College Hoops Go-Round: January 31

The highlight of Saturday's schedule was a game in Washington, D.C. where No. 7 Georgetown and No. 8 Duke stepped out of conference and played in front of President Barack Obama (who stepped in and helped out with CBS' broadcast), Vice President Joe Biden, and thousands of others. The Hoyas dominated inside and shot nearly 72 percent from the floor to claim a dominating 89-77 win. 

Just about everyone else was involved in conference action, at least where the weather was decent.

Florida State held off Boston College61-57, to move to 4-3 in the ACC.  No. 22 Georgia Tech hammered Division II Kentucky State, 98-50NC State also stepped out of the league, as they crushed North Carolina Central, 77-42

No. 15 Temple moved to 6-1 in the A-10 with a 64-52 win over La Salle in a Big 5 game. Charlotte joins the Owls and Xavier in a three-way tie atop the league, as they beating UMass, 72-58. Rhode Island defeated George Washington, 72-66, to stay a game behind in the loss column. Richmond also has just two losses as they demolished St. Louis, 62-36, at the Robins Center. Dayton moved back over .500 in the league, as they beat St. Bonaventure, 75-58.

It was an extremely busy day in the Big EastLouisville fell to No. 9 West Virginia by a 77-74 score, thanks in part to a controversial possession call at the end of the game.  No. 19 Connecticut looks to be headed out of the poll again, as they fell to Marquette in Hartford by a 70-68 score. No. 4 Syracuse survived a mighty scare at DePaul. The Orange came back from 18 down to win, 59-57. Elsewhere, Providence couldn't build on their win over the Huskies. They fell to Cincinnati, 92-88; and Notre Dame's tourney hopes took a bit of a hit as they fell at Rutgers74-73.

No. 5 Michigan State pulled away from Northwestern in the second half to win 79-70, keeping their perfect Big Tenrecord intact. Illinois beat Indiana72-70, thanks to a Demetri McCamey shot at the buzzer to move to 6-3 in the conference. Michigan had little trouble with Iowa, winning 60-46 in Ann Arbor.

No. 2 Kansas will likely move up to number 1 on Monday. The Jayhawks remained unbeaten in the Big 12 thanks to a thrilling 81-79 overtime win over No. 11 Kansas State in Manhattan. No. 24 Baylor sent No. 6 Texas to their third loss in four games, triumphing 80-77 in overtime. Missouri pounded Oklahoma State, 95-80, to jump them in the league standings. In other games, Nebraska won their first Big 12 game of the year, topping Oklahoma in Lincoln, 63-46Iowa State won a 64-63 thriller over Colorado in Ames; and Texas A&M pounded Texas Tech85-70.

No. 12 BYU got back on track and stayed a game up on No. 23 New Mexico in the MWC with a 82-69 win over archrival Utah, in a game marred by an ugly incident where Utah's Marshall Henderson smacked Jackson Emery and was ejected. The Lobos, meanwhile, followed up their big win over the Cougars with a 73-57 victory at TCU. , San Diego State moved to 4-3 in the conference with a 64-52 win at Colorado State, Air Force won their first conference game, topping Wyoming, 70-63.

Washington snapped their two-game Pac-10 losing streak with an emphatic 92-64 win over archrival Washington StateArizona State recovered from Thursday's loss to Cal, as they handled Stanford. 88-70. In other action, UCLA got back on track with a 62-52 win at Oregon State, while Oregon won their second straight, topping USC67-57.

No. 21 Vanderbilt is no longer unbeaten in the SEC. As you'd expect, No. 1 Kentucky was in no mood to lose two straight, so they handled the Commodores, 85-72Mississippi State beat LSU67-51, meaning the Tigers are now 0-7 in the SEC. Alabama fell Auburn58-57South Carolina very nearly followed up their win over Kentucky with a loss, but they managed to beat Georgia78-77Arkansas' game at No. 18 Ole Miss was postponed to Sunday because of snow.

No. 13 Gonzaga lost their first WCC game. San Francisco upset them, 81-77. That means the Zags are now tied with St. Mary's, 85-67 winners over Loyola Marymount, at the top of the league standings. Portland is just a game behind the Bulldogs and Gaels. The Pilots handled Santa Clara, 74-52. San Diego also defeated Pepperdine, 66-44.

