Michigan upset UCLA.
Illinois notched a huge non-league win.
Here's Friday morning's What You Need To Know:
Notable game from Thursday: DeShawn Sims called it the "biggest win" he's had at Michigan, and who's going to argue with that? The junior forward got 18 points -- including a huge dunk on a backdoor cut in the final minutes -- to lead the Wolverines to a 55-52 victory over fourth-ranked UCLA at New York's Madison Square Garden. It was a game that proved once again that John Beilein is a pretty good coach and showed once and for all that those who thought UCLA wouldn't miss Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were probably being a little naive Sure, the Bruins will be fine in the end, if only because they always are. But for now this is still a team trying to figure it out, evidence being the near loss to Miami (Ohio) and subsequent loss to Michigan.
Notable performance from Thursday: While all the attention was on New York, Illinois was picking up a nice non-league win at Vanderbilt behind a 23-point, six-assist effort from Demetri McCamey. The 6-foot-3 guard was 9-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range in the Illini's 69-63 victory. He's now averaging 15.7 points per game for a 3-0 team.
Notable game scheduled for Friday: The headliner is Duke-Michigan, but the more interesting match-up might be Southern Illinois-UCLA. SIU needs this to start building an at-large resume, and UCLA can't really afford to lose another November game just for the sake of self-respect. So the Salukis and Bruins will battle at Madison Square Garden, and considering how much Chris Lowery and Ben Howland love defense I won't be surprised if the final score is 19-17, one way or another.