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NIT Final Four Set: Delaware Represents Us All

Three mid-majors and a Division II team had a chance to get to Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. Only one accomplished the feat. Given that we told you about that one, let's look at the other three contests.


I Rooted For Delaware Tuesday. Someone Help Me!

Delaware took out Virginia on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT semifinals. The worst part is that I found myself rooting for the Blue Hens to pull off the upset. I should go hand in my DAC Pack lifetime member card now.


Robert Morris Shuts Down Fordham, Earns First Win

The Colonials put things together and picked up their first win of the season in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off mini-tournament at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA


UMass Tops Harvard In Wild Finish

Massachusetts used a wild 90 seconds to steal a win from Harvard in the 24-hour hoops marathon on ESPN. The late game collapse overshadowed a strong first half performance from Siyani Chambers, who personally kept Harvard alive before the break.


Velton Jones, RMU Have Much Work To Do

The Mountain Hawks took some time to warm up, but gradually put away a Robert Morris team that appeared most definitely over-matched.


Toole: McCollum "Barely Broke A Sweat"

Lehigh's point guard and likely NBA lottery pick made a great demonstration of why he has that status last night against a lesser light in Robert Morris.


Broekhoff Dominating NIU Through First Half

We should be feeling good about that Ryan Broekhoff pick as the best players in the Horizon League this season. The senior forward for Valparaiso has been excellent through a game and a half.

The half in question here just finished against Northern Illinois, where Broekhoff had 16 points, including a 4-for-7 shooting performance from 3-point range. He also added seven rebounds and a block.

I know Ray McCallum is going to get the press for being the flashy guard in the league, but this has been quite an hour of basketball from the overlooked Broekhoff, who had 14 points in just 23 minutes for the Crusaders in a blowout win against Georgia Southern to start the season.

Granted this is Northern Illinois on the other side of the ball, and they are playing without Abdel Nader who was suspended Friday for an incident that apparently happened last season. He was by far the best player for the Huskies last year, and although the team has a lot of talent, mostly sourced from the Chicago area, there is just not an impact player of Nader's caliber elsewhere on the roster.

The Crusaders lead 23-17 going to the second half.


Gonzaga Taking a Big Bite Out of Mountaineers

We weren't the highest on Gonzaga in our preseason preview. Perhaps we need to rethink that.

The Bulldogs destroyed West Virginia in the first half of the opening game of the basketball marathon being sponsored by ESPN. Gary Bell leads the Zags with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

The defense has been suffocating ever since the game started, and the ball movement and shooting has been unbelievable. Gonzaga has assists on 12 of their 15 field goals. That is a total team effort. So much for the thought that there could be issues putting these pieces together.

The Mountaineers look like they don't belong in the same gym. Five baskets, that is all. Just five of 23 shots went in. And just one of the 17 3-pointers fell through. That can't be sustainable, but now the Zags lead 45-18 at halftime, so I am not sure it matters.

If West Virginia came back, it would be the second largest halftime deficit ever overcome ... in NCAA history!

And by the way: Przemek Karnowski, he's big.


North Texas Has GUH! Moment in NIT Vs. Huntsville

The details of the game are still shrouded in mystery since apparently everyone in Manhattan, Kan., fell asleep during their trouncing of Lamar, but North Texas has lost 78-75 to Alabama-Huntsville.

Lost, as in out of the NIT Season Tip-Off. As in lost to a Division II team that they should have handled.


Alabama-Hunstville, the perpetrator of this mess, will now take on Kansas State in the second round for a chance to go to Madison Square Garden, and Tony Mitchell and North Texas will be playing Lamar for nothing.

This was Mitchell's best chance to perform in front of a television audience, especially with a very good team on the other side of the ball.

Now before we write off the Mean Green, they were without Brandan Walton, and last I heard, Chris Jones wasn't playing either just seemed like he was out based on his poor stat line (Justin Patton was also out for UNT). Hunstville is no pushover either. It is a power in D-II and is the first non-Division I team invited to play in this tournament for a reason.

Even so, North Texas should have won this game, especially with a future pro on the roster.

But this is what you get in November.


EWU's Seiferth Has Monster Game in 17-pt. Loss

How bad could this have been?

Eastern Washington's Martin Seiferth scored 27 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked seven shots, and his team still lost by 17 to Cal State Northridge, 96-79.

It isn't like Northridge is a power either. So far this season, they are ranked No. 255 according to Ken Pomeroy and they currently have the 295th ranked defensive efficiency. But they are 2-0 and Eastern Washington is going home with a big loss despite Seiferth's game.

Stephen Maxwell had the big game for the Matadors, scoring 21 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Josh Greene added 13 assists and three steals in the win. Even Brandon Perry came off the bench for a double-double, with 19 points and 12 boards.

Now, without Seiferth, does this go down as one of the most brutal losses that you could take? It might even rival losing to an NAIA team ... not that anyone has done that this year (yes, they have).


The Hen Is Mightier Than The Sword

There was a television timeout with 7:33 remaining in the first half, and there was a television timeout with 11:42 remaining in the second half. In the 16 minutes of game time between those two stoppages, the Penn Quakers were 6-for-19 from the field and 9-for-15 from the free throw line.

In that same time span, Delaware went 13-for-25 from the field and 13-for-17 from the charity stripe. So, not surprisingly, Penn went from trailing by two (24-22) to trailing by 20 (64-44), and the game was ostensibly over.

Penn got very strong performances from Fran Dougherty and Miles Cartwright, but nobody else chipped in anything significant, and you can't really expect to beat a talented team like Delaware without a true team effort.

