By Andrew Kahn
Many of the early-season tournaments wrapped up this past weekend. Along with Duke’s win (see below), No. 17 Gonzaga won the Old Spice Classic in Orlando behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from Elias Harris, and Doug McDermott scored 29 to lead No. 14 Creighton over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Invitational final. There were also a pair of shocking upsets this weekend.
Cal Poly wins at UCLA
UCLA led by 18 in the second half but lost to Cal Poly, 70-68, on Sunday night in Pauley Pavilion. The No. 11 Bruins needed overtime to beat another team from the Big West conference earlier this season, but couldn’t put away the Mustangs at home. It was the highest-ranked team Cal Poly has ever defeated. Kyle Odister hit two free throws to break a tie with 12 seconds left, after UCLA’s Norman Powell intentionally fouled him thinking the Bruins were trailing. UCLA missed two three-pointers in the closing seconds.
Duke beats Louisville
After Christian Laettner’s famous buzzer beater in the 1992 East Regional Final, who would have thought that the next time Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino would square off would be 20 years later in the Bahamas? Duke beat Louisville, 76-71, in a battle of top-5 teams on Saturday night in the championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis. It was the first time Coach K and Pitino met since Duke beat Kentucky to advance to the ’92 Final Four. All five of Duke’s starters played between 31 and 36 minutes and scored between 14 and 16 points.
Charleston upsets Baylor
The College of Charleston earned just its second road win over a top-25 team in its history, winning 63-59 at No. 24 Baylor on Saturday. Charleston’s only other such victory came at No. 8 Georgia Tech in 1993. Baylor’s star point guard Pierre Jackson needed 21 shots to get his 21 points. The Cougars, out of the Southern conference, had balanced scoring, shot 9-of-18 from three, and out-rebounded Baylor 33-32.
Alley-Oop dunk for Syracuse
Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 18 assists and James Southerland scored a game-high 18 points for No. 6 Syracuse. Early in the first half, the two connected for a long-distance alley-oop. The 6’8” Southerland used a screen to run the baseline and catch the pass from Carter-Williams, slamming it home over Colgate’s 6’11” center John Brandenburg.
BYU puts on full court press for recruit
Jabari Parker, one of the best high school players in the country, made his official visit to BYU on Saturday. Thousands of fans in attendance wore t-shirts that read “From Chicago to Provo” in an attempt to influence the Windy City baller’s college decision. Parker, a Mormon, has listed BYU as a finalist along with Duke, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford. BYU beat Cal State Northridge 87-75.
Andrew Kahn is a contributor to CBS Local who has written for ESPN the Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. He writes about college basketball and other sports at http://andrewjkahn.com. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn.