Tag:Night Court
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:20 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 1:29 am
 

Night Court: Murray State and SMC both lost

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 KenPom.com. 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.

Notes

  • 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
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:05 am
Edited on: February 9, 2012 12:24 am
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

Syracuse: still only has one loss thanks to Kris Joseph's clutch shooting Wednesday night. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night:  Syracuse and Georgetown was the better game. And that's the tremendous thing about it. When most of the sports world tuned in to ESPN to watch two classic hoops rivalries, both tilts delivered in a huge way. And Syracuse and Georgetown better continue to play games at the Carrier Dome going forward. (Syracuse is headed to the ACC very soon.) The sweet came in the way the overtime played out. The Orange -- who, by the way, will get overshadowed again thanks to Austin Rivers -- played terribly but still got the win, 64-61 in the extra session. Jim Boeheim's angry with the world, even though he passed Dean Smith's record for all-time wins, now owning 880.

Game of the Night, No. 2: Duke and Carolina added a thick chapterto the sport's best rivalry. This comeback doesn't top Duke's against Maryland more than a decade ago, but it's close. UNC had no business losing that game at home. We'll have more on the site soon, and you can check Parrish's reaction from Chapel Hill in the post below this one.

Win to brag about: Notre Dame is an 8-3 Big East team. This is 10 times more shocking than Jeremy Lin’s week. Mike Brey’s team is headed to the tournament so long as it avoids the fact that it is Notre Dame and is playing each game with pixie dust. The Irish went on the road and won against West Virginia, 55-51. Notre Dame's tremendous season takes another back seat tonight because of the other two huge games.

Loss to hide from: Baylor, you can't hide tonight. You want to. Most will overlook you, but I won't. Not here. Awful performance by the Bears, who got punked at home by Kansas, 68-54. Baylor's soft. It plays in stretches that mirror the kind of effort you see from bad JV teams at the end of the season. Baylor could win every game from now until the end of the Big 12 tournament: it’s still not getting a one seed. The Bears got conclusively slammed to the mat by Kansas tonight. Great for the Jayhawks, who might just end up winning the damn Big 12 again, against some serious odds, but Baylor's bandwagon emptied, and they should be mocked for how they laid down.

Loss to hide from: It’s not hard to win at Boston College. But it’s hard for Florida State, which is building up quite the bipolar resume. The Seminoles leave Beantown with a 64-60 loss in their pockets. PUKE.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Austin Rivers. Twenty-nine on the road in the biggest game of his life to date. Then he hits the game-winning 3 over the other player who'd played so well, Tyler Zeller. Watershed moment tonight for Rivers and his role on this team going forward. Toss him the keys, K.

Another player who deserves improper benefits: Jeff Withey's career-high 25 for Kansas deserves recognition. Incredible job by him tonight, pulling Kansas to a runaway win.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 46-4. According to my man John Gasaway, Drexel, VCU, ODU, George Mason and Georgia St. are 46-4 against the rest of the CAA. Wowow.
  • 28-1. And if you thought that was dominance, consider LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and St. Francis (NY) are 28-1 vs. NEC foes.
  • 6.  In the NEC, Wagner reached 20 wins. Sixth time it's done it. 
  • 33%. That's Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik's record in the ACC to date. Among the worst in league history.  the worst coach in recent ACC history? Bob Wade won 41% of games. Les Robinson, 44%. Buzz: 33%.
  • 10. Zeller needs another bump for his play which was so good until the end, when he inadvertently tipped in a Duke ball, missed a free throw and didn't get a hand in Rivers' face before the game-winner. Zeller's now at 10 double-doubles this season, which is twice as many as he had in the past three years.

Three other notable results

  1. Southern Miss goes into UAB and takes on some water, falling 71-61, losing its second C-USA game.
  2. I sold too soon on Saint Louis, which got to 7-3 in the A10 tonight with a 72-60 win at St. Joe’s tonight. Billikens will be a tournament team.
  3. La Salle lost 78-76 at mediocre Richmond tonight, and so their Atlantic 10 honeymoon is officially over.

