SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Two more Top 10 teams lose

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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?

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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?

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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.

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.