Top 25 Capsules
Top 25 Capsules
The Associated Press
Feb. 17, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and Maryland stunned No. 2 Duke 83-81 Saturday night to end a six-game skid against its bitter rival.
As the final horn sounded, thousands of fans from the sellout crowd charged onto the court to celebrate the Terrapins' biggest victory of the season.
The Terrapins (18-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) did not trail after halftime but never could pull away from the weary Blue Devils.
Duke (22-3, 9-3) trailed by 10 with 3:39 left but pulled even when Rasheed Sulaimon made three foul shots with 16.7 seconds to go. Quinn Cook then fouled Allen as the freshman guard drove through the lane, and Allen made both shots.
Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, and Allen scored 16.
Duke had its six-game winning streak end. Seth Curry scored 25 and Cook added 18.
NO. 1 INDIANA 83, PURDUE 55
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Will Sheehey scored a career-high 22 points and Cody Zeller had 19 as Indiana rolled over Purdue for the second time in 2½ weeks.
Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) bucked the recent trend of No. 1 teams losing and will likely keep the top spot for a third straight week. It also will retain at least a share of the league lead.
The Hoosiers have won eight of their last nine games.
Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson each had 11 points to lead Purdue (12-14, 5-8), which has lost five of six and became the first team in school history to lose twice to Indiana in the same season by 20 or more points.
Indiana led 21-18 less than nine minutes into the game, extended the margin to 33-14 and never let Purdue get closer than 10 again.
NO. 5 GONZAGA 71, SAN FRANCISCO 61
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to help Gonzaga snap a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs' frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13 for 17 from the floor and Harris went 7 of 15 as both keyed an 11-0 run in the final minutes that put the Zags (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference) ahead for good.
Cole Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to help the Dons (11-15, 4-9) rally back after trailing by 15 in the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they're ranked so high.
NO. 6 SYRACUSE 76, SETON HALL 65
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Triche scored a career-high 29 points to go with six rebounds and five assists, leading Syracuse to a tougher-than-expected win.
C.J. Fair added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and nine boards as the Orange (21-4, 9-3) rebounded from a loss to Connecticut earlier this week and remained tied with Marquette and Georgetown for first-place in the Big East Conference.
Fuquan Edwin had 21 points and Eugene Teague added 14 points and nine rebounds for Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11) in its seventh straight loss and 11th in 12 games.
The banged-up Pirates put a little scare into Syracuse, opening a nine-point lead in the first half before wilting under the Orange's talent and depth.
NO. 7 FLORIDA 83, AUBURN 52
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Mike Rosario scored 22 points, Kenny Boynton had 16 and Florida routed Auburn.
The Gators (21-3, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 25-point halftime lead and set a season high with 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts
It matched the worst loss for Auburn (9-16, 3-9) in coach Tony Barbee's three seasons, tying a 90-59 defeat against Mississippi on Feb. 16, 2011.
The Gators have won their last three SEC games by an average of 24 points since their only league loss at Arkansas.
Rosario had 18 points by halftime. Michael Frazier added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range for Florida, which has won seven straight at Auburn.
Chris Denson led Auburn with 13 points and Jordan Price had 12.
NO. 8 MICHIGAN ST. 73, NEBRASKA 64
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Keith Appling scored 16 points to go over 1,000 for his career and Adreian Payne added 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Michigan State.
The win allowed the Spartans (22-4, 11-2) to remain tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.
The Cornhuskers (12-14, 3-10), who have lost seven straight against opponents ranked in the top 10, never led but were within a point with 14 minutes left. The Spartans put away their fifth straight win with a 20-6 run.
Michigan State blocked a season-high 12 shots, with Branden Dawson matching his career high with four swats. Gary Harris had 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Derrick Nix had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
NO. 10 KANSAS ST. 81, BAYLOR 61
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Angel Rodriguez scored 22 points and Shane Southwell added 18 on six 3-pointers to lead Kansas State.
The game remained fairly close in the first half, but the Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) took control in the second, outscoring the Bears 43-32 after the break.
A.J. Walton led Baylor (16-9, 7-5) with 14 points and Isaiah Austin added 13.
A 3 by Austin brought the Bears within 12, but a three-point play by Rodriguez and a second-chance bucket by Rodney McGruder opened the gap to 71-54 with 4:03 to play.
Baylor did not get within single digits the rest of the game.
NO. 11 BUTLER 68, FORDHAM 63
NEW YORK (AP) — Rotnei Clarke scored 22 points and Butler handed Fordham its sixth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games.
Clarke was the key figure for the Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10) late in the game when the Rams (6-20, 2-9) were able to close to 65-63 with 18 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs closed it out by making four of six free throws the rest of the way to improve to 36-10 after a loss under coach Brad Stevens. Butler lost to Charlotte 71-67 on Wednesday.
The game marked the return of Andrew Smith, Butler's starting center who missed the home loss to Charlotte because of an abdominal injury. He had 12 points and made all six of his free throws, including four in the final 1:54.
NO. 14 KANSAS 73, TEXAS 47
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jeff Withey had 15 points and 11 rebounds while becoming the Big 12's career blocked shots leader, Elijah Johnson emerged from a season-long slump and Kansas walloped Texas.
Johnson finished with 12 points for the Jayhawks (21-4, 9-3). Travis Releford added 15 and Ben McLemore had 13, including a 360 jam in the closing minutes that capped off quite a show against the Longhorns (11-14, 3-9) for more than a dozen former players in attendance.
