Sun Mar 09 03:43pm EDT
No. 5 Virginia won't carry the burden of a lengthy winning streak into the postseason.
Maryland's final home game as a member of the ACC turned into a thrill ride that ended with Terrapins fans spilling onto the court Sunday to celebrate a 75-69 overtime victory over the Cavaliers, who had won 13 straight.
Maryland nearly squandered the magical victory at the end of regulation play when it allowed London Perrantes to feed Anthony Gill with a beautiful inbound pass underneath the basket for a short jumper that tied it up.(Check out the Loop below).
For a few minutes it looked like the Cavaliers might escape and extend their winning streak to 14 games on the final day of the regular season. But Virginia scored only five points in overtime and missed four 3-point attempts in the final minute while Maryland relied on Seth Allen, who scored five of his 20 points in overtime. Maryland is moving to the Big Ten Conference next season after playing in the ACC for 61 years.
Eight days after cutting down its nets following a win over Syracuse that delivered the first ACC regular season title in 33 years, Virginia must regroup heading into the conference tournament. The Cavaliers have their doubters, most of whom simply aren't used to seeing the Cavaliers ranked among the nation's best. But this team is determined defensively and has the depth and production spread among numerous players. It's the kind of team that often makes a deep run in the postseason.
Meanwhile, Maryland is already in postseason mode and will have to win the ACC tournament to get to the NCAA tournament. Sunday was a good start.
Sun Mar 09 02:33pm EDT
Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis has experienced plenty of heartache in the Big South tournament the past few years, so he took no chances even with a comfortable lead in Sunday's title game.
When Winthrop sank back-to-back threes to pull within 10 with five minutes to play, Ellis immediately called timeout to calm down his team.
Thankfully for Ellis, Winthrop never managed to mount a serious charge. Warren Gillis scored 22 points and Josh Cameron added 19 as Coastal Carolina routed the Eagles 76-61, securing its first NCAA tournament bid since 1993 after a series of recent near-misses.
In 2010, Coastal Carolina won 28 games but lost to Winthrop in Big South title game. In 2011, Coastal Carolina won 28 games again but again fell one win shy of an NCAA bid. And in 2012, the Chanticleers upset LSU and Clemson in November and entered league play as a heavy favorite before roster attrition short-circuited a once-promising season.
It's fitting that even after winning its half of the Big South and even with the entire tournament on its home floor, Coastal Carolina still had to endure some close calls. The Chanticleers needed double overtime to escape preseason league favorite Charleston Southern in the quarterfinals, then rode an outstanding defensive effort to defeat high-scoring VMI by four in the semifinals.
Winthrop figured to pose an even bigger challenge considering it had defeated Coastal Carolina twice in the regular season, but the Chanticleers shut down the Eagles by running them off the 3-point line. Only 8 of the 26 threes Winthrop attempted fell, not nearly enough to overcome 58 percent shooting from the perimeter-heavy Chanticleers.
As the final seconds melted off the clock, Ellis couldn't hide his excitement. The Chanticleers were finally NCAA tournament-bound after so many close calls.
Ellis has now taken four different schools to the NCAA tournament, a remarkable feat made even more impressive by the programs he has led.
South Alabama, Clemson and Auburn aren't exactly basketball powers. Neither is Coastal Carolina, but for the first time in 21 years, the Chanticleers will be back on college basketball's big stage.
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Sun Mar 09 01:11am EST
San Diego State capped a fun final Saturday of the regular season in college basketball with a remarkable rally to steal the Mountain West Conference title from New Mexico.
Coach Steve Fisher used a 1-3-1 zone and relied on senior guard Xavier Thames to lead the way to a 51-48 triumph in the final home game of his career. Thames was the only Aztec to score in double figures, registering 23 points and he celebrated the championship with teammates and hundreds of his fellow students who stormed the court.
Thames' fellow senior Josh Davis grabbed nine rebounds and he and Thames combined to for eight steals, several of which played a big part in the rally.
The Aztecs scored just five points in almost 9 full minutes to start the second half and found themselves trailing by 16. But in the final 11 minutes, 5 seconds, San Diego State outscored the Lobos 26-7 and three of those points from the Lobos came on a meaningless last-second 3-pointer.
