Friday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a busy basketball day……

Recapping the busiest basketball day of the year:
13) Noon-2pm:
— Virginia 76, NC State 56— Going to be a long 72 hours for the Wolfpack.
— Ohio State 79, Indiana 75— Hopefully this pops the Hoosiers’ bubble; they tied for 8th in a 14-team league, then lost their first conference tourney game- take a hike.
— Villanova 73, Providence 62— Wildcats are 12-1 in last 13 Big East tourney games. 

12) 2-4pm:
— Florida State 65, Virginia Tech 63, OT— Seminoles hit a 3-ball with 0:04 left to force OT, then hit a difficult, leaning shot on the baseline with 0:01.8 left for the win.
— Xavier 63, Creighton 61— Musketeers won seven of their last eight games.
— Nebraska 69, Maryland 61— Terps are 6-9 in last 15 games after a 7-1 start in Big 14. 

11) 4-6pm:
— Nevada 77, Boise State 69— Wolf Pack takes lot of bad shots for a good team.
— Auburn 81, Missouri 71— Tigers move on to play South Carolina next.
— Washington 78, USC 75— Tough week for Trojans, on and off the court. 

10) 6-8pm:
— Marquette 86, St John’s 54— Golden Eagles avenge couple of losses during regular season.
— Cal-Fullerton 75, Cal-Davis 71 OT— Titans outscored Davis 23-4 on foul line.
— Alabama 62, Ole Miss 57— Crimson Tide was down 14 at the half; held Ole Miss to 19 points in second half. 

9) 8-10pm
— West Virginia 79, Texas Tech 74— #10-seed is in Big X semis for first time since 1998.
— Minnesota 77, Penn State 72 OT— Nittany Lions led by 8 with 4:57 left.
— Southern Miss 82, Marshall 73— Golden Eagles won nine of their last 11 games. 

8) 10pm-midnight
— Utah State 91, New Mexico 83— Aggies survived 24 turnovers; game was tied at half.
— Arizona State 83, UCLA 72— Bruins’ coaching search will be very interesting.
— Seton Hall 73, Georgetown 57— This game was 53-28 at the half; Pirates won last three games, beating Villanova/Marquette last week- they play Marquette again tonight. 

7) Upsets of the Day:
— West Virginia (+13) 79, Texas Tech 74
— Southern Utah (+7.5) 83, Northern Colorado 64
— Northern Illinois (+6.5) 80, Toledo 76
— Nebraska (+5.5) 69, Maryland 61

6) Wow, the announcers on the Big 14 Network are incredible shills; every game is great, every kid is wonderful, never is heard a discouraging word. 

Near the end of the Penn State-Minnesota game, couple kids start jawing at each other, and one of Penn State’s subs walks off the bench to join the fray. He winds up getting tossed out of the game for it, but the TV analyst is defending the kid. Seriously. 

5) Marquette’s Markus Howard scored 30 points against St John’s Thursday; it was his 6th career game against the Johnnies. In the first five games:
— He was 5-34 inside the arc.
— He was 12-31 on the arc
— He scored a total of 55 points (11 ppg) in those games.
— This game was a whole lot better. 

4) Washington State fired basketball coach Ernie Kent Thursday. Here is the record of the last few Cougar basketball coaches:
— 1999-2003: Paul Graham 31-79
— 2003-06: Dick Bennett 36-49
— 2006-09: Tony Bennett 69-33
— 2009-14: Ken Bone 80-86
— 2014-19: Ernie Kent 58-98

If that doesn’t prove that Tony Bennett is a great freakin’ coach, not sure what does. 

3) Bowling Green 99, Ball State 86— This game was 54-51 at the half; you don’t see that much, a game where both teams have 50+ at halftime. 

2) San Diego State 63, UNLV 55— Since 2006, Aztecs are 8-0 vs UNLV in the Mountain West tournament; seeing how the tournament is almost always in Las Vegas, thats quite a streak. 

1) Utah State-Fresno State figures to be a very good game in the Mountain West semi-finals tonight; teams split a pair of one-point decisions this season, with road team winning both of them. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.