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Morning Coffee: A debacle, injuries, and upset highlight Day 1

Your daily mid-major recap from around the country

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It was glorious, it was long, it's over. The first day of college basketball is in the books and this is what you need to know.

The Beginning: Eastern Michigan's Zone Holds Vermont in Check

Eastern Michigan and Vermont kicked off the day at 11 AM and the host Eagles were able to control the Catamounts for a 70-50 win without star Raven Lee.

Gonzaga-Pitt Cancelled at Halftime

Unfortunately the biggest story of the night was yet another opening night snafu that saw a game cancelled. Gonzaga and Pitt was no more after players were taking spills like this:

Upset Central

Plenty of upsets during the first day as the little guys went on the road and knocked off some Power 5 opponents.

Mid-Major Madness | Chattanooga Downs Georgia in Overtime

Our own John Roberts gives a recap of Matt McCall's first big victory as the head man at Chattanooga.

Champagne Room | Osprey Swoop Over Illini

We are the mighty Osprey... North Florida made a name for themselves last year with a trip to the NCAA Tournament and now the Atlantic Sun power made their mark on Day 1 taking down Illinois in Champagne.

Backing the Pack | William & Mary Dominates NC State on the Road

The Tribe got a big time win to start the season to begin the post-Marcus Thornton era.

Anonymous Eagles | Belmont Does Their Thing at Marquette

I guess this was an upset? Or was it just a win that comes with the territory for Rick Byrd and his Belmont Bruins?

Bucky's 5th Quarter | Western Illinois Stuns Bo Ryan and Wisconsin

This one kind of came out of nowhere, the Western Illinois Leathernecks went to Madison and shocked Wisconsin on opening night.

Bruins Nation | Monmouth Shocks UCLA 84-81

Speaking of coming out of nowhere, what about Monmouth going all the way across the country and absolutely shocking the UCLA Bruins?

House of Sparky | Sacramento State Ruins Hurley's Debut

That's what you get for leaving a mid-major! Sacramento State knocked off Arizona State on the road in Bobby Hurley's debut for the Sun Devils.

CAA Goes 8-1

What a night for the CAA! William & Mary, JMU, and Elon all pulled off upsets against NC State, Richmond, and Charlotte (in that order). Charleston, UNCW, and Hofstra all cruised to double-digit wins. Then Delaware and Northeastern pulled out close rivalry wins over Delaware State and Boston University.  The only team to lose was Drexel who dropped a match up to crosstown rival St. Joseph's 82-81.

Big Injury

Jalan West, Northwestern State

One of the mid-major ranks best guards Jalan West went down yesterday.

EC. Matthews, Rhode Island

This one could be HUGE as E.C. Matthews went down against American with a knee injury. An ill informed comment from Danny Hurley said Matthews season is a 50/50 shot at this point. CBS Sports

Individual Performances


Player School Points
Yonel Brown Kennesaw State 34
Malcolm McMillan Canisius 33
Carrington Love Green Bay 32
Canyon Barry Charleston 31
RaShawn Thomas Texas A&M CC 30
Bryce Pressley Portland 30
Rayshawn Simmons Central Michigan 30
Antwon Portley Saint Peter's 30


Player School Rebounds
Wayne Martin Tennessee State 21
Khris Lane Longwood 20
Kyle Davis BYU 20
Brian Pearson Savannah State 20
Iba Camara New Hampshire 20


Player School Assists
Juan'ya Green Hofstra 11
Alec Wintering Portland 11
Robert Brown UAB 11
Dallas Moore North Florida 10
Jordan Potts Bethune-Cookman 10
Jaleen Smith New Hampshire 10