For those of you who failed to catch today's stacked lineup of college hoops games, fear not. I am here.
But just to rub it in (because I'm convinced anyone who chose not to take part in today's hoops spectacle is a few fries short of a happy meal), I'm only going to offer brief snippets. Teasers, if you will.
- For starters: Down go the Irish. Again. Though Luke Harangody had another double-double (25 points, 16 rebounds) and Kyle McAlarney dropped seven threes (typical day), Notre Dame fell to No. 8 Syracuse 93-74. The Orange's Arinze Onuaku matched his season-high 19 points, while Rick Jackson and Paul Harris both had a double-doubles. Harris also had one massive dunk that reminded Syracuse fans of this.
- Well that's the Pitts. (Sorry, too easy.) The top-ranked Panthers fell to Louisville's tenacious defense by a score of 69-63, leaving Wake Forest as the only unbeaten team left. Rick Pitino's squad did everything handled its business on its homecourt, shutting down Pitt's DeJuan Blair, who only had eight points and sat on the bench for much of the second half in foul trouble. Pitt led by 10 with about nine minutes left, but Blair picked up his third foul, headed to the sidelines and U of L went on a 9-0 run. The Cardinals Terrence Williams led all scorers with 20 points, but it was Earl Clark who probably had the best day EVARRRR! Not only did he almost record a double-double (16 points, 9 rebounds), but it was also his 21st birthday, meaning in a few hours, he'll forget any of this ever happened.
- Texas A&M came close but not close enough. Blake Griffin still scored in double-figures and No. 5 Oklahoma still won.
- Cameron Crazies go crazy as Duke downs Georgetown 76-67. For those who didn't know already, Gerald Henderson is a beast. And in honor of Mr. Henderson, I'm offering this environmentally friendly clip that has no relation to today's game but is fun to watch nonetheless.
- Birds everywhere are rejoicing as Tweety Carter carried No. 21 Baylor past Oklahoma State 98-92 in overtime. After the Cowboys blew a 17-point lead in the first half as Baylor's Curtis Jerrells compiled 31 points, Carter hit two threes at the start of the extra period to seal the victory. With the win, Baylor snapped Oklahoma State's seven-game winning streak. Ouch.
- N.C. State ended it's three-game losing streak with a 76-71 overtime-win over Georgia Tech. Trailing by 10 with a little less than five minutes left in regulation, the Wolfpack went on a 13-3 run to take the game into overtime. There, bench player Dennis Horner scored six of his eight points in the last minute-and-half to lead his Wolfpack a much needed win, especially since they face Duke next.
- Dominique Jones dropped 35 but still could lead South Florida past West Virginia. Why? His name is Da'Sean Butler, and he's the main reason the Mountaineers won 62-59.
- Could this be the start of a typical Clemson slide? The Tigers no longer have a perfect record as No. 2 Wake Forest downed its unbeaten counterparts 78-68 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Once again, Jeff Teague was the star of the show with a game-high 24 points, but freshman forward Al-Farouq Amino added more than his fair share with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). As I write this, we are down to two remaining undefeated teams, and that could easily be cut to just one around 8, 8:30. Bum, bum, bum, bum, BUM! (That's suspenseful music.)
- BLOWOUT! Texas: four players scoring in double-figures. Texas Tech: two players scoring in double-digits. Texas: 37 rebounds. Texas Tech: 25 rebounds. Texas: 44.6 percent shooting. Texas Tech: 34 percent shooting. You seeing where I'm going with this? Final score 71-49, Longhorns win. Yawn.
- UCLA, there is no excuse for that. You had two chances in overtime period and how do you use them? By failing to hit the rim both times. The ninth-ranked Bruins were scoreless in the final eight minutes of regulation, allowing James Harden & Co. to rally back from an 11-point deficit and tie it up. And in the extra period, well, I think you know my feelings on that. No. 16 Arizona State won, 61-58.
- Thankfully, Butler made up for UCLA's mishaps. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs rallied from a 13-point deficit against Illinois-Chicago to earn their eighth-straight victory. The win extended Butler's record to 16-1 -- the best start in school history. Props to Gordon Hayward and his seven 3s.
- I don't know what Dell fed those kids growing up, but Seth and Stephen ... YOWZA! In Liberty's 91-80 win over VMI today, Seth scored a paltry 35, while his older brother put down 28 in Davidson's rout of Georgia Southern. The Curry household taking: 63 points. No. Big. Deal.