By Jeff Goodman
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Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Ohio State and Purdue were tied at 73-all late in the game, but it was Buckeyes senior William Buford who stepped up and made certain his team avoided the upset. Buford had a career-high and also had seven straight points as the Buckeyes pulled away, 81-73.
Win to brag about: Kentucky came into the game as the No. 1 team in the land, but the Wildcats were still somewhat of a mystery -- especially in SEC play. Well, the Wildcats pummeled No. 7 Florida at Rupp. Anthony Davis was a game-changer on the defensive end, Doron Lamb had 18 and Michael Gilchrist had another double-double. Despite a quiet night from Terrence Jones, the 'Cats blew out the Gators by 20.
Loss to hide from: Creighton losing its second straight, this time on the road against an Evansville team that entered the game below the .500 mark in Missouri Valley league play. The Bluejays were just 4-of-22 from beyond the arc and fell a half-game behind Wichita State and into second place in the Valley.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Le'Bryan Nash entered Stillwater as a big-time recruit, but has been erratic throughout his freshman season. However, the Oklahoma State forward knocked down the game-winner against Iowa State with 4.6 seconds left on a step-back 12-footer and then swatted Chris Allen's shot at the buzzer that could have sent it to overtime. The Cowboys aren't headed to the NCAA tournament, but the win got Travis Ford & Co. to 12-12 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Florida senior point guard Erving Walker was 0-for-7 from the field, missed all four of his shots from beyond the arc and finished with the goose-egg in the Gators 20-point loss in Lexington against top-ranked Kentucky.
Numbers don’t lie:
6-27: Florida had made more trifectas than any team in the country, but the Gators were off the mark against Kentucky, making just 6-of-27 from deep.
49: That's Kentucky's home winning streak after the rout over Florida. John Calipari has never tasted defeat at Rupp.
17: Providence led by that many points at Villanova with less than 13 minutes remaining in the game, but JayVaughn Pinkston went nuts (28 points, 14 boards) for Jay Wright's team -- which came back and pulled out the 74-72 win.
Other notable results:
Maryland knocked off Clemson, 64-62, behind Terrell Stoglin's 27 points. The Terps improved to 14-9 and 4-5 in ACC play.
Kansas State pummeled Texas Tech and sent Billy Clyde Gillispie and the Red Raiders to 0-11 in Big 12 play in the process.
Alabama knocked off Auburn in a key road win for the Crimson Tide -- which improved to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in SEC action.
Memphis appears to be headed to the Big East. That's what our very own Brett McMurphy broke earlier today.
Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl (my co-host on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball) was courtside for the Florida-Kentucky game.
Jack Sikma's son, Nate, had 20 points, seven boards and five assists to lead Hartford to a win over UMBC. Sikma is a 6-foot-6 freshman from Washington.
Villanova star guard Maalik Wayns suffered a left knee injury in the win over Providence and will have an MRI on Wednesday.
1) Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. - If it's not the best rivalry in college hoops, it's No. 2 behind UK-Louisville. The Blue Devils are in danger of losing two straight.
2) Kansas at Baylor, 7 p.m. - The loser will fall to third place in the Big 12.
3) Georgetown at Syracuse, 7 p.m. - The Hoyas have been a major surprise in the Big East, but it'll be tough to go into the Carrier Dome and pull out a win -- especially with Fab Melo back for the Orange.
4) Marshall at Central Florida, 7 p.m. - I hope Tom Herrion is well-protected in this one after what happened the first meeting -- which resulted in a one-point win for the Thundering Herd in Huntington.
5) Notre Dame at West Virginia, 9 p.m. - Two teams heading in opposite directions The Irish are red-hot while Bob Huggins' team has lost three of its last four.
6) Pittsburgh at South Florida, 7 p.m. - If the Panthers are to get back into the NCAA tournament picture, they have to win this one. Since Tray Woodall has really been back, they have reeled off four straight.