Kentucky has to be happy with the results, given John Calipari is pretty much replacing the entire team from last year's SEC champs. Forward Terrence Jones may be emerging as the Wildcats latest star. He opened the tournament with 29 points against Oklahoma and rebounded and scored consistently over the next two nights. Guard Brandon Knight knocked down 24 in the semi-final win over Washington. Michigan State came in ranked #2 in the country and the loss to UConn was their only misstep. But single-digit wins over Chaminade and Washington don't suggest they're national elite yet. Kalin Lucas is though, and he poured in 29 points in the Spartans' 76-71 win over Washington in last night's third-place game.
Oklahoma and Virginia looked to be shaky coming into this event and they leave with those suspicions confirmed. The Cavs won their head-to-head game with the Sooners 74-56, but otherwise both teams combined to go 0-5, including OU's 68-64 loss to Chaminade last night.
Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily commentary in college football ,game analysis in the NFL. and coverage of college basketball. He is the author of The Last New Year's, a book that revisits the historic high points of college football's New Year's Day bowl games.