Cyclones earn marquee win, 'Cuse steals one; more Snap Judgments
That ended up being a theme for the Jayhawks, who managed just five offensive rebounds and a single second-chance basket. Keeping Robinson and his seven-foot counterpart, Jeff Withey, from cleaning up misses in the paint is one of the reasons that the Cyclones were able to win despite turning the ball over 19 times and shooting just 7-17 from three.
This is the second time this season that ISU has played Kansas tough. It lost 82-73 in Lawrence earlier this year after holding a double-digit lead in the first half. The difference? Hilton Coliseum. It was rocking on Saturday, and every time Kansas looked primed to pull away, Fred Hoiberg's team had an answer.
Winning on the road is never an easy thing to do and Iowa State is as good as it has been since Marcus Fizer, Jamaal Tinsley and Larry Eustachy left town. This isn't necessarily a bad loss for KU, especially when you consider that Tyshawn Taylor continued playing well, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and just two turnovers. What you need to take out of this game is that the Cyclones, who were sitting squarely on the bubble, just landed themselves a marquee win.
The no-call set Twitter aflame, with some folks calling for college basketball to institute instant replay on goaltending calls. And as you might imagine, Bob Huggins was less than pleased about the lack of a whistle. "It's inexcusable. My kids played their hearts out ... I've done this a long time and I've never won a game when they didn't call a goaltend on us,"
Huggins probably shouldn't be too upset. Just last Saturday, the Mountaineers benefitted from the referees at Cincinnati. With the score tied and time running out, Jones tried to call a timeout that wasn't granted. WVU had no timeouts. If the refs had blown their whistles, WVU should have been called for a technical foul. The call was bad, but it all evens out in the long run. Right?
Also of note was the fact that Fab Melo, Syracuse's seven-foot sophomore and defensive anchor, was once again on the sideline in street clothes. News came down last Friday that Melo would be missing time as he worked on some academic issues, and the thought was that we would know his standing by this weekend. Well, we don't. What we do know is that Melo's absence creates a massive hole in the middle of the Syracuse zone. Here is all you need to know coming out of this game: West Virginia had 19 offensive rebounds while Melo's replacements -- Keita and Rakeem Christmas -- totaled as many fouls as rebounds and blocks combined. And one of those blocks was the game-saving goaltend.
• No. 11 Murray State remained undefeated with a 73-58 win over Eastern Illinois. They are now 21-0.
• No. 15 Creighton knocked off Bradley 73-59 and took sole possession of first place in the MVC thanks to Wichita State's 93-86 triple overtime loss to Drake.
• No. 19 Virginia moved into sole possession of fourth place in the ACC with a 61-60 win at NC State.
• Rodney McGruder missed a three to tie at the buzzer as Oklahoma knocked off No. 22 Kansas State on the strength of 30 points from Steven Pledger
• No. 2 Missouri got 19 first-half points from Kim English in a 63-50 win at Texas Tech.
• No. 15 UNLV moved into a first-place tie in the Mountain West with No. 13 San Diego State thanks to a 65-63 overtime win over Air Force. Mike Moser had 27 points and 12 boards.
• Washington went into the McKale Center and knocked off Arizona 79-77, giving it sole possession of first place in the Pac-12.
• Memphis and Southern Miss took control of the Conference USA race Saturday night as Memphis knocked off Marshall 83-76 and Southern Miss beat UCF 78-65.
• Temple now has center Michael Eric back in the lineup and look like they may be the cream of the A-10 crop after a 78-60 win over St. Joseph's.