Tuesday night finally finished up the marathon of hoop action that began late on Monday. I am sure there are some out there that watched it all. Those of us with jobs weren't quite able to do that.
But we got updates, and thankfully, we were able to catch a glimpse of the Rockstar Grannies live before heading off to sleep. Although that wasn't good for the nightmares that came after.
So we definitely needed our coffee yesterday morning, and today will be no different after paying particular attention to a few high profile matchups late in the evening. So what will we discuss over said cup of joe?
What everyone will be talking about over their morning coffee:
OK, so we aren't going to be silly and believe that this is really what everyone is talking about about. Most people will want to talk about Michigan State's control of Kentucky, or the fab freshman showdown between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. They didn't even see this.
Yeah, so that camera angle wasn't the best. But you know that Cavs logo with the interlocking swords? Graham hit it from the tip of the sword with 1.1 seconds remaining. That finished off a 7-point comeback over the final seven minutes of the game and gave Virginia Commonwealth the win, 59-56.
Graham finished with 22 points to lead all the Rams, but no one could tell you anything about but three of them.
Side of bacon:
Brickman Misses Magic Against Indiana
Long Island's Jason Brickman almost made himself a household name outside of the New York area, and was almost one of the most hated men in the State of Indiana.
The Blackbird point guard missed two shots to give Long Island the upset win over Indiana after Will Sheehy gave the Hoosiers the lead in the final two minutes of the ball game. Long Island would fall 73-72, but not before Brickman had done a little minor magic.
He finished with 11 points and 10 assists while helping EJ Reed to 15 points, and Troy Joseph to 16 points and six boards off the bench.
- Delaware's Devon Saddler was suspended for a month for an undisclosed violation of team rules. That won't be good for the Blue Hens who were looking like they could contend for the CAA title, and if not, that they might make enough waves to get at-large consideration. An 0-2 start isn't exactly how you would picture that beginning though and this won't help.
- OK, so it is against Morgan State, but Towson's Jerrelle Benimon went for 23 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and he added two blocks for good measure. Remember when I said Towson couldn't win with just a single star player? I was wrong... for now. Tigers win, 95-75.
- Parks was a little giddy on Tuesday night after his Longwood Lancers beat a BCS-level team for the first time ever. The Lancers took out TCU 82-79 behind 31 points by Tristan Carey. It took a last minute 3-points by Lucas Woodhouse to seal it, but a win is a win (kind of). Karl Ziegler added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Longwood.
- Drexel picked up its first win against Illinois State thanks to Chris Fouch and some frontcourt skills (finally). The Dragons won 78-70 as Fouch scored 26 points. But the real gem in this one, outside of the guard play of Drexel, was that there was finally someone bigger than a guard contributing in a game. This issue goes all the way back to last season. Kazembe Abif had 13 points and 13 rebounds to help the Dragons. Bobby Hunter had 14 points off the bench for Illinois State.
- George Beamon is healthy and making teams pay so far this season. The Manhattan senior got the hoop and the harm with just a second remaining to help the Jaspers get past Columbia. Beamon finished with 28 points and six rebounds to seal the win. Grant Mullins led the Lions with 23.
- So close. That is how you would describe South Alabama's miss against Texas. The Jaguars lost 84-77, but not without a significant effort from Augustine Rubit, who had 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the loss. Rick Barnes actually made an adjustment and ditched the zone defense at the half which had been helping South Alabama throughout the opening 20 minutes.
- Chase Fieler scored 30 points while leading Florida Gulf Coast to a 65-51 win over Hartford. The Hawks were right there with FGCU through the first half, but then Fieler came alive, scoring 20 points in the second half and effectively closing out Hartford on his own.
So there you have it, a full list of the highlights from the night / day that was. Thankfully this comes but once a year. These late night tems games are brutal and force you get... well, more coffee.