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Quick Takes: Michigan, SDSU impress; Iowa makes statement

Dave2015On a day when Oregon and Gonzaga needed overtime in the Bahamas, two of the most impressive performances on Thanksgiving arrived via Michigan and San Diego State.  The Wolverines thumped North Carolina (a late UNC push made the final score deceiving), and SDSU throttled Creighton.  If you haven’t yet tuned in the Aztecs, it’s time.  Their earlier road win at BYU is looking better all the time, too.

For what it’s worth … Michigan looks like a major player in the Big Ten race – and San Diego State looks like a strong challenger to Utah State in the Mountain West.

Let’s also not overlook Iowa’s surprising victory over Texas Tech in Las Vegas.  Moving forward, we’ll see whether that result tells us more about the Hawkeyes or the re-tooling Red Raiders. 

Additional Quick Takes … 

  • Iowa’s victory may also tell us something more about DePaul.  While it’s always hard to fully measure single-game results, the Blue Demons waxed the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on November 11.  They visit Minnesota today.
  • Arizona escaped Pepperdine thanks to Nico Mannion’s heroics; the proverbial early-season ups and downs almost turned into a major downer for the Wildcats.
  • Quietly, Memphis ran past NC State in Brooklyn.  The Tigers are holding their own without James Wiseman.
  • Maryland outlasted Temple.  Keep an eye on the Owls in American play.
  • Iowa State regrouped to take out Alabama in Atlantis; a needed rebound.
  • As for Alabama, the Crimson Tide are facing a massive uphill climb after a 2-4 start. A trip to Penn State – and maybe a home date with Richmond – are the only resumes stabilizers left before SEC play.
  • We can say much the same for Davidson. The Wildcats may be fine when Atlantic 10 play rolls around, but it’s going to take a strong run to get back in the at-large conversation.
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