Tonight’s insanity

It’s past my bed time, and I’ll be up a while longer because the earth hasn’t stopped shaking from all the insane hoops tonight.

The biggest shock is South Carolina upsetting #8 Tennessee, ending a 40-game losing streak to them that dated back to 1980.

Then there was #18 Nebraska outlasting #17 Purdue in triple overtime, 93-89.

LSU dropped their fifth consecutive SEC game, losing to Florida 73-64. They’re now 4-5 in conference play.

The Pac-12 went nuts right after that.

Cal pulled off a gutsy 78-74 overtime win on Arizona. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray lead the Bears with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

UCLA outlasted Washington in overtime, 79-73.

Oregon hosted Utah, and had them on the ropes early in the game. But the Utes came back, and it took Amanda Johnson free throws to lift the Ducks to the 72-67 victory.

USC was winning comfortably over WSU, but the Cougars went on a run late in the game to make it close. It took an Ariya Crook three-pointer with 12 seconds left to put the Trojans up for good. They won 67-62. (I and/or will have pictures and a recap up soon)

Tonight’s complete scoreboard.

The Pac-12 is wiiiiide open.

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  1. UCLA did more then outlast Washington. They were down 63 – 56 with 50 seconds and went on to outscore the Huskies 10 – 3 in last 50 seconds of regulation to force overtime. They turned an apparent loss into a very exciting win.

    UCLA is obviously going through some going tough times with all the injuries, and have little hope of any post season play, but one thing they have is a lot of heart. These kids are fighters, scrappers and learning to be winners. The mere fact that (for now) they have a winning record and are keeping pace in the Pac 12 with only 7 active players is pretty impressive.

    I like what I am seeing from this team and with only 1 senior, there is a lot of hope for next season.

  2. You gotta find different ways to say "win" in journalism, Gail 😉

    Sounds like a great game. The Pac was on fiyah last night.

    UCLA will be huge next year (literally and figuratively). USC will too. Cali might take over the conference.

  3. OK Sue..Just felt pretty passionate about what they did last night. I was sitting with a friend, who had given up once UCLA went down by 6 with about 2 minutes left to go. I, on the other hand, had a calmness and felt that something was about to happen… It did… It was a really fun game and great for their confidence.

    There have been many teams bitten by the injury bug over the last few years. Obviously with UCLA being "my team" it hits a little harder. Knowing how far this team had come since KO, getting national rankings and showing so much promise, it is hard to see what has happened this season. It makes you feel bad for the kids, but they have not given up.

    Atonye, Jasmine, Moriah out for the year, along with Alexis Perry is just sad. What this season could have been is amazing…. I am excited about next season and the addition of Alyssia Brewer and the incoming freshman, makes me hopeful for the future of UCLA basketball.