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Night Court: Kentucky takes its second loss

Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Thursday night ...

Game of the night: The Seton Hall-LSU tilt in Baton Rouge was the least-interesting of all the SEC/Big East Challenge matchups, but it turned out to be the only one that was competitive. Johnny Jones' Tigers overcame a 16-point deficit and won 72-67 in part because Seton Hall turned the ball over on 13 consecutive possessions down the stretch and 26 times total, which is remarkable when you think about it. Twenty-six turnovers in 40 minutes? Thirteen straight down the stretch? I watch a lot of basketball. So trust me when I tell you that's very difficult to do against any opponent, especially an unranked opponent.

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What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Kentucky's 64-50 loss at Notre Dame wasn't too surprising considering it was a game played in South Bend between a veteran roster and a young-and-all-over-the-place roster. But it's news any time the Wildcats drop a basketball game these days. So here we are. And I'm sure folks in Lexington are stressed beyond belief now that this Kentucky team has as many losses in November as last season's Kentucky team had in November, December, January, February, March and April combined.

That's a really good win: Florida continued its quest to destroy every team from the state of Wisconsin with its 82-49 victory over Marquette. The Gators topped Wisconsin 74-56 earlier this month. So they've now beaten that state's top two programs by 51 combined points. (Milwaukee had better be glad it's not on Billy Donovan's schedule.)

But that's a bad loss: There's nothing wrong with losing at Florida this season. Lots of teams will do it -- perhaps every team that enters the O'Connell Center. But losing by 33 is still a bad look for a program that's made the Sweet 16 each of the past two seasons. I mean, the Golden Eagles weren't even competitive. Are we sure Buzz Williams was coaching that team? It didn't look like it.

Players with impact

  • Gonzaga's Kyle Dranginis wokeup Thursday with 16 career points in six career games. He went to bed Thursday with 46 career points in seven career games, meaning the freshman guard dropped 30 in the Zags' 104-57 win over Lewis Clark State. That effort raised Dranginis' points per game average from 2.7 to 6.6.
  • But Dranginis wasn't the only player who got 30. Western Kentucky's T.J. Price also did it during a 65-54 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
  • Rafael Maia finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds in Brown's 69-56 victory over Sacred Heart. That marked the third straight game the 6-foot-9 Brazilian has grabbed at least nine boards.

Numbers to figure

  • 7: That's the number of games Liberty has played this season. That's also the number of losses Liberty has taken this season. Yes, the Flames are 0-7 after their 67-62 loss to Morgan State. They have the worst record in Division I.
  • 8: That's the number of assists Joe Jackson had in Memphis' 93-65 win over UT-Martin. That's worth noting considering he only tallied five total assists (compared to 11 total turnovers) in the Tigers' three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
  • 618: That's the number of consecutive games in which New Hampshire has made a 3-pointer. But the Wildcats only made one 3-pointer against Connecticut, and that wasn't enough to avoid a 61-53 loss.

Notebook

  • Tarik Black did not play in or even attend Memphis' 93-65 win over UT-Martin after sources told CBSSports.com the junior forward essentially opted out of a recent practice befause his "head just wasn't into it." Black is expected to meet with Memphis coach Josh Pastner on Friday. A source close to Black said a transfer is unlikely but acknowledged it's something that's been discussed on some level.
  • Michael Dixon confirmed via text message that he's leaving the Missouri basketball program after a second sexual assault accusation made against him became public. Dixon had been suspended since before the start of this season. He averaged 13.5 points per game last season and was expected to lead these Tigers in scoring.
  • South Carolina's Brenton Williams took a scary fall in an 89-65 loss to St. John's and had to be carried off on a stretcher. The junior guard was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. Like I said, scary. But Williams was released before midnight, and he traveled home with his teammates.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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