Fisher's decision to switch to the 1-3-1 zone, after rarely playing zone defense at any point this season, proved to be a master stroke. It neutralized New Mexico big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk. Neither made a field goal during the Aztecs' rally. Bairstow made one free throw for the only points registered by the duo in the final 10 minutes of the game. Bairstow and Kirk had combined to score 22 of the Lobos 26 points in the first half.
Kendall Williams was forced to the bench during part of the Aztecs rally because of foul trouble. He finished with just seven points and three of them came on that last-second 3-pointer.
If these two teams tangle in the Mountain West tournament again next week, no one other than fans of other programs in the league will have a problem with it.
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Sat Mar 08 11:54pm EST
Fifty-two seconds into the second half of Saturday night's rivalry game between Duke and North Carolina, Amile Jefferson drew a fourth foul on James Michael McAdoo and pointed directly at the Tar Heels forward.
Jefferson wanted to be sure referees didn't give the foul to anyone else because he knew how big it was to send McAdoo to the bench.
The Duke forward was right to take no chances because the fourth foul on McAdoo was the turning point in the Blue Devils' 93-81 victory. Whatever slim chance North Carolina had of at least holding Jabari Parker in check vanished the second McAdoo went to the bench.
Parker finished with a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, much of which came while McAdoo sat on the bench in foul trouble. Nine of Parker's points came in the final five minutes of the first half after he drew a third foul on McAdoo. Ten more points came in the 11-minute second-half stretch after McAdoo picked up his fourth.
What was especially encouraging about Parker's performance for Duke was how aggressive he was attacking the rim. Whereas the highly touted freshman settled for a lot of jump shots during a slump earlier in ACC play, he scored in a variety of ways on Saturday, sometimes overpowering smaller North Carolina defenders off the dribble, sometimes scoring via post moves or put-backs and occasonally stepping out behind the arc as well.
Parker's performance helped Duke avenge a loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill last month and get back on track after a stunning setback at Wake Forest earlier in the week. The Blue Devils (24-7, 13-5) snapped the Tar Heels' 12-game win streak and clinched the No. 3 seed in next week's ACC tournament.
North Carolina is locked into the No. 4 seed, not a bad outcome considering how it started the season. The Tar Heels were 1-4 in the ACC before forging an identity as a team that runs the floor, attacks the glass, defends and relies on McAdoo and Paige for half-court offense.
In addition to their inability to stop Parker or fellow forward Rodney Hood ( 24 points), North Carolina also was uncharacteristically ineffective on the glass. Duke had 16 offensive rebounds, perhaps partially a product of McAdoo's foul trouble and Kennedy Meeks being under the weather and only playing 12 minutes.
If Duke can rebound this way and get big games from Parker and Hood on the same night, the Devils can overcome their sometimes shaky defense and point guard play in March.
At its worst this season, Duke has lost at Wake Forest and Notre Dame and been pushed to the limit by Vermont. But the Blue Devils have also beaten UCLA, Michigan, Virginia, Syracuse and now North Carolina, which proves their best is pretty good too.
Sat Mar 08 11:01pm EST
Thousands of college basketball players dream of the leading role in this script. Only a rare talent actually gets to live it.
Creighton senior Doug McDermott, the likely Player of the Year in college basketball, left little doubt he deserves the honor Saturday night by making his final home game one of the most memorable and historic of a legendary career.
McDermott scored a career-best 45 points and became the eighth player in history to eclipse the 3,000-point mark while moving into seventh place on the NCAA career scoring list. Oh by the way, he led the Bluejays to a 88-73 triumph over Providence.
The classic performance came in front of 18,888, the largest crowd in Creighton history on a day when a local newspaper columnist for the Omaha World-Herald suggested the school should commission a statue in McDermott's honor.
"It's about as good as it gets man," McDermott said in his postgame interview with CBS on the court before senior day ceremonies began. "I couldn't dream of anything like this. Just a surreal moment with so many great fans. We've got a long ways to go though."
McDermott passed former Cincinnati star Oscar Robertson and former Bradley standout Hersey Hawkins on the career scoring list. He now has 3,009 career points in 140 games, the second most games played among the top-10 scorers on the list. He is 49 points behind former St. Peter's star Keydren Clark and 57 points away from moving into fifth place, surpassing Harry Kelly of Texas Southern.
