College Basketball: Winners and Losers From Monday Night (Mar. 1)

Paul SeaverCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2010

Big Monday featured a one-sided battle in the Big East and a second half surge by Texas in a Big 12 clash.

Who else was in action on Monday night?

Winners:

Jackson State (17-11, 15-1): Jackson State continued its dominance in the SWAC, posting a 57-54 win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff in a game that was featured on ESPNU. The Jaguars have been the bright spot in SWAC play, improving to 15-1 in the standings.  Jackson State can clinch the SWAC regular season title with a win over Alabama A&M on Thursday.

 

West Virginia (23-6, 12-5): Da’Sean Butler scored 22 points on senior night and West Virginia moved that much closer to solidifying a double bye in the Big East tournament, which begins next week. They wrap up the regular season at Villanova on Saturday.

 

Utah State (24-6, 13-2): The Aggies continued their dominance in WAC play. They beat up on Fresno State 76-39 led by a 21 point performance from Taj Wesley.

 

Texas (23-7, 9-6): It was a sloppy first half for Texas, but the Longhorns played well down the stretch and held off Oklahoma at home. With their recent struggles, this was a game Texas could not afford to squander. The former No. 1 team in the country improved to 23-7 with a 87-76 victory.

 

Losers:

Arkansas- Pine Bluff (13-15, 13-4): Yes, they did not win a single non-conference game, but Arkansas Pine Bluff missed an opportunity at the SWAC regular season title with a 57-54 loss to Jackson State.

 

Oklahoma (13-16, 4-11): The Sooners came out hot behind the 3-point shot of Cade Davis, but could not slow down Texas in the second half, allowing 49 points. Oklahoma has dropped seven games in a row, four of which have been without their star player, Willie Warren.

 

North Carolina A&T (10-20, 6-9): They had a halftime lead on the road over conference-leading Morgan State and got blown out in the second half. In search of a bright spot on a disappointing season, North Carolina A&T was outscored by 19 in the second half and lost 81-67.

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