By Jeff Goodman
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Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: I know this one should probably be in the "Win to brag about" category because, well, it's called the Braggin' Rights Game. However, this was the premiere matchup of the day's slate and for a while, it appeared as though Missouri was going to run away with another victory -- as the Tigers have been doing virtually all season. However, Illinois made a huge second-half comeback to take the lead before Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe and Phil Pressey all made critical baskets in the final two minutes of the game. Missouri can brag about this victory -- and also the fact that the Tigers remain unbeaten.
Win to brag about: Rice went into College Station and Ben Braun's team came away with a huge road win against a Texas A&M team that began the season ranked in the Top 25. Arsalan Kazemi had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the victory -- his 36th career double-double.
Loss to hide from: Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory understands this will be a rebuilding year, but still - losing on its home floor to Mercer out of the Atlantic Sun? This is a bad one for the Yellow Jackets - especially since they had won nine straight against Mercer.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Doug McDermott sat on the bench for the majority of the first half due to foul trouble, but had 18 of his 27 points after the break to help give Creighton a home win over Northwestern. McDermott was 10-of-14 from the field, 3-of-5 from deep and made all four of his free throws -- in addition to grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists in the 87-79 win.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: West Virginia forward Aaric Murray, who is sitting out after transferring from La Salle, was arrested in his hometown of Philadelphia on Thursday morning and charged with possession of narcotics.
Numbers don’t lie:
700: Bob Huggins' 700th career victory wasn't easy. West Virginia needed overtime to get past Missouri State in Las Vegas.
58: Don't challenge Indiana guard Jordan Hulls to a foul shooting contest. He set a Big Ten record with 58 consecutive free throws - which is also 10th in NCAA history.
15-19: That's what Michigan forward Evan Smotrycz is shooting from beyond the arc over the past four games.
9: That's the number of consecutive wins by Georgia State and its new coach Ron Hunter after a victory over Georgia Southern. It broke the school mark of eight straight set by Lefty Driesell in 2000-01.
Other notable results:
Butler went out to the west coast and got an impressive win at Stanford against a Cardinal team that many have now put as the Pac-12's top team.
Georgetown has played Memphis twice this season, once in Maui and tonight at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas have swept Josh Pastner's team -- which has lost three of its last four games.
Florida took down its in-state rival, Florida State, in Gainesville, 82-64.
UMass improved to 10-3 with a home victory against a Davidson team that was coming off a huge road victory in Kansas City against Kansas.
Memphis native Jarnell Stokes, considered one of the elite big man in high school, committed to Tennessee and plans to enroll and play for the Vols this season.
Kentucky's Terrence Jones missed his second consecutive game against Loyola (Md.) after suffering a dislocated finger against Chattanooga last week.
Miami leading scorer Malcolm Grant missed the win against Charlotte and went back home to New York due to a death in the family.
Ohio State freshman LaQuinton Ross, who became eligible last week, made his debut and scored five points in just four minutes for the Buckeyes in their win over Miami (Ohio).
Florida State sophomore point guard Ian Miller made his season-debut and scored seven points in the Seminoles loss to Florida.
There are a few games that lead the way on Friday night.
- Baylor vs. West Virginia in Las Vegas, 9 p.m. ET
- Cal at UNLV, 5 p.m. ET
- Missouri State at St. Mary's in Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m. ET