"Doug has had a flair for the big games his entire career and I can't think of a more fitting way for him to end a really great career here at Creighton than the way he played tonight," Creighton coach and Doug's father Greg McDermott said.
Doug McDermott broke the 3,000-point mark midway through the second half with a deep 3-point shot. He said he was aware he was two points shy of 3,000 at the time because he saw his total on the scoreboard.
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Sat Mar 08 09:53pm EST
The temptation to pick perennial tease Belmont to spring an NCAA tournament upset won't be an issue this March.
Third-seeded Eastern Kentucky made sure of that Saturday night by upsetting the top-seeded Bruins 79-73 in the Ohio Valley Conference title game.
Guard Corey Walden scored 29 points and backcourt-mate Glenn Cosey tallied 23 as Eastern Kentucky held off a second-half charge from Belmont and clinched its first NCAA tournament bid since 2007. The Colonels had to beat talented Southeast Missouri State and league power Murray State on back-to-back nights just to earn a shot at the Bruins.
If anyone suggested that avoiding Murray State might be a good break for Belmont (24-9, 14-2), they were probably selling Eastern Kentucky (24-9, 11-5) short. Not only were the Colonels the preseason favorite to win the OVC, their array of athletic guards also proved they were a tough matchup for Belmont when the Colonels and Bruins split a pair of regular season games.
Eastern Kentucky was certainly the more prepared team early on Sunday as Cosey, Walden, Tarius Johnson and Marcus Lewis each buried 3-pointers in the opening minutes to propel the Colonels to a 17-2 lead. Belmont pulled within eight by halftime and actually tied the game with six minutes to go, but two more threes by Cosey and Walden helped Eastern Kentucky pull away again for good.
Eastern Kentucky sank 11 of 22 threes, a high percentage but not out of character for a team that shoots 38.7 percent from behind the arc and has four players who hit 40 percent or more. Belmont on the other hand went 8 of 24, not good enough for a team as reliant on outside shooting as the Bruins.
What will be interesting to see is what seed Eastern Kentucky gets from the Selection Committee. The OVC has produced teams that have reached the round of 32 or better three of the past four seasons, but the Colonels are just No. 109 in the RPI and haven't beaten a top 100 RPI opponent besides Belmont.
All that suggests Eastern Kentucky will probably be a No. 14 or 15 seed -- but a dangerous one if it draws a favorable matchup. The Colonels have an excellent senior point guard and an array of shooters but not much size or interior depth.
They put a scare into VCU in December and they did more than that to Belmont.
Sat Mar 08 07:37pm EST
Former Kentucky guard Doron Lamb isn’t happy with how his college team is playing of late, especially following Saturday’s poor showing at Florida in the regular season finale.
Lamb, a guard for the Orlando Magic these days, took to Twitter to share of few comments following the Wildcats’ 84-65 loss to the SEC champion Gators. Considering Lamb is living and working in Orlando these days, it's safe to assume he's getting his share of grief about the under-achieving Wildcats in Gator country.
U can't lose by 19 on CBS— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) March 8, 2014
UK should have prac 2nite— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) March 8, 2014
The Wildcats lost three of their final four to end the regular season and haven't scored more than 70 points in a game decided in regulation since Feb. 4. The SEC is littered with mediocrity this season and at 22-9 overall and 12-6 in conference play, Kentucky is still somehow in a second-place tie with Georgia or Lamb might be even more distressed.
The Wildcats are still loaded with talent and could turn things around in the postseason. Maybe Lamb is thinking being called out by a former national champion from the school will help that happen.
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Sat Mar 08 06:53pm EST
With eight days remaining until Selection Sunday, the NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to take shape. Bubble Breakdown is the Dagger's daily look at the results that impact who's in and who's out.
Only a month after Oregon was left for dead after falling to 3-8 in Pac-12 play, the Ducks completed an improbable revival.
They won for the seventh straight time Saturday afternoon in Eugene, upsetting Pac-12 champion Arizona 64-57 to all but ensure themselves an NCAA tournament bid.
Oregon hadn't beaten a single surefire NCAA tournament team when it fell by a combined four points at Arizona and Arizona State the first weekend of February, but the Ducks have amassed some impressive scalps since then. Among the teams they beat during their current win streak are UCLA, Arizona State and now Arizona, a good list when combined with non-league victories over BYU and Georgetown.
