Between The Lines

By - November 15, 2006

A number of upsets and other notable results peppered the landscape Tuesday night. Here’s a look at some you might have missed and others you couldn’t have:

  • Northwestern 49, DePaul 39: I’ll come clean. I admit that I bought into the DePaul (0-2) hype as much as anybody. Five starters back from one of last season’s late-breakers. Only Big East team to return four double-figure scorers. A coach (Jerry Wainwright) who I’ve admired as a more-from-less guy since his days at Richmond. But 39 points against a Northwestern (1-1) side playing just seven players after dropping its season opener to Cornell? Yuck.

  • Wake Forest 86, Bucknell 83 (OT): Time will tell whether Wake’s (2-0) road victory over the Bison (0-2) will go down as an upset. But playing in the dog-eat-dog Atlantic Coast Conference, this may very well rank as one of the best quality wins of the season for Skip Prosser’s bunch — considering Bucknell ranked No. 55 and No. 38 in the RPI at the end of the past two seasons. Kyle Visser, Wake Forest’s lone scholarship senior, led the way with a game-high 26 points. This one was a coach’s nightmare down the stretch; the losers converted 21-of-45 (60.0 percent) and the winners just 23-of-45 (51.1 percent) of their attempts from the line.

  • Gonzaga 88, Rice 50: Adam who? Josh Heytvelt’s 25-point, 11-rebound performance in this rout — on the heels of his 22-point outing in the season opener — is proving there’s life after peach-fuzz Pornstaches in Spokane.

  • Baylor 87, Colorado St. 82 (2OT): Trendy breakthrough pick Baylor (2-0) advanced into a Preseason NIT quarterfinal meeting with Gonzaga thanks to a heart-pounding victory over the Rams in two overtimes. Sophomore guard Henry Dugat paced all scorers with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting.

  • Southern Utah 74, Denver 68: It’s nothing to write home about just yet. But four days after scoring a respectable upset over NCAA-minded Utah in Salt Lake City, the Thunderbirds of the Mid-Continent Conference moved to 2-0 for the first time since 1994 with a victory at Denver (0-2) behind 19 points from Nigerian swingman Nurudeen Adepoju.

  • Marist 78, Delaware 62: In a battle between two former Saint Joseph’s assistant coaches, the Red Foxes scored a convincing victory over the Blue Hens (0-1) at the Bob Carpenter Center as Phil Martelli disciples Matt Brady (Marist) and Monte Ross (Delaware) worked the sidelines. Keep an eye on MAAC contenders Marist (1-1) — Brady has assembled a contender from a team that sputtered to a 6-22 record the year before his arrival.

  • Butler 60, Indiana 55: One night after blistering Notre Dame for 28 points on 8-for-15 shooting from beyond the arc, Butler gunner A.J. Graves couldn’t throw a rock into the ocean against Indiana. That was until his three-pointer off the backboard with five seconds left lifted the Bulldogs (3-0) to a surprise upset over the Hoosiers (1-1) and a spot in next week’s Preseason NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (Who knew the banks were open that late in Indianapolis?) An unaltered real-time conversation with my dear friend Ashley captures the Switz City, Ind., native's redemption:

             ashley (11:09:18 PM): that kid is hideous...graves
             bryan (11:09:26 PM): yeah well not last night
             ashley (11:09:27 PM): ha
             bryan (11:09:35 PM): tell that to notre dame he torched them

             [four minutes later]

             ashley (11:13:48 PM): ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
             bryan (11:13:50 PM): WOW
             bryan (11:13:51 PM): WOWOWOWOOOWOW
             ashley (11:14:02 PM): my gosh

Posted by at 09:55 AM on November 15, 2006

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