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Sunday’s Snacks: Coach K makes history, No. 2 Virginia survives in Blacksburg

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 8 Notre Dame 81, NC State 78 (OT)

The Fighting Irish and Wolfpack produced a thriller in Raleigh, with Notre Dame coming back despite trailing by as many as 18 points. Mike Brey’s team didn’t shoot well in the first half, but Jerian Grant got going in the second stanza and his teammates followed suit. Grant finished the game with 25 points, but it was V.J. Beachem’s tip-in with 1.8 seconds remaining that forced overtime.

The Wolfpack committed two critical turnovers late in regulation, with the first ultimately leading to Beachem’s basket and the second nearly costing them the game (Grant missed a half-court shot as time expired). Trevor Lacey, whose three-pointer as time expired in overtime rimmed out, led five NC State players in double figures with 13 points.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 5 Duke 77, St. John’s 68

Mike Krzyzewski picked up his 1,000th win as a college head coach at Madison Square Garden, with his Blue Devils closing the game on a 22-4 run. Duke got better defensively when they went zone with just under nine minutes remaining, packing things in and adding Marshall Plumlee to the lineup. Guards Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones made key plays down the stretch on the offensive end as well, with Jones finishing with a game-high 22 points. Sir’Dominic Pointer led the Red Storm with 21, but they missed out on what could have been a season-changing win.

2. No. 2 Virginia 50, Virginia Tech 47

Buzz Williams’ Hokies led by ten, 43-33, with 10:34 remaining. From that point forward Virginia Tech scored just four points, with Adam Smith’s three-pointer as time expired missing the mark. Virginia looked out of sync for a significant portion of the game but got going at the right time, closing the game on a 17-4 “run” with Justin Anderson (12 points) scoring ten of the Cavaliers’ final 17 points. Tony Bennett’s team remains undefeated, and they’ll have all week to prepare for their game against Duke next Saturday in Charlottesville.

3. Ohio State 82, No. 23 Indiana 70

Entering Sunday’s game in Columbus, Thad Matta’s team had yet to pick up a win over a team in the Top 50 of either the RPI or Ken Pomeroy ratings. Thanks to the freshmen D’Angelo Russell and Jae’Sean Tate that’s no longer the case, as the Buckeyes took care of the Hoosiers. Russell went off for 22 points, ten assists and seven rebounds, and Tate added 20 points and five rebounds. Yogi Ferrell scored a game-high 26 for Indiana, but James Blackmon Jr. scored just nine points on 4-for-12 shooting and Ohio State shot better than 62 percent from the field.

STARRED

1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: 22 points (9-for-15 FG), ten assists and six rebounds in the Buckeyes’ win over No. 23 Indiana.

2. Ryan Boatright, UConn: The senior point guard scored a career-high 28 points (7-for-10 FG, 10-for-11 FT) to lead the Huskies to a 66-53 win over USF.

3. A.J. English and David Laury, Iona: Iona’s two senior stars played well in their 87-65 win over Niagara, with English accounting for 25 points and eight rebounds and Laury adding 24, eight rebounds, six assists and four blocks.

STRUGGLED

1. Marcus Posley, St. Bonaventure: One game after scoring 36 in an overtime win over Duquesne, Posley struggled in the Bonnies’ 53-48 loss at Rhode Island. Posley finished with six points on 3-for-12 shooting.

2. Daishon Knight, Illinois State: Knight shot 4-for-16 from the field, scoring nine points in the Redbirds’ 54-53 loss to No. 20 Northern Iowa.

3. Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington: Williams-Goss struggled in his matchup with Utah’s Delon Wright, tallying just eight points on 4-for-14 shooting and three assists in the 77-56 loss.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 14 Wichita State took care of business, beating Drake 74-40. Ron Baker scored 15 points and Tekele Cotton added ten for the Shockers, who are now 8-0 in the Missouri Valley.
  • No. 24 Seton Hall dropped its third straight, falling 77-57 at Butler. Andrew Chrabascz led four Bulldogs in double figures with 15 points, and as a team Chris Holtmann’s team shot 50 percent from the field.
  • A Nate Buss three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining gave No. 20 Northern Iowa a 54-53 win at Illinois State. The Panthers trailed by as a much as 12 in the second half, but Ben Jacobson’s decision to go zone helped UNI get the stops it needed to make the comeback.
  • No. 10 Louisville shot 65.2% from the field, putting together arguably its best offensive showing of the season in an 80-68 win at Pittsburgh. The Cardinals attempted just 12 three-pointers (making six) and scored 40 points in the paint.
  • No. 4 Villanova bounced back from its loss at Georgetown, beating Creighton 71-50 at The Pavilion. The Bluejays, who blew out Villanova in both meetings last season, drop to 0-8 in Big East play with the defeat.
  • No. 13 Maryland managed to steal one at home, coming back to beat Northwestern 68-67 on a Dez Wells put-back with 1.4 seconds remaining. Wells and Melo Trimble combined to score 19 of Maryland’s final 22 points in a game they trailed by as much as 14.
  • No. 12 Utah moved into a tie for first in the Pac-12, beating Washington 77-56 in Salt Lake City. Larry Krystkowiak’s Utes were hot from deep, shooting 11-for-18 on the night and Dakarai Tucker led them with a career-high 19 points off the bench.

NOTABLES

  • Hassan Martin accounted for ten points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in Rhode Island’s win over St. Bonaventure.
  • Manhattan bounced back from its loss at Quinnipiac to beat Monmouth 71-64 in Riverdale. The win keeps Steve Masiello’s team within contact of the leaders in what’s a highly competitive race in the MAAC.
  • Cincinnati moved to 5-2 in the American with a 56-46 win over UCF. The Bearcats limited the Knights to 32.7% shooting on the afternoon.
  • Vermont (6-1) remains a game behind Albany in America East thanks to its 61-50 win at UMass-Lowell. Stony Brook (5-2) also avoided falling further behind by winning 61-54 at Binghamton.
  • NJIT scored 48 second-half points in its 72-55 win at South Alabama, with Tim Coleman and Damon Lynn scoring 20 apiece to lead the way.
  • Iona remained in first place in the MAAC with an 87-64 win over Niagara at Madison Square Garden, with A.J. English scoring 25 points to lead the way.

Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Virginia remains undefeated, No. 23 Indiana outshoots No. 13 Maryland

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arkansas 93, Alabama 91 (OT)

Bobby Portis’ tip-in of a Rashad Madden missed shot at time expired was the difference in Fayetteville as Arkansas moved to 3-2 in the SEC. Michael Qualls led all scorers with 30 points and he also grabbed eight rebounds, and Justin Coleman scored all 22 of his points after halftime for the Crimson Tide. Portis’ game-winner was redemption in a sense, as he fouled Michael Kessens with four seconds remaining in regulation while Kessens was attempting a layup with Arkansas leading by three. Kessens completed the three-point play, which meant overtime.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 23 Indiana 89, No. 13 Maryland 70: Tom Crean’s Hoosiers continued their hot start to Big Ten play with a resounding victory over the Terrapins in Bloomington. While Maryland’s 10-for-20 night from three was solid, it wasn’t enough as the Hoosiers shot 15-for-22 from deep. Yogi Ferrell was responsible for seven of those makes, and he finished the night with 24 points and five assists, and freshman James Blackmon Jr. added 22 points in the win. Indiana, a team few expected much from before the season began, is now tied for first place in the Big Ten with Wisconsin. Jake Layman led the Terrapins with 13 points.

2. Providence 69, Xavier 66 (OT): The Friars led 60-51 with just under two minutes remaining, and thanks to a combination of baffling turnovers on their part and some solid plays by Xavier the game wound up in overtime. But a LaDontae Henton three-point play with 27.2 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Friars a lead they would not relinquish, winning a game that was important for both teams from a resume standpoint. Henton finished with 24 points and Kris Dunn added 20, ten rebounds and eight assists. Matt Stainbrook (17 points, ten rebounds) and Jalen Reynolds (14 and 13) both posted double-doubles for the Musketeers.

3. No. 3 Gonzaga 68, Saint Mary’s 47: In a matchup of two 7-0 teams, the Bulldogs took over in the second half to turn what was a competitive game into a rout. Gonzaga limited Saint Mary’s to 36 percent shooting from the field, and once the Bulldogs managed to slow down Brad Waldow (14 points, seven rebounds) the Gaels had nowhere else to turn offensively. Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and big men Kyle Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis combined for 30 points (Wiltjer- 12) and 31 rebounds (Sabonis- 13).

STARRED

1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: Russell led the way for the Buckeyes in their 69-67 win at Northwestern, accounting for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Oh, he also had one incredible bounce pass to Sam Thompson.

