By Gary Parrish
Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday's slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: I went to the first Kansas-Missouri game and didn't think it could get better. But I was wrong. Because I spent Saturday watching Kansas overcome a 19-point halftime deficit and record an 87-86 overtime victory at Allen Fieldhouse that gave the Jayhawks a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings with just two games left to play. That means Kansas has clinched at least a share of its eighth consecutive league title. It also means the Jayhawks are in position to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament thanks to 28 points and 12 rebounds from Thomas Robinson.
Win to brag about: Syracuse has dealt with questions off the court and on the court. it's been a wild season. And yet the Orange spent Saturday securing a Big East title with a 71-69 victory at Connecticut. They are 16-1 in the league. They only have one regular-season game left. So they are the Big East champions.
Loss to hide from: Florida was never gonna win the SEC title because Kentucky also plays in the SEC, and there's no way to top the Wildcats this season. But John Calipari's team could now win the SEC by at least four games thanks to the Gators' loss at Georgia. To be clear, nobody likes Georgia's Mark Fox more than me. But you cannot be ranked 12th nationally and lose at Georgia by 14 points. Not this season. That's silly.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis looked like the national Player of the Year in top-ranked Kentucky's 83-74 victory over Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-10 freshman finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. He was 10-of-11 from the field. Unreal.
Numbers don’t lie
- 12: That's the number of 3-pointers Oklahoma shot against Baylor. The Sooners missed all 12 of them and lost 70-60.
- 17: That's the number of 3-pointers Kansas Stat shot against Iowa State. The Wildcats missed 14 of them and lost 65-61.
- 31: That's the number of 3-pointers Notre Dame shot against St. John's. The Irish missed 27 of them and lost 61-58.
- Purdue pulled into a tie for fourth in the win column of the Big Ten standings with a 75-61 victory at Michigan. Terone Johnson had a career-high 22 points in the win.
- New Mexico lost its second straight game since breaking into the national rankings. The Lobos fell 83-64 at TCU. They only shot 23.5 percent from 3-point range.
- Wichita State close the regular season with an 81-58 victory over Drake. The win avenged a loss from January and allowed the Shockers to close the regular season with a 16-2 league mark.
- Maalik Wayns returned for Villanova's game at Georgetown, but I'm not sure he should've. The junior guard took 10 shots, missed nine and finished with just three points in the Wildcats' 67-46 loss to the Hoyas.
- The Memphis-Marshall game featured a near-brawl but nothing serious. DeAndre Kane fouled Joe Jackson unnecessarily hard. That led to heated emotions. But no punches were thrown. And the Tigers won 87-67. So they'll enter the final week of the regular season with a one-game lead in Conference USA.