It's hard to know how things will pan out after Tuesday night's game, but State made two significant changes: first, Cat Barber moved into the starting lineup, and second, Jordan Vandenberg returned from injury, giving State some experienced size for the first time this season.
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They had little trouble with Dunk City, winning 82-62. Vandenberg, who lost 40 pounds in the off-season, had seven points and 10 boards in his return.
TJ Warren finished with 30 points on 13-18 from the floor.
We're sort of at a loss with BC. At the end of last season the Eagles had become pretty competitive. Now?
The Eagles have lost to Toledo, barely beaten Florida Atlantic and now had to go to overtime to beat Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart is just 1-5, with losses to Fairfield, Holy Cross, Brown and Yale.
Ryan Anderson had 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace BC.
Last year Syracuse beat Cal in the NCAA tourney; this year, the Orange picked up where it left off, polishing off Cal in the second half and winning 92-81.
Tyler Ennis scored 28, which is really impressive for a freshman point guard.
Virginia Tech is asking Eddie Jarrell to play at a higher level and so far he's doing it: Jarrell had 14 points and 10 boards against Furman. So far, he's averaging 18 ppg.
The opening loss to USC Upstate was embarrassing, but since then, the Hokies have beaten West Virginia, competed with Michigan State and barely lost to Seton Hall.
Long-term prospects are murky, but Virginia Tech is, at this point, exceeding expectations.
While he was being feted after signing with Duke, Justise Winslow was hailed as a very versatile defender who could guard just about anyone.
Turns out Virginia may have one of those already. Faced with an explosive point guard who rookie London Perrantes couldn't stop, Virginia put 6-6 Justin Anderson on 5-11 Deron Powers.
Problem solved. Powers was shut out for the rest of the game and UVa went on a 23-0 run.
It might be a great role for Anderson, who's shooting just .333 from the floor.
Virginia held Hampton to just 32.7% shooting and doubled the Pirates on rebounds, 42-21.
Like State, this game may be a turning point.
Robert Carter's best game? We don't follow Georgia Tech closely enough to say, but 13 points, 15 boards, four assists and three blocks against Mississippi Valley State is a good night's work.
It wasn't much of a game: Tech was up 41-14 at the half. Duke fans have a sentimental attachment to the Delta Devils because of the remarkable 1986 game, but that was the program's high point. Nothing much of note has happened since.
Pitt had little trouble with Johnny Dawkins' Stanford team, putting five player in double figures. But that may be a bit simplistic.
Pitt made eight threes to Stanford's five and 25 baskets to Stanford's 24. Rebounding was very close, with Pitt getting two more than Stanford (31-29).
Two stats swung hugely to Pitt's benefit: first, Stanford had 14 turnovers to Pitt's five, and second, the Panthers hit 30-34 from the line. Stanford hit 14-20.
On Wednesday, Syracuse goes for the Maui Classic title with a game against Baylor. We've never been sold on Baylor - somehow the Drew coaching gene Homer passed on skipped Scott. Baylor is likely to do something stupid on a regular basis. They are talented however and Syracuse, while good, is not overwhelming.