Notes

  • So long as I’m in charge of Night Court, you won’t see another Arkansas result passed along. The Hogs fell 81-59 AT GEORGIA, and remain winless on the road this season. Mike Anderson’s team was never a serious NCAA tournament threat, but this cements their complete irrelevance this season.
  • I almost want to go there with Pitt, but I’ll still hold out and see what the Panthers can scrounge up down the stretch. Pitt fell at South Florida tonight, swiftly debunking a lot of the good ink they’d gotten over the past two weeks. Also not a tournament team.
  • After 15 straight wins by the MAC East over the MAC West, Toledo's 77-73 W against Ohio ends the intra-conference massacre.
  • Seton Hall avoided a season-ending loss tonight at Rutgers. Giants wide receive Victor Cruz was there to watch.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:19 pm
 

Night Court: KY dominates, Ohio State sneaks by

By Jeff Goodman

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Ohio State and Purdue were tied at 73-all late in the game, but it was Buckeyes senior William Buford who stepped up and made certain his team avoided the upset. Buford had a career-high and also had seven straight points as the Buckeyes pulled away, 81-73. 

Win to brag about: Kentucky came into the game as the No. 1 team in the land, but the Wildcats were still somewhat of a mystery -- especially in SEC play. Well, the Wildcats pummeled No. 7 Florida at Rupp. Anthony Davis was a game-changer on the defensive end, Doron Lamb had 18 and Michael Gilchrist had another double-double. Despite a quiet night from Terrence Jones, the 'Cats blew out the Gators by 20. 

Loss to hide from: Creighton losing its second straight, this time on the road against an Evansville team that entered the game below the .500 mark in Missouri Valley league play. The Bluejays were just 4-of-22 from beyond the arc and fell a half-game behind Wichita State and into second place in the Valley. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Le'Bryan Nash entered Stillwater as a big-time recruit, but has been erratic throughout his freshman season. However, the Oklahoma State forward knocked down the game-winner against Iowa State with 4.6 seconds left on a step-back 12-footer and then swatted Chris Allen's shot at the buzzer that could have sent it to overtime. The Cowboys aren't headed to the NCAA tournament, but the win got Travis Ford & Co. to 12-12 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Florida senior point guard Erving Walker was 0-for-7 from the field, missed all four of his shots from beyond the arc and finished with the goose-egg in the Gators 20-point loss in Lexington against top-ranked Kentucky. 

Numbers don’t lie:

6-27: Florida had made more trifectas than any team in the country, but the Gators were off the mark against Kentucky, making just 6-of-27 from deep. 

49: That's Kentucky's home winning streak after the rout over Florida. John Calipari has never tasted defeat at Rupp. 

17: Providence led by that many points at Villanova with less than 13 minutes remaining in the game, but JayVaughn Pinkston went nuts (28 points, 14 boards) for Jay Wright's team -- which came back and pulled out the 74-72 win. 

Other notable results:

Maryland knocked off Clemson, 64-62, behind Terrell Stoglin's 27 points. The Terps improved to 14-9 and 4-5 in ACC play. 

Kansas State pummeled Texas Tech and sent Billy Clyde Gillispie and the Red Raiders to 0-11 in Big 12 play in the process. 

Alabama knocked off Auburn in a key road win for the Crimson Tide -- which improved to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in SEC action. 

Notes:

Memphis appears to be headed to the Big East. That's what our very own Brett McMurphy broke earlier today. 

Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl (my co-host on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball) was courtside for the Florida-Kentucky game. 

Jack Sikma's son, Nate, had 20 points, seven boards and five assists to lead Hartford to a win over UMBC. Sikma is a 6-foot-6 freshman from Washington. 

Villanova star guard Maalik Wayns suffered a left knee injury in the win over Providence and will have an MRI on Wednesday. 

On tap: 

1) Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. - If it's not the best rivalry in college hoops, it's No. 2 behind UK-Louisville. The Blue Devils are in danger of losing two straight. 

2) Kansas at Baylor, 7 p.m. - The loser will fall to third place in the Big 12. 