2. Kris Dunn, Providence: Dunn finished Providence’s 69-66 overtime win over Xavier two assists shy of a triple-double, as he tallied 20 points, ten rebounds and eight assists.

3. Jeromie Hill, UTSA: Hill made 13 of his 22 shots from the field, scoring 36 points to go along with eight rebounds in the Roadrunners’ 82-68 win at Marshall.

STRUGGLED 

1. Georgia Tech: No. 2 Virginia has now held three teams below 28 points in a game this season (Rutgers and Harvard are the others). Georgia Tech shot 24.5% from the field (0-for-12 3PT) in a 57-28 loss in Charlottesville.

2. Jordan Price, La Salle: The Explorers’ leading scorer struggled in a 59-47 loss at Rhode Island, scoring four points on 2-for-13 shooting from the field.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 8 Notre Dame took care of business in Blacksburg, beating Virginia Tech 85-60. Jerian Grant scored 18 to lead the way for the Fighting Irish.
  • No. 24 Seton Hall dropped one at home, falling to first-place DePaul 64-60 in Newark. The 5-2 start to Big East play is DePaul’s best since their first year in the conference (2005-06), and this is their first road win over a ranked opponent since 2005.
  • No. 7 Arizona fought off early foul trouble, coming back to win 89-82 at Stanford. Stanley Johnson led five Wildcats in double figures with 19 points, and Matt Korcheck gave them some good minutes in the second half. Chasson Randle scored 26 to lead the way for the Cardinal, but he shot 4-for-12 (12 points) in the second half with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson getting that defensive assignment for Arizona.

NOTABLES

  • UConn snapped a two-game losing streak with a 67-60 win over UCF. As he said he needed to earlier this week, Ryan Boatright led the way for the Huskies with 18 points.
  • John Kopriva scored 19 to lead five players in double figures as George Washington moved to 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 with a 79-59 win at Fordham.
  • North Florida and Lipscomb remain tied atop the Atlantic Sun standings with matching 4-0 records as both won on the road. UNF beat Northern Kentucky 74-66, and Lipscomb held off Jacksonville 80-77.
  • Chattanooga’s tied for first in the SoCon with Wofford thanks to their 86-64 win over VMI. Eric Robertson scored 18 off the bench for the Mocs.
  • Belmont scored 49 second-half points in their 72-67 win over UT-Martin, with Evan Bradds going for 22 and ten and Craig Bradshaw adding 21 points.
  • Sheldon McClellan scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds to help lead Miami to a 65-60 win over NC State. This happened in Coral Gables as well.
  • Joe O’Shea accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds as Bryant moved to 6-1 in NEC play with a 74-69 win over LIU-Brooklyn.
  • North Texas nearly allowed a 21-point halftime lead to slip away but they hung on in the end, beating Louisiana Tech 73-66 to give the Bulldogs their first loss in Conference USA play. Western Kentucky leads the conference at 6-0 after beating UTEP 71-66 in overtime.
  • Jordan Gregory hit seven three-pointers and scored 31 points as Montana moved to 5-1 in Big Sky play with a 64-57 win over Northern Arizona.
  • In their first game without the injured Alan Williams, UCSB beat UC Riverside 83-75 with John Green leading four double-digit scorers with 21 points. Williams will miss at least the next two weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in practice Tuesday.
  • The Big West race got a little tighter Thursday night, as Hawaii handed UC Davis its first conference loss by the final score of 84-76. The Aggies entered the game with a 4-0 league record.

Wednesday’s Snacks: No. 15 North Carolina wins, and Michigan State rebounds

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: New Mexico 71, UNLV 69

A key strip by Arthur Edwards in the final seconds preserved a two-point win for the Lobos, who were led by a 22-point performance from senior guard Hugh Greenwood. Greenwood made six of his nine attempts from three, and down the stretch Deshawn Delaney got into the act with some timely drives to the basket. As for UNLV, Christian Wood scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds but their 13 turnovers were converted into 18 points by New Mexico. So while New Mexico remains part of the Mountain West conversation, the Runnin’ Rebels are now 1-5 in conference play with a team that people expected a lot more from before the season began.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 15 North Carolina 87, Wake Forest 71: Roy Williams’ Tar Heels used a balanced effort to take care of the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, with four starters scoring in double figures and a fifth (J.P. Tokoto) scoring eight points. Brice Johnson (19 points, six rebounds) and Kennedy Meeks (16 points, eight rebounds) both shot 8-for-11 from the field, and as a team North Carolina made more than 60 percent of its field goals. Codi Miller-McIntyre led all scorers with 20, but it’s tough to win when you shoot 40 percent from the field and give up 50 points in the paint.

