Friday’s Shootaround: Indiana gets upset, Duke survives and St. Mary’s rolls

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Minnesota 77, No. 9 Indiana 74: See here.

No. 6 Duke 61, No. 17 Virginia 58: Virginia may have lost this game, but the Cavs proved their mettle to the people that still didn’t believe that Tony Bennett’s team is a real threat, not just in the ACC but on a national scale. UVa doesn’t put up flashy offensive numbers and they don’t spend much time on Sportscenter’s top ten with highlight reel dunks, but this is a group that competes as well as anyone in the country with the nation’s best teams.

As of today, Mike Scott is probably the player of the year in the ACC — and he proved it tonight as he scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half to help the Cavs take a 32-28 lead into the break — but only college basketball’s die-hards knew who he was. While Scott provides Bennett with a potent scoring punch, its the stout defense that the Cavs play, packing in their defense and daring opponents to beat them with contested perimeter jumpers, that make them so tough.

To the Blue Devil’s credit, they did just enough to win. During one stretch in the second half, when Duke opened up their biggest lead of the game, they hit 11 of 14 shots and put UVa in a hole that they weren’t quite able to dig their way out of. Mason Plumlee led four players in double figures with 12 points (which would have been much more if he wasn’t 2-10 from the line) as Duke displayed as good of a team effort as we’ve seen out of them this season. For the first time in Duke history, they shot below 50% from the free throw line and 25% from three and won. That’s notable.

Also of note: Quinn Cook once again started at the point, but he struggled, playing just 12 minutes. Andre Dawkins got the majority of the back court minutes along side Seth Curry, which means that Duke is still trying to figure out their point guard situation. Its something to keep an eye on every time the Blue Devils take the court.

St. Mary’s 83, No. 23 Gonzaga 62: Right now, the Gaels have to be labeled the favorite in the WCC. They are now sitting at 5-0 in the league — a game and a half up on the Zags, BYU and LMU — and they hold convincing victories over not only Gonzaga, but BYU as well. Perhaps the most impressive part of this win is the fact that they were so impressive despite getting just two points (and 11 boards and eight assists) out of Rob Jones, their leading scorer. Is there a more underrated point guard in the country than Matthew Dellavedova. (If you say Jordan Theodore, I won’t argue much.)

Having said all of that, I am going to reserve judgement on the Gaels until they have to visit the Kennel and the Marriot Center. While they also own wins over Weber State, Northern Iowa and Missouri State, St. Mary’s lost by 12 when they went to visit Denver.

Wisconsin 67, Purdue 62: Its hard to think of a team that needed a win more than the Badgers, and they got it in fairly impressive fashion against Purdue. The Badgers opened up a 22-4 lead on the Boilermakers thanks to some hot shooting from the perimeter and were able to hang on down the stretch. Terone Johnson sparked the comeback, scoring 16 points, but Purdue’s bigger issue is the struggles of Robbie Hummel. He was 5-17 from the field against Wisconsin, a performance that has come on the heels on a elongated shooting slump.

No. 20 Mississippi State 62, Tennessee 58: Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie all scored 13 points as the Bulldogs hung on against the Vols, but the bigger issue is that the Bulldogs have looked far from impressive at the start of their conference schedule. They were up 12 early in the second half against Tennessee, but they allowed the overmatchedVols to get back into the game, needing a Dee Bost steal and dunk late in the game to seal the win. Could it be that Mississippi State is nothing more than ordinary?

Pac-12:

Cal 57, Colorado 50: Cal has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win the Pac-12 right now, as they moved to 4-1 in league play with a win over Colorado at home. More importantly, they did it despite the fact that Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe combined to go 4-26 from the floor. While the fact that Colorado was able to keep it close with the Bears is impressive and certainly a sign that the Buffaloes deserve to be taken seriously, I don’t know how often those two are going to shoot so poorly.

Arizona 81, Oregon State 73 OT: This was easily one of the most entertaining games of the night. Josh Fogg, Nick Johnson and Brendan Lavender combined to score 60 points, making up for a poor game out of Jesse Perry, but a flurry of buckets from Ahmad Starks brought the Beavers back. Starks had a three rim out at the buzzer that sent the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Arizona pulled away, but not before a Fogg and-one turned into a shoving match between the two teams.

Stanford 68, Utah 65: The Cardinal are now tied for first place in the league with Cal, but the fact that they struggled to knock off Utah at home isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for this team. Of note: the two teams combined to go 6-26 from the free throw line. Ick.

