The college basketball season is coming down the final stretch, and as such, the games are becoming more meaningful as the field looks to make a case to be number one seeds. Two such potential deciders took place on Tuesday night as Baylor took on West Virginia and Illinois faced Michigan. In the first game, it took overtime, but the #3 Bears rebounded from their first loss of the season to down the #6 Mountaineers 94-89.
An overthrown inbound pass allowed their opposition to tie the game up and send it to the extra period, but the Bears were able to hold on and prevent themselves from falling for the second time in a matter of days. Taz Sherman led all scorers for WVU with 26 while Jared Butler had 25 for the Bears. In the other game, an argument could be made that not much of a contest was played out. That’s because the Illini, ranked #4 heading in, destroyed the #2 Wolverines 76-53. Trent Frazier led all scorers with 22 while Andre Curbelo helped set the tone, putting up 11 of his 17 in the first half to help them take an 11-point lead into the break. From there, they only opened up the advantage, even more, claiming a big win that might well put them in the frame for a #1 seed come to the NCAA Tournament.