Thanks to Winter storm Pax, heavy snow was brought to the northeast region and numerous games were postponed on Thursday night. Two of those games involved top 25 teams, so for consecutive nights, the schedule was a little less exciting.
Louisville’s game at Temple has been rescheduled for Friday night, while SMU will take on Rutgers in New Jersey. In the grand scheme of things, it’s just an extra day of anticipation for newly ranked Mustangs. This is their first game as a ranked team in 29 years.
Even with the snow, there were quite a few high pressure finishes on Thursday. One day after Syracuse knocked off Pitt with a buzzer beating three, Georgia Tech found their team in the same exact situation against Boston College. Marcus Georges Hunt hit the game winning three with .7 seconds left and drew the foul to give the Yellow Jackets a three point win.
St. John’s also had a heart stopping finish to oust Seton Hall by one point. Chris Obekpa sank the first of two free throws to give the Red Storm the lead with 2.1 seconds left.
Game of the Day
Creighton 68- Butler 63
The Butler Bulldogs have not been able to get over the hump in the Big East and they let another game get away in the end. Doug McDermott hit the go ahead three with 47.8 seconds left in the game. Although, McDermott said, “ I didn’t think I made it at all,” his clutch shot helped bury Butler once again.
Austin Chatman finished the game with for straight Free throws to end the game. Doug McDermott led Creighton with 26 points.
Butler had a couple shots to take the lead in the final seconds, but their offensive strategy was stagnant. Kelly Dunham forced a bad three to tie the game before Chatman’s game clinching foul shots.
Michigan State 85- Northwestern 70
Adreian Payne led the Spartans with 20 points and 14 rebounds in their 15 point win. Michigan State is tied with Michigan atop the Big 10 with (10-2) records. Michigan State is still impressive without two of their starters in the lineup. However, Coach Izzo is holding out hope that Keith Appling and Branden Dawson will get back in the next few weeks.
Wisconsin 78- Minnesota 70
The Badgers seem to be getting on the right track now. The Wisconsin front court combined to score 42 points led by Frank Kaminsky’s 17 points. Ben Brust led the Badgers with 20 points, while going 4/4 on three point attempts.
The Arizona Wildcats take their No. 2 ranking on the road to Arizona State for a Friday night bonanza. Arizona has a two game lead over UCLA in the PAC 12, while the Sun Devils are tied for third place. If Arizona State has any chance of winning the PAC 12 regular season, Friday’s game is a must win.
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