|The essence of Bill Carmody and Northwestern hoops. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday night’s slate of games …
Game of the night: Michigan led by three in the final seconds of overtime when Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio launched a 3-pointer and was fouled by Tim Hardaway Jr. "I was probably too eager," Hardaway said. And he was right. But luckily for the NBA legend's son, Marcotullio didn't make all three free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining in OT. So the 13th-ranked Wolverines won 66-64. They're now 14-3 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten.
Loss to hide from: Oh, Pittsburgh. I don't even know what to write about you anymore. I genuinely didn't think you were ever going to be at risk of enduring a season like this under Jamie Dixon, but just look at you. You're a mess. You're 11-6 and on a five-game losing streak after this 62-39 loss to Rutgers, and how the hell did you lose by 23 points at home to Rutgers while shooting 21 percent from the field? (I think my answer is in that question.) It's like I don't even know you anymore. Get it together, please. I can't stand to see you like this.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Andrew Nicholson balled out for St. Bonaventure. The senior forward got 30 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the Bonnies' 81-73 win over Dayton, and now every Atlantic 10 school already has a league loss ... except La Salle.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Rob Chubb gets the nod here, but not because of anything he did in Auburn's 68-53 loss to No. 2 Kentucky. Chubb got 14 points and eight rebounds in the game. He was fine. The problem is that afterward he blamed Auburn's recent road losses at Florida State and Vanderbilt on the idea that the Tigers were "flaccid." Yes, he really said that. (Note to Rob: You cannot describe yourself as "flaccid." You are in college. Nobody likes flaccid.)
Numbers don’t lie
- 4: Number of consecutive games Georgia Tech had lost before its 82-71 win at North Carolina State. The Yellow Jackets hit nine 3-pointers in the game and shot 51 percent from the field.
- 18: Number of games top-ranked Syracuse has won to start the season thanks to a 79-66 win at Villanova. The Orange are now 18-0 for the second straight year.
- 22: Number of points Davante Gardner scored in No. 25 Marquette's 83-64 win over St. John's. Gardner also had 15 rebounds.
Three other notable results
- Colorado State improved to 11-4 with a 79-75 win over a Denver team with wins over Saint Mary's and Southern Miss. The Rams might figure out a way to be a factor in the Mountain West.
- Alabama improved to 13-3 with a 69-53 win over LSU. The Alabama students reportedly gave LSU a standing ovation when the Tigers crossed halfcourt for the first time, which is hilarious. Well done, Bama students. Well done.
- Memphis improved to 11-5 with a 60-58 win over Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles actually led at FedExForum with fewer than five minutes left. But the Golden Eagles just couldn't close, presumably because -- as Memphis guard Chris Crawford explained after the Tigers' come-from-behind win over USM last season -- they little buttholes got tight.
- Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway played for the first time since Dec. 21 in a 71-63 win over Arkansas. He had missed the Rebels' past three games with an ankle injury and entered averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per contest. He got 19 and 14 against the Hogs.
- Kansas' 81-46 win at Texas Tech pushed the 10th-ranked Jayhawks to 3-0 in the Big 12 for the sixth straight season.
- Maryland's 70-64 win over Wake Forest gave Mark Turgeon his first ACC victory. It won't be his last.