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.
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.
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.
Numbers to figure:
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.
-- 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?
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