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Night Court: Hollis Thompson hit a big shot

Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:19 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:21 am
 
By Gary Parrish

Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day:  Only two ranked teams -- No. 1 Kentucky and No. 12 Alabama -- played Thursday night, and the lower ranked of the two took a home loss on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The man responsible for the buzzer-beating 3-pointer was Georgetown's Hollis Thompson. He got the ball on the right wing and launched a deep jumper that swished with less than two seconds remaining to give the Hoyas a 57-55 win that could propel them into Sunday's Top 25 (and one). Georgetown is now 6-1 with wins over Memphis and Alabama. The lone loss came to No. 15 Kansas by four points.

Win to brag about: DePaul has a win over Texas Tech and the Blue Demons played Minnesota to the final possession. So, no, they're not great, but they're better than they've been and ... OK. Which is why Ole Miss' 70-68 win in Rosemont is worth bragging about. That it came on a last-second transition bucket from Murphy Holloway made it even better. The Rebels are 6-1. They'll add former McDonald's All-American Jelan Kendrick to the rotation next week.

Loss to hide from: There's nothing wrong with losing to Providence, I don't guess. But an SEC team can't afford to lose five of his first seven non-league games when he still has games with Ohio State, Kentucky (twice), Florida (twice) and Vanderbilt (twice). That's why South Carolina's 76-67 loss to the Friars was tough -- because the Gamecocks are now 2-5 and headed the wrong direction fast.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis was terrific in top-ranked Kentucky's 81-59 victory over St. John's. The 6-foot-10 freshman finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight of UK's school-record 18 blocks. Yep, he'll be the top pick in June's NBA Draft.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits:  D'Angelo Harrison took six 3-pointers and missed five of them in St. John's loss to Kentucky. The freshman is a 34 percent 3-point shooter, so he really shouldn't be taking six in a game. But, in fairness, just about everything the Red Storm tried inside the arc got swatted, so the bombs-away approach might've been their best option.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 0: That's how many losses Murray State still has after a 70-59 win at Western Kentucky. The Racers are 8-0.
  • 26: That's how many shots Nate Wolters took in South Dakota State's 97-93 win over IUPUI. He got 32 points on those 26 shots.
  • 48: That's how many points Harvard held Vermont to in a 55-48 win. The Crimson have held four straight teams to fewer than 50.
Three other notable results
  1. Billy Gillispie got Texas Tech above .500 with a 61-54 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
  2. Frank Martin kept Kansas State undefeated with a 69-56 win over George Washington.
  3. Gary Waters moved Cleveland State to 7-1 with a 45-43 win at Wright State.
Notes
  • Ohio State announced Thursday that LaQuinton Ross will be eligible for the second semester.
  • Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor acknowledged Thursday that the school decided to fire associate head coach Bernie Fine on Sunday after hearing a recorded conversation between Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, and one of Fine's accusers, Bobby Davis. Cantor said nobody at Syracuse heard that audio during the school's investigation into allegations against Fine in 2005. If they had, she said, Fine would've been fired then.
  • Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger announced Thursday that sophomore Calvin Newell has left the program. Newell was averaging 13 points per game through OU's first five games. He said he's been "dealing with issues" regarding his family and wants to be closer to home.

On tap: 
No. 10 Florida is at No. 4 Syracuse. No. 20 Vanderbilt is at No. 6 Louisville. No. 13 Missouri hosts Northwestern State.
Category: NCAAB
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