What Happened Yesterday
The LSU Tigers’ run through Maui came to a bit of a halt on Tuesday. They were promptly defeated by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as the Fighting Tigers couldn’t conjure up what they did against the Michigan Wolverines the previous night. LSU is no longer in the winners’ bracket, but hey, we do get ND-Wichita State, now.
The Alabama Crimson Tide was pushed to the limit by the UT Arlington Skyhawks. Erick Neal had the ball in his hands in the final seconds, and nearly gave the Skyhawks the win. However, the shot didn’t go down, and ‘Bama walked away with a 77-76 win. Collin Sexton, as he is to do, was pivotal down the stretch.
The Texas A&M Aggies wrapped up their stint in Brooklyn with the Legends Classic title in tow. The Aggies defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 98-87. Duane Wilson, a former Marquette Golden Eagles star, had 22 points in the victory. Robert Williams scored 21 points off the bench and was damn near unstoppable, going 10-12 from the field. Tyler Davis and Tonny Trocha-Morelos had 15 and 11, while Admon Gilder had 14. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s five players in double figures. None of which were D.J. Hogg, who had an off night, scoring seven points and went 2-10. The Aggies still won rather decisively. They’re deep and they’re legit.
|Noon||Tennessee vs. Purdue||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|8 p.m.||Stephen F. Austin vs. Mississippi State||SEC Network+/WatchESPN|
|8 p.m.||Fort Wayne vs. Kentucky||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|8 p.m.||Marquette vs. LSU||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|10 p.m.||Ole Miss vs. Rice||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
Feast Week marches on with a few more tournaments. The Maui Invitational concludes on Wednesday night, as LSU battles Marquette in the 3rd Place Game.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Volunteers begin their stint in the Battle 4 Atlantis. A tall task awaits them, literally, in the form of the Purdue Boilermakers. Matt Haarms and Isaac Haas are both 7-footers, and both have made significant impacts. There’s also Dakota Mathias, Vincent Edwards and Carsen Edwards. Purdue’s starting five is as good as they come. Rick Barnes and the Vols will certainly have their hands full.
Elsewhere, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks are 4-0 but have racked up three wins against D2 opponents. The only D1 team they beat were the Longwood Lancers, and they are one of the worst teams in the nation.
Finally, the Kentucky Wildcats meet the Fort Wayne Mastodons. The Mastodons have won three in a row against something called Defiance, the Delaware State Hornets and UIC Flames. Keep your eye on Bryson Scott. The Mastodons’ star senior has scored in double figures in each game this season, including 31 in their opener and 19 in their last contest.