College basketball had five ranked teams in battle on Thursday night. This time there were no overtime games or buzzer beaters to captivate the audience. However, one team hit 17 three's in one game. There may have been a couple bubbles popping due to losses, but there was also a hard charging team making waves in college basketball.
Game of the Day
North Carolina 74- Duke 66
We touched on the Duke and UNC game here. Let’s just say that North Carolina’s defense was overwhelming at points during the second half. They outscored the Blue Devils by 15 in the second half.
Game of the Day II
BYU 73- Gonzaga 65
Gonzaga just entered the Top 25 and they’ll be out of the rankings come Monday. The BYU Cougars needed this win, but it was also an important game for the Bulldogs. Anson Winder led BYU with 17 points. Gonzaga isn’t a lock to make the NCAA tournament, but a road win here would have almost solidified their place. BYU has 19 wins and they are hoping their tough schedule is factored in if they don’t win the WCC tournament.
Big 10 Recap
Michigan State 94- Purdue 79
The Spartans poured in a record breaking 17 three’s to down the Purdue Boilermakers. Gary Harris hit six 3-pointers to lead the Spartans with 25 points. Adreian Payne scored 23 for Michigan State. Four Michigan State players scored double figures.
Nebraska 80- Penn State 67
Terran Petteway scored 26 points as five Huskers contributed double figure points. Nebraska is rising in the Big 10 and they now have a winning conference record. Nebraska still has a lot of work to do, but they are trending in the right direction.
UCONN 68- Temple 55
Is Shabazz Napier the best point guard in college basketball? He finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. Connecticut is now (21-5) and tied for fourth place with Memphis in the AAC.
Memphis 64- Rutgers 59
Memphis escaped out of New Jersey with a five point victory. It’s their fourth win in five games. As it’s stated earlier, Memphis is tied for fourth with UCONN. Five teams have 20 plus wins in the AAC. The rest of the conference teams have a losing record.
Georgetown took another bad loss to fall two games below .500 in the Big East. They are (15-11) with four games remaining. The bad news is that Georgetown has a tough schedule remaining. That also creates opportunities for quality wins. The Hoyas get their first crack at Xavier on Saturday.
Belmont won their 21st game of the season, but they can’t lose anymore games until the conference championship. Otherwise, Belmont will need to just earn the automatic bid.
Southern Miss is (22-5) and they snapped their two game losing streak with a win on Thursday. They’ll get a chance for a big win on Saturday against UTEP.
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