Night Court: Syracuse drama overshadows bad losses elsewhere

Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's superb Wednesday ...

Game of the Night: You already know what.

I mean, you shoot 42.9 percent from the field on the road against a team with 20 wins in mid-February and come away the winner? That takes some nice play, a little luck, and probably an opposing team that doesn't quite have its stuff together.

You can see the video once again of Tyler, The Creator's shot that sank Pittsburgh here. And Gary Parrish wrote a column on the craziness as well.

Here's something I found interesting: The two of these teams have combined for 227 total points this season. On Jan. 18 it was 113; tonight it was 114. And in those two games, Pitt led for approximately 44 of the 80 minutes between both games. Yet comes out 0-2.

Jim Boeheim said in the postgame presser he thought the ball was going in -- and he never believes those prayers fall.

SU assistant Mike Hopkins' opinion:

Syracuse GIFs and Vines

Via The Big Lead:

Via Will Brinson:

Via @NunesMagician.

What else we'll be talking about in the morning: All those bad losses.

We usually have an "and that's a bad loss" section for Night Court. There were so many tonight, we're lumping them in here.

1. Oklahoma sours its résumé by falling to Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders are 1-0 in the post Jeff Orr era. (The infamous fan will not be attending any games the rest of the season.) Tubby Smith is doing a fine job in his first year with TTU, but wow, Oklahoma -- didn't think you'd have this kind of stinker in you. It was a 68-60 home loss for the Sooners. The Big 12 really is the best league in the country. Sooners were undone in part by making just six of 27 3-point attempts.

2. UMass drops a home game to George Mason???

Massachusetts is quickly finding itself with a brick tied to its ankle. A 91-80 home loss to a George Mason team that's now just 2-8 in the A-10 is going to really ding this team's tourney hopes/eventual seed, should it make the field. After starting the season 16-1, UMass is now 19-5 and No. 50 in KenPom.

3. Indiana might have trouble making the NIT.

The 14-10 Hoosiers dropped a home game to Penn State. They were beaten at the end on a beautiful crossover by Tim Frazier (below). Frazier had a team-high 14 points. Indiana blew a 64-53 lead with 3:20 left. If you thought it had been a good long while since PSU won at Indiana, not really. The Nittany Lions won there in 2010. (H/T, Eric Sion.)

4. LSU lost another one it shouldn't have.

I've felt LSU could be a super-dangerous No. 12 seed. But despite two or three future NBA players on the roster, the Tigers have collected way too many bad losses. Wednesday night was an 83-73 decision at just-OK Texas A&M. Bayou Bengals helping the SEC goof its way to a three-bid situation come Selection Sunday.

What else: Officials not messing around with fan behavior.

Not familiar with what exactly happened, but a fan favorite/school booster was tossed from the Memphis game Wednesday night. It will likely dominate talk radio tomorrow in that city. Memphis won 76-70 and is 18-5 overall.

That's a good win: VCU (20-5) makes no doubt about it against George Washington.

A 92-75 home win was just what the Rams needed. George Washington has been the surprise of the conference in the A-10 this year. VCU's toyed around in too many games and lost a few of them. Didn't happen tonight. Good win to pass GW in the league standings. VCU still in the mix for a top-five seed at this point.

Players with impact

  1. Treveon Graham led VCU with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Briante Weber, who is amazing at stealing the ball, had seven more.
  2. If you saw Boise State 71, New Mexico 70, you saw Ryan Watkins get 12 points and 11 rebounds and be the necessary component to help the Broncos finally get a close, tough win.
  3. It was 33 points for Shavon Shields in Nebraska's 67-58 win over Illinois.
  4. High scorer of the night? I think it's the third time he has done it this season: D.J. Balentine of Evansville, who put up 38 in a 104-98 OT win over Illinois State.

Numbers to figure

Less than 30: Pittsburgh has held its past two opponents to less than 30 points in four straight halves. Via Patrick Stevens.

Ennis the robot:

5.6-to-1: Ennis assist-to-turnover ratio against top-25 teams this season.

34: Below.

Other outcomes of note:

  • A beatdown situation in Hartford. UConn beat South Florida 83-40, and it could've been another 10 points gap in the final margin. You know it's a total blowout when you kill a team by 43 points and your leading scorer (DeAndre Daniels) has 12 points.
  • Kentucky struggled (17-of-55 from the floor!) at Auburn but won 64-56. The Wildcats are now 89-17 all time against the Tigers. Next up is the huge home game against Florida Saturday night. Our Jeff Borzello will be there to document the hoopin'.
  • Toledo now 21-3 after winning at home over a solid Ohio team. The 82-76 win improves the Rockets to 9-2 in the MAC.
  • Two A-10 teams got wins they needed -- Richmond over Duquesne and Dayton over Rhode Island -- in order to keep pace for hope toward an at-large bid.
  • Washington earned a good win by holding off Stanford 64-60. C.J. Wilcox led the UW way with 17. Neither team will be playing in this year's NCAA tournament.
  • Wow to Georgia, which is a 7-4 SEC team after winning by 20 on the road at middling Mississippi State. Mark Fox is coaching his behind off.
  • Villanova trounced DePaul on the road, 87-62.
  • And when Baylor shows its fierce side, we can recognize that. A 91-58 win at TCU.


-- Seven games were postponed on Wednesday night: Duke-UNC; BC-Georgia Tech; Elon-Furman; Northeastern-UNC Wilmington; Davidson-The Citadel; UNC Greensboro-Georgia Southern; Vanderbilt-South Carolina.

-- This stirring photo of Dick Vitale changed my life Wednesday night.

— Clayton DeFur (@BootsWitDeFur) February 12, 2014

-- And regarding that ridiculous snowstorm. Not hoops related, but holy crap.

-- Posted earlier on Syracuse selling pieces of its net from the game it won over Duke a week and a half ago. Duke's official Twitter page responded

-- This won't be happening for a few years, but it will be great when it comes to pass.

-- Indiana took no chances with its crowd Wednesday night, in wake of what happened with Marcus Smart over the weekend.

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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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