Saturday’s Snacks: No. 4 Duke rebounds to beat No. 2 Virginia, and No. 8 Notre Dame falls


GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Duke 69, No. 2 Virginia 63

It’s been a busy week for the Duke basketball program. First there was Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th career win on Sunday, followed by a loss at No. 8 Notre Dame on Wednesday and the dismissal of Rasheed Sulaimon on Thursday. Saturday night, the Blue Devils erased an 11-point second half deficit to hand the previously undefeated Cavaliers their first loss of the season. Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones made huge shots down the stretch, with Jones’ dagger of a three shutting the door with 9.9 seconds remaining. Jones scored 17 points, with Cook and Justise Winslow adding 15 apiece and Jahlil Okafor ten. Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 to lead the way for Virginia but it wasn’t enough, as Duke became the first team to shoot better than 50% against the Cavaliers this season. .

BUZZER-BEATER OF THE NIGHT: If you haven’t seen Trevor Lacey’s buzzer-beater to give N.C. State a road win at Georgia Tech, I suggest you check it out.


1. Pitt 76, No. 8 Notre Dame 72

Earlier this week, Pitt fell on the road to Virginia Tech and Notre Dame beat Duke. So, naturally, the No. 8 Fighting Irish lost to the Panthers on the road on Saturday as the ACC continued its crazy conference season. Notre Dame had a tough time getting stops in the second half and James Robinson’s go-ahead runner with 12 seconds left gave Pitt the huge win. Robinson had his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists while Jamel Artis chipped in 20 points and eight rebounds.

2. No. 10 Louisville 78, No. 13 North Carolina 68 (OT)

When the Tar Heels led by 18 with 17:51 left in regulation the game was in their favor, as Roy Williams’ team defended well and kept the Cardinals out of the open floor. But Rick Pitino’s team kept fighting, ramping things up on both ends of the floor and eventually forcing overtime. From there it was all Louisville, with Terry Rozier rebounding from a slow start to score 22 points and grab ten rebounds with Montrezl Harrell adding 22 points of his own along with 15 rebounds. Marcus Paige, who left the game in the second half after rolling his ankle (he did return), scored 15 to lead the way for UNC but their foul shooting (11-for-20; minus-16 in points from the foul line) opened the door for a Louisville comeback.

3. No. 1 Kentucky 70, Alabama 55

With Virginia losing there’s just one undefeated team left in college basketball, with that team being the Kentucky Wildcats. UK took care of Alabama in Lexington, with Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns leading four double digit scorers with 12 points apiece. The Crimson Tide shot 4-for-16 from three and finished the game with four assists and 13 turnovers. If there’s a negative to take from this game for Kentucky it would be rebounding, as Alabama posted an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9%. Kentucky’s Trey Lyles missed the game due to illness.


1. Saint Joseph’s Deandre Bembry

The Hawks trailed by 13 at the half against Davidson and made a major second-half rally for a nice home win in the Atlantic 10. Bembry was the catalyst, as he went for 21 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists.

2. Illinois’ Malcolm Hill

Hill drove and made a go-ahead layup with a little over four seconds left to give Illinois a Big Ten home win over Penn State. Hill scored 27 and picked up the slack as Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby were suspended before the game.

3. Drexel guard Damion Lee

Lee tallied 32 points on 10-for-14 shooting, 13 rebounds and three assists in the Dragons’ 85-76 win over UNCW.

4. USC Upstate’s Ty Greene

In USC Upstate’s 79-74 win at North Florida, Greene scored 39 points (13-for-19 FG, 8-for-11 3PT) to go along with four rebounds and three steals. UNF entered the game 6-0 in Atlantic Sun play.


1. Auburn’s Trayvon Reed

The freshman big man was ejected from the Tigers’ loss to Tennessee as he committed a silly technical foul after not lining up properly during a free throw. Reed only played three minutes and was also assessed a flagrant foul before being ejected. Reed on Saturday was like the basketball version of a hockey goon.

2. Creighton

Saturday was a bad day for the Bluejays, who lost 67-40 to Georgetown in Omaha. Greg McDermott’s team shot 20.8% (11-for-53) from the field.

3. Colorado’s Xavier Johnson

The junior forward had a tough go of it in the Buffaloes’ 72-59 loss at UCLA, going 0-for-7 from the field and failing to score.


