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Night Court: Ian Miller new FSU hero

Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:51 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:30 am
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Virginia absolutely let one get away tonight it might come to regret. (US PRESSWIRE)

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: Michael Snaer has company. Snaer has buried a couple of game-winning 3-pointer this season and now sophomore backcourt mate Ian Miller has one to his credit after a trifecta with less than a second left to beat Virginia, 63-60. Virginia led 58-49 with 3:27 remaining, but the 'Noles went on a 16-2 run to end the game. Tony Bennett's is still on the right side of the bubble, but can't flop in the ACC tourney. 

Win to brag about: Arkansas Pine-Bluff was 9-21 overall and 8-9 in the SWAC. Mississippi Valley State was 17-0 in league play. However, the Golden Lions pulled off the 78-67 upset handing Sean Woods' team its first setback in league play. 

Loss to hide from: Mississippi Valley State. See above. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and even Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague get most of the attention. However, Darius Miller is one of the most underrated players in the nation. He finished with 17 points and drained five 3-pointers on Senior Night, his final home game at Rupp. 

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: I've always been a fan of D.J. Richardson, but the Illinois guard struggled in the loss against Michigan. He played 40 minutes, was 2-of-11 from the field and had just two rebounds and a single assist. 

Numbers don’t lie:

1995: That was the last time Michigan came out on top in Champaign. However the Wolverines snapped a 13-game losing streak on the road against Illinois. 

7: That's what a VMI team that will play in the Big South title game is seeded in the league tourney. The Keydets knocked off Winthrop, 75-55, in the semis and will play top seed UNC Asheville. 

25: Long Island has won that many on its home floor after a 80-68 win over Sacred Heart, second only to Kentucky's 52. 

Other notable results:

Wagner beat Central Connecticut State, 87-77, in the NEC quarterfinals and advance to the semis. It was the Hurley brothers (Dan is the head coach and Bobby is his assistant) 25th victory of the season. 

Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery was as hot as just about any coach in the country a few years back. The Salukis ended the season 8-23 after a loss to Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley tourney. 

Savannah State clinched the outright MEAC title with its win over Maryland-Eastern Shore tonight.

Notes:

Florida State big man Bernard James was ejected after an apparent kick towards Virginia's Joe Harris. 

Michigan State's retired senior Delvon Roe will be on the bench and will participate in the post-game ceremony on Saturday for the Spartans final home game -- against Ohio State. 

Kentucky coach John Calpari has yet to lose a game in his three-year tenure in Lexington. 

On tap: 

Plenty of conference tourney action: 

1) The Horizon second round -- and that means Butler is in action. The Bulldogs face UW Milwaukee at 8:30. 

2) Ohio Valley semis -- Murray State plays Tennessee Tech. 

3) The WCC quarterfinals. That means BYU and Loyola Marymount join the fray. 

4) The CAA tourney starts. The bottom eight teams get going. 

5) The Missouri Valley's top two teams -- Wichita State and Creighton -- will play. Wichita plays Indiana State and Creighton faces Drake. 

6) The A-10 semis. Belmont vs. East Tennessee State and Mercer vs. Florida Gulf Coast. 

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