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Thursday’s Morning Shootaround: Jimmer wasn’t the only guy playing last night

No. 9 BYU 71, No. 4 SDSU 58: See here and here.

Providence 83, Villanova 68: See here.

No. 19 Louisville 55, West Virginia 54: The Mountaineers had a terrific opportunity to steal a win on the road in this one. Joe Mazzulla scored 18 points, all in the first half, and the Mountaineers opened up an 11 point halftime lead. After a Kevin Jones layup with 15 minutes left, the score was 42-31. But WVU would go 13 minutes without a field goal, allowing Louisville to open a 51-45 lead. West Virginia fought back and took a 54-53 lead. They caught a break when Terrence Jennings missed a wide-open layup, but after Truck Bryant missed two free throws, Peyton Siva did this:

No. 8 Texas 61, Oklahoma State 46: For the second straight game, the Texas Longhorns knocked off an opponent on the road dealing with a mix of emotions. Last night, the Cowboys celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the place crash that killed 10 members of their program, including two players. And while Texas struggled to get into an offensive rhythm early, their defense was as good as it has been all season long. They held the Pokes to 32% shooting and just 46 points, getting a second half boost from Tristan Thompson, who scored all of his 14 points after the break.

No. 18 Minnesota 81, Northwestern 70: Playing their first game without either Al Nolen or Devoe Joseph, Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points running the point and Trevor Mbakwe, Colton Iverson, and Ralph Sampson all combined for 47 points and 22 rebounds, with 18 and 14 coming from Mbakwe alone. Northwestern is not the best opponent to gauge the effectiveness of playing those three together, but tonight the Gophers looked pretty good after a sluggish start.

No. 20 Georgetown 77, St. John’s 52: The Hoyas got a win they desperately needed, getting revenge against a St. John’s team that beat them in MSG earlier this month. Austin Freeman and Chris Wright both had solid, if unspectacular efforts, finishing with a combined 23 points on 9-25 shooting and eight assists to just two turnovers. But is was the play of Jason Clark (16 points, 5-5 shooting) and Hollis Thompson (15 points, 5-6 from the floor) that sparked the Hoya’s rout.

UNC 74, Miami FL 71: Harrison Barnes struggled with his shot all game, but he hit two huge jumpers down the stretch -- including this three ball with 6.6 seconds left to win it -- as UNC fought back from an early 14 points deficit in a game they had to win.

Memphis 77, UCF 61: All of a sudden, it is the Tigers that are streaking and the former top 25 UCF Golden Knights that are reeling, at 1-5 in the conference.

Other Notable Games

  • Tennessee 75, LSU 53
  • Cincinnati 72, Rutgers 56
  • Penn State 65, Iowa 51
  • Temple 76, Charlotte 67
  • Duquesne 91, Fordham 72
  • UMass 78, St. Bonaventure 69
  • Xavier 81, George Washington 74
  • James Madison 60, Drexel 54
  • Old Dominion 51, Georgia State 48
  • Wichita State 74, Southern Illinois 64
  • Northern Iowa 71, Creighton 66
  • Evansville 66, Indiana State 63
  • Bucknell 81, Lehigh 68
  • New Mexico 71, TCU 46