2. Michigan State 66, Penn State 60: After falling at Maryland on Saturday, the Spartans needed to rebound Wednesday night with the Nittany Lions in town and they were able to do so despite a 27-point night from Penn State’s D.J. Newbill. Branden Dawson led five Spartans in double figures with 12 points, and he combined with Gavin Schilling to grab 17 rebounds. As a team Michigan State rebounded just over 40 percent of its misses, and outside of Newbill they managed to keep Penn State in check on the other end.

STARRED

1. Rico Gathers, Baylor: Sure, Huston-Tillotson wasn’t a top-level opponent. But in Baylor’s 81-61 victory Gathers scored 25 points and grabbed 28 rebounds. with Paul Millsap (2006) being the last Division I player to grab that many rebounds in a single game.

2. DeAndre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s: In the Hawks’ 62-56 win over UMass the sophomore accounted for 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks.

3. Omar Prewitt, William & Mary: Scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Tribe’s 84-80 loss at Delaware.

STRUGGLED

1. Maxie Esho, UMass: Esho shot 1-for-6 from the field, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three turnovers in 26 foul-plagued minutes in a 62-56 loss at Saint Joseph’s.

2. IPFW: The Mastodons committed 24 turnovers in their 82-53 loss at South Dakota State.

3. San Jose State: Tough night for the Spartans, who lost 86-36 at Boise State. Dave Wojcik’s team shot 25 percent from the field and finished with more turnovers (20) than made baskets (11).

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • In a matchup of 5-1 teams No. 20 Northern Iowa held off Indiana State 66-60 in Cedar Falls. Matt Bohannon led four starters in double figures with 17 points.
  • No. 14 Wichita State remained undefeated in the Missouri Valley with a 76-53 win at Missouri State. Ron Baker, Tekele Cotton and Fred Van Vleet scored 15 points apiece, and Darius Carter added 14 for the Shockers.
  • No. 12 Utah rebounded from its loss at Arizona with an 86-64 win over Washington State. Brandon Taylor (18 points, seven assists) and Delon Wright (17 points, eight assists) led the way, and the Utes converted 17 Cougar turnovers into 21 points.

NOTABLES

  • Tulsa moved to 6-0 in the American with a 73-55 win over Memphis. Shaquille Harrison led the way with 18 points, ten rebounds and six assists.
  • St. John’s picked up a much-needed home win, beating Marquette 60-57 despite Matt Carlino scoring 21 for the Golden Eagles. Sir-Dominic Pointer and Rysheed Jordan scored 15 apiece for the Red Storm.
  • Chris Hass scored 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field as Bucknell moved to 5-2 in the Patriot League with a 75-61 win at Loyola (MD). The Bison are tied atop the Patriot League with Colgate.
  • Denver closed the game on a 20-1 run as they beat Oral Roberts 73-66. Nate Engesser led the way with 18 points, and Marcus Byrd added 11 off the bench.
  • Illinois received solid performances from multiple players in their 66-57 win over Purdue. Malcolm Hill scored 18 points, Leron Black posted a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Nnanna Egwu accounted for 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
  • Rick Ray’s Mississippi State team snapped two streaks in their 78-71 win at Auburn. The Bulldogs had lost their last 22 road games, and there was also a streak of 19 straight losses in SEC road games.

Sunday’s Snacks: Indiana wins at Illinois, DePaul picks up fourth Big East win

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GAME OF THE DAY: Indiana 80, Illinois 74

There are four teams in the Big Ten with one conference loss, and one of them is Indiana. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers moved to 4-1 in conference play with a six-point win in Champaign, with Troy Williams (nine rebounds) and James Blackmon Jr. scoring 21 points apiece to lead the way offensively. Kendrick Nunn scored 24 and Ahmad Starks added 19 off the bench for the Fighting Illini, who have alternated wins and losses in the four games played since they lost leading scorer Rayvonte Rice to a broken left hand.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. DePaul 71, St. John’s 67 (OT): The last time the Blue Demons won at least four conference games: 2007-08, and DePaul began that season 4-2 in Big East play before finishing 6-12. Can this group finish in better fashion? That remains to be seen, but this current stretch is quite the turnaround for Oliver Purnell’s team considering how poorly they played at the Diamond Head Classic last month. Billy Garrett Jr. scored 13 of his 20 points from the foul line and Myke Henry added 19 in the win. As for the Red Storm, a season that looked so promising gets worse with this defeat, as they’re now 1-4 in conference play. And with D’Angelo Harrison dealing with a calf strain, he was essentially a decoy down the stretch Sunday. With their lack of depth, that’s a big concern for St. John’s moving forward.

