Saturday’s Den: Wrapping up the first Friday of college basketball

— Say you’re a general manager for a major league ballclub ; your team just won the World Series, 4th time in six years they’ve been in the World Series. Your life is good, right?

James Click is 44; he had worked his way up the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization from an intern position, before landing the Houston Astros’ GM job in 2020. His Astros lost the World Series last year, won the World Series this year, but was only offered a 1-year contract going forward. 

Click turned down the 1-year offer and is gone from Houston. Technically the sides “parted ways” but the reality is, Houston owner Jim Crane let him walk.

Curious to see where the Astros go from here.

Gonzaga 64, Michigan State 63
Spartans led by 12 with 16:24 left in game.
Timme had 22 points, 13 rebounds, made only 4-10 on foul line.
Michigan State shot 25% in second half.
Game was played outdoors, on a battleship in San Diego.

Michigan 88, Eastern Michigan 83
This was a fun game, had a March feel to it.
Eastern Michigan led 45-42 at halftime.
Eagles led 73-69 with 6:00 left.
Emoni Bates scored 30 points in his EMU debut.

Temple 68, Villanova 64
Owls lost their opener to Wagner; this makes up for it.
Villanova was 2-7 on arc, for the whole game.
Villanova had won its last seven games with Temple.

Cal-Irvine 69, Oregon 56
Anteaters made 12-28 on arc, led by 27 at one point.
This is a great win for the Big West Conference.
Irvine G Davis was 6-14 on the arc, 2-3 inside arc, had 0 turnovers.

San Diego State 82, BYU 75
BYU led by 10 early in second half.
Foul shots: BYU 10-16, Aztecs 26-37
San Diego State was +10 in turnovers (20-10)

West Virginia 81, Pitt 56
Mountaineers shot 62% inside arc.
West Virginia was +8 in turnovers (19-11)
Pitt hasn’t had a winning season sine 2015-16. 

North Carolina 102, Charleston 86
Visiting Cougars led 50-43 at halftime.
Foul shots: UNC 27-38, Charleston 6-9
Tar Heels shot 30-38 (78.9%) inside the arc.

Toledo 93, UAB 85
Favored UAB led 46-39 at halftime.
Toledo forced 22 turnovers, shot 58% inside arc.
Rockets were 47-17 last two years, 32-7 in MAC games.

Wisconsin 60, Stanford 50
This game was at Miller Park in Milwaukee, where the Brewers play
Badegrs were 5-20 on the arc, Stanford 1-16.
Only one Stanford player scored in double figures.

South Carolina 60, Clemson 58
Gamecocks survived 19 turnovers, 6-13 shooting on foul line.

Central Florida 68, Florida State 54
Seminoles open season with losses to Stetson, UCF.
FSU center McLeod got hurt (achilles), will miss 4-6 weeks.

Hofstra 83, Iona 78
Hofstra opens season with wins over Princeton, Iona.
Pride played only seven guys; the 7th guy played 5:00.
Iona was +11 on boards (39-28)

Wake Forest 81, Georgia 71
Wake Forest was up 19 at halftime.
Deacons shot 18-27 (66.7%) inside the arc.

Missouri 92, Penn 85
Tigers scored 97-92 points in winning their first two games.
Penn was 16-32 on arc, Mizzou 16-35.
Qualers turned ball over 19 times, Missouri 9.

Grambling 83, Colorado 74
Grambling never trailed, led 46-32 at halftime.

Fullerton 74, Pepperdine 71
Titans were +9 in turnovers (17-8)
Pepperdine shot 55.9% inside arc.
Fullerton had 16 offensive rebounds.

Author: Armadillo Sports

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