The holiday tournaments came to an end yesterday, with West Virginia and Florida State bringing home championship hardware. The Seminoles won the Old Spice Classic by beating Marquette. FSU trailed by 12 at the half, before rallying to win. Lazar Hayward had another big game for the Golden Eagles, going off for a double-double, but he was answered by Chris Singleton of the 'Noles. A nice win for the ACC too, as Florida State joins Duke as the winner of a prestigious November prize.
And West Virginia was the winner of the 76 Classic against improbable Portland, who'd upset UCLA & Minnesota to reach the final game. De'Sean Butler had his third straight outstanding game, scoring 26 points and grabbing six rebounds to secure the championship. West Virginia won the battle of the glass and got to the free throw line consistently. A good start for the
Mountaineers in a year where they expect to compete for the Big East crown.
We're into regular non-conference play, sans tournament drama, for the balance of the month. Not much tonight, but the best games of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge get going on Tuesday, highlighted by Michigan State-North Carolina. Later this week, the Tar Heels play Kentucky in another big game. We'll see you again in on Wednesday morning to recap the rematch of last year's final, along with another recent title-game rematch--Maryland goes to Indiana.