Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: It's impossible to pick one, so I'm going with a copout and picking the three endings of the big 4 p.m. games. In a matter of about 60 seconds, Shabazz Napier missed a 3 at the buzzer in UConn's loss to Tennessee; Texas couldn't convert on its final possession vs. Kansas; and, of course, Michael Snaer hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Florida State over Duke. It was the best two minutes of the season so far.
Win to brag about: Hm, only one team beat an undefeated team on Saturday, so let’s go with them. Notre Dame got off to a great start against Syracuse and fought back every potential comeback by the Orange. The Fighting Irish dominated the glass early and took care of the ball when it mattered, getting 17 points and 10 boards from Jack Cooley.
Loss to hide from: California was probably the best chance the Pac-12 had at an at-large bid, but the Golden Bears really hurt their chances with a loss to Washington State on Saturday. Washington State was just 10-8 on the season, including losses to Utah and UC-Riverside. Although the Cougars beat Stanford on Thursday, this was still a game California couldn’t really afford to lose in its quest for a bid to the Big Dance.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Dee Bost hit a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime to give Mississippi State a 78-77 win at Vanderbilt in overtime. The senior point guard finished with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. It looked like the Bulldogs were on a bit of a losing streak, getting down by double-digits in the first half, but Bost and Arnett Moultrie led a comeback in the second half.
Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: I know it was his first game back from injury, but it was not a vintage return game from Travon Woodall. He shot 0-for-5 from the field, turned it over three times and didn’t score a single point as Pittsburgh lost – again, to Louisville. After the home loss, Pittsburgh has now lost eight in a row, and is 0-7 in Big East play.
Numbers don’t lie:
- 9: The last time Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim lost on the same day was January 18, 2003, nine years ago.
- 1: There is just one undefeated team remaining, as Murray State cruised over SIU-Edwardsville after Syracuse lost to Notre Dame.
- 65: Ohio State beat Nebraska by a combined 65 points in their two games this season, after the Buckeyes’ 34-point win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday.
Three other notable results:
- Erik Murphy led five Florida players in double figures as the Gators beat LSU, 76-64.
- Marquette was tremendous from the field, shooting 54 percent from the field and 82 percent from 3-point range, in a 79-72 win over Providence.
- Harvard stayed undefeated in Ivy League play, beating Dartmouth easily, 54-38. The Big Green shot just 31.7 percent from the field.
- The Pac-12 gets weirder everyday. Washington smoked Stanford, playing to its potential for the first time all season, while Colorado escaped over Arizona. Oregon also continues to win, beating UCLA.
- Wyoming has built up its record against weak competition, but the Cowboys held Colorado State to 51 points in a win.
- Saint Joseph’s lost its third straight game, and fifth in seven games, after its 84-80 defeat to Penn.
- Conference-USA got a little more confusing, as Southern Miss held off Marshall, 67-63.
- LIU stayed undefeated in Northeast play, beating Wagner on the road by seven.
- North Texas beat Denver on a putback at the buzzer by Tony Mitchell.
- Gonzaga and BYU cruised to victories in West Coast play.
- Nate Wolters scored 28 points to lead South Dakota State to an overtime win over North Dakota State.
- VCU improved to 6-2 in the CAA with a 13-point win over Old Dominion, which previous had one loss.
- Reggie Hamilton might be the past player in the Summit, but Oral Roberts improved to 10-0 in the league by beating Oakland.
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