Tag:Night Court
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:06 am

Night Court: Royce White gives ISU another win

Royce White's shot with 1.8 seconds left capped a 14-point comeback, giving Iowa St. a win over Kansas St. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Iowa State looked like it was headed for a letdown game against Kansas State, getting down by as many as 14 in the second half after its big win over Kansas over the weekend. However, the Cyclones stormed back late in the game and tied it up on a Chris Babb free throw with under a minute left. On the last possession, Royce White isolated himself and hit a short jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give Iowa State a 72-70 win.

Win to brag about: Arkansas was the last team in my projected bracket on Monday afternoon, and the Razorbacks solidified their at-large profile with an 82-74 victory over No. 25 Vanderbilt. Arkansas simply didn’t miss midway through the second half, knocking down 3-pointers on five of six possessions, including three in a row, to gain an 11-point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. The Razorbacks now have wins over Michigan, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Loss to hide from: It’s not a bad loss, but Seton Hall has now dropped four in a row after its 66-59 defeat at No. 15 Marquette. The Pirates were up by 11 in the first half and led for most of the first 30 minutes of the game, but they struggled immensely on the offensive end and couldn’t stop Marquette during the Golden Eagles’ 20-5 run in the second half. Jordan Theodore went just 3-for-14 from the field, getting held to seven points.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Oklahoma State sophomore Markel Brown went for 30 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cowboys to an 80-63 win over Texas Tech. Brown is averaging fewer than 10 points per game on the season, but has totaled 71 points in his last four games (17.8 per game).

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: The entire Michigan State vs. Illinois game was horrendous. Michigan State shot just 24 percent, with Illinois lighting it up at 33 percent. The Fighting Illini held on for a 42-41 victory, as Brandon Paul knocked down two free throws with 45 seconds left and Keith Appling missed a layup with two seconds left for Michigan State. 

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 3-for-22: Michigan State’s top three scorers – Draymond Green, Keith Appling, Brandon Wood – were horrendous offensively against Illinois.
  • 11: Kentucky made its first 11 shots from the field against Tennessee.
  • 9: Wisconsin scored just nine points in the first 16 minutes of its game against Penn State, but had 43 in the next 24 minutes. The Badgers won, 52-46.
  • 0: Texas Tech is still winless in conference play – the only BCS-conference team without a league win.

Three other notable results:

  1. North Carolina struggled offensively, but still topped Wake Forest behind 18 points and 18 rebounds from Tyler Zeller.
  2. Virginia held off a late rally from Clemson to improve to 5-2 in the ACC with a 65-51 victory. Mike Scott went for 23 points and 10 rebounds.
  3. Anthony Davis went for 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to lead Kentucky to an easy 69-44 win over Tennessee.


  • New Mexico certainly didn’t overlook Air Force, hammering the Falcons on the road, 81-42.
  • Northern Iowa had lost five of seven heading into Tuesday, but beat Southern Illinois. They have Creighton and Wichita State up next.
  • Michigan State’s Draymond Green left the arena on crutches after leaving the game with a knee injury. He will be evaluated in the morning.
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Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:40 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 11:41 pm

Night Court: First 50-point scorer of the season

Kevin Murphy, the man who scored 50 tonight. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night:  Thank God Missouri had to play Texas on the road, because if this was in Columbia, I feel like we would’ve had to pick Pitt-WVU as the GotN. This just in last century: winning on the road in conference against competent teams is harder than spinning a ping pong ball on your pinky. Missouri learned the lesson again tonight, as it was unable to shake Texas off despite, largely, playing better than the ’Horns for the majority of the game.

Then came the elbow call on Michael Dixon that gave Texas two technical free throws and helped cut a 13-point deficit down to one with less than a minute to go. J’Covan Brown gave UT the lead on the next possession. Dixon, by the way, hit a ridiculous running, falling left-handed, high-arcing layup to give Mizzou the lead. It was the game winner, and Dixon was 9 for 10 from the field and finished with 21 points. Missouri is playing itself into a top seed. They remain a fascinating case study in teams that inexplicably do well with first-year coaches.

Win to brag about: It’s become an unpredictable college basketball season across the board, in almost every conference. Pittsburgh only adds to the haze with its 72-66 win at West Virginia, causing the Mountaineers to dip to .500 in Big East play while taking one in Morgantown. Seth Davis floated the possibility Pitt could become a faint factor in the bubble chase. To that I only say, Seth, I love ya, buddy.

