TOP 25 SCORES
No. 1 Kentucky 91, UT-Arlington 44
No. 3 Arizona 72, Kansas State 68
No. 7 Texas 78, St. Francis (Pa.) 46
No. 8 Virginia 79, Tennessee State 36
No. 12 Villanova 60, No. 19 Michigan 55
Maryland 72, No. 13 Iowa State 63
No. 14 VCU 77, Oregon 63
No. 15 San Diego State 74, Pittsburgh 57
No. 17 Miami 77, Charlotte 74
No. 23 Creighton 75, Eastern Illinois 53
No. 25 Arkansas 78, SMU 72
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 12 Villanova 60, No. 19 Michigan 55
Villanova led by as many as 11 in the second half, but wound up needing two huge plays from senior star JayVaughn Pinkston to nip Michigan and claim the Legends Classic championship.
After a wildly entertaining final two minutes which saw the lead change hands five times, Pinkston's one-handed shot with 13.4 seconds to play gave the Wildcats a 56-55 advantage. He then consolidated the go-ahead bucket by coming from seemingly out-of-nowhere to cleanly stuff a Zak Irvin lay-up attempt with 5 seconds to go.
Tournament MVP Dylan Ennis led Villanova with 15 points, and also had a couple of highlight reel blocks of his own. Caris LeVert had 16 points to lead Michigan, which fell to 4-1.
UPSET OF THE NIGHT: Maryland 72, No. 13 Iowa State 63
Maryland held the vaunted Iowa State offense to just 30 percent from the field in a CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game where it felt like the Terps were ahead by 8-10 points the whole night.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Maryland's win was that it came on a night where its best player, Dez Wells, went just 5-of-20 from the field. Freshman guard Melo Trimble picked up the slack, scoring 11 points, dishing out 3 assists and recording 3 steals. Trimble was named the tournament's MVP after the game.
Few teams are going to walk away from Thanksgiving week bigger winners than Maryland, which left Kansas City with wins over Arizona State and a Cyclone team that pretty much everyone expects to contend for the Big 12 title.
3 TEAMS THAT WON THE DAY
A day after a 24-point loss to Villanova which resulted in a significant amount of "overrated" talk, the Rams responded by blasting an Oregon team that had come to Brooklyn 3-0 and which had hung with Michigan the night before. VCU never trailed in the Legends Classic consolation game, and won with the type of defense that you expect to see from Shaka Smart teams.
The Montana State squad that the Wildcats beat 86-28 on Sunday is bad, but the UT-Arlington one they embarrassed 92-44 on Tuesday is respectable. The 48-point margin of victory also pushed UK ahead of Louisville in something, which is always going to make the folks in Lexington smile.
On the surface, being pushed by an unranked Kansas State team in the Maui semifinals doesn't seem like an overly praiseworthy accomplishment, but the final minutes of that game gave a glimpse into why Sean Miller's team is going to be a legitimate national title contender.
After a spurt of unconsciousness from Marcus Foster had prevented Arizona from running away with the game, K-State suddenly found itself down just 66-64. Kansas State wound up with three chances to tie the game or take the lead, but tremendous defense from Arizona forced two contested shots from Nino Williams and a turnover by Foster. Freshman Stanley Johnson, who plays tremendous defense for someone just beginning his college career, then drilled two free-throws and stole the K-State inbounds pass to put the game away.
The last few minutes of the game actually reminded me a lot of Arizona's Elite 8 thriller against Wisconsin last March. Obviously, the fact that it ended better for the Wildcats should be a comforting fact to the folks in the Copper State.
3 TEAMS THAT DID NOT WIN THE DAY
The Scarlet Knights trailed by double figures for the game's final 28 minutes and wound up dropping a 68-50 contest to a St. Peter's team that had entered the evening 0-4. The Peacocks have now defeated Rutgers in consecutive seasons.
The Tigers went scoreless for the first six minutes of their Maui Invitational consolation game against Purdue, a game the Boilermakers went on to win by 21 points.
I mean, it probably feels like I'm trying to rub it in at this point, but they were the only ranked team to lose to an unranked squad on Tuesday. What do you want me to say?
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
The JayVaughn Pinkston block that saved Villanova:
LOWLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Oregon's Elgin Cook was all set to cram on a fool from VCU before remembering in mid-air about the no-dunk vow he took in 8th grade.
We'll give an honorable mention to John Calipari's substitution dance.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"I'm sort of glad we got slapped in the mouth yesterday because you should have saw the attention in the locker room. Everyone was humbled by it and was ready to get better as a unit and I think today we showed a good example of that." --VCU guard Melvin Johnson
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: Chase Fischer, BYU
I typically don't like honoring players who put up huge numbers against Division-II or Division-III teams, but we can make an exception here. Fischer hit his first eight 3-point attempts, hit nine treys in the first half, and finished with a school-record 10 for the game. As a team, the Cougars were 17-for-29 from beyond the arc on their way to a 121-85 trouncing of Chaminade in a Maui Invitational consolation game. Fischer missed his only 2-point attempt, and finished with 30 points.
Myles Turner, Texas
The freshman big man tied a 52-year-old school record for field goal percentage in a game by hitting 11-of-12 shots from the field. Turner was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Sheldon McClellan, Miami
The Texas transfer dropped a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Miami beat Charlotte for the second time in three days. McClellan, who had 19 points in the Hurricanes' 19-point win over Charlotte in the Charleston Classic championship game on Sunday, was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Derrick Marks, Boise State
The Bronco star dropped 31 points on 16 shots in an 86-75 win over Idaho.
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay
Led the Phoenix in scoring (20), rebounding (8) and assists (3) as they pulled out a 64-62 squeaker in a mid-major showdown against Evansville.
Shavon Shields, Nebraska
Tuesday's high scorer put up 35 in an 80-67 Husker victory over Omaha.