11/17: Daily Dribble

November 17th, 2006

In a battle of USCs, South Carolina got the best of Southern California in overtime last night. The Gamecocks got a Jason Kidd like 26 point, 8 rebound, 8 assist effort from Tre Kelley.. Tim Floyd though probably wasn't too worried about the loss considering he locked up top prospect OJ Mayo on Wednesday. 58-21 sounds like the score of a Patriots-Raiders game.. but its the first half spanking that Maryland gave St. John's. The Terps come into this season with less respect then they've had in a long time, but a win over Michigan State tonight and they could find themselves back in the top 25. They'll face the Spartans in the Coaches vs Cancer finals, because Drew Neitzel hit a shot near the buzzer to give MSU the win over Texas. The Maryland-MSU final will feature two top programs that are suddenly overlooked in the national eye. As inexperienced as MSU is, to have an experienced point guard like Neitzel gives them a heads up over most teams around the country. Despite the loss, the good news for Texas is that Kevin Durant is proving to be as good as advertised.. the heralded freshman is averaging 21 points, 9 boards, and almost 4 blocks per game. If you haven't seen him play, you can check him out on ESPN 2 tonight at 7 eastern.

If you're a Murray State fan.. its probably time to be worried. The Racers are 1 and 3, and the lone win was by 1 point over Belhaven College.. I dont know much about Belhaven, but apparently being a Blazer (according to their atheltics site) is a culmination of what Christ asks us to be.. I wonder if this holds true for all Blazers, like Shawn Kemp and Qyntel Woods up in Portland.. Anyways, Murray shouldn't be losing to Seattle University or struggling at home to beat a school that think its basketball team is the culmination of Christ..

One good thing about early season college basketball is that the games are nicely distributed throughout the week.. Usually Fridays just feature a few Ivy League games and some other unnoticeables. Besides the Maryland-MSU game on ESPN tonight, other top teams like Ohio State, LSU, Pitt, Alabama, and Texas are playing as well.