GAME OF THE NIGHT: Texas 84, No. 3 North Carolina 82
The Longhorns picked up the first big win of Shaka Smart’s tenure as head coach, with a Javan Felix jumper as time expired being the difference. Felix scored 25 points and Isaiah Taylor added 18 for Texas, which grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points. Marcus Paige, who became North Carolina’s all-time leader in made three-pointers, led the Tar Heels with 20 points.
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Marquette 57, Wisconsin 55: The Golden Eagles picked up a huge road win in a rivalry game as they held off Wisconsin’s late charge. Henry Ellenson had a nice effort for Marquette as the freshman big man had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Shooting 52 percent from the floor, Marquette held Wisconsin’s star duo of Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes to a combined 7-for-29 from the floor.
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No. 12 Xavier 65, No. 23 Cincinnati 55: Chris Mack’s Musketeers remained undefeated as they beat city rival Cincinnati at the Cintas Center. Myles Davis scored 17 points and Edmond Sumner added 11 for Xavier, which to this point in the season has put together one of the nation’s best résumés. Not only does Xavier have the look of a Big East title contender, but it may be time to discuss them nationally as well.
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Wichita State 67, No. 25 Utah 50: This is the Shockers that everyone figured we would see. Wichita State at full strength dismantled a good Utah team at home. Zach Brown scored 14 points and Markis McDuffie added 13 for the Shockers, who limited the Runnin’ Utes to 34 shot attempts (forcing 19 turnovers helps) and big man Jakob Poeltl to 11 points.
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Boise State 74, No. 24 Oregon 72: Boise State led by as much as 17 in the second half before hanging on to beat the Ducks at Taco Bell Arena. Anthony Drmic scored 19 points to lead the way for the Broncos, while Dylan Brooks (26 points) and Elgin Cook (22) combined to score 48 for the visitors.
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UCLA 71, No. 20 Gonzaga 66: For the second consecutive Saturday the Bulldogs lost at home to a Pac-12 opponent, as UCLA held on for the win. Isaac Hamilton led four Bruins in double figures with 20 points and reserve Jonah Bolden did a good job of defending Kyle Wiltjer after the All-America candidate got off to a hot start. Wiltjer scored 20 points and Domantas Sabonis 18 for Gonzaga, which once again felt the impact of the absence of the injured Przemek Karnowski.
Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech: It was a monster day for the senior guard as he poured in 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. The Bulldogs improved to 8-1 with a win over Louisiana-Lafayette and have won 36 straight home games.
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: The Sooners had 30 points and five steals from the senior as No. 7 Oklahoma defeated Oral Roberts.
Kahlil Felder, Oakland: Felder’s a talented point guard who flies under the radar nationally. In the Golden Grizzlies’ win at Toledo, Felder accounted for 34 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals.
JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State: The freshman guard for the Buckeyes didn’t have his best effort as he went 0-for-7 from the field with three turnovers in a loss. Lyle was scoreless and had one assist.
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky: The Wildcats picked up a double-digit win over Arizona State but the freshman was held scoreless and fouled out after going 0-for-2 from the field.
Corey Sanders, Rutgers: Tough day for the freshman point guard, as he scored five points on 2-for-12 shooting and committed four turnovers without an assist in an 83-49 loss at George Washington.
OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS
- No. 2 Kansas erased an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon State 82-67 in Kansas City. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 22 points and Frank Mason III added 18 and six assists for the Jayhawks. Tres Tinkle scored a career-high 20 for Oregon State.
- No. 5 Kentucky used a balanced effort to beat Arizona State as Jamal Murray had 17 points and Marcus Lee contributed 14.
- No. 11 Purdue had a big win over Youngstown State as A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan both had 15 points.
- No. 15 Providence is banged up and played without Kris Dunn while Ben Bentil came off the bench, but they beat Bryant after a slow start. Rodney Bullock had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win for the Friars.
- Kelan Martin had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Roosevelt Jones added 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as No. 18 Butler rallied to beat Tennessee.
- Louisville raced past Eastern Michigan as the No. 22 Cardinals were led by 16 points from Damion Lee.
- Cal had a tight win over Saint Mary’s as Ivan Rabb had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
- UConn, which has struggled with slow starts this season, scored on its first three possessions and beat Ohio State 75-55 in Storrs. Kevin Ollie’s team shot nearly 60 percent from the field, and Omar Calhoun led a balanced effort with 14 points.
- Michigan coasted past winless Delaware State as Caris LeVert had 15 points. Junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. once again sat out with injury.
- Reggie Upshaw scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Middle Tennessee beat Auburn 88-81 in overtime in Nashville. Kareem Canty’s three with 1.7 seconds remaining forced overtime, but the Tigers were unable to get over the hump.
- Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe as Brandon Taylor had 16 points and seven rebounds.
- Illinois defeated UIC at the United Center in Chicago as Malcolm Hill had 22 points.
- Georgetown raced past UNC Wilmington as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 29 points.
- It wasn’t pretty for Ole Miss on the road, but they outlasted Southeast Missouri State as Stefan Moody had 28 points.
- Nice win for Georgia State over Old Dominion as Jeff Thomas led with 18 points.
- Rashun Davis has now hit game-winning shots against two schools located in Washington, D.C. His 25-footer with one second remaining in double overtime gave Radford a 92-91 win at Howard. Last month, he led the Highlanders to a win at Georgetown.
- George Washington moved to 9-1 on the season with an 83-49 whipping of Rutgers in the nation’s capital. The Scarlet Knights were once again without Deshaun Freeman, and the Colonials used their 1-3-1 zone to harass Corey Sanders into a rough afternoon at the point (five points, zero assists, four turnovers).
- Chattanooga went to Dayton and ended the Flyers’ 26-game home win streak, winning 61-59. Greg Pryor led the Mocs offensively with 15 points, and Dayton shot 14-for-26 from the foul line.
- Jalen Jones went for 25 points and nine rebounds as Texas A&M beat Kansas State 78-66 in College Station. Wesley Iwundu scored 23 to lead K-State, which shot just 5-for-20 from three.
- Lavon Long led a balanced team effort with 19 points as Siena beat rival Albany 78-70. The Great Danes shot just 37.1 percent from the field, with Siena making nearly 53 percent of its shots.
- George King scored 23 points and Josh Scott accounted for 22 points and ten rebounds as Colorado beat BYU, 92-83. BYU shot just 9-for-29 from three, and senior guard Chase Fischer made just two of his fourteen field goal attempts.
- Patrick McCaw scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added seven steals as UNLV won 73-62 at UC Riverside. Taylor Johns led the home team with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
- New Mexico picked up a solid win at home, beating Northern Iowa 76-57. Elijah Brown scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tim Williams added 19 and six for the Lobos, who moved to 6-2 on the season.
- Washington took a Montana team that pushed No. 20 Gonzaga to the brink earlier this week out behind the woodshed, winning 92-62 in Seattle. Marquese Chriss led the way for the Huskies with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
- Little Rock remained undefeated with another road win, as they beat DePaul 66-44. Josh Hagins scored 18 points and Marcus Johnson 14 for the 8-0 Trojans.