Monday’s Three Things To Know: Kansas wins at Kansas State, snoozefests abound
1. NO. 7 KANSAS WENT INTO KANSAS STATE AND SMACKED THE WILDCATS AROUND
This was the big news of the night. A Kansas State team that has their sights set on getting to the NCAA tournament and a chance to land a massive, massive win at home over the best team in the league.
And ... well, it sure didn’t go as planned.
The Wildcats were down double-digits within the first five minutes of the game, they trailed by 16 points in the first half and they eventually lost, 70-56, on their home floor despite the fact that Kansas missed their first ten shots of the second half.
Kansas remains one game ahead of the field in the Big 12 race. Kansas State, who is very much in the bubble picture, missed out on a chance to help themselves. A poor non-conference schedule has them needing to make up some ground.
2. DUKE GOT BACK TO THEIR WINNING WAYS
The Blue Devils used an 18-0 run midway through the second half to turn a game that was closer than expected into an absolute blowout.
Duke was coming off of a loss at home against Virginia that essentially clinched the Cavaliers’ third ACC regular season title in the last five years. The loss against Virginia probably said more about Virginia than it did Duke, however, as the Blue Devils still look like a team that can win a national title.
3. SNOOZERS ABOUND
Michigan and Northwestern played a 59 possession game that barely cracked 100 points. Saint Peter’s lost in triple-overtime at Siena, 59-57. (Seriously.) Hell, in an upset, the most entertaining game of the night was Nebraska’s win at Wisconsin, which is not something I thought I’d ever say. The Huskers - who could finish 14-4 in the Big Ten and not have a résumé that can get them into the NCAA tournament.
They did, however, erased an 11-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to beat Wisconsin. So there’s that.