Night Court: Kansas State earns rare victory against archrival Kansas
Great game in Manhattan, and K-State probably secured itself an NCAA tournament bid.
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Game of the Night: Kansas and K-State play out an entertaining one in Manhattan.
Tremendously entertaining game. K-State proved plenty, too. That home crowd for the annual Jayhawks game is top-notch. An 85-82 overtime decision against KU was Kansas State's 13th consecutive home victory and only the third time in 24 years that the team beat big brother in Manhattan.
This caused for a massive court storm. The floor was completely smothered.
The Wildcats beat the Jayhawks for the first time since Valentine's Day of 2011. It required overtime, because Andrew Wiggins did this just before regulation ended. Hilariously talented and athletic.
Freshman Marcus Foster, of K-State? He's one of the 10 best newbies in the country. Finished with 20, including two free throws with 21.9 to go that gave the Wildcats an 83-79 lead. The game was finally sealed when Tarik Black was blocked by Wesley Iwundu. Joel Embiid -- who was limited due to apparent back pain -- wasn't in the game for most of the second half and OT.
Perry Ellis, who did not sit for one second for KU until he fouled out with 35.4 to go in overtime, finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. He led Kansas in both categories. KU was hurt big time by shooting making only 3 of 17 from deep.
The Jayhawks are now 18-6 and 9-2 in the Big 12, while K-State is 17-7 and 7-4. This was by far Bruce Weber's biggest W of the season.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: This hard foul/cheap shot sequence by Iowa State's Dustin Hogue, and WVU's Eron Harris on ISU's Monte Morris.
That looks pretty terrible, and Harris was in fact ejected. You might think, Hey, this is weird. Harris had helped WVU to an 88-59 advantage at the time of the hack. He finished with 16 points. Why was he doing this? Well, earlier in the possession, ISU's Dustin Hogue kicked a WVU player while grabbing a rebound. Things got oddly testy in Morgantown.
A suspension from the Big 12 is the expectation for Harris, and maybe Hogue should be under review as well.
(H/T, Ryan Fagan.)
That’s a good win: Let's talk about the good things with West Virginia.
A team that won only six conference games last year, its first as a Big 12 member, has now won seven this year. The 102-77 romp was WVU's second victory against a ranked team this season. Romping No. 11 Iowa State like this will have a lasting impact. And now Iowa State, at 6-5, trails WVU in the Big 12 standings.
West Virginia's résumé of solid wins looks like this: at Baylor, vs. Kansas State, vs. Oklahoma, vs. Iowa State. All of those wins have come since Jan. 28. I wouldn't put the Mountaineers in JUST yet, but taking out Texas on the road this weekend would certainly do it.
By the way, after going for 48 points over the weekend, Melvin Ejim was held to 6 on Monday night. WVU had four guys put up 16 or more.
But that's a bad loss: Florida State drops a home game to Miami, has lost five of its past six.
The Seminoles are playing their way into a cozy No. 6 seed in the NIT. Losing a game at home to Miami is damning. Twenty-two fouls and 11 turnovers from the Noles were more in each category than what the Canes put up. That and sending Miami to the line 19 more times gave the U the win. FSU's now 14-10 and 5-7 in the just-OK ACC.
Players with impact
- Bryce Cotton had 31 in the loss for Providence, sinking 5-of-6 3s and 10-of-11 foul shots.
- Props to USC Upstate's Torrey Craig, who went for 22 and 15 in the team's 75-63 road win at East Tennessee State.
- Quinnipiac won 83-78 at home in part because of 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks from a young man named Ousmane Drame. Ousmane!
Numbers to figure
8: How many seasons it has been since West Virginia put up more than 100 on an opponent in league play.
709: The number of days between Division I wins for Grambling State. The Tigers, finally, got on the board by beating 8-14 Alcorn State on Monday night. GSU had defeated an NAIA team earlier this season after going winless last year.
45: The number of consecutive losses for GSU against D-I opponents, a streak that's now mercifully over.
As for Maryland-Virginia.
Other outcomes of note:
- The Friars losing 83-71 at Georgetown keeps the Big East picture interesting. PC and the Hoyas are both 6-6 in the league. Providence now at 16-9 overall, while Georgetown's at 15-9. I think only one of these two teams makes the NCAAs. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera went for 22 points and five boards in the win. G'town's Markel Starks went down at one point, but he appears to be OK.
- Virginia held on at home, 61-53, to beat Maryland. As the Terps have faced all season long in league road games, Cavs fans taunted "A! C! C!" at the departing program, which will be in the Big Ten next season. Joe Harris led the Hoos with 18 points.
- Towson, a team expected to win the Colonial this season, took a mighty bad loss Monday night. The Tigers dropped a 66-53 win at UNC Wilmington, giving the Seahawks their first CAA victory of the season.
- Who might rep the MEAC in this year's NCAA tournament? North Carolina Central is now 9-1 in the league after beating Florida A&M tonight, 92-49. Remember, NCCU won at N.C. State earlier this season.
-- One of the best players to wear a DePaul uniform in the past two decades, Cleveland Melvin, is off the team. He is no longer enrolled at the school.
-- Iowa State, UNLV, Kentucky, Kansas or North Carolina will receive the commitment from one of the best high school seniors in the country tomorrow.
-- Check Billy Donovan's thoughts on Marcus Smart. He has valuable experience and perspective.
-- The polls ...
-- ... and the Poll Attacks.
-- Nice read on prospects, mixtapes, expectations and way-too-early labels and comparisons.
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