Loss to hide from: I forgot to make the bed today. My fiancée came home in a huff. So I’m hiding from that — and her. I bring this up because there wasn't really a bad loss tonight. And on Jan. 30 college basketball needs to be offering us more than this.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Kevin Murphy became the first 50-point scorer in college basketball this season tonight. He had half a hundred in Tennessee Tech’s 98-80 home win over SIU-Edwardsville. Murphy, a senior, was 16-of-21 from the field, 6-of-9 from 3, 12-of-14 from the foul line, had seven rebounds and just one turnover. It all amounts to what is likely one of the best sports nights of his life and certainly the most impressive statistical performance in the senior’s college career.

The flip side of the game saw Jerome Jones from SIU-E have a season-high 25 points.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Shame on you for trimming that beard, Deniz Kilicli. Now it’s merely magnificent, instead of Zeusian.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 18. Texas Southern blew an 18-point lead to Alabama State and lost 66-59 in overtime. The ESPNU play-by-play man called it "one of the most startling and unexpected comebacks you will ever see this college basketball season." I don't know about you, but I'm taking his word for it.
  • 4. After a four-game drought where he was held below 20 points -- the only time that's happened this season -- Penn senior Zack Rosen got back to good, putting up 28 against Princeton. Jack Donaghy is not pleased.
  • 3. The number of BracketBusters games that are actually worthwhile. Check out our succinct breakdown of the games.
  • 83. The number of pages I burned through tonight "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." (Again, thanks for the slow night, CBB!) This book is not making me want to see the movie. Only 200 pages to go. I was told this thing picks up the pace 100 pages in. Lies.

Three other notable results

  1. Penn knocked off Princeton in the Ivy, which means Penn is still undefeated, which means they’re tied in the loss column with Harvard. I'd love a good Ivy race, but it feels like Harvard's going to win the league by at least two games.
  2. Norfolk State dropped its first game in the MEAC tonight (87-82 to Coppin State). Yeah, we’re scraping the barrel’s bottom.
  3. Central Florida, what are you doing playing Palm Beach Atlantic on Jan. 30? Are you not a major player in a respectable conference? Don’t schedule weaklings after Christmas if you want to be a big boy. Now, can someone help me get off this damn high horse?


  • Did you happen to catch Bob Knight’s mocha sweater tonight? I promptly put on a cup of hot chocolate.
  • I can’t stand the elbow = technical rule in principle. What Dixon tonight warranted two free throws, but all too often we’re seeing players get punished for a natural reaction with the ball. Can we agree to just keep the spirit of the rule alive but chop it to one free throw? That’s a compromise I can live with.
  • I’ll be speaking with Kevin Murphy about his 50-point game early Tuesday morning. Look for the post around lunchtime.
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:04 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 11:15 pm

Night Court: Cody Zeller got loose against Iowa

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Remember when Notre Dame lost Tim Abromaitis for the season and we all assumed the Irish were likewise done? That seems silly now that Mike Brey's team just won 50-48 at Connecticut and improved to 6-3 in the Big East. And this was UConn with Ryan Boatright as opposed to without Ryan Boatright. The freshman guard played for the first time since missing three games while the NCAA further investigated claims that he received improper benefits before enrolling at UConn. He only scored six points in the loss. And because of the loss, we had to drop the Huskies out of the Top 25 (and one).

Win to brag about: That Ohio State easily handled Michigan despite Jared Sullinger being saddled by foul trouble and mostly average -- and despite the team shooting just 20 percent from 3-point range in the 64-49 win -- was really impressive. The Buckeyes got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Lenzelle Smith. They've now won four straight. They look like a possible national championship team.

