Nebraska won for the first time against the Spartans since December 10, 1994. The Cornhuskers began the game in East Lansing scoring the first six points and later racing to a 13-4 lead. A 32-25 halftime lead eventually shrunk down to two in the final minutes before a 9-2 run affected mostly by MSU’s poor shooting (17 for 50 on the game, including 5 of 24 from long distance) as Nebraska won going away 60-51. Terran Petteway led the way with 23, while Walter Pitchford chipped in 18 points of his own. The Huskers are .500 in Big Ten Conference play for the first time in their school’s history, while the Spartans have dropped four out of their last seven after winning 11 straight and destined toward a solid 2 or 3 seed come Selection Sunday. Anywhere from a 5 to an 8 is a definitive possibility now facing Tom Izzo.
Meanwhile in Ann Arbor, Michigan failed to take advantage as Frank Kaminsky went ballistic for the Wisconsin Badgers compiling 25 points and 11 rebounds in a convincing 75-62 victory. Couple that with Minnesota upending Northwestern, it appears more than likely six teams will hear their names called one month from now when the draw is revealed.
But that was not the only upset on Sunday:
Temple won their first ever AAC game upending SMU by a 71-64. SMU mostly was playing catch-up during most of the second half in Philadelphia, getting as close as 59-58 with 4:31 to play. But poor shooting and great defense doomed Larry Brown’s bunch.
Doug McDermott makes more history
Passes Larry Bird into 13th place on NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball All-Time Scoring List
The 101-80 final score with Creighton winning another laugher at home over Villanova saw another historic milestone. McDermott passed Bird by coming off a high ball screen on the left wing and sinking a three-pointer from a few feet beyond the college arc with 13:21 left in the second half. The shot gave Creighton a 64-47 advantage, as McDermott moved past Larry Bird of Indiana State fame when in only three years down in Terre Haute from 1976-1979, Larry Legend had 2,850 points. McDermott currently sits at 2,863 points. During this game, McDermott finished with 39 points, tying a season-high while shooting a blistering 13 of 17 from the field and a perfect 9 for 9 from the line, in addition to snagging seven rebounds.
North Carolina pays a visit to Florida State in what will otherwise be a very light schedule on Monday.