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ATR: Upsets welcome Bulldogs, Beavers …

AroundtheRimAround the Rim (ATR) this wasn’t the way Mississippi State or Oregon State imagined their season openers: Rider rode into Starkville on Friday night (the 13th no less) and rode out with an 88-74 upset of Top 25-ranked Mississippi State.  Meanwhile on the islands – actually the Duel in the Desert – the Islanders of Texas A&M CC stuck a few cactus needles in the Beavers and beat OSU 67-43.   Wake-up call anyone?  Remember, Syracuse lost a preseason home game to Le Moyne (Division II) and has since breezed past Albany and Robert Morris.

The good news?  It’s a long season.  Every team hits its bumps and takes its lumps.  Much better to be in November than February.  Consider too that Rider is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) – the same league as Siena and Niagara: two teams easily capable of making the NCAAs.  Siena is the favorite and anyone who watched the Saints last March knows how dangerous they’ll be again.  They are a projected 8-seed in our preseason bracket.  The bad news?  Oregon State plays a suspect non-conference schedule.  Other than Texas Tech, there’s little substance before the Pac-10 opener at Washington on December 31.  How the Beavers perform in league play will ultimately determine their NCAA hopes.  But they don’t want to make a habit of acquiring questionable losses – particularly by 24 points.   Then again, maybe TAM-CC will be the next Cinderella.

Thoughts from opening FridaySeton Hall needed a 28-foot three-pointer from Eugene Harvey at the buzzer to overtake St. Peters 53-51.  Pittsburgh survived Wofford 63-60 and Pac-10 favorite Washington nipped Wright State 74-69.  By the way, the Wright State Raiders are solid and should challenge Butler in the Horizon League.  BU is the heavy favorite, but WSU won’t go away quietly and an upset in the league tourney could easily open the door for the Horizon to put two teams in the Field of 65 again.   Some NCAA heavyweights start bumping into each other next week.   More to come then.   Remember to check the Schedule page for noteworthy games.  As always, send a rebound.

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