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Saturday Notes – January 25, 2014

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Another 140 games are in the books from a busy Saturday of college basketball. While the day wasn’t loaded with highly-anticipated matchups, perhaps the most notable item from the day is that a few teams got big road wins.

Here is a look at notes coming from some key games on the day.

Michigan 80, Michigan State 75: No one would blame you if you were skeptical of Michigan coming out of non-conference play, especially once Mitch McGary needed back surgery that may sideline him for the rest of the season. But now the Wolverines are 7-0 in Big Ten play after this win at their arch-rival.

San Diego State 74, Utah State 69: The Aggies gave the visiting Aztecs all they could handle, but Xavier Thames & Co. found a way to win their 17th straight game in overtime behind 31 points, including some big shots, from their leader.

Duke 78, Florida State 56: Duke grabbed 27 offensive rebounds in a game where Florida State had 24 total rebounds to win a battle of 4-2 teams entering the day. There were still troubling signs, however, as Florida State shot 50 percent from the floor but turned it over 17 times.

Kansas 91, TCU 69: Andrew Wiggins continues to look better, going for 27 points and five assists in this blowout.

Iowa State 81, Kansas State 75: Iowa State needed to get back on track, and getting a quality win to do so is never a bad thing.

Gonzaga 84, Brigham Young 69: BYU is looking more and more like an NIT team, barring a great run in the conference tournament. They have had plenty of chances for a signature win, including this game, and they have struck out just about every time as they are 1-5 against the RPI top 50.

Creighton 76, Georgetown 63: The Hoyas’ swoon continues with this loss, as they drop to 3-5 in Big East play.

Providence 81, Xavier 72: Providence gets into a tie for second in the Big East after knocking off the Musketeers, who are in a funk at the defensive end.

VCU 97, La Salle 89: La Salle had a nice start to Atlantic 10 play, but now they’ve lost two in a row after VCU came in and pulled this one out behind 34 points from Treveon Graham.

Arizona State 72, Colorado 51: Losing by double digits at Arizona is one thing, and not surprising because the Wildcats are the best team in the country right now. Losing by 21 in Tempe is another story, although the Sun Devils deserve credit because this is a nice win for them to go to 4-3 in the Pac-12.

Texas 74, Baylor 60: Don’t look now, but Texas has won five in a row to go to 5-2 in the Big 12, and this one came in Waco so it’s bigger for them.

Ole Miss 82, Mississippi State 63: Quietly, the Rebels are 5-1 in SEC play after beating their in-state rivals.

Delaware 83, Towson 76: It’s early yet, but Delaware has opened up a nice lead in the CAA after knocking off the Tigers, as they are 6-0 and two games up in the loss column over everyone else.

William & Mary 68, Drexel 66: Once upon a time Drexel looked like they might be favored to win the CAA, especially after they had the best non-conference showing of any team. But they are now 2-4 after this home loss.

American 84, Army 74: A few days after beating Boston University at home, American wins their second early showdown game in a row in the Patriot League on Army’s court to go to 8-0 in league play.

Chattanooga 77, UNC Greensboro 67: Quietly, new head coach Will Wade has the Mocs at 8-0 in Southern Conference play.

Hawaii 90, UC Irvine 86: The first Big West loss for UC Irvine comes at home and in overtime. This could give Hawaii a nice boost.

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