I love this time of year for three things: great skiing, great basketball and my re-discovery of Cadbury Mini Eggs. If you prefer Cadbury Creme Eggs over the Minis, then I don’t think we can be friends. I’m sorry.
–UPSET–Miami 96, No. 5 Duke 95. Duke got way behind way too early. I obviously wasn’t able to watch this game, but just looking at the highlights and the stats, you see that Duke was extremely undermanned in the paint and Miami was able to have their way with them. Still, they almost folded and allowed the Blue Devils to nearly steal this one. ‘Canes shot better than 57 percent from the floor.
–UPSET–Nebraska 71, No. 24 Kansas State 64. Beasley (17 and 10) records his 22nd double-double of the year (tying ‘Melo’s record) but Kansas State stubs its toe on the road here. Seeding this Wildcats team might be a bit of a challenge. And of course I’ll mention the pitiful, unnecessary floor storm from Nebraska fan as well. Really, there was about 84 kids on the floor and Kansas State has had exactly one relevant season in the past 25 years.
–No. 1 Memphis 97, Tulane 71. The line was a pretty tame 13 points for the visiting Tigers. Calipari notches career win No. 400.
–No. 2 Tennessee 89, Auburn 70. Everything’s butta heading into the huge game against Memphis on Saturday night.
–No. 3 North Carolina 84, North Carolina State 70. Roy Williams is also coaching his damn team. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Hansbrough is the POTY. I’ll take your arguments for Beasley, CD-R, ‘Gody and the like, but Psycho T’s 32 and 12 (with five steals) only continue to help out his stone-solid campaign numbers.
–No. 8 Butler 51, Illinois-Chicago 46. A.J. Graves hits a 3 in the final minute to save the game for the Bulldogs. This has become a somewhat-disturbing trend this season. Still, I want to see it happen again at some point in March. And I want Gus Johnson on the call.
–No. 11 Wisconsin 71 , Illinois 57. With Shaun Pruitt (two points) unable to score in the second half, the Illini never had a shot.
–No. 19 Michigan State 86, Penn State 49. Spartans have to start playing like this a lot more frequently if they want to safely make the Sweet 16. Raymar Morgan also has to be scoring 16 points (like he did last night) if the former statement remains true.
–No. 25 Marquette 73, St. John’s 64. Where’s JohnnyJungle? I want an explanation for this loss from the Johnnies.
UAB 101, Houston 99. Yeah, how about 200 points for a bubble game? How’s that doin’ ya? Glorius. Get this: Houston shot better from the field, better from 3 and better from the foul line yet still lost the game. Rob McKiver had 41 for Houston in the losing effort.
Mississippi 74, Mississippi State 63. This was a pretty big bubble game that no one (me included) was talking about. A win that the Rebels absolutely had to have. The schools now split the season series and you have to give the edge currently to Ole Miss (18-7) over the Bulldogs (17-8).
Florida 85, South Carolina 82. Gators are still trailing the at-large pack, but they grind out a tough win at home.
Virginia Commonwealth 66, Northeastern 62. VCU would’ve been toast if they lost to the Huskies.
Virginia Tech 69, Maryland 65. A home loss to mediocre Tech kind of exemplifies what this Maryland team is all about. They’ll probably sneak their way to an 11 seed, but they’re not to be trusted this year.
Arkansas 87, Louisiana State 61. Hogs are now 18-7. This has been your weekly Hogs update.
Villanova 78, West Virginia 56. Villanova resuscitates itself at the hands of the hot-and-cold West Virginia Mountaineers. Neither is in The Tournament right now. (Dancing on the Bubble post is coming later.)