Our quick thoughts on Tuesday's results:
Madison has always been a house of horrors for Michigan State, and Tuesday night was no exception. Not only did the Spartans get blown out by Wisconsin at the Kohl Center (their seventh straight road loss to the Badgers), they may have lost their best player, Kalin Lucas, for the foreseeable future with a sprained right ankle. With just under 11 minutes to play, Lucas came down awkwardly on the foot of Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil, severely twisting his ankle. After Lucas left, Wisconsin put the game away - and ended up holding the Spartans to a season-low 49 points. The win improved the Badgers' home record to 13-0 this season - a mark that now includes wins over five tournament teams (MSU, Purdue, Duke, Ohio State, Marquette). They play at Michigan on Saturday before returning home for a pair of games next week. Michigan State, meanwhile, heads to Champaign this weekend to face an Illinois team that is desperate for another marquee win. Lucas or no Lucas, beating the Spartans would certainly look nice on the Illini's good-but-not-great resume.
John Wall can smile again - he and the fourth-ranked Wildcats are officially back on track. Wall scored 17 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 18 points and 13 boards, as Kentucky easily handled Mississippi 85-75 in Lexington Tuesday night in its first game since the nation's best freshman famously whined about not being "happy" about his recent struggles. The win is Kentucky's 11th its last 12 games against the Rebels and its second straight double-digit home win over a quality opponent since losing at South Carolina last Tuesday. The loss is Mississippi's second in a row, and although the result wasn't unexpected, it means the Rebels need to win at home against Alabama on Saturday to avoid falling dangerously close to the bubble. Their schedule is pretty easy from here on out, so we aren't too worried about their long-term chances at an at-large just yet. They better play a lot better against the Tide, though, than they did at home against Arkansas on Sunday.
Of note: Villanova held off Seton Hall at home; Syracuse beat Providence at home; Kansas State won at Nebraska; Wake Forest beat Miami at home; BYU beat TCU at home; Rhode Island won at LaSalle; Northwestern beat Michigan at home.