That Just Happened: Wednesday, February 6th
By: Bracket Challenge Staff
On a day when most schools were caught up in the drama of the NCAA’s National Football Signing Day, college basketball went on. Here’s what you missed:
Garlon Green led unranked (and then winless in the conference) TCU past number 5 Kansas, 62-55. His 20 points on 7-13 shooting from the field (2-4 beyond the arc) marks not only hooked the Horned Frogs first win the Big 12 in 2013, but handed the Jayhawks their first losing streak in over five years. Other stats worth noting: Kansas had 17 offensive boards to TCU’s six and still lost.
In Big Ten action, #18 Minnesota fell to a banged-up #12 Michigan State team, 61-50. Spartans guard Keith Appling lead the charge with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, before being sidelined with a shoulder injury while Gary Harris, battling back spasms added 15. All told, a 21-4 run to open the second half and 9 for 18 shooting from long range was enough to bury the faltering Golden Gophers.
Good news out of the MVC for the Wichita State Shockers; after dropping a close one to Southern Illinois on Tuesday, rival Creighton (currently ranked 16th in the nation) got blown away by Indiana State, 76-57. The loss leaves the MVC up for grabs; the Blue Jays (9-3) and the Shockers (8-4) are the naturals to come out of it but the aforementioned Sycamores (8-4) are making them work for it.
OSU continued its ascension into the upper echelon of the NCAA on Wednesday; after knocking off then number 2 Kansas on Saturday (on the road no less), the Pokes battled back to beat Baylor 69-67 last night. The win moves them within a game of Jayhawks and Wildcats in the Big 12, but the bigger story is for Baylor, where the loss puts them outside the bubble of making the tournament.
In a game that absolutely no one watched, archrivals Alabama and Auburn carried the tradition of “defense first” over to hardcourt, with the Tigers downing the Crimson Tide 49-37.