GAME OF THE DAY: Kansas State 63, No. 22 Baylor 61
Baylor led by as much as 14 points and by 12 with 12 minutes left, Kansas State used a 26-12 run to close the game and pick up a critical home win. Nino Williams scored 12 of his 18 points during that run, helping the Wildcats hold off Baylor despite making a couple of head-scratching decisions in the final 10 seconds. First, Thomas Gipson tried to take a charge on Kenny Chery with KSU up by four points. He was called for a block and Chery was given an and-one. Then, on the ensuing inbounds, Wesley Iwundu floated a pass to Marcus Foster and it was very nearly stolen by Rico Gathers. Gipson missed a free throw with 4.7 seconds left, opening the door for the Bears, but Chery missed a layup at the buzzer.
This win was incredibly important for Kansas State. Thanks to an ugly start to their season, which included losses to Texas Southern and Long Beach State, the Wildcats have dug themselves a massive hole if they want to make the NCAA tournament. They’ll have a chance because of just how many quality wins are available in league play, but they cannot afford to lose a game at home. Kansas State is now 4-1 in Big 12 play, putting them in first place.
The Wildcats staked their claim as the best team in the Pac-12 without a blowout, statement win over the Utes. Our Raphielle Johnson was at the game and will be providing coverage here.
The Blue Devils came out and played much better after its two-game losing streak in a convincing win on the road against Louisville. Amile Jefferson came up big with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jahlil Okafor added 18 points and seven rebounds. The Cardinals were also awful from deep, as they went 4-for-25 in the game from 3-point range.
The Cyclones landed a huge win over the Jayhawks, finally ending the curse Kansas held over them.
Texas completely overwhelmed a West Virginia team known for using their press to do just that. The Longhorns were simply too big up front, getting 51 points and 24 boards combined from Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes and Myles Turner.
5. No. 12 Notre Dame 75, Miami 70
It looked like the Hurricanes might go in and steal one in South Bend after a win at Duke this week. But then Notre Dame big man Zach Auguste was ruled eligible before the game and the Irish caught fire in the second half. Jerian Grant had 23 points and eight assists to lead a balanced Notre Dame effort.
6. Iowa 76, Ohio State 67
Solid home effort from the Hawkeyes in this one as Aaron White had 22 points and seven rebounds and Adam Woodbury had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Iowa moves to 4-1 on the season in the Big Ten and this was a convincing home win. The Buckeyes had no help for D’Angelo Russell as he went for 27 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
1. Maryland’s Melo Trimble
Trimble scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half to help the Terps open up an insurmountable lead as they completed a sweep of Michigan State in their first season in the Big Ten.
Oh, and he did this:
2. Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield
Hield went 10-for-10 from the floor and hit four threes, finishing with 27 points, as the No. 18 Sooners pounded No. 24 Oklahoma State.
3. Kentucky’s offense
The Wildcats are back in dominating form, as they went into Alabama and blew out the Crimson Tide, 70-48. With all the talk about the way the Wildcats can defend this season, it’s worth noting that Kentucky just shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 8-for-17 from three in an SEC road game. If they’re going to do that, they’re not losing in league play.
4. Minnesota’s Andre Hollins
The Golden Gophers were 0-5 in the Big Ten and the guard dropped 31 points in Minnesota’s 89-80 win over Rutgers. Hollins was 7-for-10 from the 3-point line and gave the Golden Gophers a huge game when they really needed a win.
5. Georgetown’s Isaac Copeland
Copeland finished with 10 points, but he hit the game-winning three as Georgetown beat Butler in a thriller at the Verizon Center.
1. Louisville’s Chris Jones
Jones and his up-and-down play continued as he was 2-for-10 from the field and 1-for-7 from 3-point range in a loss to Duke. Jones only finished with five points and four assists and also had five turnovers.
2. Miami’s Angel Rodriguez
The point guard had a really disappointing outing as he went 1-for-10 from the field for four points and four assists in a loss to Notre Dame. The Hurricanes held a double-digit second-half lead and couldn’t hold on for the ACC road win.
