Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Kentucky needs overtime to top Ole Miss, Arkansas gets a tough win at Georgia

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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.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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.

2. No. 8 Villanova 90, No. 24 St. John’s 72

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.

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.

Tulane secures 101-94 OT win over Cincinnati

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NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Cross and Jalen Cook scored 27 points each as Tulane took down Cincinnati 101-94 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Cross added 15 rebounds and six assists for the Green Wave (16-7, 9-3 American Athletic Conference). Cook added 14 assists. Jaylen Forbes scored 24 points and shot 6 for 15 (3 for 6 from 3-point range) and 9 of 9 from the free throw line.

Landers Nolley II finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Bearcats (16-9, 7-5). Ody Oguama added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Cincinnati. In addition, David Dejulius finished with 12 points, eight assists and three steals.

Tulane entered halftime down 37-28. Cross paced the team in scoring in the first half with 10 points. Forbes scored 18 second-half points and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Tulane scored seven unanswered points to break a tie and lead with 42 seconds left in overtime.

No. 16 Oklahoma women take 1st lead in OT, rally past Baylor

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WACO, Texas – Ana Llanusa and Skylar Vann each scored 20 points and No. 16 Oklahoma took its first lead of the game in overtime before rallying past Baylor 98-92 on Tuesday night.

The Sooners trailed for 39 minutes in regulation and were down 75-63 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Baylor turned it over twice on inbounds plays in the closing seconds of regulation and Taylor Robertson tied at 83-all on a wide-open 3-pointer with 14 seconds left.

Llanusa started overtime with a 3-pointer, and she finished with eight points during the extra session. Baylor never led in overtime, shooting 2 of 6.

Robertson, who tied Danielle Robinson’s program record of 140 starts, finished with 14 points and three 3s for Oklahoma (19-4, 9-3 Big 12), which trails Texas (18-6, 9-2) in the hunt for its first conference title since 2009. Nevaeh Tot added 13 points, Liz Scott added 11 points and eight rebounds and Madi Williams had nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Sooners, the nation’s No. 3 scoring offense at 86.5 points per game, have scored at least 88 points 14 times this season, seven in conference.

Caitlin Bickle scored a career-high 30 points with four 3s and Sarah Andrews added 20 points for Baylor (16-7, 7-4). Freshman Darianna Littlepage-Buggs had 14 points and 17 rebounds and Ja’Mee Asberry scored 11. Jaden Owens had 14 of Baylor’s 25 assists on 32 field goals.

Bickle was 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from distance, and Littlepage-Buggs recorded her sixth double-double in the last seven games.

It was the first time in 20 years the Sooners were ranked in game against an unranked Bears squad. Oklahoma continues its road trip at Kansas State on Sunday. Baylor plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Newton has triple-double, No. 21 UConn tops No. 10 Marquette

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HARTFORD, Conn. – UConn appears to have its mojo back.

Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and Tristen Newton recorded his second triple-double of the season as No. 21 Connecticut ran away from No. 10 Marquette 87-72 on Tuesday night.

Newton had 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (19-6, 8-6 Big East), who won their third straight game after losing six of eight. They started the season 14-0, rising to No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

“Teams go through tough stretches during the course of the season,” coach Dan Hurley said. “The bottom line is we’re 19-6. You know, we beat some of the best teams in the country.”

Adama Sanogo added 18 points, while Alex Karaban and Nahiem Alleyne each chipped in with 13 for Connecticut, which never trailed.

Tyler Kolek had 17 points to lead Marquette (19-6, 11-3), which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Ben Gold and Stevie Mitchell each scored 12.

The Huskies outrebounded Marquette 48-24 and used 21 offensive boards to help them get 27 second-chance points. The Huskies also had 20 assists on 31 baskets, while holding Marquette to just seven assists.

UConn opened the game on a 22-6 run, highlighted by a fast-break lob from Newton to Andre Jackson for a dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. The Huskies made their first four 3-point shots, three by Hawkins, who had 14 points in the first half.

A hook shot by Sanogo gave UConn its first 20-point lead at 32-12 .

A late first-half run by Marquette cut the margin to 43-29, but Alleyne hit a 3-pointer from almost half court to send UConn into the break with a 17-point cushion.

Another 3-pointer from Alleyne gave the Huskies a 59-38 lead in the second half.

UConn led by 25 before Marquette went on an 8-0 run to pull within 17. But the Golden Eagles never threatened to get back in the game.

“We won two or three games in January,” Hawkins said. “It was definitely a tough stretch, definitely going to shake your confidence. But you just have to stay the course, trust the process and that’s what we did and that’s what we’re going to continue to do during this last stretch.”

BIG PICTURE

Marquette: The Golden Eagles had won nine of 10. They are trying to win a regular-season conference title after being picked ninth in the preseason poll by the league’s coaches.

UConn: Entered 1-5 against the top five teams in the Big East and 1-3 versus ranked opponents. UConn lost 82-76 at Marquette on Jan. 11 after leading by 11 points in the first half.

“The rankings mean nothing,” Marquette coach Shaka Smart said. “It’s amazing the disparity – no disrespect to anyone here – between what the ranking means to media and fans in the middle of a season and what it means to players and coaches. It just doesn’t mean anything.”

BACK FROM INJURY

Marquette’s Sean Jones, who missed the previous three games with a wrist injury, had 11 points in just over 19 minutes. He came down hard on the wrist in the second half, but appeared to shake it off and continued playing.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

Newton’s first triple-double came in November against Buffalo, when he had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He joined Shabazz Napier as the only Huskies players to get more than one.