Oregon 67, Arizona State 58

Drexel 60, George Mason 53: Drexel outscored the Patriots 10-2 over the last three minutes of the game, picking up a much-needed win over Mason, who had previously been undefeated in league play. Damion Lee led the way with 21 points while Ryan Pearson was just 1-9 from the floor.

Manhattan 75, Iona 72: The Jaspers outscored Iona by 20 points over the last eight minutes of the game, erasing a 17 point deficit and winning on one of the season’s most impressive buzzer-beaters:

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Manhattan now has to be considered a threat in the MAAC race. They are sitting a game behind Iona at 4-2 in the league, a half-game up on 3-2 Fairfield and a half-game behind 4-1 Loyola.

No. 14 Murray State 66, Jacksonville State 55: Yup, the Racers are still undefeated.

Other notable scores:

– VCU 65, JMU 45
– Coastal Carolina 65, Gardner-Webb 63
– UNC-Asheville 89, Campbell 82
– Davidson 88, Western Carolina 67
– Georgia State 75, UNC-Wilmington 61
– UNC-Greensboro 73, Charleston 66
– Milwaukee 58, Wright State 38
– MTSU 70, FIU 59
– South Dakota State 86, South Dakota 56
– Oral Roberts 71, Western Illinois 70 2OT
– Weber State 63, Montana State 49
– New Mexico State 80, Utah State 60
– UC-Riverside 79, UC-Santa Barbara 70 OT
– LBSU 86, UC-Davis 58

Top performers:

Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary’s: 26 points, six assists, 10-16 shooting and a 21 point win over Gonzaga. Boom.

Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts: Morrison continued his hot streak, scoring 27 points, hitting the game-tying jumper at the end of overtime and the game-winning free throw with 1.4 seconds left.

Phil Martin, UC-Riverside: A 6’4″ guard, Martin went for 33 points and 11 boards as UCR knocked off UCSB in overtime.

Eugene Phelps, LBSU: Phelps went for 23 points, 11 boards and four assists as the 49ers won in impressive fashion.

Vander Joaquim, Hawaii: Hawaii improved to 2-0 in the WAC on the strength of 23 points on 9-11 shooting and 16 boards out of Joaquim.

John Fraley, Austin Peay: Fraley had 25 points (on 10-12 shooting) and 12 boards (seven offensive) as the Governors picked up their first win in the OVC, knocking off contender Eastern Kentucky.

Tony Mitchell, North Texas: Mitchell had 21 points on 8-9 shooting and 13 boards as the Mean Green picked up another win.

O.D. Anosike, Siena: The Saints improved to 3-3 in the MAAC on the strength of 23 points and 14 boards from Anosike.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.

Colorado State sorry for ‘Russia’ chant at Ukrainian player

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State has apologized for a group of fans who chanted “Russia” at a player on an opposing team who is from Ukraine during Saturday’s game.

Utah State’s Max Shulga is from Kyiv and was shooting free throws when TV cameras picked up the chant from the student section during the game in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Russia invaded Ukraine nearly a year ago.

“On behalf of Colorado State, we apologize to the student-athlete and Utah State. This is a violation of our steadfast belief in the Mountain West Sportsmanship Policy and University Principles of Community,” Colorado State said in a statement.

“Every participant, student, and fan should feel welcomed in our venues, and for something like this to have occurred is unacceptable at Colorado State.”

Utah State beat CSU 88-79.

Duke edges North Carolina 63-57 behind Roach, Lively

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DURHAM, N.C. — Jeremy Roach scored 20 points, Dereck Lively II had career highs of eight blocks and 14 rebounds and Duke defeated North Carolina 63-57.

Kyle Filipowski added 14 points and Tyrese Proctor 11 for the Blue Devils (17-6, 8-4 ACC), who won their third straight and beat the Tar Heels (15-8, 7-5) for the first time in three meetings, including in last year’s Final Four in the NCAA Tournament.

North Carolina’s Armando Bacot had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 63rd career double-double, extending his own program record, Leaky Black had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Caleb Love added 12 points and RJ Davis 11.

Roach scored eight of Duke’s final 10 points, including the last four after Lively’s tiebreaking dunk with 1:35 to go. North Carolina missed its last five shots, including a trio of 3-point tries in the final minute.

The Blue Devils’ six-point winning margin matched their largest lead.

Neither team reached 40% shooting but Duke outscored North Carolina 20-2 off fast breaks and was 11 of 15 at the free-throw line to only 2 of 3 for the Tar Heels.

The stat sheet was fairly even at halftime when Duke led 33-32 except for one telling stat, a 16-0 advantage for the Blue Devils on fast-break points as they scored repeatedly off transition.

