Night Court: Sonya Curry's celebration GIF wins the night

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Wednesday night, including the live-action Harlem Shake from Colorado State …

Game of the Night: The rivalry doesn't let us down.

Hey, UNC had a 10-point lead in the first half. Give UNC credit for walking in and giving a fight. I didn't think it would happen. I expected a breezy Blue Devils wins. And although Duke pulled away in the final minutes, at least it was good theater for a while. Mason Plumlee had 18 and 11 in the 73-68 victory. P.J. Hairston went for 23 and 8 for UNC. Quinn Cook was fairly solid with 18 points and six rebounds.

Oh, and Sonya Curry needs to be officially voted as a Commissioner Mom of College Hoops. She remains awesome.

What else we'll be talking about: UConn takes out Syracuse.

Jim Calhoun watched Kevin Ollie get the best win of his young career. And then Jim Boeheim attacked Andy Katz. It was a weird postgame. More coming on this game in the morning.

That's a good win: Colorado State: now a 20-win team.

No longer a secret, I guess. CSU is 20-4 and streaking toward, yes, believe it, an MWC regular-season title. It's not in the bag, but it'll come down to New Mexico and these guys. The Rams handled San Diego State 66-60 in one of the better games that Wednesday night offered. Dorian Green hit a go-ahead 3 with less than a minute to go, separating CSU. Green had a game-high 16. The throwback unis were particularly inspired.

Yep, those are Colorado State's threads from Wednesday night. They were once the Aggies. (US Presswire)

But that's a bad loss: Arizona State, you can't be doing this.

The Sun Devils played at Utah and lost by five. Arizona State has a schedule that won't be kind on further inspection. You can't win them all on the road, but you should win the ones over teams that you're much better than. I suspected 18-7 ASU was much better than 11-13 Utah, so shame on me. That's two losses in a row for Herb Sendek's team.

And that's a bad loss: UNLV: officially fraudulent?

I didn't want it to be this way. I wanted UNLV to be the team that I thought could make the Final Four. But the Runnin' Rebels are stuck in mud. They fell 71-56 at Air Force. AFA isn't a bad team, but it's not a strong one, and it made UNLV look especially weak.

And that's just a confusing loss: You're telling me Charlotte won at Butler?

Sure. OK. So that happened Wednesday night. Charlotte, the Charlotte 49ers, won at Butler. And it's a 71-67 final. Yes, that's what I'm saying. And I guess I'll have to believe it.

OK, so like half the good teams are just choosing to lose, I guess: Next up, Creighton.

The Bluejays are in a freefall. It's three straight Ls for Greg McDermott's team and dropping one on the road 61-54 to sneaky Northern Iowa. The Missouri Valley is now flirting with having three good teams, none of which are locks to reach the NCAAs.

Players with impact

If only Elston Turner wasn't a senior. Then he might have a shot at being the next great scorer in hoops. Turner, who put up 40 on Kentucky this year, had 37 against Ole Miss and gave A&M a 69-67 win.

Korie Lucious dished out a Wednesday-best 11 assists in Iowa State's loss. More on that below.

Numbers to figure:

1: First Missouri road win of the season came Wednesday night, a 78-36 -- 36! -- outcome at Mississippi State.

16: The nation's longest winning streak extends one more with Akron's win at Eastern Michigan. There are two teams, total, with at least 16 wins in the MAC this season.

Other outcomes of note:

  • I wouldn't have faulted Miami for going to Florida State and losing. But Miami didn't go to Florida State and lose; it went to Florida State and won a tight one, 74-68. Team is 11-0 in the ACC. Unforeseeable doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • Notre Dame dodged a close shave at home against DePaul. The Blue Demons took it to OT before losing 82-78. Jerian Grant had 21, nine assists, five rebounds.
  • Good on Illinois to not fool around at home and win by 20 over Purdue.
  • Memphis is 10-0 in Conference USA after a win at home over UCF 93-71. And Josh Pastner playfully gave Parrish a hard time in the on-camera postgame interview. He didn't Boeheim him, that's for sure.

Notebook:

-- Myck Kabongo returned after a 17-game suspension, and, hey, look at that. Texas wins 89-86 in overtime against an Iowa State team that's probably going to the NCAAs. Wouldn't it be something if Texas suddenly reeled off five straight wins?

-- It's good to point out the teams that go on the road and win the ones that they should. Like Oregon taking a late one at Washington 65-52.


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