Michigan State, Jimmer Fredette with big nights
What mattered Tuesday:
1) Michigan State earned a much needed victory over No. 20 Wisconsin, 64-61 in overtime. The Spartans (11-5, 3-1 Big Ten) rallied from nine down in the final three minutes of regulation to tie the game. They earned a three-point win in overtime. No one can quite figure out these Spartans, but you're foolish to count them out. They'll get it figured out by March. They usually do.
2) Make sure to watch Jimmer Fredette this season. The Brigham Young all-American guard is no secret this season, but he still plays somewhat in the shadow of the Mountain West Conference. All he did in a 104-79 win over Utah was score 47 points and collect six assists in a resounding victory.
3) Penn State ain't bad. Maryland's early-season victory over the Nittany Lions is looking better by the day. So is Virginia Tech's. Penn State earned a victory over No. 16 Illinois just three days after beating Michigan State. This is a hellacious stretch for PSU: its next two games are at No. 2 Ohio State (Saturday) and at No. 8 Purdue (Jan. 19).
What to watch for Wednesday:
1) Pittsburgh at Georgetown: All eyes on the Hoyas, who are looking at a 1-4 start in the Big East if they cannot upend the Panthers. Pittsburgh's plus-13.8 rebounding differential is easily the nation's best. Georgetown has been outrebounded in three of its last four games. I'll take a closer look at Georgetown's resume later today.
2) Maryland at Wake Forest: A challenging game for the Terrapins only because it is sandwiched in between road games against Duke and Villanova. But let's make one thing clear: Wake Forest is one of the worst ACC teams in recent memory.
3) Nevada-Las Vegas at San Diego State: The Aztecs have won 35 of 37 games on their home court. This is the first stiff test for my preseason Final Four pick in more than a month.