Loss to hide from: Nobody likes to have their four-game winning streak snapped. But it's especially unfortunate when the winning streak is snapped at home by a rival that entered with a 3-5 record in the worst of all the power-conference leagues. So, yeah, Oregon had a bad day. The Ducks lost 76-71 to Oregon State while missing 21 3-point attempts.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Cody Zeller rebounded from a poor effort against Wisconsin with a 26-point effort in Indiana's 103-89 win over Iowa. The freshman forward made 11 of the 12 shots he attempted. He dunked a lot. He looked good.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Whomever was in charge of preventing Zeller from dunking a lot and recording a career-high in points does not deserve even 10 percent of the improper benefits Ryan Boatright received. Because that guy did not do his job very well.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 12: That's the number of assists Kendall Marshall had in North Carolina's 93-81 victory over Georgia Tech. The performance marked the sixth time this season that Marshall has dished at least 12 assists. His season-high is 16 against Long Beach State.
  • 14: That's the number of consecutive points Miami scored to break a 49-49 tie and pull away from Boston College in an eventual 76-54 victory that pushed the Hurricanes to 3-3 in the ACC. They're now tied for sixth in the league standings.
  • 17: That's the number of turnovers St. Peter's committed in its 64-40 loss to Iona. The Peacocks only had seven assists. That ratio is why they lost by 24.
Three other notable results
  1. Michael Alvarado scored 20 points in Manhattan's 87-70 win over Niagara. The Jaspers are 9-2 in the MAAC and tied atop the league standings with Iona and Loyola.
  2. Anthony Collins got 15 points in USF's 81-78 win over Providence. The Bulls are 6-3 in the Big East. But it should be noted that every Big East victory has come over a school with a losing record in the league.
  3. Allen Crabbe scored 18 points in California's 69-59 win over Stanford. The Bears are 7-2 in the Pac-12 and tied atop the league standings with Washington.


  • Kentucky remained No. 1 in the latest Top 25 (and one). The rest of the top five (in order) is Syracuse, Ohio State, Missouri and Baylor.
  • Arizona announced early Sunday that Kevin Parrom will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. He was averaging five points and three rebounds per game.
  • Three of the top five teams in the updated KenPom.com rankings are from the Big Ten. They are Ohio State (No. 1), Wisconsin (No. 2) and Michigan State (No. 5).

On tap: Missouri and West Virginia are the only teams in the Top 25 (and one) scheduled to play Monday. The Tigers are at Texas. The Mountaineers host Pittsburgh.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:28 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 2:20 am

Night Court: Towson wins, Iowa State upsets KU

Clint Steindl (16 points) and Saint Mary's were a step ahead of BYU all night in the Gaels' 80-66 win. (AP)

By Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Syracuse holding off West Virginia with the help of referee Karl Hess. The Orange played their third consecutive game without big man Fab Melo (academics) and it was close most of the way. Bob Huggins' team had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Hess and the officiating crew missed a clear goaltending call from 'Cuse big man Baye Keita that could have sent the game to overtime. Huggins after the game when asked about whether it was a goaltend: "I know it was. I just saw the replay." 

Game of the Day, Vol. 2: Drake and Wichita State went into three overtimes, before the home Bulldogs finally put the Shockers away for good. Ben Simons helped Drake overcome an uneven performance from Rayvonte Rice en route to a 93-86 win in 55 minutes. 

Win to brag about: I was set to go with Marquette's come-from-behind road win at Villanova, but Iowa State's home win against Kansas was the most important in Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg's young coaching career. It snapped a 13-game losing streak against the Jayhawks and also may be just the resume victory that Iowa State will need come March in order to get on the right side of The Bubble. 

Win to brag about, Vol. 2: BYU was 99-7 at the Marriott Center heading into Saturday night's revenge game against Saint Mary's. The Cougars are now 99-8, after the Gaels went into BYU's building and throttled the Cougars, 80-66. Saint Mary's got off to a big lead in the first half, but BYU fought back to make it a nine point game. The Gaels didn't let them get any closer -- Saint Mary's is clearly the cream of the crop out West.

Loss to hide from: This one is easy. It's Buzz Peterson and UNC Wilmington falling to a Towson program that came into the game riding an NCAA-record 41-game losing streak. 

Loss to hide from, Vol. 2: Dayton looked like the best team in the Atlantic-10 last weekend when it blew out Xavier. This week, not so much. The Flyers played host to 3-18 Rhode Island -- and lost, 86-81.

Player who deserves improper benefits: UMass' long and talented big man Rapiael Putney has finally started to match production with his potential. Putney finished with 22 points, 10 boards and five steals in the Minutemen 72-59 victory over Saint Louis in Amherst. Derek Kellogg's team is now 16-5 overall and 5-2 in A-10 play -- which is atop the league. 

Player who also deserves improper benefits: Steven Pledger scored 30 minutes to lead Oklahoma to a 63-60 win at Kansas State -- the Sooners' second win over the Wildcats this season. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Villanova's Mouph Yarou needs to give Jay Wright more than 11 foul-ridden minutes -- and more than two points and four rebounds if the Wildcats are to do anything the rest of the season. 

