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Breakfast buffet: Gonzaga's Gray erupts vs. Santa Clara

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• Here's a sign things did not go well for Santa Clara on Thursday night: Through 30-plus minutes, Gonzaga's Steven Gray had more field goals than the Broncos' entire team and had outscored them 26-21. Gray left the game with his team leading 60-21 and the Zags cruised from there, flattening Santa Clara 88-51 to clinch their 10th straight WCC championship.

• The nation's longest win streak ended on Thursday night as OVC-leading Murray State fell 70-65 at Morehead State, snapping a string of 17 straight victories. The loss from the Racers leaves Kansas and Butler as the nation's only two undefeated teams in conference play this season.

• After 8 1/2 pedestrian weeks and more than 150 mind-numbing games, finally we're going to see a Pac-10 game that matters! Cal crushed Arizona and Arizona State rallied to beat Stanford, setting up a matchup of two at-large hopefuls with the Pac-10 title likely on the line. Cal (19-9, 11-5) can clinch its first conference title in 50 years with a win, while Arizona State can move into sole possession of first place and one step closer to its first conference title in 35 years.

• People in Syracuse are willing do to pretty much anything to get into Saturday's sold-out Villanova game – including posting a Craigslist ad offering to be a stranger's seat buddy for the night. The only caveat? Apparently an appearance on kiss-cam is a no-go. I suppose that's understandable.

• Vanderbilt and Kentucky each got some revenge on lower-echelon SEC team who upset them earlier this season. The Commodores needed to rally from six down in the final minute to force overtime and slip past Georgia, while Kentucky used its formidable inside game to mow down South Carolina at Rupp.

• Typically an ACL tear is an automatic season-killer, but apparently not so for Missouri forward Justin Safford. Missouri coach Mike Anderson said Thursday that doctors will reevaluate Safford's injury next week to see if he can play on it the rest of the season and then have surgery after the NCAA tournament.

• Georgia Tech has already burnt through its quota of puzzling losses this season, but coach Paul Hewitt remains relentlessly optimistic that his Yellow Jackets will find a way into the NCAA tournament. "We're playing our best basketball at the right time of year," Hewitt said. "We'll be disappointed if we don't come out and play with the same level of energy and purpose on Saturday (against Boston College)."

• Cornell can all but wrap up the Ivy League title and an NCAA bid if it beats visiting second-place Princeton on Friday night. A win would give the Big Red a two-game lead and the tiebreaker over both Princeton and Harvard, while a loss would mean, assuming both teams won out, Cornell would have to play a one-game playoff against the Tigers for the automatic bid to the tournament.

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