Previewing your college hoops weekend

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UPSET SPECIAL

Sat. 2:00 pm: Cleveland State @ West Virginia: If every college basketball team in Division I was to be ranked strictly according to record, Cleveland State would be the No. 1 team in the country. The Vikings are currently the only team in the country sitting at 12-0. Granted, that 12-0 hasn’t come against high-major programs — hell, if we discounted non D-I wins, CSU would be a measly 10-0 — but they have beaten some pretty good teams, like Iona and Robert Morris.

West Virginia hasn’t really been themselves this season. Bob Huggins has had issues getting the guys on his team to play his way. Casey Mitchell, who was so good early in the season, has seen the bench more than he has the court the last two games has he continues to work through issues doing what Huggins’ asks. Truck Bryant was benched for a game. Kevin Jones hasn’t really improved as much as people had hoped. Deniz Kilicli is a quality post presence, but he hasn’t quite figured out how to play in Huggins system. The result has been some lackluster performances the past week.

Cleveland State is led by the high-scoring Norris Cole, who comes into this one averaging 21.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.4 apg and 2.3 spg. If WVU lets him get going and continues their struggles, the Vikings may get their first big win of the season.

UPSET ALERT

Sat. 12:00 pm: Oakland @ Michigan: Do I really need to explain this one? Oakland is coming off of close losses to Illinois and Michigan State and a road win against Tennessee. Michigan just isn’t very good. Would this really be considered an upset?

Sat. 1:00 pm: UCF @ Miami FL: The Golden Knights are looking to stake a claim as the best basketball team in the state of Florida. They already own a win over the Gators, and on Saturday they take their shot at the Hurricanes. Miami has a couple of talented guards in Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant as well as a beast in the paint in Reggie Johnson. But there is a reason UCF is still undefeated. Donnie Jones has a good basketball team, led by Marcus Jordan, the elder son of Michael Jordan.

Sat. 2:00 pm: South Carolina @ No. 2 Ohio State: The Buckeyes are clearly the more talented team. Jared Sullinger is a monster on the block, and when his teammates are getting him the ball in good spots, he will be unstoppable for the Gamecocks. David Lighty is the ultimate senior leader and glue guy, capable of going for 20 on a given night. Jon Diebler, who hit nine straight threes in a game this week, and William Buford are also capable of carrying this team. But each member of the Buckeyes have had a habit of not showing up some nights. If that happens, USC has a shot. They are a plucky team led by the underrated Bruce Ellington, a talented freshman point guard.

Sat. 7:00 pm: Iona @ No. 10 Syracuse: The Orange have been playing as well as anyone in the country the past two weeks. Rick Jackson has become a monster on the block, Scoop Jardine is playing well, and this team is really locking down defensively. But Iona has a kid named Optimus Prime. Mike Glover, a JuCo transfer and the younger brother of former St. John’s star Anthony Glover, is currently averaging 22.4 ppg and 9.6 rpg. He had double-doubles where he scored 39 points and 30 points in the Gael’s last two games, and Iona, after starting the season 0-3, has reeled off seven straight wins.

Sat. 10:00 pm: UC Santa Barbara @ No. 10 San Diego State: On Wednesday, we saw these Gauchos knock off UNLV by playing a zone and enticing the Rebels to force threes against them. Against San Diego State, the issue won’t be whether or not the Aztecs can hit those threes, it will be whether or not UCSB can box out the big and athletic front line of SDSU. The Gauchos have two studs in Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally, while two SDSU starters — Kawhi Leonard and Chase Tapley — missed their last game with the flu.

BEST MATCHUPS

Sat. 3:30 pm: No. 6 Kansas State @ No. 24 Florida: Both of these teams really need this win. Kansas State has just one loss on the season — to No. 1 Duke — but the Wildcats have been a hot mess. (That’s how the cool kids say it these days, right?) Jacob Pullen isn’t hitting his threes and isn’t getting to the line, seeing his scoring average drop three points this season. Outside of Pullen the Wildcats haven’t found a consistent second option, and with guys like Wally Judge (currently sitting out) and Curtis Kelly missing time, K-State hasn’t put it all together yet. Florida, on the other hand, is still waiting for Kenny Boynton to find his stroke and are trying to establish an identity for themselves. Is Chandler Parsons going to grow into his potential? Is Erving Walker a point guard? How good are their bigs? The two keys to this game — can Florida’s guard slow down Pullen, and can Kansas State’s bigs outplay an improved Florida front line?

