Saturday, November 22, 2008

HOKIES RUIN UNDEFEATED NON-CONFERENCE SEASON


St. Xavier of our Midwestern Keep (Musketeers, 4,000 students, Cincinnati, OH) 63, VIRGINIA TECH 62 OT

OK, it’s not like the Hokies lost to a bunch of chumps, but this is exactly the kind of game the wags will be squawking about come bubble time. The Musketeers have been to the Big Dance the last three years advancing to the Elite Eight in 2008 while winning a school record 30 games. The Musketeers are picked to win the A10 this year as well.

Oh, what actually happened, you ask?

It’s a bummer if you're a Hokie fan… Jeff Allen had his first double-double of the year with a nice symmetrical 22 points and 11 rebounds. His final basket put the Hokies up by a deuce with two seconds left to play. Then Xavier sophomore Dante Jackson hit a desperation shot from BEYOND HALF COURT at the buzzer in OVERTIME to win the game. Those God Squads, they're tough.

Apology over, let’s move on.

One final question though, doesn’t anybody GO to these games in Puerto Rico?

5 DUKE 71, Michigan (Wolverines, 41,042 students, Ann Arbor, MI) 56 - Nolan Smith scored 16 points, Kyle Singler had 15 and the Blue Devils (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) coasted to a 71-56 victory over the surprising Wolverines in the championship game Friday night.

16 MIAMI 70, Southern Miss (Golden Eagles, 16,050 students, Hattiesburg, MS) 60

VIRGINIA 69, Radford (Highlanders, 9,552 students, Radford, VA) 66 - Close call for Hoos, but freshman Landsberg looking impressive again.
MARYLAND 89, Vermont (Catamounts, 9,454 students, Burlington, VT) 74 OT – Gervis Vasquez knocked down 26 points including the three-pointer that tied the game in regulation. Evidently, the Terps decided to quite fooling around in the OT and ended up winning by 15 as they outscored Vermont 17-2.

(AP Photo/Andres Leighton and AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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