Super Bowl Sunday Snacks: No. 11 Utah rebounds, Michigan State holds off Michigan

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GAME OF THE DAY: Niagara 105, Quinnipiac 100 (2OT)

Zaid Hearst managed to force overtime with a tip-in of an Ousmane Drame miss with two seconds remaining in regulation, but that only delayed defeat for Quinnipiac by ten game minutes. Chris Casey’s Purple Eagles won by five in double overtime, with Dominique Reed posting 20 points and ten rebounds and Ramone Snowden adding 18, eight and two steals. Six players played at least 42 minutes in this game, with Hearst (26 points, seven rebounds) playing 48 of a possible 50.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Michigan State 76, Michigan 66 (OT)

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakhman and Spike Albrecht scored 18 points apiece but it wasn’t enough for the Wolverines, who fell by ten in overtime at Michigan State. Denzel Valentine led all scored with 25 points and Branden Dawson adding 19 and ten for the Spartans, who remain part of the five-team logjam two games behind Wisconsin (in the loss column) in the Big Ten standings. Michigan will be without point guard Derrick Walton Jr. for “the foreseeable future,” which means that players such as Abdur-Rakhman and Albrecht will have to step forward on a consistent basis.

2. Florida State 55, No. 23 Miami 54

With a 16-point halftime lead the Hurricanes looked poised to rebound from their 20-point loss to Georgia Tech earlier in the week. Then Jim Larrañaga’s team went cold and Florida State took advantage, outscoring Miami 30-18 in the second half. Montay Brandon stepped forward for the Seminoles, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead the way. Sheldon McClellan scored 13 but Angel Rodriguez remained in his slump, scoring eight points on 3-for-11 shooting.

3. No. 11 Utah 67, USC 39

The Runnin’ Utes rebounded from their disappointing loss at UCLA Thursday night, putting the clamps on the Trojans at the Galen Center. Jakob Poeltl, who’s been dealing with ankle inflammation of late, led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds but the story for Utah was their defense. USC shot just 26.5% from the field, and they finished the game with more turnovers (15) than made field goals (13). USC scored just 12 points in the first half.

STARRED

1. Chavaughn Lewis (Marist) 

The Red Foxes entered the weekend 1-9 in MAAC play. They’ve now won two straight, and Lewis was the star of their 75-67 win over Canisius as he posted 35 points (14-for-16 FG), six rebounds and three assists.

2. Jordan Sibert (Dayton)

Sibert scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Flyers’ 101-77 win over Fordham. Archie Miller’s team is now 7-2 in the Atlantic 10, one game behind No. 14 VCU in the loss column.

3. Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington)

Sam Singer’s three in the final seconds gave California the 90-88 win, but Washington’s sophomore point guard put forth a very good floor game. 31 points (11-for-17 FG), six rebounds, five assists and no turnovers for Williams-Goss.

STRUGGLED

1. Kevin Johnson (Cincinnati) 

Johnson shot 1-for-8 from the field (0-for-7 3PT), scoring two points in Cincinnati’s 50-46 loss at East Carolina.

2. Jordan McLaughlin (USC)

McLaughlin struggled mightily in the Trojans’ 67-39 loss to No. 11 Utah, going scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting and committing three turnovers.

3. Omar Calhoun and Rodney Purvis (UConn) 

Calhoun and Purvis combined to score five points on 2-for-12 shooting in a 70-68 loss at Houston, and the final score is a bit deceiving.

NOTABLES

  • Cincinnati didn’t build on the momentum gained from their win over UConn Thursday night, losing 50-46 at East Carolina. The Bearcats didn’t make a field goal over the last 8:39.
  • UConn lost 70-68 at Houston, with the Cougars picking up their first win in American Athletic Conference play. Ryan Boatright scored 26 of UConn’s final 28 points to lead a furious comeback, but they didn’t compete at the level required for the first 30 minutes of the game.
  • Manhattan built up an 18-point halftime lead in their 87-76 win at Monmouth, but they gave up 52 second-half points in doing so. The win pulls the Jaspers (8-4) even with the Hawks in third place in the MAAC, two games in the loss column behind 9-2 Iona.
  • Oakland moved to 6-2 in the Horizon League with a 96-80 win at Youngstown State. While teams such as Cleveland State, Green Bay and Valparaiso have received most of the attention. Greg Kampe’s Golden Grizzlies are in the mix as well. Corey Petros led the way with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
  • North Dakota State is now 7-2 in Summit League play after winning 64-62 at Western Illinois. The Bison have won four of their last five, and they’re tied with South Dakota State (8-2) in the loss column atop the conference standings. The Bison won the first meeting January 4, and the rematch is scheduled for Valentine’s Day.

