith, G||5-9||1-1||4-6||0||0||0||2||0||0||2||5||15|
Until next year, 'Bows. Take me back to the mainland.
A pair of NCAA Tournament teams from last season take us into the belly of the tip-off marathon beast. This is where the eyes start getting a little heavy, where it's impossible to ignore that all normal people are asleep. Let's dig in.
3:11 - I'm always a little bit disappointed by the Saint Mary's home crowd when they get these games, because they're so impressive in ordinary situations. You'd think they'd embrace the event, if for no other reason than to upstage their arch-rivals from Gonzaga.
3:13 - By the way the Gaels lead, 10-9.
3:18 - If you're nickname begins with a Z, you embrace it.
3:20 - It's almost bizarre watching Saint Mary's without Matthew Dellavedova. Like watching the Lakers without Kobe, or 2gether without Mickey Parke.
3:29 - Not exactly a stimulating opening 10 minutes from McKeon, but at least it's competitive. Saint Mary's is on top, 18-15.
3:32 - It's snowing here. I no longer feel that bad about the likelihood of not going outside until Wednesday morning.
3:37 - No new comments, no new tweets, no new website posts...
3:42 - Tree Treadwell is going to be too much for most MAC teams to handle in the post, but I'm not sure this Akron team can get to the level they were pre-Alex Abreu suspension last season. As far as Saint Mary's is concerned, it's definitely not a "rebuilding" season, but there will definitely be some growing pains early on as the team tries to find its identity in a post-Delly world.
Neither squad looks particularly sharp right now, but of course this isn't exactly an ideal playing situation. Gaels still lead it at the under four, 27-22.
3:46 - The Internet moves quickly.
3:52 - Akron chips away to gain a 1-point lead and Saint Mary's promptly responds with a 9-0 run. They lead 36-28 with less than a minute to go in the opening half.
3:55 - An exciting final flurry includes a deep Akron three and Brad Waldow buzzer-beating lay-up on the other end. Gaels up 38-31 as both teams head to the locker room.
I guess it'd be weird if only one of them did.
4:10 - What do you think it would take to get, like, Indiana at Duke in this time slot next year? An Ian Ziering autograph? I mean I'm not saying I can make that happen, I'm just saying I could try. That's more than you're doing.
Saint Mary's up 39-33 two minutes into the second half.
4:16 - Bob Valvano just said a Saint Mary's player looked at the ref like, "he just jerked all over me." I don't think that's the message the young man was hoping his body language would convey.
4:29 - The Zips are going to work inside and the lead is down to 47-44. Although this game has the slowest pace of any so far, I think it's moving the fastest in terms of real time. I don't know, I'm not entirely sure what real time is at the moment.
4:34 - What do you guys think Matt Damon's character from Rounders is up to now? I'm going with either dead or in jail. No way things end well for that guy. Like he puts his life on the line out of greed against John Malkovich, and just because he wins we're supposed to believe things are going to end up great for him? There's a disturbing behavioral pattern there. He's dead or he's in jail.
4:39 - Every time Akron gets close, Saint Mary's turns it on. This time it's an 11-0 run to push the lead to 58-44. Announcers now discussing SMU's sanctions and the games Randy Bennett will miss.
4:44 - Stephen Holt with 10 points but no made field goals tonight. He's still pretty proud of himself.
4:49 - We're just about done here. Saint Mary's up by 17. Dellavedova highlight reel rolling.
4:53 - I need to eat something.
4:55 - Saint Mary's up 70-51 and looking like they're going to win by 20 plus. I'm ready for this to be over, but I'm not ready to be shipped out to Hawaii, at least figuratively.
5:07 - Pretty sure I've seen the same Champions Classic promo 700 times already. Gaels with an alley-oop to get the remaining fans back on their feat. They lead 78-61 with 2:29 left.
5:13 - The Gaels notch their second impressive win in as many games and the West Coast Conference is off to a perfect 15-0 start. Here's a fact for you stats nerd: it's actually impossible for all of those teams to go the entire season without losing a game. Do some simplifying and dividing, and you'll come to a similar conclusion.
