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Late Night Snacks: Andrew Wiggins, Ryan Arcidiacono hit game-winners

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 9 Villanova 82, Providence 79 2OT

Ryan Arcidiacono came off a ball screen, and took advantage of a mismatch, taking Kadeem Batts to the rack for the layup and the foul. That 3-point play turned out to be the deciding factor in an exciting double overtime finish for No. 9 Villanova on the road. The Friars had one more chance to extend the game, but LaDontae Henton, who sent the game to overtime with a last-second three in regulation, front-rimmed his open 3-point attempt.

For Villanova, its a bounce-back win after its second blowout loss to Creighton. For Providence, a team on the bubble, this was a marquee win its resume needed. The Friars have a meeting with No. 11 Creighton on Mar. 8, but that is in Omaha.


No. 17 Iowa State 85, No. 19 Texas 76The Cyclones avenged a loss to the Longhorns with its Big 3 — Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang. Texas trails Kansas by two games in the Big 12 with a head-to-head matchup on Saturday.

No. 8 Kansas 64, Texas Tech 63Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins scored late buckets, with Wiggins hitting a go-ahead basket with 1.7 seconds left, avoiding an upset in Lubbock.

No. 14 Virginia 57, Virginia Tech 53: The Cavaliers were in trouble for most of the game. Joe Harris struggled missing his first seven shots. One of the ACC’s best shooters gave UVA a 48-46 lead with a 3-pointer and the Cavaliers closed the game out from there. Virginia begins a three-game home stand, with the finale against No. 1 Syracuse, who led Virginia by half a game to start the day.


Andrew Wiggins, Kansas: His aggressiveness set up a Joel Embiid dunk after he corralled Wiggins’ miss. That gave KU a one-point lead. After Texas Tech took the lead back, Wiggins got a hold of a loose ball for the last-second game-winner.

Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane, Georges Niang, Iowa State: The Iowa State trio shot a combined 57 percent from the field, accounting for 67 of the Cyclones’ 85 points.

Julius Randle, Kentucky: Added another double-double to the list with 25 points and 13 rebounds on the road against Ole Miss.


Javan Felix, Texas: Shot a dismal 6-of-22 and 4-of-15 from three for 16 points in a loss to Iowa State.

Richmond: The Spiders, who have seen players leave the program and been sidelined due to injuries in recent weeks, saw its tournament hopes take a big blow with a home loss to George Washington.

Jarell Eddie, Virginia Tech: The Hokies leading scorer shot 1-for-8 (1-for-7 from three) as Virginia Tech let an upset bid over rival Virginia slip away in the second half.



  • Tennessee 67, Georgia 48
  • St. John’s 77, Butler 52
  • Boise State 84, Colorado State 72
  • Clemson 73, N.C. State 56
  • Maryland 71, Wake Forest 60

As good as they’ve been, No. 3 Michigan State has yet to play their best

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Sunday night’s Wooden Legacy title game matchup between No. 3 Michigan State and Providence was billed as a matchup of the nation’s two best players, and rightfully so. Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine (17 points, six rebounds, five assists), who already has two triple-doubles to his credit this season, and Providence redshirt junior Kris Dunn (21 points, five rebounds, seven assists) have more than lived up to the preseason expectations and more of the same was expected in Anaheim.

And while both had their moments, it was Michigan State’s supporting cast that made the difference in their 77-64 victory. The scary thing for future opponents on Michigan State’s schedule is that Tom Izzo’s team is nowhere near being a finished product.

With Valentine dealing with first-half foul trouble Bryn Forbes stepped up, scoring 13 of his 18 points to help the Spartans take a two-point lead into the half. As for the 11-0 run that Michigan State produced to take control of the game late, a host of players stepped forward in regards to scoring, rebounding and defending.

Freshmen Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid combined to score nine points over the final 5:32, with transfer guard Eron Harris adding six of his 12 points during that stretch. The Spartans outscored the Friars, who aren’t as deep, 22-7 during that stretch to close out the game, hunting for quality shots and hitting the offensive glass while making things difficult for Providence on the other end of the floor.

The end result was a final margin that does not indicate just how close the game was. While Providence seemed to run out of steam Michigan State received contributions from multiple players, which is undoubtedly a good sign for this group moving forward.

The Spartans will return the currently injured Gavin Schilling later this season, giving them another big man alongside Davis, Matt Costello and Colby Wollenman. He was a player they missed Sunday night, as he can defend opposing big men both in the post and on the perimeter. His absence was a main reason Michigan State didn’t have an answer for Providence’s Ben Bentil (20 points, seven rebounds) defensively.

The key for this group is going to end up being role definition, which is especially true in the case of Harris. A transfer from West Virginia, Harris came to East Lansing with the reputation of being a big time scorer. He’s struggled through the first two weeks of the season, but he got on a roll on Sunday night, finishing with 12 points, three boards and three assists. He showed he’s capable of doing a variety of things on the perimeter, and fitting into a “Swiss army knife” kind of role would make Michigan State that much more dangerous.

There’s no denying that Michigan State has been one of the nation’s best teams thus far.

But there’s also no denying that the Spartans have yet to hit their ceiling, which is definitely a positive moving forward.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady returns home with team

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Wichita State forward Anton Grady was released from a hospital in Orlando on Sunday afternoon in time to return home with his Shocker teammates.

Grady suffered a spinal corn concussion on Friday when he collided head-first with an Alabama defender, snapping his head sharply to the side. He lay on the court motionless for 10 minutes after the injury and was taken off the floor on a stretcher.

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“I want to send out a big thank you to Shocker Nation and all of my friends and family for of the love and encouragement that I have received the past few days,” Grady said in a statement on Sunday morning. “I’ve been reading your tweets and posts and appreciate every last one of them. I have a lot of work to do to get back on the court, but with the help of such a great support system, I’m ready for the challenge.”

By Friday night, Grady had feeling in all of his extremities, but he has a long road of rehab ahead of him.