Minnesota 72, #8 NORTH CAROLINA 67 – And just like that the Heels reverted to 2009-10 form with terrible three-point shooting and not much defense. Freshmen phenom Harrison Barnes had one of those games that early freshman have – he disappeared all together failing to make even one of his 12 shots from the field. The Gophers Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points, Ralph Sampson III and Trevor Mbakwe created havoc all over the court. Coach Tubby “Former Apple of UVA’s Eye” Smith said this was just “another game” but, at the buzzer, his team mobbed each other in front of the bench and danced around in a circle to celebrate the win.
CLEMSON 69, Long Beach State 55 – Tanner Smith matched his career high with 17 points and Clemson never trailed in a 69-55 win over Long Beach State on Friday in the Paradise Jam. The Tigers (3-0) will play Old Dominion in the second round and the 49ers (1-2) will play Saint Peter's.
Clemson, which hit 24 of 48 field goals, has shot 50 percent or better in three straight games to open the season.
Illinois 80, MARYLAND 76 – Illinois The Illini rebounded from an overtime semifinal loss to Texas to knock off the Terps. Demetri McCamey, D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey all hit three 3-pointers and the Illini, who came into the game shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range, finished 10 for 19 (52.6 percent) from behind the arc. Game over.
MIAMI 88, North Carolina Central 65 – Freshman Rion Brown scored 17 points as Miami took an 88-65 victory over North Carolina Central on Friday night. The Hurricanes (2-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season at No. 19 Memphis on Monday, never trailed and broke the game open with 12 unanswered points early in the second half.
GEORGIA TECH 77, Niagara 51 – Brian Oliver scored 15 of his 17 points in the opening half to lead Georgia Tech (3-1) to a rout of outmanned Niagara (0-2) on Friday night. Mfon Udofia had 13 points, Iman Shumpert had 12 and Glen Rice added 10 for Tech.