Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…….

13) Tulsa 88, UConn 80— Both head coaches got tossed at the same time in this game, which doesn’t happen a whole lot. Don’t think I’ve ever heard of it before. 

Tulsa led 61-47 with 11:19 left in the game when the refs lost control of things; the delay wound up being 6-7 minutes, with both coaches pleading their cases to stay on the bench, but the refs clearly had enough of listening to them. 

Tulsa was 26-36 on foul line in this game, Huskies 12-15. 

12) Iowa State 68, Texas Tech 64— Kansas’ top two challengers in the Big X hooked up here; these are two really good teams. This easily could’ve been an Elite 8 or Final Four game. 

Cyclones led 41-33 at halftime; they didn’t turn ball over once the whole half. 

11) St John’s 81, Creighton 66— Bluejays are in top 5 in country in 3-point shooting, but were just 11-35 in this game, and they lost their 4th game in a row. Ponds scored 22 for St John’s after he missed the Red Storm’s last game 

10) South Carolina 74, Vanderbilt 71— Commodores led 68-63 with 1:38 left before a technical foul for taunting on Vandy helped swing this foul-filled game, where both teams took 35+ foul shots. 

Gamecocks are a surprising 4-0 in SEC, after a 5-7 pre-conference record; their bench outscored Vandy’s subs 28-12. 

9) Illinois State 59, Southern Illinois 58— Redbirds blew a 16-point second half lead, then outscored SIU 8-5 over final 4:55 for the win. State’s last three games were decided by a total of five points. 

8) Drake 69, Bradley 52— Homestanding Braves went 5-33 in first half of this game; they’re now 0-5 in MVC, despite being one of most experienced teams in league. 

7) Upsets of the Week:
Tuesday:
— Wake Forest (+9.5) 71, NC State 67
— Central Michigan (+7) 78, Northern Illinois 69
— St Joe’s (+5) 61, Davidson 60
— Kent State (+5) 66, Ohio U 52
— LSU (+5) 83, Ole Miss 69

Wednesday:
— Long Beach State (+10) 80, Cal-Irvine 70
— Kansas State (+6.5) 74, Oklahoma 61
— George Washington (+6) 59, LaSalle 56
— Iowa State (+5) 68, Texas Tech 64
— South Carolina (+5) 74, Vanderbilt 71

6) Warriors 142, Nuggets 111— Golden State scored 51 points in the first QUARTER. 

5) Nevada 72, Boise State 71— Red flag for the Wolf Pack, who were life/death here after losing at New Mexico earlier this month. Nevada isn’t playing that well away from Reno- they take bad shots.

4) Iowa 89, Penn State 82— Iowa ended this game on an 8-0 run. Nittany Lions are 0-7 in conference; their coach got suspended for a game for shoving a player during a timeout. Sounds like they’re not having much fun. 

3) Campbell 70, NC-Asheville 53— Camels get a win on a Wednesday (Hump Day). 

2) Temple 85, East Carolina 74— Owls are quietly 14-3 this season, 4-1 in AAC. 

1) Nets 145, Rockets 142 OT— James Harden scored 57-58 points in his last two games. 

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.