Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Michigan overcame a subpar performance from star freshman Trey Burke to hold off Purdue on the road, 66-64. The Wolverines were up by as many as 10 in the second half, and held Purdue without a field goal for the final 3:54 of the game. However, the win wasn’t secure until Lewis Jackson missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Burke was only 3-for-10 from the field, but Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 19 points.
Win to brag about: Everything was going against San Diego State heading into Tuesday’s game against Wyoming. The Aztecs arrived in Laramie only hours before the game due to travel problems and it was the Cowboys’ biggest home contest in years. Of course, San Diego State went out and won its 11th in a row, 52-42, starting the second half on a 16-4 run. Wyoming shot just 31 percent from the field, and San Diego shot 51 percent against one of the better defensive teams in the country.
Loss to hide from: Norfolk State has been rolling through the MEAC, led by Kyle O’Quinn. The Spartans had a chance to show they could beat teams from outside their league on Tuesday night, but stumbled at home against Morehead State, 75-69. They let Morehead shoot 54 percent from the field and 61 percent from 3-point range.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Baylor’s Perry Jones struggled against the cream of the Big 12 crop last week, but bounced back on the road against Oklahoma. He shot 9-for-15 from the field, going for 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 77-65 victory. Now, if Jones could do that against the top teams in the conference, there will no longer be doubts about his killer instinct.
Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: If Tennessee had any chance of knocking off Vanderbilt, the Volunteers needed big performances from Trae Golden and Jarnell Stokes. Both struggled in the 65-47 blowout loss to the Commodores. Golden went 2-for-11 from the field, finishing with four points, while Stokes attempted just five shots and finished with six points and seven turnovers.
Numbers don’t lie:
- 10: Texas-Arlington won its 10th straight game on Tuesday, beating Houston Baptist. It set a school record for consecutive wins.
- 19-0: Hampton outscored South Carolina State 19-0 on second-chance points in the second half, en route to a 78-66 win.
- 7: Boston University won its seventh straight game on Tuesday, beating Maryland-Baltimore County. The Terriers face Stony Brook for first place on Friday.
Three other notable results:
- Texas overcame 15 points and 15 rebounds from Iowa State’s Royce White, beating the Cyclones, 62-55.
- Kentucky got 19 points off the bench from Darius Miller in its 57-44 win at Georgia.
- Marquette dominated South Florida in a battle of 5-2 Big East teams, forcing 20 turnovers and winning 67-47.
- Miami had lost five of its previous six road games, but the Hurricanes bounced back with an easy away win at Georgia Tech.
- Eastern Michigan has the MAC’s worst offense and best defense. The Eagles lost to Buffalo by 18 on Tuesday.
- Akron took over first place in the MAC with a 12-point win at Ball State. Jarrod Jones had 25 points and nine boards in the loss.
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