In West Virginia's coach Bob Huggins first game against Kansas State since his 2007 departure from the team, he scored an 85-80 victory in a couple OT's. Huggins said before the game that he was actually happy to be playing in a game like this, where he at the very least would be going up against a friend and colleague, current Kansas State coach Frank Martin. The Mountaineers PF Kevin Jones was the star of the game, posting a career high 30 points along with 12 rebounds. Jones also hit a crucial three pointer to send the game into its first overtime.
The Providence Friars held off the Boston College Eagles, 64-57. Friars freshman forward LaDontae Hinton had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the victory and has been a major bright spot for the team thus far. Providence knew they were going to have to make up some scoring with the departure of star senior MarShon Brooks and Henton has helped take some of the burden. The 6'6 Henton has averaged 13.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg for the 8-2 Friars. The Eagles were led by their own freshman forward, Ryan Anderson, who had 16 points.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Jared Sullinger "woke up dancing this morning", which apparently is a very good sign for his possibilities of playing on Saturday. #2 Ohio State's leading scorer and rebounder, Sullinger had been having back spasms and missed Ohio State's last win. Matta gives no guarantees that his star forward will be ready and says that we will likely find out game day.
After missing over a month after a surgery to repair torn meniscus, Khris Middleton is set to return for Texas A&M's Saturday meeting with Louisiana-Monroe. The lanky junior wing averaged 14.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg last season and was seen as an intriguing NBA prospect due to his size and scoring ability. A&M has had to win games on defense and are very much looking forward to having a player like Middleton to spread the floor and create some shots. They are 7-1 right now, but had 4 games below 60 points during Middleton's absence.
The Indiana Hoosiers are still not ranked despite being 8-0 on the season, but they will hope to use Assembly Hall to give them a home court edge over #1 Kentucky. Wildcats senior forward Darius Miller has warned the team that Indiana is, “Probably one of the craziest environments we’re going to play in.” After finishing 12-20 last season while losing there last nine games, coach Tom Crean has Hoosiers fans hyped at the teams apparent turnaround.
No, no they can't. But, nice try, Huskies. On a serious note, the Huskies do indeed have the talent to compete with the Blue Devils and should offer an interesting match-up. However, they seem a tad undisciplined in their decision making and the Blue Devils kill teams that make too many mistakes. Former UW star guard Eldridge Recasner believes the Huskies have to have the mindset that they can beat Duke, which is a mantra that hopefully the team buys into.
It's a battle of the Big East versus the Big 12 in the second game of a double header at New York's famed Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh is 8-1 on the season, their lone blemish at the hands of upset minded Long Beach State. Last year's regular season Big East champs, Pittsburgh have been scoring in bunches this season along with playing their usual brand of tough defense.