After the jump, I'll take a look at what happened elsewhere in the country.

Maine dropped their second America East game, a loss that cost them sole possession of first. That doesn't sound like that big of a deal on its face; however, the Black Bears lost 56-55 at home to UMBC, who was 0-8 in the conference coming into Saturday. Stony Brook jumps a half game ahead of the Black Bears. The Seawolves dumped Boston University, 71-55. Vermont remains a game back as they topped Albany, 64-46. Binghamton, meanwhile, is now 5-3 in the conference, as they beat New Hampshire, 76-73 in OT.

Belmont crushed Campbell, 75-50, to keep the Camels from joining Jacksonville at the top of the Atlantic Sun. ETSU couldn't join the Dolphins either. The Bucs fell at home to Lipscomb, 85-84.

In the Big Sky game of the day, Montana is three games back in the loss column after they beat Northern Arizona, 84-64.

Coastal Carolina's lead in the Big South shrunk, as the Chanticleers lost at Winthrop, 67-64. That game was the highlight of a schedule that was significantly affected by weather.

Pacific is now two games up in the loss column in the Big West. The Tigers won at UC Riverside, 72-57.  UC Santa Barbara dropped their third game of the conference season, 76-69. Long Beach State and UC Davis both sit at 4-4 after the 49ers beat the Aggies, 80-58. Cal State Fullerton joins them after they beat UC Irvine, 74-68

George Mason stands at 10-1 in the CAA, as they won their 17th straight conference home game, 70-68 over James Madison. Old Dominion could have joined them at the top, but they fell into a tie for second with Northeastern. The Huskies beat the Monarchs in Boston by a 74-64 score. Elsewhere, VCU defeated Georgia State, 78-62, and Hofstra won for the second straight time, topping Delaware, 77-67.

UAB lost their first C-USA game, falling 74-65 to UTEP in Birmingham. Tulsa joins the Miners and Blazers in a tie for first, thanks to a close 55-50 win over UCF. However, Memphis lost their second conference game of the season, falling 70-60 at SMU.  Houston sent Marshall to their fourth straight loss, 81-66.

Wright State got to 7-4 in the Horizon with a 66-48 win over Loyola-Chicago. Detroit did as well, but they had a far more difficult time, beating UIC, 76-73. The Raiders and Titans are now tied with Green Bay for second. Cleveland State is 6-4 after they beat Youngstown State, 77-69.

Cornell made a statement against Harvard. The Big Red throttled the Crimson, 86-50, to seize control of the Ivy race. Princeton moved to 2-0 with a 58-45 win over Yale. Columbia won their first league game over still winless Dartmouth, 63-51. Penn also won their first Ivy contest, 55-54 over Brown.

Siena keeps on winning in the MAAC. The Saints topped Marist, 79-60. Fairfield fell out of a second-place tie, however, as Rider defeated them, 88-80.

Kent State moved to 5-2 in the MAC with a 74-73 win over Western Michigan. East Division rival Akron matched them with a 59-45 win over Toledo.  Miami (OH) is in the thick of the race at 5-3, as they beat East Division rival Ohio U, 61-51. In the West, Central Michigan moved to 5-2 with a 64-52 win over Bowling Green. Buffalo snapped their three-game losing streak, beating Northern Illinois by a 95-83 score in DeKalb. That means both those teams are now 4-3 in the conference.

Delaware State is all alone in second in the MEAC at 5-2 with a 58-56 win over Hampton. Howard fell to 5-3 after a 67-66 loss at Maryland-Eastern Shore, who is now 4-3 in the conference. Bethune-Cookman is also at 5-3, as they fell to South Carolina State by a 58-55 score. 

Northern Iowa struggled in Springfield. The Panthers needed a Kerwin Dunham layup to steal a 55-54 win over Missouri State to stay in front in the MVC. Bradley at Illinois State beat Bradley, 66-47, in a battle of .500 teams. Drake upended Creighton, 79-74, meaning both teams are now 6-5 in a jumbled middle of the league. 

Robert Morris has sole possession of first in the NEC again. The Colonials beat St. Francis (NY), 74-56. Meanwhile, Mount St. Mary's handed Quinnipiac their second league loss, 61-56 in Emmitsburg. St. Francis (PA) upended Long Island, 74-73, to further damage the Blackbirds' title hopes.

