College Hoops Go-Round: January 15

Did you realize that we're now less than two months from Selection Sunday, March 14? Yes, yesterday was indeed January 14, and the anniversary was celebrated coast-to-coast with conference action.

  • No. 11 Georgetown moved to 4-1 in the Big East, thanks to a 85-73 home win over Seton Hall. Providence pulled away in the second half to win 79-62 at DePaul,
  • Michigan easily avenged their New Year's Eve loss to Indiana, 69-45, in the only Big Ten game of the night.
  • Arizona State looks to be a serious threat to win the Pac-10. The Sun Devils handled Oregon, 76-57, at Mac Court. California is looking good as well, as the Golden Bears topped Washington State, 93-88 in Pullman. Oregon State won their second straight league game, topping Arizona, 67-64. Washington routed Stanford, 94-61, to snap a three-game losing streak.
  • Auburn gave No. 9 Tennessee a battle for a half, but the Vols ended up prevailing easily in their SEC opener, 81-55Mississippi State did the reverse, building a big first half lead before having to hold off Arkansas, 82-80, in Starkville. 
  • In the America East, Boston University topped Binghamton, 63-55, in a game that featured more negative publicity for the Bearcats
  • Stetson won 54-52 at ETSU in one of the more surprising results anywhere this season. The Bucs were tied for the A-Sun lead, while the Hatters were firmly entrenched in last. Jacksonville also got a good win, topping league leader Lipscomb, 79-73. That means Campbell now has sole possession of first. The Camels moved to 5-1 after a 61-45 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Belmont dropped their second straight league game, falling 45-43 at North Florida.
  • Radford is now in pole position for the Big South, thanks to a 62-52 victory at Coastal Carolina. That's the Chanticleers' first league loss. High Point fell at Charleston Southern, 73-69, meaning the Panthers couldn't keep pace with the Highlanders and Chants. Liberty also knocked off Gardner-Webb, 68-57.
  • Cal State Fullerton joins Pacific atop the Big West after another exciting night. The Titans defeated Cal Poly, 68-54, in a battle of one-loss teams. Long Beach State got back to .500 in the conference by defeating UC Santa Barbara, 67-47, while UC Davis sneaked by UC Irvine, 79-77, in a battle of 2-2 teams. Cal State Northridge won their first conference game, 64-50 over UC Riverside.
  • William & Mary is tied in the loss column for the CAA lead with Northeastern, Old Dominion, and George Mason, The Tribe defeated James Madison, 85-78.
  • It was a night of top six battles in the in the Horizon League. Butler is still unbeaten after a 64-55 win over Cleveland State at Hinkle. Detroit topped Milwaukee, 81-65, and Green Bay defeated Wright State, 68-66, so both those winners stay two games back of the Bulldogs.
  • Buffalo won 68-65 at Bowling Green in the lone MAC game of the night.
  • Long Island is still unbeaten in the NEC. The Blackbirds topped Wagner, 79-64. Quinnipiac stays a game back after winning at Central Connecticut State, 76-45; Robert Morris defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 80-73 in a battle of 3-1 teams; and Monmouth also kept pace after a 63-53 win over St. Francis (PA). Mount St. Mary's dropped to 1-4 in the league after a 61-58 home loss to St. Francis (NY)
  • Murray State keeps rolling along in the OVC. The Racers moved to 8-0 with a 92-68 win over Jacksonville State. Morehead State doubled up Southeast Missouri, 80-40, to stay a game behind the Racers in the loss column. Eastern Kentucky is two games back after topping Eastern Illinois, 67-59.
  • Navy topped Lehigh, 94-83. The Middies will host Lafayette Saturday with the early Patriot League lead up for grabs.
  • College of Charleston is still unbeaten in the SoCon, as they defeated Samford, 78-67. Chattanooga grabbed a 56-54 home win over The Citadel. Western Carolina remains tied with the Mocs at the top of the North Division, thanks to a 79-69 victory over UNC Greensboro.
  • IUPUI handed Oral Roberts another Summit League loss, 90-87. The Jaguars remain a game behind Oakland, who remains unbeaten, thanks to a 87-73 win over UMKC.
  • Western Kentucky is back in charge of the Sun Belt race thanks to a 79-72 win over Florida Atlantic and a combination of events elsewhere, They lead the East Division because Middle Tennessee fell at home to Florida International, 65-58, and Troy also dropped a game in their own place, falling to North Texas, 75-72. Denver, who beat the Hilltoppers Sunday, fell on the road to UL-Lafayette, 55-49. South Alabama fell to 3-3 in the conference as they lost 61-58 at UL-Monroe.
  • Louisiana Tech topped Fresno State, 81-73, in the battle of WAC unbeatens.
  • No. 17 Gonzaga picked up a big WCC road win, topping St. Mary's, 89-82, in Moraga. Pepperdine also stayed unbeaten in the league, as they defeated Santa Clara in a 61-60 thriller. Portland won their first WCC game, 63-54 at San Diego. San Francisco kept Loyola Marymount winless, winning in L.A., 70-67.

If you don't see your team's result, click on any of the score links. You'll find a rundown of the night's scores on the right side of the page.

For more on Thursday's action, visit SB Nation and Searching For Billy Edelin.

It's a very quiet Friday night in terms of TV action. All times are p.m. Eastern

  • Marist at Loyola (MD), 7 (ESPNU): These two are a combined 2-10 in the MAAC.
  • Mercer at USC-Upstate, 7 (CSS/Full Court): The Bears look to stay a game behind Campbell in the A-Sun race.
  • Loyola (IL) at Illinois-Chicago, 9 (ESPNU): The Ramblers are 2-4 in the Horizon, while the Flames are 1-5.

For information about games that will only be telecast regionally, like Northern Arizona at Eastern Washington, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.

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