Everything you need to know from Wednesday night's 59-game slate of college basketball that brought us to this season of confusion's apex of calamity.
Baylor trailed by double digits with five minutes to go but stormed back and got this thing to free basketball. A really good Big 12 game overtaken by the hideousness of Kansas-TCU, which I'll get to in a minute.
Dirty secret: Marcus Smart missed 17 shots. He remains one of my favorite players in the game, but he has proven to be streaky.
Baylor's now 14-8, has dropped three straight and is yet again an underachieving team. This isn't front-page material, but it is worth pointing out. Scott Drew has a club with a lot of talent that has no business having eight Ls on Feb. 7.
The Hawkeyes had won three straight vs. Bo Ryan's team, and this one took 50 minutes to figure out before UW claimed a 74-70 victory to move to 7-3 in the Big Ten. Yep, Ryan's going to finish top four in the Big Ten again. He has never been worse. Astonishing.
Iowa, on the other hand, is a 3-7 Big Ten team and 1-5 in Big Ten games decided by four points or fewer. I claimed two weeks ago this group's NCAA tournament chances were done due to a mountain too steep to climb in the sport's best league. Now, even Iowa faithful would have to concede the Hawkeyes' season will end in the NIT.
Interesting note about this one. Iowa should have won in regulation, but the ball bounces funny sometimes and the officiating wasn't exactly regular. Then, Wisconsin, a 61-percent free-throw-shooting team, made its foul shots in the overtime periods, including Ryan Evans -- the shakiest charity-stripe shooter in the Big Ten -- hitting them when it counted near the end.
What else we'll be talking about in the morning: What Kansas just did.
Borzello goes into it deeper here. I'm kind of at a loss for thought, really. I don't get what Kansas just did at TCU. My brain is frustrated that such a good team would do this. It's defying my ability to perceive events outside of sports results.
Kansas last lost two straight games in 2006, 264 games ago. That's just dumb. It was TCU's first win -- ever -- against a top-five team. Funnily enough, also TCU's first Big 12 league win -- ever. The fact that TCU was 0-8 and lost all but one league game by double digits, it's just flattening my noodle right now.
Via @LoneStarStats, Kansas managed just .85 points per possession, which I must assume is easily the lowest of KU's season. The loss is now overshadowing Kansas only scoring two points in the first 13 minutes-plus of this game. KU was at 13 midway through. Elijah Johnson is seemingly a proof that cannot be solved.
The question is becoming, does this mean Kansas can't win it all? Historically, I guess? There has never been this kind of upset of an eventual national champion. But I don't think this means KU is eliminated. If anything, in our Season of Chaos and Crapshoot, give it more reason that Kansas will rebound from this and be the ultimate emblem at the beginning of April.
I don't know. This one just blows my mind. Kansas looked twice as bad as Florida, and Florida was a joke against Arkansas on Tuesday night.
The Sycamores are building the nation's most intriguing resume. Those are four really solid wins over four teams that should be in the NCAAs this season. The problem with 15-8 ISU is the losses to Morehead State, Southern Illinois and Drake. But I always give rewards over big victories than punishments for bad losses. I haven't done the math, but if it's close, I'm giving ISU the nod against another bubble team right now, because I think there are plenty of bubble teams that only have half as good Ws as ISU has.
As for Creighton, the Bluejays are now tracking toward a four seed at best, and that's if they run the table. Too bad, because the offense is fun and I wanted to see Creighton really be that mid-major with a high seed. Guess we'll have to settle for Miami in that role this season. Real problem for CU on Wednesday was Doug McDermott with a season-low eight points.
But that's a bad loss: UNLV picked a good night to get overshadowed.
If you've followed the Power Pyramid, you know I've been calling UNLV a letdown the past two weeks. Now the underwhelming Runnin' Rebels have fully crystallized their lack of achievement by losing 64-55 at 8-13 Fresno State. What was once a sleeper Final Four pick has become an average Mountain West team that's anything but a sure thing to win two NCAA tournament games.
What gives, Vegas? This is a miserable loss, and when it comes time to seed, it's going to be hard to get anything better than a six at this rate.
Players with impact
Colton Iverson is a white stallion. He had a huge offensive board and gave Colorado State a two-point lead after giving away a big lead to Nevada. Rams won, and Iverson ended with 10 points and 16 boards. CSU's Greg Smith had 28 in the 73-69 victory.
A Kermit-the-Frog GIF, for obvious reasons
Numbers to figure:
- Why I'm not as high on Mr. Jackson as others
Baylor's Pierre Jackson 11 turnovers at Oklahoma State, that's tied for the most TO by one player in a game this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2013
Other outcomes of note:
- Cincinnati got dropped 54-50 at Providence, a loss that will cost the Bearcats a seed line.
- Michigan State won 61-50 over Minnesota, a how-you'd-expect-it outcome, I suppose. MSU only gave it away five times and gave Minnesota another loss against a good team. I'll say it now: at best, Minnesota wll be in the 7/10 game. I see two more losses coming in the next four games. Reports afterward were that Adreian Payne might have broken his nose,, but we'll see.
- On crazy nights like this, I really appreciate when teams just get the damn job done and don't even make it funny. New Mexico beats Air Force 81-58.
- Stanford had a chance to steal a win and enter the bubble conversation but ultimately fell 73-66 at Arizona. Cardinal is 14-9 and 5-5 in Pac-12 play. Bill Walton was on the call, and I suggest you take a moment and peruse the Twitter search for his name.
- St. Joe's, I remind ya, was picked to win the Atlantic 10. Yeah, Hawks lost at Dayton and are now 4-4 in the league. I was one of a few down on SJU to start season, so forgive me pointing out the one thing I got right. This nut is quite delectable.
-- Alabama is almost done. Lost 49-37 to Auburn and is 14-8/6-3. None of the fans care, though. National Signing Day will continue to reverberate and bleed into next week. This was the fewest points that Alabama has scored against Auburn in the teams' 146-game series history.
-- Towson has swept two CAA teams in the same season (this year, it's UNC Wilmington and Delaware) for the first time in six years. Tigers in the midst of one of the best turnaround campaigns this year in college hoops. Speaking of the CAA, Northeastern won again and is 10-1 in that league. Huskies, bravo.
-- Memphis remains unbeaten in C-USA, is 8-0 after beating SMU. Southern Miss, however, lost its first league game of the year by dropping 60-58 against Central Florida. Looks like Memphis could be in a bad spot for the big one in a couple of days, though.
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