Morning Five: 11.10.09 Edition
Posted by jstevrtc on November 10th, 2009
- Opening night went pretty much as predicted in terms of winners and losers, but we did see a couple of notable events. Ohio State (16) rolled over Alcorn State 100-60 behind Evan Turner’s triple-double of 14/17/10; OSU’s only other trip-dub was in 1986 when Dennis Hopson drilled Ohio University with 27/11/10. Elsewhere, Syracuse exorcised the Le Moyne demons and put Jim Boeheim into the 800-win club by beating Albany 75-43; California was up by as many as 18, then got a little more than they wanted from a very game Murray State squad, but the 13th-ranked Bears still prevailed 75-70; and defending champs North Carolina (6) started the celebration of their 100th year of college basketball by donning throwback uniforms (with red highlights! *gasp!*) of the undefeated 1957 title team (a message being sent, there?) and spoiling Isiah Thomas’ coaching debut with Florida International by beating them 88-72. If you need more information, we’ve got detailed writeups of each game in our After the Buzzer post from last night.
- You’ve heard enough from us — Luke Winn is all over last night with his Opening Night Impressions. His points, as usual, are all right on the money, especially his concerns about Cal’s lackluster play and the “teams of November.”
- In the Syracuse win, guard Andy Rautins rolled his left ankle on an opponent’s foot and told the media afterwards, “It hurts. I rolled it pretty good.” He claimed that he would “take it day to day, see how it feels.”
- Seton Hall guard Keon Lawrence was arrested and charged with DWI and driving with a suspended license after crashing his car into another motorist while driving the wrong way just before 3 A.M. on Monday. He and his passenger were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries; although the exact value has not yet been released, his blood-alcohol level by blood testing was said to have been over the 0.08 legal limit. Despite media reports of the DWI charge and the fact that he has been suspended from the SHU team, Lawrence is denying that either of those is true.
- With their win over FIU on Monday night, North Carolina (1,985) is within three games of all-time wins leader Kentucky (1,988). Kentucky will get a chance to stretch the lead back out to four wins this Friday when they open their season against Morehead State in Lexington. If both teams stay out of the loss column until then, they would be at 1,995 to 1,992 when they meet each other at Rupp Arena on December 5th.
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