GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Arizona 65, Utah 56
The Wildcats put together one of the worst games that we’ll see them play this season and they still managed to pull away from Utah down the stretch, winning comfortably. A better-than-you-think Utah team jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never went away, taking a 49-47 lead at one point in the second half, but Nick Johnson sparked a 14-2 run that served as a finishing kick.
Johnson led the way with 22 points proving, once again, that he is as under-appreciated as anyone in the country. Aaron Gordon was 3-for-13 from the floor and 4-for-10 from the line, but still mustered up a double-double.
1) UCLA 65, Cal 56: Oregon lost five games in a row. Colorado lost Spencer Dinwiddie. Cal lost to USC. That means that it’s now the Bruins’ turn to make a run at being the second-best team in the Pac-12, and they started things off by beating those Cal Bears in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday night. David Wear led five scorers in double-figures with 18 points and Kyle Anderson added 17 points, 12 boards and five assists.
2) Oregon 71, Washington State 44: The Ducks snapped a five-game losing streak to win their second game in the Pac-12 thanks to 20 points off the bench from Jason Calliste. Oregon gets UCLA in Eugene next week.
3) North Carolina 80, Clemson 61: The Tar Heels righted the ship, at least for the moment, as they ran Clemson out of the gym. The Tigers are still 0-forever against North Carolina in Chapel Hill. James Michael McAdoo led the way with 22 points.
1) Tarran Petteway, Nebraska: Petteway went for 35 points as the Huskers knocked off Minnesota.
2) Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati: Kilpatrick scored 29 points and hit the game-winning free throws as No. 15 Cincinnati avoided an upset at Temple.
3) Billy Baron, Canisius: Baron popped off for 38 points in a win over Marist.
1) Tracy Abrams and Joseph Bertrand, Illinois: The two combined to shoot 2-for-15 from the floor as the Illinois lost their sixth straight game to Indiana, 56-46. To make matters worse, Abrams left with back spasms.
2) Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech: The second-leading scorer for the Yellow Jackets was 3-for-14 from the floor in an overtime loss to N.C. State.
3) Jon Severe, Fordham: Fordham’s leading scorer was 2-for-14 from the floor and finished with just seven points as the Rams were run off the floor at No. 13 UMass.