Early season tournaments tantalize with their meaningful matchups (played in front of a lot of empty seats), and they offer a glimpse into what we should expect over the year. A thirty-point beatdown over Texas Pan Am doesn’t tell you as much about a team as a loss to Villanova. But still, we should take these with a grain of salt. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, some teams that really struggle with challenging early season games end up making lots of deep runs in March.
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It’s almost December, and that means awards season is almost here. That being the case, the finalists for college football’s most prestigious awards, other than the Heisman Trophy, were announced Monday. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball were named finalists for Davey O’Brien Award and Doak Walker Award, respectively.
After a week of games, primarily of the cupcake blowout variety, the Big Ten is a cumulative 23-5. Can we learn anything from what we’ve seen so far? Here’s a few thoughts heading into the weekend.
Erik Murphy tied a career-high with 24 points just days after dealing with an illness, and No. 10 Florida beat 22nd-ranked Wisconsin 74-56 on Wednesday night.
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Junior Ben Brust had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 23 Wisconsin scored the first 19 points in an 87-47 rout of Southeastern Louisiana in a season opener Sunday.
UW-Oshkosh scored the game’s first seven points, but Wisconsin quickly recovered to cruise to a 96-44 exhibition victory Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. Jared Berggren scored 16 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, to pace a quintet of Badgers in double figures. Ryan Evans tallied a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman point guard George Marshall chipped in 11 points and committed only one turnover.
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