Friday’s Den: Wrapping up a hectic Thursday

13) Big East tourney:
Georgetown 72, Villanova 71
— Hoyas went 23-for-23 on foul line in a big upset.
— Villanova is #321 in bench minutes; they missed injured PG Gillespie.
— Patrick Ewing is obviously one of the best players in Knicks history; Ewing told reporters after the game that event staff at Madison Square Garden were regularly stopping him to check his passes- they don’t know who he is? His number is up in the freakin’ rafters!!!

Seton Hall 77, St John’s 69 OT— This score could KO the Johnnies from the field of 68; if so, it could be the first year since 1993 that the Big East had only three teams in the NCAA’s.

12) SEC tourney:
Mississippi State 74, Kentucky 73— Bulldogs end a 15-game losing skid vs Kentucky
— This is the first time since 1976 that neither Kentucky/Duke will be in the NCAA’s.

11) ACC tourney:
— Duke-Florida State game was cancelled because of a positive COVID test in the Duke program; that ends Duke’s season, and their streak of 24 straight years in NCAA tourney. 

Virginia 72, Syracuse 69— Freshman Reece Beekman buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Virginia, which trailed by 11 in first half. It was Beekman’s only basket of the game.

10) Big X tourney:
Texas 67, Texas Tech 66:
— Longhorns won four in row, seven of last nine games.
— Tech was only 12-20 on foul line, shot 41.9% inside arc, missed several tips/layups in last 2:00.

Kansas 69, Oklahoma 62
— Jayhawks won 8 of their last 9 games.
— Oklahoma limps into the NCAA’s, on a 1-5 skid.

9) Pac-12 tourney:
Oregon State 83, UCLA 79 OT— Beavers won four of last five games; they were down 16 late in first half.
— With 10:00 left in game, OSU had 40 points; they scored 30 in last 10:00 of regulation.
— UCLA lost its last four games.

USC 91, Utah 85 2OT:
— Three Trojans played 42:00+.
— Lot of foul shots: USC was 29-39, Utah 25-30

8) Big 14 tourney:
Maryland 68, Michigan State 57— Spartans will have a long few days, waiting to see if they’re in the field of 68, or are heading to Texas for the NIT.

Wisconsin 75, Penn State 74:
— Badgers led 68-50 with 7:48 left, hung on for only their 2nd win in seven games.
— Wisconsin made 12-23 on the arc, won by a point. Bit of a red flag.

7) Upsets of the Day:
— Georgetown (+8) 72, Villanova 71
— Montana (+6.5) 80, Weber State 75
— Oregon State (+5) 83, UCLA 79 OT
— Mississippi State (+3.5) 74, Kentucky 73
— Tulane (+3.5) 77, Tulsa 70
— Nevada (+3.5) 89, Boise State 82
— Cal-Davis 58 (+3.5), Cal-Bakersfield 56

6) Big West tourney:
Cal-Davis 58, Cal-Bakersfield 56— 7th win in last eight games for the Aggies.

Cal-Irvine 58, Cal Poly 51— Anteaters jumped out to a 31-9 lead, then held on. Cal Poly shot 29% inside the arc.

5) Conference USA tourney— All four favorites won, three covered; this tournament is being played at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas- they have two games going on at once.

4) MAC tourney:
Toledo 91, Ball State 89 OT:
— Toledo blew a 10-point lead with 5:49 left, then trailed by 5 in overtime.
— Rockets won five of their last six games. 

3) Mountain West tourney:
San Diego State 69, Wyoming 66:
— Top-seeded Aztecs struggled here; Wyoming is going to be good down the road.
— San Diego State won its last 12 games, plays Nevada tonight.

Disappointing that UNLV hasn’t made the semi-finals of this event since 2014; they’re the host team, but the program has slipped into mediocrity.

2) Big Sky tourney:
Montana 80, Weber State 75
— Montana is 14-12, but five of those wins are against non-Division I teams. This was the 2nd biggest upset of the day nationally.
— Grizzlies can shoot though; they’re shooting 37.5% on arc (#31), 79.8% on foul line (#7)

1) AAC tourney:
South Florida 73, Temple 71— Why did Temple fire Fran Dunphy? Guy went 23-10 his last year, won 21+ games nine of his 13 years there- Owls are 10-22 in AAC games since he left. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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