Player who also does not deserve improper benefits: Weber State lost on a buzzer-beating 3-point by Idaho State's Kenny McGowan. The Wildcats likely wouldn't have been in that position, though, had Damian Lillard not shot 5-for-14 from the field -- getting held to far below his 24.8 points per game. 

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 1: With Towson getting into the win column, that leaves Binghamton as the lone D-1 team without a victory. 
  • 8: Duke big man Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 17 boards, which was the eighth time this season he's recorded a double-double. 
  • 878: Jim Boeheim's career victory total. It's also one shy of catching Dean Smith for third on the all-time list. 
  • 6: UNC Greensboro interim coach Wes Miller and his team have reeled off six consecutive wins and are now 6-4 in SoCon play. 
  • 8:22: Virginia did not score a field goal in the last eight-plus minutes, and only had four field goals in the entire second half, but still beat NC State, 61-60.
  • 33: Miami (Ohio) scored its first 33 points against Western Michigan on 3-pointers.
  • 12-0: Pittsburgh improved to 12-0 against top-10 opponents at the Peterson Events Center after its win over Georgetown.

Other notable results:

  • Florida took care of Mississippi State in Gainesville, 67-59. 
  • Vanderbilt held off a Middle Tennessee State team that came into the game with a 12-game winning streak. The good news for the Commodores is that Festus Ezeli had a season-high 21 points in the 84-77 victory. 
  • Marquette came back from 18 down and wound up getting an important road win at Villanova. Darius Johnson-Odom had 26 points and Jae Crowder finished with 20 points and 11 boards.
  • Alabama edged Arkansas in a game that Anthony Grant & Co. could ill-afford to lose. The Crimson Tide are 14-7 and 3-4 in SEC play. 
  • Oklahoma State followed up its big win over Missouri ... with a 15-point loss at Texas A&M.
  • Louisville held Seton Hall to six points in the first 13 minutes en route to a 60-51 win. Seton Hall has now lost four in a row.
  • Cincinnati lost its third in a row, this time at Rutgers, 61-54. The Scarlet Knights now have wins over Florida, UConn, Cincinnati and at Pitt.
  • Purdue's Robbie Hummel hit the go-ahead baseline jumper then contested the final shot defensively, as the Boilermakers beat Northwestern on the road. 
  • Illinois lost its third straight close game, falling at Minnesota in overtime.
  • Memphis made a nice comeback in the second half to beat Marshall at home, 83-76.
  • UCF followed up its big home win over Memphis with its second straight loss -- a 13-point defeat at home against Southern Miss.
  • Tony Wroten made plenty of big plays in the second half, none bigger than his block of Josiah Turner's lay-up at the buzzer, as Washington beat Arizona, 69-67.
  • UNLV seemed fatigued in overtime against Air Force, but the Runnin' Rebels came back to win, 65-63.
  • New Mexico rolled over TCU, 71-54.
  • Doug McDermott had 24 points to lead Creighton over Bradley, 73-59.
  • Davidson suffered its first Southern loss of the season, 77-74, to Samford. 
  • St. Francis (N.Y.) hammered Robert Morris on the road, moving to 8-2 in the Northeast. Not bad, considering they got off to a 3-8 start in non-conference play.
  • Temple and Xavier both won.
  • Kentucky will stay as the No. 1 team in the country on Monday, as the Wildcats dominated LSU.


  • College of Charleston, just a day after Bobby Cremins announced he was stepping away for the rest of the season due to health reasons, lost against Wofford. Interim coach Mark Byington has a difficult task since he's taken over a group ravaged by injuries. 
  • UConn freshman Ryan Boatright was cleared to play Sunday against Notre Dame. 
  • Referee Karl Hess was working his 21st game in the past 28 days. It's inexcusable that the NCAA doesn't do something to take over -- and limit -- the officiating assignments. 
  • Arizona announced that Kevin Parrom has a broken foot and is out for the rest of the season.
  • Mississippi Valley State, Bucknell, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oral Roberts and Norfolk State all continued to stay unbeaten in conference play. 