Here's your final box score for game three:
|Quincy Diggs, F||1-7||0-3||5-5||1||3||4||3||4||0||2||4||7|
|Nick Harney, F||1-5||0-1||1-2||1||2||3||1||0||0||2||1||3|
|Demetrius Treadwell, F||6-13||0-0||5-10||6||6||12||2||0||0||2||2||17|
|Pat Forsythe, C||3-4||0-0||0-0||3||3||6||0||0||0||4||5||6|
|Carmelo Betancourt, G||0-1||0-0||2-2||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||2||2|
|Kwan Cheatham, F||1-3||1-3||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||3|
|Jake Kretzer, F||1-4||0-3||0-2||0||2||2||0||1||0||2||3||2|
|Reggie McAdams, F||1-4||1-3||1-2||0||1||1||0||1||0||1||2||4|
|Isaiah Johnson, C||6-11||0-0||1-1||5||1||6||1||0||0||1||2||13|
|Deji Ibitayo, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Nyles Evans, G||1-5||0-2||4-5||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||6|
|Saint Mary's Gaels|
|Beau Levesque, F||2-4||1-2||4-4||1||1||2||0||0||0||3||3||9|
|Brad Waldow, F||6-13||0-1||4-5||1||1||2||1||0||2||0||3||16|
|James Walker III, G||4-6||2-2||5-6||1||2||3||1||4||0||2||2||15|
|Stephen Holt, G||1-7||0-2||12-12||0||3||3||7||0||0||0||3||14|
|Jordan Giusti, G||3-5||1-3||5-7||0||3||3||4||6||1||2||2||12|
|Garrett Jackson, F||4-8||0-1||0-0||2||2||4||0||0||2||0||3||8|
|Dane Pineau, F||1-1||1-1||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Matt Hodgson, C||3-3||0-0||0-0||1||3||4||0||0||1||1||4||6|
|Treaven Duffy, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Kerry Carter, G||0-0||0-0||2-2||0||2||2||2||0||0||2||3||2|
It's not every year that the first post-midnight game of the marathon features a top 20 team that was five good minutes away from playing from the national championship the season before. Oh, and Western Kentucky's also been in the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons and four of the last six.
The best part about this game: it'll be played in front of a full house.
The passion of Missouri Valley hoops fans is one of the best-kept secrets in all of American sports.
1:23 - You've got a lot to live up to, Game 2.
BYU/Stanford outscored 7 of the 9 NBA games that were played tonight.— Ben Weixlmann (@BWeixScout) November 12, 2013
Doesn't look like Wichita State/Western Kentucky is going to get there, as the Shockers lead 10-9 with 11:30 left in the first half.
1:28 - ESPN with its first attempt at tip-off marathon humor, as Gregg Marshall gives an endurance pep talk to a group of young girls prepared for a slumber party.
Just wait and see how weird things get when the Hawaii game rolls around.
1:30 - DON'T BLOW THIS, PORTLAND.
With BYU's upset win at Stanford, the @WCChoops is now a combined 14-0 to start the college basketball season.— Robbie Bullough (@RobbieBullough) November 12, 2013
1:35 - Western has made the big dance the last two years via crazy runs in the Sun Belt tournament after disappointing regular seasons. This looks like a more traditionally solid Hilltopper squad. They're competing well with the bigger Shockers in the paint and trail just 17-14 at the under 8.
1:43 - All things considered, Wichita State might have been the most impressive fan base at the Final Four last April. Sure, the rest of the crowd at the Georgia Dome joined their side when it became clear that they were going to push Louisville, but the Shocker faithful were quite rowdy even before that.
if they're always going to embrace this game the way they are tonight, then ESPN needs to give them a marathon tilt every year.
Western Kentucky leads 24-23 at the under 4 timeout.
1:50 - The definitive faces of the 2013-14 tip-off marathon so far:
1:56 - Hopefully there will be a GIF soon, but until then, this drives the moment home as well as possible:
Rockstar Grannys forever.
