South Carolina 78 Kentucky 80

An amazing final minute : Patrick Sparks from 30 feet out, Rajon Rondo with a hand in his face ; a pair of Kentucky 3’s that might lower the heat beneath Tubby Smith from “boil” to “simmer”. For the next hour, anyway.

Pittsburgh 50, St. John’s 55

And with this result, Florida and Duke are the only remaining unbeatens (though the latter are down by 12 to Georgetown with about 9 minutes to go). Junior F Lamont Hamilton came up huge on the big stage, scoring 24 points and collecting 8 rebounds, just a few days after a solid performance in St. John’s upset win over Louisville. There’s no evidence to indicate John Franco had money on either of these games, so I’m tempted to say the former Redmen are on their way to recovery. A meeting with UConn on Monday night should be a detour in this wild ride, however (unless John Franco has money on the game).