Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday's slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Northwestern didn't need to beat Ohio State to position itself for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but it sure would've helped. And the Wildcats almost did it. But Jared Sullinger ruined their plans by scoring with 3.1 seconds remaining and lifting the 10th-ranked Buckeyes to a 75-73 victory that prevented OSU from losing consecutive games for the first time this season. Sullinger had 22 points and 18 rebounds, by the way. So let's not give that Big Ten Player of the Year award to Michigan State's Draymond Green just yet.
Win to brag about: The Selection Committee just isn't gonna be able to keep USF out of the NCAA Tournament -- mostly because the Bulls won't stop winning. The latest addition to a constantly improving resume is a 58-51 victory at No. 19 Louisville that should finally put Stan Heath's team in everybody's projected Field of 68. They're now 19-11 overall, 12-5 in the Big East. Their RPI is in the Top 30. They're 3-2 against the Top 50 and 7-3 against the Top 100, and they haven't lost to a currently unranked opponent since Dec. 28. Honestly, I think USF is now in no matter what. Or at least I think the Bulls should now be in no matter what. But I'm not on the committee. So closing the regular season with a victory over West Virginia would be wise.
Loss to hide from: Coastal Carolina entered the Big South Tournament as the No. 2 seed and on an eight-game winning streak against seventh-seeded VMI, which is why the Chanticleers' 85-68 loss to VMI in the quarterfinals was disappointing ... for everybody except VMI and top-seeded UNC-Asheville.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Arnett Moultrie scored five points in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, then helped Mississippi State snap its five-game losing streak in the extra period at South Carolina. The final score was 69-67. Moultrie, an All-American candidate, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Now the Bulldogs need a victory over Arkansas on Saturday to finish .500 in the SEC.
Numbers don’t lie
- 15: That's how many points Colorado State trailed UNLV by at halftime. Still, the Rams managed a 65-59 victory over the 17th-ranked Rebels that probably punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
- 18: That's the number of points Jarnell Stokes had in Tennessee's 74-69 overtime victory at LSU. The 6-foot-8 forward was 9-of-10 from the field. He added seven rebounds and two steals. Not bad for a kid who's supposed to be a high school senior.
- 19: That's the number of transition points Cincinnati scored in its 72-61 victory over No. 8 Marquette. According to Marquette coach Buzz Williams, that's the most transition points the Golden Eagles have allowed in four years.
- Temple's 90-88 overtime win over UMass ensured that the 23rd-ranked Owls will be the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The No. 2 seed, if you care, will be Saint Louis.
- Belmont's 76-62 victory over Jacksonville kept the Bruins' NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They'll now play either East Tennessee State or North Florida in Friday's semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.
- Missouri's 78-72 victory over Iowa State represented the seventh-ranked Tigers' 13th win in the Big 12 this season. That's a school-record, and it will forever be a school-record considering Missouri will start playing in the SEC next season.
- My colleague Jeff Goodman and I reported Wednesday that Class of 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad's connection to two financial advisers could compromise his amateur status. UCLA, Kansas, UNLV, Duke, USC and Kentucky are among the schools still pursuing Muhammad.
- Memphis guard Antonio Barton had an MRI on his injured foot early Wednesday that revealed no fracture. The official diagnosis is a bone bruise. According to coach Josh Pastner, Barton will likely miss this weekend's game at Tulsa but be available for next week's Conference USA Tournament. Adonis Thomas is expected to return for the C-USA Tournament, too.
- Robbie Hummel had the type of Senior Night his career deserved. The Purdue forward -- who twice tore an ACL while in college -- got 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists in an 80-56 win over Penn State. Even the Michigan State athletic director was impressed, proud.