Arkansas, Oregon lead wild night of upsets on Thursday

Arkansas had not won in Kentucky since February 9, 1994 but it took overtime to upend UK at Rupp Arena 71-67.

A few hours later, Oregon held off a game UCLA squad who was missing two key players due to a one-game suspension.  Steve Alford could have used both Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams.

The Bruins got a 3-pointer from Bryce Alford with 6.8 seconds left to draw within one point at 69-68 and had a chance to upset the Ducks after an Oregon turnover when the inbounded pass was touched out of bounds.  L, but Zach LaVine missed from long range.  Oregon grabbed the rebound before Joseph Young’s free throws appeared to clinch the victory.

Even though a near repeat of Thomas Hill to Christian Laettner in the 1992 East Regional Final happened to force overtime.  Travis Wear lobbed a long pass to his brother David, who calmly nailed a shot from 30 feet away to tie the game at the buzzer.

Each team only scored two points in the first overtime.  But in the second overtime, Joseph Young hit a key three-pointer as part of his 26 points and with the Ducks finally outlasting UCLA in nearly three hours of playing time, the 87-83 victory enabled Arizona to nab the number 1 seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.

Other key upsets on Thursday included:

Penn State beat Ohio State for the second time this season, as PSU students stormed the Bryce Jordan Center court after the Nittany Lions final home game of the season proved successful, 65-63.

The Duquense Dukes of Pittsburgh went on the road and upset St. Louis, 71-64 behind Micah Mason’s 22 points.

Finally, Houston shocked Memphis 77-68.

This sets up for a very crazy first day of March in college basketball.

At first, some seeds were pretty much locked in place…but there is still hope for some at-large applicants to prove to the Selection Committee that they might have a slim chance to make it.

Here are the key games on television, listed by tip-off time for convenience and the schools listed in bold need to win to keep their possible tournament hopes alive:

  • 11 a.m. Eastern, UMass at Dayton ESPNU
  • noon  Cincinnati at UConn ESPN
  • noon  Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN2
  • 1 p.m. Northern Iowa at Indiana State ESPU
  • 2 p.m. Louisville at Memphis CBS
  • 2 p.m. Missouri State at Wichita State ESPN (Senior Day for Shockers as they attempt to complete the first undefeated regular season by any school since UNLV back in 1990-91)
  • 4 p.m. LSU at Florida CBS (Florida looking again to nail down the Overall number 1 seed)
  • 4 p.m. Syracuse at Virginia ESPN TV and ESPN Radio (Virginia looks to clamp down the ACC regular season title, while the Orange are looking to stop their first major slump of the season)
  • 5 p.m. Creighton at Xavier (Doug McDermott’s next tough challenge on the road) Fox Sports 1
  • 6 p.m. St. Louis at VCU  ESPN2
  • 7 p.m. Iowa State at Kansas State  ESPNU
  • 9 p.m. Kansas at Oklahoma State  ESPN (The Jayhawks wrapping up their tenth straight Big 12 regular season title, but does Marcus Smart have enough left in the tank for the Cowboys?)

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