Neither Devon Saddler nor Jarvis Threatt shot well from the field (a combined 6-for-25) for Delaware (continuing the trend from Saturday), but they made up for it at the free throw line (18-for-23), and freshman Terrell Rogers came off the bench to give the Hens four players with double-digit scoring in the 84-69 win.


Monday Night Not Kind to Northeast Conference

Eight games, eight losses. That was the showing by the Northeast Conference on Monday night.

We will have more on one of those losses -- Robert Morris' 29-point dismantling by Lehigh -- a little later, but John Templon has already looked at all of the disappointment for the league over at Big Apple Buckets:

The toughest losses were against the Patriot League. The NEC went 0-3 in games between the two leagues. It's hard to figure out which one is the toughest to swallow. The loss by Quinnipiac at home to American? Defending NEC champion falling in overtime to Lafayette? There were a bunch of close losses, but the results were all the same.

It is still early, but when the top of your league is not dominating in the way they should given all the returning talent and promise, that is not a good sign. Given these results, we could be looking at a 15 or 16 seed for the conference champ.


Jackie Carmichael Drops 27 on UCSB, Alan Williams

We got some odds looks and comments when we selected Jackie Carmichael to our preseason All-American list (second team, but All-American still). Yes, it seemed like a stretch at the time, but if he has more games like Monday night, it could happen.

The Illinois State senior scored 27 points on 13 of 20 shooting, pulled down 10 rebounds and added 2 blocks as the Redbirds defeated UCSB 100-72. Tyler Brown added 22 points in the win, and was 4-for-7 from 3-point range.

The Gauchos got 22 points from Taran Brown, and sophomore Alan Williams added 15 points and 13 rebounds, but he shot just 6-for-14 from the floor. UCSB is now 0-2 on the year despite the promise that Williams shows for leading the team.

But it is hard to compete when one player on the other side is so dominant in what he is doing. This is what we expected out of Carmichael when we made our crazy ballot. After just one night, he hasn't disappointed us yet.


Half Kills Stags Aim, Fairfield Falls to UVA

Remember that 6-for-11 shooting from 3-point range that Fairfield had in the first half against Virginia? Along with strong rebounding, it was all that was keeping the Stags close to the Cavaliers in the opening round of the NIT.

Well, that aim got off when Fairfield moved to the opposite end of the floor. The Stags shot just 1-for-10 from long range in the second half and Virginia caught a little bit of momentum to down Fairfield 54-45. The Cavaliers will move on to face the winner of Penn and Delaware.

It wasn't just the long range shooting that failed the Stags, it was shoot from anywhere. In total, they made just five shots after the break, and shot 20.8 percent from the floor. Virginia wasn't shooting much better (33.3 percent), but it it hard to overcome such a dismal performance from Fairfield.

Josip Mikulic finished with 13 to lead Fairfield, and Desmond Wade and Derek Needham each finished with 10 in the loss. Virginia's Joe Harris came out of the break hot, and had 15 points to lead all scorers.


Penguins Duo Combine to Freeze Out Georgia

Youngstown State dominated on the defensive end and ruined the night for Georgia. Damian Eargle and Kendrick Perry worked together to create havoc for the Bulldogs at every turn.


Hot Trist Ruins Blackbirds

Dan Trist led the Lafayette Leopards tonight, and he did it with style. He took 18 shots and drained 78 percent of them, finishing with 30 points on the night. In fact, he was one of four players to to finish in double digits for the Leopards, and those four players combined to shoot 29-for-41 (71%) from the floor and another 15-for-20 (75%) from the free throw line.

The Blackbirds certainly got their points, as Brandon Thompson was the only starter who didn't score at least a dozen points, but when you allow your opponent to shoot over 50 percent on both two- and three-point shots, there is little hope to to keep your fingers crossed that you can win a track race. Tonight, LIU was left eating Lafayette's dust.

Don't look for LIU-Brooklyn to get a win anytime soon, either - they head on the road to play Maryland and Kentucky in their next two games.


Long Island Struggling For First Win

The no longer suspended and fully healthy Long Island University-Brooklyn basketball team is having a great night offensively. Jamal Olasewere, Julian Boyd, CJ Garner, and Jason Brickman are all in double figures, and they are 9-for-17 from the field.

Despite this fact, their defense has let Lafayette hang around and the Blackbirds are tied 83-83 with 3:51 left to play (Dan Trist and Seth Hickman are 17-25 from the field). We'll keep an eye on this one.


Apostrophe's 30 Not Enough to Take Out Vikings

Bowling Green's A'uston Calhoun scored 30 points and helped push Cleveland State to overtime in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. It wasn't enough as Tim Kamczyc led the Vikings past the Falcons 79-73


Stags Stabbing Virginia From 3-point Range

Fairfield wasn't the team we thought would have a chance to make it to Madison Square Garden, but if the Stags keep shooting as well as they did in the first half, they could be the uninvited guest at the NIT party.

The Stags were 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half helping them to lead Virginia 30-29 at halftime in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Desmond Wade went 3-for-5 from deep and Josip Mikulic was perfect on his three attempts during the opining 20 minutes.

Virginia shot 50 percent in the first half, but most of their damage has come off the bench. No starter has more than four points for the Cavaliers, who are led by Evan Nolte with nine.

Part of the Stags success so far has been keeping Virginia off the offensive glass. Mikulic had three defensive boards in the first half, while the Cavaliers were able to grab just one of their offensive rebounding opportunities.

The winner of this game will face the winner of the opener between Penn and Delaware.

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