SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 2 Kansas, No. 5 Virginia win

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 19 West Virginia 87, Kansas State 83 (2OT)

If this game was any indicator of things to come, the Big 12 regular season is going to be ridiculous once again. The Mountaineers held on for the road win in the Octagon of Doom as Jaysean Paige had 25 points and seven rebounds. More on this one here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 2 Kansas 102, No. 23 Baylor 74: Two days before their showdown with No. 2 Oklahoma the Jayhawks made a major statement in their Big 12 opener, blowing out Baylor in Lawrence. The favorites to win the Big 12 (again), the Jayhawks showed why they’ll likely be the top team in the national rankings Monday.

No. 3 Oklahoma 87, No. 11 Iowa State 83: The Cyclones led for much of the game but were unable to hang on in Norman. Lon Kruger’s Sooners remain undefeated ahead of their showdown with Kansas Monday night, and they have a senior guard who struggled in their last game in Isaiah Cousins to thank for it.

No. 6 Xavier 88, No. 9 Butler 69: Convincing Big East home win for the Musketeers, who played without talented freshman Edmond Sumner. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on why this bounce-back win was so important for Xavier.

Texas Tech 82, Texas 74: Everyone keeps asking if Tubby Smith’s Red Raiders are for real and this was one of their better wins of the season. Texas Tech is now 11-1 as Devaugntah Williams had 23 points and was 13-for-13 from the free-throw line.

STARRED

Bucknell’s Chris Hass: Hass was incredible in the Bison’s win at Army-West Point, scoring 40 points. He scored 32 on 11-for-11 shooting from the field in the first half.

Wisconsin’s Zak Showalter: The Badgers defeated Rutgers for a Big Ten home win as the sophomore guard was 8-for-8 from the field for 21 points on the afternoon. Showalter was 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

LSU’s Ben Simmons: Simmons went off in the Tigers’ win at Vanderbilt, scoring 36 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

STRUGGLED

Texas players not named Isaiah Taylor: The Longhorns lost to Texas Tech as Taylor (35 points, six assists) didn’t get much help from his teammates. The rest of the Texas roster was 14-for-38 (36 percent) from the field and 2-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije: Gbinije struggled with the matchup with Miami’s Angel Rodriguez, shooting 3-for-14 from the field (ten points) and committing eight turnovers in the 64-51 loss.

Temple’s perimeter shooting: After performing well offensively in a win at No. 22 Cincinnati earlier in the week, the Owls struggled in a blowout loss to Houston. Temple shot 3-for-23 from beyond the arc on the day.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • No. 1 Michigan State rebounded from its loss at Iowa with a 69-61 win at Minnesota. Bryn Forbes scored 20 points to lead the way for the Spartans, who competed with greater intensity than they did Tuesday night.
  • Melo Trimble scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 72-59 win at Northwestern.
  • No. 5 Virginia began its quest for another finish atop the ACC regular season standings with a 77-66 win over Notre Dame in Charlottesville. Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and Anthony Gill 21 for Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers.
  • It was a tight game for about 35 minutes and then No. 7 North Carolina used some late runs to knock off Georgia Tech. Brice Johnson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and Joel Berry had 19 points and some key late buckets.
  • No. 10 Kentucky rolled past Ole Miss in its SEC opener 83-61. Tyler Ulis scored 20 points and Jamal Murray 18 for the 11-2 Wildcats.
  • Kris Dunn tallied 26 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as No. 12 Providence beat St. John’s 83-65. Ben Bentil added 20 points and nine rebounds.
  • JaQuan Newton hit two key three-pointers in the second half as No. 13 Miami beat Syracuse, 64-51. Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes offensively with 22 points on the afternoon.
  • Expect to see Iowa in the polls come Monday. After beating No. 1 Michigan State earlier in the week the Hawkeyes won at No. 14 Purdue, erasing a 17-point halftime deficit to win 70-63.
  • Brandon Ingram compiled 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one poster dunk as No. 15 Duke won 81-64 at Boston College. In total four Blue Devils scored in double figures.
  • No. 16 Villanova moved to 2-0 in Big East play with an 85-71 win at Creighton. Josh Hart scored 25 points and Daniel Ochefu added 19 and seven boards for the Wildcats.
  • No. 17 SMU moved to 13-0 with a comfortable home win over USF. The Mustangs did it without guard Keith Frazier, who missed the game for personal reasons.
  • Jalen Jones scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 20 Texas A&M to a 92-69 win over Arkansas in the SEC opener for both.
  • No. 22 Cincinnati rebounded from its home loss to Temple earlier in the week with a 76-57 win over Tulsa. All ten Bearcats who played in the game scored, with Farad Cobb (21 points) being the lone player in double figures.
  • No. 24 South Carolina moved to 13-0 on the season with a ten-point win over Memphis. Sindarius Thornwell led three in double figures with 18 points.

