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Here’s today’s installment of “The Breakfast Buffet”, a daily column that can be found here every single morning getting you caught up to date on everything that’s happened from the day/night before and everything that’s going to happen in the next 24 hours.
Things To Sample
Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. stole the show against UCLA
This is not the same player that we previously saw play for Texas Tech. Well embedded moles in Champaign raved throughout the summer about Shannon’s obsessive work ethic. He reaped the fruits of his labor in Friday’s 79-70 win over UCLA in the first round of the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas. The 6-6 lefty torched the Bruins for 29 points and 10 rebounds while shooting an unfathomable 9-13 from the field and 8-9 from three-point range. Shannon averaged just 9.8 points last season in Lubbock. The Illini will play Virginia on Sunday in Sin City in the title game of the event.
Indiana looked the part against Xavier
There were many who wondered if the Hoosiers were simply the favorites in the Big Ten by default because they returned so many players from last season’s team that reached the NCAA Tournament. Those questions have been answered. Indiana’s 81-79 win over Xavier on Friday night at the Cintas Center was a statement victory for Mike Woodson’s squad in one of the best games that we’ve seen this season. The Hoosiers have depth, experience, and a star in All-American big man Trayce Jackson-Davis, who went for 30 points and six rebounds while shooting 13-16 from the field. Also: Keep an eye on Indiana freshman Malik Reneau. The 6-9 forward came off the bench to tally 12 points and six rebounds; Reneau was also on the floor in crunch time. Remember the name.
A big doubleheader at Mohegan Sun
The Hall of Fame Tip-Off is always one of the best early season tournaments in college basketball. This year is no different. Today’s doubleheader at Mohegan Sun features four quality teams and two quality matchups as Saint Louis faces Maryland and Miami plays Providence. Three of the four teams are currently ranked in the ROTHSTEIN 45 with the Terps being the lone exception. The winners and losers will play tomorrow. These two games are exceptionally critical for the Billikens — who beat Memphis earlier in the week — because they won’t have as many opportunities as the other three teams to play quality opponents. Following this weekend, Saint Louis will have just one other game against a power conference opponent as it travels to Auburn on Nov. 27th. Travis Ford’s squad has to get mileage out of the next two days if it wants to put itself in position to earn an at-large bid to the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
On The Side
- Through three games, Purdue’s Zach Edey is averaging 29.3 minutes — he averaged 19 minutes a year ago. The results have followed with a higher usage rate. The 7-4 big man is averaging 20.7 points and 13.7 rebounds. Edey averaged 14 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.
- Virginia is currently shooting 51.6 percent from three-point range. It shot 32.3 percent from long distance a year ago. The Cavaliers were 9-14 from three-point range in Friday night’s win over Baylor in Las Vegas.
- Marquette (3-1) currently has six players on its roster averaging between seven and 15.3 points. Kam Jones (11.3 points) — who many thought would emerge as this team’s top option — is currently the Golden Eagles’ fourth leading scorer. Balance is a real thing in Milwaukee.
- Arizona State freshman Austin Nunez to starting to emerge. The 6-2 guard averaged 12.5 points in two games this week at the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center and scored 15 in Thursday night’s 87-62 win over Michigan in the title game.
- The best mid-major game today in college basketball is in Moraga as Saint Mary’s (4-0) hosts Hofstra (4-0) in a battle of undefeated teams. The Gaels’ four wins have come by an average of 20.5 points.
- Robert Morris at Dayton
- Saint Louis/Maryland (Mohegan Sun)
- Miami/Providence (Mohegan Sun)
- New Mexico State at New Mexico
- Hofstra at Saint Mary’s
- The Breakfast Buffet: Zach Edey vs. Duke’s big men, UConn/Iowa State, Saint Louis travels to Auburn
- The Breakfast Buffet: T.J. Otzelberger, Jeremy Roach, UConn looks the part
- The Breakfast Buffet: Duke and UNC step up a weight class in PK85, Kansas/Tennessee, Villanova
- The Breakfast Buffet: UConn/Oregon, Oumar Ballo, Brandon Miller
- The Breakfast Buffet: Bill Self returns, Arkansas, Courtney Ramey