Our reaction to a wild night of basketball

February, 19, 2014
Feb 19
10:50
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The No. 1 team in the land lost at home to a 6-19 squad. The No. 2 team in the land almost lost to one of the dregs of the SEC.

No. 4 had to play overtime to beat an opponent with a losing record in the Pac-12, and a team with a 17-game win streak had to play overtime to beat a 2-9 conference opponent.

Oh, and Wichita State just kept winning … while Doug McDermott just kept scoring.

It was that kind of night in college basketball -- arguably the wildest of the entire season.



It did indeed. And our team of writers and reporters was all over it -- starting with the collectively stunned reaction to Syracuse’s 62-59 overtime loss to Boston College at the Carrier Dome.



A shocking upset no doubt -- one of the biggest in years -- but the drama certainly wasn't anything new to the Orange, who have been living on the edge for a while now (including two wins by a combined three points in the past week).



Some had a theory. Was it the throwback unis that finally did in SU? Why mess with success, right?



But hey, Boston College had something to do with it as well. Full credit to the hard-luck Eagles, whose miserable season included the death of longtime SID Dick Kelley last week.



Just how big of an upset was this? Our good friends at ESPN Stats & Information put it in some perspective. …



And then there was one. Despite the craziness elsewhere, the Shockers of Wichita State just kept doing what they do -- win basketball games. WSU went on the road and defeated Loyola 88-74 to improve to 28-0, the first team to reach that mark since Illinois in 2005.



Might the Shockers still be No. 1 next week? Florida entered Wednesday on a 17-game win streak, but Auburn (at just 4-8 in the mediocre SEC) went into Gainesville and almost knocked off the Gators -- falling after a very untimely foul in the closing seconds of a 71-66 UF victory.



Even always-steady Saint Louis got caught up in the mid-evening madness around college basketball. Like Florida, the 10th-ranked Billikens were also on a 17-game win streak … but needed a free throw with less than a second remaining just to force overtime against the Atlantic 10's last-place team, George Mason. The Billikens escaped with an 89-85 victory.



Fourth-ranked Arizona didn't escape the madness either, squeaking out a 67-63 win at Utah in overtime.



Then there was this guy, who just continues to do what he does -- in this case during Creighton's 85-70 win at Marquette.



Speaking of Hansbrough, that brings us full circle to a stat from an ESPN researcher that should at least somewhat comfort Syracuse fans on this bleak night in Central New York.

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