Indiana, one of college basketball’s feel-good stories of the season, continued its slide Wednesday night by dropping its third straight game. Nebraska earned its most significant victory during its first season in the Big Ten by rallying from a 13-point second-half deficit to earn a 70-69 victory in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers began the day tied for last place in what many consider the nation’s strongest conference this season.
“It was a good win, guys, it was a great win,” Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler told reporters after the game. “What can you say? We needed it and needed it bad.”
The Hoosiers built a 17-point halftime lead by shooting 62 percent from the field. But turnovers helped lead to their demise in the second half.
What else mattered Wednesday night:
Cincinnati 70, Connecticut 67: The Bearcats scored a huge victory in Storrs, Conn., that will carry weight come March. Sean Kilpatrick made a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining to give the Bearcats their seventh straight conference road victory. “We are to a point now mentally that our guys believe that if we play well, we can beat anybody,” said Cincinnati Coach Mike Cronin, whose team is 5-1 in the Big East.
Villanova 84, Seton Hall 76: This has been a resurgent season for the Pirates and a disappointing season for the Wildcats. But Villanova won for just the second time in seven games in large part because of JayVaughn Pinkston, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Central Florida 68, Memphis 67: Will Barton poured in 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Central Florida, which earned its first victory over the Tigers in 11 meetings. Keith Clanton sank a three-pointer with four seconds left to give the Tigers their first Conference USA loss of the season.
Mississippi 75, Mississippi State 68: Ole Miss needed this performance. It was the first time the Rebels beat their in-state rival in six games. Reginald Buckner, who averages just 5.9 points per game, had a career-high 19 points and 15 rebounds. “We made a statement and we are back in the race,” Buckner told reporters after the game.