2. No. 15 North Carolina 68, Virginia Tech 53: The Tar Heels did what they had to do in Chapel Hill, taking care of the undermanned Hokies to move to 4-1 in ACC play despite committing 17 turnovers. Justin Jackson, who scored a total of 21 points in the three game prior, accounted for 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the win. North Carolina dominated the glass against one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, rebounding 47.1% of their misses on the night. Adam Smith (11 points) and Shane Henry (ten) were Virginia Tech’s lone double-digit scorers, and as a team the Hokies shot just 9-for-24 inside of the arc.

3. Washington 85, Oregon 77: After getting off to an 0-3 start to conference play Washington needed to take care of business at home against the Oregon schools this weekend. Lorenzo Romar’s team completed the sweep with a win over the Ducks, erasing a ten-point halftime deficit with their two starting big men (Shawn Kemp Jr. and Robert Upshaw) being able to stay on the floor after dealing with foul trouble in the first half. Guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews combined to score 41 points, with Upshaw (13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks) being the anchor in the middle and freshman Donaven Dorsey (13 points, five rebounds) providing a much-needed spark off the bench. Dillon Brooks led Oregon with 16 points, but the Ducks shot just 39.5% from the field in the second half while Washington made 65.5% of its looks.

STARRED

1. C.J. Carter, Omaha: Carter’s Mavericks didn’t win, falling 89-84 to IUPUI, but he did his best to lead the way by scoring 45 points on 19-for-25 shooting from the field (7-for-8 3PT).

2. Ousmane Drame, Quinnipiac: Drame posted his 12th double-double of the season in the Bobcats’ 72-71 win at Marist, accounting for 21 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.

3. Derrick Marks and James Webb III, Boise State: Marks (31 points, five rebounds) and Webb (23 and seven) combined to score 54 of the Broncos’ 69 points in a ten-point win at New Mexico. Webb shot 7-for-7 from three on the night.

STRUGGLED

1. Aaron Cosby and Nnanna Egwu, Illinois: Cosby missed all five of his shot attempts in a loss to Indiana, going scoreless in 18 minutes of action. As for Egwu, he finished the game with no points and two rebounds before fouling out with just over two minutes left in the game.

2. Hugh Greenwood, New Mexico: Greenwood scored six points on 3-for-14 shooting in the Lobos’ 69-59 loss to Boise State.

3. Joseph Young, Oregon: Young found the going tough against Washington, making just three of his 12 field goal attempts and scoring eight points in the 85-77 loss.

NOTABLES

  • No. 23 Northern Iowa took care of business at home, beating Missouri State 60-46. The Panthers are tied for second in the Valley with Indiana State, one game behind Wichita State.
  • Canisius handed Iona its second MAAC loss, 78-74, dropping the Gaels into a tie for first with Monmouth and Rider. Kevin Baggett’s Broncs moved to 6-2 with an 82-79 overtime win at Manhattan.
  • Monmouth scored 51 second-half points in its 77-70 win over Fairfield, with Max DiLeo’s 19 points leading the way for a team that finished the game with four double-digit scorers.
  • A Chris Hooper put-back as time expired gave St. Francis-Brooklyn a 60-59 win at Saint Francis (PA), moving the Terriers into a tie for first in the NEC with Bryant (5-1).
  • Marcus Posley scored 23 points and Youssou Ndoye added 15, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks in St. Bonaventure’s 70-61 win over Saint Joseph’s.
  • Boise State accomplished two “firsts” in their 69-59 win at New Mexico: their first win this season when scoring fewer than 70 points in a game, and their first win at The Pit.

