OK, so there are the headline upsets of this past weekend, like Santa Clara
over North Carolina
. But here are some other first-weekend results that stick out from the thicket.Long Island over Lehigh, 66-56 (story) - Patriot League defending champs give Penn State a game on Friday, play dead for the tiny Northeast Conference's ashtray two days later.Holy Cross over Boston University, 58-48 (story) - Patriot middleton takes out a fogbound America East contender in their own building. Lafayette over Duquesne, 85-71 - Expectations were increased for the Dukes after a three-win improvement and a conference tournament first round victory, but even the beat writers are convinced it can't get worse than this, a loss to a team that's likely to spend the season propped up by Army and Navy at the bottom of the Patriot League.Loyola Marymount over Monmouth, 83-70 (story) - Jet lag? A team that looks like a lock for the NEC Dance ticket gets destroyed out in California by a team that looks to plod through the West Coast Conference's second division.
And then there's the C-USA's Saint Louis, who's running into a few problems at the Paradise Jam, thanks to Austin Peay and Eastern Michigan.
(A special thanks-and-bless-you to the four or five of you who wrote in to ask if I was dead/decapitated/otherwise unable to file Dribblings over the weekend. Your humble proprietor was out for a run, is all.)
The 100 Games Project This Week (tentative):
Tue 11/23: Maryland-Baltimore County at Villanova
Fri 11/26: Clemson at Boston College
Sat 11/27: Northeastern at Harvard