By Jeff Goodman
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Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Penn State's Tim Frazier, one of the truly underrated point guards in the country, hit a shot in the lane to put the Nittany Lions up 54-52 over Illinois. The Illini had a last-second shot, but Sam Maniscalso was swatted by Jermaine Marshall at the buzzer.
Win to brag about: Vanderbilt getting its eighth consecutive victory with a 69-59 win in Tuscaloosa against Alabama. John Jenkins had 20, Jeffery Taylor added 17 and Festus Ezeli had 12 points and 10 boards. The Commodores are now 4-0 in league play and are starting to become the team that everyone expected now that Ezeli is getting closer to 100 percent.
Loss to hide from: I fully understand this was a rebuilding year for Georgia Tech, but a 70-38 loss to Virginia -- AT HOME. Wow. The Yellow Jackets were dominated in just about every area. It was the Cavs' biggest margin against an ACC team since 104-72 over N.C. State in 1991.
Player who deserves improper benefits: California walk-on forward Robert Thurman scored a grant total of three points last season as a sophomore. The former D-3 player (he transferred from Norwich University) went for a career-high 16 points and grabbed seven boards in the Bears huge road win at Washington. Thurman hadn't played more than 13 minutes in any game this year.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Alabama's Tony Mitchell entered the Vandy game averaging 14. 5 points per game. He wound up putting up the goose-egg, missing all eight of his field goal attempts and also five of his 3--pointers.
Numbers don’t lie:
12: Andre Dawkins has made 12 trifectas in the past two games -- including seven in the rout over Wake Forest. Dawkins had made a dozen in his previous nine contests.
19: Long Island extended its home winning streak at the Wellness Center to 19 after a 77-62 win over Mount St. Mary's. Jim Ferry's team has also won eight straight overall.
1-for-15: That's what Georgia Tech managed to shoot from beyond the arc in a drubbing at the hands of Virginia. That's 6.7 percent in case you need some help with your math.
Six Other notable results:
North Carolina looked sluggish in the first half, but the Tar Heels finally looked like, well, the Tar Heels as they pulled away from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and went onto a 82-68 victory.
Cal went to Seattle in adverse weather conditions and came way with a huge 69-66 road win. That puts the Bears in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 with a 6-1 league mark.
Davidson improved to 7-0 in SoCon play after a 87-69 victory over Charleston. Jake Cohen went for 29 points and 14 boards in the win.
Texas Pan American and coach Ryan Marks won its Great West opener with a 72-65 road victory at Chicago State. I haven't given Marks nearly the amount of pub that I wanted to this season, but that could change with league play here.
Loyola Marymount went into Provo and handed BYU its first WCC loss, 82-68. Hard-nosed point guard Anthony Ireland finished with 27 for Max Good's Lions.
Binghamton remained one of two winless D-1 teams in the nation after a 61-58 loss to UMBC. The other team? Towson.
With Illinois losing, it means Michigan is in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten -- a half-game in front of the Illini, Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue.
North Carolina's Dexter Strickland had to be helped off the court early in the second half after a right knee injury. There was no immediate word of the extent of the injury, but it didn't look good.
Duke freshman Austin Rivers wasn't in the starting lineup for the first time this season. With his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in attendance, he finished with 20 points in 32 minutes.
Kansas State coach Frank Martin has suspended big man Jordan Henriquez indefinitely for the old "conduct detrimental to the team."
Five total games. No Ivy.
Take your wife, girlfriend or boyfriend out somewhere.