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Breakfast Buffet: Fresno State scored 39 points Wednesday night … and won

Jeff Eisenberg
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Fresno State coach Rodney Terry (US Presswire)

1. The most gouge-your-eyes-out ugly basketball game of the new season pitted Fresno State and UC Riverside on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs won 39-30 in a game that was 13-11 at halftime and 23-23 with 10 minutes to go before the visitors managed a 9-0 run to take control. Fresno State hit 11 of 39 shots and UC Riverside 12 of 49. Asked about his team's offensive woes, Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry said in an understatement, "That's going to be a work in progress with this group,"

2. Florida forward Erik Murphy's arrest after a drunken night two years ago may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. After a 10 of 10 shooting night in a victory over Wisconsin in which he showcased a more complete all-around game, Murphy told CBSSports.com that his arrest helped him refocus on what was important and rededicate himself to becoming a better student and maximizing his potential as a basketball player.

3. Speaking of Florida's victory over Wisconsin, that game highlighted issues Wisconsin will have to correct by the start of Big Ten play. The Badgers shot poorly against Florida's two-three zone, failed to defend high screens properly and struggled to adequately replace the vocal leadership, toughness and defensive ability of point guard Josh Gasser, who tore his ACL in practice earlier this month and is out for the season.

4. There's no surprise which recruiting class is No. 1 on Dave Telep's list of the 10 best since 1987. That honor goes to Michigan's Fab Five in 1991, which culturally changed basketball while leading the Wolverines to a pair of national title game appearances. More interesting is where Telep has the past few Kentucky classes. Last year's group highlighted by Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is No. 3, the John Wall-DeMarcus Cousins class is No. 5 and next year's star-studded group is No. 7 even though John Calipari may yet add to it.

5. Creighton got only five points from Doug McDermott, spotted UAB a 10-point lead early in the second half ... and still won by 17. Josh Jones scored 10 straight points and to tie the game at 45 and had all 18 of his points in the second half, igniting a comeback that carried Creighton to a 77-60 win over the Blazers. McDermott's quiet night ended a streak of 37 straight games in double figures, but it also showed the Bluejays have other weapons.

If Keith Appling was the best player in Michigan State's victory over Kansas on Tuesday night, Kansas freshman Jamari Traylor was the most fun to watch. The above video shows Traylor's put-back slam from the final minute of the first half. He also had an even more spectacular block that has yet to surface on YouTube.

"We were pretty consistent at not being good tonight." — Saint Louis interim coach Jim Crews on the Billikens' surprising 74-62 home loss to Santa Clara. The team is still without point guard and senior leader Kwamain Mitchell, but that's not a sufficient excuse for being thoroughly dominated at home by a Santa Clara team that is much improved yet is still coming off an 0-16 season in the WCC. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Akron vs. Oklahoma State, 10:30 a.m. EST

• Dayton vs. Colorado, 12:30 p.m. EST

• NC State vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. EST

• Alabama vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m. EST

• Saint Mary's at Utah State, 9 p.m. EST

• Villanova vs. Purdue, 9:30 p.m. EST

• UTEP at Arizona, 10 p.m. EST

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