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Night Court: Murray State and SMC both lost

Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:20 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 1:29 am
By Gary Parrish

Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday night’s slate of games …

Game of the night:  Murray State entered the week with zero losses. Tennessee State had 10. Those two schools played each other Thursday and the Racers had a 90 percent chance to win, according to So you know what happened, right? No. 9 Murray State squandered a seven-point halftime lead at home and lost 72-68 to a school it had beaten in each of the eight previous meetings. Consequently, there are now zero no-loss teams in this country, and that BracketBusters showdown with Saint Mary's just lost some luster. Speaking of Saint Mary's ...

Win to brag about: Gonzaga dealt No. 16 Saint Mary's its first WCC loss and prevented the Gaels from running away with the league title. Sure, SMC is still the WCC favorite because Randy Bennett's team is 11-1 and Mark Few's team is 9-2, and because SMC and GU don't play each other again. But this Gonzaga win at least made the race a little more interesting. Zags freshman Kevin Pangos hit five of the six 3-pointers he attempted and finished with 27 points. He's real interesting, regardless.

Loss to hide from: Washington took its five-game winning streak to Oregon and got worked by the Ducks. The final score was 82-57. And I know winning on the road is tough, but it shouldn't be that tough -- not in the Pac-12, at least. (More on this below.)

Player who deserves improper benefits: Dee Bost is Mississippi State's career leader in assists who happened to set a career high in assists during the 20th-ranked Bulldogs' 70-60 victory over Ole Miss. The senior point guard got 15 points and 13 assists to help MSU split its season series with the Rebels. Meantime, Andy Kennedy's team managed just nine assists as a team.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Chris Hines took 12 3-pointers but made just two in Utah's 57-52 loss at Arizona State. Why would a guy who entered the game shooting 33 percent from 3-point range take 12 3-pointers? Better question: Why would he take any 3-pointers -- especially when he was 0-of-6 from beyond the arc in the Utes' previous game?

Numbers don’t lie
  • 0: That's the number of teams I trust in the Pac-12. Or, as my colleague Jeff Borzello put it, "There's no best team in the Pac-12. They're all horrendous."
  • 8: That's the number of games Western Kentucky has played since firing Ken McDonald on Jan. 6. The Hilltoppers are just 3-5 in those games after their 72-64 loss at Middle Tennessee State.
  • 27: That's the number of points Jordan Taylor scored in No. 21 Wisconsin's 68-61 overtime victory over Minnesota. The Minnesota native made five 3-pointers, three 2-pointers and six free throws. That equals 27, I believe.

Three other notable results

  1. Miami avoided a letdown after its huge win over the weekend at Duke by jumping to an early lead and cruising to a 65-49 victory over Virginia Tech. Reggie Johnson had 15 points and seven rebounds. The Hurricanes are 6-3 in the ACC.
  2. Indiana backed a win with a win for the first time in more than a month thanks to its 84-71 victory over Illinois. The 23rd-ranked Hoosiers got 22 points and five rebounds from freshman Cody Zeller, who did not score any points for the other team. IU is 7-6 in the Big Ten.
  3. Arizona recorded its third consecutive win courtesy of a 71-57 victory over Colorado. Jesse Perry had 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats are 8-4 in the Pac-12.


  • Just one day after Memphis announced its move to the Big East, Tigers coach Josh Pastner said he will end his program's series with Tennessee after next season's game. "We've got one more year on the contract," Pastner said. "There's no need to play it after next year."
  • Speaking of Tennessee, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that freshman Jarnell Stokes practiced with the Vols Thursday but was held out of contact drills. Stokes did not play in Wednesday's win over South Carolina because of a sprained right hand. It's unclear whether he'll see the court when the Vols visit Florida on Saturday.
  • Three North Carolina State recruits were named McDonald's All-Americans on Thursday. So, yeah, Mark Gottfried has things headed the right direction in Raleigh. Should be a fun program to watch over the next few years.

On tap: First-place in the MAAC will be up for grabs Friday night when Iona visits Loyola (Md.). Both schools are 11-2 in the league. Meantime, Harvard's perfect Ivy League record will be at stake when the Crimson visit Penn.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:22 pm

Night Court: Murray State and SMC both lost

Just one comment about the PAC-12. You'll eat your words come Tournament time. Someone from the PAC always "comes out of nowhere" to surprise all the naysayers. Who will be last year's Arizona this year?

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:27 am

Night Court: Murray State and SMC both lost

Not sure where you got that final score for the IU game... It was 84-71 IU...

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