On tap: 

  • Michigan at Ohio State, 1 p.m. - Trey Burke goes back home and plays against his former high school teammate, Jared Sullinger. 
  • Notre Dame at UConn, 12 p.m. - The Huskies get freshman Ryan Boatright back from his second NCAA suspension. 
  • Iowa at Indiana, 6 p.m. - The Hoosiers need this one to get back on track. 
  • Stanford at Cal, 8:30 p.m. - This one could help determine the Pac-12 regular-season champs. 
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:48 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 12:55 am

Night Court: Many good mid-majors get key Ws

Patric Young, A.K.A Voltron, slams it home for UF. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Night:  Florida got out of Mississippi with a win but it wasn’t easy. A 64-60 ending in favor of the Gators could give more reason to pause over Billy Donovan’s team. Was this one of UF’s three best wins this season? Actually, yeah, it seems so. Other notches in the bedpost include beating Florida State and … hold on … give me a second, just checking the book here—there it is! Yes! Arizona at home!

Work to do, Florida. But thanks for keeping it entertaining in Oxford. I remain a Voltron fan.

Loss to hide from: No shame in losing on the road, but falling 57-50 to Wisconsin puts Indiana at 4-5 in the Big Ten—and now Hoosier fans are going to have to accept reality. They’ve got two amazing wins, both at home, but this team is destined to take, at best, a five seed. It’s a deal IU honks would’ve accepted gladly before the season. Hoosiers remain a threat to beat anybody but they’re plenty fallible, too. Not seeing how this team crawls out of this to finish top-four in the Big Ten standings by season’s end.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Nate Wolters was outdone in Oakland, Mich., tonight. His South Dakota State Jackrabbits couldn’t steal one on the road, despite Wolters’ 21 points 12 assists and eight rebounds. That’s because Wolters was overshadowed not by Grizzlies stud point guard Reggie Hamilton, but Travis Bader, who had a school record 10 3-pointers and put up 37 points on 10-of-14 long-distance shooting.

Another player who deserves improper benefits: Let’s look to a small-time team. Tennessee Tech’s Kevin Murphy put up 34 points, had six rebounds and dished out three assists. It doesn’t always have to be the big boys getting all the pub in Night Court.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: For being the second-most valuable bench player in the country behind Dion Waiters at Syracuse, Will Sheehey was shut down entirely by Wisconsin tonight. The Indian guard had two points in 25 minutes and was unusually invisible. If he can contribute double figures and be a menace, Indiana gets so much better.  

Numbers don’t lie

  • 22. Long Island being held to 66 points was the lowest total the team's endured in a conference game in 22 months.
  • 17 and 0.  Tyler Zeller somehow managed to nab 17 rebounds and not commit a foul. Don’t worry: I’m already researching if that’s happened in the past decade or so.
  • 14. That’s how many years Indiana’s gone without winning at Wisconsin.

Three other notable results

  1. North Carolina played the way it should have at home against N.C. State, which got little brother’d to the supreme. 74-55. Check out the quote the Wolfpack’s Scott Wood said after the game.
  2. Long Island could’ve taken a stranglehold on the NEC race if it had managed to be Bob Morris in Bob’s house tonight. But it didn’t. Colonials won 75-66 over the Blackbirds who, by the way, now go by LIU Brooklyn.
  3. Saint Mary’s didn’t have an easy one in playing at Loyola Marymount, but it got the 71-64 win, continuing the program’s best conference-play start in more than 50 years.


  • A LOT of tournament-seeking teams with unbeaten records in low-major conferences kept their unblemished league marks in tact tonight. Oral Roberts, Davidson, Nevada, Weber State, Middle Tennessee State and Long Beach State continue to be the cream of their leagues, which hopefully continues; we’re getting a solid group of mid-major teams who stand a good chance at upsetting high seeds this year.
  • Wes Miller was the young interim assistant brought on to coach UNC Greensboro after it fired Mike Dement in mid-December. Miller’s won five straight. He’s coaching himself right into a full-time position as Grand Poobah.
  • If you came here looking for Pac-12 results, you won’t be getting them. This isn’t karaoke night at the local bar. Washington-Arizona Saturday night shapes up to be one of the few league games worth tuning in to. Loser really takes a hit with their NIT at-large hopes.
Oh, right, you may have seen: Lorenzo Brown did this tonight.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:02 am

Night Court: Maryland needed Gary and Greivis

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Gary Williams walked out, gave his usual fistpump and sent the Comcast Center crowd into a frenzy before tipoff, and it really did feel just like old times. But then Williams had the court dedicated in his honor and exited, and the average team he left behind was left to deal with Mike Krzyzewski's eighth-ranked Duke Blue Devils. The game was close for a while and mostly interesting. But Mason Plumlee's 23 points and 12 rebounds were enough to lift Duke to a 74-61 victory. (Somewhere, Greivis Vasquez wept.)