Murray State blasted defending OVC regular season champ Tennessee-Martin, 77-45, to move to 13-0 in the conference on a day when many games were postponed due to bad weather.

Lafayette dropped their second Patriot League game, falling to American at home by a 76-66 score. The Eagles are now 4-3 just a game back of the lead. Navy is also 4-3. They knocked off Colgate in a shootout, 100-91. Army and Bucknell are both 3-4, as the Black Knights beat the Bison, 55-48.

College of Charleston dropped Georgia Southern, 90-72, to snap their two-game skid and stay a game up on Wofford in the SoCon South Division race. The Terriers stayed a game back by beating Furman, 57-46. In the North, Western Carolina defeated Samford, 62-50, to move to 7-3.

Sam Houston State won the battle of Southland unbeatens, 70-58 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Texas Arlington moved to 2-4 with a 82-78 win at Texas State, who falls to 4-3. Southeastern Louisiana is now 4-3 after they defeated Nicholls State by a score of 84-65. That loss drops the Colonels to 3-4.

Jackson State sits alone at the top of the SWAC, as they defeated Mississippi Valley State, 77-59, and Texas Southern fell at Alabama State, 62-61. The TSU Tigers join the Hornets at 6-2. Alabama A&M beat Prairie View, 59-54, to knock the Panthers out of the group of teams with two losses.

In the Summit, Oakland rebounded from their loss to IUPUI with a 68-64 win over Western Illinois. Oral Roberts defeated South Dakota State, 68-63, to stay two games back.

Arkansas State remains in charge of the Sun Belt race. The Red Wolves defeated Denver, 73-62, in Jonesboro. Florida Atlantic is on a roll. The Owls won their fifth straight, defeating Isiah Thomas' FIU squad, 106-88, to move to 8-3 in the conference. Middle Tennessee joined them with a 69-64 win over North Texas. Western Kentucky snapped their five-game losing streak with a 76-56 win over New Orleans. South Alabama continues to struggle. They fell 73-66 at Troy. Louisiana-Lafayette moved to 6-4 with a 72-67 win at Louisiana-Monroe. 

There's now a three way tie atop the WAC. Leaders Louisiana Tech fell to New Mexico State, 91-77. That means both tbe Bulldogs and Aggies sit at 6-2 in the conference. Utah State joined the group at the top with a 77-58 win over San Jose State. Elsewhere, Nevada beat Hawai'i , 66-60; Fresno State fell at Boise State65-49; and Idaho stepped out of the league to play Seattle, who they narrowly defeated, 87-85.

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

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

There are several games of interest on Sunday afternoon.

Lehigh at Holy Cross, 12 p.m. ET (CBS College): The Mountain Hawks need to win to remain in a first-place tie with archrival Lafayette atop the Patriot League.

Florida at No. 14 Tennessee or Minnesota at No. 20 Ohio State, 12 p.m. ET (CBS): The Vols look to stop a two-game losing streak against a Gator team that's going in the opposite direction, winning four straight. Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers look to sweep the Buckeyes and move above .500 in the Big Ten.

No. 17 Pitt at USF, 1 p.m. ET (Big East/Full Court): The Bulls look for their third straight Big East win.

Virginia Tech at MIami (FL), 1 p.m. ET (Raycom/Full Court): The Hokies can remain in the thick of the ACC race with a win over the last place Hurricanes.

California at Arizona, 3:30 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): The Wildcats can tie the Golden Bears for the Pac-10 lead with a win in Tucson.

Maryland at Clemson, 5:30 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): The Terps can retain sole possession of first in the ACC with a win at Littlejohn.

Virginia at North Carolina, 7:45 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): The Tar Heels can even up their conference record, and drop the Cavaliers to .500, with a win in Chapel Hill.

Wichita State at Southern Illinois, 8 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Shockers look to stay two games behind UNI in the Valley.

Other Sunday TV options include

Manhattan at St. Peter's, 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Penn State at No. 10 Purdue, 3 p.m. ET (Big Ten)

For information about games that will only be televised regionaliy, like Fordham at Xavier, Butler at Milwaukee, and Montana State at Northern Colorado, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.

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