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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hoops and hockey madness

Prosciutto, wine, stuffed mushrooms, veal parm, cannoli. Oh, you didn't want to know about my delicious dinner, you want to know about sports last night. Ok then, let's talk.

Men's college basketball: Holy moly what a night in college hoops. We had last-second buzzer-beaters, overtimes, upsets and tournament-quality action all over the country.

• In the stunner of the night, unranked Rutgers beat No. 10 Villanova on a last-second game winning four-point play -- yes, a 3-pointer and a foul -- to give the Scarlet Knights a 77-76 upset at home. Then again, nothing in the Big East will surprise me at this point except DePaul winning a game.

• What a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Down 14 points at the half, No. 5 Duke staged a mighty comeback to beat No. 21 North Carolina 79-73 behind a career-high 34 points from player-of-the-year candidate Nolan Smith.

• No. 11 Georgetown won for the first time at No. 13 Syracuse since 2002, 64-56, for its seventh straight Big East win. ... No. 7 Notre Dame held off No. 15 Louisville 89-79 in overtime to remain undefeated at home this season.

• Finally, out west, Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points in No. 8 BYU's 90-52 blowout of Air Force, and No. 17 Utah State lost at Idaho 64-56.

NBA: Record-setting wins and losses highlighted another big night in the association.

• Oh, Cleveland. What a difference a year (and a player) makes. With a 103-94 loss at home to Detroit, the Cavaliers fell in their 26th straight game. The Cavs have now tied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in professional sports.

• The Knicks are struggling and Blake Griffin and the Clippers took advantage, winning 116-108 at Madison Square Garden.

• Dallas has already had a 12-game winning streak this season and now has its second 10-game winning streak after a 102-100 win at Sacramento.

Women's college basketball: No. 5 Texas A&M easily defeated No. 12 Oklahoma 92-71. Top-ranked Baylor won its 19th straight game with a 69-45 win over Nebraska.

NHL: It was a wild one in Boston where the Bruins outslugged the Canadiens 8-6. Aside from all the scoring, the game featured 45 penalties, 187 penalty minutes and several fights, including one between two All-Star goalies.