4 Teams Running Suicides on Monday:
Vanderbilt – Following an impressive win over Oregon on Friday, the No. 7 Commodores were outhustled, outrun and out-executed in their own gym by Cleveland State on Sunday.
Southern Illinois – It’s nothing new for D-I teams to soften their early schedule with D-II (or D-III) opponents. The Salukis, NCAA Tournament regulars who aren’t expected to contend for a Missouri Valley Conference title this year, brought in D-II Ohio Dominican for one of these glorified scrimmages. Only they forgot the part about the winning-easy part and lost by one, committing 21 turnovers in the process.
UCLA – Careless turnovers, insufficient effort, amateur-hour execution and a pile of bricks from the three-point line (2-for-15) defined UCLA’s season-opening loss to Loyola Marymount. It was basically a coach’s nightmare, one that Ben Howland has seen too often during his tenure with the Bruins.
Kennesaw State – And after the running, more shooting drills. The Owls had an eight-minute stretch in the first half against Wisconsin where they didn’t score, then had an 11-minute scoreless drought in the same half, falling behind 41-8 at the break and eventually losing by 54 points. Kennesaw State shot 3-for-23 in the first half and 10-for-43 overall.