ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gonzaga won the Maui Invitational.
John Wall won MVP of the Cancun Challenge.
Here's Thursday's What You Need To Know :
Notable game from Wednesday: Gonzaga took the Maui Invitational with a 61-59 overtime win against Cincinnati. Robert Sacre led the Zags with 14 points and five rebounds, although his most memorable moments came when he missed two free throws in the final seconds that could've clinched the win. Instead, Cincinnati had a chance to tie or win at the end of overtime. But Cashmere Wright missed a runner near the buzzer, and Gonzaga improved to 5-1 (lone loss to Michigan State). Cincinnati dropped to 4-1, but you can still expect to see the Bearcats when the Top 25 (and one) is updated late Sunday. They finished 2-1 in Maui with wins over Vanderbilt and Maryland.
Notable performance from Wednesday: John Wall sank a 12-foot jumper with 30.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the score, then buried two free throws with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. It was an awesome display of talent and poise, and it's what allowed Kentucky to ultimately escape with a 73-65 victory over Stanford in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. Wall finished with 23 points and five assists in 45 minutes. The freshman point guard is now averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.
Notable game scheduled for Thursday: The 76 Classic gets underway here in the shadows of Disneyland (just watched a fireworks show out of my hotel window, by the way) with four games featuring at least seven schools expected to make the NCAA tournament. Butler-Minnesota is the only first-round match-up that puts two ranked teams against each other. The Bulldogs are ranked 12th, the Gophers 22nd. Tip-off for that game is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, although the first of the four games (West Virginia-Long Beach State) tips at 2 p.m. ET.