LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 14: Deonte Burton #24 of the Nevada Reno Wolf Pack drives against Oscar Bellfield #0 of the UNLV Rebels during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center November 14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 71-67. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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We aren't even halfway into this marathon and the underlying theme on this morning might be drowsiness. Thankfully, live blogs over at CBS Sports and Ballin' is a Habit (among others) have helped to keep the discussion flowing well into the morning hours, even as the constant allure of a warm bed and soft pillow grows stronger by the hour.
The games themselves throughout this ordeal have been a mixed bag. For every nail-biter we get, a clunker follows shortly thereafter. Even with plenty left to look forward to later in the day, it wouldn't have been the worst thing in the world to toss an extra game or two in the 2-6 am slots to keep things lively. Here's your heavily-caffeinated morning recap on this glorious Tuesday...
The local guys
They call him Pangos, and he just stole the whole effin' show (The Spokesman-Review)
Bernard James switches shoes, dominates. Yeah, it's gotta be the shoes. (Orlando Sentinel)
Looks like Michigan found its replacement for Darius Morris rather quickly in frosh Trey Burke (Detroit Free Press)
Eight players recorded a steal for Buzz Williams in a 31-point blowout (Anonymous Eagle)
Nearly a stunner in West Lafayette as Robbie Hummel (more on him in a bit) inexplicably bricked two late FTs (Hammer and Rails)
Who won it best
Providence - Beating a mid-major team of Fairfield's caliber, and doing it away from home no less (distance be damned), is quite a feat for first year coach Ed Cooley. This gets even better when you consider that Cooley was the guy who built the very Fairfield squad he took down. A proud homecoming, indeed.
Who lost it worst
George Mason - Let's just say that the Paul Hewitt era is not exactly going swimmingly. After nearly dropping its opener on Friday, George Mason needed an extra period yet again to decide its own fate. And this time they fell short, to Isiah Thomas of all people. Embarrassing stuff.
- The true freshman morphed into a trending topic on Twitter for his 33-point performance that included nine makes from behind the arc. He also firmly entrenched himself in the Zags' record book, and probably the vernacular of college analysts across the country. Pangos Mania is in full effect.
By the numbers
47-43 Towson - Score over the final 30 minutes of the Michigan-Towson game, right after the Wolverines stormed out to a 21-0 lead.
It was tweeted
This really happened
Robbie Hummel, shooting free throws at 11:20 pm ET (via @cliffbruntap)