  • Wisconsin earned a road win at Iowa as the No. 5 Badgers had 24 points and nine rebounds from Player of the Year candidate Frank Kaminsky.
  • Kansas jumped all over in-state rival Kansas State in the first half and never looked back as Perry Ellis had 16 points and 12 rebounds. The 9th-ranked Jayhawks moved to 7-1 in the Big 12 with the win.
  • It was tight for a half, but No. 15 Iowa State pulled away from TCU for an 83-66 home win. Georges Niang finished with 23 points and eight rebounds.
  • After only leading by six at the break, No. 17 West Virginia pulled away in the second half for an easy win over Texas Tech. Devin Williams led the Mountaineers with 18 points and eight rebounds.
  • No. 14 VCU suffered its first conference loss, 64-55 to Richmond, but the bigger loss was senior point guard Briante Weber. Weber will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee.
  • Defense was a big key for No. 21 Georgetown as they held Creighton without a field goal for 17 minutes in a road Big East win.
  • Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 18 Northern Iowa to a 70-54 win over No. 12 Wichita State. The two teams are now tied atop the Missouri Valley standings.
  • Kenny Chery accounted for 23 points, five assists and four rebounds, and Royce O’Neale added 20, eight rebounds and five assists as No. 20 Baylor rolled to an 83-60 win over No. 19 Texas.
  • No. 24 Oklahoma made things a bit more interesting than they needed to be down the stretch at Oklahoma State, but the Sooners managed to remain in front and win 64-56. Jordan Woodard led four starters in double figures with 17 points.
  • No. 3 Gonzaga took care of business at home, beat Memphis 82-64 with Przemek Karnowski scoring 17 to lead four players in double figures.


  • Tulsa moved to 9-0 in the American with an overtime win over feisty South Florida. Junior forward Rashad Smith led the Golden Hurricane with 21 points.
  • Florida escaped with a controversial win over Arkansas as Michael Frazier was fouled with 1.9 seconds left and made both free throws for the one-point win.
  • Sterling Gibbs netted 22 points as Seton Hall defeated Xavier for a Big East home win. In his first game back from injury, Isaiah Whitehead had 19 points.
  • Tennessee cheered the return of former head coach Bruce Pearl and then cheered even more when the Volunteers beat Pearl’s Auburn team 71-63. Armani Moore had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Tennessee.
  • St. John’s held off Providence at home as Sir’Dominic Pointer had 20 points, including a sweet buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half.
  • Temple held off Tulane for an American home win as Quenton DeCosey finished with a team-high 17 points.
  • A surprising win for Cleveland State over Green Bay in the Horizon League as Trey Lewis had 25 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Despite 25 points and 20 rebounds from Jordan Mickey, LSU lost on the road to Mississippi State.
  • Rhode Island is now in sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10 after beating George Washington, 59-55. The Rams may be young but they don’t lack for talent, led by sophomores Hassan Martin (15 points, ten rebounds) and E.C. Matthews (ten points, four rebounds) and freshman Jared Terrell (17 points, six steals).
  • Texas A&M is a team to keep an eye on with regards to at-large bids in the SEC. Billy Kennedy’s team has now won six straight, as they beat Vanderbilt 69-58 in College Station.
  • South Dakota State moved to 8-2 in the Summit League with a 69-39 win over Denver, limiting the Pioneers to 12-for-36 shooting with 16 turnovers.
  • Wyoming and San Diego State remain tied atop the Mountain West standings, with both winning comfortably at home. The Cowboys took out Nevada, with the Aztecs beating Utah State by 20.
  • Washington State beat Stanford 89-88 in Pullman, with DaVonte’ Lacy scoring 25 points and Josh Hawkinson posting another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Wazzu shot 55.3% from the field, and they won despite Chasson Randle scoring 33 points.
  • Murray State moved to 9-0 in OVC play with a 65-62 win over UT-Martin.
  • Stephen Austin is now 8-0 in Southland play after beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 61-51. Brad Underwood is the fifth-fastest head coach to 50 wins in Division I history.
  • Texas Southern moved into a tie for first place in the SWAC with an 80-65 win over Alabama State, which entered the game 7-0 in conference play.
  • In a matchup of two one-loss teams in Big Sky play, Sacramento State defended their home court in beating Montana 70-69 on a Dylan Garrity three with six seconds remaining. The Hornets are now 9-1 in Big Sky games.

