|IU remains undefeated but certainly not a flawless team. And are those team managers in front? Cool move. (US Presswire)|
Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's historic Tuesday night ...
Game of the Night: Indiana gets pushed to free basketball by Georgetown.
We had Parrish and Goodman in Brooklyn, taking this one in and writing on it. What a game, huh? And it gets overshadowed by a D-III sophomore white boy in Iowa throwing in 138 points. I'm still not over that, but we'll get to it in a minute. Indiana's 82-72 overtime win against Georgetown provided a lot of positive things for both teams. I like when that happens. I like seeing early games not show tons of flaws, but show promise and shakes of the 8-ball that can be harbingers for good things down the road.
It's quite clear Georgetown is a top-20 team, and their ranking come next Monday had better represent that. Indiana's got all sorts of interesting things going on, as expected, but Cody Zeller's defense has to improve, I'd think. The offensive weapons remain impressive.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: How about the only thing we'll be talking about?
Jack Taylor, the ordinarily named kid with the most unusual game in college basketball history. Basketball fans will not soon forget his 138-point night. I need not say more here: This may be the biggest sports story we see Wednesday, and you'll hear plenty about it.
That's a good win: Butler's win made about everyone but Carolina fans feel good.
We touched on the Butler win here, so as promised, a word on UNC. It's not a good sign that it couldn't score 20 points for the first time in 14 years, that last time even going for 19, opposed to the 18 put up in the land of "L O S T" Tuesday night. Overall, UNC fell to a weak 14-3 in the Maui; this will be the first time they don't make the title game.
I'm far from worried, though it's clear that freshman class could need more time than most to jell and make UNC a true top-15 team. This, by the way, from one of the best parody accounts on Twitter, was the tweet of the night.
Who got a Colada n who ordered daqui'ri?McArdoo, what u have? Cuz u sons bitches r drunk? What the crap?!— Daggum Roy (@DaggumRoy) November 21, 2012
But that's a bad loss: Villanova got run by Columbia.
Jay Wright swore to me this Villanova team wasn't as bad or the same one as last year's. He could be right. This one must be worse, because even though Columbia is improving, how can you lose at home to a middling Ivy team -- AND BY THE SCORE OF 75-57? Unthinkable. Columbia hadn't beaten a Big East club in 27 years.
Players with impact
Otto Porter hit the game-tying shot to send G'town-IU into overtime. He finished with 15 points, five boards, four assists and draft stock that's approaching the moon by now.
Cashmere Wright didn't make our top-50 points guards list, and we took heat for that. He's making us look dumb when he puts up a career-best 28 points and adds five steals to the mix. Then again, it was against Campbell.
Jeff Withey probably had the best night for anyone not named Jack Taylor or Otto Porter. Withey was overshadowed due to an easy win and other news, but he scored 25, blocked seven shots, grabbed five boards and had two steals.
Numbers to figure:
- 0: Carolina did not block one shot against Butler. Super-stealth, super-surprising stat of the night right there.
- The UCLA Bruins only had four assists. With Kyle Anderson on your team, that's not acceptable. It's not acceptable ever, really
Other outcomes of note:
- Saint Louis rocked Texas A&M Monday night but didn't have nearly the gas or style to beat a Kansas team I think will go to the Final Four. Jayhawks win the CBE Classic, 73-59 in front of a KU-stained crowd in Kansas City.
- Harvard's not the power it was last year, but the team still should be OK. So it says more good things about A-10 preseason favorite St. Joe's that it won 75-56 over the Crimson.
- Sneaky team to watch out for later in the year: Boise State. The Broncos went into Michigan State and held a lead for a good while. Tom Izzo's club got out of there with a 74-70 win.
- Hard to figure UCLA could be such an afterthought tonight, but it really was. It got a 60-56 win over Georgia, didn't look good at all in the process, and I'm only emboldening my belief that this team won't be better than a four seed by March.
-- Chaminade got its good win in, then couldn't keep pace with Illinois in an 84-61 loss, so that means either Butler or Illinois will win the Maui Invitational Wednesday night.
-- Creighton's had a couple of big games this year. Jack Taylor only outscored the Bluejays by 35 points! Greg McDermott's team beat Longwood, 103-77. And this apparently happened, which just seems great.
@eyeoncbb 1st year senior walk-on Joe Kelling racked up 3 assists in 4 minutes for Creighton tonight amid chants of "1 of us" from students— Jacob Padilla (@OmahaSun) November 21, 2012
-- Elston Turner hit a 3 for Texas A&M with 2.4 to go to beat Washington state, 55-54.
-- Gary Harris had a shoulder injury for Michigan State, and he's getting an MRI Wednesday. It could be bad news, and maybe MSU has to check its pulse for the next few weeks.
-- Oh, and what did Texas do, by the way? Ah, it got burped by USC 59-53 in OT, the same USC team that got burped by Illinois to the tune of 30 points Monday night. And I loved this tweet:
Have you overheard an NCAA investigator discussing Myck Kabongo's case? If so, Texas could use you coming forward now.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) November 20, 2012
-- Finally, amid all this action, Georgia State over Tennessee State by way of a half-court buzzer-beater from .