News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Sunday, Nov 11th


-It was a rather chalky day yesterday.  Evansville hung in with Xavier for most of the game and Ball State made Purdue sweat a little bit, but there weren’t any results that were particularly surprising.  The only exception was Oklahoma State going down at Charlotte on a last-second 3-point bank shot – which is at least noteworthy when you consider that the 49ers didn’t even qualify for the C-USA tournament last season.

-The Atlantic 10 is showing more signs of concern – while Saint Louis barely squeaked by Troy at home, La Salle lost at home to Lafayette by a point and Fordham had a close loss on the road at Houston Baptist. And as one astute reader on Twitter noted, the A-10 is now 0-3 this year against the Patriot League (with Bucknell winning at St. Bonaventure and American winning at George Mason).

-Cal State Northridge at Pepperdine was postponed yesterday due to the wild fires in that area.  We hope that everyone being effected by that is able to stay safe.



-GEORGE WASHINGTON AT VIRGINIA.  This will end up looking very much like a buy game.  GW is 0-2, which includes losses in home buy games.  So this one could get ugly.

-HOFSTRA AT MARSHALL.  Both teams are 1-0, and Marshall has a good deal of momentum built up after advancing to the Round of 32 a year ago.

-SOUTHERN MISS AT SMU.  Both teams 1-0, and while Southern Miss still has a long way to go, they appear to be tremendously improved after the tire fire that they were a few years ago.  Doc Sadler has done a very good job with that program.

-MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE (non-D1) AT SAVANNAH STATE.  The Team of the People have their home opener today!!!!!

-FLORIDA STATE AT TULANE.  Florida State is coming off a very impressive feel good win against Florida in their season opener.  They may be tested a bit on the road today against a Tulane team that has a long way to go, but at the same time appears to be showing signs of improvement.

-VANDERBILT AT USC.  Both teams come into this game having won their openers, but neither team faced a real test.  I have a lot more questions than answers when it comes to these two, and it will be interesting to see what they do against each other.

-NORTH TEXAS AT HAWAII.  Neither team has done anything to get all that excited about, but neither team has lost a game yet.


BUY GAMES (and others worth mentioning, but not highlighting)

-Army @ Duke
-Saint Francis Brooklyn @ Boston College
-East Tennessee State @ Creighton
-Florida Atlantic @ UCF – both teams are 1-0
-Drexel @ Rutgers
-Green Bay @ Iowa
-SELA @ Nebraska
-Fort Wayne @ Ohio State
-Stetson @ Missouri State – both teams unbeaten
-Hartford @ Mississippi State
-Oral Roberts @ TCU
-Sam Houston State @ Louisiana Tech – both teams are unbeaten
-UMKC @ UConn
-Cal Poly @ Arizona – both teams are 1-0
-FGCU @ Michigan State
-Nicholls @ Washington State – after playing Louisville tough don’t be surprised if Nicholls wins this one
-Appalachian State @ Alabama – both teams are 1-0
-Utah Valley @ Saint Mary’s

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