3) Georgetown at Syracuse, 7 p.m. - The Hoyas have been a major surprise in the Big East, but it'll be tough to go into the Carrier Dome and pull out a win -- especially with Fab Melo back for the Orange. 

4) Marshall at Central Florida, 7 p.m. - I hope Tom Herrion is well-protected in this one after what happened the first meeting -- which resulted in a one-point win for the Thundering Herd in Huntington. 

5) Notre Dame at West Virginia, 9 p.m. - Two teams heading in opposite directions The Irish are red-hot while Bob Huggins' team has lost three of its last four. 

6) Pittsburgh at South Florida, 7 p.m. - If the Panthers are to get back into the NCAA tournament picture, they have to win this one. Since Tray Woodall has really been back, they have reeled off four straight. 

Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:23 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Night Court: Missouri survives another close game

Oklahoma's Steven Pledger reacts after his game-tying 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer against Missouri. (AP)

By Jeff Borzello

Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Oklahoma has had several close games recently, and Monday night against Missouri was no different, with the Sooners falling, 71-68. Both teams came out of the gate knocking down shots, especially Marcus Denmon, who finished with 25 points. Missouri had the lead for the entire second half, but Oklahoma kept it within one possession for the final minutes. The Sooners had a chance to tie the game, but Romero Osby missed two free throws and Steven Pledger’s 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.

Win to brag about: Beating Texas A&M this season isn’t the same as it was the past couple of years, but Texas couldn’t afford another close loss (or a loss in general). The Longhorns were 0-7 in games decided by six points or fewer heading into Monday, but they held off Texas A&M down the stretch for a 70-68 win. J’Covan Brown had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Longhorns.

Loss to hide from: Remember when we thought Connecticut might turn things around after its win over Seton Hall on Saturday? Yeah, that didn’t happen. The Huskies were outhustled, outmuscled and outworked by Louisville en route to an 80-59 loss. And it didn’t even feel that close. Louisville shot 44 percent from 3-point range, and held Andre Drummond, Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb to 16 points on 6-for-26 shooting.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Marquette’s Jamil Wilson has only reached double-figures in scoring four times this season, and has not grabbed more than seven rebounds in a game. On Monday night, Wilson led Marquette to a 89-76 comeback win over DePaul, totaling 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks – on 8-for-12 shooting.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Connecticut’s debacle of an offensive performance deserves more than just one mention. Andre Drummond was dominated by Gorgui Dieng all night, as the Louisville big man finished with 15 points, six rebounds and six steals. Even worse, Drummond went 0-for-6 from the field and didn’t score a single point. Drummond has all the talent in the world, but the desire is lacking.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 4: Four of Missouri’s last five wins have been by three points or fewer.
  • 3:45: Vermont has trailed for just 3:45 in its last 133:02 played. The Catamounts have won seven in a row after beating Maine.
  • 0: Kennesaw State remains winless in the Atlantic Sun after losing at home to USC-Upstate. The Owls are 0-13 in the league, 2-22 vs. D-I competition.
  • 93: Southern beat Jackson State, 49-44. In overtime. That’s 93 combined points in 45 minutes of basketball.
  • 16: South Carolina State had lost 16 games in a row before beating beating Longwood on Monday.

Three other notable results:

  1. Mississippi Valley State is 11-0 in the SWAC after beating Alabama A&M. MVSU was just 1-11 in non-conference play.
  2. Davidson has now won three in a row since dropping its first league game last weekend, beating Wofford by 22.
  3. Stony Brook stayed atop the America East at 11-1 with a 57-48 victory over New Hampshire.

