Game of the Day
No. 16 Creighton 79, Illinois State 72: Ethan Wragge had 18 points and hit six of Creighton’s 13 threes as the Bluejays won a shootout against the Redbirds. Illinois State hit 13 threes of their own, but it was a missed three from Jackie Carmichael with ISU down three and less than 20 seconds left on the clock that ended up being the back-breaker.
Grant Gibbs was once again a killer for Creighton against ISU. In the MVC tournament title game a year ago, he had 20 points as the Redbirds dared him to shoot. On Wednesday, he finished with 16 points and seven assists.
No. 1 Duke 67, Davidson 50: The Blue Devils shook off an off-night from Mason Plumlee to knock off a scrappy Davidson team that looked primed — for 20 minutes, at least — to remind the country why they were picked as one of the nation’s best mid-major. The Wildcats pounded the offensive glass in the first half, collecting 14 second-chance points en route to a 29-all tie at the break. But Duke used a 19-4 run to open the second half to put away the Wildcats.
Purdue 68, No. 11 Illinois 61: Illinois is not built for the road.
No. 7 Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53: Boeheim got his 903rd win.
Missouri Valley: In addition to Creighton’s win at Illinois State, Wichita State knocked off Drake on the road and Indiana State beat Northern Iowa at Northern Iowa. I think it’s safe to say that the Sycamores are the third-best team in the Valley, behind Creighton and Wichita State. But what has happened to the Panthers?
Wyoming 59, SMU 56: The Cowboys remained undefeated with a win at SMU despite playing without second-leading scorer Luke Martinez.
Tymell Murphy, Florida International: Murphy became the second player this season to post a 20-20 games, finishing with 24 points and 20 boards in a win over FAMU. Towson’s Jerelle Benimon had 20 points and 21 boards in a win over Oregon State on Saturday.
Ryan Harrow, Kentucky: It was a 52 point blow out, I know, but Harrow but together another impressive performance. He had 15 points and eight assists.
Kendall Anthony, Richmond: The 5-foot-8 Anthony was a spot start for the Spiders, but the move paid off; he had 31 points and hit seven threes in a 91-68 win over Air Force.
Florida State: The Seminoles lost 78-72 to Auburn despite shooting 48.3% from the floor and getting 18 points and 12 boards from Michael Snaer.
Xavier: Travis Taylor had 18 points and was 9-10 from the floor. The rest of the Musketeers were 12-39 from the field and managed just 41 points in a 66-59 loss to Wake Forest.
Marshall: I know the Thundering Herd are playing without Deandre Kane, but Marshall was supposed to be the second-best team in Conference USA. They just lost at home to Delaware State.
The rest of the top 25
- No. 8 Ohio State 70, Nebraska 44
- No. 17 Butler 70, Penn 57
- No. 19 San Diego State 72, Cal St. Bakersfield 57
Other notable scores
- Colorado State 62, UTEP 58
- Miami 76, La Salle 59
- Loyola (IL) 63, Valpo 54
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