GAME OF THE DAY: Georgetown 66, No. 18 Florida 65 (OT)
A D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera jumper with 3.4 seconds remaining proved to be the difference in the final Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinal. Georgetown committed 19 turnovers, with their front court players being responsible for the majority of them, but they also shot 49 percent from the field while limiting Florida to 35.9% shooting. Eighteen offensive rebounds helped the Gators hang around throughout the evening, but they fell one stop short of a victory.
1. Butler 74, No. 5 North Carolina 66
The difference between the Bulldogs and Tar Heels can be found in the offensive rebounding numbers, as Butler grabbed 29 offensive boards on the afternoon. As a result interim head coach Chris Holtmann’s squad remains undefeated, and they’ll get another resume-building opportunity Thursday against Oklahoma. As for North Carolina, they’ll take on UCLA in a consolation bracket matchup.
2. No. 3 Arizona 61, No. 15 San Diego State 59
Arizona won the Maui Invitational for the second time Wednesday night, outlasting the Aztecs with foul shooting being one of the deciding factors. Sean Miller’s Wildcats made 20 of their 24 free throw attempts, outscoring San Diego State by seven points in that department as the Aztecs shot 13-for-24. Stanley Johnson, who was named tournament MVP, scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the victors.
3. Pittsburgh 70, Kansas State 47
After struggling mightily against No. 15 San Diego State Tuesday night Jamie Dixon’s Panthers rebounded in a big way, soundly defeating Kansas State to take home third place honors at the Maui Invitational. Pitt outscored Kansas State 40-20 in the second half, with James Robinson accounting for 14 points, six assists and four steals and Michael Young adding 13 points. Also of note was the job Chris Jones did defending Marcus Foster, who scored just seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. With their other Maui Invitational win being over Chaminade, Pitt picked up a win that could prove valuable as the season wears on.
1. G Schadrac Casimir (Iona)
Casimir went off the Gaels’ 126-76 beating of Delaware State, scoring 40 points and dishing out four assists in 28 minutes of action. Casimir shot 11-for-13 from the field (8-for-9 3PT) and 10-for-11 from the foul line.
2. G Jack Gibbs (Davidson)
Gibbs shot the ball incredibly well in the Wildcats’ 95-69 win at UCF, making 15 of his 17 field goal attempts (5-for-7 3PT) and scoring 37 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
3. F Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)
Wiltjer scored a career-high 32 points while also grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots in the Bulldogs’ 88-76 win over Georgia.
1. Cleveland State players other than Trey Lewis
Lewis scored 24 points on 9-for-20 shooting from the field. His teammates scored a combined nine points on 4-for-32 shooting. The Vikings lost to No. 6 Louisville 45-33, with Rick Pitino getting his 700th career win.
2. C.J. Washington (UAB)
The Blazers were fighting an uphill battle against No. 2 Wisconsin at the Battle 4 Atlantis in a game they would lose 72-43. Washington, who’s averaging 11.5 points per game, played just 17 minutes and finished with two points (0-for-4 FG) and four turnovers.
3. Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
Hollins finished Minnesota’s 70-61 loss to St. John’s with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting and seven turnovers.
- Iona scored 126 points in their 50-point win over Delaware State, and they shot 24-for-39 from three. To put that into context the record for made three-pointers in a game by a team is 28, and that team (Troy in 1994) needed 74 attempts to reach that mark.
- No. 10 Gonzaga took care of Georgia, 88-76, to earn a spot in Friday’s NIT Season Tipoff title game opposite St. John’s. Kyle Wiltjer scored 32 points and Kevin Pangos added 22 for the Bulldogs.
- Speaking of the Red Storm, a D’Angelo Harrison four-point play proved to be the turning point in their 70-61 win over Minnesota.
- Jahlil Okafor led four players in double figures with 24 points as No. 4 Duke beat Furman, 93-54.
- All five starters for no. 16 Ohio State reached double figures, with D’Angelo Russell leading the way with 22, in the Buckeyes’ 91-64 win over Campbell.
- Jevon Carter scored 28 points in 17 minutes off the bench as No. 21 West Virginia rolled to a 103-72 win over VMI.
- Buddy Hield scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half, going on a 10-0 run at one point, to lead Oklahoma to a 75-65 win over No. 22 UCLA.
- Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner combined to score 49 points in NC State’s 84-72 home win over Richmond.
- Fresno State, a team thought by many to be capable of contending in the Mountain West, dropped to 1-5 with a 68-64 loss to Marist. Chavaughn Lewis led the victorious Red Foxes with 28 points to go along with seven rebounds.
- Jabarie Hinds scored 14 points off the bench and starter Derrick Gordon added 13 as UMass beat previously undefeated Northeastern 79-54.
- An A.J. Hammons shot with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime gave Purdue an 87-85 overtime win over BYU. Matt Painter’s Boilermakers went 2-1 at the Maui Invitational.
- Lehigh shot 56.9% from the field and finished with four players scoring in double figures as they beat DePaul 86-74 in Chicago.
- Keifer Sykes scored 19 points and dished out five assists, but the biggest story in Green Bay’s 59-45 win over FGCU is that they limited the Eagles to 27.3% shooting from the field.
- Northern Iowa took care of business in Cancun, beating Northwestern 61-42 to move to 6-0 on the season.
- Oklahoma State’s also 6-0, as they beat Tulsa 73-58 in Las Vegas. The Cowboys have started 6-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1935-36.