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January 31st, 2013 11:00 AM
College hoops roundup: No looking ahead for Michigan or Indiana
Mike Rutherford - 2013-01-31T16:57:26Z
An eventful evening in college basketball featured a top 10 team getting pummeled, a kid running onto the court in Waco, and Michael Snaer doing what Michael Snaer does.
Let's hop to it.
Top 25 Scores
No. 1 Michigan 68, Northwestern 46
There was no No. 1 hangover for the new top team in the land, as Michigan cruised to a home win over Northwestern in a game where the Wolverines only turned the ball over twice. Four teams have given performances this season in which they've only committed two turnovers, but UM is the first team to do it against a Division-I opponent. The Wildcats had absolutely no answer for Trey Burke, who finished with a game-high 18 points to go with eight assists.
No. 3 Indiana 97, Purdue 60
There was no looking ahead to Saturday's showdown against Michigan for the Hoosiers, who humiliated arch-rival Purdue on their home floor. Not only was it one of the most resounding victories in the history of the 199-game series, but it was the worst home loss in the history of Boilermaker basketball.
Cody Zeller broke out of a mini-funk with a 19-point, 11-rebound performance. As a team, Indiana shot 57.2 percent in the second half and buried a season-high 12 three-pointers.
No. 4 Florida 75, South Carolina 36
The Gators are now beating SEC opponents by an average of 767.8 points per game. That's a fact. Look it up, plug it into your calculator app, then come back and apologize to me.
But seriously, the Gators haven't let any of their seven league opponents score more than 52 points, and they've won four of those games by more than 30. This is a form of domination you don't even see from a Final Four contender playing in a low major conference. Florida is simply two or three levels above everyone else in the SEC right now.
No. 5 Duke 75, Wake Forest 70
Wake Forest had absolutely no answer for Mason Plumlee, who scored 32 points to lead Duke to its first true road victory of the season. The Blue Devils made just two three-pointers on the night, but still shot 52 percent from the field thanks to their enormous advantage in the paint. Plumlee finished 12-of-15 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Stanford 76, No. 10 Oregon 52
You sort of got the feeling that Oregon was due for a letdown game at some point in the near future, but I don't think a beatdown of this magnitude had popped up in anyone's crystal ball. Just a couple of months after the Stanford football team ruined the Ducks' national title dreams, the Cardinal basketball team humiliated Oregon and notched its first win over a top 10 team in five years.
Oregon was playing without injured point guard Dominic Artis for a second straight game and was actually a 2.5-point underdog, but the fact that they never really competed on Wednesday was more concerning than the end of their nine-game winning streak.
"That's the first time we've fell flat on our face this year," Ducks coach Dana Altman said. "I'm really disappointed, I'm not going to lie. I'm very disappointed. But a lot of it has to do with Stanford. They just kicked us."
No. 14 Miami 73, Virginia Tech 64
Shane Larkin scored a game-high 25 points as Miami utilized a 13-2 second half fun to win its eighth straight and stay unbeaten in ACC play. So a team that lost to Florida Gulf Coast by 12 currently leads the ACC by a full two games, and we're not even at the halfway point of the conference season. You are an untamable stallion, 2012-13 college basketball season.
LSU 73, No. 17 Missouri 70
Speaking of which, how about the last-place team in the SEC stunning the No. 17 team in the country? The loss dropped Missouri to 0-4 in true road games. Phil Pressey scored 25 points, but was just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Playing for the first time in three weeks due to a knee injury, Mizzou's leading scorer, Laurence Bowers, logged 32 minutes and scored 10 points.
No. 18 Kansas State 83, Texas 57
Hearing the K-State crowd chant "we own Texas" repeatedly during the game's final minutes might have been the low point for perhaps the worst season of the Rick Barnes era.
