Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Morning Dish

November 30, 2003 Conference Notes No Comments

The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 30th

Champions: The championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout figured to be a good game, and it didn’t disappoint. Purdue held the Blue Devils to 38% shooting and shot 49% en route to a 78-68 upset of No. 2 Duke to win the Great Alaska Shootout. Tournament MVP Kenneth Lowe led the Boilermakers (4-0) with 22 points, while Chris Booker had 20 points and 5 assists. Duke (3-1) was led by Luol Deng and Shelden Williams with 15 points apiece, while Williams added 13 rebounds.

Starting On a Low Note: It took overtime, but Iowa pulled off the upset of No. 20 Louisville, 70-69, in the John Wooden Tradition. The Hawkeyes (3-0) got a late free throw from Pierre Pierce and a career-high 26 points from Greg Brunner, but mainly won the game by beating Louisville up on the glass by a 45-27 margin. The Cardinals (0-1) lost the season opener for the third straight season despite four players scoring in double figures, led by Luke Whitehead with 18 and 14 rebounds.

Starting On a High Note: For a while, Ben Howland’s debut at UCLA didn’t look too good. UCLA’s defense did nothing to stop Vermont star forward Taylor Coppenrath, who tied his career-high with 38 points, and the Catamounts led by 11 at one point. The Bruins would come back to tie it, but Vermont didn’t stop applying the pressure. With 4.8 seconds left, Ryan Hollins made one free throw to give the Bruins a 68-67 win in Howland’s debut as UCLA head coach.

Fast Start, Then Hold On To Win: Indiana looked like it would run away with Saturday’s game against No. 23 Xavier in Indianapolis, but needed overtime to score an 80-77 upset of the Musketeers. The Hoosiers (2-1) shot nearly 58% from the floor in the first half and led 38-24, but Xavier (3-2) came back and eventually took the lead as Indiana went ice cold. The Hoosiers need a late three-point play by Bracey Wright (game-high 27 points) to tie the game, and Wright scored eight more points in the extra session.

Spartans Win Big: At the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic, No. 7 Michigan State missed its first seven shots, then got going once birthday boy Shannon Brown got into the game. The freshman guard had three big dunks en route to 12 points on 6-10 shooting, helping the Spartans go on to a 77-52 win over Pennsylvania. Brown was one of three Spartans in double figures, as junior Kelvin Torbert had 15 points and classmate Chris Hill had 13, and the Spartans won the battle on the glass by a 39-26 margin despite going with a small lineup often. Tim Begley led all scorers with 17 points for Pennsylvania (1-2). The Spartans will face DePaul in the championship game on Sunday, as the Blue Demons (3-0) beat Indiana State, 78-66.

Near Misses: A couple of Top 25 games came down to the wire on Saturday. No. 4 Missouri had a close call on the road before finally knocking off Oakland, 90-85. The Tigers (1-0) trailed on a couple of occasions, and still didn’t put Oakland away after scoring machine Mike Helms (21 points) fouled out with over eight minutes remaining. Oakland (2-4) was led by Rawle Marshall’s game-high 27 points.

Also hitting the road was No. 8 North Carolina, and the Tar Heels had to rally by scoring the final 10 points of the game to beat upset-minded Cleveland State, 82-76. Cleveland State (2-1) led by four on two occasions, including 76-72 in the final minutes, before the Tar Heels (3-0) rallied to take the game.

No. 16 St. Joseph’s needed a long three-pointer by Jameer Nelson as the shot clock ran down in the final seconds to secure a 75-72 win at Old Dominion. Nelson led the Hawks (3-0) with 24 points as the Hawks played their third straight road game to start the season.

Climb Up On My Back: Ronny Turiaf was all No. 12 Gonzaga needed in overtime. He scored all 11 of the Bulldogs’ points and made two key plays at the defensive end in the extra session to help Gonzaga beat Georgia, 82-76 in Spokane, Washington. Turiaf finished the game with 22 points to lead Gonzaga (3-1), while Rashad Wright led Georgia (2-1) with 21 points and sat for just one minute of the game.

Not Even Close: A few Top 25 teams made it look easy on Saturday. No. 11 Texas (3-0) blew out Centennary, 94-59 in Austin. No. 19 Wake Forest (3-0) had four players score in double figures and won in just about every statistical category in beating Yale, 86-61 in Bridgeport, CT. No. 21 Cincinnati (3-0) coasted to a 76-56 home win over Coppin State.

Cruising To Victory: No. 13 Illinois (3-0) jumped out to leads of 18-5 and 27-7 early and never looked back in a 75-60 win over Temple. No. 15 Wisconsin (3-0) won its 15th straight home game, 55-43 over Rutgers. No. 17 Notre Dame (2-0) scored a 78-64 home win against Mt. St. Mary’s.

Downright Shocking: A mid-major team pulling off a win over a high-major team is nothing new, but Saturday had one such instance that went a little beyond a simple upset. Murray State dominated Southern Mississippi, 94-54, in Murray, Kentucky on Saturday to improve to 4-0. The Racers shot 62% from the field and scored 58 points in the second half.

Tonight’s Menu

• Rhode Island travels to No. 6 Syracuse to take on the defending national champs at the Carrier Dome.

• No. 7 Michigan State hosts DePaul in the championship game of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic in East Lansing.

• No. 18 Stanford hits the road to take on Rice, while Michigan heads south to take on Butler in Indianapolis.

• In games of local interest, Cal State-Northridge takes on USC in Los Angeles, while Northern Iowa travels to Ames to take on Iowa State and Charlotte takes on UNC-Asheville on the road.

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 by

In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

November 10, 2017 by

The season is almost here, and we take a look at some of what to expect this coming season. We have preseason polls, conference changes, a look at some conferences and some matchups to start the season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017 by

The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.