Top 25 Capsules
Top 25 Capsules
The Associated Press
Feb. 23, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The rematch of one of college basketball's best games of the season ended with Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim getting ejected after he charged onto the court to argue a block/charge call.
Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew that game-changing charging call that helped No. 5 Duke beat No. 1 Syracuse 66-60 Saturday night.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jerami Grant had 17 points and C.J. Fair, the player who was called for the charge, finished with 13 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2).
The first meeting between these teams was an overtime game considered an instant classic. The rematch was just as close but it will be remembered for Boeheim's exit with 10 seconds to play.
Syracuse had the ball down 60-58 when Fair drove for an apparent tying layup.
But official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging — and Boeheim shot onto the court to argue. Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and ejected him.
Quinn Cook iced it by hitting three free throws with 10.4 seconds left to make it 63-58.
No. 2 FLORIDA 75, MISSISSIPPI 71
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and Florida rallied to beat Mississippi.
The Gators (25-2, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games. Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7) has lost four in a row.
Florida survived a hot start from the Rebels' Marshall Henderson, who scored 22 points in the first half but was then held scoreless. Jarvis Summers added 20 points for Ole Miss.
The game was tied at 59 with 8 minutes left, but Florida scored the next six points to take control.
No. 3 WICHITA STATE 83, DRAKE 54
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Tekele Cotton had 21 points, Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 and Wichita State pounded Drake.
Wichita State (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference) is the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05 and is two wins away from a perfect regular season.
Fred VanVleet scored 15 for the Shockers, who cut down the nets after the game to celebrate their Missouri Valley championship.
Wichita State cruised despite leading scorer Cleanthony Early being held to a season-low three points and Ron Baker only scoring six, less than half his season average.
Daddy Ugbede scored 14 points, Jordan Daniels had 13 and Aaron Hawley 10 for Drake (14-14, 5-11), which had more turnovers (20) than field goals (18).
No. 4 ARIZONA 88, COLORADO 61
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 21 of his season-best 23 points in the second half and Nick Johnson added 20 points as Arizona won at Colorado for the first time since 1973.
It was a rare breather for the Wildcats (25-2, 12-2 Pac-12), who scrapped their way through a series of close games since beating Colorado by 12 in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 23. They since had a two-point loss at Cal and a three-point loss in double-overtime at archrival Arizona State.
The Wildcats needed overtime to win at Utah in their previous game and they led this one by just four points early in the second half before running away with it.
Josh Scott scored 18 points for the Buffaloes (20-8, 9-6), who came out ice cold, missing their first 14 shots coming off an emotionally draining win over the Sun Devils on Wednesday night that burnished their NCAA tournament credentials.
NEW MEXICO 58, No. 6 SAN DIEGO STATE 44
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cameron Bairstow scored 26 points, including 10 during a second-half run that led New Mexico to victory over San Diego State.
Kendall Williams added 10 points and Bairstow also had 10 rebounds for the Lobos (21-5, 12-2 Mountain West), who shot 50 percent (25 for 50) from the field.
Winston Shepard had 10 points for the Aztecs (23-3, 12-2), but leading scorer Xavier Thames shot 3 for 15 and finished with seven points — 10 below his average.
No. 8 KANSAS 85, No. 19 TEXAS 54
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Joel Embiid briefly flirted with a triple-double and Kansas trounced Texas to seize control of the Big 12.
Embiid finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for the Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2), who lead the league race by three games with four to play. Kansas can wrap up at least a share of its 10th straight title when Oklahoma visits Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.
Kansas also exacted a little revenge for a lopsided loss to the Longhorns (20-7, 9-5) in Austin, using a 32-5 run over a long stretch of the first half to put the game away early.
It was the Jayhawks' fifth win in the last six meetings.
Jonathan Holmes scored 17 points and Cameron Ridley had 11 for Texas
No. 11 LOUISVILLE 58, No. 7 CINCINNATI 57
CINCINNATI (AP) — Russ Smith's 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave Louisville its sixth straight win and 10th in 11 games.
