The College Basketball Notebook

November 27, 2009 11:27 AM

Thanksgiving Tournament Action

Holiday tournament action continued on Thanksgiving with action from both coasts...

In the east at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando...

We're set for regional rivalry semi-finals, as Michigan and Marquette advanced on one side, with Alabama-Florida State on the other. Michigan beat Creighton, mainly because the Bluejays only went to the line six times and made just two free throws. Marquette overcome a big rebounding deficit, with superior shooting and 27 points from Lazar Hayward. Alabama got 20-point games from JaMychal Green in the frontcourt and Mikhail Torrance at guard. As for Florida State-Iona--the combined 45 turnovers says we need to let this game disappear into the ash heap of history. Burn the tape.

Out west in the 76 Classic at


It was mostly turnover-laden games, as one would expect in November. But you wouldn't expect to see Portland hanging a 27-point thrashing on UCLA. It would be easy to write it off to a hot game from behind the arc, as Portland hit 11-of-19. But the Bruins were also outrebounded 34-25, something that's not going to have Ben Howland very happy. As expected, UCLA will play Butler on Day Two. But it will be on the loser's side of the bracket, as Minnesota knocked off the Bulldogs 82-73. The Golden Gophers did it with depth, getting 46 points off the bench.

On the other side of the draw, it was West Virginia and Texas A&M moving forward. The Mountaineers took care of business with Long Beach State, while A&M was another team showing their depth, getting a combined 32 points from B.J. Holmes and David LoBeau off the bench. It was enough to beat Clemson 69-62.

With both the Tigers and Maryland spitting the bit

in their preseason tournaments, Duke needs to stand up and reclaim some ACC pride, when they play UConn tonight in the final of the preseason NIT (5 ET, ESPN2).

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