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I spent most of my day yesterday at the Villanova vs. Georgetown game to cheer on my Wildcats, except Austin Freeman and the Hoyas dealt some punishment. Georgetown controlled most of the game, despite letting Villanova back into it in the last few minutes. Antonio Pena of the Wildcats missed a potential game tying three with 4 seconds left and Villanova was handed its' second loss of the week, after losing to Providence on Wednesday. Freeman had 30 points and made a ridiculous fadeaway with a hand in his face to stretch the Hoyas lead to three in the final moments. This was a great win for Georgetown, as they improved to a mediocre 5-4 in the conference. Villanova drops to 5-3, and has lost 3 of 4 games.
The #1 Ohio State Buckeyes will remain the #1 team in the poll this week, despite a legitimate scare vs. Northwestern. Ohio State should have lost this game, but if it wasn't for a boneheaded Northwestern play to an open Wildcat under the hoop, Northwestern would've pulled off the upset. Jared Sullinger then was fouled with 3 seconds left, breaking a tie, making his second free throw. Northwestern's half court heave was left of the rim, and Ohio State improved to 22-0 on the season.
#2 Pittsburgh, trying to avenge a loss to Notre Dame on Monday, almost lost to Rutgers last night as well. Rutgers and Pitt were battling all game, in a physical Big East matchup, with the largest lead being 7 points. The RAC was bumping last night, as the Scarlet Knights almost pulled up a huge upset. This game clearly shows the depth of the Big East, as any home team in the Big East has an opportunity to win on any given night.
#4 San Diego State and #6 Kansas both demolished their opponents, as SDSU beat Wyoming by 39 points, and Kansas crushed rival Kansas State, 90-66. Kansas State is really in danger of going from preseason favorite to NIT.
Louisville defeated #5 UConn in a double overtime thriller, as Kemba Walker missed a 37 foot-three pointer to win the game. This was just a typical Big East game, as the teams were close all throughout, but Peyton Siva and the Cardinals did just enough for the win. Kemba Walker scored 20 points, but was an inefficient 7-23 from the field.
#8 Texas continued its tremendous hot streak, defeating #13 Missouri by 13 points. Texas will jump into the top 5 at least, and could even be as high as #2 in the rankings next week. The Longhorns are one of those rare college basketball teams that rely on their inside game to score points, and with their talent, they are so efficient that its difficult to stop them on offense.
After an emotional victory over San Diego State on Wednesday, BYU came out and laid an egg vs. New Mexico. Jimmer Fredette still scored 32 points, but the New Mexico Lobos shot lights out all night, capping a roller coaster week for BYU.
Nebraska and Marquette, both unranked, won tough conference matchups on Saturday. Nebraska beat Texas A&M, while Marquette gave the reeling Syracuse Orangemen their fourth straight loss. #10 Syracuse will see yet another huge drop in the rankings, possibly into the high teens, and as low as 20 this week. Marquette is playing competitive basketball, with two big wins vs. Notre Dame and Syracuse. They lost close games to Pitt, UConn, and Notre Dame, but they face a Villanova team that Marquette has handled in the past few years. A few more good wins for Marquette, and they will surely make the tournament in March. Nebraska on the hand, improved to 3-3 in the Big 12 and has true tests in the next few weeks, with games vs. Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. This run of games will be very important for Nebraska.
Other Notable games on Saturday:
#12 Purdue beat #18 Minnesota - 73-61
Penn State clips #15 Wisconsin 56-52
#16 Kentucky holds on vs. Georgia - 66-60
#22 Vanderbilt, #23 Florida, and #24 St. Mary's all fall