The major colleges still put football to the forefront on Saturdays in November. The good news is that means better Fridays and Sundays in the college basketball world, and it also means the mid-majors get the center stage on Saturday. There were several good matchups yesterday.
I'm intrigued by San Diego State. I really am. I didn't realize they play Gonzaga this early in the year. But that might really be a game worth staying up for on Tuesday night. It's like mile marker 25 on the marathon day of hoops. But really other than Florida Ohio State is there anything better than that matchup?
Again another fairly decent day for the NEC. Winning three games in six tries. Central Connecticut beat Hartford 64-62 in one of the closer matchups. That was part of that Connecticut Basketball tripleheader at the Mohegan Sun. No mention of Ken Horton in the wrap up....it was Victor Rosario who led them with 17. Quinnipiac also won at the Sun 84-75 over Yale, Preseason NEC player of the Year Justin Rutty with 19 & 10. Robert Morris also got a win in scintillating Robert Morris defensive fashion 55-30 over St. Peter's. Sacred Heart fell 62-45 to a good Fairfield team and Bryant was beaten badly by Kent 90-49.
Cleveland State is one of the few teams to move to 2-0 and they did with an impressive 78-68 win over Iona. Cleveland State and Kent both 2-0 play in Cleveland today.
Not the debut Milan Brown was hoping for at Holy Cross. A 93-84 defeat at the hands of a good Charleston team. Charleston has a busy week ahead as they play Coastal Carolina before playing three times in Toledo next weekend. The marquee matchup there is with Rhode Island in a quality matchup of mid-majors. You have to figure Brown had a tough time stomaching giving up 93 points, especially the 52 in the first half in his first game at the Hart Center. Holy Cross travels to Harvard, which dropped its opener at George Mason, on Wednesday. The Patriot League by the way was 0-3 yesterday.
The Ramblers of Loyola Chicago are also off to a 2-0 start. Loyola dumped an Indiana State team, which is expected to do well in the MVC, 86-74.
I didn't make the trip to the Philadelphia to see Penn. But it looks like Jerome Allen in his first official game as Quaker coach has the team headed back in the right direction. It might be back to Penn and Princeton in the Ivy. Penn downed Davidson 69-64.