Monday, December 8, 2008

SATURDAY HOOPS: DOWN GOES DUKE

Michigan (Wolverines, 41,042students, Ann Arbor, MI) 81, No. 4 DUKE 73 – Who thought playing Michigan twice in three weeks was a good idea? Evidently, the Wolverines learned something the last time around and maybe it was nothing more than hold your breath and hope the Blue Devils miss those jump shots so critical to their offense. They did and they did – Duke missed 24 of 27 three point attempts.

Michigan upset then No. 4 UCLA in a preseason tourney, only to lose the next round to the Devils. This time, at home, the Wolverines got the job done with help from DeShawn Simms career-high 28 points. Coach K’s boys had won 31 straight games against unranked nonconference opponents dating to a loss against Georgetown on Jan. 21, 2006.

No. 15 WAKE FOREST 81, Bucknell (Bisons, 3,495 students, Lewisburg, PA) 52

No. 21 MIAMI 73, Kentucky (Wildcats, 19,292 students, Lexington, KY) 67

No. 22 Davidson (Wildcats, 1,700 students, Davidson, NC) 72, N.C. STATE 67 - Stephen Curry had 44 points as No. 22 Davidson beat N.C. State. Brandon Costner had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ben McCauley added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (4-1).

GEORGIA TECH 63, Vanderbilt (Commodores, 6,532 students, Nashville, TN) 51

BOSTON COLLEGE 85, Massachusetts (Minutemen, 19,934 students, Amherst, MA) 81 OT

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images and AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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