Notes:

  • Belmont steamrolled Austin Peay, 94-55, in a non-conference tilt.
  • Mercer took a half-game lead in the Atlantic Sun, beating East Tennessee State, 54-46.
  • Idaho State played Montana close for a half, but the Grizzlies dominated the second half in a 76-40 victory to move to 10-1 in the Big Sky.
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Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:27 am
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:42 am
 

Night Court: Kansas-Mizzou delivers the goods

That is a 'Breaking Bad' reference for those who don't get it. (Getty Images)
By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night:  It was Kansas-Missouri, of course. It couldn't be anything else. Parrish was there, and he'll have reaction/column on the experience shortly. As for my thoughts on the Tigers' 74-71 win, I thought the game was marred by officiating, but rarely does that bother me. The refs blow calls in every game, and at this point, unless it's particularly brutal -- like, among the five worst calls in a season -- I just consider it another turnover. I think it's a damn shame that could've been the last time Kansas takes the bus to Columbia for a game, though. Missouri wanted nothing to do with the Big 12, and now the rivalry is set to die after the season. Too bad.

Win to brag about: The Northern Iowa buzzer-beating win at home against the Valley's best team was bodacious. UNI is fighting to be an NIT bubble team, but it mucked up the MVC race by getting such a sizzling victory.

Loss to hide from: A lot of teams don't have wiggle room. Nevada was 19-3 entering the day, but it was a soft 19-3. It lost to 12-11 Idaho at home. The Wolf Pack now can most likely only afford to lose in the WAC finals if they want an at-large.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Thomas Robinson one-upped Jared Sullinger, scoring 25 and getting 13 rebounds after Sullinger had 24 and 10 earlier in the day. What's particularly egregious: Robinson didn't get a touch on the final three Kansas possessions. I checked the tape. The Jayhawks could have made it happen.

Another player who deserves improper benefits: The man who blocks. Anthony Davis, who set the SEC freshman record for blocks in a season, passing Shaq's record for more than two decades ago. Davis' eight swats today put him at 116 for the year. Davis will likely put this record beyond orbit by the end of February.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Chace Stanback's two points in 20 minutes in UNLV's loss at Wyoming was pretty glaring. I still am very high on Vegas, but I'd like to not see Stanback disappear like this again. He's the wrinkle that makes UNLV hard to contain.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 12. The MAC East beat the MAC West 12-0 this week. On the year, the East leads the battle 21-3.
  • 25.1. That's Damian Lillard's points per game average, tops in the nation, and stays that way thanks to 35 tonight against Northern Colorado.
  • 40 and 40. The Summit League's two best players, Nate Wolters and Dominique Morrison, both played 40 minutes and led their team to wins tonight. DoMo had 36 and Wolters had 31.

Other notable results

  1. Dayton is now 4-5 in the A10 and 14-9 overall. I'm embarrassed to have ever put this team in the Power Pyramid.
  2. For the first time since being coach of Indiana, Tom Crean got a road win in the Big Ten against the team that wasn't named Penn State. 78-61 over Purdue is just what the doctor ordered for IU. Purdue seems destined to play in Dayton in the First Four.
  3. The game will be a bit of an afterthought on this day, but UNC struggled on the way to an 83-74 win at Maryland. Tyler Zeller was again spectacular, putting up 22 points and seven rebounds.
  4. Important game in the CAA saw George Mason beat Old Dominion 54-50. Mason (19-6) remains in a tie atop the league at 11-2 thanks to the win. Playing its way to an at-large if it can win most of the rest from here on out.
  5. Iowa State 77, Oklahoma 70. Iowa State now 7-3 in the conference and, yeah, this is a tournament team.
  6. Boy, oh, boy did Alabama need to avoid losing at home to Ole Miss -- and it did. But it took two overtimes. A 69-67 Tide win. If it can win at home and just get by in the SEC Alabama will sneak in to the field of 68.