1:59 - Officials trying to figure out if a WKU shot just before the buzzer was touched or went in without any interference.
2:00 - Basket counts, but Wichita State still leads 30-28 at the break. Another great first half. I fear we're peaking earlier than a late 2000s Rick Barnes team.
2:07 - Great fans, bad ass review monitors; that's what Missouri Valley basketball does.
Speaking from my experience at Arch Madness, the Valley has a badass review monitor. All conferences should adopt.— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) November 12, 2013
2:17 - Keep waiting for this announcing duo to tell me how much Chris Moneymaker has left in his stack.
2:22 - The Shockers score the first 11 points of the second half and there is much rejoicing inside The Koch. It's after 2 so I can make that joke. Also, that Gregg Marshall can do some coaching.
It's response time for a WKU team that's trying to stay in this one despite being hampered by injuries.
2:30 - First team SB Nation preseason All-American Cleanthony Early is getting it going, but WKU has settled down a little bit. Wichita State still on top, 46-35.
2:40 - We have hit a lull. Just 1-point has been scored in the last six minutes. Aaron Adeoye's huge block for Western should have counted for something, though.
2:50 - It feels like the first segment of the second half is going to be the difference here. The Hilltoppers keep fighting but can't get out of the 9-13 point deficit range. The Shockers might be a top 15 team eventually, but they're still figuring out how to adjust to life without Carl Hall and Malcolm Armstead. We'll know more when they head to Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic later this month.
2:54 - I'd hurt people for Ron Baker's hair.
3:03 - Western Kentucky has two minutes to avoid being held to single digits in the second half.
3:10 - The Hilltoppers finish with just 11 points in the second and fall to Wichita State, 66-49. Four Shockers score in double figures.
Here's your box score:
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
|George Fant, F||1-7||0-0||0-0||3||4||7||1||0||1||4||4||2|
|Aleksej Rostov, C||4-10||1-5||3-3||3||2||5||1||0||0||2||3||12|
|T.J. Price, G||4-13||3-8||1-2||0||1||1||1||1||0||3||3||12|
|Caden Dickerson, G||1-5||1-3||0-0||1||3||4||0||1||0||2||1||3|
|Brandon Price, G||1-4||0-2||0-0||0||1||1||3||0||0||2||2||2|
|Ben Lawson, F||1-2||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||2|
|Aaron Adeoye, F||1-5||0-1||1-3||3||4||7||0||0||1||1||1||3|
|Nigel Snipes, F||1-3||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||2|
|Kevin Kaspar, G||2-9||2-7||0-0||1||2||3||2||0||0||1||2||6|
|Payton Hulsey, G||2-5||0-2||1-4||2||4||6||0||1||0||1||2||5|
|Wichita State Shockers|
|Cleanthony Early, F||3-9||0-4||5-7||1||8||9||3||1||0||2||2||11|
|Kadeem Coleby, C||6-11||0-0||1-2||2||2||4||1||0||3||0||2||13|
|Fred VanVleet, G||5-7||1-2||6-7||1||4||5||3||3||1||2||1||17|
|Tekele Cotton, G||5-8||0-1||0-0||1||2||3||4||2||1||1||2||10|
|Ron Baker, G||1-3||1-2||0-0||2||1||3||5||1||3||2||2||3|
|Chadrack Lufile, F||3-4||0-0||0-0||1||4||5||0||1||3||3||3||6|
|Darius Carter, F||0-4||0-0||2-4||0||2||2||0||0||0||1||3||2|
|Nick Wiggins, G||1-5||1-2||1-2||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|Evan Wessel, G||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||1||2||0||0||1||1||1||0|
Godspeed, Wichita grannys. You're tip-off marathon legends now.
The marathon kicks off with a pretty solid starter in Palo Alto. Both these teams are included in SB Nation's first Bracketology, and both could use a non-conference win over the other as a solid first bullet point on their postseason resume.
If you're still not sold, BYU has Tyler Haws, who should provide as much natural caffeine as any player in the country. He's more than capable of getting this thing started the right way and going for for 30 plus.
