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Shan Foster

No upsets, just great games…

The college hardwood was a packed beast last night, with nine of the top-25 teams having games. The game of the night? That belongs to the SEC as Mississippi State and Vanderbilt went toe-to-toe for 45 minutes and saw each half—save the overtime—end with a tie; including the first (30-30). The difference in the game was Vanderbilt’s Shan Foster. Foster hit for 42 huge points and nailed a 3-point game-winner as the overtime was coming to an end.

Final score: 86-85

With this latest outburst in a big game (32 against Tennessee last week), Foster has pretty much sewn the SEC Player of the Year award up, much to the chagrin of Pat Forde, who picked Tyler Smith as his SEC POY. I’m guessing that shot Tyler hit against Memphis really resonated with Pat…

Other games of note:

Memphis 72 – SMU 55 – That Derrick Rose is something else, right? It was the 18th-straight road victory for the Tigers, the team everyone has forgotten about since Tennessee knocked them off.

Tennessee 89 – Florida 86 – The Vols did two things last night: secure the outright SEC Title and pretty much demolished Florida’s dimming Big Dance dreams. If Florida doesn’t make the tournament, it’ll be the first time a defending national champion hasn’t had the tournament opportunity to do so since… well, it seems like forever.

Duke 86 – Virginia 70 – This game signified Duke’s “trap game” before the Tarheels come calling on Saturday. Are you ready for the ESPN/Duke/North Carolina orgy? You better be.

Wisconsin 77 – Penn State 41 – Crank Dat Bo Ryan, Crank Dat all the way to a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Can `Sconsin make another run to the Final Four? Oh yeah, here’s Bo, cranking dat: