Things got heated Monday night in Austin, as Isaiah Taylor and Royce O’Neale got tangled going to the ground for a loose ball. O’Neale caught Taylor with an inadvertent elbow in the scrum, and Taylor reacted, setting off a brawl and bringing both benches to their feet.
In the end, seven players were ejected for coming off the benches. John Heard, Johnathan Motley and Ish Wainwright were ejected for Baylor. Cameron Ridley, Connor Lammert, Kendal Yancy, and Prince Ibeh of Texas were also ejected.
Texas really needed to win this game to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive, and moments later, Isaiah Taylor hit the game winning runner with 5 seconds left.
The Kentucky Wildcats continued their undefeated season with a win over Vols last night. During the game, one Tennessee cheerleader found out the hard way that standing on the baseline can be dangerous, especially when your back is turned to the action, as she was crushed from behind by a flailing Devin Booker.
The video is hard to watch.
This is the type of contact that knocks NFL running backs out of commision for a full calendar year. The Kentucky freshman expressed concern for the injured girl (Kristen Husky) after the game.
Kristen Husky retweeted the well wishes and informed the masses she avoided serious damage.
What a gamer, glad the poor girl was ok.
Juwan Staten’s spinning lay-up with 3.9 seconds left gave No. 23 West Virginia a 62-61 win over No. 8 Kansas in Morgantown Monday night. The game wasn’t quite over after Staten’s basket, as the Jayhawks wound up with a great chance to win it at the other end thanks to a long outlet pass, but Perry Ellis missed his finger roll.
After the miss West Virginia students rushed the court, including someone dressed up like Master Chief.
This win was necessary for West Virginia as it is part of a brutal schedule end to the regular season. The squad will play at Oklahoma State Saturday as part of a stretch of six ranked opponents in the final seven games.
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Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall is looking at a multiple-game suspension following this forearm blow to the face of Villanova point guard Ryan Arcidiacono. The Pirates got pummelled on the road by the Wildcats, 80-54, their 8th loss in 10 games. Gibbs is probably frustrated that sorry Seton Hall went from looking at an NCAA tourney berth in early January to NIT-bound in mid-February. The Pirates have work to do to get back on the bubble.
Gibbs tweeted an apology shortly after the conclusion of the game.
Arcidiacono took the high road and forgave Gibbs for what happened.
A suspension is sure to come for Gibbs.
Jerry Tarkanian, whose 1989-90 UNLV team featured Larry Johnson and Greg Anthony and won the national championship, has passed away at 84. Reaching four Final 4’s, his overall Division 1 record was 729-201, and he went 509-105 at UNLV. Tarkanian was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering a respiratory ailment and infection, and had been battling several health issues for the past year.
Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor is the front-runner to win National Player of the Year honors in a couple months. That said, it doesn’t mean the future lottery pick is immune to being put on the proverbial poster, as Florida State’s Phil Cofer did during Monday night’s game in Tallahassee.
VCU beat George Washington on Tuesday night, 72-48. During the second half, VCU big man Mo Alie-Cox stole the ball at halfcourt and finished with a powerful dunk. The 6’6″, 250-pound sophomore then fell hard. Rumor has it that the Siegel Center shook, but no one noticed because of all the HAVOC-ing that was taking place in the aftermath of the dunk. #14 VCU is now 17-3 on the season.