Among them was Mario Chalmers, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer forced overtime in the 2008 national title game won by Kansas. The Miami Heat guard was honored at halftime by having his No. 15 raised to the rafters, where it joined names such as Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce.
NO. 18 MARQUETTE 79, NO. 16 PITTSBURGH 69
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Vander Blue scored 19 points to help Marquette a share of first place in the Big East.
Blue was 7 of 8 from the field and 3 for 4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3), who pulled into a tie with Georgetown atop the conference.
The Golden Eagles, who lost to the Hoyas, 63-55 on Monday, shot 57 percent (26 for 46) to win their 23rd straight home game — the fourth-longest active streak in the country.
Lamar Patterson scored 19 points to lead Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5), which entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (54.4 ppg). Tray Woodall added 10 points and eight assists for the Panthers, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games.
NO. 17 OKLAHOMA ST. 84, OKLAHOMA 79, OT
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Marcus Smart scored 28 points, Le'Bryan Nash added a season-high 26 and Oklahoma State got its third straight down-to-the-wire win at home.
Smart fed Nash for a right-handed slam with 53 seconds left in overtime to put the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) up 80-79, and Oklahoma couldn't come up with an answer. Markel Brown's steal led to a fastbreak layup by Michael Cobbins, and Smart blocked Steven Pledger's attempt at a tying 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma State the ball back with 18 seconds to go.
Smart sealed it with two free throws, and Cowboys fans stormed the court after winning their seventh straight game. The Cowboys' last two home wins were by two points apiece.
Romero Osby led the Sooners (16-8, 7-5) with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Sam Grooms had a career-best 18 points.
NO. 19 NEW MEXICO 60, BOISE ST. 50
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cameron Bairstow had 16 points and seven rebounds, and reserve Jamal Fenton hit three 3-pointers in the second half to lead New Mexico.
Tony Snell added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Lobos (22-4, 9-2 Mountain West), who took a 38-29 lead after Snell hit two free throws with 13 minutes remaining.
But Boise State crept back into it, pulling to 47-46 with 5 minutes left following a short jumper in the paint by Derrick Marks.
The Broncos, however, failed to score on their next 11 possessions and New Mexico pulled away from the line, converting 6 of 7 foul shots during that stretch.
Marks had 19 points and seven boards for Boise State (16-8, 4-6).
PROVIDENCE 71, NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 54
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence's career leader.
Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7). Providence has won four straight, including a victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
Council also had 11 rebounds and seven points. His 671 assists surpassed the 662 of Ernie DiGregorio from 1970-73. Council needs two assists to match the Big East record of 426 set by Syracuse's Sherman Douglas from 1985-89..
Jack Cooley led Notre Dame with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman each scored 11. It was just the second loss in seven games for the Fighting Irish (20-6, 8-5).
NO. 22 MEMPHIS 71, MARSHALL 59
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Adonis Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Memphis to its 16th straight victory.
Joe Jackson added 12 points and Geron Johnson had 11 for the Tigers (22-3, 11-0 Conference USA).
Memphis improved to 7-0 in road games with the help of its reserves, who outscored their Marshall counterparts 19-6.
Elijah Pittman and DeAndre Kane scored 16 points apiece for Marshall (11-15, 4-7). Dennis Tinnon added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Thundering Herd, who committed 20 turnovers and lost for the sixth time in eight games.
NO. 23 OREGON 79, WASHINGTON STATE 77, OT
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — E.J. Singler made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left, lifting Oregon past Washington State to hold on to first place in the Pac-12 Conference.
Singler scored 25 points to lead Oregon (21-5, 10-3), which has won three in a row since a three-game losing streak dropped them from the Top 10. Carlos Emory added 20 for the Ducks.
Royce Woolridge scored a career-high 36 points for Washington State (11-15, 2-11), losers of six straight. Woolridge missed a half-court shot as time expired.
Washington State took an 11-point lead at halftime, but the Ducks erased that in the early minutes of the second half and the score was tied at 71 at the end of regulation.
NO. 24 COLORADO STATE 89, AIR FORCE 86
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Dorian Green scored 22 points to help Colorado State get its sixth straight win.
The Rams led 82-72 with 1:05 remaining, but the Falcons pulled within four twice in the final minute. Michael Lyons hit a 3-pointer for Air Force with 2 seconds left, but Colorado State inbounded the ball without incident to close the game.
The Rams (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West) have won eight of nine and dropped the Falcons to 11-2 at Clune Arena.
Lyons, the conference's leading scorer, had a career-high 45 points for the Falcons (15-9, 6-5), and Todd Fletcher added 11.
Air Force led 23-19 midway through the first half, but the Rams used their size to build a 21-5 rebounding advantage in the first 20 minutes and took a 48-40 lead into the locker room.
TENNESSEE 88, NO. 25 KENTUCKY 58
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trae Golden had 24 points and eight assists as Tennessee got its most lopsided win in the 216-game history of this series.
Kentucky (17-8, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) was playing its first game without star center Nerlens Noel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Tuesday during a loss to No. 7 Florida.
The Wildcats looked like a completely different team without him.
Jordan McRae scored 15 points and Kenny Hall had 12 points as Tennessee (14-10, 6-6) shot 58 percent and won its third straight game. Jarnell Stokes had nine points and nine rebounds, ending his string of six consecutive double-doubles.
Kyle Wiltjer scored 18 points, Julius Mays had 12 points and Jarrod Polson had a career-high 11 for Kentucky. Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow all fouled out.