No "Lazy Sunday" SNL Digital Short to show here, Sunday was busy for the Atlantic 10 as both Temple and Xavier defeated ranked opponents - who also double as their in-market rivals - and Rhode Island traveled up to Boston and nipped the wings of the BC Eagles.
In the 'Nati, tempers flared. I blame the chili. Many forget about how great this rivalry between the Musketeers and Bearcats are, but last night featured thrown elbows, in-fighting, and the first double OT contest in the 77 year history of the annual event. Xavier wins 83-79. And thank god. Maybe ESPN should consider not burying this game on ESPNU during a Sunday night. It's the first big win for new head coach Chris Mack, who still has a lot of work to do in curbing the ego and erratic play of his offensive star, Jordan Crawford.
Temple may have their first South American star since the Pepe Sanchez era, as Juan Fernandez scored 33 in a win over Nova, handing the WIldcats their first loss of the season. The Owls led nearly all of the second half, relying on the three ball. As players shook hands and walked off the court, Temple undergrads shouted "We Want Kansas," in reference to their January 2nd match-up against the top ranked Jayhawks. Yeah, I think I'll tune in for that.