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NC State – Illinois 74-88
- Dennis Smith was supposed to be unleashed after his good performance in the last few games, but the holes in his game are striking and almost painful to watch, plus, he always seems bored and never does the right thing. A couple of good baskets are not enough to cover his big mistakes, with the most obvious being a foul on a 30-feet heave with the shot clock expiring.
- Malcolm Hill went on to score the three free throws and pretty much sealed the game. It was a very good game for the Fighting Illini senior, but considering Smith’s awful game overall, NC State’s 19 turnovers and the team’s terrible defense, a loss would have been a real shame.
- Illinois also had 39 points from the bench, with Leron Black (15 points and 7 rebounds) doing very well.
- It was a good game for Ted Kapita, the freshman who came in with high expectations and is now getting used to the Wolfpack’s system. He is an athletic forward-center who lives in the paint and who showed some good skills in the post and an interesting hook shot. He slowed down in the second half, like the rest of the team, but he at least tried.
- Torin Dorn was again one of the best. He tried to carry his team and on numerous occasions his three-point shots almost made it possible, but he was lacking the support of his teammates to make it happen. His performances are the only positive from this first month of the season for the Wolfpack.
Penn State – Georgia Tech 67 – 60
- Penn State’s winning tradition against ACC teams lives on. Last night, it was the third consecutive win and the seventh in ten editions of the challenge for the Nittany Lions in non conference games. Shep Gardner led with 17 points and Mike Watkins helped with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Georgia Tech led in the first half thanks to Quinton Stephens, who scored 13 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He failed to show up in the second half, just like the rest of the team, and allowed a 14-3 run that pushed his team out of the game.
- Second chance points were critical in this game. Penn State had a tough time finding openings against Georgia Tech match-up zone defense. Penn State had a bad shooting night but fought hard enough to be the first on every loose ball and offensive rebounds and forced 17 turnovers. Shooting 41% from three was not enough for the Yellow Jackets.
Iowa – Notre Dame 78-92
- Bonzie Colson is the biggest surprise for Notre Dame this season. Zach Auguste departure left Colson free to roam the paint and, despite being undersized at 6-6 as a forward-center, he proved to be a rebounding magnet, finishing with 24 points and a career high 17 rebounds. And he is not afraid to talk some trash on the court: his “get in there, girl” shout during free throws will soon be a cult.
- When it matters most, though, Notre Dame is always relying on seniors Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem. The former matched his career high with 22 points and set a new career high with 9 rebounds. The second is the real difference maker for the Fighting Irish. With almost 6 minutes left in the game, and Notre Dame lead down to 6, he went on a personal 8-0 run that put the Fighting Irish up by 14.
- Peter Jok stepped inside the Edmund P. Joyce Center after torching Memphis for 42 points. It is more than likely that the Hawkeyes will be a one man show this season, and coach Brey obviously prepared the game with the idea of containing him. He did score 15 points, but most of his shots were contested and finished 4-of-20 from the field. Iowa had to rely on freshman Jordan Bohanon, who scored a career high 23 points.
- Never underestimate the importance of the free throw line, and certainly coach Brey does not. “The foul line is an unbelievable weapon for us”, he said after the game. Notre Dame finished 30-of-33 from the charity stripe, including a perfect 12-12 for Colson. The Fighting Irish are still unbeaten this season (7-0) and are now targeting the best season start in university history (8-0), set in 2010.