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College Hoops Go-Round: January 7

The game of Wednesday night was undoubtedly top-ranked Kansas' win over Ivy League favorite Cornell. The Jayhawks prevailed, 71-66, despite being down 8 at one point to the Big Red.  There were a few other key non-conference matchups featured on a night dominated by on conference action.

  • No. 5 Duke had no trouble with Iowa State in Chicago, winning 86-65.
  • No. 7 Syracuse needed a big second half to top Memphis, 74-57.
  • No. 16 Tennessee had no trouble with Charlotte in their first game without four suspended players, prevailing 88-71.
  • Oregon State, however, fell to transitional D-1 Seattle at home, 99-48.

But most teams, from coast-to-coast, were engaged in league battles.

  • It was a pretty good night for the Big East's ranked teams. No. 8 West Virginia smashed Rutgers, 86-52; No. 6 Villanova crushed DePaul, 99-72, and No. 13 Connecticut held off Seton Hall, 71-63. However, No. 12 Georgetown wasn't so lucky, as Marquette finally won a close one, 62-59. Also, Louisville rallied in the second half to top Providence, 92-70.
  • There were two Big Ten games on the schedule. No. 10 Michigan State topped No. 17 Wisconsin in a slugfest, 54-47, while Ohio State routed Indiana, 79-54, in Evan Turner's return to the lineup.
  • There were two Pac-10 contests on the Wednesday slate, as the league decided to forego it's traditional Thursday games because of the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena. Both were thrillers. UCLA won at Cal, 76-75, and Stanford upset USC, 54-53, in the Trojans first game since they were banned from this postseason.
  • No. 21 Temple blasted Big 5 rival St. Joseph's in their A-10 opener, 73-46. In other action, Richmond picked up a relatively easy 80-68 win at Duquesne; George Washington also got a road win, 78-71, at St. Bonaventure. Meanwhile, UMass topped Fordham in Amherst, 78-76.
  • In another unpredictable CAA evening, William & Mary survived a trip to Delaware, 74-73; VCU dropped their second straight, 75-72 at Drexel; Old Dominion survived a visit from James Madison, 74-72; UNC Wilmington picked up their second straight win, 57-50 over Georgia State; and Hofstra knocked off Towson, 77-61.
  • Wednesday was opening night for a few Conference USA teams. Tulsa topped Tulane, 73-59; UAB held off East Carolina, 76-68; Houston crushed crosstown rival Rice, 83-66; and UTEP topped SMU in a 49-45 slugfest.
  • In the Missouri Valley, Northern Iowa continues to lead the way, as they won 61-49 at Southern Illinois. Wichita State established themselves as a contender, thanks to a nice 65-62 win at Missouri State. In other action, Illinois State blew out Evansville, 83-62; Creighton sneaked past Drake, 73-69; and Bradley knocked off Indiana State, 91-85
  • Mountain West action started for six teams on Wednesday. In the game of the night, No. 25 BYU held off UNLV, 77-73. In other action, Colorado State won at Wyoming, 83-73, and TCU got a 59-50 home win over Air Force.
  • In SoCon action, The Citadel defeated Appalachian State, 62-58. Also, Chattanooga topped Georgia Southern, 75-63.
  • In the SWAC, Jackson State survived a visit from Alabama State, 63-62; Grambling topped Alabama A&M in another close one, 64-62; Texas Southern defeated Southern, 82-68; and Prairie View had no trouble with Alcorn State, winning 82-60.

There were a few non-conference games flying below the radar.

  • N.C. State rebounded from their late loss to Florida by topping Holy Cross, 87-70
  • Baylor won their final tuneup before Big 12 play, topping MEAC favorite Morgan State, 79-63.
  • Ohio topped IUPUI, 63-62, in a thriller at The Jungle.

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

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

With the BCS National Championship Game taking center stage, there isn't much on Thursday's TV schedule. All times are p.m. Eastern.

  • Michigan at Penn State (ESPN2, 7): Two schools known for football square off on the basketball court during the big game.
  • Xavier meets La Salle in the A-10 opener for both (CBS College, 7).
  • Oakland at Oral Roberts (FCS/Full Court, 8): This is a huge game early in the Summit League season.
  • Western Kentucky at South Alabama (FCS, 8): Again, this is a really good opportunity to check out the two most tourney-worthy teams in the Sun Belt.
  • Idaho State at Northern Arizona (FS Arizona/FS Northwest/FCS Pacific, 8): The Bengals are 1-2 in the Big Sky, while the Lumberjacks are 0-3. There are other options out there,

For info about games that will only be telecast regionally like George Mason at Northeastern, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.