Louisville (23-4, 12-2 American Athletic Conference) started the winning streak after a last-second 69-66 home loss to the Bearcats (24-4, 13-2) three weeks ago.
Cincinnati fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to take a 55-52 lead with 90 seconds remaining. Freshman Troy Caupain made two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 57-56 lead.
Terry Rozier passed the ball to Smith for the winning jumper. The Cardinals tipped the inbounds pass, giving Cincinnati no opportunity to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
Montrezl Harrell, who was just 5 of 12 from the free throw line, led the Cardinals with 21 points, Rozier had 11 and Smith finished with 10 on 3-of-10 shooting.
Sean Kilpatrick had 28 points for the Bearcats, who had won 19 straight at home.
No. 9 VILLANOVA 57, ST. JOHN'S 54
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points and Ryan Arcidiacono had 12 for Villanova.
It was the second straight win for Villanova (24-3, 12-2 Big East) since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton.
D'Angelo Harrison had 15 points for St. John's (18-10, 8-7), Rysheed Jordan scored 13 and JaKarr Sampson had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Red Storm's six-game winning streak ended.
Arcidiacono hit a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to give Villanova a 53-50 lead with 3:43 left.
Harrison made a driving layup to cut it to 54-53. Daniel Ochefu made one of two free throws to give Villanova a 2-point lead with 34 seconds left. With a chance to tie or give the Red Storm a lead, Phil Greene IV was called for traveling with 14 seconds to go. Arcidiacono's free throw made it 56-53. But the Red Storm couldn't get a 3-point shot off and Harrison was fouled going for a layup with 1.5 seconds left. He made the first free throw and purposely missed the second, but a lane violation gave the ball to Villanova.
Josh Hart made one free throw and the Red Storm missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer.
No. 10 SAINT LOUIS 66, GEORGE WASHINGTON 59
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordair Jett scored 16 points, Rob Loe added 12 and Saint Louis earned its 19th straight win by holding off George Washington.
Reserve Grandy Glaze added 10 points for the Billikens (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10), and Austin McBroom and Mike McCall both sank two free throws in the final 20.7 seconds to seal the win.
Joe McDonald scored 21 points and Kevin Larsen had 14 for George Washington (20-7, 8-5). Larsen and Isaiah Armwood grabbed 11 rebounds apiece.
The Colonials, who trailed 41-27 early in the second half, went on a 14-2 run to tie the score at 50 on Maurice Creek's short jumper with 9:18 left. George Washington was just 3 of 18 the rest of the way.
Wichita State (29 straight) and Stephen F. Austin (22) are the only teams with longer winning streaks than the Billikens.
No. 14 VIRGINIA 70, NOTRE DAME 49
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points and Virginia used a 30-2 second-half run to blow open a close game and go on to its 11th consecutive victory.
Justin Anderson helped fuel the run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, bringing a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet. The victory gave Virginia (23-5, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 14 conference wins for the first time.
Pat Connaughton led the Fighting Irish (14-14, 5-10) with 11 points, but Notre Dame went nearly 9 minutes in the second half without a point as Virginia turned a 41-38 deficit into a 68-43 lead. The Cavaliers scored 25 consecutive points before Demetrius Jackson's layup broke the spell with 2:32 left.
No. 16 WISCONSIN 79, No. 15 IOWA 74
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as Wisconsin won its fifth straight.
Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings.
Josh Oglesby's jumper with 1:01 left put Iowa up 72-71, but Kaminsky answered with a bank shot that gave Wisconsin a one-point lead. Kaminsky then stripped Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble under the basket and hit two free throws as the Badgers went up 75-72 with 24.5 seconds left.
Marble had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Hawkeyes, who lost their third home game in four tries.
No. 17 IOWA ST. 71, TCU 60
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — DeAndre Kane scored 20 points and Georges Niang had 19 points and eight rebounds as Iowa State kept TCU winless in the Big 12.
