|Southern Miss' 18-game losing streak against Memphis is finally over. And now USM looks like it's headed toward the NCAA tournament. (US PRESSWIRE)|
By Jeff Goodman
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Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Memphis had owned Southern Miss to the tune of 18 consecutive wins, but Larry Eustachy's team finally got the Tigers. Darnell Dodson made a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to put Southern Miss up 75-72 and Chris Crawford's long 3-pointer was off the mark in the closing seconds of the game. Southern Miss is now all alone in first place in C-USA.
Win to brag about: Wichita State rebounded from a loss at Drake with a road victory against Missouri State. Gregg Marshall got 25 points and 11 boards from big man Garrett Stutz as the Shockers improved to 19-4 overall and 10-2 in Missouri Valley play.
Loss to hide from: It wasn't just UConn losing. It was the Huskies scoring just 44 points in a road loss against Georgetown. It was also the Huskies dropping four straight.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Miami-Ohio's 6-foot-8 senior forward Julian Mavunga had an insane night in a 62-57 overtime win over Eastern Michigan. He had 19 points, 19 boards and eight assists.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: With Texas A&M down 61-60, Elston Turner took an extremely difficult shot, a turnaround and contested 20-footer, with nine seconds left in the game. Turner must not have been aware of time and score because there was no need for a shot like that. Baylor wound up with the 63-60 win in College Station.
Numbers don’t lie:
4: Jim Calhoun's UConn Huskies have dropped four consecutive games to fall to 4-5 in Big East play. A few more setbacks and the defending national champs may not even make the NCAA tourney.
0: Binghamton is still without a victory after getting pummeled by Stony Brook, 82-48. Mark Macon's team is now 0-22 overall and 0-10 in America East play.
15: Thomas Robinson has 15 double-doubles this season after going for 20 points and 17 boards in Kansas' rout over Oklahoma.
Other notable results:
Michigan got a split against Indiana after a 68-56 win in Ann Arbor. Trey Burke had 18 points and the Wolverines only turned it over five times.
George Mason lost at Delaware, 65-60 -- and with VCU and Drexel both winning, it means there's a three-way tie for first place in the CAA between the three teams. Old Dominion is one-half game back at 9-2.
Three of the A-10's top four teams teams -- UMass, Dayton and St. Bonaventure -- all lost while La Salle, Temple, Xavier and Saint Louis all posted victories.
Towson lost at Hofstra, 74-49, ending the team's winning streak at one.
N.C. State struggled, but came away with a 56-51 road won at Boston College.
Wichita State rebounded from a loss against Drake to knock off Missouri State on the road, 74-67. The Shockers are 10-2 in Missouri Valley conference play.
Miami improved to 4-3 in ACC play with a 90-86 home win against Maryland in overtime.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun pulled Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi from the starting lineup and replaced them with Roscoe Smith and Ryan Boatright. It didn't help as the Huskies managed just 44 points in a 14-point loss at Georgetown. Napier finished with just one point and Oriakhi was scoreless. Smith had two points.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that sophomore big man Fab Melo will be reinstated tomorrow and eligible to play this weekend for the Orange.
Miami coach Jim Larranaga wasn't supposed to coach against Miami due to flu-like symptoms, but showed up 15 minutes prior to the game and coached the Hurricanes to an overtime win.
Michigan State's Draymond Green's knee injury wasn't as serious as feared -- and he is expected to play Sunday against Michigan.
Doug McDermott is a legit candidate for the National Player of the Year award. He finished with 24 points in a rout over Illinois State -- after going for 17 in the first half.
Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-9 shot-blocking freak from Boston, has re-classified into the Class of 2012. Many feel that Syracuse and Kentucky are the co-leaders for his services.
1) The nation's lone unbeaten team, Murray State, hosts Southeast Missouri State at 8 p.m. ET.
2) Duke travels to Blacksburg and faces Seth Greenberg's Virginia Tech Hokies at 7 p.m. ET
3) Gonzaga travels to Provo and plays BYU at 11 p.m. in a game that the Cougars may need to get into the Big Dance.
4) Washington will need to beat UCLA in Seattle if the Huskies are to have any shot of getting an at-large berth. Game is at 9 p.m. ET.
5) Cal is tied with Washington at 7-2 in the league. The Bears host Arizona at 11 p.m. ET.
6) Middle Tennessee State is unbeaten in Sun Belt play at 9-0. Kermit Davis' team goes up against Tony Mitchell at North Texas.