GAME OF THE DAY: Butler 78, No. 24 Cincinnati 76
Roosevelt Jones’ basket with one tenth of a second remaining proved to be the difference in a very competitive game in Cincinnati. His game-winner followed up an Octavius Ellis three-point play with 4.7 seconds remaining that tied the score at 76. Kellen Dunham led the way for Butler with 24 points, while Ellis was one of two Bearcats to score 16 points.
Video of Jones’ game-winning basket can be seen here.
No. 3 Michigan State 71, No. 24 Louisville 67: Denzel Valentine scored 25 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out seven assists as the Spartans moved to 8-0 on the season. But another key for Michigan State was Bryn Forbes, who scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half. The Cardinals were disruptive defensively for most of the first half, and senior guard Damion Lee hit some big shots on the other end. In their first significant test of the season, Rick Pitino’s team looked good despite the final result.
This would be one of the Big Ten’s four Big Ten/ACC Challenge wins on Wednesday, meaning that they win the event by a final tally of eight wins to six.
Wisconsin 66, No. 14 Syracuse 58 (OT): If the Badgers find themselves on the bubble come March, their overtime win at the Carrier Dome could come in handy. Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes both posted double-doubles, with Happ going for 18 points and 15 rebounds and Hayes added 15 and 12. Michael Gbinije scored 19 points to lead the way for the Orange, who went cold and scored just five points in the extra session.
No. 7 Duke 94, Indiana 74: The Blue Devils were clicking on all cylinders offensively, which was to be expected against an Indiana team that has struggled on defense. Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and Matt Jones added 23, with Amile Jefferson accounting for eight points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Troy Williams led the Hoosiers with 17 points.
Our Rob Dauster was in Durham, and he wrote more on this game here.
Ben Simmons, LSU: Simmons racked up 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals, three blocks and just two turnovers in the Tigers’ 119-108 win over North Florida.
Kris Dunn, Providence: 16 points, ten rebounds and 14 assists in the Friars’ convincing win over Hartford. Dunn tallied 11 of those assists before the first half under-4 media timeout.
Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State: 23 points, 24 rebounds and five blocks in the Aggies’ 73-59 win over I-10 rival UTEP.
Indiana’s defense: The Hoosiers allowed No. 7 Duke to average a staggering 1.492 points per possession, losing 94-74.
Jaire Grayer, George Mason: Grayer shot -for-11 from the field in the Patriots’ 75-54 loss at Towson.
Cane Broome, Sacred Heart: One of the NEC’s best players had a tough night in the Pioneers’ loss at UConn, shooting 3-for-16 from the field and finishing with seven points and two assists.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- Kyle Wiltjer scored 20 points in the first ten minutes of the game and was quiet from that point on, but others stepped forward in No. 13 Gonzaga’s 69-60 win at Washington State. Guards Silas Melson and Josh Perkins combined to score 28 points and grab 11 rebounds, and Domas Sabonis added nine points and 14 rebounds.
- Wade Baldwin IV scored 20 points to lead No. 16 Vanderbilt to a 102-52 win over Detroit. The Commodores reached the 100-point mark for the first time since February 2012.
- No. 18 Texas A&M moved to 7-1 on the season with a ten-point win over FGCU. Jalen Jones led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds.
- Nic Moore scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half to lead No. 22 to a 75-70 win at TCU. Moore also accounted for three rebounds and six assists.
- In addition to Kris Dunn’s triple-double, Ben Bentil scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds and Jalen Lindsey added 15, eight rebounds and three assists in No. 23 Providence’s 89-66 win over Hartford.
OTHER NOTABLE OUTCOMES
- Tyler Harris led six Tigers in double figures with 21 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds as Auburn held on to win 81-78 at Coastal Carolina.
- Tyler Cavanaugh and Joe McDonald scored 16 apiece as George Washington beat Seton Hall 72-64 in D.C. Khadeen Carrington led the Pirates with 21, but no other Seton Hall player scored in double figures.
- Rodney Purvis scored 19 points and Daniel Hamilton racked up 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as UConn rebounded from a slow start to beat Sacred Heart 82-49.
- Ryan Rhoomes scored 26 as Fordham beat St. John’s 73-57, giving the Rams their first five-game win streak since the 2006-07 season. And their 5-1 start is the program’s best since 2001.
- Shep Garner went off in Penn State’s 67-58 win at Boston College, scoring 30 on 10-for-16 shooting (8-for-12 3PT).
- Jordan Price scored 37 points but it wasn’t enough for La Salle, which lost 84-80 to Hofstra in Philadelphia. Brian Bernardi led six Hofstra players in double figures with 22 points.
- Morehead State won 60-46 at Saint Louis, a game they led 38-15 at the halftime break. The Billikens shot just 37.8 percent from the field.
- Tulsa went on the road and beat Oklahoma State by ten (66-56) in Stillwater, with James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison combining to score 29 points.
- Once again playing without forward Quinton Chievous, Hampton won 98-94 in double overtime at Northern Arizona. Reginald Johnson scored 36 points for the victorious Pirates.
- Arizona State picked up a 79-77 win at Creighton, becoming the first team to beat the Bluejays in a game in which they scored 75 points or more at home. Creighton is now 89-1 all-time in such games.
- Notre Dame became the eighth Division I program to win 1,800 games, as they beat Illinois 84-79 in Champaign.
- A Peter Jok corner three gave Iowa the lead for good late in overtime as they beat Florida State 78-75. The Hawkeye victory means that the Big Ten wins the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and they’ve either won or tied each of the last seven Challenges.
- Utah scored 51 first-half points and held on for a 83-75 win over rival BYU. Jakob Poeltl led the way for the Runnin’ Utes with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and BYU’s Nick Emery was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul committed on Utah’s Brandon Taylor.