Night Court: No more No. 1 seed for Michigan or Arizona
Another busy Wednesday is in the books, and losses by Michigan and Arizona highlighted the action.
Here’s everything you need to know from college basketball’s Wednesday night.
Game of the Night: Is anyone playing better than Georgetown Hoyas ? Hoyas get double-OT win at Connecticut Huskies .
Georgetown was quietly playing itself up the Big East standings, and then it went into Syracuse and beat the Orange by double-digits over the weekend. Suddenly, the Hoyas were getting No. 1 seed talk and Otto Porter was in the Player of the Year discussion. How did they respond? By going into Storrs and knocking off Connecticut in double overtime, with Porter going for 22 points and the game-winning layup in the final seconds.
Georgetown blew a 12-point lead in the final 4:36 of regulation, but then returned the favor by overcoming a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes of overtime. Georgetown has now won 10 in a row and is one game ahead of Marquette and Louisville in the title race.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Potential No. 1 seeds Michigan Wolverines and Arizona Wildcats both losing.
Michigan had played itself back into really solid consideration for a No. 1 seed, but losing at Penn State likely ends that hope. They have now lost four straight road games, and the defense is slipping into worrisome territory. The Wolverines shot just 5-for-20 from 3-point range and turned it over 15 times, allowing Penn State to knock down 10 3s and get its first Big Ten win of the season. With so many teams fighting for No. 1 seeds, anything short of beating Indiana in the finale and then winning the Big Ten tournament won’t get it done.
Arizona was in that same boat. Heading into the week, it looked like there were 11 or 12 teams in contention for No. 1 seeds come Selection Sunday. Arizona was among that group – until Wednesday, when the Wildcats fell 89-78 at USC. They allowed USC to shoot 61 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range, and couldn’t make plays down the stretch. Arizona now has to make up ground in order to win the Pac-12 title.
Shot of the Night: Myck Kabongo ’s prayer at the end of regulation to help beat Oklahoma.
Texas Longhorns was down by 22 to Oklahoma with just 7:54 remaining. However, the Longhorns stormed all the way back to tie the game on the above Kabongo fadeaway at the buzzer. With all the momentum in overtime, Texas made the plays in the extra session to get the six-point victory. Kabongo finished with 31 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Wonder where the Longhorns would be if they had him all season. As for Oklahoma, check out Poppin’ Bubbles for more.
That’s a good win: New Mexico State Aggies knocks off San Diego State Aztecs .
New Mexico was expected to beat San Diego State at home on Wednesday night, and the Lobos obliged, getting out to a 15-point lead early in the second half and holding off a San Diego State run down the stretch. The Lobos are getting closer to clinching a Mountain West title, and they have a better shot at a No. 2 seed than most people think. They have eight top-50 wins and 15 top-100 wins, along with a 10-3 road/neutral record and a top-five RPI and SOS. If they win the Mountain West tournament, could a No. 1 seed be a possibility?
Another good win: Akron Zips goes into Ohio Bobcats and gets a win.
The Mid-American Conference featured one of the better games of the night, with undefeated in conference Akron heading into one-loss Ohio to take control of the league. After Ohio went on a big run in the first half, Akron fought back and took the lead late in the game. Although the Bobcats forced overtime with a last-second putback, it was all Zips in the extra session -- and now Akron has won 19 in a row and is playing itself into a potential at-large bid.
Players with impact
- After a bit of a slump, Creighton’s Doug McDermott went for 32 points and 11 rebounds.
- Ball State’s Jauwan Scaife dropped 34 points and six 3-pointers to help beat Central Michigan.
- It was in a loss, but it’s impossible to overlook Buffalo forward Javon McCrea and his 32 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks. By the way, that game ended like this:
Numbers to figure:
85: Penn State’s 84 points were its most against a conference opponent since scoring 85 against Michigan State back in 2008.
2001: Evansville Aces completed its first season sweep of Wichita State since 2001.
21: This is Akron’s longest winning streak since the Zips won 21 in a row back in 1958-59. And it’s the second-longest in MAC history, as Kent State won 21 in 2001-02.
Other outcomes of note:
- Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes struggled early on, but went on a late first-half run en route to a 76-58 win over Virginia Tech. Kenny Kadji had 20; Shane Larkin went for 22. The Hurricanes face Duke on Saturday.
- Louisville Cardinals stayed one game back of Georgetown in the Big East after handling DePaul on the road. And Chane Behanan threw this down.
- Oklahoma State Cowboys stayed in the mix for the Big 12 title with an easy road win at TCU. Le’Bryan Nash led the way with 28 points; when he’s on his game, there are few players more talented.
- Pittsburgh Panthers vs. South Florida Bulls wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the Panthers came out with a 64-44 win.
- Saint Louis Billikens won its 10th in a row, blowing out Saint Joseph’s in the second half to improve to 11-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Billikens have the inside track to an A-10 title.
- Colorado State Rams is pushing toward a top-six seed in the NCAA tournament, and the Rams bounced back from its loss to New Mexico over the weekend by beating Fresno State.
- With Arizona losing, the Pac-12 title race just opened up a bit more, and UCLA Bruins looks like it wants to take advantage. The Bruins won their third in a row, beating Arizona State in overtime to improve to 11-4 in the league. Its freshman trio of Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams combined for 64 points. They have Arizona on Saturday.
- Maryland Terrapins and Wichita State Shockers suffered bad bubble losses on Wednesday, falling to Georgia Tech and Evansville, respectively.
- Bubble winners included: NC State, Colorado, Kentucky, Creighton, Boise State, Baylor, Ole Miss, Saint Mary's and Belmont. For a complete breakdown of the bubble action, check out Poppin’ Bubbles.
-- Bucknell Bison (Patriot) and Northeastern Huskies (CAA) clinched outright regular-season titles on Wednesday night.
-- Both High Point Panthers and Charleston Southern Buccaneers lost, meaning four teams – throw in UNC-Asheville and Gardner-Webb – are within one game of first place heading into the final weekend.
-- Charlotte 49ers has now lost four of its last five, and seven of its last 10, after getting steamrolled at home by Dayton. At-large is on life support.
-- Arkansas Razorbacks and Indiana State Sycamores are basically done, with the Razorbacks losing to LSU and Indiana State falling to Drake.
-- Davidson Wildcats improved to 16-1 in the Southern.
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