College Hoops Week in Review: Jeff Withey, Wichita State and Cuse vs. OSU?

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Player of the Week: Jeff Withey, Kansas

Last Saturday, when Kansas lost to Missouri in Mizzou Arena, Jeff Withey was a no-show. He finished without a single point on just one field goal attempt, grabbing only four rebounds — and just one offensive — in 23 minutes. That’s about as sufficient as a no-show as a gets, and there is little doubt that the inability of Withey to help Kansas take advantage of their size on the interior played a role in their loss. If he has more of an impact, Kansas isn’t in a position where they are susceptible to the Marcus Denmon Show.

Well, that was the last time we saw that Jeff Withey. Since then, the new and improved Jeff Withey has looked like an all-american. He had a career-high 25 points to go along with five boards, three blocks and two steals in a dominating win over Baylor and followed that up with 18 points, 20 boards and seven blocks as the Jayhawks rolled over Oklahoma State. More impressive? He didn’t cut into Thomas Robinson’s production. He averaged 19.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg this week. That is a formidable front line.

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G: Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga: The Zags have put themselves in a great position heading into the stretch run. They knocked off St. Mary’s in The Kennel and followed that up with a win over surprising Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga still needs St. Mary’s to slip up at the end of the conference season to have a chance to make up the one game deficit, but without these two wins, they wouldn’t have that chance. And Pangos was the biggest reason they got those wins. He had 27 points, including 5-6 shooting from three, in the win over St. Mary’s and followed that up with 21 points and nine assists, on 8-12 shooting and 5-7 from three, in the win over LMU. Oh, and he didn’t commit a single turnover in the two games.

G: Marquis Teague, Kentucky: Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are the two potential all-americans on the Kentucky roster. Terrence Jones is the enigmatic sophomore with the talent to be an all-american. Doron Lamb and Darius Miller are the unsung role players. The guy that never gets any credit? Marquis Teague, the point guard that hasn’t lived up to the hype of the “Calipari point guard”. Well, maybe it just took longer than we expected. Teague was terrific in two of Kentucky’s biggest wins of the season. In a 20 point win over Florida in Rupp and a 69-63 win at Vanderbilt, Teague had 25 points and 18 assists while turning the ball over just six times and shooting the ball just 10-18 from the field.

F: Ramone Moore, Temple: Temple has taken control of the Atlantic 10 race, but that was something we knew prior to their dominating, 85-72 win over Xavier in Philly on Saturday. Moore was the star, going for 30 points, on 9-16 shooting, which followed up a 25 point, four rebound, four assist performance in a win over George Washington. Perhaps more importantly, Michael Eric made his grand return this week, going for 11 points and 16 boards against Xavier.

F: Jamil Wilson, Marquette: Marquette is currently playing without Chris Otule and Davante Gardner, and for those unfamiliar with the Golden Eagle’s roster, that means that Buzz Williams is working with a limited front court rotation. That’s what makes Jamil Wilson’s play this week so important. He went for 16 points and four boards against Cincinnati on Saturday, which followed up a dominating performance against DePaul in which he had 18 points, 10 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks. With Wilson teaming with Jae Crowder in the Marquette front court, the Golden Eagles become a dangerous up-tempo team.

C: Jack Cooley, Notre Dame: As good as Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant have been, the biggest reason for Notre Dame’s surge this season is because the guy that looks like a mini-Luke Harangody has been playing like a mini-Luke Harangody. Jack Cooley has played like an all-conference player over the last month, and that didn’t change this week. He averaged 21.5 ppg, 13.0 rpg and 2.5 bpg while shooting 17-21 from the floor in wins at West Virginia and against DePaul.

Team of the Week: Wichita State Shockers

There have been rumblings for a while that Wichita State, and not Creighton, is the best team in the Missouri Valley. It was a difficult argument to make when Creighton owned a win in the only head-to-head battle and also held a better league record. That argument got a bit easier when the Bluejays lost two in a row to fall a game behind the Shockers. But after this week, there really is no question anymore.

Not only did Wichita State beat Northern Iowa by 25 points, but they also went into Omaha and knocked off the Bluejays 89-68. Dominating doesn’t begin to describe the performance. Creighton took a punch, then took another and took another. And by the time the dust cleared and the Bluejays were able to answer, they had been run out of their own gym. Most impressive? They did it while Garrett Stutz, who has been the best player on the roster over the last three weeks, managed just eight points and a single rebound in 13 minutes.

