Jan. 9, 8 a.m.: Some football game in Florida overshadowed the college hoops action last night. But let’s take a quick look at what transpired last night:
Taking a step forward: Virginia Commonwealth pounded Drexel, 75-46. An unfortunate loss to Delaware is keeping VCU from keeping pace with Northeastern and George Mason atop the CAA standings. But it is a three-way race … There are at least seven Big Ten teams in the running for NCAA tournament bids. Iowa is not one of them. And Minnesota was fortunate to survive an ugly, 52-49, outcome in Iowa City.
Taking a step back: Stanford overachieved during non-conference play. The Cardinal lost a one-point setback at Washington last night. Not a crushing blow, by any means. But the Cardinal has to quickly regroup for a Saturday game in Pullman – always a tough trip … Portland State looked like the team to beat in the Big Sky. But Weber State handed Portland State a decisive 80-66 loss in Portland last night. The Big Sky race is not over.
Standout performance: Arizona State made 16 of 18 shots (88.9 percent) in the second half of a victory over Oregon State … Washington’s Jon Brockman had 19 points, including the game-winning put-back with 4.6 seconds remaining, plus 18 rebounds. … Xavier’s Derrick Brown scored 20 points, making all six of his field goal attempts and all five of his free throws in a blowout win over St. Louis.
January 9, 2009; 7:45 AM ET
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