Michigan State Tops Wisconsin In Controversial Fashion

Michigan State won at Wisconsin for the first time since 2001, but the victory didn't come out without some dispute.

Two big upsets and a crazy finish in a battle between a pair of top 20 Big Ten teams to talk about. We're going to do it all...right now.

That was my intense local news lead-in, in case it didn't translate...sometimes it doesn't translate.

TOP 25 SCORES

No. 2 Kentucky 73, Arkansas-Little Rock 51
No. 6 Missouri 87, Oklahoma 49
No. 7 Ohio State 71, Nebraska 40
Seton Hall 75, No. 8 Connecticut 63
No. 10 Louisville 73, St. John's 58
No. 11 Michigan State 63, No. 18 Wisconsin 60 (2 OT)
No. 14 Florida 79, UAB 61
Fordham 60, No. 21 Harvard 64
No. 24 Creighton 76, Drake 59

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60 (2 OT)

Tom Izzo's never had an easy go of it in Madison, so it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise that his first win in the Kohl Center since 2001 came in bizarre fashion.

Wisconsin's Ryan Evans’ apparent game-tying 3-pointer in overtime was disallowed after officials looked at a replay for minutes and ruled that it left his hand after time expired. ESPN replays appeared to show about a 0.2 second differential between the on-court clocks behind the baskets and the other game clocks in the arena, making it difficult (impossible?) to figure out whether the call was correct or not.

"By rule we have to go by the clock that is on the backboard," referee Pat Driscoll said. "I don’t know why there would be different (times) — it could be satellite, electronic, whatever — but by rule we have to go by the clock that is attached to the backboard. In our review on the monitor, the clock clearly showed zeros while the ball remained in the Wisconsin player’s hands."

Ryan did not handle the news especially well, throwing a mini-fit (see picture below) before shaking hands with Izzo and the rest of the Spartans.

Draymond Green had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Keith Appling added 16 points for Michigan State (14-2, 3-0), which has now won 14 in a row.

Wisconsin, which continues to be mired in a team shooting slump, has now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season. It was only the Badgers’ 14th loss, and eighth conference loss, at home under Ryan. Three of those defeats have come this season.

UPSET OF THE NIGHT: Seton Hall 75, Connecticut 63

UConn freshman center Andre Drummond said earlier this week that he hadn't seen Seton Hall play and didn't know who Herb Pope was. He knows now.

Pope had 15 points and eight rebounds while steady senior point guard Jordan Theodore added 19 points to go with 11 assists as the Hall throttled 8th-ranked UConn Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. Drummond finished with just four points and five boards.

The Huskies actually jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but that was not a sign of things to come. Seton Hall outscored them 33-11 in the rest of the first half, and UConn, which had 13 turnovers in the half, never got closer than nine points again.

Connecticut had won 11 straight over Seton Hall.

The game marked the final contest the Huskies will play without head coach Jim Calhoun, who was suspended by the NCAA for the first three conference games of the season because of recruiting violations.

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: Sean Armand, Iona

Armand came off the bench and played just 22 minutes for Iona, but still managed to score 32 points and set the MAAC record for made 3-pointers with ten. The greatest amateur show in New York rolled over Siena, 95-59.

HONOR ROLL:

Kim English, Missouri - Scored 23 points and brought down nine rebounds as unbeaten Missouri routed previously 10-2 Oklahoma, 87-49.

Greg Mangano, Yale - Notched 27 points and 13 rebounds as Yale rolled past Holy Cross, 82-67.

Anthony Davis, Kentucky - Just your standard 22-point, 16-rebound performance for the freshman. The Wildcats overcame a slow start to top UALR, 73-51.

Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin - Scored 28 of the Badgers' 60 points.

Falando Jones, MVSU - Went for 25 and 13 as the Delta Devils notched just their second win of the season by topping 1-13 Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 82-67.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

"What are you going to do? Violence is out of the question." --A frustrated Bo Ryan talking about his Wisconsin team's recent shooting struggles.

IMAGE OF THE NIGHT:

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I'm not sure I've ever seen pure rage better exemplified by a single image.

FIVE TO END:

1. Harvard gave itself a little less margin for error heading into Ivy League play by losing to Fordham, 60-54. Chris Gaston, the nation's leader in double-doubles, went for 18 and 10.

2. Missouri is 14-0 for the first time since 1982 after a 38-point throttling of formerly 10-2 Oklahoma. The Sooners had been holding opponents to 59 points per game over their last seven contests, but ran into a Mizzou team which went 12-for-21 from 3-point rage and shot 59.3% from the field overall.

3. Kentucky played its annual home game in Louisville's old Freedom Hall and actually trailed 5-11 Arkansas Little Rock at halftime before running away with a 73-51 victory. Freshman star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the game early with a chest injury, but it's not believed to be serious.

4. Gene Bartow, the man best known for succeeding John Wooden at UCLA, passed away Tuesday at the age of 81. Bartow is also known for beginning UAB's athletic program and serving as its head basketball coach from 1978-96.

5. According to Ken Pomeroy, Murray State now has a 30.9% chance of finishing the regular season undefeated. For the "undergraduate studies" majors (isn't that just majoring in college?), that's pretty good.

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