GAME OF THE NIGHT: Michigan 60, Michigan State 59
The 20th-ranked Wolverines pulled notched a third straight win over their rivals from Ann Arbor in a wild 60-59 thriller Tuesday night. Before this streak, the Spartans had won 18 of the last 21 meetings.
"If you look in the last 10 or 12 years, it hasn't been much of a rivalry. They've been beating us,'' Wolverines coach John Beilein said. ``Michigan State is so good, and I admire what they do so much - the whole university, everybody. It's a great place. You've got to beat places that you admire - you've got to do that to win a Big Ten championship.''
Trey Burke scored the game's final points on a lay-up with 36 seconds to play. The Wolverines then survived a hectic final Michigan State possession.
MSU's Keith Appling drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Jordan Morgan. Brandon Wood of the Spartans then came up with the ball, and Draymond Green was able to get another shot off from near the free throw line, but it missed.
"You never want to lose to Michigan," Green said afterward. "And when you have people saying, ‘three times in a row' and running off the court, it hurts, definitely hurts, a pain like no other."
UPSET OF THE NIGHT: Western Carolina 141, Toccoa Falls 39
Beating someone by 102 points is always a surprise.
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
The likely No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft scored 27 points to go with 14 rebounds on the night he shattered Kentucky's single-season blocks record after just 19 games. He finished the Cats' 86-63 win over Arkansas with seven swats.
Nick Barbour, High Point - Hit six treys and scored 33 points in an 85-66 loss to Radford.
J.P. Primm, UNC- Asheville - Scored a game-high 23 points and dished out six assists to help the Bulldogs top Coastal Carolina 88-81 and remain unbeaten in Big South play.
Terrell Stoglin, Maryland - The ACC's leading scorer put up 27 points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Terps from falling to Florida State, 84-70.
Trey Burke, Michigan - Scored 20 points and hit the game-winning lay-up in a 60-59 win over rival Michigan State.
IMAGE OF THE NIGHT:
See, the lit-up backboard with "0.0" showing in the background means the game's over. That's kind of why this is a cool pict--oh, you got that? I was just trying to he--no, I don't think you lack the ability to figure things out on your own. Yes, I remember what we talked about. Well, maybe I'll just wait for you to talk before I say anything from now on.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: "They better celebrate this one, because I can guarantee you they won't get one in East Lansing. You can quote me on that one." --Michigan State forward Draymond Green
FIVE TO END:
1. Florida State continued its midseason turn-around with a solid 84-70 win over Maryland. Since an embarrassing loss to Clemson two weeks ago, the Seminoles have looked even better than the team many thought they'd be when they carried a top 25 ranking into the start of the season.
2. In that 102-point victory - which was the third-largest in Division-I history - Western Carolina outrebounded Toccoa Falls 62-16. It's hard for me to fathom why this game was on the schedule in mid-January (or at all) in the first place, but the Catamounts need to make sure they don't do this again. I can't imagine they got anything out of that game other than some national headlines.
3. Auburn's Varez Ward hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to force overtime with LSU, but the Tigers dominated the extra five minutes and won 65-58.
4. North Dakota State, which had been 6-1 in Summit League play, took a 59-54 loss to a North Dakota squad which had won just three games over D-I opponents heading into the evening.
5. Robbie Hummel scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to help Purdue overcome a five-point halftime deficit and take down Iowa, 75-68. The Boilermakers had already beaten the Hawkeyes in Iowa City by three on dec. 28.