A 14-5 run erased a seven-point North Carolina lead — the Tar Heels’ largest — and put Duke in front 26-24 with just under four minutes left in the half. A Proctor 3-pointer broke the fourth tie before Bacot cut it to the one-point margin at the break. Bacot had 12 points in the first half. Roach had 10.

The game matched two men who played in this rivalry and are now leading the programs they played for: first-year Duke coach Jon Scheyer and Hubert Davis, in his second year for North Carolina.

The teams will meet again in their regular-season finale at Chapel Hill on March 4. Duke plays at No. 23 Miami on Monday. North Carolina is at Wake Forest on Tuesday.

No. 13 Iowa State rolls past eighth-ranked Kansas 68-53

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AMES, Iowa – Jaren Holmes scored all 15 of his points in the second half as No. 13 Iowa State rolled past No. 8 Kansas 68-53 on Saturday.

Osun Osunniyi added 13 for the Cyclones (16-6, 7-3 Big 12), who stayed within at least a game of front-running Texas in the conference standings. Tamin Lipsey added eight rebounds and 10 assists.

“Today, we came out and played desperate,” Holmes said.

Jalen Wilson led the Jayhawks (18-5, 6-4) with 26 points for his sixth straight game with at least 20. No other Kansas player had more than 8 points.

“It’s not a formula for success for us,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “We need balance from our starting five. If one guy feels like he’s got to go do it all on his own, it crashes the offense.”

The Cyclones led for all but 1:14 of the game, building a 34-16 scoring edge in the paint. Kansas struggled early, making just two of their first 10 shots and committing 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Iowa State shot 46% for the game.

“From the beginning, we gave them some easy buckets,” Wilson said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with (defensively) … the easiest way to get comfortable is easy buckets, layups, stuff like that.”

Iowa State was up 33-21 at the break.

Holmes missed all four shots in the first half, but after getting sick at halftime, he helped the Cyclones stretched the lead to 42-31 early in the second half with a 3-pointer and layup.

“I felt a little nauseous the whole day,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with some sickness over the past week and a half.”

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The Jayhawks dropped to 3-4 during a stretch in which six of its seven opponents were ranked. The lone unranked foe was Kentucky. … Kansas committed a season-high 20 turnovers Saturday. … The loss to Iowa State was Self’s first in five meetings with second-year Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Iowa State: Improved to 12-0 at home this season and 5-0 in the Big 12. It was also the Cyclones’ fifth win over a top-10 opponent in the past two seasons.

UP NEXT

Kansas: Hosts No. 10 Texas on Monday.

Iowa State: Travels to West Virginia on Wednesday.

Bishop helps No. 10 Texas rally past No. 7 Kansas State, 69-66

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Christian Bishop was as frustrated as anyone in a Texas jersey in the first half Saturday. He’d been held without a point by Kansas State and, not surprisingly, the No. 10 Longhorns were facing a double-digit deficit on the road.

Maybe that’s why he punctuated every bucket in the second half with a fist pump.

Bishop poured in 14 points after the break to lead the Longhorns’ comeback, including the go-ahead lay-in with 37 seconds to go, and the new Big 12 leaders held on for a 69-66 victory over the No. 7 Wildcats on Saturday.

“Christian’s been working really hard over the last couple of games to get him back to the level he was playing four or five games ago,” interim Texas coach Rodney Terry said. “He really came out and rebounded and gave our team an incredible lift the way he played the second half.”

Red-hot guard Sir’Jabari Rice also had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns, and it was his two free throws with nine seconds left that forced the Wildcats into needing a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.

After a quick timeout, the Wildcats’ Ismael Massoud got an open look from the wing but came up well short of the basket, allowing the Longhorns to hold on for their fifth win over a Top 25 team this season.

Tyrese Hunter and Marcus Carr added 10 points apiece for Texas (19-4, 8-2), which took over sole possession of first place in the rough-and-tumble Big 12 by avenging its overtime loss to the Wildcats (18-5, 6-4) early last month.

“Our league, we don’t have any bad teams,” Terry said. “To come in on a home court against a top-10 team and have this kind of performance, I’ll stack it up with one of the best wins I’ve been part of in 30 years of coaching.”

Keyontae Johnson struggled through foul trouble but still had 16 points to lead the Wildcats, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Desi Sills scored 11 points and Markquis Nowell had 10, but he also had six turnovers, including one with less than a minute to go and Kansas State down by one.

“I don’t want to wash this one. I want to live with this one for 36 hours,” Wildcats coach Jerome Tang said. “Everybody in our arena did our job except the coaches and players on the floor.”

Kansas State and Texas played one of the most entertaining games of the season in Austin, when they went bucket-for-bucket through regulation and into overtime. The Wildcats eventually escaped with a 116-103 victory.

