— South Florida 84, Memphis 78— USF led this game, 25-1. Don’t see that much.
— Virginia Tech 47, NC State 24— Final score of an incredibly ugly game. Wolfpack was averaging 84.4 ppg and scored 24 in this game.
— Butler 70, Seton Hall 68— Coaches were miked whole game, so they obviously toned their language down. Shots inside locker room at halftime were interesting.
FS1 got their money’s worth; Butler led 65-48 with 6:30 left, but Pirates tied game with under a minute left. Butler won on a goaltending call with 0:17 left. Game was over at 1:53; not having commercials made broadcast shorter, but why have TV timeouts if TV isn’t using them?
— North Carolina 79, Louisville 69— Tar Heels avenged a 21-home loss to Louisville.
— Siena 56, Iona 54— Gaels lost three straight MAAC games for first time in six years.
— Kent State 81, Ball State 80 OT— Kid on Kent got stuck with ball outside arc at top of key, threw a pass to himself off the backboard and scored game-winning hoop with 0:02.7 left.
— Campbell 83, Longwood 62— 5-foot-9 Chris Clemons scored 39 for the Camels.
11) 4-6 pm:
— Kentucky 65, Florida 54— Gators are 4-5 in last nine games; they’re a bubble team.
— Washington 69, UCLA 55— Bruins had 18 turnovers, 23 points in first half. Not good.
— Mississippi State 81, Ole Miss 75— Bulldogs avenge their home loss to Ole Miss.
10) 6-8 pm:
— Indiana 79, Michigan State 75, OT— Hoosiers end a 7-game losing streak.
— Arkansas 90, LSU 89— First conference loss for the Bayou Bengals.
— Tex-Arlington 84, Texas State 77, 2OT— Bobcats fall out of tie for first in Sun Belt.
9) 8-10 pm:
— Baylor 90, TCU 64— Makai Mason scored 40 points, was 9-12 behind arc.
— Tennessee 93, Texas A&M 76— Vols haven’t lost since Nov 23 to Kansas in Brooklyn.
— Tex-San Antonio 116, Marshall 106, OT— Visiting Roadrunners outscored Marshall 28-9 on foul line. In a 5:00 OT, UTSA won 24-14.
— Colorado 73, Oregon 51— Buffs led this game 40-17 at halftime.
— Cal-Irvine 82, Long Beach State 80— Anteaters won seven of last eight games; four of those wins were by 2 points or in OT.
— Northridge 83, Cal Poly 65— Matadors start three frosh and a soph; they’re 4-3 in Big West. Mark Gottfried will have them near top of this league in next couple years.
7) Upsets of the Day:
— Indiana (+14.5) 79, Michigan State 75
— Middle Tennessee (+11.5) 79, UAB 78
— Tex-Arlington (+9) 84, Texas State 77, 2OT
— Arkansas (+8.5) 90, LSU 89
— LaSalle (+6.5) 66, Richmond 58
— Siena (+6) 56, Iona 54
— Austin Peay (+6) 79, Jacksonville State 71
6) Makai Mason’s story is pretty amazing; it deserves to be re-told.
Three years ago, as a sophomore at Yale, Mason scored 31 points as Ivy League champ Yale upset Baylor 79-75 in the NCAA tournament. Looked like he would lead the Bulldogs to one or two more Ivy titles, but injuries ruined his next two seasons, playing in only one game.
Ivy League teams don’t have redshirt years, so if Mason wanted to play his 5th year of college ball, he had to transfer, and ironically, he chose Baylor, where now that he is healthy, he is leading the Bears to a surprisingly good season.
Mason scored 40 Saturday night and looked a little like Steph Curry doing it, making 9-12 on the arc. Tremendous exhibition of shooting.
5) Don’t listen to all the hype from recruiting services; they don’t know everything.
Ed Reed was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night; as a kid, he was a 2-star recruit out of Destrehan, LA. 2-star recruits don’t often make the NFL, much less the Hall of Fame, but Reed excelled at Miami, was a 1st-round pick of the Ravens, and the rest is history.
Reed was such a talented athlete that for a while, he was Destrehan HS’s punter, when one of his teammates was Mike Scifres, who went to on punt in the NFL for 14 years.
4) Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the Saudi International golf tournament for “purposefully hitting his clubs into the surface of the greens causing damage.” There were reports than Garcia damaged as many as five greens on the course.
3) When you know a team might not be 100% mentally in the game: New Mexico committed a lane violation when Fresno State was taking a foul shot, but Fresno didn’t have anyone in there to rebound, so the kid stepped in early to block out…….no one. Fresno made the next foul shot.
2) Louisiana Tech is 5-6 in Conference USA; home team covered all 11 of those games.
1) Surprising fact: Which college has had the most QB’s start a Super Bowl?
Answer: the Cal Golden Bears, with five
— Joe Kapp, Super Bowl IV
— Craig Morton, Super Bowls V, XII
— Vince Ferragamo, Super Bowl XIV
— Aaron Rodgers, Super Bowl XLV
— Jared Goff, Super Bowl LIII
Ferragamo deserves an asterisk; he played two years at Cal, then transferred and played two years at Nebraska.