SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Kansas get comeback wins

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Kansas 90, No. 20 Kentucky 84 (OT)

The Wildcats held an eight-point lead just over six minutes into the second half, but Kansas mounted a rally sparked by Wayne Selden Jr. The junior finished with a career-high 33 points as the Jayhawks won their 35th consecutive home game in spite of some bad foul shooting. And in that comeback, we were reminded of the key to Kansas’ Big 12 and national title hopes.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 1 Oklahoma 77, LSU 75: The Tigers missed out on a valuable opportunity for a major non-conference win, as Isaiah Cousins’ hit a 15-footer with 3.8 seconds remaining to give the Sooners the win. Buddy Hield scored 21 of his 32 in the second half for Oklahoma, strengthening his case for national Player of the Year honors. Tim Quarterman led LSU with 18 points and Ben Simmons added 14, nine and five assists, but their mistakes once up 14 opened the door for an Oklahoma comeback.

Florida 88, No. 9 West Virginia 71: The Gators picked up a quality non-conference win, as they jumped the Mountaineers from the start in Gainesville. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 24 points and KeVaughn Allen 19, and Florida finished the game with fewer turnovers (14) than the Mountaineers (17). West Virginia missed the suspended Jonathan Holton, but there’s no denying the fact that they were outplayed.

No. 11 Virginia 63, No. 16 Louisville 47: The Cavaliers picked up their second ACC road win of the season, limiting Louisville to a season-low 47 points. Anthony Gill and Malcolm Brogdon scored 13 points apiece to lead the way for the Cavaliers, who shot 57.8 percent from the field. And for a team that has struggled with slow starts this season, Saturday represents a step forward for Virginia.

No. 5 Texas A&M 72, No. 14 Iowa State 62: The Aggies outscored the Cyclones 16-4 over the final 4:03 to pick up the win in College Station, remaining undefeated at home as a result. Danuel House scored 20 points, Tyler Davis 15 and Jalen Jones 13 (and 14 rebounds) to lead the way for Texas A&M, which rebounded from a loss at Arkansas earlier in the week.

STARRED

Henry Ellenson, Marquette: The star freshman big man had his biggest game of the season, going for 32 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in an important Big East win for Marquette over Butler. Ellenson was 14-for-16 from the free-throw line and 8-for-14 from the floor and had a key steal in the game’s final minutes.

A.J. Hammons, Purdue: Hammons scored a career-high 32 points, shooting 14-for-17 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Boilermakers’ win over Nebraska.

Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas: A career-high 33 points on 12-for-20 shooting in the Jayhawks’ overtime win over No. 20 Kentucky.

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: Hield scored 32 points, with 21 of them coming in the second half, as the Sooners erased a 14-point second half deficit to beat LSU 77-75.

STRUGGLED

Trey Lewis and Damion Lee, Louisville: Everyone struggled for the Cardinals to be fair. But the grad transfers combined for ten points on 3-for-13 shooting and six turnovers in their loss to Virginia.

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt: Kornet shot 1-for-7 from the field, scoring five points, in the Commodores’ loss at Texas.

