NEWS AND NOTES
-For our Under the Radar Game of the Day between Boston U and Eastern Michigan – CLICK HERE
-The 2K Classic games turned out to be not all that exciting. Oregon looked really impressive in their decisive win against Syracuse, and one can’t help but question how good Syracuse actually is. Iowa rolled over UConn to win the event. We weren’t expecting much out of the Hawkeyes this year, but they’ve looked very impressive early on.
-Kansas, Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina, K State, Mississippi State, and UCLA all won buy games.
-LSU also won a buy game, but there’s was a little more hard fought against what is turning out to be a very good Louisiana Tech team. LA Tech already had a win at Wichita State, and they stayed right with LSU the whole way and the lead seesawed back and forth before LSU finally got control in the final minute to win the game. Despite the loss, I’m more impressed with LA Tech than I was before the game, and think they can make quite a bit of noise in Conference USA, which is putting together a collection of impressive wins. Such as….
-Western Kentucky knocked off West Virginia in the Myrtle Beach Invitational to pick up a huge OOC win. Or so we think. This is the second game that West Virginia has dropped that most were expecting them to win, and although we believe that both Western Kentucky and Buffalo are very good teams, it is a little surprising that WVU lost both of them.
-MICHIGAN VS GEORGE WASHINGTON (Hall of Fame Tip-Off). Michigan has what is probably the most noteworthy win of the year with their blowout win at Villanova. GW….has no wins.
-WILLIAM & MARY AT NOTRE DAME. Both teams have been a little slow out of the gate, and it’s likely that Notre Dame won’t ever get out of the gate, but we do think this Bill & Mary team will be one of the better teams in the Colonial and won’t be surprised if they play well today.
-RADFORD AT DUQUESNE. This is a buy game, but both teams are unbeaten and Radford has a nice road win against Notre Dame, so we will go ahead and highlight it.
-SOUTH CAROLINA VS PROVIDENCE (Hall of Fame Tip-Off). Both teams have faced one test so far, and both teams failed it. This game has a bit of a pivotal feel to it even though it’s early because you get the feeling that whoever loses it is going to be behind.
-MONTANA VS MIAMI OH (Island of the Bahamas Showcase). Montana can improve to 4-0 with a win, and add another win away from home to their resume.
-NEW MEXICO STATE AT NEW MEXICO. This is the first leg of one of our favorite OOC rivalries. New Mexico State is looking to rebound from a home loss against Saint Mary’s, and New Mexico is looking to stay unbeaten.
-LIPSCOMB AT SMU. Lipscomb will likely be an Atlantic Sun frontrunner and has a lot of players coming back from a team that won the league a year ago. SMU is off to a slow start and doesn’t want to trip up and fall even further behind.
-GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS PEPPERDINE (Island of the Bahamas Showcase). Georgia Southern picked up a nice win against FAU yesterday to go with their win against George Mason earlier this week. They can advance to the championship game with a win today.
-SAINT LOUIS AT SETON HALL. Simply put, these are two teams that could really use a decent early season win right now.
BUY GAMES (and other games worth mentioning, but not highlighting)
-North Alabama @ Pittsburgh
-Presby @ Marquette
-Maine @ NC State
-Bethune Cookman @ Miami FL
-Furman @ Villanova
-UMES vs North Texas – game part of the Wolfpack Classic. North Texas can improve to 5-0.
-Alabama A&M @ BYU
-Bradley @ UIC – Bradley can improve to 4-0
-Arkansas Pine Bluff @ Southern Illinois
-Houston Baptist @ Wisconsin
-UMBC vs High Point (Bimini Jam) – UMBC can improve to 4-1