“My amigos right here, they were going crazy hitting shots,” Newton said. “They were boxing out and I was getting the rebound, so I just had the easy job, just get them the ball.”

UP NEXT

Marquette: At last-place Georgetown on Saturday.

UConn: Will visit No. 23 Creighton on Saturday.

Jackson-Davis leads No. 18 Indiana past No. 24 Rutgers 66-60

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The milestone moments keep piling up for Trayce Jackson-Davis.

Only one really mattered Tuesday night.

While he scored 20 points to become the sixth player in Hoosiers’ history with 2,000 and the first among that group with 1,000 career rebounds, the most satisfying celebration came after No. 18 Indiana beat No. 24 Rutgers 66-60 – Jackson-Davis’ first win in the series.

“I think that’s the last team in the Big Ten I hadn’t beaten,” Jackson-Davis said after finishing with 18 rebounds and six assists.

From the moment Jackson-Davis announced he would attend Indiana, the expectations were great even as critics contended the results were underwhelming.

Nobody’s complaining now. Jackson-Davis now has 2,004 points, 1,035 rebounds, a school-record 242 blocks and ranks fourth all-time with 44 double-doubles after breaking a tie with Steve Downing.

After helping the Hoosiers snap a five-year NCAA Tournament drought last season and falling out of the rankings after three straight January losses, Jackson-Davis has almost single-handedly led the Hoosiers (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) into a second-place tie by winning seven of eight.

And his dominance is starting to open things up for his teammate. Or perhaps it’s the other way around.

“I think we’ve gotten a lot better playing around Trayce, giving him space,” Miller Kopp said after scoring 18 points. “It comes down to getting better at what the coaches are asking us to do and we’re all feeling more comfortable with where our looks are coming from.”

It certainly showed against the Scarlet Knights (16-8, 8-5), who had won six straight over Indiana including a 15-point blowout in December.

This time, though, they spent most of the game playing catchup. Clifford Omoruyi had 15 points, Cam Spencer had 14 and nobody else made more than three baskets.

“It’s a one-possession game with three minutes left, but I look at the (free throw) disparity and you can’t defend the foul line,” coach Steve Pikiell said. “Give Indiana credit, they got there. Tracye Jackson-Davis was a problem.”

The Hoosiers started fast and then scored 12 straight points to take a 30-14 lead midway through the first half but even without injured starting forward Mawot Mag, Rutgers charged back. It closed the first half on an 11-2 run, then tied it at 38 when Spencer opened the second half with a 3-pointer.

Kopp broke the tie with his third 3 of the game to start an 11-0 run and Jackson-Davis’ monumental basket, a putback dunk off his own miss, made it 54-44 with 11:13 to go.

The Scarlet Knights could have tied it on Caleb McConnell’s 3 with 3:02 left, but it bounced off the back of the rim and the Hoosiers closed Jackson-Davis’ big win with a 7-2 spurt.

“He’s a man who’s done a lot since he’s been here,” said coach Mike Woodson, who is 57 points ahead of Jackson-Davis on the Hoosiers’ scoring list. “He’s a phenomenal player who does a lot of beautiful things on the court. To get 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds says a lot.”

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: Mag missed his first game with a torn ACL in his right knee and Rutgers struggled against Indiana’s size and speed. There could be similar challenges over the final eight regular-season games.

Indiana: Woodson’s team is playing, at times, like the conference’s preseason pick to win the league title. When the Hoosiers make perimeter shots and defend well, they’re a difficult matchup for anyone. They just need fewer lulls.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The victory should help solidify Indiana’s top-20 status – at least until it hits the road for their next two games. Losing Mag and Tuesday’s game may make Rutgers’ return to the rankings short-lived regardless of what happens later this week.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Visits Illinois on Saturday

Indiana: Heads to Michigan on Saturday.

Pitt moves into 1st-place ACC tie destroying Louisville

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PITTSBURGH – Nike Sibande scored 15 points off the bench, nine Pittsburgh players entered the scoring column and the Panthers demolished Louisville 91-57 on Tuesday night and moved into a first-place tie with Clemson in the ACC.

Entering play Tuesday, the top five teams in the ACC were separated by just a game in the standings. A win by No. 8 Virginia against No. 22 North Carolina State Tuesday would create a three-way tie for first between Clemson, Pitt and the Cavaliers.

Against Louisville, the Panthers (17-7, 10-3) distributed 23 assists on 28-made baskets. Defensively, Pitt held Louisville (3-21, 1-12) to 27.6% (16 for 58) shooting and outrebounded the Cardinals 37-30. Mike James scored 11 points for Louisville.

El Ellis made a pair of foul shots to bring Louisville into a 14-all tie with 13:36 before halftime. Pitt then went on a 16-2 run over nearly the next five minutes. Six-different Panthers scored during the run. Nate Santos’ 3-pointer with 9:38 before the break made it 27-16 and Pitt led by double digits the rest of the way. A 47-27 halftime lead turned into a 58-28 margin just 1:59 into the second half.

With the win, the Panthers reached double digits in conference wins for just the second time in 10 ACC seasons. Pitt went 11-7 in its first year in the ACC following its 12-6 campaign in its final year in the Big East in 2012-13.

Louisville will continue its road trip when it takes on No. 19 Miami on Saturday. Pitt travels to face Florida State on Saturday.