For more on matchup No. 1, check out the preview from Vanquish the Foe (BYU).
11:03 - Selfishly, I'm upset that Gonzaga isn't occupying this spot per usual, because The Kennel is always one of the highlights of the marathon. Instead the Bulldogs just put the finishing touches on a 32-point rout of Colorado State that tipped off at 6 p.m. local time.
We're still waiting for the Tennessee women's team to wrap up its win over North Carolina before getting shipped out to Stanford.
11:06 - Also of note, No. 6 Arizona is up on LBSU 44-18 at the break. Freshman stud Aaron Gordon already has 11 points and seven boards.
11:15 - Ok, NOW the tip-off marathon has started.
Worth noting that the guy I both walked in behind and checked out next to at the grocery was continually talking to himself and reeked of weed. We're both mere passengers on a delirious ride.
BYU leads 15-13 five minutes into the first half.
11:20 - BYU's Eric Mika became the first freshman to start a season opener for the Cougars since 1998 when he got the call against Weber State last Friday. He responded with seven points and a huge block that changed the tide of the game. He's got a single point so far tonight and BYU leads, 21-13.
11:31 - BYU's guards have 24 of their 29 points so far. Stanford's Chasson Randle, meanwhile, has 14 of his team's 22 points all by himself. For those who weren't really paying attention to the last two sentences, the Cougars lead, 29-22 at the 10-minute mark.
11:40- It's way too early for statements like this, but I think BYU's guards are going to prove that they're fully capable of playing with Gonzaga's once WCC play rolls around. Inside is a different story, but that's also an issue for the 'Zags. We'll see the third member of that league's power trio (Saint Mary's) a little later.
BYU still on top, 33-28.
11:52 - Mika showing why he earned the distinction we talked about earlier with a great face-up jumper followed by a terrific assist. He's got 9 points and BYU's lead is up to 47-37. Mika's only going to get better...and then he's going on a mission after this season and will be gone for two years.
How do you coach at BYU and not wind up yelling at small children or animals on a regular basis? It has to be just pure frustration.
11:59 - Most impressive aspect of the first half for BYU was that they played most of it without point guard Matt Carlino, who picked up two quick fouls. They still lead 54-46 at the break after a very entertaining first 20 minutes. Stanford's Randle leads all scorers with 16.
12:11 - Not how you win the coveted 2013 tip-off marathon "Best Atmosphere" award, Trees.
Spotty crowd here at Maples Pavilion. Building is two-thirds full, at best. 7,233-seat building.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) November 12, 2013
12:25 - Cougars don't have any answer for Dwight Powell, who is the type of player who will give them fits all year. He's got three dunks and 16 point, but BYU still leads by 8 at the under 16 timeout.
12:31 - One of the best towel boy performances I've ever seen just now. Ref blew the whistle after a slip and the kid was out there at the scene of the crime in like a millisecond going to work. That's a future Stanford man. His team still trails, 70-61.
12:35 - Carlino and Haws could play anywhere. I think we knew that going into tonight, but this game is really driving the point home. What we didn't know is how good guys like Mike and Kyle Collinsworth are. Weeknight WCC showdowns are definitely going to be worth staying up for once again this year. Cougs by 11 at the under 12.
12:43 - Did you know Tyler Haws was actually Mickey Parke in the fictional by band 2Gether?
That's an extremely esoteric early-2000s MTV reference at 12:45 in the morning on a Tuesday.
He knows his calculus.
That was another one.
12:51 - ALMOST KIND OF FIGHT...or something. There was a shove in there, I think. Officials perform the world's quickest review and decide nothing of any consequence took place.
BYU has totally taken over. It's 91-72 with 6:30 to play.
12:55 - Yeah, Tyler Haws is in the house. Put ya hands in the air cuz he'll make ya bounce.
I've lost control of this thing in record time.
1:05 - BYU has stopped being aggressive on the offensive end, and as a result they're having a little trouble closing this one out. They're still up, 101-89 with 3:16 to go. Randle, Powell, Carlino and Hawks all have at least 22 points.
