|Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan sends invisible lasers through the back of that far left ref's head. We can't thank the gentleman in the WISCONSIN shirt enough for attending tonight's game. (AP)|
By Matt Norlander
Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday night’s slate of games …
Game of the Night: We always have a few big clock controversies each year in college basketball. We got one in Madison tonight. The Wisconsin Badgers fell to 12-4 after a prayer 3 fell — then didn’t count. Would’ve been a top-five shot of 2011-12 if it did, but alas, the clock said no. Well, one clock did. But another didn’t. The building’s digits weren’t synced. No matter: the time-keeper attached to the clock above the top of the backboard, the one that connects to the red light, is the one that counts. And that beat the ball leaving Ryan Evans’ hands. Ugly game forgotten by the fact Michigan State is now on a 14-game winning streak — and Wisconsin isn’t winning games like it did the past two years.
Win to brag about: Borzello was in Newark, N.J., to watch Seton Hall beat up on UConn 75-63, so I’ll leave most of the commentary to him. He’ll have something up soon. I will say this. The Pirates will play in this year’s NCAA tournament. I was convinced tonight.
Loss to hide from: Harvard: what gives! The Crimson lost to Fordham, 60-54. Harvard now 12-2 and has less wiggle room in the Ivy, should things get hairy. Fordham, 7-6, has its first three-game streak of any kind this season.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Someone had to play well for Fordham to have that kind of victory. Christ Gaston’s 10 rebounds and 18 points were huge. Had a pair of blocks and steals as well.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Andre Drummond. The mini outrage directed at Drummond over not knowing of Herb Pope was stupid. But Drummond managed just four points and five rebounds in 28 minutes. He did have four blocks, but we’re still waiting for Drummond to play like a lottery pick. Hasn’t happened yet.
Numbers don’t lie
- 3,958. That’s how many days had elapsed since Seton Hall last beat UConn, on March 3, 2001.
- 25. Per ESPN, Missouri is 14-0 for 1st time since ’82.
- 8-for-8. Alabama had a lot of things go right against Georgia Tech. Trevor Releford was flawless from the floor.
Three other notable results
- Maryland 70-62 over Cornell. It’s not great, considering Cornell’s pretty bad this year. Future NBA pick Alex Len had 15 for the Terps, who lack a bench and will likely stagger down the stretch of ACC play.
- You wouldn’t think a 73-51 Kentucky win over 5-11 Arkansas-Little Rock would merit a mention — but Kentucky was losing this game 30-27 at the half. You don’t want to see that.
- Oklahoma’s not great, but it’s getting better. Good, even. Yeah: Missouri welcomed in the Sooners and smacked that a-- 87-49. Obscene. Tigers beginning to angle for a No. 1 seed. Flip Pressey had seven dimes off the bench.
- Wyoming’s now 13-2. Just thought you’d like to know.
- Oakland needs to be called out. The Grizzlies are now 8-9 after losing to Oral Roberts in Summit play tonight. ORU is undefeated, and now it’s a matter of the Eagles or South Dakota State taking the league. OU can’t win with Reggie Hamilton running things, even if he could be the league’s best player.
- Darius Miller went past the thousand-point mark tonight for Kentucky. Not in one game -- that would be a record, as Kenny Mayne would say.
- I purchased Frosted Cinnamon Toast Crunch this afternoon. Half the box is gone.
- We’ll have our midseason awards up Thursday.
On tap: Temple hosts Duke (7 ET, ESPN2) in what should be a close one. Marquette-Georgetown gets going at the same time on ESPNU. If Northwestern’s to earn its first NCAA bid, beating Illinois at home would be optimal (7 ET, Big Ten Network). Georgia State at VCU (ESPN3.com, 7:30 ET) has suddenly turned into a good game. You’d think Memphis can get right at home against Tennessee (Fox Sports Net, 8 ET). Kansas State-Kansas and Indiana State-Northern Iowa are two 7 CT tips of relevance in the Midwest. Saint Louis at Dayton (8 ET) and Syracuse at Providence (9 ET) round up the night’s key games.