College basketball presented two more game winners in the final second on Wednesday night. North Carolina continues to rise in the polls and the NCAA bracket. Other than that, there were a bunch of blowouts and missed opportunities by teams on the ever expanding bubble. This is the time that every loss is magnified.
Game of the Day
The Michigan Wolverines snatched a win from certain defeat when Glenn Robinson III knocked down an incredible lay-up at the buzzer on Wednesday night. Michigan came all the way back from a 19 point deficit in the first half.
Robinson finished with 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Michigan. Nik Stauskas added 15 points to out duel Purdue in a fantastic finish. The one point win keeps Michigan as the front runner for the Big 10 title.
For Purdue, the Johnson brothers, Terone and Ronnie, combined for 43 points. Still, it was not enough to give the Boilermakers a much needed Big 10 victory.
Instead of being tied in the standings with Michigan State, the Wolverines have a one game lead over the Spartans. They also have the tie-breaker, so this could be the game that gives Michigan the conference crown.
Game of the Day II
North Carolina had a last second overtime victory of their own. Thanks to Marcus Paige’s game winner, the Tarheels won their 10th straight game. They used another second half comeback behind Marcus Paige’s brilliant play.
There was an old fashioned duel on the court between Marcus Paige and T.J. Warren. The North Carolina State forward scored 36 points, but his desperation heave at the buzzer fell short of victory. Paige scored 35 points, that included a lefty slice to the heart of the Wolfpack program.
With the win, North Carolina moved to (21-7, 11-4) in the ACC. North Carolina State fell to (17-11, 7-8).
Iowa State 83- West Virginia 66
Iowa State avenged their worst loss of the season by handling West Virginia. Georges Niang led the Cyclones with 24 points. Iowa State also had a team triple double. DeAndre Kane grabbed 11 rebounds, while Monte Morris contributed 12 assists. Iowa State (22-5, 10-5) is tied for second place in the Big 12.
Texas 74- Baylor 69
The Longhorns got out to a 15 point lead at halftime, but they needed a missed rebound opportunity by Baylor to help secure a much needed win. Texas is tied with Iowa State in the standings, and they should battle for that spot till the end of the season.
Baylor (18-10, 6-9) had a chance for a resume building win, yet they fell short once again.
Cameron Ridley led Texas with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Arizona 87- California 59
The Wildcats demolished California in a rematch of their first loss of the season. Arizona has beaten every team on their schedule this season.
Villanova 67- Butler 48
The Wildcats had seven players score between 6-11 points in the 19 point victory. Villanova is tied with Creighton at (13-2) in the Big East. However, the Bluejays have the tie-breaker.
The Virginia Cavaliers are a juggernaut right now, and they pounced on Miami with a decisive second half run. After a seven point halftime lead, Virginia outscored the Hurricanes by 18 to win by 25. Virginia had three players in double figures.
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