GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 San Diego State 61, No. 16 Kansas 57
No. 16 San Diego State picked up a major win for the program, and they ended Kansas’ 68-game non-conference home win streak in the process. The Aztecs’ length proved to be a major issue for Kansas inside, and senior guard Xavier Thames hit two free throws with 5.7 remaining to seal the outcome. As for the Jayhawks their guard play left much to be desired, and with that being the case should Bill Self be concerned?
1) No. 20 Colorado 100, No. 10 Oregon 91
While Oregon may have the deepest backcourt in the country, the Colorado tandem of Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie combining to score 50 points and dish out 11 assists. Add in a double-double from Josh Scott (15 points, 12 rebounds) and 15 points from Xavier Johnson, and the end result was a second Pac-12 win of the season for the Buffaloes. As for the Ducks, while the exceeded their scoring average in defeat their performance on the defensive end left much to be desired.
2) No. 4 Wisconsin 75, No. 22 Iowa 71
With Iowa clinging to a 41-39 lead head coach Fran McCaffery picked up two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. Did that cost the Hawkeyes a win in Madison? That can certainly be debated, but what shouldn’t be debated is the fact that the Badgers were able to make some key plays late to remain undefeated. Now 15-0, Bo Ryan’s team is off to the best start in school history.
3) Wake Forest 73, No. 19 North Carolina 67
The roller coaster ride continued for North Carolina as they fell in Winston-Salem to a program in need of a big win. Travis McKie scored 16 points to lead the Demon Deacons but their best work was done defensively, as they limited the Tar Heels to 39% shooting and Marcus Paige to eight points. At this point we know who North Carolina is: a team that can not only beat just about any team in the country but lose to a lot of teams they should beat as well.
1) Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
Anderson racked up 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in UCLA’s 107-73 whipping of city rival USC.
2) Sidney Sanders Jr. (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Sanders accounted for 31 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Knights’ 86-67 win over Hofstra.
3) Brandon Venturini (Navy)
Venturini shot 8-for-9 from beyond the arc and scored 28 points in Navy’s 79-71 win over Lafayette.
It didn’t come as a surprise that Andy Enfield’s team lacked the horses to score with UCLA. But allowing the Bruins to shoot 57.7% from the field? That’s really bad. Final score: UCLA 107, USC 73.
A short-handed Providence squad also struggled defensively, as No. 11 Villanova shot 59.6% from the field and 14-for-26 from three in their 91-61 win over the Friars.
3) Missouri State
The Bears shot 4-for-20 from three in their 89-57 loss at Loyola (IL). Interestingly enough, Paul Lusk’s team shot 50% inside of the arc.
- Fred Van Vleet scored a career-high 22 points as No. 8 Wichita State beat Northern Iowa 67-53, moving to 15-0 on the season.
- Nik Stauskas scored 18 points to lead Michigan to a 74-51 win over Northwestern, and Michigan’s now 2-0 in Big Ten play.
- D.J. Irving hit two free throws with two seconds remaining to give Boston University a 67-66 win at Lehigh in an important early-season Patriot League battle. Mackey McKnight scored 23 to lead the way for Lehigh.
- UMass-Lowell killed two birds with one stone Sunday, beating UMBC 59-54 for its first win as a Division I member. The win is also their first America East victory, with Akeem Williams scoring 18 points to lead the way.
- Austin (18 points) and Andre Hollins (17) combined to score 35 points and Minnesota held off Purdue, 82-79, giving Richard Pitino his first Big Ten victory.
- Cameron Payne scored 27 points and Jarvis Williams added 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Murray State to a 91-77 win over UT-Martin.
- After an off night in a loss to Washington, Jermaine Marshall rebounded to score 26 points to lead Arizona State to a 66-47 win over Washington State.