Temple 61, St. Joseph's 59

Uh... whoa.

Some finish that was.

Read the whole thing, but especially read the end...

First off, congratulations to the Kentucky fans at CatsPause.com for swamping the polls and giving Jodie Meeks an overwhelming victory in the Fantasy HORSE Invitational. You all are welcome to stick around, as I'm sure we'll be talking about Big Blue again as this season goes on.

Also in the poll department, Dante Cunningham overtook Dionte Christmas in the local player of the year ballot, and was declared the winner in this morning's Inquirer.

Thanks to all of you who voted and feel free to send along suggestions for more polls and interactive features.

Next, some pregame reading material:

In the Inquirer, Ray Parrillo, Jeff McLane and Joe Juliano debate the Nivins-Christmas-Cunningham question. McLane also previews tonight's game with an eye towards the key statistics and the teams' postseason chances.

In the Daily News, Dick Jerardi takes a look at Nivins' chances to make it as a pro, and Marcus Hayes reports from D.C. on La Salle's win over George Washington. There's also a good story by correspondent Mike Scandura on Drexel's upset of Northeastern.

Finally, a programming note. Because I'm leaving for Providence, R.I., early tomorrow morning to go cover the Penn-Brown game, I won't be adding postgame audio or reactions on here tonight. That will come in a separate post tomorrow.

But you can listen to a quick interview I did with Joe Lunardi before the game. The audio player is below the live blog window.

And now, for the main event.