Cleon Roberts, La Salle: Roberts scored five points on 1-for-11 shooting from the field in a 59-44 loss at Dayton.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 2 North Carolina remained undefeated in the ACC with an 89-62 win over Boston College. Brice Johnson (17 points, 11 rebounds) posted another double-double and Joel Berry II and Marcus Paige combined to score 25 points as the Tar Heels shot 53.8 percent from the field.
  • Trevon Bluiett led five in double figures with 15 points as No. 7 Xavier beat DePaul, 86-65. The Musketeers received 42 points from their bench in the win.
  • No. 10 Providence picked up a road win, holding off Georgetown 73-69. Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil combined to score 52 points, tallying 26 apiece, with Bentil also grabbing nine rebounds. This is a tough loss for the Hoyas, who have a lot of work to do if they’re to reach the NCAA tournament.
  • No. 13 SMU took care of Memphis in Dallas, winning 80-68. Nic Moore led four Mustangs with 22 points while also dishing out three assists.
  • Cat Barber scored 30 points as NC State beat No. 15 Miami, 85-69. However the problem for Miami wasn’t their guard play, but rather how ineffective their big men were.
  • No. 17 Baylor scored 51 second-half points, erasing a three-point halftime deficit to beat Georgia 83-73. Rico Gathers Sr. led five Bears in double figures with 17 points while also grabbing nine rebounds.
  • Gabe York scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 18 Arizona rebounded from its loss Thursday night with an 80-63 win over Oregon State.
  • No. 19 Indiana made the plays it needed to make down the stretch as it survived a challenge from Minnesota, 74-68. Thomas Bryant shot 11-for-13 from the field, scoring 23 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds in the win.
  • No. 21 Purdue took advantage of a significant edge in the post in their 89-74 win over Nebraska. A.J. Hammons went for 32 and 11, and Isaac Haas added 13 points for the Boilermakers.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • To kick off the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Texas knocked off Vanderbilt at home as Kerwin Roach had 15 points.
  • Syracuse was able to hold off Georgia Tech for an ACC home win as Michael Gbinije had 16 points.
  • Zak Irvin had 20 points and Derrick Walton Jr. added 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Michigan beat Penn State in the Big Ten.
  • In the ACC, Florida State knocked off Clemson at home as freshman Dwayne Bacon had 21 points and six rebounds.
  • UAB moved to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in Conference USA play with a controversial 81-78 win at Marshall. The Blazers received 43 points off the bench from William Lee, Nick Norton and Dirk Williams.
  • Stony Brook moved to 8-0 in America East with a 72-61 win at Vermont. Jameel Warney went for 23 points and ten boards, and Ahmad Walker added 16, ten and five assists for the Seawolves.
  • USC remained undefeated at home with a 98-88 win over Washington. The Huskies’ loss means that No. 23 Oregon can claim sole possession of first in the Pac-12 with a win at Arizona State Sunday.
  • Stephen F. Austin, which had some struggles in non-conference play, is now 8-0 in the Southland after winning 66-61 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Thomas Walkup led the way with 17 points and six rebounds.
  • Wagner jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead on its way to a 73-63 win at Mount St. Mary’s. This result combined with Fairleigh Dickinson’s 88-85 win at LIU Brooklyn means that there’s a three-way tie atop the NEC (Wagner, FDU and The Mount are all 7-3).
  • North Florida moved to 7-0 in the Atlantic Sun with an 82-76 win over FGCU. Beau Beech went off for 27 points and eight rebounds for the Ospreys, who haven’t lost since December 30 at VCU.
  • Utah completed a home sweep of the Bay Area schools with a 96-74 win over Stanford. Jakob Poeltl scored 23 and grabbed seven caroms, leading five Runnin’ Utes in double figures.
  • New Mexico grabbed sole possession of second place in the Mountain West with an 88-83 win at Boise State. Elijah Brown scored 30 points and Tim Williams 21 for the Lobos, who are now 6-2 in the Mountain West.
  • Rhode Island scored just 19 first half points, and that hole proved to be too deep for the Rams to climb out of in their 64-55 loss to Saint Joseph’s. DeAndre Bembry and Isaiah Miles combined to score 32 of the Hawks’ points.
  • Monmouth remained in sole possession of first place in the MAAC with a 73-57 win over Saint Peter’s. Justin Robinson scored 18 points and Collin Stewart 17 for the 9-2 Hawks.
  • Gonzaga rolled to an 86-48 win over San Francisco, as Kyle Wiltjer, Domantas Sabonis and Silas Melson scored 15 points apiece.
  • Seton Hall went on the road and beat Creighton, 75-65. Isaiah Whitehead scored 22 points and dished out six assists for the Pirates, who like the Bluejays are in need of quality wins as they look to get to the NCAA tournament.
  • San Diego State maintained its two-game lead atop the Mountain West with a 67-52 win at UNLV, their seventh straight over the Runnin’ Rebels. Trey Kell led a balanced attack with 14 points, and the Aztecs limited UNLV to 36.7 percent shooting.
  • Grand Canyon’s 12-game win streak came to an end, as they lost 59-57 at home to Seattle. The Antelopes are now tied with New Mexico State atop the WAC, with the Aggies blowing out UT Rio Grande Valley Saturday night.
  • UCSB handed UC Irvine its first loss in Big West play, beating the Anteaters 76-60. Michael Bryson scored 18 for the Gauchos, who avenged a home loss to UC Irvine two weeks ago.
  • BYU avenged a loss at Pepperdine by beating the Waves 88-77 in Provo. In the win Kyle Collinsworth (24 points, ten rebounds) became the school’s all-time leading rebounder.
  • Calvin Hermanson scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds as Saint Mary’s hung on to win 68-65 at Pacific. The Gaels, now 9-1 in the WCC, remain atop the conference with Gonzaga at 9-2.
  • Even with UC Irvine’s loss they remain tied for first in the Big West in the loss column, as Long Beach State took care of Hawai’i 78-64 in Honolulu. Nick Faust went off for the 49ers, finishing with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.

