Here’s what we learned on a busy Saturday in college hoops (in no particular order):

About Texas Tech: Keenan Evans and Texas Tech are national contenders. Evans scored 20 points in the team’s 72-71 victory over West Virginia in Lubbock. The senior guard is averaging 17.3 points a game and should be given consideration for any All-Big 12 honors as well as All-American lists. The Red Raiders now own wins at Kansas and over West Virginia. Texas Tech has a great shot to have a very high seed by picking up its third win in quadrant 1. Chris Beard also strengthened his coach of the year candidacy.

About West Virginia: The loss doesn’t diminish Jevon Carter’s candidacy for Big 12 Player of the Year or National Player of the Year, either. Carter scored 28 points against the Red Raiders. Oh, and the addition of Esa Ahmad is no joke, either. The junior forward scored 18 points off the bench in his first game playing for the Mountaineers this season.

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About Oklahoma: The Sooners aren’t just super freshman Trae Young. Young scored 43 points with 11 boards and seven assists in the 102-97 OT win against TCU. But classmate Brady Manek scored 22 to complement Young. If the 1-2 punch continues, this team can make a deep, deep run.

About TCU: The Horned Frogs have already had to play Oklahoma twice and Kansas in their first five Big 12 games. They’ve played three overtime games, one of which went to double OT, and they lost two of them. The Horned Frogs are 1-4 in the Big 12. Don’t be surprised if TCU still ends up in the second weekend in the NCAA tournament once it gets rid of playing conference teams.

About Michigan State: The Spartans simply can’t be national champs — let alone Big Ten champions — if they turn the ball over 18 times, like they did in the 82-72 loss to Michigan in East Lansing. That has to change.

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About Michigan: When healthy, Mo Wagner is a stud. He scored 27 points and had four boards and two blocks for the Wolverines in a season-changing win against Michigan State. Remember, Michigan had lost at home earlier in the week to Purdue.

About Purdue: The Boilermakers are the best team in the Big Ten right now and that was made even more obvious by winning at Minnesota 81-47. And Purdue is arguably one of the two or three best teams in the country — here in mid-January. Experience matters. Playing in the World University Games helped. Coach Matt Painter, our midseason Coach of the Year leader, maintains the pole position for the award.

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DI Men’s Basketball: Minnesota loses big to Purdue at home

About Minnesota: The Gophers have lost three in a row and are in a complete free fall. I fell for this team after its game against Providence on Nov. 10. But this isn’t the same Minnesota squad without Amir Coffey and Reggie Lynch. This is Richard Pitino’s toughest challenge as a head coach in his young career.

About the A-10 race: It may be over. Rhode Island smacked St. Bonaventure 87-73 in Kingston. The Bonnies are now three games behind the Rams. Duquesne and Davidson have only one loss each (and the Dukes, who beat La Salle in triple overtime, are one of the surprises behind first-year coach and perennial winner Keith Dambrot). But the Rams are clearly the best team. Barring a collapse, they are going to win the regular season title.

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