College basketball is a beautiful thing. Even though it gives me headaches and severe anxiety, I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Here is a recap of the CRAZIEST day in college basketball this season….
23 Purdue 73, 17 Maryland 72: Carsen Edwards drained two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to top the ‘Terps in College Park. This game was one of the craziest I’ve watched this season. Caleb Swanigan was a beast finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
9 Virginia 62, Syracuse 66: Joe Boeheim earned his “1,000” win in the upset over Virginia. Tyus Battle and Andrew White each scored 23 points to extend Cuse’ win streak to four games.
21 Duke 72, Pittsburgh 64: Welcome back Coach K. His ex-captain Grayson Allen scored 18 of his 21 points in the grind-em-out victory over Pitt. Would not be surprised to see Duke get on a roll with the main man back in town.
Georgia 75, 19 South Carolina 77: PJ Dozier had ice in his veins down the stretch scoring seven of his 21 points in the final 2:21. The Gamecocks are legit.
Iowa St. 92, 3 Kansas 89: Rock chalk CHOKEhawk. Iowa State drained a school-record 18 3-pointers to earn the OT victory in Lawrence. Yes, this game was at Kansas. The Cyclones snapped Kansas’ 51-game winning streak at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
6 Louisville 90, Boston College 67: Another day, another dub for the Cards. Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell both had 19 points in Louisville’s seventh win in eight games.
Kansas State 56, 2 Baylor 54: What is going on in Waco? The Bears have lost two straight and were on the losing end for the first time this season at home. Yikes.
Xavier 82, 22 Creighton 80: With both teams missing their star point guards due to injury, the Musketeers advantage of the Bluejays struggles from the free throw line at the end of the game to earn the hard fought W. Trevon Bluiett finished with 16 for Xavier. Is it time to push the panic button in Omaha?
5 Arizona 58, 13 Oregon 85: When you’re hot, you’re hot. That was the story for Oregon in this one. The Ducks shot 64% from three-point land (16-25) and 65% overall from the field to wither down this sizzling Arizona team. Tyler Dorsey finished with 23 points including six 3-pointers.
UCONN 68, 14 Cincinnati 82: Kyle Washington had a career-high 27 points to lead the Bearcats in an AAC victory. Cincinnati has now won 14 straight games.
Oklahoma State 82, 7 West Virginia 75: Press Virginia got exposed again. Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points for the Cowboys while Phil Forte came up clutch in the second half scoring all 13 of his points in that time frame. Another tough loss for the Mountaineers.
18 St. Mary’s 71, San Diego 27: This is not a typo. The Gaels really held San Diego to 27 points. The Toreros had only four field goals all game. That is ridiculous.
St. John’s 79, 4 Villanova 92: Josh Hart had his way in this one with a game-high 26 points and nine boards in the win. My boy Donte DiVincenzo poured in a career-high 20 points and is looking like the x-factor in Villanova’s recent success.
8 Kentucky 66, 24 Florida 88: You didn’t know about the Gators? Well, now you know. Mike White’s group dominated the ‘Cats in Gainesville with the 22 point victory. Kasey Hill matched a career high 21 points and Devin Robinson added 16 for Florida.
Santa Clara 55, 1 Gonzaga 90: The nation’s number one team sure did play like it last night. The ‘Zags improved to 24-0 with the blowout win over Santa Clara. Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and Josh Perkins had 15 for Gonzaga.
11 UCLA 107, Washington 66: The Huskies are a dumpster fire. UCLA will do that to you. In the battle of top freshman, Lonzo Ball and his the Bruins outplayed Markelle Fultz and Washington in an easy road victory. Ball had 22 points while Bryce Alford added 21 for UCLA.
Other tidbits from Saturday:
- EIGHT ranked teams went down yesterday. I don’t have the stats in front of me but I’m pretty sure that’s the highest number in one day this year.
- Isaac Haas intercepted Maryland’s homerun pass at the end of the game yesterday and traveled with .5 seconds left to give Maryland another chance down one. If Huerter hit that three to win the game I would’ve cried.
- Malik Monk was caught laughing on the Kentucky bench yesterday when his team was down 20. Not a great look.
- The Missouri Tigers won a game! Referred to as the worst power five conference team in the country, the Tigers beat Arkansas 83-78 to IMPROVE their record to 6-16 overall and 1-9 in the SEC.
- Rutgers also won yesterday. The Scarlet Knights beat Penn State 70-68. CRAZY.
- St. Bonaventure drilled a three-pointer to take a 66-65 lead with .4 seconds left over VCU. Bonnie fans had the presence of mind to storm the court even with time left on the clock. VCU then forced overtime, proceeded to dominate the extra period and earned the road win. VCU can thank Bonnie fans for the win. Watch it here.
- Bill Walton is a weird dude. I love it.
What to Watch for on Sunday:
- The Hoosiers travel to Madison to take on the first-place Wisconsin Badgers. That game can be watched on CBS at 1 PM ET.
- Notre Dame plays North Carolina in Greensboro at 1 PM ET on ESPNews. I wonder what the players are doing to hydrate down there.
- Clemson heads down to Tallahassee to clash with a struggling Florida State team. Gametime is 12:30 PM ET on ESPNU.
- The Super Bowl. Falcons 24-21.
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