UP NEXT

Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.

No. 18 Alabama beats No. 1 North Carolina 103-101 in 4 OTs

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 victory in a quadruple-overtime thriller on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who knocked off the top-ranked team for the first time since upsetting Stanford in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

“I was losing track of how many overtimes we were in there at the end,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said. “A lot of credit to our guys. I thought they showed a lot of character when we could have folded.”

Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Brandon Miller also scored 14 points.

Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Bacot contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds in the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history. The other was a victory over Tulane in 1976.

“At the end of the day, Alabama made one more play than we did,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said. “I walked in the locker room and a number of the guys had their head down and I told them to pick their head up. I’m just as disappointed (as the players) in terms of the final outcome, but I couldn’t be any more proud about the way they competed.”

Bediako gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good on a layup with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime.

The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semifinals, led by as much as eight in the second half before Alabama came back to tie it. The Crimson Tide retook the lead on a pair of free throws from Gurley with 2 minutes remaining, and later tied with another free throw from Sears with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

Alabama starting forward Noah Clowney took a hard fall on a dunk attempt four minutes into the first half and had to be helped off the court. He did not return.

The Crimson Tide were 16 for 38 (42.1%) from 3-point range, with Sears making seven.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels figure to take a deep drop in the Top 25 poll.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back nicely following their loss to No. 20 UConn in the semifinals, beating a top-ranked team in the regular season for the first time since a 66-64 victory over eventual national champion Arkansas on Jan. 8, 1994.

UP NEXT:

North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington to face No. 11 Indiana on Wednesday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide return home to face South Dakota State on Saturday.

Clingan lifts UConn past Iowa State for Phil Knight title

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday night.

Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson, Jr. each had 10 points.

Osun Osunniyi led Iowa State (5-1) with 14 points. Tamin Lipsey had 12 points and Jaren Holmes finished with 11.

“They were the more aggressive team,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “We wanted a physical game. We didn’t want a physical game with them getting the rebounds and then also us putting them on the foul line. Lesson that we’ve got to learn is we need to embrace being the aggressor at both ends of the floor at all times.”

The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (20) than the Cyclones had total rebounds (19), and capitalized on that disparity with 20 second-chance points.

“Those guys are tough,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “T.J.`s an excellent coach. They grind people up. To outrebound them, it just speaks to how tough we were.”

Clingan, who was named tournament MVP, scored eight points to help UConn to a 38-28 lead at the break.

Iowa State closed to 53-48 on Holmes’ 3-pointer midway through the second half. But Karaban made a 3 and a dunk, and Newton’s jumper made it 60-48 with 7:13 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better showing in Portland, winning all three of their games.

Iowa State: The Cyclones picked up nice wins over Villanova and top-ranked North Carolina in the earlier rounds but ended with their first loss of the season.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies return home to face Oklahoma State on Thursday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones return home to face North Dakota on Tuesday.

No. 3 UConn rallies past No. 9 Iowa to win Phil Knight

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Azzi Fudd scored 24 points to rally No. 3 UConn past No. 9 Iowa 86-79 Sunday in the championship game of the first Phil Knight Legacy women’s tournament.

“It really was difficult to play against these guys,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t think we felt really good about ourselves at halftime. I thought we came out in the third quarter and really took control of the game.”

Fudd had plenty of help, with Aaliyah Edwards (20 points, 13 rebounds) and three other Huskies (5-0) scoring in double-figures. Edwards was named MVP of the tournament.

Iowa (5-2) star Caitlin Clark had 25 points, and Kate Martin added 20.

Edwards got UConn off to a strong start, scoring 10 points while the Huskies built a 20-14 edge.