Sat. 4:00 pm: No. 25 Texas @ UNC: There will be a ton of talent on the floor when Texas takes on UNC, but both have these teams have struggled to put together any kind of consistency the past two seasons. Texas beat Illinois then lost by 17 to USC. The Tar Heels have not looked impressive at all this season, but they own a win over Kentucky. Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller will be a fun matchup to watch inside, as will Jordan Hamilton and Harrison Barnes on the perimeter. The real issue here, however, is that both teams could really use this win to get back on track with conference play approaching.

Sat. 4:30 pm: Gonzaga @ No. 9 Baylor: The Zags are still looking to land a marquee win this season. They’ve struggled against seemingly everyone of their quality opponents. Baylor, on the other hand, still hasn’t played anyone, but this team looks like they are actually living up to the hype. LaceDarius Dunn is arguably the best all-around shooter in the country, AJ Walton is developing nicely as a point guard, and that front line is as long and athletic as ever. The key for Gonzaga is going to be whether or not they can penetrate and attack the Baylor zone. The Zags are not good enough shooters to launch threes and beat the Bears. As a bonus, seeing Elias Harris go up against Quincy Acy and Perry Jones will be a good gauge for NBA scouts to see what he can do at the next level.

Sat. 5:30 pm: No. 18 BYU @ UCLA: I’m not ready to totally sandbag UCLA just yet. I like the pieces they have on their team, especially Reeves Nelson and Josh Smith. Nelson is athletic and active at the four, and Smith is a big body and a load on the block for smaller opponents. BYU has Jimmer Fredette, but their front line will have trouble with the Bruin’s if the UCLA kids come ready to play, especially with Noah Hartsock coming off of a concussion.

Sat. 8:00 pm: Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State in Puerto Rico: The Bulldogs finally will be able to suit up Renardo Sidney, and I know I’m not the only person that is curious to see what this kid can do and how good Mississippi State can be. That said, Virginia Tech — and Malcolm Delaney — has been playing a bit better of late. Both teams desperately need this win for their resume.

BEST STORYLINES

Friday

  • 7:00 pm: No. 7 Tennessee @ Charlotte: Tennessee looks to bounce back from their first loss of the season against a Charlotte that may or may not be revitalized by the dismissal of their leading scorer Shamari Spears.
  • 9:00 pm: Boise State @ Utah: Great matchup of two teams from outside the BCS … err, wait, that’s football. How about two of the teams that were integral in the downfall of the WAC?
  • 9:00 pm: Arizona State @ Nevada: Can Olek Czyz, the Duke transfer that debuts tonight, turn around Nevada’s 2-7 season?

Saturday

  • 12:00 pm: USC @ No. 3 Kansas: Not only is this Josh Selby’s debut as a Kansas Jayhawk, its Jio Fontan’s debut as a Trojan.
  • 12:00 pm: Loyola MD @ No. 13 Georgetown: Jimmy Patsos famously went triangle and two with the “two” both on Stephen Curry a few years back. What will he do against the back court of Georgetown?
  • 2:00 pm: No. 14 Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago: Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Paul Carter plays for UIC, transferring for his senior season to be closer to his sister, who has cancer.
  • 2:00 pm: Northern Illinois @ Temple: The NCAA’s leading scorer Xavier Silas goes up against arguably the best defensive team in the country.
  • 2:00 pm: Arkansas @ Texas A&M: The Aggies have been playing very well this season, but Arkansas has some talent on this team with Marshon Powell and Rotnei Clarke. Sooner or later, the SEC West has to win a game, right?
  • 4:05 pm: Indiana State vs. No. 17 Purdue: This game will be played in Conseco Fieldhouse. … Yeah, that’s all I got.
  • 5:00 pm: Richmond @ Georgia Tech: The Spiders have been arguably the best team in the Atlantic 10 thus far this season, with wins over Purdue and Arizona State. Can they continue that run?
  • 6:30 pm: Prairie View A&M @ No. 15 Michigan State: Still waiting for a dominating performance from the Spartans…
  • 7:00 pm: Maryland-Eastern Shore @ No. 8 Pitt: The Panthers look to bounce back from an ugly loss against Tennessee.
  • 7:30 pm: Delaware @ No. 11 Villanova: Will the Wildcat’s talented back court of Maalik Wayns and Corey Fisher ever find a groove?
  • 8:00 pm: Central Arkansas @ No. 12 Missouri: Ever wonder what happened to Corliss Williamson? He’s the head coach at Central Arkansas now. Its also Scottie Pippen’s alma mater. They made need those two to suit up against the Tigers.
  • 8:00 pm: Mississippi Valley State @ No. 16 Kentucky: Kenpom has named Terrence Jones the early leader for kPOY.
  • 8:00 pm: Wake Forest @ Xavier: This is the Skip Prosser Classic.
  • 11:00 pm: Florida State @ Loyola Marymount: I picked the Lions as a sleeper in the WCC. So far, that looks foolish, but LMU has won three straight.

