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Morning Rumble: Devon Williams collapses versus New Mexico State, Butler scores 144 points

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Today in the Morning Rumble, New Mexico deals with a scary incident, Cincinnati could be a surprise in the AAC and Butler dropped 144 (!!) against The Citadel.

There was a scary scene in New Mexico's game versus New Mexico State on Sunday with Lobos forward Devon Williams collapsing in the second half. According to Lobos head coach Craig Neal, Williams was taken off on a stretcher and was admitted into a local hospital immediately. Williams was diagnosed with a cervical spinal cord bruise but has feeling in all of his extremities.

The junior forward averaged 6.7 points per game last season. His timetable for his return is unknown.

Cincinnati has been one of the most undervalued teams in the country coming into the new season as they feature one of the best offensive units Mick Cronin has ever had. Farad Cobb, Troy Caupain and Justin Jenifer were the key contributors in their dominating performance at home against Robert Morris. Shaq Thomas even threw down a monster dunk.

Butler absolutely exploded against The Citadel on Saturday, scoring 144 points, which is the most in program history. Their 73 point victory was also the most in school history. On their way to shoot 64 percent from the field, Kellen Dunham, Roosevelt Jones and Tyler Lewis were outstanding against The Citadel's press.

It's only one game but maybe Butler is the team that can challenge Villanova at the top of the Big East.

Gonzaga and Pittsburgh were set to play in the Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa, Japan but the game only lasted 20 minutes due to sloppy, ice rink-like floor conditions. Players were slipping and sliding everywhere and Panthers point guard James Robinson actually had to leave the game due to laceration under his right eye.

The Panthers were leading the Bulldogs by two at the break but the game will be canceled and the result won't count.

Want the winners and losers of the first weekend of the college basketball season? Bleacher Report has you covered breaking down the top players and games of what was a fantastic couple of opening days. Does Kris Dunn make the list after lighting up Harvard at both ends of the floor?

Chris Mullin was nervous and anxious before his first game as head coach of St. John's.

"I told my wife, 'Can you believe I'm nervous to coach this game?'" Mullin said. "She was like, 'You dragged us into this. Now go do your thing.'"

It wasn't an easy Saturday afternoon for the Georgetown Hoyas. First, they had to deal with a noon start time to open the season (which was part of the reason they came out of the gate sluggish). Second, they had to deal with Rashun Davis.

Davis hit a clutch three in double overtime to knock off the Hoyas at the Verizon Center. Not a good day in DC.