Story of the Night. Life on the road can be pretty tough in the ACC. Top ten teams Duke and Wake Forest were both obliterated by Clemson and Miami (FL), respectively. It’s not often that two top 10 teams get destroyed on the same evening.
- Clemson 74, Duke 47. If we wanted to be succinct, we’d just point you to today’s post suggesting the Duke Swoon was about to begin. Still, the sheer dominance that Clemson showed over Duke tonight was shocking. Unlike their Tobacco Road brethren in W-S, Duke doesn’t typically get run out of the gym. Yet the Tigers did just that, and handed the Devils their worst loss in 19 seasons as a result. Everything that Clemson did seemed to be the right manuever, and everything Duke tried seemed to be the wrong one. It’s just one game, but the fact of the matter is that Duke is once again a flawed team (no inside game and limited offensive options), and we’re afraid they’re going to see several more of these Ls in February/March than they had in the previous months. Clemson’s Trevor Booker had 21/8 in a ridunkulous performance, and Terrence Oglesby added 17 on five threes.
- Miami (FL) 79, Wake Forest 52. It’s official, there’s something seriously wrong with this Deacon squad, and it’s not just that they can’t shoot threes (last in the nation in % of points from threes). Anybody can have an off night, but Wake has now had three “off” nights in their last four games, and it’s not like the competition was Duke or Carolina (WFU is outstanding at getting up for those teams). Our best guess is that there are players following NBA agendas, because the talent is such that this team shouldn’t be losing by 27 to anybody. The question is whether they can get their chemistry back and look like the same team that won at BYU, at Clemson and vs. UNC. Otherwise, this team is going nowhere fast. Miami’s Jack McClinton blew up for 32 pts (6-10 from three) as the Canes’ 2-3 zone held Wake to 32% shooting (15% from three). There was an RTC at the end of the game by the Miami students, made somewhat pathetic by the fact that the arena was half-empty.
One Blowout and Two Close Games.
- Michigan St. 76, Minnesota 47. MSU came out with a vengeance tonight after losing its last two home games to the likes of Northwestern and Penn St. Durrell Summers had 21 pts, but it was the Spartan defense that did the job, holding Minnesota’s starters to five total FGs for the game, and running out to a 42-16 halftime lead. It was a night to forget for Minnesota, but both of these teams are in solid shape with respect to the NCAA Tourney.
- Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 71. OU just keeps doing what it does, although tonight with five minutes to go it appeared that A&M had their number. With a nine-point lead, the Aggies decided it would be a good idea to start chucking random jumpers from all over the floor. Very quickly Oklahoma came back, secured the lead again and finished off A&M to the tune of a 16-1 run. Blake Griffin had 16/14 in the win that puts OU at 8-0 in the Big 12.
- Missouri 69, Texas 65. This is the kind of road win that would have been unthinkable for Mike Anderson’s program just last season. But this year, Mizzou has proven thus far that it can play with much of the Big 12, and at 19-4 (6-2) are right there in the mix should Oklahoma and/or Kansas falter down the stretch. Missouri’s Zaire Taylor had the game-winning three-point play with five seconds remaining, but we should also note that UT’s Dexter Pittman had the best game of his career (25/7 in 23 minutes).
Other Games From Wednesday Night.
- Indiana 68, Iowa 60. IU gets its first Big Ten win of the year (and in two months) by holding off Iowa behind Devan Dumes’ 27 pts. Good for Tom Crean’s crew.
- UCLA 76, USC 60. This game got ugly fast (44-21 at halftime), and UCLA coasted the rest of the way behind Alfred Aboya’s 14/12 and Josh Shipp’s 19 pts.
- Syracuse 74, West Virginia 61. WVU is the kind of team that will cause somebody fits in the first round of the NCAAs (assuming they get there), but Syracuse had no problem tonight at home behind twin 22-pt performances from Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf.
- Boston College 80, Virginia 70. UVa is officially the whipping boy of the ACC – believe it or not, BC is now tied in the loss column (3 Ls) for second place in the conference.
- UNC-Wilmington 81, VCU 72. First big upset in the CAA tonight, as 2-9 UNCW defeated conference #2 VCU behind Chad Tomko’s 19/6/6 assts.
- William & Mary 68, Northeastern 63. Ditto for this one, as 1-10 W&M beat 10-1 Northeastern. Crazy night in the CAA.
- LSU 80, Georgia 62. You know you have problems when LSU is going into your house and whipping you. Marcus Thornton had 30 for the Bayou Tigers.
- Cincinnati 93, Notre Dame 83. Is it safe to officially put a fork in the Irish, now losers of six in a row? At 3-7 in the Big East, they have a herculean task ahead of them. ‘Gody had 28/14, his 11th straight dub-dub, but Deonta Vaughn killed them for 34 pts on the other end.
- Villanova 94, Providence 91. Villanova keeps winning the games it’s supposed to win, which is a must in this rugged conference. Scottie Reynolds had 31/6 in this one where the Cats held on despite PC’s 17 threes.
- Tennessee 74, Arkansas 72. JP Prince had several clutch shots down the stretch of this one to keep the Hawgs from getting their second SEC win – they really need to schedule more Big 12 teams.
- Memphis 79, SMU 66. Memphis won its fiftieth CUSA game in a row behind Tyreke Evans’ 26 pts. Is there a Death Watch on Matt Doherty at SMU – they’re now 6-14 (1-7 CUSA) with literally no sign of improvement (30-51 overall; 8-32 CUSA).