The Michigan basketball team watched No. 1 Indiana lose at Minnesota on Tuesday night, imagining the possibilities.
The No. 4 Wolverines suddenly had a Big Ten title hope, with the chance to win out for a share of the title.
They couldn't even make it one day.
Playing on Wednesday night at Penn State which was 0-14 in conference play they played horrific defense and left with their first bad loss of the season and victims of a court-storming.
Penn State (9-18, 1-14) did whatever it wanted, especially from three-point range, hitting 10 of 20, as it erased Michigan's 15-point lead with 10½ minutes remaining.
That's what happens when you put out a 26-8 run to take the lead.
It began with the Nittany Lions attacking the basket, drawing free throws and getting into the bonus early and they kept pushing.
Michigan (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten), the nation's third-most efficient offense, continued to push the pace offensively until its dry spell came. The Wolverines scored a basket with 6½ minutes left, but never got another one.
Penn State's Jermaine Marshall played the game of his life, scoring 25 points.
Despite 19 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke's 18 points, the Wolverines did themselves in with 15 turnovers, one short of their season high.
No. 7 Georgetown 79, Connecticut 78 (2 OT): Otto Porter Jr.'s layup with 9.5 seconds left in the second overtime gave visiting Georgetown a victory over Connecticut, the Hoyas' 10th straight win.
Porter scored 21 of his 22 points in the second half in a wild game that saw Georgetown (22-4, 12-3 Big East) stay in first place in the league. The Hoyas had a 12-point lead with 4:36 to go in regulation.
Georgetown overcame a seven-point deficit in the last 2:03 of the second overtime.
No. 5 Miami 76, Virginia Tech 58: Host Miami went 11 minutes without a basket, then finally shook off a 10-day scoring slump and pulled away from Virginia Tech.
Shane Larkin had 22 points and six assists to lead the Hurricanes, who were coming off a loss at Wake Forest that ended their 14-game winning streak and their bid to go unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite a slow start, Miami (23-4, 14-1) never trailed and improved to 13-0 at home. The Hurricanes hold a 2½ -game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC and can clinch their first league championship by beating the Blue Devils on Saturday.
LSU 65, Arkansas 60: Charles Carmouche scored a season-high 26 points, and LSU held on to beat visitng Arkansas after nearly squandering a 22-point lead.
Carmouche hit 9 of 11 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. The senior has now surpassed 20 points in three of four games, all three of them victories for LSU (17-9, 8-7 Southeastern Conference), which has won eight of its last 11 league games to go over .500 in the SEC for the first time this season.
Marshawn Powell had 17 points for Arkansas (17-11, 8-7), which dropped to 1-8 on the road and 1-10 outside Arkansas, including two neutral-site losses.
Akron 88, Ohio 81 (OT): Demetrius Treadwell scored 21 points and Jake Kretzer came off the bench with a career-high 19 as Akron extended its winning streak to 19 games, the nation's longest this season.
The Zips (23-4, 13-0 Mid-American Conference) overcame a 21-3 first-half Ohio run. Akron had a 15-0 run of its own for a 49-45 lead 6:05 into the second half.
No. 16 Louisville 72, Seton Hall 62: Antonita Slaughter scored 17 points to lead host Louisville. Shoni Schimmel came off the bench to add 15 points and six assists for the Cardinals (23-6, 11-4), playing their final regular-season home game. Louisville has won nine of its past 11 games.
Seton Hall was only seven back at 51-44 on Alexis Brown's 3-pointer with 11:02 left, then Louisville began pulling away. Cortnee Wanton's free throw made it 60-46 with 6:28 remaining, and Schimmel was 6 of 6 from the line in the last 45 seconds.
Louisville shot 20 of 40, 8 of 14 on 3-pointers and 24 of 30 from the foul line.
The loss dropped the Lady Toppers to 20-8.
Rainey player of year
Lindsey Wilson senior forward Ashley Rainey was named player of the year in the Mid-South Conference.
Rainey, who led the league in scoring with 20.4 points per game, ranked in the conference's top-10 in 11 different statistical categories.