There’s no better way to spend a Saturday in January than sitting down in front of a TV and watching some college basketball. Those who were lucky enough to do that yesterday were treated to some great games and some greater performances. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s action!
Notre Dame 95, #9 Duke 91
ND F Bonzie Colson – 31 pts, 11 reb
ND PG Demetrius Jackson – 24 pts, 10-16 FG, 4 ast
DUKE G Luke Kennard – 30 pts, 8 reb
DUKE F Brandon Ingram – 25 pts, 4-7 3PT
The Blue Devils struggled defensively yet again, as they lose their second straight game, this one at home. The Irish get a huge win for their tournament resume, behind a career game from Bonzie Colson.
Auburn 75, #14 Kentucky 70
AUB G Kareem Canty – 26 pts, 5-12 3PT
AUB F Tyler Harris – 21 pts, 11 reb
UK PG Tyler Ulis – 17 pts, 10 reb, 8 ast
Despite a near triple-double from Tyler Ulis, the Kentucky Wildcats suffered a huge upset loss on the road to Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers. Kentucky has talent, but they really need to figure out what’s wrong before March.
#2 Oklahoma 70, #11 West Virginia 68
OU G Buddy Hield – 17 pts, 4-8 3PT
OU F Ryan Spangler – 10 pts, 14 reb
WV G Jaysean Paige – 18 pts, 6-10 FG
West Virginia nearly pulled off its second major upset of the week, but a last second tip-in by Khadeem Lattin gave Oklahoma the victory. Despite the loss, the Mountaineers proved this week that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Clemson 76, #8 Miami FL 65
CLEM F Jaron Blossomgame – 25 pts, 7 reb
CLEM G Jordan Roper – 18 pts, 6 ast, 5 stl
MIA G Davon Reed – 17 pts, 6-12 FG, 3-5 3PT
The Tigers have home wins in the past week over Louisville, Duke and now Miami. They have just one road win on the season, but they are hitting their stride, and they are not a team you want to face right now.
Seton Hall 81, #12 Providence 72
SH G Khadeen Carrington – 22 pts, 12-12 FT
SH G Isaiah Whitehead – 15 pts, 7 ast, 5 reb
PROV F Ben Bentil – 21 pts, 9 reb
The Friars survived a scare from Creighton earlier this week, but they couldn’t protect their home court yesterday, losing to Seton Hall. Providence will only go as far as Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil will take them.
#5 North Carolina 67, NC State 55
UNC F Kennedy Meeks – 23 pts, 6 reb
NCST F Abdul-Malik Abu – 12 pts, 14 reb
Despite being tied at the half, and a very lackluster performance from star PG Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels were able to win this one comfortably. NC State needed Cat Barber to have a big game, and he struggled as well.
#3 Maryland 100, Ohio State 65
MARY F Robert Carter – 25 pts, 10-13 FG, 4-4 3PT
MARY G Melo Trimble – 8 pts, 9 ast
OSU F Keita Bates-Diop – 15 pts, 5 reb
Maryland clearly did not take the loss to Michigan earlier this week very well, and they took out their frustration on the Buckeyes. A dominant performance by the Terrapins, reminding everyone just how good they can be.
#6 Villanova 55, Georgetown 50
NOVA G Josh Hart – 15 pts, 12 reb
GU G D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera – 15 pts, 6-14 FG
Villanova had one of their poorest offensive performances of the season, but they were still able to come away victorious on the road over a tough Georgetown team. The Wildcats are now 6-0 in the brutal Big East.
#22 Baylor 63, Texas Tech 60
BU G Al Freeman – 14 pts, 2-5 3PT
BU F Rico Gathers – 7 pts, 13 reb
TT G Devaugntah Williams – 16 pts, 5-10 FG
A great game in Lubbock ended at the buzzer with Baylor G Lester Medford drilling a 3-pointer to give his Bears the nice road victory. Baylor is now 4-1 in the Big 12, and are on their way to a very nice season.
#7 Xavier 74, Marquette 66
XAV F James Farr – 16 pts, 19 reb
XAV G Edmond Sumner – 15 pts, 5 ast
MARQ C Henry Ellenson – 20 pts, 7 reb
With the return of star freshman Edmond Sumner to the lineup, Xavier was able to come away with a good win away from home over a tough Marquette squad. Sumner had 15 points off the bench for the Musketeers in his return from injury.
I’ll be at a high school basketball game for Blue Ridge Communications tomorrow and Tuesday, so no post tomorrow. I hope to get something up Tuesday morning. You can expect this week’s Bracketology on Wednesday.