Feel free to re-read this post on your phone tonight while neglecting conversations with every person you hated in high school who's back home for Thanksgiving.
Here's what went down on Tuesday:
No. 1 North Carolina 102, Tennessee State 69
No. 7 Louisville 54, Arkansas State 27
No. 10 Baylor 70, South Carolina St. 50
No. 11 Wisconsin 77, UMKC 31
No. 16 Pittsburgh 73, La Salle 69
No. 6 Duke 82, No. 15 Michigan 75 (Semifinal)
No. 14 Kansas 72, UCLA 56 (Semifinal)
No. 8 Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 (2 OT) (Consolation)
Georgetown 88, Chaminade 61
No. 21 Missouri 92, No 18 California 53 (Championship)
Georgia 61, Notre Dame 57 (Third Place)
TEAM OF THE DAY: Missouri
I hate to go with the same squad two days in a row, but Mizzou's complete destruction of Cal in the CBE Classic title game really leaves your boy (yes I am) with no other choice. A night after a similar throttling of Notre Dame, the Tigers again looked undeniably bigger, faster and more athletic than a seemingly worthy opponent.
Mizzou used relentless man-to-man pressure to force a bevy of early Bear turnovers, and the game was never really in doubt from about eight-minute mark of the first half on. Six Tigers scored in double figures, led by Kim English's 19 points. Marcus Denmon added 18 and was named tournament MVP.
When Laurence Bowers went down with a torn ACL in early October, the big question was whether or not Missouri could still be a top tier team in the Big 12. After three weeks of play, not only do the Tigers look like the class of the conference, but they look like a legitimate top ten squad that could play deep into March.
A holiday tip of the cap to Frank Haith and company.
GAME OF THE DAY: No. 8 Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 (2 OT)
When they meet for a second time on Jan. 4, it's going to be awfully tough for the Tigers and Volunteers to top the show they put on Tuesday afternoon. The win was huge for a Memphis team that came to Maui with a top ten national ranking, but was in danger of leaving the island with nothing more to show than a win over Chaminade.
The story for most of the game was how well the Tigers were able to bounce back from a tough loss to Michigan the day before. Memphis built a 40-24 lead in the first half and appeared to be in complete control before getting careless down the stretch and allowing their in-state rivals to push the game into overtime.
Neither team could hit last-second shots in the first extra fram, and fans were treated to an additional five minutes of basketball. Memphis went up 99-97 in the second OT on Antonio Barton's jumper with 1:15 to play. After the teams traded misses, Tennessee's Trae Golden had the ball stripped on a drive with 3 seconds left and Memphis stole the inbound pass, but Wesley Witherspoon celebrated with 0.8 seconds still left on the clock and was whistled for traveling. The Vols got the ball in to Jeronne Maymon for a good look, but his potential game-tying jumper fell well short.
It's difficult to say just how good either team is at this point, as each went through impressive offensive stretches but neither appeared especially interested in defending. The one thing that is certain: Tennessee's Maymon is an absolute monster. More on that in a bit.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Coastal Carolina 60, Clemson 59
Break up the Chanticleers.
Chris Gradnigo tipped in his own miss as the buzzer as Coastal Carolina shocked Clemson to move to 5-0 and give head coach Cliff Ellis a sweet victory over the program he commanded for five seasons. The victory came exactly one week after the Chants upset LSU, 71-63.
"There's never been anything like this at Coastal Carolina," Ellis said. "LSU and Clemson in [a week], it doesn't get any better than that. It puts you on the national map. We've still got a lot of basketball to be played, but we can be proud of what's been accomplished here."