NOTABLE RESULTS

  • To begin the day, Seton Hall held off DePaul for a home Big East win as Isaiah Whitehead had 18 points, nine assists.
  • Playing without senior guard Caris LeVert, Michigan got hot in the first half and ran past Penn State. Mark Donnal had 16 points and eight rebounds to continue a strong recent stretch of play.
  • Houston moved to 2-0 in the American and 12-2 overall with a blowout road win at Temple. Rob Gray Jr. had 23 points and six assists in the win.
  • Clemson followed up its College Football Playoff win with a home basketball win over Florida State as Jordan Roper had 23 points.
  • Alabama, Clemson’s opponent in the College Football Playoff next week, also found success on the hardwood with an easy win over Norfolk State. Retin Obasohan had 23 points.
  • In the Bruce Pearl Bowl, Auburn outlasted Tennessee as Kareem Canty had 20 points.
  • Georgetown moved to 2-0 in Big East play with an 80-70 win over Marquette that wasn’t as close as the final margin would lead one to believe. Marcus Derrickson led the way with 16 points and six rebounds.
  • DeAndre Bembry hit a big shot in the game’s final minute to give Saint Joseph’s a close win at Richmond in the A-10 opener for two teams hoping to contend for the league title.
  • Also winning their A-10 openers were Dayton and Rhode Island, with the Flyers limiting Duquesne to 33.8 percent shooting and URI blowing out Saint Louis.
  • LSU won its SEC opener at Vanderbilt, beating the Commodores 90-82 in Nashville. Ben Simmons had 36 points and 14 rebounds.
  • In a matchup of the two teams expected to compete for the SWAC crown, Texas Southern blew out Southern 88-66.
  • UT-Arlington moved to 11-2 on the season with a 92-72 win over Georgia Southern. Scott Cross’ team scored 50 points in the second half to pull away at home, and Kevin Hervey finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Florida beat Georgia 77-63 in Gaineville, with KeVaughn leading five Gators in double figures with 18 points.
  • St. Bonaventure took care of Davidson, beating the Wildcats 97-85 in Olean. Jaylen Adams led five Bonnies in double figures with 30 points.
  • UConn held off Tulane in New Orleans, beating the Green Wave by a final score of 75-67. Rodney Purvis scored 20 points and Daniel Hamilton added 19 and nine rebounds.
  • Gonzaga came back from 17 down in the second half to win 102-94 at San Francisco. Domas Sabonis went for 35 and 14 rebounds and Kyle Wlitjer added 30 for the Bulldogs.

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.

No. 12 Iowa State holds on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76

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AMES, Iowa – Jaren Holmes matched his season high with 23 points as No. 12 Iowa State held on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76 on Tuesday night.

The Cyclones (15-4, 6-2 Big 12) moved into a three-way tie atop the conference standings with the Wildcats and Texas.

Gabe Kalscheur added 19 points for Iowa State. Osun Osunniyi finished with 16.

Markquis Nowell led Kansas State (17-3, 6-2) with 23 points.

A 3-pointer from Holmes gave Iowa State a 59-49 advantage with 8:12 remaining. Kansas State responded with a 10-1 run to trim the margin to 60-59.

Caleb Grill’s 3-pointer steadied the Cyclones and pushed the lead back to 63-59 with five minutes left.

Free throws by Osunniyi, Grill and Holmes sealed the victory in the final 24 seconds.

The first half featured eight lead changes and ended with Kansas State up 33-31.

A 3-pointer by Kalscheur ignited an early 9-0 run for the Cyclones and helped them build a 19-14 lead. Iowa State made just one of nine 3-point tries in the first 20 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State was trying to extend its best start to a season since 1961-62.

Iowa State improved to 11-0 at home. The Cyclones have not lost back-to-back games this season.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Florida on Saturday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Iowa State travels to Missouri on Saturday.

Georgetown snaps 29-game conference losing streak

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WASHINGTON – Primo Spears scored 21 points and Georgetown snapped a 29-game conference losing streak with an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.

Georgetown (6-15, 1-9) won its first Big East game since March 13, 2021, ending the longest skid in the history of the conference. The Hoyas also ended a 10-game losing streak this season.

Spears also contributed six assists for the Hoyas. Akok Akok scored 12 points and added six rebounds and four blocks and Brandon Murray recorded 12 points.

Umoja Gibson led the Blue Demons (9-12, 3-7) in scoring, finishing with 24 points, four assists and three steals. Javan Johnson added 13 points.

Spears scored nine points in the first half and Georgetown went into the break trailing 37-36. Georgetown used a 10-0 run in the second half to build a 12-point lead at 75-63 with 1:39 remaining.