NCAA Men Continue to “Shuffle”
Penn State’s 2013 men’s basketball team has not had a terrific season. But last evening they rallied to defeat No. 4 Michigan 84-78. This was Penn State’s first Big Ten win.
“If you’re going to be a champion in this league, you have to complete games, you have to be able to beat teams on the road, especially if they’re in the lower end of the division,” U-M coach John Beilein said. “You’ve got to be 5-4 on the road. We cannot be 5-4 on the road now. That’s key, this was one of those games we had to have and we didn’t get it.”
The Wolverines had a 15 point lead with 10 and ½ minutes left in the game. Michigan did not score in the final 6:30.
On Wednesday, Michigan’s vaunted defense imploded. Penn State hit 10-of-20 three-pointers and hit 20-of-27 free throws, using a 26-8 run to grab the lead. It was the Nittany Lions who forced 15 turnovers.
Michigan’s record is overall 23-5, and 10-5 in the Big Ten.
In other top 25 action, 11th ranked Arizona lost to USC 89-78. Southern California (13-15, 8-7 Pac-12) shot 33-for-54 from the field, led by Wise’s 9-for-12. Byron Wesley added 18 points, J.T. Terrell had 14 and Jio Fontan scored 12 with nine assists. Aaron Fuller also had 12 points.
It was USC’s first win over a ranked team since it beat then-No. 10 Arizona two years ago.
“It’s a tremendous victory for the team and for the program,” interim coach Bob Cantu said. “We played for 40 minutes, we got stops when we needed and we shot the ball really, really well. We shot 61 percent, which was big-time against a tremendous team. I believe Arizona’s a team that can be in the Final Four, without any question. Tonight was our night.”
If the 2012-2013 is any indication of what will happen in just over three weeks, a lot of fans will be calling in sick to watch a very exciting March Madness.
Columnist-The Guardian Express