Notes

  • Mentioned that Creighton loss above. Wichita State won at home over Indiana State, which means WSU and Creighton are tied atop the Valley. The two play each other next Saturday.
  • Middle Tennessee State was another unbeaten-in-conference team entering the day. No more. Fell at Denver 75-60. If it was a five-point and not a 15-point loss, that'd have been much better. Blue Raiders are a bubble team, but barely now, and they have no BracketBuster opportunity.
  • I've never seen a basketball stanchion just go to sleep like this after a dunk. 
  • Crazy to know that Texas A&M was picked by league coaches to win the Big 12. Aggies fell 64-53 at K-State and are now 3-7 in conference.
  • Apparently it's rumored UNC and Kentucky will not play each other in the non-con next year. Would be dumb for both teams to opt out of that.
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:13 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 1:16 am
 

Night Court: Canaan kept Murray State perfect

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Murray State was down 11 at home and at least one so-called college basketball expert was wondering if the Racers could come back and remain the nation's lone undefeated team. Then Isaiah Canaan shut everybody up. The junior point guard from Mississippi got hot and finished with 32 points in the 10th-ranked Racers' 81-73 victory over Southeast Missouri State. So Murray State is 22-0 and still perfect. And I apologize for ever thinking the Racers might not enter the weekend as both of those things.

Win to brag about:  As Michigan State, Kansas State and Vanderbilt have shown this week, winning on the road in the league against a decent opponent can be difficult. So credit Middle Tennessee State for its 68-66 win at North Texas. It won't register nationally (outside of here). But it's a nice victory, and now Kermit Davis' team is 21-3 overall, 10-0 in the Sun Belt.

Loss to hide from: There is nothing wrong with losing at BYU. Lots of good teams have done it over the years. But the 24th-ranked Zags were never close at the Marriott Center. They lost 83-73. And now Saint Mary's is running away with the WCC.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Momo Jones got loose in Iona's 105-86 win over Canisius. The Arizona transfer took 23 shots, made 16 and finished with a career-high 43 points. That's not bad. And who wants to draw Iona in its opening game of the NCAA tournament?

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Jason Washburn entered Utah's game with Oregon with stats that said he took 7.5 shots per game and made 4.3. In a 70-68 loss to the Ducks, he took 10 and made just two. That's 20 percent and awful for anybody, especially a center. Utah lost 79-68.

Numbers don't lie

  • 2: That's the number of changes Mike Krzyzewski made to his starting lineup for Duke's game at Virginia Tech. He removed Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly in favor of Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton. The No. 7 Blue Devils won the game 75-60.
  • 6: That's the number of games in a row Florida has won. The Gators beat South Carolina 74-66 at the O'Connell Center. Kenny Boynton got 24 points in the victory.
  • 10: That's how many of Washington's final 12 points Terrence Ross scored in the Huskies' 71-69 win over UCLA. Washington is 15-7 overall, 8-2 in the Pac-12. That has Lorenzo Romar's team alone in first place in the league standings (thanks to Arizona's 78-74 win at California).
Three other notable results
  1. Steve Masiello's Manhattan Jaspers improved to 10-2 in the MAAC with a 73-51 victory over Marist. Kidani Brutus came off the bench and got 16 points for the winners.
  2. There was a time when Denver looked like the class of the Sun Belt. But the Pioneers are now just 6-3 in the league after a 72-71 overtime loss at Louisiana Lafayette.
  3. Portland dealt Santa Clara a 78-74 loss at home. It dropped the Broncos to 0-8 in the WCC.

Notes

  • My colleague Jeff Borzello updated his Freshman of the Year rankings Thursday. Click this link to check them.
  • Don't be stupid and buy a counterfeit ticket to an Ohio State game. Click this link for details.
  • Thank God we moved Isaiah Canaan to sixth in our Player of the Year Watch. Click this link and evaluate.

On tap: Friday doesn't offer much but Saturday should be really good. My colleague Jeff Goodman will be courtside for Vanderbilt at Florida. I'll be at Kansas-Missouri in Columbia.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:27 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:40 pm
 

Night Court: Southern Miss ends streak

Southern Miss' 18-game losing streak against Memphis is finally over. And now USM looks like it's headed toward the NCAA tournament. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Jeff Goodman

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Memphis had owned Southern Miss to the tune of 18 consecutive wins, but Larry Eustachy's team finally got the Tigers. Darnell Dodson made a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to put Southern Miss up 75-72 and Chris Crawford's long 3-pointer was off the mark in the closing seconds of the game. Southern Miss is now all alone in first place in C-USA. 