Win to brag about: Notre Dame backed its huge win over Syracuse with a 55-42 victory at Seton Hall. The Irish are now a surprising 5-3 in the Big East heading into Sunday's game at Connecticut. Meantime, Seton Hall has dropped three straight since entering the national rankings.

Loss to hide from: Marshall is in Jerry Palm's latest Predicting the Field. But I bet the Thundering Herd are out after their 56-49 loss at home to UAB considering the Blazers entered with a 6-12 record that included a 1-4 mark in C-USA. This is not a loss Tom Herrion wanted to take heading into Saturday's showdown at Memphis. Or anytime, really.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Arnett Moultrie got 28 points and 12 rebounds -- and recorded his 12th double-double -- in No. 18 Mississippi State's 76-71 win over LSU. His reward will be his addition to the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year Watch that'll be updated Thursday.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Marcus Denmon took 16 shots and missed 12 in No. 2 Missouri's 79-72 loss at Oklahoma State. His punishment will be his removal from the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year Watch that'll be updated Thursday.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 2: That's the number of Louisville starters that fouled out during the Cards' 84-74 victory over Villanova. Russ Smith fouled out first, then Chane Behanan. But Rick Pitino's team still escaped and improved to 16-5 overall, 4-4 in the Big East.
  • 5: That's the number of freshmen St. John's started in a 78-62 win over West Virginia. It was reportedly the first time St. John's had started five freshmen since the 1927-28 season. 
  • 37: That's the number of consecutive home games fourth-ranked Ohio State has now won. Their 78-54 victory over Penn State -- in which Jared Sullinger got 20 points and 13 rebounds -- kept the streak alive.

Three other notable results:

  1. Pittsburgh beat Providence 86-74. It was the Panthers' first Big East victory. They opened with seven straight league losses.
  2. Doug McDermott's 30 points were enough to lift No. 15 Creighton to a 77-69 win at Drake. It was the Bluejays sixth consecutive road victory.
  3. BYU went to Blacksburg and handed Virginia Tech a 70-68 loss.The Hokies are now 12-8 overall, 1-4 in the ACC. They might not even get to make the bubble of the NCAA tournament this season.


  • Will Barton and Tarik Black were both ejected during Memphis' 73-51 win over Rice for leaving the bench after teammate Joe Jackson was fouled on a dunk attempt. Barton and Black did not participate in a fight. Therefore, will not be suspended for Saturday's game against Marshall.
  • Saint Louis' 73-68 win at Xavier snapped the Musketeers' 43-game home winning streak in Atlantic 10 games. Xavier's last A-10 home loss (before this) came in 2006.
  • Michigan State's 68-52 win over Minnesota represented Tom Izzo's 400th career victory. The future Hall of Famer was reportedly wiping celebratory tears from his face in the final minutes of the game.
  • Pittsburgh wasn't the lone power-conference school to get its first league win on this night. South Carolina got its first in the SEC courtesy of a 56-54 victory over Alabama in which Bruce Ellington scored the game-winner with 1.4 seconds remaining.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:09 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 12:10 am

Night Court: SDSU overcomes travel woes for win

Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Michigan overcame a subpar performance from star freshman Trey Burke to hold off Purdue on the road, 66-64. The Wolverines were up by as many as 10 in the second half, and held Purdue without a field goal for the final 3:54 of the game. However, the win wasn’t secure until Lewis Jackson missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Burke was only 3-for-10 from the field, but Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 19 points.

Win to brag about: Everything was going against San Diego State heading into Tuesday’s game against Wyoming. The Aztecs arrived in Laramie only hours before the game due to travel problems and it was the Cowboys’ biggest home contest in years. Of course, San Diego State went out and won its 11th in a row, 52-42, starting the second half on a 16-4 run. Wyoming shot just 31 percent from the field, and San Diego shot 51 percent against one of the better defensive teams in the country.

Loss to hide from: Norfolk State has been rolling through the MEAC, led by Kyle O’Quinn. The Spartans had a chance to show they could beat teams from outside their league on Tuesday night, but stumbled at home against Morehead State, 75-69. They let Morehead shoot 54 percent from the field and 61 percent from 3-point range. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Baylor’s Perry Jones struggled against the cream of the Big 12 crop last week, but bounced back on the road against Oklahoma. He shot 9-for-15 from the field, going for 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 77-65 victory. Now, if Jones could do that against the top teams in the conference, there will no longer be doubts about his killer instinct.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: If Tennessee had any chance of knocking off Vanderbilt, the Volunteers needed big performances from Trae Golden and Jarnell Stokes. Both struggled in the 65-47 blowout loss to the Commodores. Golden went 2-for-11 from the field, finishing with four points, while Stokes attempted just five shots and finished with six points and seven turnovers. 

