Tuesday, November 14, 2006

More Blood is Spilt

Vermont 77, #14 Boston College 63
The first real big upset of the season, and one with a lot of implications. First, another poor performance by Boston College against lesser opposition. They have a tendency when playing teams from tiny conferences to assume that just showing up will be enough to walk away with the win. Eventually they're going to learn that even schools from the America East conference can be dangerous. And speaking of the America East, this win already puts Vermont and Albany on course for an excellent conference race. Remember, Albany already has a solid victory over Bucknell. Could the America East possibly get two tournament teams for the first time ever? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. But it's definitely going to be a good year for the conference.

#17 Marquette 59, Idaho State 56, OT
Another poor performance by the Big East, and a second poor performance by Marquette. I honestly don't understand why so many people have Marquette ranked so high. They have a lot of talented young players, but they just don't have the core or the experience to be a serious contender this year. Next year they most likely will be a top team in the Big East, but for now they should be dropped out of the top 25 (although they probably won't until they actually lose a game).

Utah Valley State 74, Montana 57
A ghastly performance by the Grizz. Looking at the stats, there was no part of the game where they really got dominated. They just got beaten a little bit in every way. This really opens the door for Northern Arizona:

Northern Arizona 75, Arizona State 71

Very good win for Northern Arizona. I might have to move them into my next BP65. Let's see if they can keep this up and steal the conference from Montana.

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