Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Marquette continues to confound everyone. The Golden Eagles dominated Georgetown for the first 27 minutes of the game, taking a 17-point lead with 13:10 left. They then went seven and a half minutes without a field goal, allowing the Hoyas to get back into the game. Hollis Thompson – who beat Alabama earlier this season on a 3-pointer – finally broke a tie with 24 seconds left as Georgetown won, 73-70. Jason Clark scored 18 points in the second half. Marquette has now lost three of five.
Win to brag about: Temple has now defeated a top-10 team in four consecutive seasons, the latest coming against No. 3 Duke on Wednesday night, 78-73. The Owls were extremely efficient from the field, shooting 56 percent from the field, and also outrebounded the Blue Devils. Khalif Wyatt led the way with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers to give Temple a nine-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish. It was Temple’s first win over Duke since 1996.
Loss to hide from: Losing to Illinois isn’t bad in itself, but Northwestern needs to win that kind of game if it hopes to get to the NCAA tournament in March. The Wildcats were up by 10 in the first half, but struggled offensively in the final 20 minutes, falling 57-56. John Shurna had 17 points in the first half for Northwestern, but was held to just three in the second stanza. A Myke Henry free throw with six seconds left won the game for the Illini.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Wichita State avoided a loss at Evansville on Wednesday, carried mostly by 7-foot senior Garrett Stutz. The big man shot 12-for-14 from the floor, finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed four assists and three blocks. Not surprisingly, he grabbed the game-clinching rebound in the 67-66 victory. On the other side, Colt Ryan went for 31 points.
Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: The entire Towson team. The Tigers have struggled this season, but Wednesday’s loss at Drexel might have been the low point. They scored just 27 points against the Dragons, the fewest points ever scored in a CAA game. Towson also tied the NCAA record for consecutive losses, at 34. The Tigers made eight baskets all game, shooting 21.6 percent from the field.
Numbers don’t lie:
- 43-3. That’s Kansas’ record against Kansas State in their last 46 meetings. The Jayhawks won the latest meeting, destroying Kansas State on the boards en route to a 67-49 victory. Kansas outrebounded K-State, 50-26. Thomas Robinson had 14 points and 15 boards.
- 2007. That’s the last time Iowa won back-to-back road games in the Big Ten, which the Hawkeyes accomplished Wednesday night by beating Minnesota. They had defeated Wisconsin over the weekend.
- 15-0. Murray State remained undefeated by beating Eastern Kentucky, 76-67. The Racers are one win away from matching the school’s best start, which was set in 1935-36.
- 16-0. This is the second year in a row that Syracuse has opened the season with 16 straight wins. The Orange beat Providence, 87-73.
Three other notable results:
- We’re still waiting for Xavier to snap out of its funk. The Musketeers are now 1-5 since the Crosstown brawl, after losing to La Salle, 80-70. On the other side, the Explorers improved to 11-4 with the victory.
- Looks like Georgia State is for real. The Panthers went into VCU on Wednesday and knocked off the Rams, 55-53. Georgia State has won 11 in a row.
- Dayton led for only about two minutes in regulation, but outscored Saint Louis 15-8 in overtime en route to a 79-72 win.
- Iowa State held off Texas, 77-71. Longhorns’ point guard J’Covan Brown missed most of the second half with an ankle injury.
- Cincinnati won its seventh in a row, beating Notre Dame 71-55 in Yancy Gates’ first game back.
- Saint Joseph’s overcame a 16-point second half deficit to beat Duquesne in overtime, 84-82. T.J. McConnell had 28 points and five assists in the loss.
- Memphis beat Tennessee for the second time this season, 69-51.
- Rutgers is now 0-2 since beating Florida. West Virginia scored 51 points in the first half en route to a dominant 85-64 victory.
- The Missouri Valley is going to be fun. Illinois State went into Missouri State and won, while Northern Iowa beat Indiana State by 17.
- Bet this is the last time Florida State scores 85 points this year. The Seminoles beat Auburn, 85-56.
- Remember when Tulane was 9-0? The Green Wave have now lost three of their last five, after falling to UCF.
- Heck of a day for Philadelphia basketball. Drexel, La Salle, Temple, Penn and Saint Joseph’s all picked up victories.
- Southern Miss improved to 14-2 with a two-point win over East Carolina. Interestingly, the Golden Eagles never trailed.
- Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins totaled 21 points and 18 boards in a one-point win over Hofstra.
On tap: It’s not as loaded as Wednesday, but there’s plenty of action. The game of the night is in the Big Ten, as Michigan heads to Indiana. Pittsburgh looks to get back on the right track at DePaul, while Arizona trips to UCLA. Stanford also faces Oregon, while California and Oregon State do battle.
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