A very light schedule on Sunday, but that did not mean that the games were slouches–far from it.
Early in the afternoon, Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half. Most of the shots were from the perimeter as Gang Green did not have an answer for Big Blue’s newest scoring weapon.
Michigan overcame a 36-34 halftime deficit and pulled away in the final 13 minutes by outscoring Tom Izzo’s bunch 31-22 to win going away 79-70. The victory puts Michigan all alone atop the Big Ten standings (11-3 in conference play 1/2 game better than the 11-4 mark currently held by Michigan State).
Even with Nebraska starting to get hot winning six in a row, the league may be sending 5 or 6 teams to the Big Dance when the draw is released in three weeks.
Elsewhere on Sunday, as most Americans lamented another the end of another Winter Olympics…
SMU got the better of UConn in AAC play, 64-55 while Doug McDermott continued to make more history for Creighton.
Top Ten NCAA Career Scoring List Adds New Member
Even though the Bluejays missed 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 3 minutes (even though they went to the line twice more than Seton Hall). Bottom line is that Creighton did just more than enough to hold onto a slim 1/2 game lead over Villanova in the Big East standings.
Doug McDermott scored 29 points to move into 10th place in college basketball scoring history all-time. Grant Gibbs added a season-high 16 points as the Bluejays (23-4, 13-2) won for the eighth time in their last nine contests.
McDermott made a free throw late in the second half to pass Alfredrick Hughes for 10th on NCAA all-time scoring chart. McDermott’s career total stands at 2,917 points, which put him on track to pass Danny Manning and “The Big O”, Oscar Robertson by the end of the regular season.
ESPN has the big games on their “Big Monday” slate, but again another light schedule across men’s college basketball:
Syracuse pays its’ final visit to Maryland at 7 p.m. Eastern, while at the same time on ESPNU it will be Oklahoma State and the resurging Marcus Smart visiting TCU. Currently at 16-10, the Cowboys need every win that they can get in the classic case of BubbleTology. The 9 p.m. contest features Oklahoma looking to surprise Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse.
Speaking of BubbleTology, some of you might be wondering what it is exactly? Find out in my next blog sometime on Monday.