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Night Court: Potential injuries loom large, Pitt blows out GTown

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
Missouri's Laurence Bowers is one of two key players that suffered a knee injury on Tuesday. (US Presswire)

Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Tuesday …

Game of the Night: Pittsburgh goes into D.C. and absolutely dominates Georgetown for its first Big East win of the season.

A lot of people were getting down on Pittsburgh after the Panthers lost at home to Cincinnati and then dropped one on the road at Rutgers over the weekend. Going into Georgetown would drop them to 0-3, right? The Panthers had other ideas. They jumped out to an early lead in the first half, held off a few Georgetown pushes in the second half – en route to a 73-45 win. The Hoyas looked very frustrated offensively throughout the game, as they weren't able to get into the lane for easy shots. Pittsburgh made them take contested jumpers, which isn't the recipe for Georgetown to win games. Ten guys scored for Pittsburgh, led by Talib Zanna's 15 points.

What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Both Missouri and Duke had starters suffer leg injuries on Tuesday.

Goodman did an entire blog on the news: Duke's Ryan Kelly and Missouri's Laurence Bowers both suffered knee injuries on Tuesday, and both will have tests on Wednesday to see the extent of the injuries. Neither team could truly afford an extended absence from their starting power forward. Kelly didn't play at all in the second half against Clemson, but he provides an inside-outside option for the Blue Devils. Meanwhile, Bowers seems like he could miss “a couple weeks” – which would mean problems for Missouri. Could the Tigers go back to the small lineup that brought so much success last season?

That's a good win: Ohio State bounces back from blowout loss to Illinois with victory at Purdue.

Purdue won't be a contender in the Big Ten, but the Boilermakers are still going to be a tough team to beat on their homecourt. Considering Ohio State looked horrendous against Illinois over the weekend, it wouldn't have been a surprise to see the Buckeyes suffer a defeat in West Lafayette. However, they shot 56 percent from the field and had three players in double-figures (getting Deshaun Thomas some much-needed help in the halfcourt). Also, it was Thad Matta's 100th Big Ten victory.

But that's a bad loss: What has happened to Drexel and Illinois State?

Drexel came into the season as the odds-on CAA favorite – and a threat to win at least a game in the NCAA tournament. After the Dragons' home loss to Northeastern on Tuesday, they are now just 5-10 overall. They have suffered a variety of injuries throughout the season, with Chris Fouch going down in November, Dartaye Ruffin missing a couple games, and Damion Lee going in and out of the lineup. Still, 5-10 is very disappointing.

Meanwhile, Illinois State was looking more and more like a sleeper in the Missouri Valley for the first couple months of the season. Jackie Carmichael is a dominant big man, and the Redbirds were playing well. Tuesday, they dropped to 0-4 in the league after losing to Missouri State – a team that didn't have a Division-I win in non-conference play but is now 3-1.

Players with impact

  1. It came in a loss, but DePaul's Brandon Young went for 35 points and five assists against Connecticut.
  2. DeAndre Daniels had plenty of hype in high school, but has been inconsistent at Connecticut. Against DePaul, though, he had 26 points and eight rebounds, shooting 9-for-12.
  3. Anthony Downing has now scored 24 points in back-to-back games for Missouri State. He also dished out eight assists.
  4. Zero field goals over the weekend against Wake Forest. Twelve field goals on Tuesday against Clemson. Quinn Cook went from 0 points to 27 points.
  5. Holy Cross' Justin Burrell had 29 points on 13 shots as the Crusaders beat Columbia.

Numbers to figure:

15: Duke has won 15 straight home games against Clemson, and 27 of the last 29 games overall.

3: Baylor allowed 48 points to Texas Tech on Tuesday night. Three times this season, the Bears allowed 40 or more points in the first half of a game.

99: Tuesday's 99 points for UConn were the most points it has scored in a conference game since 2006 against Seton Hall.

Other outcomes of note:

  • Quinn Cook bounced back from his 0-for-11 shooting performance over the weekend with 27 points to lead No. 1 Duke to a 68-40 victory over Clemson.
  • Alabama couldn't follow in the footsteps of its football program, as No. 10 Missouri pulled away down the stretch for an 84-68 victory. Alex Oriakhi had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Creighton improved to 15-1 with a 91-61 win over Drake. The Bluejays hit 16 3-pointers and shot 64.2 percent from the field. Ethan Wragge led the way with 22 points and six 3-pointers. The last time Creighton started this well was 2002-03, when it went 16-1 but didn't get out of the first round of the tourney.
  • Baylor moved to 2-0 in the Big 12 with an east 82-48 win at Texas Tech. The 48 points were the fewest the Bears have allowed in a conference road game since 2004. Pierre Jackson led the way with 18 points.
  • Brandon Young had 35 points, but that wasn't enough for DePaul against Connecticut. The Huskies dominated the glass and cruised to a 99-78 victory.

Notebook:

-- Lehigh cruised in its first game without C.J. McCollum, although it was against Muhlenberg (Pa.). Make no mistake, the Mountain Hawks are going to struggle mightily without their star.

-- Grambling is still winless, as the 0-13 Tigers were blown out by Alcorn State, 80-46.

-- Meanwhile, Southern improved to 4-0 in the SWAC with an 80-67 victory over Jackson State.

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