DAILY DISH: Davidson upsets Kansas, Xavier suffers from suspensions in blowout loss to Oral Roberts

By: Kels Dayton

  • The week before Christmas isn’t usually the most wonderful time of the year for upsets in college hoops, but there was something in the air this week. It started on Monday when, surged by junior guard Nik Cochran, Davidson shocked Kansas, 80-74, in Kansas City, exacting some measure of revenge on the Jayhawks for their Elite Eight loss in 2008. Cochran scored 21 points on just six field goal attempts (he went 5-6, including 4-5 from three-point range), and drained a long three with just over a minute to go to seal the game for the Wildcats. Davidson is now 7-3 with wins over Kansas and Richmond, and hung in with Duke and Vanderbilt in close losses. Head coach Bob McKillop deserves some credit. With or

    De'Mon Brooks and Davidson lulled Kansas to sleep in Kansas City on Monday. (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    without Davidson legend Stephen Curry, the man can coach.

  • LSU’s upset win over Marquette wasn’t quite as needle-moving, but considering how bad the Tigers have been since their thrilling run to the 2006 Final Four, it may have been just as surprising. LSU has won just 11 games in each of the past two seasons under head coach Trent Johnson, but is off to an 8-3 start and is playing much better after early losses to South Alabama and Coastal Carolina. Sophomore guard Ralston Turner led the Tigers with 21 points in the win over the No. 10 Golden Eagles, which came in front of a half-filled crowd in Baton Rouge. The lesson…as always…it’s tough to win on the road in college hoops.
  • Xavier was absolutely drilled at home by Oral Roberts, 64-42, on Sunday, in the team’s first game without suspended starters Dez Wells, Mark Lyons, and preseason All-American Tu Holloway . See, where Xavier’s administrators are from, when their players act  like retarded gangbangers, they sit them. It’s too bad for the Musketeers, who were 8-0 and had achieved the highest ranking in school history (No. 7), and were playing excellent basketball. They were absolutely humiliated by Oral Roberts on Sunday, trailing by as many as 28 points. Apparently playing defense isn’t something Xavier’s players learned when they came from wherever it is that they came from.

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