OHIO 74, Tennessee-Martin 65 — Excellent coming-out party in their home opener by OSU transfer Walter Offutt: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and zero turnovers. Reggie Keely might've been even better, totaling 16 points on 11 shots. D.J Cooper settled back into the starting role with 12 points and 10 assists, but going just 4-for-13 from the field remains a little disconcerting. The visiting Skyhawks faltered with 21 turnovers, and despite making their free throws were rather frigid on 3-point attempts.
Little is expected from the Ohio Valley Conference-dwelling UTM so the final score looks slightly misleading given how much the Bobcats led all game, but it always helps the psyche to start the season with a W.
And with this being the lone win of the three MAC games, here's the secret: play a state with a hyphen and modifying name.
Efficiency leaders: Offutt (16, .317/pos), Keely (14, .338/pos)
Arizona 73, Ball State 63 — Our Friend, Phil took care of the analysis on this. But there is a reason they made college basketball games 40 minutes: if they were 30 minutes, you'd see way more upsets. Pity how that works.
Georgia 63, BGSU 54 — The win wasn't there, but they did give UGA a tad of a scare on national television. The problem, yet again, was an obvious lack of perimeter shooting.
Dee Brown played primarily inside the arc, taking zero 3-point shots but still finishing with 15 points. The TV announcers, notably analyst Stephen Bardo, talked up Scott Thomas and he had one of his not-gonna-complain nights: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals. Yet it was Brown who led a near-comeback in the end with 11 points in the last eight minutes and A'uston Calhoun provided the rebounding (11 overall, 6 offensive).
On the whole the Falcons rebounded excellently, only giving Georgia four extra chances and hauling down 15 on their own glass. Georgia is going to have a down year in the SEC but it was refreshing to see BG play hard away from home and play through the end.
Efficiency leaders: Brown (13, .256/pos), Thomas (10, .163/pos)
MAC women's basketball:
Toledo 61, Dayton 51 — It was a shock to the chakras when defending MAC champs Bowling Green had no real answer for the Flyers. Was UD a rising star in the women's game? I looked it up; hey, they're pretty decent, but maybe the Falcons just have a ways to go to replace those seniors. Turning right around, Dayton was handled well by the "WNIT Champs, Baby!" in their debut. There wasn't a ton of awesome shooting in the game but UT did a bit better on defense, keeping Dayton to just 13 halftime points. Naama Shafir finished with 16 points on 10 shots, five assists and four steals; Andola Dortch led all scorers with 17, to go with seven boards and four steals.
Morehead State 62, OHIO 57 — Fun little game here for you junkies. Neither team led by more than six points in the second half. Tenishia Benson topped the Lady Bobcats with 18 points and eight boards.
Kansas 76, WMU 64
Wright State 74, Ball State 55
Loyola-Chicago 73, NIU 42
Today's men's games:
7 p.m. — Milwaukee at NIU
Today's women's games:
7 p.m. — Buffalo at Duquesne
7 p.m. — Marygrove College (NAIA) at EMU