Players with impact
Not going to be many better freshman performances on Saturday than Valparaiso's Alec Peters. Thirty points, eight boards, becoming the fifth Valpo player in 15 years to have at least two 30-point games.
Despite Youngstown State's struggles, Kendrick Perry is going to find himself in this category a bunch. On Saturday, he went for 28 points, four assists, four steals.
Other outcomes of note:
Michigan State looked as sluggish as it could look while still earning a victory, winning 67-63 over a 2-9 Oakland team that is better than its record shows. MSU is dealing with injuries still. Many maintain this team is still a Final Four hopeful -- of course it is.
Pittsburgh moved to 10-0 after beating Youngstown State. Tuesday brings a tough test against Cincinnati at Madison Square Garden.
Big 3 combines for 71 points as Miami Heat escapes Cavaliers’ rally--Miami Herald
The Cavs called timeout, but the game had swung for a final time. The teams traded three-point misses, with the difference being Bosh getting the offensive rebound at the Heat’s end. From the three-point line, James lasered a pass to Norris Cole for a layup. Another Bosh rebound at the defensive end and two Ray Allen free throws pushed the lead to 106-100.Former Cleveland State guard Gravelle Craig looks ahead; The Akron Zips do the same--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Look to Get Back on Track Against Western Carolina--Cleveland Leader
Vikings Fall To VCU In Final Seconds, 76-75--csuvikings.com
Sunday's college basketball roundup: Eastern Michigan women hit for triple digits against Detroit--The Detroit News
UDM Falls In High Scoring Affair--detroittitans.com
Michigan State survives a scare from Oakland--CollegeBasketballTalk
No. 5 Michigan State beats Oakland 67-63--Sports Illustrated
Michigan State holds off Oakland--FOX Sports Detroit
MSU Basketball: Spartans survive scare from Oakland--isportsweb
A Saturday full of thrillers--College Basketball Nation Blog
Most Interesting Battle: Raise your hand if you had a two-win Oakland squad leading Michigan State 31-30 at halftime. Anyone? Oakland kept things close as Duke Mondy (24 points, seven steals) and Travis Bader (18 points, 5-for-20) tried to lead their squad to a major upset, though the Spartans ultimately won 67-63.No. 5 Michigan State survives pesky Oakland to survive upset--USA Today
I think this game should be a warning to every high major. With players headed home for the holidays soon and enjoying some rare downtime after fall classes, teams can be vulnerable.
I don't think Michigan State realized it was in a game until the second half. And it nearly cost the Spartans. But Gary Harris missed the contest, and that clearly made a difference.
But the bigger point is that December can be dangerous. Not many easy games at this level. Saturday's battle between Michigan State and Oakland in Auburn Hills proved as much.
Appling, Michigan State stave off pesky Oakland--CBS Sports
Spartans 67, Grizzlies 63: Why Michigan State won on Saturday--The Detroit Free Press
PHOTOS: Oakland can't pull upset of No. 5 Michigan State--Grizzlies Den
Videos from Oakland's loss at The Palace--Grizzlies Den
Oakland (2-9) vs. Illinois State (5-4)--Grizz Gang
MONDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND FALLS AT MICHIGAN STATE 80-62--ougrizzlies.com
Women's basketball: UWGB falters down the stretch vs. Wichita State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Tripped Up by Wichita State, 63-58--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Marquette dominates inside to knock off UW-Milwaukee--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Cold Shooting Helps Send Marquette Past Milwaukee--uwmpanthers.com
Game Recap: Valpo Mounts Comeback over Loyola Marymount--Mid-Major Madness
Miami hands Wright State fourth straight loss--Dayton Daily News
Hopkins ‘solid’ in first game in Wright State uniform--Dayton Daily News
Wright State (5-6) Squares Off with Miami (OH) (1-5)--Rowdy Review
Wright State Edged by Miami (OH) 59-56--Rowdy Review
Wright State (5-7) Takes On Eastern Illinois (3-6)--Rowdy Review
Men's Basketball: Raiders lose emotional rivalry contest at Miami--The Guardian
Men Drop 59-56 Decision at Miami--wsuraiders.com
Raiders bounce back, beat Musketeers--Dayton Daily News
Women Roll to 79-54 Win Over Xavier--wsuraiders.com
Youngstown State (7-5) and Bethune-Cookman (2-11) Face Off--Guin Report
Raiders Fall to RedHawks in Close Decision--Horizon League Network
WSU Gets Back On Track With Blowout Win--Horizon League Network