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Quick Takes: Gators, Sooners toast New York

Dave2015Good vibes this morning in Gainesville and Norman.  Both the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners toasted Madison Square Garden while exiting the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night in New York.  It was a particularly nice win for Florida, which had started 0-3 against the best teams on its schedule, losing to Florida State, Oklahoma (oddly enough), and Butler.  Not that a victory over West Virginia is going to move any huge swamps right now, but it gives the Gators a little momentum heading to Saturday’s showdown with Michigan State.

Additional Quick Takes:

  • Indiana has won its first two Big Ten games (Northwestern, Penn State) by a total of four points.
  • Northwestern, meanwhile, has lost its first two Big Ten games (Indiana, Michigan) by a total of four points.  A reminder that margins are often thin, folks.
  • By sneaking past the aforementioned Wildcats on Tuesday night in Evanston, Michigan is likely to be 13-0 when Penn State arrives in Ann Arbor on January 3.  Yes, that would put Big Blue in the No. 1 seed conversation come New Year’s.
  • Miami (FL) is now 0-2 in Ivy League play after falling at Penn on Tuesday, the Hurricanes, or maybe Tropical Depressions, lost to Yale last weekend.  Miami is also 0-2 vs. New Jersey, losing to both Seton Hall and Rutgers before the Ivy twines.
  • Georgia State is now 2-0 against the SEC after the Panthers upended Alabama. GSU tripped in-state rival Georgia in November. The downside, of course, are losses to Montana and Liberty.
  • Providence snuck out of Boston College with an overtime victory.  Good road win for the Friars.
  • Revisiting Oklahoma, let’s extend a few kudos to Lon Kruger. Despite losing Trae Young to the NBA, the Sooners improved to 7-1 after Tuesdays win over the Irish.  Thus far, OU has wins over Florida, Notre Dame, and a better-than-you-think Dayton team.  The Sooners’ only loss? Wisconsin (Atlantis).
  • By a margin of six points (total), Belmont swept Nashville-rival Lipscomb on Tuesday.  Both teams could represent their respective leagues in March.

Enjoy a busy Wednesday evening on the hardwood.

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