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Late Night Snacks: You’re probably asleep right now

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There were a total of 14 games being played on Monday night. Only nine of them featured Division I vs. Division I match-ups. None of them were surprising. If you’re up and reading, check out the nuggets of info below. Because despite the lack of games and excitement, a few players turned in exceptional performances tonight. It’s Late Night Snacks.

Game of the Night

Nebraska 63, USC 51 – It was the lone game between major-conference opponents and a proving game to an extent for the Trojans. They failed on the road. Nebraska moved closer to validating their 6-1 start and got decent games from their guards. The Huskers were 11-for-17 from three-point range, which was truly the difference.

Game of Note

San Diego State 74, Texas Southern 62 – After Texas Southern took Colorado to the brink, it overcame a 32-16 deficit to make the second half competitive. Maybe Mike Davis can make a difference for this team in the SWAC, even though they are ineligible for the postseason. What? You thought this post would be about the Aztecs? They did what they had to, they beat an inferior team.

Starred

Ray Gallegos, Nebraska – Went for 20 points in the victory over USC including 6-of-10 on threes. He averages around 13 per game and was the biggest boost for a Husker team that prepares to take on Creighton this week.

Jordan Reed, Binghamton – Reed went for 26 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Monmouth, but you can’t overlook a night like that, win or lose. He was 10-for-17 from the field, was 6-for-8 from the free throw line and added four steals.

Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman – In an 86-63 win over Stetson, Coleman was the star, finishing with a game-high 29 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. He was an extremely efficient 13-for-14 from the field.

Struggled

Jio Fontan, USC – The biggest stalwart on the Trojans team finished with just 11 points and three assists in the loss at Nebraska. He’ll need to come around if he wants to get USC back to respectability.

Omar Strong, Texas Southern – This one probably isn’t fair, but there weren’t many interesting games. Strong went for 39 points against Colorado, then followed it up with (only) 15 on 5-of-12 shooting in a loss at San Diego State. Eh, just would’ve been cool to see him go ham again.

Cole Darling, Wright State – He averages 13 per game and finished a 54-41 loss to Bowling Green State with just eight points. Hey, it’s slim pickins’ tonight.

Stuffing the stat sheet

Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse – We talked about him earlier, but MCW went for 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in an 84-48 victory at home over Eastern Michigan. He’s had two near triple-doubles in two games. He’s gettin’ it in. Big time.

Fanbase who can take a breath

Nebraska – They got their first victory of any real note this season with the win over USC. But that breath will be short-lived. No. 16 Creighton comes to town on Saturday. The first true test of their season.

Fanbase who can take a seat

Honestly? No one tonight – Really. I can’t see a program that took a step back. Not enough played and the results weren’t surprising by any means. Some nights, it’s just like this.

Get some sleep, everyone.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Key contests in Atlantic 10, Pac-12

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCLA at No. 17 Arizona, 9:00 p.m.
The Bruins and Wildcats have already met once this season, with a Bryce Alford three-pointer giving UCLA an 87-84 win. But UCLA has continued to struggle with consistency since then, and the chance at payback should serve as a motivating factor for Arizona. Sean Miller’s team welcomed back Allonzo Trier in Saturday’s win at Washington, and in forward Ryan Anderson they have one of the conference’s best players. The “rivalry” aspect of this game should make it a good one, as UCLA tends to show up for big-name opponents, but it could also be another major blow to the Bruins’ fleeting hopes of getting back to the NCAA tournament.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 19 Dayton at Rhode Island, 7:00 p.m.
The Rams have struggled with injuries all season, most recently dealing with Jarvis Garrett’s broken jaw and Kuran Iverson’s concussion. Garrett’s back on the floor, playing with a face mask that appears to be inspired by Hannibal Lecter, and it’s that team toughness that makes URI a serious threat to first-place Dayton at the Ryan Center (Iverson’s been medically cleared but remains a game-time decision). Charles Cooke has been outstanding for the Flyers this season, and Dayton’s depth makes them a tough matchup for any team much less one as banged up as URI.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

1. As a result of No. 11 Oregon’s loss at Cal last night, No. 23 USC finds itself tied in the loss column atop the Pac-12 standings heading into their game at Arizona State (8:00 p.m.). Outside of keeping opponents off the offensive glass the Sun Devils have had issues defensively in conference play, and with the Trojans’ many scoring options led by guards Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs this will be a tough matchup for the home team.

2. Monmouth looks to maintain its lead atop the MAAC standings, as they visit Rider (9:00 p.m.). The Broncs haven’t been the conference contender many envisioned them being when the season began but they’re still dangerous, with players such as guard Teddy Okereafor capable of giving opponents fits. Justin Robinson, who’s been excellent at the point all season long, leads the way for a Monmouth team that still has hopes of earning an at-large bid should they need it.

3. Having lost to Yale last weekend, Columbia’s in a position where they need to hold serve ahead of the rematch in New York City March 5. That makes games like tonight’s against Penn (7:00 p.m.) that much more important for Kyle Smith’s Lions, who have done a good job of turning opponents over in league play (22.8 TO%). Penn’s had issues taking care of the basketball, and that combined with Columbia’s tandem of Maodo Lo and Alex Rosenberg could prove to be the difference at Levien Gym.

4. Two teams looking to make a push in the MAC East race meet in Buffalo, as the Bulls host Ohio (7:00 p.m.). Nate Oats’ team had its four-game win streak snapped by Toledo, with the Rockets beating Buffalo by two Wednesday night. They’ll look to rebound with a defense that has been the best in the MAC in conference play (tops in defensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage), but they have to take care of the basketball in order to do so.

5. Grand Canyon, which can’t play in the NCAA tournament as they’re still in the Division I transition process, looks to remain a game behind New Mexico State in the WAC standings. Dan Majerle’s Antelopes visit Seattle (10:00 p.m.), which handed GCU its first conference loss 13 days ago. GCU shot just 6-for-23 from three in that game, which they led by ten late in the first half. If Seattle is to win they’ll need to slow down the tandem of sophomore Joshua Braun and senior Grandy Glaze, who combine to average 31.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.