GAME OF THE NIGHT: Dayton 72, No. 21 Vanderbilt 67
Vanderbilt was up 38-22 late in the first half before blowing the lead and, eventually, the game with a series of totally avoidable turnovers and missed layups. It was one of the sloppiest performances I’ve seen in a while, and it’s not going to be pleasant for that team to watch that tape in film tomorrow.
We’ve got a lot more on that game here.
No. 15 Providence 66, Boston College 51: Rodney Bullock scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as the Friars won despite not having Kris Dunn or Ben Bentil available for the final 20 minutes. Dunn was sick, which probably isn’t something that is going to last, but Bentil rolled his ankle and left the court on crutches after the game. Just how badly that ankle is injured will have a major impact on the Providence season, as Bentil is averaging 18 points and is one of the nation’s most improved players.
No. 5 Kentucky 88, Eastern Kentucky 67: It was closer than the final score would indicate, as the Wildcats never really got into a rhythm until the final five minutes or so. Skal Labissiere struggled again, but the good news was that Alex Poythress finished with 21 points and 13 boards while Marcus Lee added 11 points, eight boards and five blocks.
Jack Gibbs, Davidson: 37 points, six boards, six assists, 96-86 win over Eastern Washington. He’s the new Steph Curry.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue: The third-best big man on Purdue’s front line finished with 19 points, 12 boards and three assists as the Boilermakers steam-rolled Howard in West Lafayette.
Yogi Ferrel, Indiana: Ferrell scored a career-high 38 points, to go along with five boards and five assists, in a win over IPFW. The 38 points doubled as a record for any player in the Tom Crean era. Troy Williams added 15 points, 19 boards and five blocks, notable because, after the loss to Duke, Williams was ripped for his lack of ability to get on the glass.
Allonzo Trier, Arizona: Trier continues to make strides this season, following up a big performance at Gonzaga with 27 points in a home win over Fresno State.
Luke Petrasek, Columbia: Petrasek scored 26 points and hit the game-winning three with eight seconds left as Columbia knocked off Manhattan, 72-71.
Shavon Shields, Nebraska: Shields finished with just six points and five turnovers in 36 minutes as the Huskers lost by 16 to in-state rival Creighton.
Vitto Brown, Wisconsin: For the second time this season, the Badgers lost in the Kohl Center to a mid-major program. Brown finished an ugly 1-for-9 in the loss. So Wisconsin can beat Syracuse at Syracuse but they can’t beat Milwaukee or Western Illinois in Madison? What?
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- In a 78-35 win over UMES, No. 1 Michigan State got 11 points, 10 boards and six assists from Denzel Valentine. It’s like he’s not even trying to get triple-doubles anymore.
- Wayne Selden led six players in double-figures as No. 2 Kansas blew out Holy Cross, 92-59.
- Temple knocked off intra-city rival Penn, 77-73.
- Justin Edwards and Wesley Iwundu combined for 28 points, nine boards and eight assists in a win for Kansas State over Coppin State.
- Kendrick Nunn scored a career-high 28 points as Illinois outlasted Yale in Champaign.