No. 16 Xavier beats No. 17 Providence 85-83 in OT thriller

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CINCINNATI — Jack Nunge had 23 points and 14 rebounds as No. 16 Xavier held off No. 17 Providence 85-83 in an overtime thriller Wednesday night.

Colby Jones and Souley Boum each scored 20 for the Musketeers, who won a first-place showdown in the Big East without injured forward Zach Freemantle.

Noah Locke had 22 points and Ed Croswell added 21 for Providence (17-6, 9-3), which had beaten Xavier three straight times.

A layup by Boum put the Musketeers (18-5, 10-2) ahead 82-79 with 51 seconds remaining in overtime. A turnover by the Musketeers led to a layup by Devin Carter that cut Xavier’s lead to one with 24 seconds left.

Boum hit one of two free throws, and Jared Bynum’s 3-point attempt from the left corner rimmed out at the buzzer as the Musketeers held on.

Xavier played its first game without Freemantle, the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. He is expected to miss four weeks with a left foot injury, the same foot that required surgery in 2021.

Jerome Hunter, who has excelled off the bench for the Musketeers, made his first start of the season and scored nine points with eight rebounds. Xavier had used the same starting lineup in each of its previous 11 Big East games.

Things started well for the Musketeers. who went on a 12-1 run to build a 25-11 lead.

With Boum on the bench with two fouls, the Musketeers didn’t have a field goal in the final 4:18 of the first half and the Friars pulled to 39-35 at halftime.

Providence outscored Xavier 8-2 to start the second half and took its first lead, 43-41, with 17:41 left.

There was a frantic finish to the second half, with Adam Kunkel’s 3-pointer putting Xavier ahead 76-73 with 55 seconds left. But then Bynum banked in a tying 3 and Boum missed two long shots to send the game to overtime.


Providence: The Friars, who won their first Big East regular-season title last year, entered the night tied atop the conference standings with Xavier and No. 14 Marquette, which hosted Villanova later. Providence was picked fifth in the preseason.

Xavier: Hunter, who averages 14 minutes, left with three minutes remaining in OT with an apparent cramp in his right leg. With Freemantle out, Hunter played 36 minutes.


Providence: Hosts last-place Georgetown on Wednesday.

Xavier: Will host St. John’s on Saturday.

Florida upends No. 2 Tennessee 67-54 behind Colin Castleton

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Colin Castleton had 20 points and nine rebounds, Kyle Lofton added 14 points and Florida used a 13-0 run late in the second half to upend No. 2 Tennessee 67-54 on Wednesday night.

The Volunteers, playing with their highest ranking in four years, lost for the first time in five games. They had won nine of 10.

Tennessee (18-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) looked like it had taken control midway through the second half. They outscored Florida by 10 points in the early going to take a six-point lead.

But the Gators (13-9, 6-3) stormed back behind Castleton, who scored 11 of 14 points as Florida rallied. The senior had a dunk, two free throws, a three-point play, a layup and a short jumper – essentially putting the team on his back down the stretch.

Myreon Jones and Will Richard chipped in nine points apiece for the Gators.

Zakai Ziegler led the Vols with 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Olivier Nkamhoua added 11 points and nine rebounds for the vistors, who also got 11 points and eight boards from Vescovi Santiago.

Florida led 27-21 at halftime, just the fifth time the Volunteers has trailed at the break this season. Tennessee rallied to win three of the previous four.

The Gators were red hot to start, making six of their first eight shots – including all three from 3-point range – while building a 17-4 advantage. But they quickly cooled against the nation’s best defense, missing nine of their next 11 as Tennessee made cut it to 22-21.

The Vols had it going coming out of the locker room, with Ziegler getting into the paint and making things happen. But it was short-lived – thanks mostly to Castleton.


Tennessee surely will drop a few spots in next week’s AP Top 25 college basketball poll.


Tennessee: The Volunteers gave up 10 points in the opening four minutes of the games, a rare sluggish start for the nation’s best defense. Tennessee had held four of its first eight SEC opponents scoreless at the first media timeout, roughly the first four minutes of games. It was a sign of things to come.

