Since Friday was a full slate of games, and we're just checking in now, we missed a lot.
Or did we? In a night where many BCS-conference teams were put on upset alert, the big boys were able to handle themselves with dignity and avoid any early season blunder.
- After College of Charleston (the presumed second best team in the Southern Conference) scared Maryland, we all were certain that Wofford (the presumed best team in the SoCon) would earn a victory against Minnesota. Not so. The Golden Gophers controlled the pace and score of the game from start to finish, even without Devoe Joseph. Way too early season prediction: Minnesota and Northwestern fight for 6th place in the Big 10, and final at-large NCAA Tournament bid.
- Last season, Old Dominion upset Georgetown. This season, the Hoyas prevented a repeat. Down six at halftime, the Hoyas prevailed late with a 13-2 run fueled by Austin Freeman, who finished with 17 points. While John Thompson III's squad has a short rotation that will cripple them during the rigorous Big East schedule, they're 1-0 for now, the best they can be at this point.
- Temple is the favorite to win the Atlantic 10, and they affirmed that with a victory against Seton Hall. The Owls won, convincely, holding the rapid-fire Jemery Hazell to 17 points on 6-15 shooting. Overall the Pirates shot a dismal 30 percent, so expect Fran Dunphy to win games on the defensive end, with Lavoy Allen and Juan Fernandez carrying the load on offense.
- Super frosh Jelan Kendrick has left Memphis. After revealing himself as a problem child, the marriage between the Tigers and a McDonalds All-American from Atlanta is over. The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Dan Wolken says it's for the better. Despite no criminal or adademic issues, the kid just has to grow up and stop pissing people off. No word on where Kendrick will land, but he can certainly help a team if he eliminates his off-court antics.
- The closet incident of an upset? It happened down in Athens, Georgia, as the Bulldogs (our 7th most intriguing team) nearly blew it against Mississippi Valley State (our 23rd most intriguing team). Sans Trey Thompkins, Georgia needed eight points from Jeremy Price in the final 50 seconds to seal the victory. The Delta Devlis kept it close by shooting 10-17 from beyond the arc. Despite the victory, Georgia head coach put it best: "I thought we really got outplayed tonight."
- Austin Rivers twitter account was hacked! The prized jewel of Duke's 2011 recruiting class appeared to bash Indiana head coach Tom
CremeCrean, in defense of his brother Jeremiah, only to rebuke and exclaim the words came from someone else.