The great thing about preseason tournaments is that teams emerge. It's a shame that one of them this year is UCONN. But it's happening. Chances were pretty good going into the Maui that the Huskies would leave the island with either a loss to Wichita State or two losses. Now they've played their way into the final.
Speaking of losses, either Michigan State or Washington will leave Oahu with a pair. That third place game might just be the game of the evening. It wasn't at all surprising to me that Washington couldn't follow up its whitewashing of Virginia against Kentucky last night. Just didn't seem like the right circumstances for those Huskies. A bounce game was in the works and they needed better than than against the 'Cats.
Another pretty solid night for the NEC. Much to the delight of Richard, Karon Abraham was suspended for Robert Morris' battle at Pittsburgh. That left the Colonials without much firepower and they fell to the #5 Panthers 74-53.
But the other three NEC teams in action notched victories. Preseason favorite Quinnipiac drilled Dartmouth 69-52 on the road, unbeaten Long Island remained that way with an impressive 82-70 win at Fordham, and Sacred Heart surprised New Hampshire despite scoring only 14 points in the second half. The Pioneers downed the Wildcats 50-42.
You may recall that New Hampshire downed Holy Cross over the weekend. The loss was the first for New Hampshire and the first win for the Pioneers. Go figure. But a good win for the NEC over one of the better America East teams.
Trying to decide whether I want to take the Fan Blog on the road tonight. Might head down to the Towson Center to see the Tigers take on Navy. The Tigers would be a double digit favorite against the 1-5 Navy team. Have to see how the rest of the day shakes out.