Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Chase Tapley hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining to lead San Diego State to a 64-63 win over No. 24 California. The Aztecs made nine of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. They're now 8-2. Their only losses are to Baylor and Creighton -- both of which are ranked in the updated Top 25 (and one).
Win to brag about: Baylor improved to 7-0 with a 69-41 win on the road over a Northwestern team that entered undefeated. In other words, this was a dominant performance by the Bears and the reason we moved them ahead of Louisville in the updated Top 25 (and one). Baylor is now at full strength and rolling with the addition of Perry Jones. Scott Drew has the most talented team in the Big 12.
Loss to hide from: There's nothing wrong with or surprising about UNLV losing at Wichita State. In fact, I predicted it. But the Rebels were overwhelmed by the MVC school and run off the court. They were down 47-32 at the half and lost 89-70. That's not a good look for a team that spent last weekend beating North Carolina.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Terrell Stoglin took 20 shots, made 11 and finished with 31 points and five rebounds in Maryland's 78-71 win over Notre Dame. The sophomore guard is now averaging 22.4 points per game. That's nearly twice as many as he averaged last season.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Jorge Guiterrez missed nine of the 12 shots he took and finished with just six points against San Diego State. That's not the only reason why Cal lost. But it sure didn't help. Guiterrez is, after all, the Bears' leading scorer.
Numbers don’t lie
- 7: That's how many games Creighton has played. That's also how many the Bluejays have won. The latest was a 76-66 victory over in-state rival Nebraska.
- 8: That's how many shots Dayton's Josh Benson took against Murray State. He made all eight and finished with 17 points, but the Flyers still lost 75-58.
- 110: That's how many points Michigan State scored in a win over Nebraska-Omaha. It was the sixth-highest point total in Spartan basketball history.
- South Carolina stopped a three-game losing streak with a 58-55 win at Clemson.
- Stanford improved to 8-1 with a 76-72 with over North Carolina State.
- Indiana remained undefeated with an 84-50 win over Stetson.
- Draymond Green suffered what looked like a serious injury in the first half of Michigan State's win over Nebraska-Omaha, but he returned just three minutes later with his left knee wrapped and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
- Arizona coach Sean Miller announced that Sidiki Johnson is transferring out of the program. The 6-foot-8 forward appeared in three games for the Wildcats this season before Miller suspended him.
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