3. UNLV’s Christian Wood
Wood had just two points and only took four shots as he was swallowed up by SDSU’s massive front line in a 53-47 loss.
4. The Arkansas press
The Razorbacks fell to 2-2 in the SEC after their second straight loss, falling to Ole Miss 96-82 on Saturday night. Ole Miss shot 71.4 percent from the floor in the first half, taking a 52-40 lead into the break, and only committed 11 turnovers against the Razorback pressure.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 2 Virginia remained unbeaten with a win over Boston College as Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points. The Cavs pulled away late after struggling for the first 30 minutes of the game.
- No. 3 Gonzaga put four players in double-figures as they coasted to a win over Loyola Marymount after jumping out to a 24-6 lead.
- It took longer than expected, but No. 5 Villanova finally put away Penn in a Big 5 rivalry game, winning 62-47.
- No. 13 Wichita State had to face the nation’s No. 3 field-goal percentage offense in Evansville on the road. The Shockers were up to the challenge as they held the Purple Aces to 30 percent shooting from the field.
- VCU earned a win over Duquesne on the road as the No. 17 Rams had 16 points from JeQuan Lewis.
- It took triple overtime, but No. 25 Wyoming survived Fresno State on the road, 70-65, in a battle for first place in the Mountain West.
- Donte Grantham had 16 points to lead Clemson, who handed Syracuse their first loss in ACC play this season. Rakeem Christmas finished with 21 points and 10 boards.
- Colorado’s season takes another hit as the Buffaloes drop a road game at Arizona State. It was the first Pac-12 win for the Sun Devils.
- Things may be crumbling around the SMU program, but that didn’t stop the Mustangs from blowing out East Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
- Keifer Sykes had 28 points for Green Bay as the Phoenix knocked off Detroit in a battle of Horizon League heavyweights.
- Tulsa maintained its perfect record (5-0) in the American as they beat South Florida, 75-58. James Woodard had 21 points and three assists.
- Cincinnati scored 55 points in the second half as a close game turned into a rout in an 84-53 win over Temple.
- Purdue beat Penn State in overtime as Flavor Flav watched.
- Cameron Wright and Jamel Artis both went for 20 as Pitt handed Georgia Tech their fifth straight loss in ACC play.
- Texas A&M’s defense clamped down and held LSU to 1-of-13 shooting to end the game as they won 67-64 on the road. It’s the Aggies first win at LSU as Danuel House had 18 points and the go-ahead step-back jumper in the game’s final minute.
- Chasson Randle had 23 points and five assists as Stanford won a non-conference game against UConn.
- Kris Dunn finished with 21 points, eight boards and seven assists as Providence improved to 4-2 in the Big East with a win at Creighton. The Bluejays are now 0-5 in the Big East post-Dougie McBuckets.
- In a battle of undefeated teams in the Southland, Stephen F. Austin came away with an 82-64 win over Abilene Christian as Thomas Walkup had 30 points, six rebounds and six assists.
- Is Northwestern is starting to figure things out? They lost Saturday at Michigan, but they missed an open layup that would have forced overtime. It’s their third straight loss that was in doubt in the final minute.
- Richmond absolutely beat down Davidson, 89-63, taking out their frustrations from Thursday’s double-overtime loss to George Washington.
- Remy Abell had 15 points and Myles Davis added 14 points as Xavier topped Marquette, 62-58, for a Big East home win.
- South Carolina fell to 1-3 in the SEC after they lost at Auburn.
- Dayton won its eighth straight game with a 61-45 win over Saint Louis. Kendall Pollard was 8-for-10 from the field for 20 overall points.
- N.C. State pulled away from Florida State late on the road as Trevor Lacey had 17 points and Kyle Washington added 15 points in the win.
- Maxie Esho scored 18 points to lead UMass to a win over Rhode Island.
- Saint Mary’s moved to 7-0 in WCC play with an 82-77 win over BYU. Brad Waldow finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the win sets up a showdown at No. 3 Gonzaga next Thursday.