Sunday

  • 4:00 pm: Arizona @ NC State: Interesting matchup for both teams, as this could be a game that gets mentioned a lot in bubble conversations in February. But the story here is whether or not Tracy Smith, who is out with a knee injury will actually be suiting up.
  • 4:30 pm: Stony Brook @ No. 23 Notre Dame: The Irish are ranked, so I have to put them here, right?

Gardner, No. 3 Virginia rally for 70-68 win at Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tony Bennett’s team passed all its tests in the opening month of the season.

Jayden Gardner made a go-ahead jumper with 39.9 seconds left and blocked Jett Howard’s 3-point shot just before the buzzer, allowing No. 3 Virginia to stay undefeated with a 70-68 win over Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (6-0) won their first true road game against a team that was ranked in the first two polls this season, a little more than a week after beating then-No. 5 Baylor and then-No. 19 Illinois in Las Vegas.

“It got pretty intense in here,” Bennett said.

Virginia trailed by 11 points at halftime, rallied to go ahead with 7:25 left and built a five-point lead that didn’t last.

The Wolverines (5-2) went ahead 66-65 at the 1:42 mark when Hunter Dickinson made one of two free throws.

Michigan missed chances to stay or go ahead when Dickinson missed a hook shot with 1:01 to go and Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn turned the ball over with 16 seconds left.

“Hunter has made that running hook before,” coach Juwan Howard said. “The turnover, yes, down the stretch, it hurt, but overall that’s not the reason we lost the ballgame.

“We could’ve easily put our heads down when they came out in the second half and made a run.”

Reece Beekman, who finished with 18 points, stepped in front of Llewellyn’s pass in the final minute and made one of two free throws.

Virginia’s Armaan Franklin missed two free throws with 5.7 seconds left, giving Michigan a chance to extend or win the game. Howard took a contested shot beyond the 3-point arc on the right wing – near his father, Michigan’s coach – and Gardner came up with the block against the freshman guard while Wolverines coaches and players screamed for a foul call.

It appeared that Gardner got all ball on the block.

Kihei Clark scored 16 points, Gardner had 12, Kadin Shedrick fouled out with 12 points and Ben Vander Plas added 10 for the balanced Cavaliers.

“You need different guys, and that’s what it takes, to make plays offensively and defensively,” Bennett said.

Dickinson scored 23 points, Jett Howard had 11 of his 15 in the first half and Kobe Bufkin added 11 points for Michigan.

“Jett is a gamer, he’s going to compete no matter what,” Juwan Howard said. “He’s loved basketball since he was a little baby boy.

“He’s going to help us win a lot of games this year.”

The Wolverines started slowly, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, before Howard scored eight points to lead a 13-2 run. Michigan led 45-34 at halftime when Bufkin made a layup after a steal.

“We can’t be sloppy like that on the defensive end, but we did battle hard in the second half,” Bennett said.

Vander Plas scored nine points during an 11-2 run that put Virginia ahead 65-60. The Cavaliers then went 4 1/2 minutes without a basket before Gardner’s big shot.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers have their highest ranking since the 2018-19 season – which ended with a national title – and are off to their best start since being 7-0 three years ago. The team continues to honor the memory of three football players who were fatally shot on campus earlier this month, wearing warmup jerseys with their names.

Michigan: Juwan Howard’s team matched up well in its first game against a ranked opponent this season.

“When we come out with the effort like we did today for 40 minutes, I love our chances against any college team in the country,” he said.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Hosts Florida State (1-7) on Saturday.

Michigan: Plays No. 19 Kentucky (5-2) on Sunday in London.

Marquette’s defense overwhelms No. 6 Baylor in 96-70 win

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MILWAUKEE – Marquette has developed a habit under Shaka Smart of saving its top performances for the best opponents on its schedule.

Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 24 points and Marquette capitalized on a dominant start from its defense to roll past No. 6 Baylor 96-70 on Tuesday night in the Big 12-Big East Battle. This was the highest-ranked team Marquette (6-2) has beaten under Smart and the Golden Eagles improved to to 7-6 against AP Top 25 squads in his tenure.