With those five wins, a top 35 RPI and no losses to any non-NCAA tournament contenders besides rival Oregon State, Oregon is a notch ahead of most bubble teams. Not only are the Ducks in position to survive an early Pac-12 tournament loss, they could actually improve their seeding enough to be the favorite in an opening-round NCAA tournament game were they to do some damage in Las Vegas next week.
The key to the victory for Oregon was a 17-5 second-half spurt sparked by pinpoint outside shooting, a deafening crowd and swarming defense.
Jason Calliste, Joseph Young and Johnathan Loyd each had at least one 3-pointer as Oregon came from behind to build an eight-point lead with less than two minutes to go. Arizona went more than seven minutes without a field goal, resurrecting concerns about the health of their offense without forward Brandon Ashley.
Arizona's ability to avoid prolonged scoring droughts is the key to its national title hopes, but this loss won't be all that damaging. The Wildcats are still in good position to earn the No. 1 seed in the Anaheim Region regardless of what they do in the Pac-12 tournament.
In reality, this was a game that was far more significant to Oregon. It culminated the Ducks' rise from the fringes of the bubble picture to a surefire NCAA tournament team nobody will want to draw.
BUBBLE TEAMS WHOSE STOCK ROSE SATURDAY:
• Cal (19-12, 10-8): A pair of Justin Cobbs free throws with 20.8 seconds left in overtime propelled Cal past Colorado on Saturday in Berkely. To make the NCAA tournament, however, the Bears are probably going to have to beat the Buffs a second time. Cal earned the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament and would face Colorado in the quarterfinals assuming the Buffs survive against either 12th-seeded USC or Washington State. Considering the Bears are only 7-11 against the RPI top 100 and have only four RPI top 50 wins, they're probably going to have to at least reach the Pac-12 semifinals to have a realistic chance of returning to the NCAA tournament.
• Stanford (19-11, 10-8): Once seemingly safe after upsetting UCLA only two weeks ago, Stanford had fallen back to the bubble with three straight losses to Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado. The Cardinal probably would have fallen out of the field of 68 with a fourth straight loss on Saturday, but they delivered a last-possession defensive stand to hold off Utah 61-60. The strength of Stanford's resume are four top 40 RPI victories over UConn, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon and no losses to any team outside the top 100. Does that outweigh a mediocre 7-10 record against the RPI top 100? Perhaps, but avoiding an opening-round Pac-12 tournament loss would certainly help.
• Dayton (22-9, 10-6): Even though Dayton might have had a little bit of margin for error after upsetting Saint Louis earlier in the week, the Flyers may not need it. They grinded out a 60-48 home win over Richmond to put themselves in pretty good position entering the A-10 tournament. Add the wins over the Billikens and Spiders to previous victories against Gonzaga, UMass and George Washington, and the Flyers have four top-30 wins and an 9-6 record against the RPI top 100. The only anchor weighing down Dayton's resume is three sub-100 losses against Rhode Island, Illinois State and USC. Dayton will be no worse than a No. 6 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament, which means it will draw either Fordham or George Mason. One win there, and the Flyers should be fine.
• St. John's (20-11, 10-8): Considering St. John's was once 0-5 in the Big East, the Johnnies have to be fairly happy with their position after eking out a 91-90 overtime victory at Marquette on Saturday afternoon. St. John's still has work left to do to make the NCAA tournament, however, because its lone top 50 RPI win came against Creighton and its two other decent wins were against bubble teams Providence and Georgetown. One Big East tournament win is essential but the Johnnies probably need to reach the title game to feel remotely confident. Otherwise there are just too many bubble teams with similar records, a longer list of quality wins and no losses to Depaul.
Tennessee (20-11, 11-7): When Tennessee lost to Texas A&M on Feb. 22 to fall to .500 in the mediocre SEC, I said the Vols probably needed to avoid anymore bad losses and defeat Missouri in a bubble battle to feel good about their chances heading into the SEC tournament. Well, that's exactly what they did. A 72-45 rout of Missouri lifted Tennessee to 11-7 in the SEC and put them in decent but not comfortable position. Despite bad losses to Texas A&M, UTEP and Vanderbilt, the Vols have some good bubble wins, a blowout of Virginia in non-league play and an RPI in the 40s. If they win their SEC quarterfinal -- likely against fellow bubble team Arkansas -- they have a good chance. If not, it will be a very nervous wait until Selection Sunday and possibly a third straight NIT bid.
