Michigan State has insane comeback, win 65-60
The Spartans trailed by as many as 27 in the first half and were down by 22 at the midway point. They went on to outscore Northwestern 38-11 in the second half, as the Wildcats shot just 3-26 from the field. Michigan State pulled off the largest comeback in conference history. Northwestern has arguably been the most disappointing team in all of college basketball this season. This game epitomizes that disappointment. Cassius Winston led the way with 17 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vic Law had 21 points and five assists for the Wildcats. This game was the definition of a tale of two halves. Michigan State has won 10 straight.
Villanova has Xavier’s number
Since the making of the new Big East, Villanova is 10-1 against Xavier. The Musketeers always seem to have trouble with the Wildcats. In the 95-79 victory on Saturday, Villanova had six players in double figures. Mikal Bridges led the way with 25 points. Donte DiVincenzo had 21 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. The Wildcats shot 16-34 from 3-point range for the game. When they hit their outside shots, they are extremely difficult to keep up with. Trevon Bluiett had 26 points for Xavier, Quentin Gooden added 10 points and 12 assists.
Baylor takes down the Red Raiders 59-57
The Bears have now won five straight, including wins over Kansas, Texas, and now Texas Tech. Just a few weeks ago, their chances to make the NCAA tournament did not look good, but now, they look really good. Maston had 24 points off the bench for Baylor. Texas Tech’s star point guard Keenan Evans left the game late in the first half because of a foot injury.
South Carolina upsets Auburn
The Gamecocks took down the Tigers in Columbia 84-75. Auburn shot just 31.7 percent from the field and trailed by 21 points at halftime. Frank Booker had 19 points and Chris Silva added 14 points and 11 rebounds. South Carolina has had a tough season and they won’t be a tournament team, but Frank Martin continues to have his guys compete hard. As for Auburn, the loss definitely hurts, but more importantly, they lose Anfernee McLemore for the season with a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.
West Virginia falls to Kansas in Lawrence 77-69
The Jayhawks completed the season sweep of the Mountaineers and Kansas is now tied for first place in the conference with Texas Tech. WVU has now blown a double-digit second half lead in their last three games against Kansas. They lost all three games. The Jayhawks ended today’s game on a 19-3 run. Udoka Azubuike had 21 points for Kansas and Daxter Miles had 22 points for the Mountaineers. West Virginia only show two free throws to the 35 free throws shot by Kansas. Bob Huggins was not happy and saw himself escorted out of Allen Fieldhouse.
Georgia beast Tennessee 73-61 in Athens
The Bulldogs got a really good win over the Volunteers on Saturday. Now 15-11, Georgia doesn’t seem to be a tournament team, but part of that is due to the fact that they play in an incredible SEC this season. They are a solid basketball team. Yante Maten, one of the better players in the country that isn’t talked about enough, had 19 points for Georgia. Kyle Alexander had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee.
Arkansas gets big 94-75 win over Texas A&M
Arkansas, a team that is on the bubble, got a big win at home on Saturday. They have won four straight. The Aggies, a bubble team themselves, have dropped two in a row. Jaylen Barford had 21 points, Daryl Macon had 20 points, and Daniel Gafford added 18 points. Robert Williams had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Aggies and Admon Gilder added 20 points of his own. The SEC has a lot of teams clumped together in the middle of the conference. Games like this are so precious.
Texas takes down Oklahoma in Norman 77-66
Oklahoma has lost five games in a row including eight of their last ten. It looks ugly right now for the Sooners (And they get to go to Lawrence on Monday). Mo Bamba had 10 points and a career-high 18 boards. He also had four blocks. Dylan Osetkowski had 20 points and six rebounds. Trae Young had 26 points on 7-21 shooting from the field (3-10 from 3-point range) for Oklahoma. He looked more frustrated in this game than any other game all season. As for Texas, this win is huge for their chances to make the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse gets big win in Coral Gables 62-55
Syracuse, yet another bubble team, got a much-needed victory on Saturday. They forced Miami to just 33.9 percent shooting from the field for the game. Frank Howard had 18 points and six assists, while Oshae Brissett added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Lykes had 14 points for Miami. The Hurricanes have dropped three in a row.
Butler beats Providence 69-54 at Hinkle
Yes, another game with bubble teams. After recently beating Villanova, the Friars couldn’t get it done in Hinkle on Saturday. Butler got the win and they needed it because they lost their previous three games. Kelan Martin led they way with 19 points for the Bulldogs. I feel pretty comfortable right now with both of these teams making the NCAA tournament.
LSU snaps Missouri’s five-game winning streak, wins 65-63
Like Georgia, LSU is 15-11. They are a fairly solid team, but they just happen to be in a terrific SEC. This was a very good win. Star point guar Tremont Waters had 21 points for LSU. Jordan Barnett had 18 points for Missouri. Missouri needs to be careful because they can’t afford to be in the losing column for an extended period of time.
Kentucky snaps four-game losing streak, defeats Alabama 81-71
The Wildcats had five players in double figures as they got a much-needed victory over the Crimson Tide. Again, the middle of the SEC is insane. There are a bunch of teams grouped together in the middle, making a game like this unbelievably important.
Matt Farrell drops career-high 37 in 84-67 win over BC
Matt Farrell’s career-high 37 points and 10 3-pointers gave the Irish the win over BC on Saturday. Jerome Robinson had 29 points for the Eagles. You have to wonder if Notre Dame has any type of chance to make the tournament. They sure have missed Bonzie.
Vanderbilt beats Florida 71-68
The Commodores are much better than their 11-16 record. Unfortunately, they just haven’t had the season that they had hoped for. Florida is starting to look like a bubble team, now with a 17-10 record. Jeff Roberson had 26 points and seven rebounds for Vanderbilt, while Keith Stone had 20 points and six rebounds for Florida. The Gators better get their act together.
North Carolina beats Louisville 93-76, have won five straight
The Tar Heels are playing their best basketball of the season right now. Joel Berry recorded 23 points tonight, Luke Maye had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Theo Pinson added 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. The Cardinals got 20 points and six assists from Deng Adel and 18 points and 12 rebounds from Ray Spalding. Louisville really missed out on an opportunity at home to get a big-time win. Their NCAA tournament hopes are definitely up in the air.