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Late Night Snacks: Michigan State tops Iowa in overtime, LSU upsets Kentucky


GAME OF THE DAY: No. 7 Michigan State 71, No. 15 Iowa 69 (OT)

The shorthanded Spartans pulled off a gutsy performance on Tuesday night, taking an overtime victory over No. 15 Iowa, a team that would looking for a statement win. No Adreian Payne, no Branden Dawson, but several Michigan State role players stepped up alongside Keith Appling and Gary Harris. Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice both scored in double figures while Matt Costello recorded a double-double. Russell Byrd hit a big 3-pointer with 33 seconds to play to put Sparty up six.

Iowa went on a near 15-minute drought beginning midway through the second half, and lasted all the way until the waning seconds over overtime.

OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: LSU 87, No. 11 Kentucky 82

I saw LSU back in November. Despite losing to UMass, I liked what I saw. This team is really talented, but consistency has been its issue. The final score makes the game look better than it was. The Tigers still aren’t a lock for the NCAA tournament, according to College Basketball Talk’s latest Bracketology, but Tuesday night showed what they could do if they got to the Big Dance.


West Virginia 66, Baylor 64The Bears might be done after this one. Baylor is now 1-6 with three straight games against ranked opponents in the next three games. Baylor really needed this game.

Missouri 75, Arkansas 71The Tigers pick up a big win inside Bud Walton Arena, which puts them in a tie for fifth in the SEC. The loss for Arkansas, on the other had, is a tough one to handle. The Razorbacks haven’t proven they can win on the road and next up is a game at LSU, which just handed Kentucky an 87-82 loss on Tuesday night.

South Florida 78, SMU 71: It’s a bad loss, which makes SMU’s work a little more difficult in the American. A win would have given the Mustangs the same conference record as Louisville. SMU still has two games against Memphis and one game each against Cincinnati, UConn and Louisville.


1) Doug McDermott, Creighton: 39 points, and the game-winning 3-pointer with two seconds to go. It’s Dougie’s world, we’re all just living in it.

2) Johnny O’Bryant, LSU: Big win for LSU, led by O’Bryant with 29 points, off 12-of-20 shooting with nine rebounds to upset No. 11 Kentucky.

3) QJ Peterson, VMI: The 6-foot freshman scored 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in VMI’s 109-105 win over UNC Asheville. Rodney Glasgow added 35 and dished 10 assists.


1) Harrison twins, Kentucky: Andrew and Aaron shot 7-of-20 for 22 points. They combined for five turnovers and two assists.

2) Iowa’s offense: The Hawkeyes went almost 15 minutes (end of regulation and overtime) without a field goal. They shot 1-for-13 in that span.

3) Baylor: The Bears lost its fifth straight conference game, in a must-win situation at home against West Virginia. Oklahoma State, Kansas and Oklahoma are the next three games on Baylor’s schedule.



  • Kansas State 66, Texas Tech 58
  • Virginia 68, Notre Dame 53
  • VMI 109, UNC Asheville 105: sixth time this season VMI went over 100 points
  • New Mexico 78, Utah 65

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

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Defensive progress will determine No. 4 Iowa State’s ceiling

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Even with the coaching change from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm, No. 4 Iowa State remains one of the nation’s best offensive teams. Given their skills on that end of the floor many teams find it tough to go score for score with the Cyclones, and that’s what happened to Illinois in Iowa State’s 84-73 win in the Emerald Coast Classic title game.

Georges Niang scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with Monté Morris adding 20, nine rebounds and six assists and Abdel Nader 18 points as the Cyclones moved to 5-0 on the season. The three-pointers weren’t falling in the second half, as Iowa State shot 0-f0r-12, but they shot 19-for-24 inside of the arc to pull away from a team that lost big man Mike Thorne Jr. late in the first half to a left knee injury.

Illinois’ loss of size in the paint opened things up offensively for Iowa State, and the Cyclones took advantage. But where this group grabbed control of the game was on the defensive end of the floor, and that will be the key for a team with Big 12 and national title aspirations.

Nader took on the responsibility of defending Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (20 points) in the second half and did a solid job of keeping the junior wing in check, with that serving as the spark to a 12-2 run that put the game away. There’s no denying that the Cyclones can put points on the board; most of the talent from last season is back and the productivity on that end of the floor hasn’t changed as a result. Niang’s one of the nation’s best forwards, and both Morris (who now ranks among the country’s best point guards) and Nader have taken significant strides in their respective games.

Iowa State will add Deonte Burton in December, giving them another option to call upon. Front court depth is a bit of a concern, as Iowa State can ill afford to lose a Niang or Jameel McKay, but there’s enough on the roster to compensate for that and force mismatches in other areas.

But the biggest question for this group is how effective they can become at stringing together stops. Illinois certainly had its moments in both halves Saturday night, but Iowa State also showed during the game’s decisive stretch that they can step up defensively. The key now is to do so consistently, and if that occurs the Cyclones can be a threat both within the Big 12 and nationally.