That Just Happened: Thursday, February 7th
By: Bracket Challenge Staff
While the Lakers were busy getting blown out the Celtics, a few teams in the NCAA were busy further muddying what might be some pretty cloudy waters come March. Here’s what you missed:
The Fighting Illini continued one of the strangest trends in sports last night, knocking off the top-ranked Hoosiers 74-72 at the buzzer. Tyler Griffey’s last second lay-up capped off a 15-3 run for Illinois and handed Indiana only their second conference loss of the season. The upset also marks the fifth straight week a number one team has fallen after ascending to the top spot in nation.
Out on Tobacco Road, Mason Plumlee netted 30 and added 9 boards en route to the Blue Devils 98-85 win over NC State. The win inches Duke closer to the top spot in the ACC where for the first time in what seems like decades, they’re not chasing another school from North Carolina.
Two other schools inside the AP’s Top 25 fell last night to unranked opponents: #19 Oregon dropped a close one to a sneaky good Colorado team, 48-47, and #21 Mizzou couldn’t come back against Texas A&M, falling to 5-4 in the SEC.
UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammed, honing some kind of rep as the most clutch player in the NCAA, didn’t get a chance to build on the legacy as teammate Larry Drew II nailed a last second jumper to knock off Washington 59-57. Of the shot Muhammed said: “I wanted the ball but Larry is such an aggressive player…when the ball went up. I knew it was going to be good.”
As for teams on the bubble: Virginia upended Clemson, 78-41; Maryland overcame Virginia Tech to move to 5-5 in the ACC and St. Mary’s moved within a half-game of Gonzaga in the WCC, overcoming Santa Clara 84-66.