Saturday’s Snacks: No. 18 West Virginia, Georgetown win absolute thrillers

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 18 West Virginia 86, TCU 85 OT

The end of this game was absolutely bonkers. Combining overtime and regulation, it totaled four either game-tying or go-ahead shots, two horrid no-calls, one game-deciding foul and two game-winning foul shots, all in the last ten seconds.

All the requisite videos can be seen here.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT: Georgetown 95, Marquette 85 OT

Josh Smith finished with 18 points and 15 boards and Isaac Copeland continued his terrific play of late — adding 17 points, six boards, four assists and two steals off the bench — as the Hoyas went into Milwaukee and knocked off a feisty Marquette team. Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson combined for 52 points — hitting 11-for-16 from three — as the Golden Eagles came within an inch — literally — of winning this in regulation.

Down 81-79 in the waning seconds, Carlino hit a pull-up jumper with his left toe on the three-point line. Instead of winning the game, it forced overtime. And in the extra frame, the Hoyas were just too much.

Oh, and Derrick Wilson did this:


1. No. 11 Kansas 75, No. 17 Texas 62

Many doubted Kansas to win the Big 12, myself included, but the Jayhawks once again look like the conference’s favorite after a huge road win at Texas. Cliff Alexander had a nice outing with 15 points and nine rebounds and Perry Ellis did a nice job handling the length of Texas to score 14 points. Brannen Greene also stepped up with four 3-pointers and 14 points to give a big lift from the perimeter. The Jayhawk offense only turned the ball over three times and their defense held Texas to 3-for-18 shooting from 3-point range. Outside of Isaiah Taylor (23 points) and Johnathan Holmes (14 points), the Longhorns couldn’t find much additional offense.

2. Texas Tech 78, No. 9 Iowa State 73

For the second time this season, the Cyclones laid an egg against an overmatched opponent. ISU was down by as much as 19 in the first half, and while they valiantly fought back — Monte’ Morris missed a three with 10 seconds left that could have tied the game — the hole was just too big.

3. Purdue 67, No. 25 Iowa 63

A bad week for Iowa became even worse with a road loss at Purdue. Senior forward Aaron White missed much of the game with a “stinger” and Purdue had a big game from junior guard Rapheal Davis. Davis finished with 24 points and sophomore forward Basil Smotherman stepped up and had 13 points and six rebounds after only scoring one point in six previous Big Ten games this season. Junior guard Mike Gesell (18 points) did everything he could to keep Iowa in the game in the second half but the Hawkeyes didn’t have another double-figure scorer.

4. No. 21 Baylor 69, No. 19 Oklahoma 58

Scott Drew’s Bears picked up an important win in Waco, using a 10-0 run late in the second half to take care of Oklahoma. Lester Medford led four Bears in double figures with 17 points while also dishing out five assists, and forwards Rico Gathers (eight) and Taurean Waller-Prince (seven) combined to grab 15 of Baylor’s 35 rebounds. Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard scored 12 apiece for Oklahoma, but Hield shot 6-for-17 from the field (0-for-7 3PT) and as a team the Sooners shot 6-for-24 from beyond the arc.

5. Wyoming 63, New Mexico 62 OT

A couple of big mistakes by New Mexico’s star, Hugh Greenwood, hurt the Lobos on the road. First, he fouled Josh Adams while he was shooting a three with 10 seconds left up by three at the end of regulation. And then, up by one in overtime, he did this:

Credit Larry Nance Jr., who had the steal and the game-winning layup, for bouncing back from missing a would-be game-tying free throw.


1. Georgia’s J.J. Frazier

How about this for a stat line: 37 points, seven boards and three assists while shooting 12-for-14 from the floor and 7-for-7 from three. Oh, and Georgia won their fourth straight.

2. Kansas State’s Nino Williams

The senior continued a recent stretch of great play as he had 20 points and seven rebounds in a Wildcat win over Oklahoma State. Over his last three games, Williams is averaging 20 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as Kansas State is now 5-2 in Big 12 play.

3. Xavier’s Myles Davis

The 3-pointers weren’t falling for the sophomore guard, but Davis got it done in other ways as he scored 25 points and added eight rebounds in a big second-half comeback win for Xavier over DePaul.