Other bubble winners: Pittsburgh, BYU, Gonzaga
BUBBLE TEAMS WHOSE STOCK FELL SATURDAY:
• Green Bay (24-6, 14-2): The downside of conference tournaments for mid-major league champs is that an entire season's worth of good work can unravel in one night. Such is the case for Green Bay, which fell behind by 13 points in the first half against Milwaukee in the Horizon League semis, rallied to force overtime and then ran out of steam. The chances of Green Bay surviving that loss and earning an at-large bid are slim, but the Phoenix do have a similar profile to the Middle Tennessee team that received a spot in the First Four last March. Green Bay has a great win over Virginia and a respectable No. 52 RPI, but the Phoenix's next best win came against Tulsa and it has a few bad losses in league play too.
• Missouri (21-10, 9-9): The path to NCAA tournament contention is now pretty simple for Missouri after its 72-45 loss at Tennessee on Sunday. Unless the Tigers survive an opening-round SEC tournament game against Texas A&M and then defeat Florida in the quarterfinals, they have scant hope of hearing their names on Selection Sunday. Aside from a victory over UCLA in December, Missouri hasn't beaten a single surefire NCAA tournament team. They also have been swept by Georgia and sustained losses to Vanderbilt and Alabama. At the moment, this is a profile that screams NIT.
• Colorado (21-9, 10-7): The key to Colorado's at-large hopes is proving it's still NCAA tournament-caliber even with leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie out with a season-ending knee injury. The question now is whether the Buffs have done enough even with their overtime loss at Cal to feel safe entering the Pac-12 tournament. Colorado's overall body of work is plenty good enough to make the field of 68 thanks to five RPI top 50 wins including a victory over Kansas, but the Buffs are just 7-7 without Dinwiddie. They open the Pac-12 tournament with a matchup with the No. 12 seed -- either Washington State or USC. Avoiding a bad loss there is important and then winning a rematch with Cal in the Pac-12 quarterfinals would leave no doubt.
• Arkansas (21-10, 10-8): Oh, Arkansas. All you had to do was avoid a bad loss to Alabama to feel relatively secure entering the SEC tournament. Instead you not only lose to the Tide but revert back to "Road Arkansas" form and lose as though you were playing football, not hoops. An 83-58 meltdown in Tuscaloosa won't undo all of the good the Razorbacks did in winning six straight prior to Saturday's game, but it certainly leaves Arkansas in more tenuous position, especially since its two wins over Kentucky don't look as impressive with the Wildcats floundering. In addition to its two wins over Kentucky, Arkansas still has solid wins over SMU and Minnesota in non-league play. Still, with a pair of sub-100 RPI losses to Texas A&M and now Alabama, the Razorbacks might want to avoid an opening-round SEC tournament loss.
• Georgetown (17-13, 8-10): Had Georgetown managed to upset Villanova in its regular season finale on Saturday, the Hoyas would have had a strong case for an at-large bid. Instead the Hoyas suffered a convincing 77-59 loss that leaves them at the mercy of the selection committee's preferences barring a deep Big East tournament run. Judging by quality wins, the Hoyas are clearly an NCAA tournament team considering they've beaten VCU, Kansas State, Michigan State, Creighton, Xavier, Providence and St. John's. Judging by bad losses, the Hoyas have no hope considering they've fallen to Northeastern, gotten swept by Seton Hall and Marquette and own a 2-8 record in true road games. What the selection committee does with Georgetown is anyone's guess, but the Hoyas certainly would benefit from winning a game or two in the Big East tournament to bolster their resume a bit.
Other bubble losers: Oklahoma State, LSU
Sat Mar 08 05:23pm EST
No. 11 Louisville so thoroughly dominated No. 19 Connecticut in the regular season finale Saturday, the Cardinals looked unbeatable in stretches. But just a few minutes after their 81-48 beat down was complete, the Cardinals lost the No. 1 seed in the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
Louisville and Cincinnati completed the regular season tied with 15-3 records in the conference and they split the season series. So conference tie-breaking rules called for a coin flip which was conducted shortly after the final horn at the KFC Yum! Center. Cincinnati won the toss by calling heads.
