Our quick thoughts on Monday's results:
The final score may not reflect it, but Carolina didn't look good at all against Rutgers. We'll chalk some of those struggles up to the fact that they were missing Marcus Ginyard, but the Scarlet Knights deserve some credit too. RU played some scrappy D in the second half and guard Mike Rosario (love the hair, btw) was the best player on the floor all night.
Look ahead much, Richmond? The Spiders, who face Wake Forest on Thursday, scored only 18 points in the first half and needed two late FTs to escape a poor UNC-Wilmington team at home.
It's not even January yet, but BYU's Jimmer Fredette may have already turned in the performance of the year. He put up 49 against Arizona Monday night, including nine threes, and he also chipped in with seven rebounds and nine assists. If you haven't seen the highlights yet, check them out here.
As if any more evidence was needed that the MWC is better than the Pac-10 this year, Arizona's 30-point loss (yikes) to BYU was their third loss to an MWC team this season (UNLV, SDSU).
Make it six in a row for Temple, who blew out Bowling Green at the old McGonigle Hall. The Owls have one more tune-up before top-ranked Kansas comes to town on Saturday. Upset anyone?
Speaking of upsets, Tennessee might be walking into a buzz saw against Memphis on New Year's Eve. Elliot Williams, who scored 27 in Memphis' win over IUPUI Monday night, is playing as good as any guard in the country right now. He's scored 20 or more points nine times already this season.
Nevada picked up its second straight nice OOC win by beating Portland (remember the Pilots?) by nine at home. The Wolfpack open conference play Saturday at Louisiana Tech, in a game that should clear things up a little bit in the WAC.