Clemson's (15-8, 6-5) NCAA hopes took a serious hit, thanks to a 68-64 double-overtime loss at Notre Dame (13-12, 4-8). The Tigers lost for pretty much one reason, no one provided any support to K.J. McDaniels, who carried Clemson on his back with a 30 point, 14 rebound performance. Erik Atkins led four Fighting Irish double-figure scorers with 16. In Raleigh, N.C. State (16-8, 6-5) got 34 from T.J. Warren, as the Wolfpack avenged an earlier loss at Wake Forest (14-10, 4-7), 82-67.
The first game without Marcus Smart didn't go all that well for Oklahoma State (16-8, 4-7). Texas (19-5, 8-3) opened up a 21-point halftime advantage and pretty much maintained it the rest of the way, toppling the Cowboys by an 87-68 score. Jonathan Holmes missed the win with a right knee injury, but the Longhorns didn't miss a beat in his absence. The 'Horns' Javon Felix led all scorers with 27, while Le`Bryan Nash contributed 23 points to Oklahoma State's total.
Marquette (14-10, 6-5) broke out of its "lose one, win one" pattern by picking up a second consecutive victory, topping Seton Hall (13-11, 4-7) in Newark by a 77-66 scoreline. Jamil Wilson grabbed a nice double-double (25 points, 10 rebounds) to pace the Golden Eagles. The only Big East team in Tuesday's bracket that was in action last night, Xavier (17-7, 7-4) cruised to a 64-50 win at Butler (12-12, 2-10). The Musketeers' Semaj Christon led all scorers with 15.
Michigan (18-6, 10-2 Big Ten) snapped an eight-game losing streak at Ohio State (19-6. 6-6), ending the Buckeyes' three-game run by a 70-60 score. Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines with 15, as he hit three of his six three-point attempts on the night. LaQuinton Ross' 24-point effort for the Buckeyes came in vain.
San Diego State's (21-2, 10-1) unbeaten Mountain West run ended with a thud, as the Aztecs struggled on both ends of the floor at Wyoming (15-9, 6-5). Xavier Thames, in particular, had issues for SDSU, as he only managed to hit his first field goal with 11:13 left. The Cowboys' Riley Grabau led all scorers with 17, while Dwayne Polee II scored 15 for the Aztecs, who now only lead New Mexico by a half-game in the Mountain West race. In a game between two non-NCAA contenders, Utah State (15-9, 5-7) surprisingly won at Colorado State (14-11, 5-7) by nine.
Florida (22-2, 11-0) avoided a trap at Tennessee (15-9, 6-5), winning in Knoxville for only the third time since 2003, 67-58. Point guard Scottie Wilbekin led the Gators with 21 points, connecting on 10 of 12 foul shots on the night. While he was only one-of-six from beyond the three-point line this evening, Wilbekin's only make was a crucial one, as it put Florida up seven with 2:27 to go. UF next puts its perfect conference record on the line at Kentucky on Saturday night.
The Volunteers weren't the only SEC bubble team whose chances took a hit on Tuesday night. Mississippi (16-8, 7-4) fell at Alabama (10-14, 4-7) on a Trevor Releford three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left, moments after Jarvis Summers drained a pair of free throws to tie the game for the Rebels. Releford scored 26 for the Tide, while Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss with a rather pedestrian 14 points, largely due to a poor outing from beyond the arc (4-14).
Southern Illinois (10-16, 6-7 MVC) gave Wichita State (26-0, 13-0) a fight for about 36 minutes, until the Shockers pulled away late to win and stay perfect, 78-67. Ron Baker led a balanced Wichita State attack with 19. Five WSU players hit double figures on the night.