What Happened Yesterday: The ranks of the unbeaten have been cut down by two. I don't think anyone was shocked that UCLA beat Washington State, but Kentucky knocking off Vanderbilt was not expected. A couple of quick notes: I don't buy Vanderbilt and I never have, despite giving them our team of the week. Georgetown is in that same boat. I watched their win over UConn was was hardly impressed. Washington State? I just can't see them on the same line with UCLA, Memphis, Kansas, and North Carolina. Butler won again, but look out because their next game is at red hot Cleveland State who won again last night and now are 5-0 in the Horizon League.
Scores Worth Noting:
Iowa 43 #6 Michigan State 36 - Three straight clunkers now by Tom Izzo's club. Sorry, you aren't an elite team when you lose to an average Iowa squad, no matter where the game is played. It's not even a rivalry game. I'll say this, it is a bit strange they shot four free throws to Iowa's 26.
#5 UCLA 81 #4 Washington State 75 - This game wasn't nearly as close as the score indicates. Wazzu hit seven threes in the final minute and a half to make it look respectable. Kevin Love killed the Cougs with 27 and 14. They also didn't make a field goal for the first seven and a half minutes of the game.
#8 Georgetown 72 Connecticut 69 - Sorry Hoyas, we don't buy you either. When you need a lucky Roy Hibbert three pointer (his second of his career) with four seconds left to beat a young UConn team at home, we aren't impressed.
Missouri 97 #13 Texas 84 - I would call this a mild upset as Mizzou's style of play is one that can hang with the run and gun Longhorns. They shot a ridiculous 56% from the field and nailed 12-26 from deep. Texas PF Damion James is sick. Another 27 and 16 game for the underrated Sophomore.
Kentucky 79 #12 Vanderbilt 73 2OT - The signature win of the Billy Gillipsie era. Too bad it took until mid-January to get it. Vandy, who we still don't buy, lost to a below average team on the same floor where the Wildcats lost to Gardner-Webb and San Diego not that long ago. Now they travel to Tennessee where they will get worked. Trust us.
#24 Arizona 85 Houston 71 - What a difference a Jerryd Bayless can make. The Cats welcomed back their starting point guard and ended a two game losing streak. Bayless did nothing but score 33 points, dish out nine assists, and grab five boards in 39 minutes. No way Houston has a chance to beat Memphis in a few weeks. Meanwhile, the Cats are back.
Cincinnati 69 #17 Villanova 66 - We set the fraud alarm on Villanova and they promptly set it off. No semblance of a post game, no way you can be a factor. They shouldn't be ranked. Period.
#3 Kansas 79 Nebraska 58 - I guess Bill Self's rip job of Brandon Rush worked. The passive play disappeared, Rush scored 16 in the first half, including all four three pointers he took. KU's ball movement is the best you will see.
Kansas State 84 Oklahoma 82 - A gigantic win on the road for the Wildcats in their efforts to get to the tournament. Michael Beasley was unstoppable with 32 and 11.
Purdue 75 Ohio State 68 - I guess the Big Ten will be a three team race after all. Sorry Buckeyes, you can't lose to an average Purdue team if you want to be in the discussion. Now they catch an angry Michigan State in East Lansing team coming off a loss.
Drake 65 Missouri State 54 - Anyone else notice Drake is 14-1 and 5-0 in the Missouri Valley?
San Diego State 72 New Mexico 67 - Huge road win for the Aztecs who dealt Steve Alford's Lobos their first conference loss and moved them to 14-3. KU transfer JR Giddens had 24 and 11 in a losing cause.