Sunday’s Snacks: Three Top 10 teams fall on the road

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GAME OF THE DAY: Rutgers 67, No. 4 Wisconsin 62

Even with the Badgers beginning the game without Frank Kaminsky, who had this happening? Myles Mack scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and Kadeem Jack added 20 as the Scarlet Knights knocked off Wisconsin in Piscataway. Rutgers shot 66.7% from the field and scored 44 points in the second half, and they also received solid contributions from the likes of Shaq Doorson and Greg Lewis. Nigel Hayes led Wisconsin with 15 points and ten rebounds, but Sam Dekker accounted for just four points and two rebounds as the Badgers’ eight-game win streak came to an end. Wisconsin also lost starting point guard Traevon Jackson in the second half to a right foot injury.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. NC State 87, No. 2 Duke 75

Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack picked up a win that will look awfully nice on their resume come March, as they beat the Blue Devils by 12 in Raleigh. The shift to Trevor Lacey at the point helped NC State get things going as the first half progressed, with starting PG Anthony Barber playing improved basketball in the second half, and BeeJay Anya performed well in the post throughout. Lacey scored 21 points, Anya 14 and Ralston Turner 16, leading the way for an NC State team that shot 55 percent from the field and 10-for-16 from three. Jahlil Okafor led Duke with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, but if there’s a concern in the aftermath of this defeat it has to be the way in which the Blue Devils defended (even with the Wolfpack looking as if they couldn’t miss at times).

2. Oregon State 58, No. 7 Arizona 56

When Wayne Tinkle took the Oregon State job, with the top five scorers from last year’s team all moving on, the general consensus was that the Beavers were likely to be in the running to finish dead last in the Pac-12. Well, the Beavers are now 11-4 (2-1 Pac-12) thanks to a Langston Morris-Walker layup with 26.9 seconds remaining. Oregon State shot 51.3% from the field, and with multiple looks managed to limit the Wildcats to 37.8% from the field and 4-for-17 from beyond the arc. With this result, Arizona’s streak of 29 straight weeks in the AP Top 10 is likely to come to an end on Monday. (Note: it didn’t.)

3. Nebraska 53, Illinois 43

After knocking off No. 11 Maryland on Wednesday the Fighting Illini found the going a lot tougher in Lincoln, where they shot just 27.3% from the field and 6-for-29 from beyond the arc. Terran Petteway scored 18 points and Shavon Shields added 11 for the Huskers, who shot significantly better from the field (42.9%) than Illinois and made the same number of three-pointers in 12 fewer attempts.

4. Syracuse 70, Florida State 57

The Orange moved to 3-0 in ACC play Sunday night with Trevor Cooney scoring 28 and Rakeem Christmas adding 14 and 11 boards, but just how important this result is will depend upon what is learned about freshman forward Chris McCullough right leg injury. McCullough suffered the injury with 11:51 remaining in the first half and did not return, with the school stating that he’ll be evaluated Monday. McCullough’s averaging 9.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, with the latter number being second-best on the team behind Christmas. If the freshman has to miss a significant amount of time, that would be a huge blow for a team that isn’t particularly deep inside.

STARRED

1. Trevor Lacey, NC State

Lacey made eight of his thirteen shots from the field, scoring 21 points in the Wolfpack’s 87-75 win over No. 2 Duke.

2. Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, Rutgers

Mack (21 points, 19 in the second half) and Jack (20 points, four rebounds) led the way for the Scarlet Knights in their 67-62 win over No. 4 Wisconsin.

3. Jarvis Williams, Murray State

25 points and 11 rebounds in the Racers’ 84-57 win at Jacksonville State.

4. Trevor Cooney, Syracuse

Cooney scored 28 points, shooting 7-for-11 from three, in Syracuse’s 70-57 win over Florida State.

STRUGGLED

1. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Dekker made just one of his six shots from the field, finishing with four points and two rebounds in the Badgers’ loss at Rutgers.

2. Malcolm Drumwright and JaQuail Townser, Jacksonville State

In the Gamecocks’ 84-57 loss to Murray State, the two guards combined for five points on 2-for-14 shooting.

3. Matt Jones and Tyus Jones, Duke

Matt and Tyus matched Drumwright and Townser’s shooting performance (2-for-14), scoring a combined nine points in the Blue Devils’ loss at NC State.