“Most of the time against these great teams, they don’t have us winning that game,” said David Joplin, who scored 19 points. “We just come out, we want to go out and prove everybody wrong. And that feeling, that chip makes us play so much better.”

Marquette nearly produced its most lopsided victory against a Top 25 team. The Golden Eagles trounced No. 16 Providence 88-56 on Jan. 4 in Smart’s debut season.

“When you go into a game and the game is bigger in the minds of your players than anything else, to me that’s the best recipe for winning,” Smart said. “It should be that way all the time, but human nature sometimes messes with that.”

Marquette’s defense embarrassed a highly regarded Baylor backcourt.

The Golden Eagles raced to a 51-25 halftime lead thanks to a 24-0 edge in points off turnovers. Baylor (5-2) already had a season-high 16 turnovers by halftime.

Baylor entered Tuesday ranked third among Division I teams in assist-turnover margin. The Bears had 20 turnovers and 12 assists against Marquette.

“I didn’t see that coming,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Credit the crowd. Credit them for building momentum. Credit Shaka for having them prepared and how hard they played. At the end of the day, we fed to the fire by turning it over and making some uncharacteristic mistakes.”

Prosper scored 10 points and sank two 3-pointers during a 23-2 run that turned an early 7-2 deficit into a 25-9 advantage. Chase Ross capped the spurt by getting a steal and throwing down a left-handed dunk.

Baylor never cut Marquette’s lead below 22 points in the second half.

Kam Jones had 20 points as Marquette shot 58.3% overall to win its third straight. The Golden Eagles shot 12 of 25 from 3-point range, with Jones going 4 of 7 and Prosper and Joplin each going 3 of 4.

Baylor’s LJ Cryer had 17 of his 19 points, in the second half. Adam Flagler had 16 and Keyonte George added 12 for the Bears.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears shot 48.2% (27 of 56) but had no answers for Marquette’s defense and dug too deep a hole. Baylor rallied from a 25-deficit to force overtime in an NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina last season, but the Bears never mounted any kind of comeback Tuesday.

Marquette: After losing to Purdue and Mississippi State earlier this season, the Golden Eagles delivered the kind of performance that showed they’re capable of beating anyone. Marquette will try to prove that again when it hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

BIG 12 VS. BIG EAST

The Big 12-Big East Battle started Tuesday and runs through Sunday. Last season’s Big 12-Big East Battle ended in a 5-5 tie.

HONORING THOMPSON

Marquette came out of its locker room wearing shirts with No. 24 to honor George Thompson, who died in June of complications from diabetes. Thompson played for Marquette from 1967-69, and he was the school’s career scoring leader for 40 years.

Tuesday would have been Thompson’s 75th birthday. A No. 24 banner with Thompson’s name hangs from the Fiserv Forum rafters.

“I really felt like we needed to win tonight to honor George,” Smart said. “If you make it George Thompson Night, you couldn’t lose.”

UP NEXT

Baylor: Faces No. 14 Gonzaga on Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Marquette: Hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

Houston reaches No. 1 in AP poll for first time since 1983

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Make some room, Phi Slama Jama. Another Houston team has reached the top of men’s college basketball.

Nearly four decades after Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon took the Cougars to No. 1, the latest bunch led by Marcus Sasser and star freshman Jarace Walker took over the top spot in the AP Top 25. They received 45 of 63 first-place votes from the national media panel, easily outdistancing second-place Texas and third-place Virginia.

“It’s not like we went online and applied for it and waited for a response back. We’ve been working for this,” said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, whose team is coming off a Final Four and Elite Eight trip the past two seasons. “But remember, it’s a rental. You don’t own it. You’re just renting it because someday somebody else is going to be No. 1.”

North Carolina had been No. 1 all season, but the Tar Heels lost to Iowa State and in a four-overtime thriller to Alabama at the Phil Knight Invitational to cede the top spot to Houston, which beat Kent State in its only game last week.

The last time the Cougars ascended to No. 1 was the final poll of the 1982-83 season, when “The Glide” and “The Dream” along with coach Guy Lewis were the favorites to win it all. They rolled through the NCAA Tournament before falling to Jim Valvano and North Carolina State in an iconic championship game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I’ve never been ranked No. 1,” said Sampson, now in his 34th season as a college basketball coach. “We were ranked all 12 years at Oklahoma. I’m sure we were ranked at Indiana. Then we’ve been ranked five or six straight years. We’re used to having a high level of success.”

