76 Classic 2011: St. Louis Captures Tournament Title

The Billikens improved to 6-0 on the season.

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76 Classic, St. Louis Vs. Oklahoma: Brian Conklin Leads Billikens To 83-63 Rout Of Sooners, Tournament Title

Brian Conklin scored 25 points to lead the St. Louis Billikens over the Oklahoma Sooners 83-63 on Sunday night in the tournament final of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center. St. Louis shot a blistering 58.0% from the field, winning their third game in four days to capture the tournament title.

Conklin scored 52 points in the three-game tournament and was named the 76 Classic Most Outstanding Player.

Cody Ellis added 16 points for the Billikens, who improved to 6-0 on the season. Ellis made six of his eight field goal attempts, including four of five from beyond the arc. Kwamain Mitchell was the other St. Louis player in double figures with 10 points.

The Billikens took a 39-30 lead into the break, and pulled away in the second half for the 20-point final margin. St. Louis made nine of its 18 three-points attempts.

Oklahoma was held to 39.7% shooting (25 of 63) from the field. Cameron Clark and Romero Osby each scored 14 points to lead the Sooners. Head coach Lon Kruger was trying to win his second straight 76 Classic, having won the 2010 tournament as coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

76 Classic Tournament Winners

  • 2011: St. Louis
  • 2010: UNLV
  • 2009: West Virginia
  • 2008: Wake Forest
  • 2007: USC
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76 Classic 2011: Santa Clara Takes Third Place, UC Riverside Upsets Washington State

The tournament final of the 76 Classic college basketball tournament is currently being contested by the Saint Louis Billikens and Oklahoma Sooners, but the undercard on Sunday provided three entertaining games at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Santa Clara Broncos upset the Villanova Wildcats 65-64 to capture third place in the eight-team Thanksgiving weekend tournament.

Evan Roguemore hit a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining in the game to cap a 10-0 for Santa Clara to give the West Coast Conference particpant their second win in three games in the four-day tournament. Roguemore dished out nine assists to go with his 15 points. Raymond Cowels III led Santa Clara with 20 points, including six three-pointers.

In earlier action on the consolation side of the bracket, Phil Martin scored 14 points to lead the UC Riverside Highlanders to a 64-63 upset win over the Washington State Cougars. Washington State finished the 76 Classic with three losses in four days, and is one of several struggling teams in the Pac-12 Conference. So far this season, Pac-12 teams are 8-17 in neutral site games and 4-5 in road games.

Also on the consolation side of the bracket, the New Mexico Lobos got off to a fast start with a 41-26 halftime lead, and beat the Boston College Eagles 75-57.

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76 Classic 2011 Tournament Final: Oklahoma Vs. St. Louis Game Time, Bracket, TV Schedule

Head coach Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma Sooners look to win the 76 Classic basketball tournament on Sunday night, facing Rick Majerus and the Saint Louis Billikens in the tournament final at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Thanksgiving tournament concludes on Sunday with three undercards before the main event of Oklahoma vs. Saint Louis. Here are the relevant details of Sunday's games:

Location: Anaheim Convention Center

Announcers: Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham

Game 9 (consolation bracket): Washington St. Cougars (0-2 in the tournament) vs. UC Riverside Highlanders (0-2), 10:30 a.m. no TV

Game 10 (consolation bracket): New Mexico Lobos (1-1) vs. Boston College Eagles (1-1), 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

Game 11 (third place game): Santa Clara Broncos (1-1) vs. Villanova Wildcats (1-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Game 12 (tournament final): Oklahoma (2-0) vs. Saint Louis (2-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Kruger won the 2010 76 Classic tournament as head coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. This is his first year with Oklahoma. The Sooners beat Washington State 74-59 in the quarterfinals and beat Santa Clara 85-73 in the semifinals on Friday. Saint Louis beat Boston College 62-51 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, then bested Villanova 80-68 on Friday.

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76 Classic Tournament Semifinals 2011, Oklahoma Vs. Santa Clara: Sooners Advance To Final With 85-73 Win

Steven Pledger scored 26 points to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to an 85-73 win over the Santa Clara Broncos in the semifinal round of the 76 Classic college basketball tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. Oklahoma will advance to play the Saint Louis Billikens for the tournament championship on Sunday night.

