Nebraska suffers bad loss to Illinois 72-66

Nebraska, one of the many bubble teams, fell to the Illini on Sunday. If you are on the bubble and want to make the NCAA tournament, you can’t lose games like this. It is just that simple. They are going to have to win their final two games of the regular season and will need to do some damage in the Big Ten tournament in order to secure a bid.

Leron Black led Illinois with 28 points and seven rebounds. Isaac Copeland had 17 points and five rebounds for Nebraska, while Isaiah Roby added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

 

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Duke pulls away from Clemson 66-57

The Blue Devils ended the game on a 9-0 run to secure the victory at Littlejohn Coliseum. Duke was without Marvin Bagley for the third straight game.

Grayson Allen led Duke with 19 points (17 in the first half). Wendell Carter had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Elijah Thomas had 13 points and 15 rebounds for Clemson.

This was a big win for Duke because it gives them sole possession of second place in the ACC. Clemson has now fallen to Florida State and Duke this week.

Michigan takes down Ohio State 74-62

The Buckeyes have now dropped two games in a row, giving Michigan State the upper hand in the Big Ten.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the Wolverines with 17 points. Jae’Sean Tate had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has two regular season games left with Rutgers and Indiana still on their schedule. They need to take care of business before the Big Ten tournament starts up.

Wichita State takes down Cincinnati 76-72

The Bearcats have now dropped two straight after winning 16 games in a row.

Landry Shamet led the Shockers with 19 points and five assists. Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats with 18 points. When Cincinnati can’t get consistent offense (especially from Gary Clark and Kyle Washington), they can really struggle at times.

Wichita State and Houston (who dismantled Temple today) trail Cincinnati by only one game in the American.

Hartford snaps Vermont’s 15-game winning streak with 69-68 victory

We saw the Bonnies end Rhode Island’s 16-game winning streak on Friday, and now Hartford has ended Vermont’s 15-game winning streak. The Catamounts are now 12-1 in the America East.

Jason Dunne had 26 points for Hartford on 8-16 shooting from the field (5-10 from 3-point range). Drew Urquhart had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for Vermont.

Vermont is still the team to beat in the America East, but this is a big upset victory for Hartford, who now moves to 9-4 in conference play.

Some Saturday CBB Headlines

Michigan State has insane comeback, win 65-60

The Spartans trailed by as many as 27 in the first half and were down by 22 at the midway point. They went on to outscore Northwestern 38-11 in the second half, as the Wildcats shot just 3-26 from the field. Michigan State pulled off the largest comeback in conference history. Northwestern has arguably been the most disappointing team in all of college basketball this season. This game epitomizes that disappointment. Cassius Winston led the way with 17 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vic Law had 21 points and five assists for the Wildcats. This game was the definition of a tale of two halves. Michigan State has won 10 straight.

Villanova has Xavier’s number 

Since the making of the new Big East, Villanova is 10-1 against Xavier. The Musketeers always seem to have trouble with the Wildcats. In the 95-79 victory on Saturday, Villanova had six players in double figures. Mikal Bridges led the way with 25 points. Donte DiVincenzo had 21 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. The Wildcats shot 16-34 from 3-point range for the game. When they hit their outside shots, they are extremely difficult to keep up with. Trevon Bluiett had 26 points for Xavier, Quentin Gooden added 10 points and 12 assists.

Baylor takes down the Red Raiders 59-57

The Bears have now won five straight, including wins over Kansas, Texas, and now Texas Tech. Just a few weeks ago, their chances to make the NCAA tournament did not look good, but now, they look really good. Maston had 24 points off the bench for Baylor. Texas Tech’s star point guard Keenan Evans left the game late in the first half because of a foot injury.

South Carolina upsets Auburn 

The Gamecocks took down the Tigers in Columbia 84-75. Auburn shot just 31.7 percent from the field and trailed by 21 points at halftime. Frank Booker had 19 points and Chris Silva added 14 points and 11 rebounds. South Carolina has had a tough season and they won’t be a tournament team, but Frank Martin continues to have his guys compete hard. As for Auburn, the loss definitely hurts, but more importantly, they lose Anfernee McLemore for the season with a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.

West Virginia falls to Kansas in Lawrence 77-69 

The Jayhawks completed the season sweep of the Mountaineers and Kansas is now tied for first place in the conference with Texas Tech. WVU has now blown a double-digit second half lead in their last three games against Kansas. They lost all three games. The Jayhawks ended today’s game on a 19-3 run. Udoka Azubuike had 21 points for Kansas and Daxter Miles had 22 points for the Mountaineers. West Virginia only show two free throws to the 35 free throws shot by Kansas. Bob Huggins was not happy and saw himself escorted out of Allen Fieldhouse.

Georgia beast Tennessee 73-61 in Athens 

The Bulldogs got a really good win over the Volunteers on Saturday. Now 15-11, Georgia doesn’t seem to be a tournament team, but part of that is due to the fact that they play in an incredible SEC this season. They are a solid basketball team. Yante Maten, one of the better players in the country that isn’t talked about enough, had 19 points for Georgia. Kyle Alexander had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee.

Arkansas gets big 94-75 win over Texas A&M

Arkansas, a team that is on the bubble, got a big win at home on Saturday. They have won four straight. The Aggies, a bubble team themselves, have dropped two in a row. Jaylen Barford had 21 points, Daryl Macon had 20 points, and Daniel Gafford added 18 points. Robert Williams had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Aggies and Admon Gilder added 20 points of his own. The SEC has a lot of teams clumped together in the middle of the conference. Games like this are so precious.