Texas received eight first-place votes and Virginia received two. Arizona climbed from 14th to fourth after emerging from a stacked field to win the Maui Invitational. Purdue jumped from 24th all the way to fifth and scooped up eight first-place votes after beating West Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at the Phil Knight Legacy tourney.

“Our guys are competitive. They’re fun to coach. They get along. They’re out there playing with purpose and that’s what you have to have,” said Boilermakers coach Matt Painter, whose team was briefly No. 1 about this time last season.

“Early in the season, very few teams play with the purpose collectively,” he said. “I thought our guys played with a purpose.”

Baylor was sixth, Creighton seventh and U Conn climbed from 20th to eighth after beating Oregon, Alabama and Iowa State to win the Phil Knight Invitational. Kansas fell from third to ninth after losing to Tennessee in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, while Indiana rounded out the top 10.

There was a tie for 11th between SEC rivals Alabama and Arkansas with the Volunteers, another conference foe, right behind them. Gonzaga dropped from sixth to 14th, its first time outside the top 10 since Feb. 5, 2018, and Auburn was 15th.

Illinois was next followed by Duke and North Carolina in a tough week for Tobacco Road. The Blue Devils fell from eighth after their 75-56 loss to the Boilermakers.

Kentucky and Michigan State joined UCLA, Maryland, Iowa State, San Diego State and Ohio State in rounding out the poll.

RISING AND FALLING

Purdue made a rare 19-spot jump as the poll underwent a massive shakeup. UConn climbed 12 spots, Arizona moved up 10, Tennessee climbed nine and Alabama seven. On the flip side, the Tar Heels tumbled 17 spots, Duke dropped nine, Gonzaga fell eight and San Diego State fell seven.

IN AND OUT

Despite all the movement, Iowa State was the only newcomer this week, checking in at No. 23 after beating Villanova and North Carolina before falling to UConn. The Cyclones replaced Iowa, which dropped out after a one-week stay following its loss to TCU in the title game of the Emerald Coast Classic.

CONFERENCE WATCH

There are six difference conferences represented in the first seven teams in the poll. The Big Ten leads the way with six in the Top 25 while the SEC has five and the Big 12 has four, though three of them are in the top 10.

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Stanford, UConn next

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South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s poll, as the Gamecocks keep close watch on the foot injury of reigning Player of the Year Aliyah Boston.

The Gamecocks received all 29 first-place votes in the poll, a day after Boston left a game with her injury. Coach Dawn Staley said Boston was “questionable” going forward but added that the “team doctor wasn’t too, too concerned.”

South Carolina’s next game is at home against No. 15 UCLA.

Stanford remained No. 2 after cruising through a tournament in Hawaii. It’s the 618th appearance for Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer, tying the late Pat Summitt for most all-time. Summitt’s teams only missed being in the poll 14 times during her Hall of Fame career at Tennessee.

UConn, Ohio State and Indiana rounded out the top five.

The Huskies are one of four Big East teams to be ranked this week as Marquette entered the poll at No. 24. It’s the first time the Big East has four ranked teams since the conference realigned in 2014. The league is 56-14 so far this season, including going 8-2 against ranked teams.

“We’ve been trying to earn a little more respect,” Marquette coach Megan Duffy said of the Big East. “Tried to schedule tougher non-conference (games). ‘Nova’s playing people. Us going to the Bahamas was great. Creighton’s doing what they’ve been doing since last season. Getting some of those quality wins is everything.”

North Carolina moved up two spots to No. 6 after rallying to beat then-No. 5 Iowa State in the Phil Knight tournament. The Cyclones fell to eighth.

The Tar Heels visit the Hoosiers on Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Indiana returns home after winning two games in Las Vegas at a subpar venue that lacked basic necessities.

Notre Dame remained No. 7 while Virginia Tech and Iowa finished off the top 10. At No. 9, Virginia Tech has matched its best ranking ever and is in the top 10 for the first time since 1999.

Tennessee fell out of the poll this week marking the 56th time in the 827-week history of the poll that the Lady Vols weren’t ranked. Kansas State also fell out with Gonzaga moving in at No. 23.

FALLING CARDINALS

Louisville dropped to 18th in the poll this week after falling to South Dakota State in the fifth place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis last week. It’s the Cardinals lowest ranking since Jan. 11, 2016.

Louisville entered the top 10 in the preseason poll in 2017 and hadn’t been out since, a span of 98 consecutive weeks. It was the longest active streak.

“It’s a compliment to the consistency that we built here,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said of being ranked in the top 10 for so long. “Obviously are goal would have been to stay in the top 10, but it’s a new team and growing.”

Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.

UP NEXT

Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.