13) Titans 22, Chiefs 21— Kansas City is first NFL team to lose a playoff game after leading by 18+ points at halftime- they’re 1-11 in their last 12 playoff games, losing last six home playoff tilts. QB Alex Smith will likely be elsewhere next season.
12) Falcons 26, Rams 13— Any NFL team that is -2 or worse in turnovers stands less than a 20% chance of winning that game; against playoff-caliber teams, a lot lower %age. Rams turned ball over twice on special teams, had zero takeaways— cannot win that way.
11) Colorado 80, Arizona 77— On Selection Sunday the Buffaloes could be leaning heavily on this week, when they upset Arizona and ASU in Boulder. Colorado led here by 16 at the half- they start three freshmen. PG Wright had 16 points, 10 assists, 7 turnovers.
Quote of the Day, part 2, from Arizona coach Sean Miller:
“You always want your team to play for you as the coach, and our guys, they really struggle playing for me — they really do. I can’t get them to play hard. We do it for a while. I know we’ve had a win streak and we also have a good team. We have a lot of talent. With our team, it’s really hard to get our guys to run as fast as they can. That’s not them. That’s me. I have a hard time reaching our guys. I can’t reach them, I really can’t.”
That doesn’t sound good.
10) Florida 77, Missouri 75— Mizzou was up a hoop when they fouled a Florida 3-point shooter with 0:21 left- the kid made 2 of 3 shots, tying the game. Mizzou then held for last shot, but a casual pass on the wing was stolen by Chiozza and he beat the buzzer with a walk-off layup, an awful loss for the homestanding Tigers.
9) NC State 96, Duke 85— Kevin Keatts gets his first ACC win in Wolfpack’s ACC home opener; all five State starters scored in double figures. Wolfpack bench outscored Duke’s 25-4.
Virginia 61, North Carolina 49— Tar Heels shot 25.8% inside arc, turned ball over 19 times (-8); they lost 53-43 here LY, and then won the national title five weeks later.
8) Bad Beat of the Night: Iowa State (+7.5) lost by 9 at Oklahoma State, 96-87 in overtime.
7) West Virginia 89, Oklahoma 76– Trae Young scored 28, but no other Sooner had more than 12– Young had 8 turnovers, only 5 assists.
6) Providence 81, Xavier 72— Friars even their Big East mark at 2-2; they were crushed 44-28 on boards, but Xavier was just 5-18 on arc.
5) LSU 69, Texas A&M 68- Kid on LSU nailed a 30-footer for the walk-off road win for Bayou Bengals, who are 10-4. Texas Aggies were 11-1, looked like best team in country in November, but thanks to injuries, suspensions, are now 0-3 in the SEC.
4) Tennessee 76, Kentucky 65— Wildcats were up 37-29 at half, but lost for 4th time in last five visits to Knoxville. Volunteers get their first win in three SEC games.
3) Wyoming 79, Boise State 78 OT— Broncos were up 16 at halftime, lose in OT, their first loss in four Mountain West games. Wyoming is 11-5 now.
2) Western Kentucky 112, Marshall 87— Freshman Anderson scored 16 points in 19:00 off the bench in his first college game after becoming eligible Friday.
1) Jacksonville State 64, Belmont 60— Upset in the Ohio Valley Conference; Murray State/Austin Peay are tied for first now.