The Sooners had four players in double figures, with Sam Grooms (12 points), Andrew Fitzgerald (12 points), and Cameron Clark (11 points) joining Pledger. Oklahoma shot 46.7% (28 for 60) from the field.

Evan Roguemore led the Broncos with 27 points, making seven of his 11 three-point attempts. Kevin Foster added 19 points for Santa Clara in defeat. The Broncos will battle the Villanova Wildcats for third place in the tournament at 3:30 p.m. PST on Sunday afternoon, in a game televised by ESPNU.

Sooners head coach Lon Kruger won the 76 Classic in 2010 with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, and looks to make it back-to-back in his first season in Oklahoma. The championship game, featuring Oklahoma and St. Louis, will be played at 6 p.m. PST Sunday night, and will be televised by ESPN2.

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2011 76 Classic Consolation Bracket, New Mexico Vs. Washington State: Lobos Top Cougars 72-62

Tony Snell scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds, leading the New Mexico Lobos to a 72-62 win over the Washington State Cougars in the consolation bracket of the 76 Classic college basketball tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday night.

New Mexico opened the game on runs of 13-2 and 26-9, and never looked back. The Lobos made nine of 19 three-point attempts (47.4%) on the night, and scored 20 points off 18 turnovers from Washington State. Kendall Williams chipped in with 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Lobos.

Faisal Aden led the Cougars with 25 points and grabbed four rebounds. Brock Motum was the only other Washington State player in double figures with 10 points.

The Pac-12 has struggled mightily this season, including the Cougars losing their first two games in the 76 Classic. So far this season, the conference is just 7-14 in neutral site games and are 3-5 in road games. The Pac-12 is combined 0-7 against Associated Press top 25 teams this year.

New Mexico will move on to face Boston College Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PST on ESPNU. Washington State will battle UC Riverside Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. PST.

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76 Classic Consolation Bracket: Boston College Tops UC Riverside 66-62 In Overtime

The UC Riverside Highlanders nearly pulled off an upset on Saturday but ultimately fell just short, losing in overtime 66-62 to the Boston College Eagles on Saturday afternoon in the consolation bracket of the 76 Classic Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Highlanders were down six points with a minute left in regulation but hit a pair of three-pointers to tie the score. Gabriel Moton tipped in an apparent game-winner for Boston College at the buzzer, but the shot was waived off after review. Guard Patrick Heckmann led Boston college with 33 points, making nine of his 13 field goals and all 10 free throw attempts.

Guard Phil Martin led the Highlanders with 22 points and seven rebounds, though he also had seven turnovers. UC Riverside outrebounded Boston College 31-27 in defeat.

Boston College will battle the winner of New Mexico vs. Washington State Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PST on ESPNU. UC Riverside will play the loser of New Mexico vs. Washington State Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. PST.

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76 Classic 2011, St. Louis Vs. Villanova: Billikens Advance To Tournament Final With 80-68 Win

The Saint Louis Billikens bested the Villanova Wildcats 80-68 in the semifinals of the 76 Classic college basketball tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday. St. Louis will play the winner of Santa Clara vs. Oklahoma in the tournament final on Sunday night at 6 p.m., to be televised by ESPN2.

St. Louis (5-0) led 38-34 at halftime, and had their lead cut to one by a James Bell three-pointer in the opening minute of the second half. But Rick Majerus's squad went on a 20-7 run over the next seven minutes to built a 14-point advantage. Villanova made several mini-runs but were never able to get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Jordair Jett led St. Louis with a career-best 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Cody Ellis added 14 points for the Billikens, combining with Jett for 33 points off the bench. St. Louis shot 50% from the field and made a 76 Classic Tournament record 14 three-pointers.

Maalik Wayns led Villanova (4-1) with a career-high 29 points, his fourth straight game with at least 20 points. Bell added 16 points for the Wildcats. Villanova will play the loser of Santa Clara vs. Oklahoma in the third place game Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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76 Classic 2011: Tournament Semifinals Schedule, Bracket, Game Times, TV & More

The 76 Classic began with four college basketball games on Thanksgiving Day in Anaheim, highlighted by Santa Clara's 79-76 overtime win over New Mexico on Thursday night. The second day of the four-day tournament brings us four more games, including both semifinal matchups and a pair of consolation bracket contests. Here are the relevant details of Friday's games:

Location: Anaheim Convention Center

Announcers: Mark Neely and Miles Simon

Game 5 (tournament semifinal): Saint Louis Billikens vs. Villanova Wildcats, 11:30 a.m. PST (ESPN2). St. Louis dispatched Boston College in the quarterfinals with a 62-51 victory, while Villanova had little trouble with UC Riverside in a 71-46 triumph.