4. Minnesota’s Andre Hollins

Hollins had 28 points and five assists as the Gophers picked up their second Big Ten win, knocking off Illinois 79-71.

5. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway

Petteway finished with 32 points, and Shavon Shields added 21, as the Huskers picked up a big win over Michigan State at home on #AveryStrong night.


1. South Carolina’s offense

In a home loss to No. 1 Kentucky, the Gamecock offense couldn’t do much of anything as they shot 22 percent (12-for-53) from the field and 30 percent (3-for-10) from 3-point range.

2. Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Gabe Olaseni

With Aaron White injured, Iowa’s two best players … combined to go 4-for-24 from the floor. That’s not going to get it done on the road in the Big Ten.

3. Harvard

The Crimson allowed Dartmouth to go on a 26-2 run in the second half to turn a 43-29 deficit into a 55-45 lead as the Big Green picked up a huge win in the Ivy race, beating Harvard at Harvard.

4. Missouri’s Wes Clark

Clark missed a pair of free throws with 3.3 seconds left that allowed Arkansas to escape a trip to Missouri with a win.


  • Marcus Paige had 19 points and Brice Johnson added 18 points and 14 boards as No. 15 North Carolina overcame a 35-point performance from Xavier Rathan-Mayes in beating Florida State, 78-74.
  • No. 6 Wisconsin managed to avoid the upset in Ann Arbor, beating Michigan 69-64 in overtime with Frank Kaminsky finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds. Derrick Walton Jr., who finished with 17 to lead Michigan, hit a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to force overtime.
  • No. 3 Gonzaga rolled to a 91-60 win over Pacific, and Mark Few’s team was incredibly good on offense. The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field, and seven players scored between nine and 13 points. Przemek Karnowski and Gary Bell Jr. scored 13 apiece.
  • Stanley Johnson finished with 18 points and Dusan Ristic added 12 points off the bench as No. 7 Arizona grinded out a 23 point win over Cal.


  • Angel Rodriguez was just 2-for-11 from the floor, but he finished with 12 points, eight assists and four steals as Miami went into the Carrier Dome and knocked off Syracuse.
  • Johnny Dee had 18 points as San Diego handed BYU a crushing loss to their NCAA tournament hopes, 77-74.
  • The hottest team in the SEC outside of Kentucky is Texas A&M. The Aggies have won four straight with a road win at Tennessee as Jalen Jones had 18 points.
  • Oregon shot 62.6 percent from the floor as they blew out UCLA at home, 82-64.
  • Josh Smith’s tip-in with .5 seconds remaining lifted Clemson over Wake Forest for a home ACC win.
  • Not to be outdone by Smith, Ohio senior Maurice Ndour had a two-handed dunk off of a full-court inbound pass to give Ohio a home win over Buffalo.
  • Penn State senior guard D.J. Newbill had 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting as the Nittany Lions finally notched a Big Ten win in a victory over Rutgers.
  • Tulsa trailed East Carolina at the half, but rallied to win and improve to 7-0 in the American. James Woodard led the Golden Hurricane with 17 points.
  • Drexel prevailed in a close win over College of Charleston as Damion Lee had 21 points for the Dragons.
  • UTEP dropped to 4-3 in Conference USA as Marshall won their first game in league play.
  • A Jordan Parks put-back with 11 seconds remaining gave North Carolina Central a 79-77 win over Coppin State, moving the Eagles to 7-0 in the MEAC.
  • LSU avoided a loss that would not have helped their NCAA tournament resume, winning 79-75 in overtime at Vanderbilt.
  • Also in the SEC, Florida dropped its third straight game as Jarvis Summers hit a pair of free throws to give Ole Miss the 72-71 win in Oxford.
  • J.J. Avila scored 29 points to lead Colorado State to a 79-73 win over San Diego State. If there’s a silver lining for the Aztecs it’t the play of freshman Malik Pope, who accounted for 22 points and seven rebounds. If Pope can use this game as a springboard, that would be huge for SDSU moving forward.

College basketball broadcaster Billy Packer dies at 82

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Packer, an Emmy award-winning college basketball broadcaster who covered 34 Final Fours for NBC and CBS, died Thursday. He was 82.

Packer’s son, Mark, told The Associated Press that his father had been hospitalized in Charlotte for the past three weeks and had several medical issues, and ultimately succumbed to kidney failure.

