GAME OF THE NIGHT: Virginia Tech 73, Michigan 70
Seth Allen scored five straight points in the final two minutes to cap a Hokies comeback from 14 points down as Virginia Tech landed a much-needed win on the road against Michigan. The Wolverines, who looked so impressive at the 2K Classic in New York two weeks ago, have now lost their last two games against quality opponents. This is a win that will look good for Tech on Selection Sunday.
No. 13 Indiana 76, No. 3 North Carolina 67: The Hoosiers cruised to another elite win without really getting tested. “Who is the real Indiana?” Dickie V asked on the broadcast. I answered that question here.
No. 14 Louisville 71, No. 15 Purdue 64: The Cardinals suffocated Purdue in the first half and held on down the stretch as the Boilermakers made their run. Our take on the game can be found here.
No. 6 Virginia 63, Ohio State 61: The Wahoos played unquestionably their worst half of the season, digging themselves a 32-16 hole at home against Ohio State. But as you might expect, Virginia came storming back in the second half to win, 63-61. London Perrantes led the way with 19 points, coming up especially big in the clutch.
Virginia’s win gave the ACC a 9-5 win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Mountain West wins: Boise State picked up a win over a good SMU team at home while Colorado State went into Boulder and knocked off a Colorado team that a lot of people think have a shot to make the NCAA tournament. For a league that has been trending towards one-bid territory of late, this was a good day.
Obi Enechionyia, Temple: Enechionyia had 26 points to lead the Owls to a win over city rival Saint Joseph’s, hitting six threes, including a huge three in the final minute.
Rodney Bullock, Providence: 36 points, six boards, three assists, three steals, 5-for-8 threes. I don’t care that it came against New Hampshire, that’s an impressive stat-line.
Marcus Evans, Rice: One of the nation’s best mid0major players, Evans had 31 points and eight assists in a win over Houston Baptist.
Washington: The Huskies committed 25 turnovers and blew a 22-5 lead in a game they lost 86-71 to TCU while shooting 10-for-12 from three. It sounds hard to do, but it happened.
Northern Iowa: The Panthers, who looked like they might contend for an at-large bid early, lost to George Mason at home on a night where they shot 25.9 percent and 8-for-32 from three.
- No. 9 Baylor coasted to a 79-45 win over Sam Houston State in Waco.
- Lauri Markkanen led five players in double-figures with 19 points, six boards and five assists as No. 16 Arizona beat Texas Southern, 85-63.
- No. 12 St. Mary’s trailed Stanford by four at halftime, but outscored the Cardinal by 19 in the second half to claim a 66-55 win. Calvin Hermanson went 9 of 11 en route to 25 points for the Gaels. No starters scored in double-figures for Stanford.
- Lonzo Ball set a UCLA freshman record with 13 assists, and the No. 11 Bruins beat UC Riverside, 98-56. T.J Leaf (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Thomas Welsh (12 points and 12 rebounds) both had double-doubles. Isaac Hamilton scored 27 points, hitting seven 3s.
- Chimezie Metu had 19 points and 13 boards in a win over San Diego, but it could’ve been costly for USC as Bennie Boatwright hurt his knee in the first half.
- How weird is this sentence to read: UConn improved to 3-4 on the season with a 51-49 win over Boston U. at home.
- Middle Tennessee State, the team that upset No. 2 Michigan State in the NCAA tournament last season, blew out Ole Miss on the road, winning by 15 after taking a 29-point lead into halftime.
- Ivan Rabb had 25 points and 13 boards as Cal got past Louisiana Tech in overtime, 66-59.