Louisiana-Lafayette (Robert Lee) (4-8) vs. LSU
LSU got a 81-79 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday. The Tigers (11-1) won despite being outscored 55-6 by the Ragin’ Cajuns (4-8) from the bench. The game was close throughout the first half as LSU took a 40-31 halftime lead. Randell Daigle, who led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 24 points, hit a double-clutch 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with eleven seconds remaining. Daigle connected on 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Chris Gradnigo and Travis Bureau had 13 points and four rebounds apiece.
SE Missouri State (Rodney Hamilton) (3-10) vs. SIU Edwardsville
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville got a 70-69 win over Southeast Missouri on Wednesday. Edwardsville (4-11), down 69-67, got a steal with 25 seconds remaining. They missed two free throws with 8 seconds remaining, but the Cougars grabbed the rebound and hit the game-winning shot. Calvin Williams paced Southeast Missouri (3-10) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Kenard Moore had 19 points and Jaycen Herring added 13 for the Redhawks. Down 32-29 at halftime, Edwardsville opened the second period with a 27-11 run to lead it 56-43. The Redhawks went on a 22-7 run to regain the lead at 65-63 with four minutes left in the game.
Marquette (Scott Monarch) (12-2) vs. Villanova
Jerel McNeal scored 24 points, including a critical 3-pointer down the stretch that helped power the Golden Eagles to a 79-72 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday. Coming into Thursday’s game, Villanova (12-2, 0-1) was allowing 57.6 points and holding opponents to 37.9 percent shooting from the field. Marquette shot 46 percent on Thursday, including 41.7 percent from 3-point range.