SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Marquette hangs on, Texas beats No. 3 North Carolina

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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.

Raphielle Johnson has more about this game here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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.

Rob Dauster has more on this one here.

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.

More about this game can be read here.

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.

You can read more about this game here.

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.

You can read more about Boise State’s résumé-building win here.

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.

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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.

NOTABLE RESULTS

  • 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.

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.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

ROAD WARRIORS

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.

UP NEXT

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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

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.

UP NEXT

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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

UP NEXT

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.