Numbers don’t lie:

Three other notable results:

  1. Texas overcame 15 points and 15 rebounds from Iowa State’s Royce White, beating the Cyclones, 62-55.
  2. Kentucky got 19 points off the bench from Darius Miller in its 57-44 win at Georgia.
  3. Marquette dominated South Florida in a battle of 5-2 Big East teams, forcing 20 turnovers and winning 67-47.


Photo: AP

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:09 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 11:17 pm

Night Court: Syracuse rebounds, KU holds off A&M

How would Mike Krzyzewski feel about this? (AP)

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 Monday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Kansas was down at the break against a Texas A&M team that was without its leading scorer -- at Allen Fieldhouse. Thomas Robinson had an off-night, but did enough in the second half and got enough help from Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey to give the Jayhawks the 64-54 victory. KU is now an impressive 17-3 overall and 7-0 in Big 12 play. 

Win to brag about: Syracuse has experienced off-court adversity this season, but the Orange finally lost its first game over the weekend -- without Fab Melo -- in South Bend. Jim Boeheim's team responded with an impressive road win against Cincinnati even though Dion Waiters was a non-factor. Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine led the way as the 'Cuse, still without its starting center, improved to 21-1. 

Loss to hide from: Iona appeared primed to put some distance between itself and everyone else in the MAAC. However, the Gaels came up short in Albany against a Siena team that limped into the game at 8-10 overall and 3-5 in league play. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Siena's O.D. Anosike went for 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds -- seven of the offensive variety -- in the Saints upset against Iona. The junior big man is now averaging 14.9 points and 12.7 boards this season and has racked up 15 straight double-doubles. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Humpty Kitchens has one of the best names in college basketball. He's also arguably James Madison's best player. However, Humpty had a great fall on Monday night, committing 10 turnovers in a loss against Georgia State. He also finished with 15 points, but the 10 turnovers can't be overlooked. 

Numbers don’t lie:

877: That's how many career victories Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has won. It's also just two shy of Dean Smith for third in D-1 history. 

10: Georgia State has reeled off 10 straight wins at home after a 74-58 victory over James Madison. James Fields tied his career-high with 21 points and also grabbed a career-high eight boards in the win. 

11: Towson has been held to fewer than 50 points 11 times this season. 

Other notable results:

Towson was only down a pair at halftime at Delaware, but Pat Skerry's team couldn't halt its NCAA Division 1-record 40-game losing skid. Towson fell to 0-21 this season. 

Morgan State got a 71-64 victory over N.C. Central as Bears coach Todd Bozeman returned to the court after a suspension while the school was investigating an incident in which he made contact with one of his players. 

VCU improved to 16-5 and 7-2 in CAA play after a 61-49 win over Hofstra. 

George Mason held off UNC Wilmington, 67-61, and remained in first place in the CAA with an 8-1 league mark. 


Texas A&M star Khris Middleton missed the game at Kansas. Middleton, who missed extended time early in the year due to a knee injury, hurt his knee again against Oklahoma. 

Fab Melo missed his second consecutive game for Syracuse. A source told CBSSports.com Melo could return for the team's next game if he gets his academic issues straightened out. 

George Mason freshman big man Erik Copes sat out with a stomach flu. Copes hasn't played since falling on his head in a loss at Drexel a couple weeks ago. 

Murray State coach told CBSSports.com that senior Ivan Aska, who has missed the past six games with a broken hand, has been cleared to play this week. 

On tap: 

Five ranked teams are in action -- including four on the road: 

- Kentucky travels to Athens and faces a Georgia team that's 1-4 in SEC play. 

- Baylor heads to Norman and tries to snap a two-game losing skid against Lon Kruger's Oklahoma club. 

- Marquette hosts a South Florida team that is also 5-2 in Big East play. 

- Michigan goes to West Lafayette and plays a Purdue team that's struggling. Lewis Jackson's back is hurting and Robbie Hummel's shot isn't falling. 

- San Diego State goes to Laramie and faces a surprising 16-3 Wyoming team coached by Larry Shyatt. 

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