Tubby Smith has Minnesota rolling. No Top 25 hoops upsets Thursday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A quick look at the night in college basketball:
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Villanova 89, Purdue 81 in overtime.
Pass the Gatorade. The Boilermakers (1-2) rallied from six down at halftime to take it extra five minutes. But they let James Bell shake free for a pair of three-pointers in overtime – and a flagrant foul for elbowing on D.J. Byrd in the final minute didn't help.
Neither did Purdue's brick-tastic 16 for 28 performance at the line. JaJuan Johnson's not walking through that door. Or Rick Mount, for that matter.
TOP 25 REPORT: ZZZZZZ. Teams in the Top 25 went 7-0, primarily because most of them didn't schedule Top 100 teams. Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina State, Kansas, Baylor, UCLA and Arizona won by an average margin of 24.6 points. Read on.
LOCAL PRECINCTS: Louisville handled Samford, 80-54; Indiana rolled Sam Houston State, 99-45; Morehead rolled Alice Lloyd, 101-50; Murray State dominated Auburn, 79-59. The Racers held on to Steve Prohm for Year Two. Beating SEC teams by 20 will make it tough for him to remain a Racer for Year Three.
Chane Behanan (12 points, 18 rebounds) and Gorgui Dieng (10 and 13) did the double-double thing for Rick Pitino.
Cody Zeller played through the flu, but had only 10 points and seven rebounds for IU. Jordan Hulls made a trio of three pointers, pushing his career scoring total past 1,000 points. Shame on Remy Abell. He finally missed a shot. He'd been 7 for 7 through IU's first two games but went 1 for 3 against with three points against Sam Houston.
TRASH TALK: Tough night for all three local BCS leagues to talk much smack. Not much for anybody to brag about, but take your best shot.
Big East teams won three of five games. The losers were DePaul – in Cancun to Gardner-Webb (hello, Billy Gillispie) and Providence to UMass in Puerto Rico.
SEC teams mirrored that performance, also losing two of five. Georgia lost for the second time in a week, this time in Athens in OT to Southern Miss. Fewer than 4,600 attended. The Bulldogs play Indiana in Brooklyn Monday with Robert Montgomery Knight at the microphone. Auburn got thumped by 20 by Murray in Year Three of Tony Barbee.
Too soon for Hot Seat talk for Mark Fox (Georgia) or Barbee? Nights like this are a good time to be at football schools.
The Big Ten went 5-2. Purdue was seconds away from making it 6-1, but Penn State lost by 17 to North Carolina State.
Keep an eye on Tubby Smith and Minnesota. The Gophers are in the bracket opposite U of L in the Battle for Atlantis tournament in The Bahamas next week. The Gophers have waxed American, Toledo and Tennessee State by 26 or more.
Sure, the games have all been played in Minneapolis, but the Gophers have already moved to No. 13 in the Pomeroy rankings. Tubby opens with Duke in the Bahamas. It won't be a blowout.
STAR QUALITY: Isaiah Canaan hung 26 on Auburn in Murray State's big win. Credit Canaan with a 9 for 12 shooting night. He was 3 for 5 from the three-point line and perfect in five free-throw attempts. First-team all-American stuff.