Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Thursday night, including this devastating, calm, frustrated reaction from South Carolina's Frank Martin after his team fell by 18 at home to LSU. It's like the top of the volcano is only showing off a little smoke, but you know the inside of that rock of cone is bubbling.
"I shouldn't coach basketball ever again if this is how my team plays." Just watch it all.
It wasn't incredibly close for all 40, but it did have a lot of energy, excitement and some doubt until the five-minute mark of the second half, basically. SMC falls 77-60 and loses its best chance at its best win. The Gaels are looking at another season with a good shot at 25 wins but no NCAA tournament. We'll see if a WCC tourney victory is mandatory. It won't be if it beats BYU and Creighton at home -- and that Creighton game could become a de facto elimination tilt. We'll see.
As for Gonzaga: Hello, No. 1 seed. As of now.
Lest you forget, the Buffs had the game at Arizona earlier this year. This was finished with nothing to debate, a 71-58 Colorado victory and a court storm for the young and giddy ones in Boulder. Arizona's chances at a No. 1 seed -- slim as they were -- are now officially kapoof. Colorado gets a huge win, one that will track it to the tourney. The Pac-12 remains a jumble, largely.
That's a good win: Thank you, Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers were all set to make their slide a slump before slugging it out in the Barn against Wisconsin. Golden Gophers got a 58-53 win in OT, and that'll about wrap up an at-large. They weren't in danger, but you can essentially call Minnesota a lock at this point. Andre Hollins had 21 in the win, and he's a player who's not only fun to watch, but feels like he could get twice as good as he is now.
But that's a bad loss: Temple's at-large chances have about expired.
You can't lose at home to previously-winless-in-league Duquesne and expect to receive nice things. Temple's 84-83 loss to the Dukes. Owls are 16-8, 5-5 and would need to win out to the A-10 title game to assure themselves leverage. That's unlikely to happen. Too bad. Feels like Khalif Wyatt has been asked to do too much with this team.
Players with impact
Sam Prescott put up a 44-point performance in Mount St. Mary's 84-70 win over Bryant. Top-three points performance this season from a single player. Prescott's teammate, Julian Norfleet, led the nation in assists on Thursday night with 11.
Credit to Khalif Wyatt for going for 35 points and swiping six balls, but more on Temple's night below.
Numbers to figure:
600: Peyton Siva had six assists on Thursday, putting him exactly at 600 assists for his career as of now.
16: Lotta Louisville love. Pitino has coached the Cards to 11 straight 20-win campaigns.
36: Last time that Northwestern won at
Other outcomes of note:
- Cal has won four of its last five, is suddenly a bubble team after refusing to keep it close against UCLA and winning 76-63 at home. Parrish wrote on Allen Crabbe earlier; he had a mere 16/5/5 in the win.
- Louisiana Tech is still undefeated in the WAC, 13-0, after edging out a 64-58 win at Seattle. Can this team run the conference table? I'm rooting for it. Good story, if so.
- Belmont had what's probably going to be its worst game of the season. It was 5-of-26 from 3, and Ian Clark, who leads the NCAA with a 51-percent 3-point clip, didn't hit a deep one in seven tries. The Bruins fell 80-69 to Tennessee State.
- Big game in the Summit went hideously, as Western Illinois (11-2) won 49-36 at North Dakota State (10-4), which means WIU and South Dakota State get to pace toward the regular-season title.
-- The Ohio Valley provided a couple of curious ones. Murray State could've created a benefit for itself after Belmont lost, but instead went down 65-60 to 9-13 SIU-Edwardsville. It wasn't a wild night overall, but Thursday did provide a number of quasi-alarming scores at the mid-major level.
-- Montana fell from the ranks of the conference unbeatens, opening up its five-game road trip with a loss at Weber State, which has just two league Ls. The Big Sky is going to have a very fun league tournament.
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