Florida: The Gators have been resilient much of the season, and this was arguably the most impressive comeback of the season for coach Todd Golden’s team. The Gators squandered a 13-point lead early and a six-point advantage in the second half. But they rallied when it mattered.


Football coach Billy Napier watched the game from a few rows behind Florida’s bench alongside his two sons and receiver Ricky Pearsall. Former Florida tennis star Ben Shelton, the NCAA singles champion in 2022, also was in attendance. So was former Gators and NFL quarterback Doug Johnson.


Tennessee hosts No. 25 Auburn and former coach Bruce Pearl on Saturday.

Florida plays at Kentucky on Saturday. The Gators have lost seven of eight in the series.

No. 8 Kansas avenges earlier loss to No. 7 Kansas State, 90-78

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jalen Wilson had 20 points, Kevin McCullar Jr. added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 8 Kansas avenged a loss to Kansas State just a couple of weeks ago with a 90-78 victory over the seventh-ranked Wildcats.

Dajuan Harris Jr. scored 18 for the Jayhawks (18-4, 6-3 Big 12), who built a 12-point halftime lead before coasting to their 17th straight home win over the Wildcats in the 10th matchup of top-10 teams in series history.

Kansas has rebounded nicely from a rare three-game skid that included the overtime loss to Kansas State, and made sure to avoid taking back-to-back losses in its storied home for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Markquis Nowell scored 23 points and Keyontae Johnson had 22 to lead the Wildcats (18-4, 6-3), who were trying for their first regular-season sweep of their biggest rival in four decades. Nae’Qwan Tomlin added 11 points and David N’Guessan had 10.

In their first meeting on Jan. 17, the Wildcats raced to a big early lead and controlled the game until late in the second half, when the Jayhawks forced overtime — only for Kansas State to win on Johnson’s alley-oop dunk.

It was the Jayhawks who controlled the rematch.

They used a 16-7 run in the first half that included a technical foul on Kansas State coach Jerome Tang to build a 32-19 lead. And when Johnson answered with eight straight points for the Wildcats, and the lead was eventually trimmed to four, the reigning national champs pulled away again down the stretch.

It was 37-32 when Wilson hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Zach Clemence added one of his own. And by the time Wilson made two foul shots with about 10 seconds left, Kansas had built a 49-37 lead that it took to the break.

The Wildcats briefly got within six in the second half before the Jayhawks stretched their lead to as many as 16.


Johnson had to sit with two fouls just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Only problem? The crew of John Higgins, Kip Kissinger and Marques Pettigrew gave one to the wrong player. By the time they corrected their mistake, the Wildcats’ leading scorer had unnecessarily ridden the bench for several minutes.


For the first time in more than 15 years, more Kansas students redeemed tickets than there was space available inside Allen Fieldhouse. The overflow had to watch the game on screens in the adjacent Horejsi Family Athletics Center, where the Jayhawks play volleyball games. Those students also got refunds and concessions vouchers.


Kansas State’s three losses in league play have been to ranked teams on the road: TCU, Iowa State and Kansas. And with a more forgiving second half to the Big 12 schedule, the Wildcats remain firmly in the conference title hunt.

Kansas got its mojo back with its win over Kentucky last weekend. This victory over another bunch of Wildcats was crucial because the road doesn’t get any easier for the Jayhawks, who are in the midst of three straight games against teams ranked 13th or better.


Kansas State returns home for another top-10 showdown Saturday against No. 10 Texas.

Kansas hits the road for the third time in four games against No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday.

BC beats No. 20 Clemson 62-54; Tigers fall into ACC tie

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BOSTON — Makai Ashton-Langford had two key driving baskets in the closing two minutes and finished with 15 points to help Boston College beat No. 20 Clemson 62-54 on Tuesday night.

Jaeden Zackery added 13 points for the Eagles (11-12, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC held Clemson to one field goal — and that came with 18 seconds left — in the final 13:16.

Hunter Tyson led Clemson (18-5, 10-2) with 22 points and Chase Hunter had 12. The Tigers fell into a first-place tie atop the ACC with No. 6 Virginia.

