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College Basketball commentary with Seth Davis

  • 10:27 AM ET  11.24

Here's your Tuesday morning box score roundup. I read 'em so you don't have to:

•   Texas 85, Iowa 60: Longhorns shot 55.6 percent from the field but eight for 26 from three-point range. J'Covan Brown was 0-5 from behind the arc. Damion James and Dexter Pittman pulled down 12 and eight rebounds, respectively, to help UT win battle of the boards 39-26. Anthony Tucker and Cully Payne were a combined five for 25 from the field for Iowa, which fell to 1-3. Gonna be a looooong year in Iowa City.

•    Purdue 73, Tennessee 72: Best player on the floor was UT's Wayne Chism (24 points, six rebounds, 7-7 from the foul line) but his missed three at the buzzer allowed Boilers to escape. Teams were combined seven for 27 from three-point range. For Purdue: Robbie Hummel 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, 1-6 3fg. E'Twaun Moore 22 pts, 8-16 fg, three assists. Freshman Kelsey Barlow had six rebounds, three points in 16 minutes off the bench. JaJuan Johnson fouled out in 18 minutes with 11 points and three rebounds.

•   North Carolina 93, Gardner-Webb 72: Grayson Fittner had 32 pts, 9-16 3fg for Runnin' Bulldogs. For Tar Heels, Deon Thompson had 22 pts in 23 minutes, Ed Davis grabbed 13 rebs in 29 minutes. Will Graves started at small forward but had just four points in 13 minutes. Interestingly, Tar Heels' box score does not include a shooting guard in the starting lineup: Graves and Marcus Ginyard both listed as G-F. Tyler Zeller 16 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Heels attempted just four three-pointers the entire game, with only make coming from walk-on Thomas Thornton in mop-up duty.

•    Cincinnati 67, Vanderbilt 58: Defense and rebounding were the story. Bearcats had ridiculous 45-27 advantage on the boards and held supposedly efficient Commodores to 27.5 percent shooting, including 5 for 19 from three-point range. Cincy was 3 for 15 from three (39.7 percent overall). Yancy Gates 16 pts, 10 rebs, four fouls in 25 minutes. Lance Stephenson eight pts on 4-10 fg (0-4 3fg). Cashmere Wright 2-13 fg. Dion Dixon 12 points, 10 rebs in 30 mins off the bench. (Why isn't he starting?) For Vandy, four players in double figures, led by Jermaine Beals' 16 points and A.J. Ogilby's 13.

•    Gonzaga 76, Colorado 72: Zags need to crank up the D. Buffs shot 53.1 percent from the field, 7-15 from three. Cory Higgins led the way with 19 points on 7-16 fg. For Gonzaga, Steven Gray had 27 points (11-14 ft) and Matt Bouldin had 21 (8-8 ft), freshman Elias Harris eight points and 10 rebounds. Lack of bench production is a concern: All five starters played 30-plus minutes (Bouldin and Gray played 38).

•    Northern Iowa 81, Boston College 69:  Important bounce-back win for Missouri Valley Conference favorites. Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 32 points (14-17 fg), Adam Koch had 14 as UNI shot 64.8 percent while committing only 5 turnovers. BC shot 48 percent but was just three for 12 from three. Corey Raji had 18 points in 28 minutes for BC.

•    DePaul 58, Saint Josephs' 51: It appears Blue Demons are better off without Dar Tucker hogging the ball. Senior guard Will Walker had 25 pts and seven rebounds. DePaul shot five for 23 from three. The Hawks only had two double-figure scorers: Darrin Govens (16) and Garrett Williamson (10).

•    UCLA 71, Pepperdine 52: Nice game for Bruins' sophomore forward Drew Gordon: 18 pts, nine rebounds in 32 minutes. James Keefe, who recently returned from injury, had just 2 points but played 31 minutes. Michael Roll had 17 pts (5-9 3fg), Malcom Lee had 13 pts. UCLA shot 54.3 percent from the field, 13-15 ft. Dynamic guard Keion Bell led Pepperdine with 22 pts.

•    Wisconsin 65, Arizona 61: Yes, it's still November: Teams were combined seven for 29 from three-point range. Arizona freshman forward Derrick Williams had 25 points despite going 13-21 from the foul line. Nic Wise had 13 pts on 3-12 fg. Jamelle Horne had 11 rebounds. Trevon Hughes filled the stat sheet for the Badgers with 24 pts, seven rebs, five steals, three assists and two blocks. Wisconsin had 14 offensive rebounds and committed just seven turnovers to Arizona's 14. Hence, the disparity in field goal attempts: Wisconsin had 61 to Arizona's 44.


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