Win to brag about: Wichita State rebounded from a loss at Drake with a road victory against Missouri State. Gregg Marshall got 25 points and 11 boards from big man Garrett Stutz as the Shockers improved to 19-4 overall and 10-2 in Missouri Valley play. 

Loss to hide from: It wasn't just UConn losing. It was the Huskies scoring just 44 points in a road loss against Georgetown. It was also the Huskies dropping four straight. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Miami-Ohio's 6-foot-8 senior forward Julian Mavunga had an insane night in a 62-57 overtime win over Eastern Michigan. He had 19 points, 19 boards and eight assists. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: With Texas A&M down 61-60, Elston Turner took an extremely difficult shot, a turnaround and contested 20-footer, with nine seconds left in the game. Turner must not have been aware of time and score because there was no need for a shot like that. Baylor wound up with the 63-60 win in College Station. 

Numbers don’t lie:

4: Jim Calhoun's UConn Huskies have dropped four consecutive games to fall to 4-5 in Big East play. A few more setbacks and the defending national champs may not even make the NCAA tourney. 

0: Binghamton is still without a victory after getting pummeled by Stony Brook, 82-48. Mark Macon's team is now 0-22 overall and 0-10 in America East play. 

15: Thomas Robinson has 15 double-doubles this season after going for 20 points and 17 boards in Kansas' rout over Oklahoma. 

Other notable results:

Michigan got a split against Indiana after a 68-56 win in Ann Arbor. Trey Burke had 18 points and the Wolverines only turned it over five times. 

George Mason lost at Delaware, 65-60 -- and with VCU and Drexel both winning, it means there's a three-way tie for first place in the CAA between the three teams. Old Dominion is one-half game back at 9-2. 

Three of the A-10's top four teams teams -- UMass, Dayton and St. Bonaventure -- all lost while La Salle, Temple, Xavier and Saint Louis all posted victories. 

Towson lost at Hofstra, 74-49, ending the team's winning streak at one. 

N.C. State struggled, but came away with a 56-51 road won at Boston College. 

Wichita State rebounded from a loss against Drake to knock off Missouri State on the road, 74-67. The Shockers are 10-2 in Missouri Valley conference play. 

Miami improved to 4-3 in ACC play with a 90-86 home win against Maryland in overtime. 

Notes:

UConn coach Jim Calhoun pulled Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi from the starting lineup and replaced them with Roscoe Smith and Ryan Boatright. It didn't help as the Huskies managed just 44 points in a 14-point loss at Georgetown. Napier finished with just one point and Oriakhi was scoreless. Smith had two points. 

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that sophomore big man Fab Melo will be reinstated tomorrow and eligible to play this weekend for the Orange. 

Miami coach Jim Larranaga wasn't supposed to coach against Miami due to flu-like symptoms, but showed up 15 minutes prior to the game and coached the Hurricanes to an overtime win. 

Michigan State's Draymond Green's knee injury wasn't as serious as feared -- and he is expected to play Sunday against Michigan. 

Doug McDermott is a legit candidate for the National Player of the Year award. He finished with 24 points in a rout over Illinois State -- after going for 17 in the first half. 

Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-9 shot-blocking freak from Boston, has re-classified into the Class of 2012. Many feel that Syracuse and Kentucky are the co-leaders for his services. 

On tap: 

1) The nation's lone unbeaten team, Murray State, hosts Southeast Missouri State at 8 p.m. ET. 

2) Duke travels to Blacksburg and faces Seth Greenberg's Virginia Tech Hokies at 7 p.m. ET

3) Gonzaga travels to Provo and plays BYU at 11 p.m. in a game that the Cougars may need to get into the Big Dance. 

4) Washington will need to beat UCLA in Seattle if the Huskies are to have any shot of getting an at-large berth. Game is at 9 p.m. ET. 

5) Cal is tied with Washington at 7-2 in the league. The Bears host Arizona at 11 p.m. ET. 

6) Middle Tennessee State is unbeaten in Sun Belt play at 9-0. Kermit Davis' team goes up against Tony Mitchell at North Texas. 

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:11 am
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