source: NCAA tournament
Last night Kentucky survives at LSU, while Temple gets big win over Cincy. The Wildcats exited the Pete Maravich Center 24-0 on Tuesday night after a buzzer-beating Keith Hornsby 3-pointer rimmed out to give them a 71-69 win.
But boy, did they have to fight to get the win. The shocking thing about this is that Kentucky seemed to have this game totally in control. With a 13-point lead and 12 minutes left, it seemed like the Wildcats were ready to go on a run and win by 20. They had all the momentum after a 3-pointer by Andrew Harrison and a few major dunks from Willie Cauley-Stein.
But then Josh Gray hit a big 3-pointer to stem the tide. Followed by Karl-Anthony Towns — who had played one of his better games of the season prior to that point — picking up a technical foul for hanging on the rim. After that tech, the Tigers went on 14-0 run that was laden with offensive rebounding for the Tigers and bad shots for the Wildcats to take a six-point lead.
On the other hand, the Owls are moving closer to a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season, and tonight’s 75-59 win over Cincinnati should be a good part of their résumé come Selection Sunday.But the player of the night was Will Cummings, who scored 21 points for the Owls to go with five assists.
That’s a really good win for Temple, who picked up its second of the season against a likely NCAA Tournament at-large team (the first one being its demolition of Kansas). It’s a game the Owls were favored to win, but it’s an important one nonetheless that could potentially move them to the right side of the bubble along with the Bearcats and SMU out of the American.
Next week will be the big week for the Owls though, as they travel to both the aforementioned SMU and league leader Tulsa for big road tilts. Get one of those games, and things will be looking way up for the Owls.
Wisconsin is in full control of the Big Ten following a win over Nebraska
The Badgers have asserted their dominance over the Big Ten, as tonight’s 65-55 victory consolidated a full three-game lead over the rest of the league. This race is done. Wisconsin will win the Big Ten, it’s just going to be a question of by how many games.
Tonight, it was Sam Dekker who led the way for the well-rounded Badgers, scoring a career-high 21 points as the defense held Nebraska to 13 first-half points. Husker players not named Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields scored 20 points on a solid 14.8 percent shooting. Not exactly ideal production from guys they need to play better.
Nebraska is an NIT team at this point unless it can somehow win the Big Ten Tournament, which is a shame because Tim Miles is a treasure whose presence will be missed in the sport’s biggest event. source: cbssports.com/
TONIGHT’S TOP PLAYERS
1 and 2. Buffalo dropped a home game to Toledo, but it wasn’t Justin Moss’s fault, as he scored 33 points and added 10 rebounds. On the other side, Julius “Juice” Brown scored 25 and dished out five assists.
- As mentioned above, Jarell Martin was awesome in scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards, but the Tigers just couldn’t get it done against Kentucky.
- Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant is a regular in this portion of Night Court, and his 22 points and five assists were critical in Notre Dame’s close 60-58 victory against Clemson.
- Going down to the low-majors, Albany’s Sam Rowley had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists as the Great Danes beat Binghamton 62-46.
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