The Eagles used a 5-0 spurt — with T.J. Bickerstaff hitting a free throw and getting a driving layup — to pull ahead 50-45 with just over five minutes to play.

Clemson sliced it to 50-47 before Aston-Langford made his two big baskets. He followed that by making two free throws with 32 seconds left.

Trailing by 10 midway into the second half, the Tigers went on a 10-0 spree, tying it at 45 when RJ Godfrey hit both ends of a 1-and-1.

The Eagles had opened a double-digit lead twice in the opening six minutes of the second half, the later 45-35 on Prince Aligbe’s foul-line jumper with 14:12 to play.


Clemson: Off to a solid start in conference play, the Tigers were tested on the road for the second straight game after edging Florida State by a point on Saturday. It hasn’t been easy for them away from home with a 4-3 record and with three away matchups against North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia to go, they’ll need to get it straightened out of they’re going to won the ACC regular-season title.

Boston College: The Eagles proved when they play defense that they’re a tough out in coach Earl Grant’s second season. A little more offense could make them very dangerous for top ACC teams to play.


In the first half, Clemson’s man-to-man defense smothered the Eagles’ offense for the opening 10 minutes, holding them in single digits in scoring until just about the same time the student section finished filling up late, bringing some energy to a very quiet building.

BC’s players then responded, closing the half with a 22-4 spree that turned an 11-point deficit to a 30-23 halftime edge.


Both teams were missing key players. Guard Brevin Galloway, Clemson’s fourth leading scorer at 10.6 points per game, was sidelined with an abdominal injury. For BC, guard DeMarr Langford Jr., who logs big minutes at the point, was out with a knee injury.


Clemson: Hosts No. 23 Miami on Saturday.

Boston College: Hosts Syracuse on Saturday.

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Ohio State tumbles

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It was a rough week for Ohio State, which lost all three of its games and tumbled down the AP Top 25 as a result.

The previously unbeaten Buckeyes fell from second to 10th in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Monday after losing to Iowa and Indiana, two top 10 teams, as well as Purdue. Ohio State fell two games back in the Big Ten Conference standings.

South Carolina remained No. 1 for the 32nd consecutive week. The Gamecocks, who were again a unanimous choice from the 28-member national media panel, have the fourth-longest streak ever atop the poll. Only UConn (51 and 34 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer runs at No. 1.

Stanford moved back up to No. 2 in the poll and the Cardinal were followed by LSU, Indiana and UConn in the top five. LSU is the only other undefeated team in women’s basketball besides South Carolina, which visits UConn for a top-five showdown on Sunday.

Iowa jumped out four spots to sixth with Utah, Maryland and Notre Dame coming in ahead of Ohio State. The Hawkeyes started the season No. 4 in the poll.

The Fighting Irish split a pair of games last week against ranked opponents, routing Florida State before falling to N.C. State.

“There’s a lot of parity right now, which is great, great for the game,” Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey said. “The game is growing, which is what you want. But yeah, I mean, every night, especially the ACC, the ACC is the strongest league and, you know, we have just a tough stretch every night.”

One week after falling out of the rankings, Texas re-entered the poll at No. 24. The Longhorns routed then-No. 14 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last week. South Florida also came in at No. 25. Colorado and Illinois fell out of the poll.


No. 25 South Florida continued its streak of being ranked for at least one week every season since the Bulls entered the poll for the first time in 2015.

“For us not being in a so-called football five conference, that’s a huge accomplishment,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. His team has won 10 consecutive games and has 20 victories this season. The team’s four losses have all come against ranked opponents (Michigan, Villanova, Ohio State and N.C. State).

“This group has been fun to coach. We always play a great non(equals)conference schedule,” Fernandez said. “We won on the road at Texas, beat Alabama, beat Arkansas. We challenged ourselves in November and December.”


Cameron Brink carried Stanford to a win over Oregon with a triple-double that included 10 blocks. It was the first triple-double in NCAA Division I women’s basketball featuring double-digit blocks since Tamari Key did it for Tennessee in an overtime win against Texas on Nov. 21, 2021.

No. 20 Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson set the all-time NCAA women’s career record for 3-pointers when she hit her 498th in a loss to Iowa State on Saturday. Robertson has 503 entering this week. The all-time NCAA record, men or women, is held by Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy, who has 534 and counting.