The College Basketball Notebook

November 28, 2009 9:23 AM

Duke Wins Preseason NIT

What a turnabout it was from two days ago. On Wednesday, UConn was dominant in the semis, while Duke was lackluster. But on Friday it was the Blue Devils having the Garden party, as they rolled to a 68-59 win. On Wednesday, it was the UConn guards, Kemba Walker and Jerome Dyson that were the story of the day. But on Friday, the Duke backcourt of Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith stole the show, combining for 35 points. UConn didn't hit a single three-pointer, the biggest cause of their defeat.

Old Spice Classic, Orlando
Marquette 79 Michigan 65
Florida State 60 Alabama 51

The Golden Eagles and Seminoles are on their way to Sunday's final. Lazar Hayward had his second straight big game on the MU frontcourt, going off for 22 points. Meanwhile, the Florida State defense completely shut down Alabama, not allowing a single player into double-digits.

76 Classic, Anaheim
West Virginia 73 Texas A&M 66
Portland 61 Minnesota 56

What's up with the Pilots?! One day after taking down UCLA, Portland follows it up with a win over Minnesota. And they got the win in spite of committing 19 turnovers, thanks to Minnesota's clanging of free throws (13-of-22, 59%) and allowing Pilot guard Nik Raivio to crash the boards for 11 rebounds. Portland will try and complete the trifecta against West Virginia who shot the ball very well in their win over the Aggies. On the consolation side of this bracket, Butler-UCLA was one of the more compelling games and the Bruins continued their November struggles, dropping their third game of the season, this one by a 69-67 final.

And wrapping things up from Atlantic City, Michigan State shot the ball well. They hit the boards hard. And they still lost to Florida 77-74. Turnover problems and being doubled up at the line will do that to you. The Gators put five players in double-digits in winning this rematch of the 2000 NCAA final.

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