Teams deserving of a shoutout

Michigan State Spartans: Maybe its time we start talking about Michigan State as a serious Final Four contender. On paper, they aren’t as sexy as a North Carolina or a Baylor or a Missouri, but they are a gritty, defensive-minded team that attacks the glass as well as any hard in the country. We know about Draymond Green and Keith Appling and company, but the guy that stood out this weekend? How about Adreian Payne. He averaged 13.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg, including 15 points and 6-6 shooting from the field as Michigan State ended their road struggles with a 58-48 win at Ohio State.

Duke Blue Devils: All it took was a 10 point comeback in the final two and a half minutes in the Dean Dome, capped by a memorable and iconic three from Austin Rivers, for the Blue Devils to go from the brink of being two games back in the ACC to a three-way tie for first place. They followed that up with an 18 point win against Maryland. Think about this: against UNC, Rivers went for 29 points, and against Maryland, the Plumlees combined for 29 points and 32 boards. What happens when they all end up playing well at the same time?

Louisville Cardinals: Did anyone think that, after the Cardinals lost to Providence by 31 points, Louisville could be sitting at 8-4 in the Big East? They’ve won six games in a row, including a 21 point win against UConn on Monday night and a come-from-behind, three point win against West Virginia. Finally, for what feels like the first time all season, the Cards are hitting threes. On a similar note, Louisville finally has a healthy Wayne Blackshear in their mix. He went for 13 points in the win over West Virginia. I guess that shoulder is feeling pretty good.

Missouri Tigers: I gotta be honest: I’m getting kind of sick of writing about Missouri. Its the same thing every time. This team beats more talented teams and they do it playing an entertaining style of team basketball. This week, it was a 72-57 win over Baylor, one where Mizzou’s four-headed back court attack went for 63 points and 17 assists on 20-38 shooting, 14-28 of which came from beyond the arc.

Vermont Catamounts: Since their loss to Stony Brook to kick off America East play, UVM has won 11 of their last 12 games, including the 19 point win they had against those very Seawolves on Sunday afternoon. Four McGlynn had 24 points in the win, which pulled the Catamounts within a half-game of first place.

Five Thoughts:

Syracuse, not Ohio State, Kentucky’s biggest contender?: Kentucky is the best team in the country. No one in their right mind is going to argue that fact. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the Wildcats to win the national title. But they certainly aren’t an overwhelming favorite by any stretch. There are flaws to this team. They can be pushed around in the paint, they lack depth if foul trouble strikes and Marquis Teague, while playing much better of late, is still Marquis Teague. Kentucky is not unbeatable.

And if anyone is going to take them down, I believe its going to be Syracuse, not Ohio State. I think that its safe to say those are the two teams that everyone in the country believes are Kentucky’s biggest competition, and rightfully so. They both have the kind of physical interior presence needed to try and take advantage of the fact Terrence Jones is soft and Anthony Davis is slender. They both can buckle down and defend. They both re loaded with talent on the offensive end of the floor.

Here’s my thing about Syracuse over Ohio State, however. The knock on Syracuse is that they don’t have a go-to player. I disagree with that sentiment. I think they have three go-to players in Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters, and I think those three are ok with sharing the spotlight. I think they get the fact that they are going to be their best as a team and win the most games when they are all playing together, allowing the guy with the hot hand to shoot the ball in the big moments. It was Joseph against Georgetown, and it was Jardine against UConn.

I think Ohio State is the team with an issue with go-to scorers. As we saw against Michigan State, Jared Sullinger is not exactly adept at going 1-on-2 or 1-on3 every possession in the post. But that is precisely what he is going to have to do when William Buford and Deshaun Thomas aren’t scoring the ball. Buford has not been the same player that he was last year, and Thomas is a bit of a streaky scorer. If those two can’t iron out their kinks, the Buckeyes have a lower ceiling than the Orange.

Tony Mitchell of North Texas is the country’s least-discussed stud: Mitchell was supposed to be enrolled at Missouri before he ran into some academic issues, which is why he had to sit out half of this season with the Mean Green before finally getting on the court. But it was worth the wait, as Mitchell has been sensational. Earlier in the year, Mitchell was a bit up and down, mixing in the 34 points and 16 boards he had against South Alabama or the 30 points 17 boards he had against Denver with six point performances against the likes of Troy and Arkansas-Little Rock. The last four games have ben a different story, however. Mitchell has averaged 19.0 ppg, 14.5 rpg and 5.3 bpg while shooting 57.1% from the field.

Who is the second-best team in the SEC?: As we’ve established, Kentucky is not only the best team in the conference, they are the best team in the country. So who is the second-best? Its clearly not Alabama, whose struggles were compounded by Anthony Grant’s decision to suspended four of his starters for a violation of team rules (love the decision, by the way). And its not Mississippi State, who can’t handle Georgia at home. Florida not only lost to Kentucky by 20 on Tuesday, they got beaten up by Tennessee in Gainesville. Could it be that Vanderbilt, the team that everyone in the country spent the first two months of the season bashing, is actually the second best team in this league?

