Hot game night

In maybe the night’s biggest nail biter, #7 Cal topped USC in overtime, 71-63.

After a sluggish first half, Meighan Simmons rallied #9 Tennessee past Auburn, 75-66.

Winning streaks belong to those who can win as many as their ranking: #11 North Carolina, which has taken 11 straight, and #8 Penn State, who just grabbed their eighth.

Well, one exception – #25 Michigan just triumphed in their tenth.

#5 Kentucky, at 17-1, is also off to the best start in school history.

#13 Georgia erased an 11-point deficit to squeak out a victory against Arkansas, 57-53.

Sam Ostarello showed up big again for #12 Purdue, guiding them to a 75-67 win over Minnesota.

Michigan State 65, Iowa 54.

Miami outlasted Georgia Tech, 71-65.

Tulane grabbed one over Rice, 69-65, to remain unbeaten on the road.

Loyola Marymount downed San Francisco, and forward Alex Cowling became the Lions’ school rebounding leader.

Illinois frustrated and beat Nebraska, 62-52.

Gonzaga 74, BYU 59.

Sluggish start sunk CSUN at UC Davis, 61-46.

UC Riverside fought back from a 13-point deficit to take one over Long Beach State, 50-49.

Utah State 65, New Mexico State 63.

Other news:

Kentucky is grappling with Coach Matthew Mitchell’s “junk yard dog” vision.

Duke’s Chelsea Gray is showcasing amazing passing skills.

ODU is casting a wide net in their search for new players.

Central Florida’s Gevenia Carter has upped her game.

Richmond’s Becca Wann excels on the court.

Ohio State’s young players respond when needed.

In Texas Tech’s win last night, Casey Morris scored a rare four-point play.

Krista Donald has worked her way back into Georgia’s rotation after missing the fall.

Gonzaga and Seattle U are in the Seattle Times mailbag.

Colorado’s Jen Reese is making up for lost time from last season.