Night Court: Wisconsin knocks off No. 2 Indiana
Wisconsin won its 11th straight game against Indiana, Marshall Henderson hit a buzzer-beater, and St. John's beat Notre Dame. Busy night.
|Traevon Jackson hit a key pull-up jumper down the stretch to help Wisconsin upset No. 2 Indiana on the road. (US Presswire)|
Here’s everything you need to know from college basketball’s Tuesday …
Game of the Night: Wisconsin Badgers goes into Bloomington and knocks off No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers .
Something about Bo Ryan against the Hoosiers. Wisconsin won its 11th straight game against Indiana on Tuesday, using a 9-0 run early in the second half to get some separation en route to a 64-59 victory. Point-guard play has been an issue for Wisconsin throughout the season, but Traevon Jackson had 11 points before fouling out -- including a clutch pull-up jumper in the final minutes. Ryan Evans had 13 points while Sam Dekker provided key baskets off the bench. For Indiana, Cody Zeller dominated the first half -- but was essentially invisible down the stretch. They looked excellent defensively for most of the final 10 minutes but couldn’t get stops at key points. In a troubling development, Will Sheehey has now been held scoreless in back-to-back games.
Wisconsin had four non-conference losses, and many people wrote the Badgers off this season. Once again, though, Bo Ryan showed you can’t doubt him. Wisconsin is the last Big Ten team with zero league losses.
Shot of the night: Marshall Henderson hits buzzer-beater to send Ole Miss Rebels into overtime with Vanderbilt Commodores -- and the Rebels cruise.
Ole Miss followed up its blowout win over Missouri last Saturday with a loss at Vanderbilt -- or so it seemed with the seconds winding down in regulation. After Kevin Bright hit a corner 3 with 3.2 seconds left to give Vandy a three-point lead, Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson drained a 25-footer to tie it up and send the game into overtime. Once in the extra period, the Rebels outscored Vandy 11-1 and cruised to victory. Henderson finished with 26 points, and Ole Miss is now 14-2. Check the below video.
What else we’ll be talking about in the morning: Kentucky Wildcats bounces back with a win over Tennessee Volunteers .
It wasn’t the most impressive of victories, but Kentucky has to avoid losses if it wants to make the NCAA tournament. Tennessee hung with the Wildcats for most of the game, but key plays by Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays -- yes, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays -- down the stretch helped Kentucky pull out a 10-point win. Ryan Harrow continued to show signs of being a consistent playmaker, but Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress need to be smarter offensively; Goodwin has to pass more, and Poythress needs to show some aggressiveness. At this point, though, a win is a win.
That’s a good win AND a bad loss: St. John's Red Storm gets second Top-25 win, this time over Notre Dame Fighting Irish .
Because of its athleticism and length, St. John’s is going to be a nuisance to play against this season. Cincinnati experienced that a couple of weekends ago, and Notre Dame felt those same effects on Tuesday night. The Red Storm knew they couldn’t guard Jack Cooley one-on-one, so they often went to a smaller lineup, which made Cooley a non-factor on the defensive end. He was saddled with foul trouble and was on the bench during the final minutes. A D’Angelo Harrison 3-pointer and blocked shot helped seal the 67-63 victory down the stretch. JaKarr Sampson also had 17 points. Notre Dame has now lost two in a row.
Players with impact
- DePaul Blue Demons lost to Cincinnati, but Cleveland Melvin still got after it for the Blue Demons. He had 32 points and eight rebounds.
- Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott moved to No. 1 in Goodman and Parrish’s Player of the Year rankings on Tuesday -- then went out and scored 31 points against Northern Iowa after a slow start. That’s 70 points in two games.
- He was outdone in the final score, but Northern Iowa Panthers ’s Anthony James had a solid 25 points, six boards, three assists and three steals.
Numbers to figure:
17-1: Creighton is off to its best start in school history, at 17-1.
11: Clemson Tigers had 11 blocks in its win over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons had 11 blocks, steals and assists -- combined.
2004: That’s the last year in which Notre Dame beat St. John’s in Madison Square Garden.
Other outcomes of note:
- Cincinnati Bearcats ’s Cashmere Wright left the game with 15:12 remaining but had 20 points before the injury. He would eventually return to the bench. The Bearcats beat DePaul, 75-70.
- Doug McDermott had 31 points, as Creighton overcame a slow start to beat Northern Iowa, 79-68. The Bluejays have now won 11 in a row.
- Stony Brook Seawolves moved to 4-0 in the America East with a 27-point blowout of Boston University. Tommy Brenton and Jameel Warney both had double-doubles, and Dave Coley went for 21 points.
-- Sherrod Wright has really established himself as a bonafide go-to scorer in the CAA. The George Mason Patriots guard had 23 points against James Madison on Tuesday, and has put up 19 or more in eight of his last nine games.
-- Georgetown Hoyas forward Greg Whittington won’t play against Providence on Wednesday for a violation of team rules.
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