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CvC Tournament Recap, CBE Preview

by David Mihm | November 20th, 2006

The Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament is in the books, with Maryland emerging as the champion. The Terps now have the non-conference resume, thanks to their early win against Vermont and gritty effort against St. John’s and Michigan State, to make the NCAA Tournament with a 9-7 ACC Record. It wouldn’t hurt for Gary Williams’ team to beat Winthrop at home tonight, and Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, however. A full recap of the CvC Tournament is here.

We’re also looking forward the CBE Classic Semifinals tonight. Marquette faces Texas Tech and Duke faces Air Force in what should be two very entertaining games. AFA is coming off a SHELLACKING of Stanford in Palo Alto and it should be a competitive contest with Duke. Full preview here.

Other key games from the weekend:

Manhattan 79, Hofstra 77
Everyone’s CAA favorite, including mine, is now 0-2 to start the year.

Wichita State 72, George Mason 66
Tough timing of this game, opposite OSU-Michigan football…looks like WSU pulled off a big road win. Is the archive on YouTube anywhere?

San Diego State 86, California 79
Saturday was a tough night for Berkeley fans, as the football team lost a trip to the Rose Bowl and the basketball team’s NCAA chances were dampened. One win in back-to-back games later this month against Kansas State and Nevada is now critical. Steve Fisher’s club is off to a 5-0 start, however.

Nebraska 73, Creighton 61
Anything can (and did) happen in an intra-state rivalry game…Nebraska’s 57% three-point percentage and 67% FG percentage offset 28 points by Nate Funk. Blue Jays are still a force to be reckoned with, however.

Arizona 102, New Mexico State 87
Nice rebound by Lute Olson’s team at home. NMSU is better than most realize.

Old Dominion 75, Georgetown 62
As I wrote in my CAA Preview, maybe this is the year for the Monarchs, now that the expectations are gone…I have a feeling they’ll come flooding back again, though, after this enormous upset.

Texas A&M 69, St. Louis 33
Great win for Billy Gillispie’s Aggies…St. Louis only shot 21% from the field, according to the Box Score. The schedule still allows for the Billikens to make the NCAA Tournament, however, with several high-quality games coming up.

Alabama 72, Iowa 60
Iowa gets a C on its first test…about what was expected from the Hawkeyes this year. Can they turn it around against Villanova in the third-place game?

Xavier 71, Villanova 66
Big-time neutral court win for the X-Men at the Paradise Jam. A win over ‘Bama in the championship would be tremendous. Villanova has nothing to hang its head about…they’ll still be right there in the Big East chase.

–Dm.

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