GAME OF THE NIGHT: Georgia 70, No. 21 Missouri 64
This was an emotional one for the Bulldogs, as the father of head coach Mark Fox passed away on Friday. Charles Mann scored 18 points and Nemanja Djurisic added 16 off the bench for Georgia, which ended the Tigers’ 26-game home win streak. Jabari Brown paced Missouri with 19 points but Jordan Clarkson struggled, shooting 4-for-14 from the field, and he’s the one guy Missouri can’t afford to have struggle.
After getting off to a very slow start in their win over Iowa on Sunday night Wisconsin had no such issues against the Fighting Illini, scoring 50 points in the first half to essentially end the game by halftime. Ben Brust led five Badgers in double figures with 18 points, and defensively Wisconsin made life difficult for Rayvonte Rice. Rice scored 19 points but he did so on 21 shot attempts, making seven.
2) No. 18 Kansas 90, Oklahoma 83
Wayne Selden scored 15 of his team-high 24 points in the first half and Perry Ellis accounted for 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Jayhawks rebounded from their loss to No. 13 San Diego State. Cameron Clark led the Sooners with 32 points, but their 6-for-19 night from beyond the arc proved to be one of the deciding factors in the outcome.
3) No. 13 San Diego State 69, Boise State 66
Steve Fisher’s team was in control for much of the night in San Diego, but the Aztecs’ inability to close things out resulted in the Broncos having a chance to take the lead in the game’s final seconds. But a Derrick Marks jumper missed the mark, and two Xavier Thames free throws provided the final margin. Thames and Winston Shepard III scored 16 points apiece to lead SDSU, with Marks scoring 24 points to lead all scorers.
1) Desmar Jackson (Southern Illinois)
Jackson accounted for 31 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals in the Salukis’ 71-67 win at Loyola (IL).
2) Deonte Burton (Nevada)
Burton scored 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists in Nevada’s 74-71 win at UNLV.
3) James Young (Kentucky)
Young tallied 26 points, ten rebounds and a career-high five assists in No. 14 Kentucky’s 85-63 win over Mississippi State.
The Hoyas shot 39.6% from the field in their 70-52 loss at Providence, and players other than D’Vauntes Smith-Rivers and Mikael Hopkins combined to shoot 7-for-27.
2) Wake Forest
Just three days removed from their win over North Carolina the Demon Deacons struggled on the road, shooting 35.4% from the field in a 74-51 loss at Virginia.
3) Illinois State
The Redbirds shot 32.7% from the field and 7-for-26 from beyond the arc in their 66-47 loss at No. 6 Wichita State.
- Illinois State certainly struggled offensively, and for that No. 6 Wichita State deserves credit. Also of note are the ten assists and no turnovers tallied by guard Fred VanVleet, who has now gone four games without committing a turnover.
- Marcus Smart shot 16-for-20 from the foul line, accounting for 24 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and five assists in No. 11 Oklahoma State’s 87-74 win over Texas.
- A Maxie Esho steal and dunk with 1:01 remaining gave No. 19 UMass a lead it would not relinquish in its 66-62 win over Saint Joseph’s. Chaz Williams tallied 22 points and four assists, and the Minutemen closed the game on an 18-5 run.
- Cameron Bairstow led four players in double figures with 15 points as New Mexico won at Wyoming, 72-69 in overtime.
- North Carolina dropped to 0-2 in ACC play with a 63-57 loss to Miami in Chapel Hill. Next up for the Tar Heels: a trip to No. 2 Syracuse this weekend.
- A Dre Mathieu basket with 1:43 remaining gave Minnesota a lead it would not relinquish, ultimately winning 68-65 at Penn State.
- Shabazz Napier scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead UConn to a 61-56 win over Harvard, with the Crimson missing out on a valuable resume-building opportunity.
- No. 14 Kentucky got off to a slow start against Mississippi State in its SEC opener but the Wildcats were much better in the second half, rolling to the 85-63 win in Lexington.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 8 Villanova 83, Seton Hall 67
- No. 10 Florida 74, South Carolina 58
- No. 15 Colorado 71, Washington 70 (OT)