NOTABLES

  • Michigan State avoided what would have been a disappointing loss in the aftermath of their second-half performance at Iowa on Thursday, beating Northwestern 84-77 in overtime. Travis Trice led five Spartans in double figures with 18 points.
  • No. 15 Wichita State rebounded from a five-point halftime deficit to win 67-53 at Loyola (IL). Tekele Cotton (16 points) and Ron Baker (15) combined for 31 points, and Fred Van Vleet tallied 14 points, ten assists, six rebounds and three steals for the Shockers.
  • Trey Davis scored 14 points and Cady Lalanne added ten along with 14 rebounds in UMass’ 66-62 win at George Mason.
  • Marcus Gilbert played all 40 minutes in Fairfield’s 79-67 win at Siena, accounting for 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • SMU and Tulane both moved to 3-1 in the American, with the Mustangs winning 70-61 at UCF and the Green Wave holding off USF 56-51 in overtime.
  • Kendall Anthony scored 13 points and reserves Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and ShawnDre’ Jones combined for 21 points, 13 rebounds (11 by Nelson-Ododa) and eight assists (Jones- 5) in Richmond’s 60-41 win over St. Bonaventure.
  • Anthony Brown tallied 21 points, ten rebounds and eight assists and Rosco Allen added a career-high 18 as Stanford rebounded from its double-overtime loss to UCLA by winning 78-76 at USC.

Saturday’s Snacks: No. 18 North Carolina comes back to beat No. 5 Louisville, and No. 1 Kentucky survives

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 18 North Carolina 72, No. 5 Louisville 71

A Marcus Paige layup with eight seconds remaining was the difference for the Tar Heels, who bounced back from a tough loss to No. 13 Notre Dame on Monday. The shot capped an afternoon for Paige that included his leaving the game with a right ankle injury, only to return and help spark North Carolina’s comeback from a 12-point deficit in the final 8:23. Six Tar Heels scored at least eight points, with Kennedy Meeks leading the way with 13, and Terry Rozier paced the Cardinals with 25.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 1 Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 64 (2OT)

For the second consecutive game the Wildcats were taken to overtime by a conference opponent, this time outlasting the Aggies in College Station. Devin Booker scored 18 off the bench, which helped the Wildcats navigate a game in which starting guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison combined to shoot 5-for-30 from the field. Add in Dakari Johnson hitting some key free throws in double overtime, and Kentucky managed to remain undefeated. Danuel House led all scorers with 25 points, but off days from the foul line (16-for-30) and from three (2-for-15) kept A&M from winning the game in regulation and that came back to haunt them in the end.

2. No. 3 Virginia 62, No. 13 Notre Dame 56

Virginia moved to 15-0 on the season with a six-point win in South Bend, and a big reason for their success was Malcolm Brogdon’s defending of Jerian Grant. Grant finished the game with just six points, and as a team Notre Dame shot just 10-for-35 inside of the arc. Virginia was balanced offensively, with Darion Atkins (14 points), Brogdon (13) and Justin Anderson (11) all reaching double figures and freshman Marial Shayok adding seven off the bench. Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton led all scorers with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds.

3. Kansas State 66, No. 16 Oklahoma 63 (OT): A Marcus Foster three-pointer with just over four seconds remaining in overtime was the difference as the Wildcats won in Norman. Foster finished the game with 13 points, and Stephen Hurt led the way offensively with 15 to go along with seven rebounds. Buddy Hield scored a game-high 31 for Oklahoma, but 20 of those points came in the first half. Oklahoma shot just 39.7% from the field in the loss, with Kansas State making 47.6% of its field goals.

4. Indiana 69, No. 22 Ohio State 66

Playing some great defense for stretches of the second half and getting a big lift from Troy Williams, Indiana held off No. 22 Ohio State. Williams had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and James Blackmon Jr. had 18 points to lead the cold-shooting Hoosiers. Indiana was 4-for-18 from 3-point range but got a lift from two triples from Nick Zeisloft (eight points) and Ohio State was even worse (3-for-21). Four Buckeyes finished in double-figures led by Shannon Scott’s 16 points, but D’Angelo Russell (12 points) struggled to a 3-for-15 game shooting from the floor.

STARRED

1. Devin Thomas, Wake Forest

The junior had 17 points and 14 rebounds in the Demon Deacons’ win over Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds in three ACC games this season and two of those games came against Louisville and Duke.

2. J.J. Avila, Colorado State

In the Rams’ 92-87 win at Air Force the senior forward accounted for 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

3. Marvelle Harris, Fresno State

Harris scored 40 points in the Bulldogs’ 69-66 win at Nevada, shooting 14-for-23 from the field. His teammates combined to shoot 8-for-34.

