*In East Rutherford, N.J., Redick scored 41 points against Texas (No. 3 in the Scout.com Top 25 at the time) in what was advertised as The Matchup of The Season (so far) and but turned into a 31-point Blue Devils' blowout.
*A couple of hours later on the other side of the country, Morrison wasn't required to call "glass" while banking in a 3-pointer over two defenders with 2.5 seconds to go in Seattle to give the Bulldogs a come-from-behind, 64-62 victory over Oklahoma State.
So, guess the names of two of the five athletes chosen as the latest Scout.com National Players of the Week . . . way to go!
Duke and Connecticut remain 1-2 in the Scout.com Top 25 ratings, with Villanova taking advantage of losses by Texas and Boston College to join the Blue Devils, Huskies and now-No. 3 Louisville in the top four.
Here is a look at some of the week's best matchups, as well as Scout.com's updated Top 25 and the five Scout.com National Players of the Week:
Villanova at Pennsylvania: For those of you into comparing scores, you'll love this one. The Quakers lost by 13 in Cameron Indoor Stadium last week.
UAB at Minnesota: With Vincent Grier (19 points Saturday against UNLV after missing five games with a broken finger) back in the fold for the Gophers, the Big Ten is even stronger. This is a game that could impact at-large decisions during NCAA Tournament pairings weekend.
Winthrop at South Carolina: The Gamecocks didn't fare well in their last game against an in-state opponent (losing by 19 points at Clemson on Dec. 3). The Eagles haven't played since losing their first game of the season on the home floor of another team from the SEC, Alabama (60-57 on Dec. 3).
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wisconsin: In a matchup that will challenge the verbal dexterity of TV and radio play-by-play broadcasters working the game, the visitors' 6-5, 220-pound Joah Tucker is likely to hook up with the Badgers' 6-5, 205 Alando Tucker on many possessions.
Missouri State at Arkansas: The team representing the school formerly known as Southwest Missouri State has a winning margin of 24.2 points during its 6-0 start. Arkansas is 6-2 but struggled to beat winless Texas State at home last week.
Louisville at Kentucky: After dropping to 6-3 with a 26-point loss to Indiana in Indianapolis Saturday, the Wildcats need to win this one or the Lexington grumbling will get considerably more pronounced. Don't you think so?
UCLA at Michigan: The Bruins, coming off their most significant non-conference victory (over Nevada Saturday in the John R. Wooden Classic) in two-plus seasons under Ben Howland, face a team off to a 7-0 start. And three of those Wolverines' victories have come outside of Ann Arbor.
Tennessee at Texas: After a 5-0 start at home, things should get more than just a bit tougher for the Volunteers with this game in Austin and then a visit to Oklahoma City on Dec. 22 to play Oklahoma State. If Coach Bruce Pearl's team is 7-0, then it's time to get really excited in Knoxville.
Ohio State at Iowa State: The Buckeyes, with impressive victories over Virginia Tech and Saint Joseph's, might be exceeding even Thad Matta's expectations during an unbeaten start. The Cyclones have lost twice at home to teams (Iona and Fresno State) that don't appear to be nearly as good as the Buckeyes are.
Virginia Tech vs. Stanford (in Las Vegas): In a the second game of a doubleheader in the Thomas & Mack Center (UNLV hooks up with Texas Tech in the first), the Hokies take a pop at one of several Pac 10 teams off to disappointing starts. And "disappointing" is putting it mildly in describing a Cardinal squad that, considered by some as a co-favorite to win the conference, is 2-3 with losses to UC Irvine, Montana and UC Davis.
Players of the Week
(Games Dec. 4-10)
Scout.com's updated Top 25
(with previous ratings; records include games through Dec. 11)
1. (1) Duke (9-0) Next game: vs. Valparaiso (Sunday) 2. (2) Connecticut (7-0) Next game: vs. New Hampshire (Sunday) 3. (4) Louisville (5-0) Next game: vs. Chicago State (Tuesday) 4. (6) Villanova (6-0) Next game: at Pennsylvania (Tuesday) 5. (7) Ohio State (4-0) Next game: vs. Norfolk State (Monday) 6. (10) Illinois (10-0) Next game: vs. Coppin State (Sunday) 7. (11) Washington (8-0) Next game: vs. Eastern Washington (Friday) 8. (12) Gonzaga (6-2) Next game: vs. Virginia (Saturday) 9. (13) Memphis (7-1) Next game: at Mississippi (Saturday) 10. (3) Texas (8-1) Next game: vs. Tennessee (Saturday) 11. (14) Oklahoma (5-1) Next game: vs. Southern (Saturday) 12. (15) Florida (9-0) Next game: vs. Jacksonville (Sunday) 13. (16) Wisconsin (7-1) Next game: vs. North Carolina-Wilmington (Monday) 14. (17) North Carolina State (6-1) Next game: vs. North Carolina-Ashville (Wednesday) 15. (18) Michigan State (7-2) Next game: vs. Cleveland State (Friday) 16. (5) Boston College (6-2) Next game: vs. Texas Southern (Sunday) 17. (23) North Carolina (5-1) Next game: vs. Santa Clara (Saturday) 18. (21) Indiana (5-2) Next game: at Charlotte (Dec. 19) 19. (24) Wake Forest (7-1) Next game: vs. DePaul (Tuesday) 20. (ur) George Washington (7-0) Next game: vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (Saturday) 21. (ur) Michigan (7-0) Next game: vs. UCLA (Saturday) 22. (ur) UCLA (7-1) Next game: at Michigan (Saturday) 23. (9) Nevada (6-1) Next game: vs. Seattle (Tuesday) 24. (ur) Houston (4-1) Next game: at South Alabama (Saturday) 25. (ur) Maryland (7-2) Next game: vs. American (Dec. 23)
An April inductee into the USBWA Hall of Fame, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's National Basketball Expert and is also a columnist for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. He can be reached at email@example.com. Read more of Burlison's pieces at www.FrankHoops.com.