Game 6 (consolation bracket): Boston College Eagles vs. UC Riverside Highlanders, 2 p.m. PST (ESPN2).

Game 7 (consolation bracket): New Mexico Lobos vs. Washington State Cougars, 6:30 p.m. PST (ESPNU).

Game 8 (tournament semifinal): Santa Clara Broncos vs. Oklahoma Sooners, 9 p.m. PST (ESPN2): The Broncos upset New Mexico in overtime on Thursday, while Oklahoma pulled away from Washington State in the late game.

The tournament final will be played Sunday night at 6 p.m., and will be televised by ESPN2.

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76 Classic: WSU Baketball Falls Apart In Anaheim, Cougars Lose To Oklahoma In Quarterfinals

The Washington St. Cougars are not having an easy start to the season. They lost to the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, and after two relatively smooth wins against Sacramento State and Portland, they fell apart with sloppy play in the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners and lost 74-59. Oklahoma outscored WSU 36-19 in the second half and raced away to a big double-digit lead early in the second half.

Oklahoma was led by Calvin Newell Jr with 18 points and Steven Pledger with 14 points. Brock Motum led the Cougars with 13 points and Faisel Aden chipped in 12 points. The Sooners were not expected to make much noise in the Big 12 this year, but this victory is a promising sign that Oklahoma can at least play at a high enough level to decisively beat big conference foes.

Oklahoma now has a great shot to get to the title game since their next game is against Santa Clara. Washington State will now have to regroup and face New Mexico.

To discuss the game with Cougar fans, head to CougCenter. To discuss the game with Sooners fans, go to Crimson and Cream Machine.

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76 Classic Update: Santa Clara Upsets New Mexico 79-76 In Overtime

The Santa Clara Broncos aren't really supposed to contend for the WCC title, but they sure did give an inspired performance on Thanksgiving night at the 76 Classic in Anaheim. Santa Clara took an early 41-32 lead over the New Mexico Lobos, had to deal with a rally that ended up forcing overtime, but eventually triumphed in the extra session.

New Mexico took advantage of 33 trips to the free throw line, nailing 31 of their attempts, which atoned for 36% shooting from the field. But Santa Clara was the one nailing the threes, hitting eleven on the game to help score the big upset in Anaheim. Kevin Foster scored 26 points and Evan Roquemore 24 to lead SCU basketball to victory.  It was a big-time win for a team that is going under the radar and still will probably need more excellent performances like tonight's to make a dent in conference play.

Santa Clara will face the Oklahoma-Washington State winner.

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76 Classic Tournament: Game Times, TV, Schedule & More

The fifth annual 76 Classic college basketball tournament begins on Thanksgiving Day at the Anaheim Convention Center. Eight teams from eight different conferences will do battle on three of the next four days. Here is all the relevant information you need to know about the 76 Classic, its history, television broadcast information, game times, and odds for each game.

Game 1 - Boston College Eagles vs. Saint Louis Billikens, 11 a.m. PST (ESPNU): St. Louis is favored by 17.5 points.

Game 2 - Villanova Wildcats vs. UC Riverside Highlanders, 1:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2): Villanova is favored by 13 points.

Game 3 - New Mexico Lobos vs. Santa Clara Broncos, 6 p.m. PST (ESPNU):New Mexico is favored by 7.5 points.

Game 4 - Oklahoma Sooners vs. Washington State Cougars, 8:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2): Washington State is favored by 2 points.

Point spreads courtesy of Odds Shark.

76 Classic History: Past Champions

2010: UNLV Runnin' Rebels: Lon Kruger coached UNLV to a tournament win last year, and he's back this year in his first year at Oklahoma

2009: West Virginia Mountaineers

2008: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

2007: USC Trojans (wins later vacated due to NCAA penalties surrounding O.J. Mayo)

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76 Classic 2011: Bracket & Preview

The 76 Classic has eight teams from eight different conferences.

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