Grayson Allen rescues Duke at buzzer

SONG SELECTION:

“Did We Live Too Fast”, off the Got A Girl:  I Love You, But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now movie soundtrack.  Released in 2014 by Bulk Recordings, Inc. of San Francisco–featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan “The Automator” Nakamura

In the closing seconds at a raucous Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 2015 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Grayson Allen of Duke drove inside the paint and appeared to be fouled.

Here was the call as seen by Dave O’Brien and Dick Vitale on ESPN Television:

But somehow, through the magic of instant replay–the ball had left his hands as the buzzer sounded.  Some people thought there was a foul on the play, but to no avail.

The result was:  Nothing, But, Nylon.  Duke upset Virginia 63-62.

But that was not the only upset of note involving the Top 25 to kick off this Valentine’s Day weekend:

Turtle Power seemed nonexistent, at least for one day

At College Park, Maryland–the suddenly sleeping giants from Wisconsin can indeed survive without Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, thank you very much.

Vitto Brown led all scorers with 21 points, while 2015 Final Four holdovers Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig combined for 30 points (albeit the pair shot a combined 8 for 25 from the floor) in a convincing 70-57 road win.  Maryland could not buy a bucket, and normally reliable Melo Trimble had only 10 points–one of four Maryland players to finish in double figures.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten of note:

Michigan upended Purdue 61-56, and Northwestern made a scrappy effort in the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena to upend their in-state rivals from Illinois 68-64.  Tre Demps headed things while wind chills hovered around zero outside by nailing four straight three-point baskets to provide some much-needed cushion.

Kansas topples Oklahoma, sweeps season series and pulls even with West Virginia for Big 12 Conference lead

Sophomore guard Devonte’  Graham was nothing more than an innocent bystander as Kansas waged that epic triple-overtime affair edging Oklahoma at the Phog in Lawrence back in January.  This time around, Graham stole the show scoring 27 points aided by nailing 6-of-9 attempts beyond the three-point line.

Kansas held off a furious Oklahoma rally in the final two minutes to win in Norman 76-72.  Buddy Hield did not score until about 11 minutes had elapsed off the first half clock.  He finished with a team-high 24 points on a rather meager 5 of 15 shooting clip.  As for the team, the Sooners shot only 20 of 60 for 33.3 percent.   Coming into this game, OU was the hottest shooting team in terms of overall field goal percentage.  Combine that with West Virginia easily mopping up TCU at home 73-42 and you have a two-way tie for first place atop the Big 12 standings, with Oklahoma still breathing at one game back.

Four more upsets of note

In the Missouri Valley Conference, Northern Iowa halted Wichita State’s 34 game home court winning streak as the Panthers upset the Shockers 53-50.

In the Pac-12, a long distance barrage at Palo Alto helped Stanford to a 76-72 upset of Oregon.

Finally in the SEC, two interesting games of note:

First, LSU continues to impress, as they got the better of Texas A&M 76-71 in one of the first games involving CBS Sports’ new graphics.

Finally, John Calipari lasted all but of 139 seconds in Kentucky’s game at South Carolina.  But Tyler Ulis played like a man possessed, setting career highs with 27 points and 12 assists as the Cats remain tied with the Tigers for first place in the SEC.

Valentine’s slate looks appealing on the surface

You will have to look online and via your ESPN app to see Pitt tango with North Carolina (noon Eastern), but at the same time for those looking to watch something on the big HDTV, CBS will have Indiana visiting Michigan State.

ESPNU will have a tripleheader:

  • Evansville in snowy Chicago to take on Loyola (Illinois) 4 p.m. Eastern
  • Miami (Florida) at Florida State, 6:30 p.m.
  • UCLA at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, everybody.

 

 

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