GAME OF THE DAY: No. 10 Kansas 63, No. 13 Utah 60
The Jayhawks blew a 21-point second half lead, allowing the Utes to go on a 34-11 run to take a two-point before they regrouped, got a couple of stops and left Kansas City with a win.
We’ve touched on both of these teams recently. Bill Self has made it very clear that he’s no where near satisfied with his team right now, and considering that they’ve now beaten Utah, Michigan State, Florida and Georgetown (in DC), that’s a scary thought. As far as Utah is concerned, playing this tough non-conference schedule is going to be a major boost to them once we hit the heart of Pac-12 play.
Without junior wing Alex Poythress, Kentucky’s offense looked tremendous, as they shot 46 percent from the three-point line in an easy win. Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker each had 15 points to lead the Wildcats while Aaron Harrison added 14 points. Kentucky’s defense slowed down North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige in the first half, but Paige still finished with 14 points while Brice Johnson added 15 to pace the Tar Heels.
So this didn’t go all that well for the Wolverines. Michigan’s guards struggled to handle Arizona’s perimeter pressure and the Wildcat big men absolutely manhandled the John Beilein’s young bigs in the paint, which is a really bad combination of things to happen. Stanley Johnson looked like an all-american for the first time this season, finishing with 17 points, seven boards and three assists.
3. VCU 93, No. 23 Northern Iowa 87 (2OT): What a game this was.
Treveon Graham had 21 points — including a layup to force the first overtime and a huge three at the shot block buzzer in the second overtime to put VCU up four — as VCU picked up a win they desperately needed on Saturday night. Seth Tuttle, UNI’s best player, was pretty ineffective against the Rams, but Wes Washpun came off the bench to chip in with 27 points.
1. Tashawn Thomas, Oklahoma: In his best game as a Sooner, Thomas finished with 25 points and shot 9-for-12 from the floor as No. 16 Oklahoma rolled Tulsa.
2. Aaron Bright and Kerry Carter, St. Mary’s: Bright and Carter combined for 41 points on 15-for-27 shooting (8-for-15 on threes) as the Gaels managed to beat Creighton in Omaha in overtime, 71-67, despite getting just two field goals from superstar Brad Waldow.
3. Cam Payne, Murray State: The sophomore point guard finished with 32 points and eight assists as the Racers went into Evansville and knocked off the Purple Aces and a game-winning layup with 1.1 seconds left.
4. Dillon Brooks, Oregon: Brooks had 24 points as the Ducks landed a nice win over Illinois. He’s not the most well-known freshman in the Pac-12, but he’s one of the best.
1. The Memphis backcourt: Five Tiger guards combined to go 4-for-16 from the floor and finish with nine points, five assists and 12 turnovers in a 73-55 loss to an Oklahoma State team that just lost to Oklahoma by 26. This team is bad.
2. Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss: Summers finished just 2-for-14 from the floor and had no answer for T.J. Price, who went for 26 points, 10 boards and five assists, as Western Kentucky knocked off the Rebels in Oxford.
3. Cincinnati at the foul line: The Bearcats shot 12-for-24 from the foul line at Nebraska, and that proved to be the difference as they lost 56-55 in double overtime.
- Arkansas is who we thought they were. Bad on the road, good at home. They beat Dayton 69-55 today.
- Chasson Randle was 2-for-14 from the floor, but Anthony Brown had 17 points in a 49-43 win for Stanford over Denver.
- Jakeenan Gant made his debut for Missouri today. He finished with 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench, but Missouri got smacked around by Xavier, 74-58.
- Maryland struggled to make shots in the first half and trailed at halftime, but Melo Trimble finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Jake Layman added 17 in a 67-57 win over USC Upstate.
- No. 11 Wichita State went on a 15-3 run to seal a win at Detroit as Darius Carter finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Baker added 19 points. Juwan Howard Jr. had 27 in a losing effort for the Titans.
- A.J. English was just 1-for-11 from the floor, but David Laury had 30 points and 11 boards and Isaiah Williams had 27 points in a 91-84 win over Indiana State.
- Aaron Bowen had 16 points as Georgetown cruised past Radford, 76-49.
- Zach Auguste scored 26 points to lead No. 25 Notre Dame to a 83-63 win over Florida State in the ACC opener for both.
- Ohio State’s Sam Thompson had 15 points, five assists and five rebounds in a win over Morehead State. And did this.
- Another productive outing for LaDontae Henton, as the Providence senior forward had 19 points and five rebounds in a win over Stony Brook.
- Shaquielle McKissic had 22 points and 11 boards in an 81-74 win for Arizona State over Pepperdine.
- Freshman Riley LaChance scored a career-high 26 points to help lead Vanderbilt to an 81-71 win over Purdue in Nashville.
- California erased a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Princeton 67-57, and they limited the Tigers to 20 points in the second half. Tyrone Wallace led the way for the Golden Bears with 23 points and eight rebounds.
- Kyle Wiltjer and Byron Wesley combined to score 44 points to lead No. 9 Gonzaga to an 87-74 win at UCLA.