No. 20 New Mexico 63, Wyoming 59
Hugh Greenwood's jumper with 7.3 seconds remaining broke a 59-59 tie and proved to be the game-winner for New Mexico. Wyoming inexplicably tried a hail mary pass that sailed out-of-bounds on the ensuing inbounds play. The loss dropped the Pokes, who began the season 13-0, to 2-5 in Mountain West play.
No. 21 Creighton 91, Missouri State 77
The Bluejays drilled 15 three-pointers and got 29 points from All-American Doug McDermott to beat Missouri State and move back into a first-place tie with Wichita State in the Missouri Valley standings.
No. 24 Cincinnati 62, Rutgers 54
The Bearcats overcame a 10-point deficit thanks in large part to Sean Kilpatrick's 19-point effort. It also helped the Cincinnati blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the second half.
Other Scores of Note
Notre Dame 65, Villanova 60
The Joyce Center is where hot teams go to cool off, and Villanova - conquerers of two top five teams a week ago - was served a chilly shower on Wednesday night. Seriously, a quality game at 6 p.m. needs to be happening every day.
Georgetown 74, Seton Hall 52
Kevin Willard said after the game that his Seton Hall team "isn't grasping the Big East." That's not exactly the best sign for the rest of the season.
Florida State 73, Maryland 71
If you're playing Florida State and you need a stop in the closing seconds to seal a win, you have got to locate Devon Bookert and get at least one body on him.
I'm just kidding, put five guys on Michael Snaer and take your chances with anyone else on the team making a lay-up.
That would be the young man's
in 13 months.
Georgia State 78, Northeastern 73
The final unbeaten in the CAA is no more. The Huskies (13-8, 8-1) still have a full two-game lead on second place James Madison.
Oklahoma 74, Baylor 71
This game certainly wasn't short on storylines.
First, we had a kid running onto the floor.
Then there was Baylor nearly erasing a 16-point deficit to force overtime at the buzzer. To his credit, Scott Drew handled the moment well. Didn't let his emotions show at all.
The huge road win for Oklahoma pulled the Sooners into a three-way tie with Baylor and Kansas State for second place in the Big 12.
VCU 70, Rhode Island 64
VCU snapped its two-game skid thanks in large part to Juvonte Reddic's 18-point, 12-rebound (including seven on the offensive end) performance. The Rams have now won 15 of their last 18 true road games.
St. John's 79, DePaul 74 (OT)
DePaul lost, which wouldn't ordinarily warrant mention, but a wild end of regulation that almost ended in the most DePaul fashion imaginable is worth reviewing.
The officials ultimately ruled that the foul occurred after the clock had hit zero, forcing the Blue Demons to wait five minutes more to take their fifth straight loss.
Massachusetts 61, La Salle 60
La Salle held Chazz Williams in check all night, but the compact UMass star got loose for a lay-up with 8.1 seconds left that ultimately lifted the Minutemen to victory. The win makes UMass the sixth team in the A-10 with two league losses
Oklahoma State 78, Iowa State 76
Freshman of the Year candidate Marcus Smart scored 21 points and banked in a runner with 3.1 seconds to play to lead Oklahoma State to a huge win over visiting Iowa State.
He also did this just before halftime:
Colorado State 77, Boise State 57
Larry Eustachy has quietly led the Rams, who are one of four teams tied for second in the Mountain West, to a 17-4 overall record. Pierce Hornung had 23 points and 13 rebounds as Colorado State extended its home winning streak to 25 games.
Xavier 66, Dayton 61
Death, taxes, Ryan Reynolds looking perplexed in movies and Xavier beating Dayton at home. The Flyers still haven't scored a win over their arch-rivals in Cincinnati since 1981.
USC 75, UCLA 71 (OT)
No one told UCLA that beating Arizona on the road didn't mean they got to take the next two months off. The Bruins took their second really bad loss in a row and are now right back to enjoying the bubble life. I know "bubble life" sounds super fun, but it's kind of like Disney World; the name doesn't accurately convey the amount of sweat, fear and anger involved.
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