Is the best story in the country UNC-Greensboro?: On December 13th, Wes Miller took over as UNCG’s head coach after Mike Dement was fired. The name should sound familiar to you. Miller was a guard on UNC’s 2005 national title team. He turns 29 this month. And he was forced to take over a team that had gone just 2-8 before he took over the role. As you might expect, the start of his tenure was a bit rough. Miller lost his first six games at the helm of the Spartans, dropping their record this season to 2-14.

But on January 12th, Miller’s team got their first win, winning at the College of Charleston. Since that win, they’ve only looked back once, a 93-85 defeat at the hands of Furman. The Spartans have won nine out of their last ten games. Three of them have been by a single point, and another was by two points. Two more of those wins came in overtime, meaning that Miller, whose players probably remember him from his time in Chapel Hill, is coaching as well as anyone in the country in crunch time. UNCG is currently in first place in the Northern Division of the SoCon. If there is any team you are going to root for making the NCAA Tournament, it should be the Spartans.

The MAAC race is going to be a lot of fun: Either that or a mess. One of the two. After Fairfield’s 68-51 win over Loyola (MD) erased the Greyhounds one game lead over Iona in the standings, we now have four teams within one game of first place. Fairfield, one of the most talented teams in the conference, struggled early, but they are now playing their best basketball of the season.

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

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 on Saturday night.

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 K-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.

Pedulla’s 22 points lift Virginia Tech past No. 6 Virginia

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sean Pedulla scored 22 points and Virginia Tech beat No. 6 Virginia 74-68 on Saturday, snapping the Cavaliers’ seven-game winning streak.

Pedulla made 6 of 13 from the floor as the Hokies (14-10, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) posted their biggest win of the season. He added 8 of 9 from the free-throw line. Justin Mutts added 17 points.

Virginia Tech never trailed and shot 50% from the floor for the fourth straight game.

“There was no pouting (after the Miami loss). Just back to practice the next day,” Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said of his team, which lost 92-83 to No. 23 Miami on Tuesday. “Yeah, we’ve got Virginia coming in. Yes, in-state and all of that stuff. We’ve got another opportunity to play another really good opponent. We’ve got a chance to play Virginia Tech basketball and fight and compete and adhere to the things that are important to us – and we did that by and large on both ends of the floor.”

Jayden Gardner’s 20 points led Virginia (17-4, 9-3), which saw its usually stingy defense struggle. Kihei Clark finished with 17 points for the Cavaliers, while Reece Beekman had 15. Armaan Franklin, who had scored in double figures in 10 straight games, had six.

The Cavaliers tied the game at 38 on Gardner’s basket with 15:09 remaining, but the Hokies outscored Virginia 17-7 over the next seven minutes and never looked back.

Mutts hit 7 of 11 from the floor and added eight assists and four rebounds. Grant Basile had 14 points and Hunter Cattoor scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Hokies.

“The heart was there, but to win in this setting against a team that’s playing good basketball, and Tech is, and they’ve got the players, you’ve got to be hard and smart,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “You can’t just be all hard. We were (hard and smart) for stretches, and they made us make some adjustments that helped a little bit, but they made the big shots.”

TIP-INS

Virginia: The Cavaliers suffered a rare poor outing on the defensive end, and it cost them. They led the ACC in scoring defense (60.2 ppg) going in, but allowed the Hokies to score 74 points and shoot 50.9% (27 of 53) from the floor. The Hokies became just the third team this season to shoot better than 50% against Virginia and scored 40 points in the paint.

“They run a lot of action, whether it’s dribble handoffs, fakes, they keep you on your toes, and it takes an incredible, and I think disciplined (effort) to keep them in front and keep them out of the paint,” Bennett said.

Virginia Tech: After losing eight of their previous 10 games, the Hokies needed a big win to help their thin NCAA Tournament resume. Registering 19 assists and turning the ball over just eight times were keys.

“Obviously, we keep up with stuff throughout the year, like `Oh, this would be a huge win on our resume,”‘ Pedulla said. “We do think about (the NCAA Tournament), and we obviously want to get there again. We know our team’s capable of it. We’re focused on it and we’re just trying to stack those wins on top of each other. I think this win definitely helps us.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Cavaliers were one-point underdogs going into the game, so they shouldn’t drop more than a few spots in Monday’s poll.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Hosts N.C. State on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech: Takes on Boston College in Blacksburg on Wednesday.