Packer’s broadcasting career coincided with the growth of college basketball. He worked as analyst or color commentator on every Final Four from 1975 to 2008. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993.

“He really enjoyed doing the Final Fours,” Mark Packer said. “He timed it right. Everything in life is about timing. The ability to get involved in something that, frankly, he was going to watch anyway, was a joy to him. And then college basketball just sort of took off with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and that became, I think, the catalyst for college basketball fans to just go crazy with March Madness.”

Packer played three seasons at Wake Forest, and helped lead the Demon Deacons to the Final Four in 1962, but it was his work as an analyst that brought him the most acclaim.

He joined NBC in 1974 and called his first Final Four in 1975. UCLA beat Kentucky in the title game that year in what was John Wooden’s final game as coach.

Packer was also part of the broadcast in 1979 with Dick Enberg and Al McGuire when Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Larry Bird’s Indiana State squad in the title game. That remains highest-rated game in basketball history with a 24.1 Nielsen rating, which is an estimated 35.1 million viewers.

Packer went to CBS in the fall of 1981, when the network acquired the rights to the NCAA Tournament. He remained the network’s main analyst until the 2008 Final Four.

In 1996 at CBS, Packer was involved in controversy when he used the term “tough monkey? to describe then-Georgetown star Allen Iverson during a game. Packer later said he “was not apologizing for what I said, because what I said has no implications in my mind whatsoever to do with Allen Iverson’s race.?

Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, said Packer was “synonymous with college basketball for more than three decades and set the standard of excellence as the voice of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

“He had a tremendous impact on the growth and popularity of the sport.” McManus said. “In true Billy fashion, he analyzed the game with his own unique style, perspective and opinions, yet always kept the focus on the game. As passionate as he was about basketball, at his heart Billy was a family man. He leaves part of his legacy at CBS Sports, across college basketball and, most importantly, as a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all.”

Packer was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale took to Twitter as word of Packer’s death spread. “So sad to learn of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a passion for college basketball,” Vitale tweeted. “My (prayers) go out to Billy’s son Mark & the entire Packer family. Always had great RESPECT for Billy & his partners Dick Enberg & Al McGuire-they were super. May Billy RIP.”

College basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted: “We fell in love (with) college basketball because of you. Your voice will remain in my head forever.”

Packer was viewed as a controversial figure during his broadcasting days, often drawing the ire of college basketball fans, particularly on North Carolina’s “Tobacco Road.”

“As a kid, I was a big NC State fan growing up, and I would watch a game and the next day I’d be like, `Boy you sure have it out for NC State, don’t you?’ And he would just laugh,” Mark Packer said.

The younger Packer, who is the host of ACC PM on the ACC Network, said it didn’t matter what school – most fans felt the same way about his father.

“He would cover North Carolina game and Tar Heels fans would be like, `you hate North Carolina,”‘ Mark Packer said. “Wake (Forest) fans would be like, `you hate us.’ And Billy just sort of got a kick out of that.”

Mark Packer said that while most fans will remember his father as a broadcaster, he’ll remember him even more for his business acumen. He said his father was a big real estate investor, and also owned a vape company, among other ventures.

“Billy was always a bit of a hustler – he was always looking for that next business deal,” Packer said.

Clemson starter Galloway will miss time after surgery

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson starter Brevin Galloway is expected to miss games for the 24th-ranked Tigers after having surgery on his groin area Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 Galloway has started 20 of 21 games after transferring from Boston College this past offseason.

Galloway posted on social media that he’d had the surgery. Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that Galloway had the operation.

Galloway said in his post he will be in uniform soon. He is not expected to play at Florida State on Saturday.

A fifth-year player, Galloway has averaged 10.6 points a game this season. He’s second on the Tigers with 55 assists and 18 steals.

The Tigers (17-4) lead the Atlantic Coast Conference at 9-1 in league play.

Clemson is already down two experienced players due to injury.

Point guard Chase Hunter, who started the team’s first 18 games, has missed the past three with a foot injury.

Guard Alex Hemenway, in his fourth season, has missed the past nine games with a foot injury. Hemenway was the team’s leading 3-point shooter (27 of 54) before getting hurt.

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”


The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.


Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.


The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.


Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.


Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.


The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.


Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.


Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.


Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.


Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.