It was the only thing that didn't go Louisville's way on a day that served as a reminder that when the defending national champions are focused on the defensive end, they're going to be tough for any team to knock out of the postseason.
Louisville held UConn 25 points below its season average and limited the Huskies to .294 shooting. UConn made just three of 22 3-point attempts and guard Shabazz Napier, a player who is expected to be a first-team selection on a lot of All American teams, was limited to nine points on 2-for-13 shooting.
There probably isn't a more locked in guard-big man combination in the nation heading into the postseason than Louisville's Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell. Just a few days after scoring 22 points in 10 minutes to lead his team to a win over No. 18 SMU, Smith dished a career-best 13 assists in the final home game of his career and Harrell added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Smith handed out three of those assists in the opening minutes of the game, with two going to fellow seniors Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson en route to a 10-2 lead.
CBS announcer Bill Rafftery allowed Smith, a communications major, to conduct part of the postgame interview with Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Smith asked Pitino about winning conference championships in different conferences in 2013 and 2014. Pitino said, 'It's awesome.' and then turned his focuse on Smith.
"I never thought I'd see the day, on senior night when you would go out there and try to score 40 points, and you have 13 assists and not care about scoring," Pitino said. "So if the professional teams are wondering whether you're a point guard, all 30 teams just found out tonight."
While Louisville lost the coin flip to decide the No. 1 seed in the AAU tournament next week, it might have been fortunate to do so. It will start the tournament against either South Florida or Rutgers and won't have to face Cincinnati, Memphis or a rematch with UConn until at least the semifinals.
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Sat Mar 08 04:54pm EST
Marcus Smart's unseemly reputation for flopping inspired Iowa State students to have some fun at his expense.
As the Ames Coliseum PA announcer introduced the Oklahoma State guard before Saturday afternoon's regular season finale for both teams, the Iowa State student section fell backward en masse to imitate the way Smart often exaggerates contact. One of the leaders of the student group known as "Cyclone Alley" passed out instructions for the stunt before the game.
The taunting of Smart continued throughout Iowa State's 85-81 overtime victory over Oklahoma State\. One Iowa State student unveiled a "Marcus Smart flop counter" that reached four by midway through the second half. The rest repeated the flopping stunt from pregame introductions every time Smart went to the foul line.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when Smart became known as college basketball's most notorious flopper, but the future NBA lottery pick has provided opposing fans ample ammunition the past few months.
He dove trying to draw a flagrant foul on Colorado in late-December. He recoiled as though he'd taken a Mike Tyson punch to the jaw after an elbow from Kansas' Wayne Selden grazed his mouth on Jan. 18. And he gave a Golden Globes-worthy performance bringing the ball up court in a Jan. 27 loss to Oklahoma, delivering a forearm shiver to Buddy Hield while simultaneously throwing his head back as though he had been the one who got hit.
The display that drew the ire of Iowa State fans was a rare double flop in the second half of last month's triple-overtime Oklahoma State loss to the Cyclones. Referees wisely did not fall for either of Smart's attempts to draw a charge on DeAndre Kane on that play, but they didn't catch on as quick in double overtime when he drew an elbow picking up Kane near mid-court and appeared to embellish the contact with a yellow card-worthy dive.
It seemed as though Smart would have the last laugh Saturday when he helped propel Oklahoma State into the lead late in regulation with nine points in three minutes including a go-ahead layup off a steal. Then Smart and Phil Forte both missed key free throws and Iowa State's Naz Long burned Oklahoma State for a second time this season.
In Stillwater, Long buried a game-tying 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left, forcing a third overtime and giving Iowa State the chance to eke out a thrilling 98-97 road victory. On Saturday in Ames, the backup guard repeated the feat, forcing overtime with a long pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer.
With Iowa State's Melvin Ejim already having fouled out late in regulation and Smart and Georges Niang both joining him with five fouls early in overtime, other players had to step up. It was Kane who did the most for Iowa State, scoring seven points in overtime including a go-ahead put-back of his own miss with 25 seconds remaining.
The narrow loss was Oklahoma State's first since Smart returned from his three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan three weeks ago.
Smart surely could have lived with the taunting for his penchant for flopping. What probably eats at him is that Iowa State fans now have bragging rights too.