Big Ten Wonk
Friday, November 26, 2004
A venerable Thanksgiving tradition: Wonk's day-old recap in 300 words or less ....
Wednesday night....

North Carolina overwhelms overmatched Iowa, 106-92, in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. (Links
here, here, and here. ESPN's Jay Bilas raves about the Hawkeyes here.) Jeff Horner puts up another sweet line (granted, one skewed by garbage-time second-half looks): 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting (6-of-7 on his three's) and nine boards. If Horner continues anything remotely approximating his play in Maui, watch out....

With All-Wonk selection Lester Abram nursing a sore shoulder and watching from the bench, Michigan loses in overtime to Arizona, 61-60, in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT in New York. (Links here, here, and here.) The Wolverines play a surprising amount of zone in the first half--and give up 15 offensive boards to the Wildcats. Michigan big man Courtney Sims has potential but right now his footwork--on both ends of the floor--is nonexistent. (Mobile bigs like Paul Davis and James Augustine should fare well against Sims.)...

Creighton defeats Ohio State in overtime, 65-63, in the finals of the Guardians Classic in Kansas City. (Links here and here.) The Buckeyes attempt only seven free throws all night--and make only two.

Illinois dispatches Oakland, 85-54. (Links
here, here, and here.) Wonk thought the Grizzlies might at least hang in there for a half. Wonk thought wrong. Looking like the 2002 Sacramento Kings, Wonk's beloved Illini put on a ball-movement clinic: 31 field goals on 26 assists. Yikes....

Minnesota beats Furman, 84-69, in a quarterfinal game at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska. (Link here.) The Gophers never trail and shoot .566 from the field and .583 (7-of-12) on their three's against the apparently jet-lagged Paladins. Minnesota faces Alabama in a semifinal Friday night. Game preview here.

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