 

Monday’s Things To Know: Florida State rolls, Texas is back?

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There was some action on Monday night in the college basketball world, and we are here to talk you through all of it.

1. FLORIDA STATE’S SECOND HALF DEMOLITION OF LOUISVILLE IS SCARY

Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the No. 6 Seminoles used a 42-16 tidal wave over the course of the final 15 minutes to turn a 51-40 deficit into an 82-67 win over No. 11 Louisville.

It was everything that you expect a Florida State team to be during that stretch. They forced turnovers, they switched everything defensively, they dared you to try and beat them in isolation, and they did it all while getting the kind of balanced effort that makes it impossible to key in on a single player. Five guys were in double-figures on Monday night, and that doesn’t include the eight points that Leonard Hamilton’s club got from Anthony Polite off the bench.

This program is a machine.

All they do is produce physical, tough, athletic wings that stand somewhere between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-8, guard like their life depends on it and completely by in to what Leonard Hamilton is trying to do.

I would not want to see them in March.

2. TEXAS ISN’T DEAD YET

The Longhorns won their third straight game on Monday night, as they beat No. 20 West Virginia, 67-57, despite playing without Jericho Sims, Gerald Liddell and Jase Febres.

Suddenly, a team that we had all written off is right back in the mix, as the Mountaineers are a top 15 team in the NET and the kind of elite win that Texas was sorely lacking on their resume. As it stands, the Longhorns are sitting at 17-11 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12. They have three Quad 1 wins, Monday night’s win as well as roadies at Purdue and Oklahoma State, and a 5-11 mark against the top two Quads without a bad loss to their name.

Put another way, this team is suddenly very much in the bubble picture.

Now, I still think they have plenty of work to do, and given the fact that neither a road win at Oklahoma or a home win over Oklahoma State is going to change all that much for them, I think Saturday’s trip to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech is going to be the make or break game. It’s not a win-and-you’re-win type deal, but I do think that taking a loss to the Red Raiders would mean that the Longhorns will have to beat one of the Big 12’s top four teams in the conference tournament to have a realistic shot at getting to the dance.

Regardless of what it actually is, the bottom line is pretty simple: Texas needs to keep on winning.

3. KANSAS ROLLS IN FIRST GAME AS NO. 1

The Jayhawks, in their first game as the No. 1 team in the country, did not have any kind of a letdown.

Udoka Azubuike finished with 19 points, 16 boards, three blocks, two assists and hit 7-for-8 from the free throw line in an 83-58 win over Oklahoma State in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

No. 6 Florida State’s steamrolls No. 11 Louisville

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime, and No. 6 Florida State rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat No. 11 Louisville 82-67 on Monday night.

The Seminoles (24-4, 14-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved past the Cardinals into first place in the ACC. They lead Louisville and No. 7 Duke by a half-game.

Patrick Williams’ thunderous dunk put an exclamation point to a 15-0 run that put the Seminoles ahead for good. Florida State outscored Louisville 50-27 in the second half and extended its home winning streak to 22 games.

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Devin Vassell and M.J. Walker each scored 12 points for FSU, which set a school record for ACC regular-season wins with three remaining in the 20-game schedule.

Ryan McMahon scored 14 points and Jordan Nwora had 13 points and eight rebounds for Louisville (23-6, 14-4), which went more than seven minutes without a field goal during one second-half stretch.

The Cardinals played short-handed most of the night after junior center Malik Williams injured his left foot minutes into the game. He returned to the bench with a boot on the foot.

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: The Cardinals shot well in the first half, making 52% before cooling off to 32% in the second.

Florida State: The Seminoles shot 50% in each half and overcame nine first-half turnovers to complete a season sweep of Louisville.

UP NEXT

Louisville hosts Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Florida State visits Clemson on Saturday.

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Ionescu first player to 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, 1,000 rebounds

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STANFORD, Calif. — Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu is the first player, man or woman, to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

Ionescu hit the milestone on a defensive rebound with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter for the third-ranked Ducks against No. 3 Stanford on Monday night, only hours after she spoke at the memorial service for Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna, in Southern California.

Ionescu got to 1,000 assists in a win at UCLA on Feb. 14. She notched her NCAA-record 25th career triple-double at California on Friday night – also most in the men’s or women’s game. She came into Monday’s game needing nine rebounds for the 1,000 mark.

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry sat courtside for the second straight game to support Ionescu and women’s basketball.

Monday Overreactions: Kansas is great, San Diego State and Gonzaga are not

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Rob Dauster and Bobby Reagan are back after a wild weekend in college basketball that saw three of the top four teams in the country lose on Saturday. They are here to talk through whether or not Kansas is actually a great team while explaining why you should (or should not) be concerned about San Diego State and Gonzaga after they lost to UNLV and BYU, respectively. Reags also tries to justify going full fanboy and taking and posting two pictures with Bill Raftery.