1:20 - Stanford hangs around a little bit late, but BYU walks away with an extremely impressive 112-103 win on the road. If every game is going to feature multiple triple-digit performances, then we're not going to have much of a problem staying awake, you and I.
It's been a big night/morning for the WCC already, and a bad night for Johnny Dawkins, who will probably already hear a few murmurs (not whispers, yet) after this one.
Here's your final box score from Palo Alto:
Brigham Young Cougars
|Nate Austin, F||5-7||1-2||1-2||3||5||8||1||1||2||0||4||12|
|Eric Mika, F||4-8||0-0||4-7||2||2||4||2||0||0||0||3||12|
|Tyler Haws, G||10-18||2-3||9-13||1||7||8||3||3||0||1||2||31|
|Matt Carlino, G||8-16||1-4||9-12||2||3||5||3||0||0||7||3||26|
|Kyle Collinsworth, G||4-11||1-1||5-8||2||5||7||9||3||1||3||4||14|
|Luke Worthington, F||0-0||0-0||0-1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Josh Sharp, F||1-1||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Skyler Halford, G||1-2||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Frank Bartley IV, G||1-3||1-2||0-0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||3|
|Anson Winder, G||4-5||2-3||0-0||0||2||2||5||0||1||0||4||10|
|Dwight Powell, F||10-15||1-1||7-10||4||3||7||3||3||0||5||4||28|
|Josh Huestis, F||3-12||0-4||1-2||4||5||9||2||0||2||1||3||7|
|Stefan Nastic, C||1-3||0-0||2-2||0||2||2||0||1||0||1||2||4|
|Chasson Randle, G||12-23||2-7||7-9||2||5||7||1||1||1||3||4||33|
|Anthony Brown, G||4-11||2-6||6-7||2||3||5||2||0||0||4||4||16|
|John Gage, F||4-5||4-5||0-0||2||1||3||2||0||1||2||5||12|
|Grant Verhoeven, C||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Aaron Bright, G||0-5||0-4||3-4||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||2||3|
|Robbie Lemons, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
ITEMS CONSUMED: 1 Mountain Dew kickstarter, 1 weird chicken fried rice thing, 1 no-bake cookie.
I'll be rolling with you over to the Wichita State/Western Kentucky live blog, because I'm here to give my 24/7 to you...
The time has come for a mid-November tradition unlike any other has come: me watching great to average to borderline unwatchable college basketball games for 24 hours straight and documenting the entire thing.
ESPN's six annual college hoops tip-off marathon technically got underway Monday night at 7, but since the whole foundation of the event is "24 straight hours of college hoops," we're going from 11 p.m Monday to 11 p.m. Tuesday.
While the belly of the event isn't quite as sexy as it was a year ago, a main of event of No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Kansas more than makes up for that.
Here's the full schedule for year six of the marathon and year three of the live blog:
BYU at Stanford | 11 p.m. on ESPN2
Western Kentucky at Wichita State | 1 a.m. on ESPN2
Akron at Saint Mary's | 3 a.m. on ESPN2
New Mexico State at Hawaii | 5 a.m. on ESPN2
Hartford at Florida Gulf Coast | 7 a.m. on ESPN2
Quinnipiac at La Salle | 9 a.m. on ESPN2
LSU at Massachussetts | 11 a.m. on ESPN2
West Virginia at Virginia Tech | 1 p.m. on ESPN
South Carolina at Baylor | 3 p.m. on ESPN
N.C. State at Cincinnati | 5 p.m. on ESPN
VCU at Virginia | 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Michigan State vs. Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Florida at Wisconsin | 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Kansas vs. Duke | 10 p.m. on ESPN
I successfully achieved an evening nap for the first time in live blog history and then semi-successfully made a trip to the grocery to secure the 2013 survival pack.
Let's meet back here in half an hour.
The nation's top rated teams clash early and college basketball betting gets an early wake-up call as Kentucky battles Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic.
The annual college basketball marathon is upon us, and this year it ends with what could be a doubleheader for the ages.
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