Champions Classic sees major separation as Duke, Kentucky roll in Indy

It was clearly a case of one team being in another league.

Duke simply outclassed Michigan State 81-71, and Kentucky held the once mighty Kansas Jayhawks to only 19.6 percent (11 of 56 shooting) in a 72-40 blowout.

The really interesting game on Tuesday night to conclude the Tip-Off marathon was LSU pulled out a small surprise at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in overtime upending Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders made a lot of freshman mistakes that cost them dearly:

  • Towards the end of regulation, a turnover at mid-court led to a LSU layup.
  • In the final seconds of regulation, a turnover on the inbounds pass that followed a converted LSU free throw tied the game.
  • Sloppy play also cost the Red Raiders in the extra session.

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MAJOR NEWS AFFECTING ONE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

PLEASE READ and see if you can find specific people who could help.

A paralyzing and deadly blizzard has one women’s hoops team stranded.

As of 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday night, CBSSports.com reported that the Niagara women’s basketball team has been stranded on the New York Thruway after completing their game in Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Just fyi–the Niagara team bus along with coaches and two babies stopped a few miles away from the Lackawanna Toll exit on the New York Thruway (I-90 near Buffalo) at around 2 a.m. Eastern time.  They were on the bus at that point close to four hours.  The snow had built up for roughly one hour before the bus grind to a complete stop.

More details and lots of sad selfie pics of the team on the bus can be found here:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24819546/niagara-womens-basketball-team-stranded-on-bus-for-over-20-hours

More details on their very dangerous circumstances can be found and how everyone on that bus is managing to survive here:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/114d2bc05d09440f9d464ac69915b5e1/niagara-womens-hoops-team-stranded-storm

Thankfully, the bus has enough gas and power for at least a few more days or things could be much worse.

Think about all of the poor people who may have had to leave their cars since their gas tanks ran out.  Sadly, the State Police had to pull some other people out of their cars for being unconscious.

Luckily, according to the Twitter account of Head Coach Kendra Faustin, the team finally did get some food and much needed drinks from the Niagara County Sheriff and some local area volunteers shortly after midnight Eastern time.

My thoughts and prayers are for them to get back to campus safely during this extremely dangerous lake effect snowstorm that has paralyzed all of western New York state.  In one conversation over Twitter, ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee replied to the team during the afternoon that the worst of this storm may not end until at least Friday night.

Sure hope they get back to campus safely.

I will try my best to keep everyone updated if and when the situation changes.

 

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