Last Night in Hoops

[editor’s note: Hopefully this will become a daily post on the weekdays, with a longer one for the weekend]

Freshmen, Freshmen Everywhere: Last night was the coming-out party for the top two recruits of the 2007 class. Eric Gordon busted out for 33 points in a 99-79 win over Chattanooga, while Kevin Love scored 21 and 9 in a dominating UCLA win over Youngstown State. Perhaps the most impressive debut, however, was that of Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn, a freshman point guard from Niagra Falls, NY. Flynn was Jonny-on-the-spot for Syracuse, scoring 28 points and dishing 9 assists in a close win over a pesky Siena team.

I, for one, welcome our Division II overlords: This being the time of year when many smaller schools play Division II opponents for easy wins, it is nice to see the little guys bite the D-I teams once in a while. That happened last night when perennial D-II powerhouse Cal St. San Bernardino beat Weber St 71-59. Weber St is not some 5-win team, either. They won the Big Sky last year and are picked to win it again, returning 7 of their top 9 scorers.

Hey! Where did our scoring go? The Citadel is 1-1, altogether unremarkable. It’s the way that they are 1-1 that is remarkable. After scoring 131 points in their first game, they scored only 42 points in a loss to South Carolina; that is an 89 point drop in production. As Jerkwheat so eloquently put it, that’s what happens when you go from playing Daniel Webster at home to playing an SEC team on the road.

Minutiae: Big schools, close wins division: Marquette beats Utah Valley St by 10 after trailing at halftime…LSU hangs on to beat Southeastern Louisiana…Boston College comes back to beat Florida Atlantic after trailing by 7 with 9 minutes to go…Apparently Tulane might be on to something. They are 2-0 after shellacking Auburn by 15 and beating Charleston Southern last night…Oregon is going to be fun to watch again this year. They are 3-0 and averaging 94 points per game playing fairly good competition (Pacific, Western Michigan).

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