By Dennis Berry
Brandon Paul had the game of his college career when Illinois needed him to. Paul scored 43 points in the Fighting Illini 79-74 upset of #5 Ohio State. Paul was 11-15 from the field, 8-10 from behind the arc, and 13-15 from the free throw line. He was became the 1st CBB player in the last 15 years to score 43+ on 15 or fewer FG attempts. It was a breakout game for Paul and gave Illinois a great win for its NCAA resume.
Morgan State suspended Head Coach Todd Bozeman following their 73-68 win over South Carolina State. The reason is because of a possible fight between player and coach. Bozeman is accused of hitting Larry Bastfield in the face, but both Bozeman and Bastfield say that he bumped him in the chest. Bozeman was suspended indefinitely. Morgan State is 0-2 following the suspension.
Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee finally signed his contract. The contract runs through 2017. Barbee is currently trying to rebuild the Tigers program in SEC contenders. They are currently 11-6, 1-2 in the SEC following a 69-68 double overtime win over Mississippi. Last year they went 11-20, 4-12 in the SEC.
Khem Birch decided to take his talents from Pittsburgh to UNLV. Birch is a big commitment for the UNLV program which is still in the running for some top prospects in 2012. UNLV coach Dave Rice hopes that Birch may convince Shabazz Mohammad and Anthony Bennett to attend UNLV next year.
Jamal Branch has headed to St. John's. The former Texas A&M point guard played in 11 games this year. Last year Branch was considered one of the best point guards coming out of high school.
There were a couple of great buzzer beaters in the lower level of college basketball. Check them out.
Manhattan vs Iona:
From the NAIA
Georgetown (KY) vs Lindsey Wilson (KY)
Dunk of the Week
Providence's Kadeem Batts with slam in a 90-59 win over then #14 Louisville.
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