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I Slept On It: SDSU Falls; Florida And Michigan Conquer Their Houses Of Horror

On Tuesday night, the Aztecs fell from the ranks of conference unbeatens, while the Gators and Wolverines grabbed huge road wins in venues where they've seen very little success in recent seasons.

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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.

Big 12

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.

Big East

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.

Big Ten

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.

Mountain West

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.

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