Night Court: LSU downs Kentucky; nice road wins for Sparty, Mizzou

Gary Harris played well on both ends to give Michigan State a big win at Iowa. (USATSI)
Gary Harris played well on both ends to give Michigan State a big win at Iowa. (USATSI)

Here’s everything you need to know from college basketball's Tuesday ... 

Game of the Night: Michigan State wins in OT at Iowa 71-69.

Without Adreian Payne and without Branden Dawson, Michigan State goes on the road to play an Iowa team that hadn't dropped a home game dating back to Jan. 10, 2013. It was the only Big Ten team this season without a home loss, in fact. But a cold spell for the Hawkeyes that lasted the final 9:56 of regulation and bled four minutes and 54 seconds into overtime prevented Fran McCaffery's team from getting a 21st consecutive victory at home.

Hard for me not to have MSU as my national title frontrunner, considering it wins games like this without two of its three best players. Iowa's one of the 12-14 best teams in the country, folks. MSU's defense just stymied the Hawkeyes. (And, yes, as bad luck would have it, some shots weren't falling.)

Keith Appling had 16 to lead MSU. Matt Costello's play -- 11 points, 12 rebounds -- was very big, and a good development going forward for the Spartans.

Really liked the design on the shirts that Iowa fans were wearing, by the way. Hawkeyes only had 10 turnovers, and a bad shooting night really is why they couldn't pull out the W.

Game of the Night, Vol. II: Creighton wins thanks to late, deep 3 from Doug McDermott.

The frontrunner to win National Player of the Year had a season-high 39 points, the final three coming this way.

The Bluejays won 63-60 to improve to 18-3 and 8-1 in the Big East. I would go on about McDermott, but we'll have something nice and long for you on the site in short time about what he has done this season and how special it is.

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And check out this sequence of photos on the winning shot. Terrific.

What else we'll be talking about in the morning: Kentucky loses, we're talking about it.

Well, first off, have to mention that in the 87-82 loss, Kentucky opted not to foul the final 14 seconds. It was weird. I don't know what was happening. It looked like UK straight gave up, perhaps because, although it was just a five-point margin at that point, the Wildcats were trailing by double digits for most of the second half and just figured, Whateva. Julius Randle finished with a season-low six points.

UK is now 15-5 and sits behind Florida and Ole Miss in the SEC standings. Yes, there is panic. Yes, plenty of Kentucky fans are growing not to like this team. Yes, this team will still make the NCAA tournament. Yes, John Calipari has a lot to answer for.

It was so bad for Kentucky, Calipari was literally pushing his players into place. (Via @bubbaprog)

LSU, for my money, looks like it could be one of the most dangerous 12 seeds in recent memory. The Tigers are young, inconsistent and sure to lose a few more games they shouldn't, but the talent, size, length and athleticism on this team is undeniable. At 13-6, who says this team won't be able to make some noise in the next two months?

That's a good win: Missouri takes on a road win at Arkansas.

A fairly entertaining game to watch. Despite 19 turnovers, Missouri goes into Arkansas and beats its former coach. Jabari Brown was a stud, scoring 24. The 16-4 Tigers went 22 for 27 from the foul line, and the many shots from the stripe sunk down the stretch sealed the steal on the road for Mizzou.

The Tigers needed this one. I never considered Arkansas an NCAA tournament team, but the Twitter consensus was this loss acting as a nail in the NCAA tourney coffin for Mike Anderson's 13-7 team.

And that’s a bad loss: BAYLOORRRRRR!!!!

It's true: no team has put more highly touted recruits on the court over the past six years and left us wanting more as much as Baylor. In the big picture, Scott Drew's done such amazing things there. Two Elite Eights attached to his legacy is a meaningful thing. But now, even with a team that wasn't Final Four-good but certainly second weekend-good, the Bears are 1-6 in the Big 12 following a 66-64 home loss to 12-9 West Virginia.

Juwan Staten sank a reverse layup to give West Virginia a two-point lead with 3.1 seconds left. The Bears were unable to get a shot off in time, so Kenny Chery's banked-in 3 at the buzzer was no good -- because he was still holding the ball at the horn.

The Bears' next three games: at OK State, vs. Kansas, at Oklahoma. OH MY GOD THE HORROR. It's very plausible BU is going to be 1-9 in the Big 12 and at that point a borderline NIT team.

Players with impact

  1. Of course, McDermott, who had a season-high 26 shot attempts on top of those 39 points. He also had six rebounds. No other Bluejay had more than seven points. McDermott carried the team tonight.
  2. How about VMI's QJ -- QJ! -- Peterson, who had 37 points and 15 rebounds in the Keydets' 109-105 win over UNC Asheville. VMI guard Rodney Glasgow had 35 and 10 assists.
  3. Johnny O'Bryant III had 29 points and nine rebounds for LSU. He and freshman Jordan Mickey looked damn good in spurts tonight.

Numbers to figure

1-5: Iowa's record this season against teams ranked in the Top 25.

12-1:  LSU's record this season when leading at half.

25: The number of losses, in total, for Utah State at home since 1999. Two of those losses have come in the past three days. USU dropped a home decision 78-65 to New Mexico late Tuesday night.


Other outcomes of note:

  • Virginia and Notre Dame played for the first time since 1992 on Tuesday. The Irish did not look good. UVa, which is beating opponents by more than 16 points per game in ACC play, won 68-53 at ND. The Cavs are now 7-1 in the ACC, the team's best start in league play since 30 years ago. Notre Dame is 11-10 overall and headed to the CBI.
  • SMU took a bad loss at South Florida. At some point you had to think Larry Brown's team would slip up. The Bulls got 21 from Victor Rudd to win 78-7. Corey Allen, Jr. scored 18 for South Florida, which is 11-10. SMU is now 16-5 and 5-3 in the league.
  • Ho-hum: a 57-45 win for Wichita State, getting the Shockers to 22-0. It's among the five best starts to a season in the past 10 years. 
  • Kansas State got a win it needed, beating Texas Tech 66-58 to improve to 5-3 in the Big 12.


-- New Mexico and Utah State are playing right now. Alex Kirk is not playing for the Lobos due to a foot issue. 

-- Wednesday's Auburn vs. Alabama game has been postponed until Thursday because of the snow in the south.

-- We had some punishments handed out in college basketball on Tuesday.

-- One program will not have its head coach until next season.

-- The guy who got embarrassed with the posterization of the year in college basketball is out for at least six weeks.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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