Saturday, February 11, 2012
Michigan State, Missouri pick up big wins
By ESPN Stats & Info
Saturday’s action in college basketball featured four games between teams in the top 20 of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, all four from different conferences.
It’s that time of the year when resumes need to be padded, so who did themselves favors on Saturday?
(12) Michigan State 58, (3) Ohio State 48
Michigan State took advantage of a sloppy day by Ohio State to snap the Buckeyes’ 39-game home win streak, which was the second-longest such streak in the country behind Kentucky.
Ohio State finished the game with 15 turnovers, and 14 made field goals, shooting 26 percent from the field.
One of the key contributors to the turnovers was Jared Sullinger, who had 10, tied for the most by an Ohio State player over the last 15 seasons.
Sullinger also recorded 17 points and 16 rebounds, making him the first player with the dubious points, rebounds and turnovers triple-double in Division I this season.
(4) Missouri 72, (6) Baylor 57
Missouri improves to 3-0 this season against AP top-10 teams, with two wins coming against Baylor, and another against Kansas. That’s more wins against top-10 teams than the Tigers had in their last seven seasons combined.
Before this week, the last time Missouri defeated two top-10 teams in a week was in January 1998. The last time the Tigers beat three top-10 teams in the same season was 1989-90.
Meanwhile, Baylor drops to 0-4 this season against Big 12 foes Kansas and Missouri, allowing 80.3 points per game. Against all other teams, the Bears are 21-0 and allow 60.5 points a game.
(16) UNLV 65, (14) San Diego State 63
In a matchup of ranked teams from the Mountain West Conference, UNLV comes away with a win to improve to 14-0 at home this season. That’s UNLV’s best home start since also starting 14-0 in 1991-92.
That 1991-92 team finished 26-2 but was banned from postseason play.
San Diego State’s six-game win streak against the Rebels comes to an end. It’s also the Aztecs’ first loss in their last 48 games when allowing 70 points or less.
(5) North Carolina 70, (20) Virginia 52
North Carolina rebounds from Wednesday’s dramatic loss to Duke despite shooting just 35.3 percent from the field.
How did they overcome that number? In large part, it was thanks to hitting the offensive glass, as the Tar Heels grabbed 23 offensive rebounds and scored 23 second-chance points.
Doing it against Virginia is especially impressive, as the Cavaliers entered the game allowing the fewest offensive rebounds (7.6) and second-chance points (6.6) per game of any ACC team this season.
It was the 664th career win as head coach for Roy Williams, tying John Wooden for the 23rd all-time among men’s Division I coaches. Next up on the list is Gary Williams with 668.