Thursday, January 3, 2008

WEDNESDAY HOOP

#1 NORTH CAROLINA 90, Kent State (Unlucky Anti-War Protestors, 28,810 students, Kent, OH) 61

The boys at ESPN have the 10-2 Kent State Golden Lancers on their Mid-Majors To Watch list. Subsequently, the suits in Connecticut were hoping for something other than another Tar Heel runaway win. They got half of their wish.

As has become the pattern, Kent State kept it close in the first half before the big blue UNC machine put the pedal down and blasted away in the second half in spite of an injury depleted lineup.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 25 points and Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson both had 17 points for the Tar Heels (14-0), who never trailed during their final nonconference tuneup before ACC play starts Sunday at No. 19 Clemson. The Heels also matched their longest winning streak under coach Roy Williams -- whose 2004-05 team won 14 straight on its way to the school's last national championship.

Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels grabs a rebound. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

BOSTON COLLEGE 81, Longwood (Bongwood, 3,787 students, Farmville, VA) 52

Tyrese “Rice, Rice Baby” Rice scored 24 points and Rakim “I May Be A Chicken, But I Ain’t Scared Of No Colonel” Sanders added 14 to lead Boston College to an 81-52 win over Longwood on Wednesday night.

Corey “Orange Rob” Raji had 11 points and Tyrelle “Whatever Happened to Tony” Blair scored 10 and grabbed six rebounds for the Eagles (10-2).

WAKE FOREST 70, Presbyterian (Blue Hose [not kidding], 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 58

MIAMI 88, Penn (Quaker Oats, 10,130 students, Philadelphia, PA) 62


Miami guard Jack McClinton, left, drives past a Penn defender during the first half of a college basketball game Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/David Adame)

MARYLAND 75, Savannah State (Whoa Savannah, I Said Whoa Savannah, I Said Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Savannah, Got To Get Back To You(s), 3,169 students, Savannah [oops, thought it was Atlanta, our bad], GA) 48

Balanced scoring and strong defense helped carry the Maryland Terrapins (8-6) to their second straight victory, a 75-48 triumph over Savannah State Wednesday night at Comcast Center.

Maryland's four primary scorers average in double figures and all reached that standard during the course of the lopsided victory. The team's two leading scorers, guard Greivis Vasquez and forward James Gist, matched each other with 13 points and six rebounds apiece.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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