On Sunday night, the Syracuse Orange and Arizona Wildcats avoided top 10 upsets. For the Orange, they ousted Clemson at home with a 13 point victory, behind C.J. Fair’s 19 points. Syracuse’s win moved the Orange to (23-0) in their inaugural season of ACC play.
Arizona exploded for a 22 point victory over Oregon State. Led by Aaron Gordon’s 17 points, Arizona dropped 76 points on the rising Beavers, but there was not going to be an upset on this night. Arizona moved to (23-1) in the PAC 12.
Game of the Day
Wisconsin 60- Michigan State 58
The Wisconsin Badgers earned a much needed victory over the Spartans on Sunday afternoon, but it did not come easy. With the game tied at 58, Traevon Jackson cruised down the left side of the court. Instead of going all the way to the hoop, Jackson pulled up from 10 feet and buried jumper for the winning bucket. A last ditched effort by Michigan State missed and the Badgers finally celebrated their first home victory since January 8.
Michigan State has survived their injury riddled season, but the loss of Keith Appling for a couple weeks could cost them the shot at the Big 10 title. Without Appling, Gary Harris had a terrible shooting game. Harris shot 3-20 and finished with six points. However, Adreian Payne scored 24 points in his second game back from a foot injury. That included a game tying three point shot in the final seconds.
Game of the Day II
St. John’s 70- Creighton 65
The Red Storm ball is officially rolling in the Big East. St. John’s earned their biggest victory of the season over the Creighton Blue Jays. DeAngelo Harrison’s timely three point gave St. John’s the lead for good with just over two minutes left. Harrison scored 19 points, which included his unflappable demeanor at the charity stripe. While Creighton couldn’t hit the game tying or winning shot in the final few possessions, the Red Storm capitalized on the foul line.
Creighton’s loss put them a half game back of Villanova in the Big East standings. Doug McDermott led the Blue Jays with 25 points.
The best of the weekend
Wichita State beat Northern Iowa on the road to win 25 straight games. This time the balanced Shockers were led by Tekele Cotton’s 18 points. Wichita State is six wins away from going undefeated in the regular season. They need three wins to clinch the conference crown.
It’s time that everybody really takes a look at SMU. Larry Brown has the Mustangs on a roll, and they are headed towards the big dance in March. On Saturday, SMU dominated a Cincinnati team that held a 15 game winning streak. They are in third place in the AAC with an (8-3) and (19-5) record overall.
Iowa dominated Big 10 foe, Michigan, with a thee point barrage over the weekend. The win helped the Hawkeyes to one game back in the loss column. Still, Michigan is tied with the Spartans for the conference lead at (9-2).
How good has the Big 10 been this year? They are the only conference without a team below .500. Of course things can change in the final month of the season, but from top to bottom, the Big 10 has been great. Entering conference play, they had three teams in the top five. Now they will likely have none in the top 10 during the release of Monday’s AP Poll.
St. John’s isn’t the only Big East team hitting their stride. The Georgetown Hoyas beat Butler on Saturday. The win gave the Hoyas three in a row. With seven games remaining, Georgetown has a chance to earn third place in the Big East.
The Saint Louis Billikens have a two game lead on the on the rest of the Atlantic 10. Jordair Jett hit the game winning layup in St. Louis’ win over LaSalle. They are now (9-0) in conference and have a (22-2) record.
Player of the weekend
Iowa State's Melvin Ejim scored 48 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Saturday's 15 point victory over TCU.
Both parties apologized after the incident with Texas Tech fan Jerry Orr. However, there is no way that “piece of crap” is what set off the list of events. There is no fan in the world that would call somebody a piece of crap and then voluntarily not show up to anymore games for the rest of the season. This is the ultimate “sweeping in under the bridge.”
Marcus Smart received a three game suspension and guess who they play in his return. The Texas Tech Red Raiders. Not only did the Big 12 want to make a statement about going into the stands. They also wanted to create a bigger story for a game that would otherwise be run of the mill. Now that’s marketing genius.
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