Finally, a “quality win”

The punditry has been pointing out all year that the Kentucky men did not have a win over a “top 50” opponent. But the Cats managed to get one Tuesday night in Oxford with an 87-74 decision over Ole Miss. The Rebs had been undefeated in league play, and were favorites to beat Kentucky which is rare. It was a strange game in many respects. The Cats took a 73-56 lead, only to see Mississippi run off 16 points in a row to close within 1. But it was all Kentucky the rest of the way. Nerlens Noel had 12 blocks, setting a new school record. Kyle Wiltjer had a career-high 26 points.

Next up for the Cats is a trip to Texas A&M to try to avenge an earlier loss to the Aggies. Kentucky’s 5-2 conference record leaves them 1 game behind Ole Miss, and two games behind Florida who continues to roll. Missouri, who was expected to challenge for the SEC title, now has 3 losses.

Also on Tuesday, Ohio State picked up a home win against always-tough Wisconsin 58-49 as Deshaun Thomas had 25 points. Next up is a trip to Nebraska, a game that really needs to be an automatic win if the Bucks are serious about contending for the Big Ten championship.

Big game Saturday night as Michigan visits Indiana. Both teams sit atop the league with 7-1 records. Both are playing quite well right now.

The Blue Jackets managed a 2-1 home win over Dallas but then lost in Minnesota 3-2.

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