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UConn and Hasheem Thabeet dominated again. (Robert Beck/SI)

My guess is only a small minority of sports fans are tuned in to college hoops today. Well, wait, scratch that. My guess is everyone who is not an Eagles, Cardinals, Ravens or Steelers fan, may be, just MAY BE, watching basketball.

While today pales in comparison to yesterday's slate of matchups (hey, I'm just callin' it like I see it), we've already witnessed a top 25 team fall and another ranked team set a school record. See, never a dull moment in college basketball. You ready?

Allllllllllllllrighty then:

 

  • That ranked team to go down? That would be No. 18 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers weren't so golden against Northwestern, a team who, just three days prior, nearly toppled No. 19 Purdue. Wildcat guard Craig Moore dropped six treys, while his teammate Kevin Coble, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, added 20 points and went 9-for-9 from the line. The final score: Northwestern 74, Minnesota 65.

 

  • No. 23 Villanova earned its 24th-straight home win (a team record) with a 76-57 victory over St. John's.  ‘Nova's Donte Cunningham had 17 points, while Dwayne Anderson scored a season-high 14, which included a key three-pointer to begin a 13-4 run by the Wildcats in the second half. The loss was the Johnnies' sixth in their past seven games.

 

  • After almost losing to Northwestern earlier in the week (see above), Purdue pummeled Iowa 75-53 thanks to the Boilermakers' 49 percent shooting and 10 three-pointers. Purdue's defense wasn't half bad either, forcing 18 Iowa turnovers and allowing the Hawkeyes to shoot only 36 percent from the field.

 

  • So, UConn won again. And A.J. Price, Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien proved they're really quite good. (Raise your hand if you're surprised.) Price put down 23 points, while big-man Thabeet and Adrien both had a double-doubles against Seton Hall. Thabeet also had four blocks ... just a little sumthin', sumthin' on the side. The end result: Connecticut 76, Seton Hall 61.

 

  • And that leads us to Xavier. Behind 52.3 percent shooting from the field and 47.1 percent from behind the three-point arc, the Muskies easily handled La Salle for a 73-53 win. 

 

 

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