SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Utah, Texas, Miami earned wins over ranked teams

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No. 22 Utah 70, No. 9 Arizona 64: The Utes moved into second place in the PAC-12 with the huge home win over Arizona. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on Utah’s strong stretch of play.

No. 25 Texas 76, No. 3 Oklahoma 63: Texas ran past Oklahoma when the Sooners couldn’t find offense in the final five minutes. Buddy Hield had 33 points, but the Longhorns had five in double-figures led by Isaiah Taylor’s 18 points. I have more on this one here.

No. 12 Miami 73, No. 11 Louisville 65: Miami’s defense came up big in the late stages of this one as they held the Louisville offense to only one field goal in the last five minutes. I have more on why this one’s important for Miami’s ACC regular season hopes while Louisville might be truly playing for nothing now.

No. 20 Purdue 83, No. 10 Maryland 79: The Boilermakers lent their in-state rival Indiana a helping hand in the Big Ten race, as they beat Maryland by four in West Lafayette. CBT’s Raphielle Johnson has more on the Boilermakers’ rebounding effort, which was the difference in the game.

Vanderbilt 74, No. 16 Kentucky 62: The Commodores added a much-needed quality victory to its résumé, possibly punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament according to CBT’s Rob Dauster. Jamal Murray led Kentucky with 33 points to go along with nine rebounds.

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Michael Gbinije, Syracuse: In a game that the Orange couldn’t afford to lose, the senior scored 34 points and went 11-for-18 from the field and 8-for-13 from 3-point range in a win over N.C. State. Gbinije also had six assists, four rebounds and three blocks for the game.

Eric Fanning, Boston University: Fanning accounted for 25 points, 16 rebounds and three assists in the Terriers’ 83-68 win over Holy Cross.

Tim Kempton, Lehigh: 23 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in the Mountain Hawks’ 82-72 win at Army.

Joseph Chartouny, Fordham: Chartouny’s been one of the best freshmen in the Atlantic 10 this season, and he produced his best outing of the season in the Rams’ 91-82 win over Davidson. 24 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists.


San Diego State at the foul line: Leading by nine with 1:04 remaining, the Aztecs went 0-for-7 from the foul line in a game they wound up losing 66-63 to Boise State.

Michael Carrera, South Carolina: Carrera finished with six points, shooting 1-for-8 from the field, and eight rebounds in the Gamecocks’ loss at Mississippi State.

Steven Spieth, Brown: Spieth missed all eight of his shot attempts in Brown’s 61-52 home loss to Harvard.


  • No. 1 Villanova picked up a road win at Marquette in the Big East as Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart both had 19 points.
  • No. 2 Kansas had little trouble taking down Texas Tech at home for a Big 12 win. The victory gives the Jayhawks a share of their 12th consecutive regular season title. Svi Mykhailiuk had 17 points off the bench in the win.
  • No. 14 West Virginia took care of business on the road, beating Oklahoma State 70-56. Devin Williams finished the game with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Matt Thomas scored 20 points and Georges Niang added 17 as No. 17 Iowa State beat Kansas State 80-61 in Ames. The Cyclones were too much for the Wildcats offensively, as they averaged 1.27 points per possession.
  • No. 19 Baylor controlled the action from start to finish as they won 86-71 at TCU. Johnathan Motley and Taurean Prince scored 22 points apiece in the win.
  • No. 21 Texas A&M moved into a tie for first place in the SEC with an 84-69 win at Missouri. Jalen Jones led the way offensively with 20 points while also grabbing six rebounds.
  • Florida State kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive with a 77-56 beating of No. 23 Notre Dame. Dwayne Bacon scored 21 points and Jarquez Smith 14 for the Seminoles.


  • Butler beat Georgetown in overtime as Kellen Dunham had 29 points. The win was necessary for the Bulldogs’ at-large hopes.
  • Northwestern clobbered Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights remain winless in the Big Ten. Tre Demps had 24 points to pace the Wildcats.
  • In a battle of bubble teams in the Atlantic 10, VCU took down George Washington as Jonathan Williams had 17 points.
  • Rhode Island defeated Dayton on the road for an Atlantic 10 upset as Jared Terrell had 18 points and Four McGlynn ended up with 16 points.
  • Wichita State was a winner over Illinois State as Fred VanVleet and Anton Grady both scored 16 points.
  • Georgia earned a home SEC win over Ole Miss as J.J. Frazier had 26 points.
  • Mississippi State continues to be a tough out in the SEC as they earned a win over South Carolina. Gavin Ware had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.
  • Cincinnati picked up a road win in the American over East Carolina as Troy Caupain had 27 points.
  • Temple earned a close win over UCF at home as Obi Enechionyia had 18 points. The Owls move to 12-4 in the American.
  • Georgia Tech defeated Boston College in the ACC as Marcus Georges-Hunt had 23 points, five rebounds and three assists.
  • UAB is the outright Conference USA regular season champion, thanks to the combination of their 71-67 win over Western Kentucky and Marshall’s 83-74 loss at Middle Tennessee.
  • Northern Iowa picked up a road win at Evansville as Wes Washpun had 14 points. The Panthers will be a dangerous team in Arch Madness.
  • Tim Kempton went for 23 points and 18 rebounds as Lehigh locked up the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League tournament with a win over Army.
  • Jimmy Gavin had 31 points as Winthrop beat Campbell to finish tied atop the Big South with High Point. High Point, which beat Winthrop by two Thursday night, will be the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.
  • Hofstra wrapped up the top seed in the CAA tournament with a 72-63 win over Charleston. Joe Mihalich’s Pride closed the regular season with six straight wins.
  • Boise State went on a game-ending 12-0 run to beat San Diego State, 66-63. The loss ends SDSU’s streak of 164 straight wins in game they led with five minutes remaining.
  • Vermont won 76-62 at Stony Brook, sewing up the three seed in next week’s America East tournament. Stony Brook, as the top seed, will have home-court advantage for as long as they’re alive in the event.
  • Stephen F. Austin moved to 15-0 in the Southland with an 82-54 win over Houston Baptist. In two-plus seasons under Brad Underwood, SFA is 54-1 against conference foes (regular season & tournament).
  • Little Rock wrapped up the outright Sun Belt regular season title with a 73-68 win over Texas State. Chris Beard’s Trojans are 26-3, and they’ll be a dangerous team in the NCAA tournament if in the field.
  • Gonzaga held off BYU 71-68 in Provo to claim a share of the WCC regular season title. The Bulldogs finish tied with Saint Mary’s, which will be the top seed as a result of their sweep of the season series with Gonzaga.
  • Yale remained in first place in the Ivy League with a 76-71 overtime win over Dartmouth. The 11-1 Bulldogs are a half-game ahead of Princeton (10-1), with Columbia (9-3) now two games back.
  • Once again playing without Joel Bolomboy, Weber State beat Montana 60-54 in a matchup of the two best teams in the Big Sky. Randy Rahe’s Wildcats now have the head-to-head tiebreaker in the race for the top seed in the conference tournament.
  • Fresno State strengthened its grip on second place in the Mountain West with a 92-82 win at New Mexico. The win is the Bulldogs’ first over New Mexico at The Pit.
  • CSU Bakersfield beat Grand Canyon 77-62, with the result meaning that New Mexico State wins the outright WAC regular season title for a second straight season.

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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.