GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 2 Oklahoma 70, No. 11 West Virginia 68
Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Jordan Woodard added 13 points as the Sooners knocked off upset-minded West Virginia to all-but guarantee that they’ll be the No. 1 team in the country come Monday morning. The game was won by Khadeem Lattin, who redeemed himself for missing that free throw at Kansas.
That said … were we the only ones that were more impressed by WVU in this game?
No. 5 North Carolina 67, NC State 55: The Wolfpack were competitive throughout, but North Carolina hit its stride offensively in the second half as the NC State battled foul trouble. Kennedy Meeks played well for the Tar Heels, scoring 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting. UNC managed to win despite Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson combining to score nine points, with the former tallying just three on 1-for-9 shooting.
No. 6 Villanova 55, Georgetown 50: Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono scored 15 points apiece, with Hart also grabbing 11 rebounds, to lead the Wildcats to their 21st consecutive win over Big East competition. Georgetown cut the Villanova lead to three in the second half but were unable to get any closer. The Hoyas shot just 32.7 percent from the field on the day.
Clemson 76, No. 8 Miami 65: The Tigers beat a ranked opponent for the third straight game, this time beating the Hurricanes by 11 in Greenville. Jaron Blossomgame scored 25 points, with Jordan Roper and Donte Grantham adding 18 and 14, respectively. So what’s been the key for Clemson during this streak of five straight wins? It all boils down to one word.
Notre Dame 95, No. 9 Duke 91: The Blue Devils struggled defending ball screens and taking care of the defensive glass against Notre Dame, and it caught up to them down the stretch in a back and forth affair at Cameron. Bonzie Colson came off the bench to score 31 points, a career-high, with Demetrius Jackson scoring 24 and Steve Vasturia 22. Luke Kennard led the Blue Devils with a career-high 30 and Brandon Ingram (25 points) and Grayson Allen (18) were also productive. But does Duke have the pieces needed to address their defensive issues?
Auburn 75, No. 14 Kentucky 70: Kareem Canty scored 26 points to lead the Tigers to a huge win over Kentucky. Here’s the question we need to be asking: Is it time to be worried about Kentucky?
Davidson’s Jack Gibbs: Gibbs passed the 40-point mark for the third time this season, scoring 43 in an 86-74 win over UMass. Gibbs also had eight rebounds and eight assists on the day.
Wyoming’s Josh Adams: Adams went for 38 points as Wyoming picked off New Mexico in Albuquerque, 70-68.
Washington’s Andrew Andrews: Andrews had 30 points and 12 assists as the Huskies knocked off Arizona State in Tempe.
Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon: The two combined to score 47 points on 19-for-23 shooting in the Terrapins’ win over Ohio State.
Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson: Colson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, eight on the offensive end, in a win at No. 9 Duke.
Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington: Carrington had 22 points off the bench as the Pirates knocked off No. 12 Providence on the road.
Kentucky’s bigs: Skal Labissiere, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee combined for 13 points, nine boards, eight fouls and just 48 minutes as No. 14 Kentucky lost at Auburn, 75-70.
Ohio State’s Marc Loving: Loving scored three points on 1-for-8 shooting in the Buckeyes’ 35-point loss at No. 3 Maryland.
Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre: Six points and four turnovers, shooting 1-for-7 from the field, in the Demon Deacons’ loss to Syracuse.
Miami’s Angel Rodriguez: Three points on 1-for-7 shooting in the Hurricanes’ loss at Clemson.
North Carolina’s Marcus Paige: Paige finished just 1-for-9 from the floor, but No. 5 North Carolina was able to hold off N.C. State.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- Cheick Diallo had nine points, nine boards and five blocks in 21 minutes as No. 1 Kansas avoided an upset against TCU, winning 70-63.
- No. 3 Maryland rebounded from its loss at Michigan in a big way, blowing out Ohio State 100-65 in College Park. Robert Carter Jr. scored 25 points and Rasheed Sulaimon 22 for the Terrapins, who shot 62.7 percent from the field. This was the worst loss of the Thad Matta era at Ohio State.
- Edmond Sumner returned for No. 7 Xavier, finishing with 15 points and five assists in 25 minutes off the bench in a 74-66 win over Marquette.
- No. 15 Texas A&M made an emphatic statement to the rest of the SEC in their 79-45 win at Georgia. Alex Caruso, Jalen Jones and Danuel House scored 12 points apiece for the Aggies, who limited Georgia to 28.3 percent shooting.
- Monte’ Morris had 19 points to lead five players in double-figures as No. 17 Iowa State tightened up defensively in a 76-63 win at Kansas State.
- No. 19 South Carolina rebounded from its first loss of the season with an 81-72 win over Missouri. Sindarius Thornwell led four Gamecocks in double figures with 22 points. Missouri’s Wes Clark racked up 26 points, six rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort.
- No. 20 Pittsburgh took care of business as expected, beating Boston College 84-61. Jamel Artis scored 22 points and Cameron Johnson 20 for the Panthers, while BC’s Eli Carter scored 31 to lead all scorers.
- Lester Medford hit a three-pointer as time expired to give No. 22 Baylor a 63-60 win at Texas Tech. Al Freeman scored 14 points and Terry Maston 12 for the Bears.
- No. 23 Butler rebounded from a slow start to beat St. John’s 78-58. Kellen Dunham scored 24 points and Kelan Martin 22, marking the first time both scored 14 points or more in the same game since December. Prior to the start of the game, the program honored the memory of former player Andrew Smith.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- Ben Simmons had 16 points and 18 boards but it was Craig Victor’s putback with 3.8 seconds left on the clock that game LSU a 78-76 win over Arkansas.
- Virginia Tech moved to 4-1 in the ACC with a 78-77 win at Georgia Tech. Zach LeDay scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hokies in the win.
- Temple’s been tough to figure out this season, but they picked up another quality win by beating Cincinnati 67-65 in double overtime. Quenton DeCosey scored 22 points and Devin Coleman 15 for the Owls.
- Derrick Jones had 22 points and 10 boards as UNLV improved to 2-0 with Todd Simon at the helm thanks to a 100-64 win over Air Force.
- Trevor Cooney scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half and Tyler Roberson added 16 and 13 boards as Syracuse rolled to an 83-55 win at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons shot 32.6 percent and committed 18 turnovers in the loss.
- Indiana took care of business on the road, beating Minnesota 70-63. Yogi Ferrell accounted for 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the win.
- Saint Joseph’s equaled its win total from last season, moving to 14-3 with an 80-55 win over Fordham. DeAndre Bembry finished with 26 points and 12 boards for the Hawks.
- VCU remained undefeated in Atlantic 10 play with a 94-89 overtime win over rival Richmond. JeQuan Lewis and Korey Billbury combined to score 49 points for Rams, who are now 5-0 in the A-10.
- UNCW picked up a 97-94 overtime win over William & Mary, with Denzel Ingram scoring 30 points and C.J. Bryce 20 for the Seahawks.
- Kay Felder scored 22 points and dished out nine assists as Oakland won at rival Detroit, 86-82. Paris Bass and Jaleel Hogan scored 20 apiece for the Titans.
- In a matchup of two expected Sun Belt contenders, Louisiana went to Atlanta and beat Georgia State 87-54. Shawn Long went for 23 points and 18 caroms and Kasey Shepherd added 19 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns.