Justin Gant’s 17 points led the Sycamores to upsetting Notre Dame in South Bend by a 83-70 count. Mike Brey suffered his first coaching loss at home during November in his 12 years as coach of the Fighting Irish.
Also making waves again was Belmont. Remember what I said to open the season?
They are for real and could get a very decent seed if they play like this.
In spite of getting rebounded 44 to 24, plus shooting only 45 percent to the Tar Heels’ 48 percent…J.J. Mann led the charge for the Bruins depositing 28 points to outduel James Michael McAdoo’s 27. The difference came from the foul line–Belmont was a staggering 20 for 22, while UNC hit only a paltry 22 of 48. The 83-80 upset sent more shock waves ripping across the rain soaked United States.
Iowa State shocked Michigan, 77-70 led by Melvin Ejim’s 22 points to pace the Cyclones. Glenn Robinson III was held to only 4 of 14 shooting for the day.
Saturday had one major upset in Philadelphia, as Doug McDermott made a huge shot, was fouled and more free throws by Devin Brooks helped pull one out of the fire at perenially tough St. Joseph’s. The 83-79 score proved how resilient the Bluejays are, and they could again wreak havoc on some brackets come Selection Sunday.
The Preseason NIT begins on Monday night, as Duke traditionally tips off at Cameron.
If any major upsets occur, I hope to blog about it before the end of the week.
If not, we will see you all in time for Thanksgiving break out west on the Island in Hawaii for the annual EA Sports Maui Invitational–always a fun three days and nights at the Lahaini Civic Center.