Happy Wednesday everybody!
Welcome back to The Morning Fast Break. There’s plenty to dish out here, so let’s get right to it, shall we?
Golden Eagles pull off an upset! (Anonymous Eagle)
Thanks to Amani Wilborn’s layup with 13 seconds left, the Golden Eagles dropped #22 Oregon State on Tuesday night, 74-73. Marquette moves to 4-0 on the season, but more importantly, they move to 2-0 against ranked teams, and yes, both of those W’s came in a four day span.
Player power rankings arrive (Banners on the Parkway)
Welcome back to another year of the Xavier power rankings! The polls and stuff are out, but what do those really matter in November? No, there's only one ranked list that means anything right now, and we have it right here. By way of a quick reminder, these rankings are semi-subjective and based both on who is playing well right now and who has established a body of work over the course of the season.
Hoyas get badgered (Casual Hoya)
Luke Wilson's appearance at the semifinal of the Maui Invitational between Georgetown and Wisconsin probably was the bright spot of the Badgers' 73-57 physical and tactical beatdown of the Hoyas Tuesday night. Wisconsin grabbed 29 more rebounds than Georgetown, including plus-19 on the offensive glass, which the Badgers turned into an 18-point second-chance point advantage over the out-hustled and hapless Hoyas.
A storm is brewing at sea (Rumble in the Garden)
This week, St. John’s gets to enjoy some sun, sand and playing top programs in a small ballroom as they trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis over Thanksgiving, held in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort in a ballroom that seats around 3,900 people. This, of course, is another chance at a big test for St. John’s. The competition includes three ranked teams in Louisville (10 in the AP poll), Baylor (20 in AP) and Michigan State (24 in AP); Wichita State is also receiving votes in the poll.
After a weekend trip to the Charleston Classic, the No. 2 Wildcats bring more than a tournament title back with them to Villanova. On Wednesday, the defending national champions will host College of Charleston in the Wildcats’ first home game in 12 days Villanova enters the game with a 5-0 record, while College of Charleston sits a 3-2. The Cougars go into Wednesday’s tilt on a two-game skid with those two losses (UCF and Wake Forest) against the two teams that the Wildcats most recently defeated. Here are three key things to keep an eye on as Villanova looks to maintain its perfect start.