There were three games involving ranked teams on Monday night. By the time all of the action was over, two road teams came away with losses. The Big 12 has a gauntlet on their hands and even the top teams are succumbing on the road.
Game of the Day
The seventh ranked Kansas Jayhawks fell for the second time in conference. Even a complete collapse by rival Kansas State couldn’t get Kansas the win in overtime. With the Jayhawks down by nine with under two minutes left, a series of events saw Kansas have a chance to win the game in regulation.
It looked like Kansas State was going to coast to victory until a missed lay-up gave Kansas life. Soon after, the Jayhawks’ Brannen Greene converted a follow slam, and a steal in the backcourt for an easy lay-up. In 10 seconds, Kansas went from down seven to down three.
The never say die Jayhawks missed an open three by Andrew Wiggins that would have tied the game. However, Kansas State still couldn’t put the game away. Andrew Wiggins had another chance to tie the game in the final seconds. This time he drove the lane and missed a running one hander. Yet, the ball hung on the rim just long enough for the freshmen to get back in the play for the game tying tip in.
Even though Kansas took the lead to open the overtime scoring, a three by Will Spradling helped maintain the Wildcats to get the home upset. Marcus Foster led the Wildcats with 20 points.
For Kansas, the loss of Joel Embiid to a bad back was a major factor. Embiid only played 18 minutes out of a possible 45. Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Game of the Day II
West Virginia 102- Iowa State 77
This isn’t really the game of the day, but it sure was a beat down. West Virginia scored 52 points in the first half to take a 19 point lead on the number 11 ranked Cyclones. The Mountaineers thoroughly dissected the Iowa State defense. They had four players with 16 or more points.
West Virginia moved to (7-5) in the Big 12 and they are setting themselves up for a NCAA tourney run. Iowa State fell to (6-5).
Virginia 61- Maryland 53
The Virginia Cavaliers outscored Maryland by nine points in the second half to come away an eight point victory. Led by Joe Harris’ 19 points, Virginia won their 11th ACC game. Their only loss came at Duke. Virginia is (19-5) overall.
The Maryland Terps (14-10) fell to (6-6) in the ACC.
Miami 77- FSU 73
The Miami Hurricanes dashed the hopes of Florida State with a four point road victory. Florida State was in much need of a victory, but the loss puts them at (14-10). Miami is now (12-12).
The Georgetown Hoyas won their fourth game in row behind D’Vauntes Smith Rivera’s 22 points. The Hoyas are now (6-6) in conference to go into a tie with Providence for fourth place.
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