Duke’s Comeback Caps off Another Wild Tuesday in College Basketball

Another week and another Tuesday that was filled with drama, late finishes, and upsets. We will start with what I’m sure will be the story of the night, Duke pulls off a 23-point 2nd half comeback, the largest of the Coach K era to stun Louisville. Cam Reddish got hot and Zion was fantastic throughout the game even with foul trouble. The duo combined for 49 points. The Blue Devils ended the game on a 35-10 run, it was a perfect storm for the young Duke team as Lousiville just unraveled and the Dukies got hot shooting and forced turnovers. On to the actual upsets.

In College Park, the Terps ended Purdue’s 8-game winning streak with a double-digit win. Five players were in double figures for Maryland with Bruno Fernando recording a double-double (12 points 12 rebounds). The Boilermakers were atrocious from beyond the arc hitting 7 of 33 attempts.

One of the more exciting games of the evening saw LSU head into Rupp Arena and knock off the 5th ranked Wildcats on a controversial tip in at the buzzer. It was a mix of terrible late defense and being aggressive for LSU, Kavell Bigby-Williams crashed the glass hard and was rewarded with the game-winning bucket. Credit to LSU for playing a fantastic 2nd half shooting over 50% from the field and erasing an 8-point half time deficit. For Kentucky, PJ Washington has to get more touches late, he is clearly their best player and proved it when he got the ball. I’m not sure if Cal drew up the late 3 for Herro or if that was an ill-advised shot but Washington needs to touch the ball.

Final upset of the night occurred in Happy Valley, PA of all places. The 1-11 in Big Ten play Penn State Nittany Lions knocked off 6th ranked Michigan 75-69. If you don’t know Lamar Stevens name you should start paying attention now. The dude is a baller and had a monster night going for 26 points 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zavier Simpson struggled, Michigan was in foul trouble most of the night and let Penn State get to the line 34 times, and the Nittany Lions out-rebounded Michigan by 10. No matter who you’re playing, that won’t get it done on the road in conference play. The Wolverines are now tied for 1st in the Big Ten with Michigan State who won in Madison tonight.

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People forget: Gordon Bombay only coached the Ducks because it was a court order.

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