The Morning After Recap: Thursday, November 17

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With the upset of Pittsburgh, we now have seen a pair of top ten schools fall in ugly fashion to start the year. But while Vanderbilt appears to be a team that could struggle with inconsistency all season, Pitt's loss feels much more like a minor blip on the radar than a panic scenario.

Just like most seasons, Jamie Dixon's roster in 2011-12 is disciplined, athletic and experienced against elite competition. The way things look from our vantage point is that the Panthers simply got caught by an upstart program headlined by a mid-major superstar. It happens.

The Commodores, on the other hand, seem to have stumbled on their own accord. And based on what we usually see in March, this is not a new occurrence for Kevin Stallings' team. If we had to choose between which one of these programs to 'buy-low' on right now, we'd choose Pitt in a heartbeat. The Panthers, even in a year where they have already lost to a team of Long Beach State's pedigree on their own floor, are not a team anyone should be writing off.

The local guys

  • The Badgers made quick work of Colgate, but sadly, point guard Jordan Taylor recorded his first turnover of the season. (Wisconsin State Journal)

  • An upset that might never go out of style: Head coach Don Monson and his Long Beach State 49ers downed No. 9 Pittsburgh in a shocker (Long Beach Press-Telegram

The blogosphere

  • Ken Pomeroy offers up some log5 info (advanced prediction stuff) on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off field, and how likely it is that certain schools will advance (KenPom)

  • A dangerous game for Oklahoma State as it needed OT to slow down UTSA (Big 12 Hoops)

  • More on the frustrating Long Beach defeat by SB Nation's home for Panthers sports (Cardiac Hill)

Who won it best

Long Beach State - The biggest win in program history? You betcha. Using only seven players for the majority of the game, the 49ers humbled one of the best teams, from arguably the best conference, after traveling all the way across the country to play. Can you imagine the pandemonium if LBSU had won this game back in Cali?

Who lost it worst

Utah - Moving to the Pac-12 was supposed to ensure bigger and better things. So why on Earth did the Utes get trounced by Boise freakin' State last night by 21 points? This doesn't bode well for the rest of Utah's non-con, as a handful of sneaky-good programs remain on the schedule.

MVP

Tim Frazier, Penn State - Frazier scored 20+ and dished out 10 dimes for the second straight game in a win over Hofstra. Not having Talor Battle around might not be such a bad thing for Penn State after all. His season averages, despite playing in only three of games, are quite impressive: 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 60% 3P%.

By the numbers

23 - Minutes it took for North Carolina State to finally grab a lead against Princeton. NCSU ended up edging out a 60-58 win.

It was tweeted

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This really happened

NAIA Hoops: Dunking on a seven-footer (via Ballin' is a Habit)

 

 

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