Bracketology: Kansas grabs No. 1 overall seed

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Here is today’s updated NCAA tournament bracketology projection.

Following its win at Baylor, Kansas grabs the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket update.  That said, it’s basically semantics. Kansas continues to lead the Midwest Region and Baylor the South Region.  The margin between the two is more of a 1-A and 1-B approach.

The biggest surprise of the weekend was San Diego State losing at home to UNLV.  For now, the Aztecs hold onto their No. 1 seed in the East.  Maryland could have made a strong case had the Terrapins won at Ohio State on Sunday.  Either way, the door is now open for a Big Ten, Big East, or ACC champion to potentially overtake SDSU. Dayton is squarely in the mix, too.

As for the Bubble, the Providence Friars and UCLA Bruins have both recovered from challenging starts to emerge as serious at-large contenders.

Anyway, here is today’s updated NCAA tournament bracketology. If you’re looking for the NBC Sports Bubble Watch, it can be found here.



The latest look at where our NCAA tournament bracketology projection stands …

UPDATED: February 24, 2020

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON
MIDWEST REGION Oklahoma vs. USC
SOUTH REGION Providence vs. Wichita State
SOUTH REGION  PR VIEW-AM vs. ST. PETERS
MIDWEST REGION ROBERT MORRIS vs. NC A&T

MIDWEST Indianapolis SOUTH – Houston                    
Omaha St. Louis
1) KANSAS 1) Baylor
16) ROB MORRIS / NC A&T 16) PV-AM / ST. PETERS
8) ARIZONA STATE 8) LSU
9) Florida 9) Saint Mary’s
Sacramento Tampa
5) Auburn 5) Colorado
12) NORTHERN IOWA 12) Providence / Wichita St
4) Michigan 4) Penn State
13) AKRON 13) VERMONT
St. Louis Albany
6) BYU 6) Iowa
11) Oklahoma / USC 11) Utah State
3) Creighton 3) SETON HALL
14) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 14) COLGATE
Greensboro Tampa
7) Wisconsin 7) Marquette
10) Rhode Island 10) Rutgers
2) Duke 2) Florida State
15) BELMONT 15) LITTLE ROCK
EAST – New York WEST – Los Angeles
Sacramento Spokane
1) SAN DIEGO ST 1) GONZAGA
16) RADFORD 16) MONTANA
8) Indiana 8) Texas Tech
9) Virginia 9) Houston
Omaha Spokane
5) Ohio State 5) Michigan State
12) LIBERTY 12) S.F. AUSTIN
4) KENTUCKY 4) Oregon
13) YALE 13) NORTH TEXAS
Albany Cleveland
6) West Virginia 6) Butler
11) EAST TENNESSEE ST 11) CINCINNATI
3) Villanova 3) LOUISVILLE
14) WRIGHT STATE 14) NEW MEXICO ST
Cleveland Tampa
7) Illinois 7) Arizona
10) NC State 10) Xavier
2) DAYTON 2) MARYLAND
15) HOFSTRA 15) UC-IRVINE

BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
Rutgers Providence Stanford Alabama
NC State Wichita State UCLA Mississippi State
Rhode Island Oklahoma Memphis Arkansas
Utah State USC Richmond Georgetown

Top Seed Line

Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, San Diego State
Seed List

Breakdown by Conference …

Big Ten (10)
Big East (7)
Pac 12 (5)
Big 12 (5)
SEC (4)
ACC (4)
West Coast (3)
American (3)
Atlantic 10 (2)
Mountain West (2)

OK, how good are you guys at NCAA tournament bracketology?

Not too bad. Our bracketologist, Dave Ommen, is sitting atop the ranks for the bracket matrix, which cobbles together everyone who does this for a living. So yeah, we’re on our game.

When do conference tournaments begin?

Conference tournaments — when teams can earn automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament — begin on Tuesday, March 3. Most of the league tournaments for that week are mid-major and low-major schools (though those can often be the most exciting games to watch).

There is a full schedule for all 32 conference tournaments here, though check back with us later on for previews for all those tournaments, recaps and highlights from the buzzer-beaters and many dunks for the start of March.

When do Selection Sunday and the NCAA Tournament begin?

Selection Sunday for the 2020 NCAA Tournament is on March 15 (about 4 pm ET), while the games begin a couple days later. The First Four is on March 17 and 18, while the craziness of Round 1 starts on Thursday, March 19.

The Final Four, held in Atlanta this year, starts on Saturday, April 4. The National Title Game is Monday, April 6.