Texas takes down Oklahoma in Norman 77-66

Oklahoma has lost five games in a row including eight of their last ten. It looks ugly right now for the Sooners (And they get to go to Lawrence on Monday). Mo Bamba had 10 points and a career-high 18 boards. He also had four blocks. Dylan Osetkowski had 20 points and six rebounds. Trae Young had 26 points on 7-21 shooting from the field (3-10 from 3-point range) for Oklahoma. He looked more frustrated in this game than any other game all season. As for Texas, this win is huge for their chances to make the NCAA tournament.

Syracuse gets big win in Coral Gables 62-55

Syracuse, yet another bubble team, got a much-needed victory on Saturday. They forced Miami to just 33.9 percent shooting from the field for the game. Frank Howard had 18 points and six assists, while Oshae Brissett added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Lykes had 14 points for Miami. The Hurricanes have dropped three in a row.

Butler beats Providence 69-54 at Hinkle

Yes, another game with bubble teams. After recently beating Villanova, the Friars couldn’t get it done in Hinkle on Saturday. Butler got the win and they needed it because they lost their previous three games. Kelan Martin led they way with 19 points for the Bulldogs. I feel pretty comfortable right now with both of these teams making the NCAA tournament.

LSU snaps Missouri’s five-game winning streak, wins 65-63

Like Georgia, LSU is 15-11. They are a fairly solid team, but they just happen to be in a terrific SEC. This was a very good win. Star point guar Tremont Waters had 21 points for LSU. Jordan Barnett had 18 points for Missouri. Missouri needs to be careful because they can’t afford to be in the losing column for an extended period of time.

Kentucky snaps four-game losing streak, defeats Alabama 81-71

The Wildcats had five players in double figures as they got a much-needed victory over the Crimson Tide. Again, the middle of the SEC is insane. There are a bunch of teams grouped together in the middle, making a game like this unbelievably important.

Matt Farrell drops career-high 37 in 84-67 win over BC

Matt Farrell’s career-high 37 points and 10 3-pointers gave the Irish the win over BC on Saturday. Jerome Robinson had 29 points for the Eagles. You have to wonder if Notre Dame has any type of chance to make the tournament. They sure have missed Bonzie.

Vanderbilt beats Florida 71-68

The Commodores are much better than their 11-16 record. Unfortunately, they just haven’t had the season that they had hoped for. Florida is starting to look like a bubble team, now with a 17-10 record. Jeff Roberson had 26 points and seven rebounds for Vanderbilt, while Keith Stone had 20 points and six rebounds for Florida. The Gators better get their act together.

North Carolina beats Louisville 93-76, have won five straight 

The Tar Heels are playing their best basketball of the season right now. Joel Berry recorded 23 points tonight, Luke Maye had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Theo Pinson added 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. The Cardinals got 20 points and six assists from Deng Adel and 18 points and 12 rebounds from Ray Spalding. Louisville really missed out on an opportunity at home to get a big-time win. Their NCAA tournament hopes are definitely up in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

Houston snaps Cincinnati’s 16-game winning streak

The Cougars took down the Bearcats in Houston with a 67-62 victory on Thursday. Cincinnati’s winning streak is over and their undefeated American Conference record now has a blemish. Oh, and just so it is clear, Houston is an NCAA tournament team without question.

Devin Davis led Houston with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Evans had 16 points for the Bearcats.

It looks like Cincinnati, Wichita State, and Houston will be the three teams to represent the American Conference in the NCAA tournament.

Wisconsin upsets Purdue in Madison

Purdue has now lost three straight games. The Badgers took down the Boilermakers Thursday night 57-53. Losing to one of the worst Wisconsin teams in recent memory is not a good look for this seasoned Purdue team.

Ethan Happ, one of the most skilled bigs in the country, led Wisconsin with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Carsen Edwards had 22 points for Purdue.

This is Wisconsin’s best win all season. For a team that doesn’t really have much to play for at this point in the season, this win must feel really good for the Badgers. As for Purdue, they better get their act together soon with March just around the corner.

Penn State sweeps Ohio State

Penn State beat Ohio State earlier this season in Columbus, and tonight they got the 79-56 victory in State College. Tony Carr, arguably the best guard in the Big Ten (and the hero from the last matchup), dropped 30 points on 9-15 shooting field (4-8 from 3-point range). The Nittany Lions have the Buckeyes’ number this season.

Penn State goes to West Lafayette next and then they host the Wolverines. If they can win one of those two games, they should be an NCAA tournament team. The Big Ten, which looked awful for most of the season, is starting to shape into a decent conference with as many as six possible tournament teams.

Kentucky drops fourth straight game with loss to Auburn 76-66

The Wildcats have now dropped four straight games and fall to 6-7 in the SEC. Auburn continues to lead the conference, as they are now 11-2 and hold a two-game lead for first place. Jared Harper and Bryce Brown both dropped 18 points. DeSean Murray and Anfernee McLemore both had 11 rebounds. Kevin Knox had 19 points for Kentucky.

Kentucky could be in trouble, especially with a very tough schedule still remaining. Collin Sexton starts things off with a trip to Rupp Arena on Saturday.