What Wednesday night lacked in star power (no top 10 teams took the court), it more than made up for in dramatic finishes.
Let's go to the tape.
Top 25 Scores
No. 13 Butler 62, Richmond 47
When you think of Butler basketball, images of domination in the paint don't exactly spring to mind. But with leading scorer Rotnei Clarke out with a neck sprain, the Bulldogs utilized a 53-20 rebounding advantage to dispatch of Richmond Wednesday night. That's right, FIFTY-THREE TO TWENTY. Butler snagged an offensive rebound on 20 of the 34 total shots they missed. That's a solid recipe for success.
Maryland 51, No. 14 NC State 50
It wasn't quite Lorenzo Charles, but NC State got a bit of a dose of its own medicine when Alex Len's putback of Pe'Shon Howard's air-balled prayer lifted Maryland to an upset win over the 14th-ranked Wolfpack. It's not an enormously disappointing letdown loss by NC State (the Terps are pretty good), but yeah, this is the type of game legit national title contenders generally win. Also, I'm not sold on Maryland's court rush (you're not East Carolina), especially since they didn't do it with nearly as much moxie as the Pack did last Saturday.
UNLV 82, No. 15 San Diego State 75
In case you weren't aware, the Mountain West is pure madness...and it's beautiful.
The huge victory by UNLV snapped San Diego State's three-game winning streak, and was the Rebs' first win at the Viejas Center since 2008. Anthony Marshall took advantage of Mike Rice going with a smaller lineup to post a career-best 20 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Aztec star Jamaal Franklin posted 27 points and seven boards.
Despite Franklin's big night, UNLV's small lineup held SDSU to just 38.8 percent from the floor. The Rebels, meanwhile, shot a blistering 51.6 percent.
No. 16 Kansas State 67, TCU 54
K-State star Rodney McGruder scored 21 as the Wildcats cruised to their seventh consecutive victory. In its debut season in the league, TCU has dropped its first four Big 12 games.
No. 17 Missouri 79, Georgia 62
The Tigers bounced back from a dismal performance against Ole Miss - a game in which they scored a season-low 49 points - by dealing Georgia its third straight SEC loss. Earnest Ross scored 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack. Mizzou is now 26-1 at home in two seasons under Frank Haith.
No. 18 Michigan State 81, Penn State 72
Despite being removed from the starting lineup because he got into a fist fight with teammate Branden Dawson earlier in the day, Adreian Payne scored a season-best 20 points to lead the Spartans to a Big Ten road win. You know Travis Trice is thinking about sucker punching Keith Appling before Saturday's game against Ohio State.
No. 19 New Mexico 79, Boise State 74 (OT)
Seriously, ROOT (which is an actual television channel) couldn't have asked for a better ad campaign than the first two weeks of Mountain West play. New Mexico remained the lone unbeaten in the MWC thanks in large part to Tony Snell's 22 points and Hugh Greenwood's game-tying bucket in the final minute of regulation.
It was the first game back for Boise State's leading scorer, Derrick Marks, who had been one of four players suspended for the past week because of an unspecified team rules violation. Marks scored a game-high 27 points, but couldn't save the Broncos from their first defeat since Dec. 5.
No. 25 Marquette 69, Seton Hall 62
The Golden Eagles limited Seton Hall to 39.6 percent shooting to stay unbeaten in the Big East. The equally robust and athletic Davante Gardner scored a game-high 17 points. The Golden Eagles join Louisville and Syracuse as the only 4-0 teams in the Big East, and also the only teams in the league with less than two conference losses.
Other Scores of Note
Saint Mary's 70, BYU 69
ESPNU after midnight has become more exciting than Shwotime after midnight in 1996.
I love everything about Dellavedova's shot. I love the fact that he only takes one dribble, I love the double clutch, and I REALLY love the little hop just before it rips the net.
Saint Mary's now has comeback wins of 16, 19 and 20 points this season, but the Gaels have got to stop playing themselves into these types of holes if they want to head back to the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown 74, Providence 65
Otto Porter scored 20 points to lead three Hoyas in double figures as Georgetown notched its second straight Big East win. G'Town has gone smaller in the two games it's played without suspended second-leading scorer Greg Whittington, and the result has been improved offensive numbers almost across the board. There's no word on when (or whether) Whittington will be back, but it'll be an interesting situation to follow when (or if) it happens.
Miami 60, Boston College 59
The bizarre ending of the night award goes to the Hurricanes and Eagles, who refused to stop fouling each other in the game's final seconds. After hitting a pair of free-throws to put Miami up 60-57, Durand Scott inexplicably fouled BC's Oliver Hanlan on a wild three-point attempts just for the buzzer. Hanlan stroked the first two but missed the second as the Canes escaped.
Towson 69, Delaware 66
This is quickly turning into my favorite story in college basketball. The Tigers - who, again, were 1-31 last season - handed Delaware its first loss in CAA play and improved to 4-1 in the conference and 9-9 overall. Towson now sits alone in second place in the league, trailing the only team it's lost to, 5-0 Northeastern.
Pittsburgh 58, Villanova 43
Villanova didn't score a point over the game's final 5 minutes and 13 seconds, and finished with their lowest home point total in the 27-year history of The Pavilion. Jay Wright is just 5-11 all-time against Pitt.
Charlotte 74, Fordham 68
The 49ers may not have anything resembling a resume win, but they're still 15-2. That's worth paying attention to.
Arkansas 88, Auburn 80 (2 OT)
Marshawn Powell scored 28 points and snagged 11 rebounds for the Razorbacks, who have now won seven of eight. Arkansas prevailed despite Auburn drilling 11 of its 25 three-point attempts.
Xavier 66, Saint Bonaventure 64
Semaj Christon's driving lay-up with 5.4 seconds to play moved Xavier to 3-0 in A-10 play. The Bonnies had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Charlon Kloof's shot was blocked by the Musketeers' Landen Amos. Christon, who scored 19 points and dished out 10 assists, posted his first career double-double.
Wichita State 74, Illinois State 62
Wichita State improved to 16-2 and earned the right to set its sights fully on Saturday's showdown with Creighton. What in the world has happened to Illinois State? The team that looked so promising during the non-conference portion of the season is now 0-6 in The Valley.
Iowa State 69, West Virginia 67
It wasn't quite a Hilton Magic moment, but George Niang's lay-up with 2.5 seconds to go helped the Cyclones avoid an upset loss to visiting West Virginia.
Fresno State 49, Wyoming 36
The Cowboys have now dropped two straight and have folks talking about a repeat performance of last season, when a sparkling early season record turned into a 6-8 Mountain West performance and a trip to the CBI. You have to think the suspension of Luke Martinez played at least some part in this dismal effort.