GAME OF THE DAY: No. 1 Kentucky 89, Ole Miss 86 OT
Nobody in the country expected this game to be close, but the Wildcats were able to withstand for an overtime win over Ole Miss. The Rebels made 3-pointers (9-for-17), made free throws (19-for-22) and never wavered and gave Kentucky its biggest scare of the season. This was the first game of the season where Kentucky’s defense allowed more than 70 points and they gave up 86 in Rupp Arena. Aaron Harrison was 6-for-10 from the 3-point line to pace the Wildcats with 26 points, but this was a big wake-up call for Kentucky.
1. No. 23 Arkansas 79, Georgia 75
This was a really nice road win for the Razorbacks, as they were down double figures in the second half after being down by seven points at the half. Sophomore forward Bobby Portis stepped up and had a big outing for Arkansas as he finished with 21 points and five rebounds while Michael Qualls added 17 points. Alandise Harris was also 7-for-8 from the field for 15 points.
Daniel Ochefu was dominant in the paint once again — 13 points, 12 boards (six offensive), four assists and two blocks — and Darrun Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono made enough plays in the second half as Villanova pulled away from the Johnnies late. While the Wildcats landed an impressive bounce-back win after losing at Seton Hall over the weekend, the Johnnies lost their third straight game to open up Big East play. D’angelo Harrison had 25 points in the loss.
3. No. 22 Ohio State 74, Minnesota 72 OT
D’angelo Russell scored 25 of his 27 points in the first half for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota swarmed him defensively in the second half, erasing a 12-point deficit and forcing overtime. Ohio State’s Marc Loving made a number of big shots down the stretch — including the game-winner, seen below — but if Amir Williams hadn’t missed a layup at the end of regulation, this game never would have made it that far. Andre Hollins was 3-for-13 on Tuesday and is now just 6-for-32 from the floor in Big Ten play.
4. No. 17 Iowa State 63, Oklahoma State 61
Georges Niang struggled — 3-for-12 shooting, five turnovers — but Dustin Hogue made a number of big plays down the stretch as the Cyclones outlasted the Pokes in Ames. Hogue finished with 17 points and added an Hakim Warrick-esque block in the final seconds to seal the victory.
1. Brandon Goodwin, UCF
The night’s biggest hero is undoubtedly Goodwin as he went for 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a UCF overtime road win over Houston. Goodwin’s clutch shooting is the big reason why UCF won this game. His 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and his 3-pointer with three seconds left in overtime gave the Knights the one-point victory.
2. Kris Dunn, Providence
Dunn had 25 points, eight boards and six assists as Providence moved to 2-1 in the Big East with a 66-62 win at Butler. If Dunn ever gets his turnovers under control and learns to shoot … look out.
3. Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
An American East Player of the Year candidate, Warney had 25 points and 13 rebounds to pace Stony Brook in a road win at Columbia. Warney was an impressive 12-for-16 from the field.
1. Brandon Taylor, Penn State
The Nittany Lions could have used some offense for Taylor so that D.J. Newbill wouldn’t have to do all of the scoring against Michigan but he only finished 1-for-10 from the field for two points.
2. Boston College
The Eagles blew a 10 point lead in the final three minutes to lose to Pitt in overtime, 61-60.
3. Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s
Jordan was 0-for-6 from the floor with two turnovers and no assists in his first game back after leaving the team last week.
- Winston Shepard had 20 points and nine boards to lead San Diego State to a 56-42 win over New Mexico in a battle between Mountain West rivals.
- Michigan had to fight off a late Penn State rally to earn another much-needed Big Ten road win as Caris LeVert had 18 points to pace the Wolverines. Michigan had nice balance in the win as six different players knocked down a 3-pointer and Zak Irvin broke out of his shooting slump with a 6-for-9 performance and 17 points.
- UConn used nine different scorers to get past South Florida 58-44. Amida Brimah led the Huskies with 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
- James Siakam led four players in double figures, finishing with 14 points, 10 boards and two blocks, as Vandy beat Auburn in Bruce Pearl’s SEC opener.
- Ricky Tarrant had 15 points as Alabama landed a 65-44 win over Texas A&M.
- Central Michigan earned a nice MAC road win at Toledo as Rayshawn Simmons had 16 points. The Chippewas are now 11-1 on the season.
- Three Cincinnati starters finished in double figures, led by Octavius Ellis and Kevin Johnson’s 12 points each, in a 69-48 win over East Carolina.
- Georgetown only scored one field goal in 14-plus minutes until D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s field goal with just over a minute left as the Hoyas held off Marquette 65-59. Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 15 points.
- Florida State cruised past Virginia Tech as Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the Seminoles with 22 points.
- George Washington trailed Saint Louis by eight at the half but roared back for a 75-72 home A-10 win. Patricio Garino led the Colonials in points and rebounds with 18 points and six rebounds.