Clark and the Hawkeyes then surged with a 13-2 run to begin the second quarter and led 41-35 at halftime. Clark scored 17 points in the first half.

Martin hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter for a 52-41 lead, but UConn countered with 11 straight points and led 61-57 entering the fourth.

Iowa opened the final quarter with nine straight points for a 66-61 lead, but the Huskies countered and pulled away in the middle of the period, leading 79-70 after Carolina Ducharme’s 3-pointer with 3:42 left.

“Azzi Fudd really came to life in that third quarter,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I was really pleased with our first half. If it wasn’t for that third quarter, but yes, we play four. And we missed some shots in the fourth quarter that we usually make.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: Iowa dominated the battle of the 3-point line for much of the game. The Hawkeyes made 13 3-pointers to only eight for UConn.

UConn: Sunday was a tale of two halves for Fudd. Fudd started the game 1 for 8 from the field but was red-hot in the second half, going 9 for 11.

UP NEXT

Iowa: The Hawkeyes will host N.C. State on Thursday.

UConn: The Huskies will host Providence on Friday.

No. 22 Tennessee beats No. 3 Kansas 64-50 for Atlantis title

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Tennessee’s players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.

It was all enough to give the 22nd-ranked Volunteers a title of their own, along with the blueprint that coach Rick Barnes hopes they follow the rest of the year.

Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points while Tennessee locked down on third-ranked Kansas in a 64-50 win Friday night in the championship game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Jayhawks’ 17-game winning streak.

Vescovi hit five 3-pointers as the tournament’s most valuable player for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcame their own turnover troubles and made the Jayhawks work for clean looks. And for the third time in as many days, Tennessee won without leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James (knee soreness).

Perhaps that’s why reserve guard Zakai Zeigler, who had 14 points and four steals, showed up wearing sunglasses to the postgame news conference after the Volunteers had danced and hollered through the on-court trophy ceremony.

“We know if you can’t stop the man in front of you, then you’ll have no shot at winning the game,” Zeigler said, adding: “We just like to play defense, and we just happen to be good at it.”

The Vols held the Jayhawks to 32.1% shooting, bothering them with size and length around the rim. They also took the ball right at the Jayhawks with 5-foot-9 Zeigler leading the way, down to him refusing to let go of a jump ball and trading words with 6-8 forward Jalen Wilson.

Zeigler’s night included a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock at the 7-minute mark to push Tennessee’s lead to 56-38. He followed with another big one from the right wing with 4:42 left after Kansas had closed within 11.

Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6% in the first half and never warmed up. They made 5 of 21 3-pointers in what was an all-around rough night, from losing starting guard Dajuan Harris to fouls with 9 minutes left to failing to keep the Vols off the glass (45-27).

“We played a team tonight that was older and more mature and obviously played stronger and tougher,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We didn’t handle the situation near as well as what I would hope a poised team would.”

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers opened the tournament with a win over Butler, then grinded through an overtime win against Southern California in Thursday’s semifinals. This time, Tennessee played in front the entire way en route to its first title in three tries at the Atlantis resort.

“I think the main thing from the whole week was stay together through tough times, that’s what you’ve got to do,” Vescovi said.

Kansas: The Jayhawks didn’t have an easy first two days in the Bahamas. First came a battle to the final minutes with North Carolina State. Then came Thursday’s overtime win against Wisconsin on Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s last-second putback. But they never looked in any type of offensive flow this time with their smaller lineup.

“I feel like if we were able to get them out of place and not just have them standing there, waiting to contest a layup, that could’ve gave us some better chances at finishing at the rim,” Wilson said.

STRONG RUN

Tennessee held its three Atlantis opponents to 36.9% shooting and 15 of 59 (25.4%) from 3-point range. The Volunteers also averaged a +9 rebounding margin, ending with having Jonas Aidoo (nine) leading five players snagging at least six rebounds against Kansas.

“You can be a good defensive team but if you can’t be a great one if you give them second and third shots,” Barnes said.

SIDELINED

Beyond Harris’ foul trouble, the Jayhawks played most of the way without Pettiford, who exited midway through the first half grabbing at his right leg.

Afterward, Self said he would be out “for a while” with a hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: The Volunteers return home to host McNeese State on Wednesday.

Kansas: The Jayhawks host Texas Southern on Monday.