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 64: The 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 71: The 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.
REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 4 Wichita State 57, Loyola (IL) 45: Shockers improve to 22-0
- No. 20 Creighton 63, St. John’s 60
- 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