#11 Marquette Ascends to Maui Final

UNC, Tennessee, Indiana also defend college hoops rankings
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2007 10:58 PM CST
Marquette's Dominic James, gets a shot against Oklahoma State in the second half of a second round game in the EA Sports Maui Invitational basketball tournament in Lahaina, Hawaii, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – College basketball's no. 11-ranked Marquette will play in the EA Maui Invitational finals, after smothering Oklahoma State, 91-61. The Golden Eagles defense keyed a 13-2 opening run, after which their lead was never threatened; the team employed three and four guards at times to cut off passing lines and contest shots. In other college hoops blowouts:

  • No. 7 Tennessee trampled Middle Tennessee, 109-40, with JaJuan Smith's first 32-point game.
  • No. 8 Indiana toppled UNC Wilmington after stumbling into a ten-point deficit.
  • Tyler Hansbrough's 26 and 8 keyed a 110-64 win for no. 1 UNC over South Carolina State.