Another great day in college basketball. Here is your recap of all the top 25 teams in action yesterday…
Texas A&M 62, 17 Florida 71: The Gators grab their 20th win of the year with a victory over the Aggies in Gainesville. Florida is rolling at a good time.
Kansas State 66, 13 West Virginia 85: Bobby Huggins’ team is starting to wake up a bit. The Mountaineers avenge their earlier season loss to the Wildcats on the road with an easy home dub on Saturday. Jevon Carter had 19 points and 9 rebounds for Press Virginia.
15 Kentucky 67, Alabama 58: The Wildcats were able to hold off the pesky Roll Tide in Tuscaloosa. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.
Clemson 62, 18 Duke 64: The Blue Devils survive another close one. Luke Kennard was the man of the hour leading the way with 25 points. Clemson needed that win badly to beef up their resume.
Miami 66, 4 Louisville 71: The Cards’ second half surge helped propel them to a home win over the Canes. Quentin Snider returned to score 13 points including a huge three with 41 seconds left to seal the victory.
TCU 52, 6 Baylor 70: Johnathan Motley did his thing scoring 25 points on 12-15 shooting in the easy win over the Horned Frogs. Manu Lecomte added in 17 for the Bears.
3 Kansas 80, Texas Tech 79: No road win is easy in the Big 12. The Jayhawks have learned that. Josh Jackson was an absolute monster with 31 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas.
23 Creighton 93, DePaul 58: The Bluejays cruised in a game where everyone played. Four of the five Creighton starters scored in double digits. Could this be a sign of getting back on track even without Mo Watson?
2 Villanova 73, 24 Xavier 57: Jay Wright earned his 500th career game in an impressive fashion over Xavier at the Cintas Center. The injuries for Xavier won’t stop as leading scorer Trevon Bluiett hurt his ankle in the loss.
22 Butler 65, Providence 71: Starting to worry about Butler not gonna lie. The ‘Dawgs have lost three out of the last four in games that they all should’ve won. The Friars got a must win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, for now.
Ohio State 77, 21 Maryland 86: The ‘Terps end their two-game losing skid by holding off the Buckeyes at home. The freshman duo of Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter scored 19 and 18 respectively in the win.
14 Florida State 72, Notre Dame 84: Saw this coming from a mile away. Bonzie Colson was an absolute monster with a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds to avenge a January loss to the Seminoles.
19 South Carolina 77, Mississippi State 73: The Gamecocks were able to bounce back after a loss to Alabama earlier this week with a nice road win over Mississippi State. Sindarius Thornwell couldn’t be stopped scoring 28 points and Chris Silva added 15 for South Carolina.
1 Gonzaga 74, 20 St. Mary’s 64: If you didn’t know, now you do. The ‘Zags are legit controlling the Gaels all day long in Moraga. Przemek Karnowski had his way inside with 19 points for Gonzaga while Jock Landale had 24 points for St. Mary’s.
California 57, 9 Arizona 62: Cal made it interesting but they couldn’t get over the hump to upset Arizona in Tucson. Kobi Simmons scored 13 and Dusan Ristic added 12 for the Wildcats in the win.
5 Oregon 81, USC 70: Down for most of the contest, the Ducks were able to use a couple second-half runs to earn the victory at USC. Dillon Brooks led the way with 21 points and Tyler Dorsey chipped in 19 for Oregon.
Other tidbits from Saturday:
- The NCAA Selection Committee came out with their top four seeds in each region if the season were to end yesterday. Gonzaga is the number one team in the nation but not the overall number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hm.
- No love for the Big Ten as well. Seems to me Purdue and Wisconsin got snubbed.
- RIP Fab Melo
- My boy Canyon Barry set the free throw streak record at Florida yesterday. The son of Rick Barry who, oh yeah, shoots his free throws underhand has made 39 free throws in a row.
- Gonzaga is legit boys and girls. Would not be surprised to see them in the Final Four.
- A man got arrested for walking into the Miami huddle yesterday at Louisville. If you’re going to something, you want to be remembered for it.
What to Watch Sunday:
- Two Big Ten bubble teams go head-to-head on Sunday. Michigan travels to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers at 1 PM ET on CBS.
- Cincinnati heads down to the Lone Star state in an AAC matchup with SMU. 4 PM ET on ESPN. You won’t want to miss this one.
- Northwestern has a chance to get a huge win over Wisconsin today in Madison. 6:30 PM ET on the Big Ten Network. Upset watch for the Badgers.
- Virginia and Virginia Tech meet up in an in-state rivalry in Blacksburg. 6:30 PM ET on ESPNU.
Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the College Pride Press Saturday Notebook. Plenty of good college hoops today and this week as well. Make sure to listen to the Sunday Podcast tonight and plenty of other good content coming ahead.
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