In a night full of upsets in the college basketball world, none was bigger than what Marquette did to No. 1 Villanova on Tuesday. Katin Reinhardt hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left, while Jalen Brunson missed a layup to seal the Wildcats' fate, which was their second loss of the season, 74-72. Both losses have come in conference play, as the Golden Eagles rallied from a 17-point deficit to improve to 5-3 in the Big East. They now have two wins over No. 1 teams in their school history, as they also upset top-ranked Kentucky in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Reinhardt finished with 19 points, going 4-of-7 from three-point range, leading Marquette to their second straight win over a top-10 opponent. They also took out No. 7 Creighton, 102-94, last week. Mikal Bridges had 20 points in the stunning loss for Nova.
West Virginia Snaps Kansas's Win Streak
The No. 2 team in the country also went down on Tuesday night, as the Kansas Jayhawks had their 18-game win streak snapped in an 85-69 loss to No. 18 West Virginia. Esa Ahmad had a career-high 27 points for the Mountaineers, who overcame a tough week that included two upset losses. Ahmad himself turned around his game after four consecutive single-digit performances. He finished 10-of-17 from the field, beating out his previous career-high of 19 points. Kansas did rally from a double-digit deficit in the second half, but suffered their first loss in Big 12 play. Joe Jackson finished with a season-high 22 points before fouling out in the upset loss.
Tennessee Edges Kentucky For Another Upset
We now move on to the SEC for yet another top-four upset in the college basketball world, as Tennessee snapped No. 4 Kentucky's seven-game win streak with an 82-80 victory on Tuesday. Robert Hubbs III had 25 points, as the Volunteers took out the Wildcats for a second straight season. It was their first win over a top-five team since defeating No. 3 Pittsburgh in December of 2010. Admiral Schofield had 15 points, Grant Williams added 13, and Lamonte Turner had 10 for the Vols, who led by as many as 11 in the game. The key came from the bench play for Tennessee, which outscored the Kentucky bench, 37-4. Malik Monk led the way with 25 points in a losing effort for the Wildcats, who are now 7-1 in conference play.