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Late Night Snacks: Kansas and Ohio State trending in opposite directions

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GAME OF THE DAY: Nebraska 68, No. 17 Ohio State 62

In front of a hostile Nebraska crowd, the Buckeyes dropped their fourth consecutive game on Monday night as Ohio State fell to a Cornhusker team that was winless in the Big Ten. Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway led the Huskers with 18 points each while Ohio State struggled to muster scoring in this one as Aaron Craft led the way for the Buckeyes with 12.

Ohio State will need to figure things out quickly in a very tough Big Ten if they hope to have any shot at the league title.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 8 Kansas 78, No. 24 Baylor 68

Another week and another win for Kansas over a ranked opponent. The Jayhawks have won four consecutive games over ranked opponents as Perry Ellis finished with 18 points, Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and seven rebounds and the Jayhawks shot 23-for-40 from the field for 57 percent shooting as a team.

2) Creighton 96, No. 4 Villanova 68

That score is not an error and it’s even more shocking considering it was played in Philadelphia. Ethan Wragge knocked in his first seven three-pointers in the first half and the Bluejays knocked in 10 in a row to start as they cruised past Villanova for a big road win in the Big East. The Jays knocked in a conference record 21 three-pointers in the win on Monday night.

CBT’s Rob Dauster was in Philadelphia checking this game out and has more on Creighton’s win here.

3) Virginia 76, North Carolina 61

The Cavaliers are off to a solid 5-1 start in ACC play as they beat the Tar Heels on Monday night in Charlottesville. North Carolina has slid to 1-4 in the ACC and it doesn’t appear like things are getting better after the 0-3 start. Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon each paced Virginia with 16 points.

STARRED

1) Creighton’s shooting: The Bluejays shot a ridiculous 21-for-35 from three-point range against Villanova.

2) Semaj Christon had 27 points in 39 minutes to help Xavier to an 84-74 in over DePaul for a Big East road win.

3) Belmont was tied 53-all with Fairfield during a non-conference home game on Monday before running off the game’s final nine points for the 62-53 win.

STRUGGLED

1) Maryland held a 29-20 lead at halftime of its ACC contest at N.C. State on Monday before blowing the lead and getting run out of the gym in the second half. Maryland was outscored 45-27 in the second half as the Wolfpack won 65-56.

2) New Hampshire was ahead of Vermont 30-20 at the break before being outscored 37-10 (!) in the second half of its 57-40 loss in America East play.

3) Georgetown blew another second-half lead, this time to Marquette, as the Golden Eagles outlasted the Hoyas 80-72 in overtime for a Big East road win. Marquette trailed 56-49 with 4:54 remaining before forcing overtime and earning its first Big East road win of the season.

Michigan gets Caris LeVert back in a win over No. 18 Purdue

Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) tries to steal the ball from Michigan guard Caris LeVert (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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Zak Irvin scored 22 points and Michigan’s outmanned front line held Purdue’s redwoods to just seven offensive boards, six second chance points and just 22 points in the paint as the Wolverines landed a critical, 61-56, win over the No. 18 Boilermakers.

Depending on who you listen to, Michigan entered the day, at worst, on the bubble and at best, in headed for the 8-9 game.

And they picked up a top 25 win.

So yes, this win was big for them moving forward.

But more important than the win itself was that Wolverine fans got a glimpse of all-american guard Caris LeVert. He played just 11 points and didn’t return in the second half, he didn’t score and he missed the only shot that he took, but LeVert took the court for the first time since Dec. 30th. That day, LeVert rolled his left ankle and most likely reinjured a foot that had had a broken bone surgically repaired twice in the last 20 months. Michigan never confirmed what the actual injury was and never gave a timetable for when he would be back in the lineup, which is what made his brief appearance so important.

LeVert isn’t done for the season.

And since the Wolverines managed to post a 9-4 Big Ten record with LeVert acting as little more than a spectator, they have a chance to make a run in the Big Ten tournament and get into the NCAA tournament.

That will happen with LeVert in the rotation and, if all goes according to plan, the starting lineup.

So even with a loss against Purdue, the Wolverines had a good day. Bolstering their NCAA tournament profile was an added bonus.

VIDEO: Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin gets technical foul for copying famous Vince Carter dunk

Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin (2) shoots over Cincinnati forward Quadri Moore (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin picked up one of the dumbest technical fouls of the season on Saturday with the Tigers on the road against Tulane. Goodwin attempted to copy Vince Carter’s famous arm-in-the-rim dunk from the 2000 NBA dunk contest. This would have been okay during pregame warmups, but Goodwin tried to pull this off on a breakaway near the end of the first half. He was quickly hit with the T for hanging on the rim.

Goodwin has good timing when it comes to current events, as the NBA’s dunk contest airs on Saturday night, but the timing of pulling this off in the first half of a tight conference game is not so great.

For past reference, here’s Carter’s original arm-in-the-rim dunk from 2000, which had everyone astonished since it had never been done before.

(H/T: The Cauldron)