13) Oklahoma State 84, Kansas 79
Missouri 69, Kentucky 60
St John’s 81, Duke 77
This was the first time since March 6, 2005 that these three teams all lost on the same day.
12) Washington 78, Arizona 75— First-year coach Mike Hopkins has the Huskies 17-6 , 7-3 in the Pac-12; they’ve got wins over Kansas/Arizona, have shot at making the NCAAs. Would be ironic if Washington made the NCAAs and Syracuse didn’t, seeing how Hopkins waited a long time for Jim Boeheim to retire, so he could take over that program.
11) CAA race is interesting; Charleston leads at 9-3, game ahead of Northeastern/Wm & Mary. With one-third of the regular season left, nine of 10 teams already have four conference losses. Last place James Madison has three wins. 21 of 60 CAA games were decided by 4 or less points or in overtime.
10) Central Michigan 101, Ohio U 98 2OT— Bobcats went 16-31 on foul line, blew 13-point lead with 12:21 left to play. Chippewas were 31-36 on the charity stripe.
9) Colorado State asked basketball coach Larry Eustachy to step away from his job for a while, as they investigate the program— apparently he curses at players in practice and in 2014, was given a zero tolerance policy towards future verbal abuse of players.
Eustachy’s base salary is $985,012 and if he gets fired for cause, it saves the school $3M. When the team is 10-15, 3-9 in the Mountain West like Colorado State is this year, people put up with a lot less shenanigans than they did when the team was winning.
8) UCLA 82, USC 79— This was a really good game; 70 fast-paced possessions, Bruins had to make 12-26 on the arc to pull out the home win. Bennie Boatwright played only 9:00 for USC- -his foot still isn’t 100%.
7) Upsets of the Day:
Oklahoma State (+13) 84, Kansas 79
Brown (+11.5) 102, Princeton 100 OT
Citadel (+11.5) 100, Furman 92 OT
St John’s (+11) 81, Duke 77
SIU-Edwardsville 75, Jacksonville State 67
Drexel (+9) 91, William & Mary 79
East Carolina (+8) 88, Memphis 85 OT
Drake (+8) 78, Bradley 68
6) Ivy League teams play Friday/Saturday once conference play starts; Brown lost 95-90 in OT at Penn Friday night, then won 102-100 in OT at Princeton Saturday— had to be some tired kids on the bus back to Providence late Saturday night.
5) Gonzaga 68, BYU 60— Zags beat BYU at home for first time in four years. Gonzaga in 11-1 in WCC, but is 0-7 vs spread in last seven games, another example of how gambling is difficult.
4) Home favorites went 6-1 vs spread in SEC games Saturday; only team that didn’t cover was Auburn, which won by 12 laying 12.5. Tigers have a two-game lead over Tennessee in the SEC. Kentucky-Florida-Alabama are tied for third. Is Bruce Pearl national Coach of the Year?
3) Middle Tennessee State leads Conference USA at 10-1; they’ve won six of seven road games in conference, but none of the six wins were by more than seven points.
2) Cal-Davis 105, Long Beach State 104, 2OT— Aggies won despite suspending their best player, senior F Chima Moneke because to an unspecified violation of team rules at a hotel. No one was talking after the game, but the suspension is said to be indefinite.
Long Beach’s Gabe Levin was 24-28 on foul line in this game. Lot of foul shots for one guy.
1) Northern Colorado 86, Montana State 63— Bears’ Andre Spight scored 41 points; he was 8-21 on arc, 7-10 inside arc, with five assists, seven turnovers. He had the ball a lot. This was his 4th Big Sky game with 30+ points this season.