Out of six college basketball games featuring ranked teams on Thursday night, five of them took losses to unranked teams. The results of last night’s games will have a shake up in the projected NCAA tournament bracket. Earlier in the week, bubble teams couldn't pick up wins over ranked teams.
Only the Louisville Cardinals did what they were supposed to do. The Cardinals dismantled Temple from the opening tip and never looked back. Led by Russ Smith’s 24 points, Louisville beat Temple by 22 in the rout. Louisville is (24-4, 13-2) and tied with Cincinnati in the American Athletic.
Game of the Day
The Arkansas Razorbacks earned a hard fought overtime victory over Kentucky for the second time this season. Kentucky came back from a double digit deficit to tie the score, but couldn’t finish the deal in regulation. Arkansas was a perfect 16-16 on the foul line, and Rashad Madden was 8-8.
With the loss, there’s no guarantee that Kentucky will finish second in the SEC. With a (11-4) conference record, Florida already won the SEC outright, but they still have to play Kentucky again.
Willie Cauley-Stein led Kentucky with 16 points on six dunks. Cauley-Stein also grabbed a team high 13 rebounds.
However, it was Arkansas’ tenacious play on both ends that proved to be too much for Kentucky. The Razorbacks out shot Kentucky from the field as well as the foul line. Arkansas is now (19-9, 8-7) in the SEC.
Game of the Day II
Penn State came from behind to outlast Ohio State for the second time this season. D.J. Newbill scored 23 points and Tim Frazier kicked in 16 points to help the Nittany Lions pull off the upset. They were the only two double figure scorers, but it was enough to hold off the Buckeyes.
The fact that Ohio State had a chance to win the game in regulation is amazing in itself. Penn State had a five point lead with 39 seconds left. Then Penn State fouled LaQuinton Ross. After Ross hit both free throws, Shannon Scott stole the inbounds pass right out of the hands of the Nittany Lions and pushed the ball up for a Trey McDonald layup.
Then Penn State missed two foul shots with a one point lead, but Lenzelle Smith missed the go ahead three point attempt. Still, Ohio State had one more opportunity after another missed foul shot. That’s when Lenzelle Smith opted for a step back three and missed at the buzzer. Ohio State fell to (22-7, 9-7) in the Big 10.
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