Game 3: Chaminade played an impressive game, but Michigan State finally secured the win, 82-74.
That means MSU will meet UConn in the winners bracket at 4 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. Wichita State and Chaminade will open the day at 11 a.m. in the losers bracket.
The other pairings will turn on the result of UW-Virgina, tipping off at 9 tonight on ESPN2. I'll open a new post above for that one.
Final minutes: Looks like the world is balancing here, as Michigan State is finally putting some distance on host Chaminade, 68-59 with about seven minutes left.
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Halfway to history?: Halftime score: Chaminade 39, No. 2 Michigan State 39. And the Silverswords actually led most of the half, with that lead topping out at eight points.
Game three begins: The third game of the day has tipped off: No. 2 Michigan State vs. Division II Chaminade. It obviously seemed to the biggest mismatch of the day, and of the biggest imaginable. Except ... (click here).
New unis: In his travel blog on the UW website, Justin Holiday writes: "We'll be wearing our new uniforms (tonight). I actually saw the prints of them way back and we're excited about having them. The only teams we've seen wear them are the top teams like Duke, so we call them the "Duke uniforms." It is real cool to have uniforms with different designs and to know that we're getting them because we're considered an elite team."
Jones looks to UW: In the postgame press conference Terrence Jones was asked if he hopes to face Washington tomorrow and asked to describe his relationship with coach Lorenzo Romar and former Jefferson High/Portland teammates Terrence Ross and Antoine Hosely.
"I'm ready to play whoever we face in this tournament," he said. "But yeah, I do have a lot of friends on that team. Me and Coach Romar are good friends, and he's a great coach. But I'm respecting either opponent."
Kentucky wins: Kentucky built a lead to 18 points before Oklahoma came charging back into the game, pulling to within six in the final two minutes.
Terrence Jones was only dazzling: 29 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals.
However, the Wildcats finally moved into the winner's bracket, 76-64, and now awaits the Washington-Virginia winner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Game 2: Oklahoma has come charging back, cutting a Kentucky lead that was once 18 down to six. About 90 second left. If possible, get to a TV.
Pac-10 honor: Meanwhile, back on the mainland:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA’s Reeves Nelson was named Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 15-21, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The sophomore forward led UCLA to a pair of victories over Pepperdine and Pacific last week.
The Modesto, Calif., native turned in double-double performances in both games while scoring 20 or more points in both outings. He recorded 20 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in the Bruins’ 79-69 win over Pepperdine. He also added a career-tying three assists and one block in the game. Against Pacific, Nelson registered career highs in points (21) and rebounds (14) in UCLA’s win. Nelson averaged 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the week while shooting 69.2 percent from the field.
It is Nelson’s first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the 52nd weekly recognition for UCLA all-time.
The Bruins now travel to New York City to face No. 7 Villanova on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT as part of the 2010 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.
Game 2: Kentucky has led from the start and is up on Oklahoma, 42-28 at half. This game pairs with UW's bracket, so if the Huskies beat Virginia tonight, it's this winner that awaits tomorrow.
Terrence Jones looks very much like a good one who got away. He looks thicker than he did back on the day he put that UW cap on his head. If it's not quite yet an NBA-ready body, it's clearly one ready for the step up to DI. And he's looked comfortable inside and out, with game-highs in points (12) and rebounds (8).
UConn wins: Game one is in the books, and what a way to start a tournament. UConn comes from behind to beat Wichita State, 82-79.
Next up, Kentucky and Oklhoma, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
AP poll: This already strong Maui field got a boost in today's AP men's basketball rankings. Michigan State remains as No. 2, but Kentucky climbed to eighth, and UW moved all the way from 17th to 13th.
Wichita State and UConn (locked in a close game now) both got votes.
Game 1: The tournament is under way: Wichita Stae and UConn going at it in what projects as maybe the most evenly matched game of the day.
Pregame: The first game of the 2010 Maui Invitational is about to tip off, and it might project as the best game of the day: Wichita State-UConn (ESPN2). The rest of today's schedule is Oklahoma-Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2), Michigan State-Chaminade at 6:30 (ESPNU) and UW-Virginia at 9 p.m. (ESPN2).
I'll update this post throughout the day, and then open a new post for the UW game tonight.