Early on Saturday, Texas looked as if it would struggle to score half as much.

With the Wildcats clamping down on the perimeter, the Longhorns kept throwing the ball away, and at one point had seven turnovers against just five made shots. They also went a stretch of more than 7 minutes with just one field goal.

Kansas State took advantage of their offensive malaise.

Despite the sure-handed Nowell’s turnover trouble, and leading scorer Johnson picking up his third foul with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half, the Wildcats steadily built a lead. It reached as many as 14 before Texas made three free throws in the final second to get within 36-25 heading to the locker room.

It was the spark the Longhorns needed: They made their first six shots of the second half, and their run spanning the break eventually reached 17-4 while getting them within 40-39 with 15 minutes left in the game.

“There were points in the second half we did get rushed,” Nowell said, “and it led to turnovers and fast-break points.”

Rice’s 3-pointer a few minutes later gave Texas its first lead since the opening minutes. And when the Wildcats went on a nearly 5-minute scoring drought, Bishop began to assert control, the Creighton transfer scoring 11 points over a 6-minute stretch and punctuating each of them with a roar and a fist pump.

Just like their first meeting Jan. 3, though, the rematch Saturday was destined to go down to the wire.

“There’s no blowouts in our league,” Tang said.

BIG PICTURE

Texas could do nothing right in the first half and nothing wrong in the second, shooting 57% from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Most of the success came in the paint; the Longhorns were just 4 of 16 from the 3-point arc.

Kansas State couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers, including six by Nowell, who had 36 points, nine assists and eight rebounds when the teams met in Austin. He had just six rebounds and three assists on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Texas heads down Interstate 70 to face eighth-ranked Kansas on Monday night.

Kansas State wraps its homestand against No. 15 TCU on Tuesday night.

James leads No. 2 Tennessee over No. 25 Auburn, 46-43

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Josiah-Jordan James scored 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 2 Tennessee to a 46-43 victory over No. 25 Auburn on Saturday in a game in which every point was difficult and nothing flowed.

“Both teams played as hard as they could,” said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes. “Every possession was a grind.”

The Volunteers (19-4, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) shot just 27% from the field and 9.5% from the 3-point line. They were recovering from a Wednesday loss to Florida in which they shot 28%.

Tennessee had a 47-42 edge on the boards and 15-8 on the offensive glass.

“A game like this shows a lot of character,” said James. “I knew coming in (rebounding) was what I’d be called to do. I had to use the body God’s given me.”

“Both teams did a fantastic job,” said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. “To hold Tennessee to 27% … It doesn’t get any better than that.”

“I don’t think there’s a more physical league in the country,” said Barnes.

The Tigers (17-6, 7-3) were led by Johni Broome with 11 points and nine rebounds and K.D. Johnson off the bench with 10 points. Auburn managed only 24% from the field and 11% from the 3-point line.

Jaylin Williams made two free throws with 2:47 to play cut Tennessee’s lead to 40-38. Santiago Vescovi hit his first 3-pointer of the game and got a four-point play out of it for a 44-38 lead. A 3-pointer by Wendell Green Jr. cut the advantage to 44-41 with 30 seconds left.

A turnover on the inbounds play gave Auburn the ball with 23 seconds to play. Broome got a tip-in to make it a one-point game, and Zakai Zeigler made two free throws.

Green’s last-second 3-point to tie clanked out.

“At the end, Wendell Green got the shot off and got fouled,” said Pearl. “Nothing got called.”

Auburn scored eight straight points to start the game. Tennessee followed with a six-point run and an eight-point spurt early in the second half. Those were the longest runs of the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Tennessee was in the No. 2 spot in the poll for two days before falling at Florida. Under Barnes, the Vols now have 25 wins over teams ranked in the Top 25. . Auburn had been clinging to the elite at No. 25 this week. The Tigers have been ranked as high as No. 11, coming in the fifth week of the season.

STAT SNACKS

Since statistics started being kept in 1999-2000, Tennessee is on pace to be the all-time leader in field-goal percentage defense (.348; Stanford, 1999-2000, is second .352) and 3-point defense (.225; Norfolk State, 2004-05, is second .253). . Through 22 games, the similarities between last year’s Vols point guard Kennedy Chandler (now with the Memphis Grizzlies) and this year’s Ziegler are striking (points per game: Chandler 13.5, Ziegler 11.4; rebounds: 3.0, 3.0; assists: 4.95, 5.05).

UP NEXT

Auburn: The Tigers will host Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

Tennessee: The Vols will tackle in-state rival Vanderbilt in Nashville on Wednesday.