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Editor's note: This edition is for games played from Monday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 29.
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Purdue was all smiles after a one-point win over UT.
• Purdue: The Boilermakers won the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands with a thrilling one-point win over Tennessee that came down to the last shot. Purdue is the clear challenger to Michigan State in the Big Ten and has the real look of a team that could get to the Final Four.• Northwestern: John Shurna beat out Notre Dame's Luke Harangody and Iowa State's Craig Brackins for MVP of the Chicago Invitational. That alone says quite a bit about Shurna's play of late. But more importantly, the Wildcats were left for dead after losing Kevin Coble to a season-ending foot injury and then looked awful in a loss to Butler. But beating Notre Dame and Iowa State on consecutive nights means the Wildcats are still very much alive for a first-ever NCAA tourney bid. • Duke: The NIT Season Tip-Off field was weak overall, but the Blue Devils still did what it took to knock off Connecticut and win a title at Madison Square Garden. It was sweet revenge after suffering four straight losses to the Huskies. • William & Mary: The team that pushed Connecticut in the season opener did more than push Wake Forest on Saturday. The Tribe nearly led from start to finish and won 78-68 in Winston-Salem, becoming the first opponent to ever win a November game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, which opened in 1989. William & Mary now has a four-game win streak, which began with a win over Richmond that looks more impressive by the day.
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It seems nothing has gone right for Oklahoma so far this season.
Blake Griffin, please return to Norman: Oklahoma is clearly floundering trying to figure out how to deal with the post-Griffin era. The Sooners, an Elite Eight team last season, have already lost to VCU, San Diego and Houston. The Cougars and former Texas coach Tom Penders hung a hundred on them.Trouble at home: Things aren't well in Laramie. Wyoming has already lost to South Dakota State, Monmouth and Hampton at the Double A. Ouch. Trouble away from home: Creighton was supposed to challenge for the Missouri Valley title once again, and it still might. But the Bluejays are off to a 2-4 start after dropping all three games at the Old Spice Classic, including a disheartening eight-point loss to Iona on Sunday. POTUS and FLOTUS had better show more often: Oregon State struggled out of the gate with losses to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Sacramento State. But President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama show up at the Smith Center on Saturday and suddenly the Beavers pull off a much-needed road win at George Washington. Smackdown of the week: There is no second place. Portland's 27-point rout of UCLA, the most lopsided loss of the Ben Howland era, was a pounding from start to finish. Not expected (Pac-10 edition): In addition to UCLA's losses to Portland and Long Beach State, how about Montana beating Oregon by 13 in Eugene and then pushing league favorite Washington to the final seconds in Seattle? Or Stanford taking Kentucky to overtime in the Cancun Challenge? Two more shout-outs: Florida State didn't quite make the cut because of a blowout loss at Florida early in the week, but rebounding to win the Old Spice Classic was quite a feat for the Seminoles. As was getting to that tourney's title game for Marquette, which was supposed to be rebuilding but showed no signs of that in wins over Xavier and Michigan. Say hello to Cincinnati: The Bearcats will be around all season long to take your questions on being a Big East title contender. They looked quite impressive in wins over Vanderbilt and Maryland en route to a close loss to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational. Best recovery: Texas losing Varez Ward to a season-ending quad injury sustained during warm-ups, getting down to Pitt and then coming back to win by double figures in the CBE championship in Kansas City. Biggest surprise so far: Arizona State's ability to score. Herb Sendek's Sun Devils are averaging 75 points a game, Derek Glasser is scoring 13.2 (24 against LSU) and the Sun Devils look like a legit top-five contender in the Pac-10. Who had that?
7 p.m.: Wake Forest at Purdue (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Michigan St. at North Carolina (ESPN)
7:15 p.m.: Illinois at Clemson (ESPN)
7:15 p.m.: Minnesota at Miami (ESPNU)
9 p.m.: Cal at New Mexico (CBS-CS)
9 p.m.: Washington St. at Gonzaga (FSN)
9:15 p.m.: Duke at Wisconsin (ESPN)
9:30 p.m.: Florida St. at Ohio St. (ESPN2)
7 p.m.: Washington at Texas Tech (ESPN2)
9 p.m.: USC at Texas (ESPN2)
12:30 p.m.: North Carolina at Kentucky (CBS)
3:30 p.m.: St. John's at Duke (ESPN2)
5:30 p.m.: Kansas at UCLA (FSN)
7:30 p.m.: Villanova vs. Maryland (FSN)