CBB Basketball: November 19 – Afternoon Basketball
Two very notable games starting off our day in what is a jam packed afternoon of college basketball. How could you not love days like today! Get your tv’s tuned in at work because there is a lot of good games going on.
South Dakota State v. Tulane
It likely wasn’t how coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. envisioned Tulane’s first win of the season transpiring – a nail-biter against Coastal Carolina that saw his team nearly blow a late double-digit lead. The Green Wave will look for a more impressive showing when they take on South Dakota State Monday morning to tip off the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Tulane won its game against Coastal Carolina on the strength of its 3-point shooting as the Green Wave shot 48 percent from downtown with redshirt senior Jordan Cornish’s career-high six makes leading the way. Sophomore Caleb Daniels rebounded from an ugly opening night — five points and seven turnovers — scoring 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Forward Samir Sehic recorded a double-double pitching in 15 points while leading the Green Wave with 13 rebounds.
The Jackrabbits saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they lost a back and forth battle with Florida Gulf Coast on Friday. Sophomore David Jenkins led his team in scoring for the second time this season, finishing with 29 points and five 3-pointers. South Dakota State battled foul trouble all night as three Jackrabbits fouled out – Jenkins, Mike Daum, and Tevin King – forcing coach T.J. Otzelberger to play seven players at least 20 minutes.
This very much looks like the line is on the wrong side of things as Vegas has South Dakota State favored by 8 points. Expect a high paced game with a lot of 3’s from both teams in the start of this tournament.
Illinois State v. Georgia
Georgia first-year coach Tom Crean is in the process of speeding up the pace of play for the Bulldogs, mirroring his highly successful teams at Indiana and Marquette. That process continues when Georgia plays a talented Illinois State team in the first round of the Cayman Islands Classic on Monday.
Preseason Conference Player of the Year Milik Yarbrough scored eight points over the final four minutes to help the Redbirds overcome a six-point deficit against Chicago State and finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Coach Dan Muller, however, has not been impressed with his team’s defense, especially after surrendering 62 points in the first half in a loss to Belmont. “We had a lot of bonehead mistakes and errors. We’re just not a good defensive team right now,” Muller explained. “I thought our effort was better and attitudes were better. It’s just you lose confidence when our mindset is where it’s been for the last couple weeks and you face some adversity.”
Sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds (12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds) had 15 points and seven rebounds in the win over Sam Houston as the Bulldogs overcame 4-of-22 shooting from the arc. Junior guard Tyree Crump, who started against Sam Houston after coming off the bench in the first two games, leads the team in scoring at 13 points per game and is 7-of-17 from beyond the arc. Claxton averages 11.7 points and team highs with 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 13 made free throws.
Expect this one to stay close all the way to the buzzer, expecting Georgia to pull away closer to the buzzer. Vegas has Georgia at 4.5 point favorites and as perfect as that line is, the end of the game free throws is the hopes to push this line just a tad farther.
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