4. Rico Gathers, Baylor

17 points and 18 rebounds (ten offensive) in Baylor’s 66-59 overtime win at TCU.

STRUGGLED

1. Pitt’s shooting

Pitt lost an ACC home contest to Clemson in a very bad loss for a mediocre team. The Panthers only committed three turnovers on the offensive end but shot 39 percent (21-for-53) from the field and 30 percent (4-for-13) from 3-point range.

2. Kentucky’s Harrison twins

The Wildcats won, beating Texas A&M 70-64 in double overtime, but they’re going to need more production from their starting guards than they received today (5-for-30 FG combined).

3. Jesse Morgan, Temple

With Will Cummings injured during the second half, the UMass transfer needed to step up if the Owls were to hang on against Tulsa. Morgan finished the game 1-for-17 from the field, and Tulsa was able to come back and win 63-56.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Melvin Johnson and Treveon Graham combined to score 39 points in No. 20 VCU’s 89-74 win over Saint Joseph’s.
  • No. 8 Villanova handed DePaul its first Big East loss Saturday, beating the Blue Demons 81-64 in Philadelphia.
  • Sterling Gibbs’ three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining was the difference as No. 19 Seton Hall won 68-67 at Creighton.
  • Jake Layman scored 14 points to help lead No. 11 Maryland to a 69-60 win at Purdue, bouncing back from a loss at Illinois on Wednesday.
  • Perry Ellis led a balanced effort with 15 points as No. 12 Kansas whipped Texas Tech, 86-54.
  • Rico Gathers scored 17 ponts and grabbed 18 rebounds in No. 21 Baylor’s 66-59 overtime win at TCU.
  • Bobby Portis accounted for 32 points and ten rebounds in No. 23 Arkansas’ 82-70 win over Vanderbilt.
  • No. 25 Old Dominion’s short stay in the Top 25 will likely come to an end Monday, as they fell 72-65 at Western Kentucky. George Fant led the Hilltoppers with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Oklahoma State handed No. 10 Texas its second straight Big 12 loss, 69-58, with Phil Forte IV scoring a game-high 20 points.
  • Przemek Karnowski scored 18 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures as No. 6 Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 79-57.
  • Abdel Nader scored 19 points off the bench as No. 17 Iowa State won 74-72 at No. 14 West Virginia.

NOTABLES

  • UConn’s now won five of its last six games, as they beat Cincinnati 62-56 in Hartford.
  • LaDontae Henton scored 19 points to help lead Providence to a 60-57 overtime win over Georgetown.
  • Kendall Knorr led four Navy starters in double figures with 17 points as the Midshipmen topped Army.
  • Vermont moved to 3-0 in America East play with a 71-57 win over Stony Brook, holding the Seawolves without a point over the final 4:09.
  • La Salle scored 19 of the game’s first 21 points in their 63-50 win over George Washington, and they held Kevin Larsen scoreless in doing so.
  • Tulsa moved to 3-0 in the American with a 63-56 win at Temple. This one turned when Temple senior guard Will Cummings went down with an injury during the second half, and the Golden Hurricane took advantage and erased an 11-point deficit.
  • Since starting the season 11-0 Washington’s lost four straight, the most recent of which being an 80-77 home loss to in-state rival Washington State. Ernie Kent’s Cougars are now 2-1 in Pac-12 play.
  • Northern Iowa beat Drake 64-40, limiting the Bulldogs to just 11 second-half points.
  • Incarnate Word and Northwestern State combined to score 204 points in their game, with the Demons winning 103-101. Incarnate Word’s Denzel Livingston scored 37 in a losing effort, with Jalan West (33 points) and Zikiteran Woodley (28) leading the way for Northwestern State.
  • Indiana State moved to 4-0 in Missouri Valley play with a 59-56 win at Southern Illinois.
  • Eli Carter scored 20 points in Florida’s 72-47 win over Mississippi State, and the Gators have now won 20 consecutive SEC regular season games.
  • Dayton’s now won six straight since they lost their two biggest players, with the Flyers winning 76-58 at Fordham.
  • Jordan Bell blocked eight shots in Oregon’s 59-56 win over Arizona State, establishing a new school record for blocks in a season with 56.
  • UC Davis moved to 12-3 on the season with a 73-67 overtime win over Long Beach State, their first over the 49ers since 2009. Corey Hawkins scored 28 and grabbed ten rebounds for the Aggies, with Mike Caffey countering with 29, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.