Niang had two three-point plays in the last 5 minutes to help the Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) build a cushion.
Kane gave the Cyclones their first double-digit lead when he knocked the ball away from Kyan Anderson for a steal and caught a long pass from Melvin Ejim for a layup.
Ejim, the Big 12 leader at 19.1 points per game coming in, scored 14 after setting a Big 12 record with 48 in Iowa State's 84-69 win over at TCU at home.
Anderson, who averaged 26 points in his past four games, scored 18 to lead the Horned Frogs (9-17, 0-14). TCU is 2-30 in conference in two Big 12 seasons.
No. 18 KENTUCKY 77, LSU 76, OT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Julius Randle scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give Kentucky the hard-earned win.
After Andre Stringer's jumper with 12 seconds left gave LSU a 76-75 lead, James Young's shot on the other end was blocked. Randle was able to grab the loose ball and hit the game-winning short jumper, sparking a delirious celebration with his Wildcats teammates piling on top of him.
Randle finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky (21-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference), which got 21 points from Aaron Harrison and 20 from Young.
Johnny O'Bryant III and Anthony Hickey both had 20 points for LSU (16-10, 7-7).
No. 22 MEMPHIS 82, TEMPLE 79
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Nichols had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks to help Memphis defeat Temple in overtime to win its second straight and for the fifth in time in six games.
Quenton DeCosey scored 23 for Temple, but missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with a second left.
Shaq Goodwin led Memphis (21-6, 10-4 American Athletic Conference) with 20 points, while Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon had 12 apiece, Jackson adding eight assists. Geron Johnson scored 10 points.
Dixon's two free throws with 17.4 seconds remaining in overtime provided the final margin.
Will Cummings led Temple (7-19, 2-12) with 24 points and six assists, while Dalton Pepper had 20 points.
STANFORD 83, No. 23 UCLA 74
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Stanford boost its case for an at-large NCAA tournament berth with a victory over UCLA.
Josh Huestis tied a career high with 22 points and Anthony Brown had 18 for the Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12), who have won five of six.
This might have been the most impressive of the bunch, coming against a ranked team playing its best basketball of the season. Stanford made 62 percent of its shots, topping 60 percent in a conference game for the first time since exactly 11 years ago against UCLA.
Zach LaVine and Norman Powell scored 14 points each and Tony Parker added 13 for the Bruins (21-6, 10-4).
No. 24 OHIO ST. 64, MINNESOTA 46
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sam Thompson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, leading Ohio State back from a 12-point deficit to defeat Minnesota.
The Buckeyes outscored the Golden Gophers 46-18 in the second half.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and Shannon Scott 10 for the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten), who trailed by 10 at the half and by 12 early in the second half before taking control with a 17-0 run.
Andre Hollins had 13 points and DeAndre Mathieu added 12 for Minnesota (17-11, 6-9), which has lost six of its last eight games to slide off the NCAA bubble. The Golden Gophers beat the Buckeyes 63-53 at home on Jan. 16 by forcing 18 turnovers and grabbing 15 more rebounds.
SAN DIEGO 69, No. 25 GONZAGA 66
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Duda Sanadze scored 15 points, including three free throws in the final 2.9 seconds, and San Diego upset Gonzaga, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Johnny Dee had 16 points for the Toreros (16-14, 7-10 West Coast Conference) who snapped an 11-game losing streak to Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3), which once again was denied clinching the outright league title. The Zags have clinched at least a tie for the title.
With USD leading 66-63, the refs ruled that the ball went off Dee's foot on an inbound play with 3.2 seconds left. After a video review, they reversed the call and Sanadze was fouled by Kevin Pangos and made one of two free throws. David Stockton made a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to pull the Zags within one point. Sanadze was fouled by Kyle Dranginis and made both shots to clinch it.
Sam Dower Jr. had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Gonzaga. Big man Przemek Karnowski had 17 points before fouling out with 4:04 left and the Toreros leading 62-57. Gary Bell Jr. added 11 points.