Weekend college basketball results

By: 
Eric Moore
Sports Editor

Saturday February 21st, 2015

(#1) Kentucky (27-0) 110
Auburn (12-15) 75

Kentucky played host to SEC league door matt Auburn and appropriately blew them out of the gym. Kentucky used a 23-2 run in the first half to break open a 27 point first half lead. They never looked back as Auburn never seriously threatened again. Karl Anthony Towns led Kentucky with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

(#3) Gonzaga (28-1) 70
Saint Mary’s (20-7) 60

Gonzaga went down to California to take on West Coast Conference rival St. Mary’s in what many expected to be their toughest remaining game in the regular season. St. Mary’s came out and played tough in the first half. Gonzaga really overcame some adversity as they found themselves down 10 at half time, things got worse as the St. Mary’s lead ballooned to 17 in the second half. However, Gonzaga ended the game on a 29-9 run as they escaped with a 10 point win. Kyle Wiltjer put together 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Zags.

(#4) Duke (24-3) 78
Clemson (15-12) 56

The Blue Devils entered the game shorthanded as their best player and likely #1 pick in this year’s NBA draft Jahlil Okafor was nursing an injured ankle. This proved not to be a problem and guard Quinn Cook had a career high 27 points to lead the romp over Clemson.

(#5) Wisconsin (25-2)
Minnesota (16-12)

Wisconsin extended their winning streak to 10 Saturday at home against a gritty Minnesota team. Wisconsin played with its slow but efficient pace and took a 35-27 lead going into half time. They continued to grow the lead to 49-34 with 10:34 left in the game. NCAA player of the year candidate Frank Kaminski led Wisconsin and all scorers with 21 points and 5 rebounds.

(#6) Villanova (25-2) 87
Marquette (11-15) 76

(#8) Kansas (22-5) 81
TCU (16-11) 72

Both of these top 10 teams beat a bottom of the barrel conference foe by 11 as expected. Moving on…

(#10) Notre Dame (24-4) 87
Boston College (9-17) 70

(#11) Northern Iowa (26-2) 56
Bradley (8-21) 39

Notre Dame and Northern Iowa too did a great job beating bad teams by 17 apiece.

(#7) Arizona (24-3) 57
UCLA (16-12) 47

Arizona used their grinding defense to stay atop the PAC-12 conference. They held UCLA to 18 points in the first half as the built a 14 point lead. UCLA would make it a game in the second half as they climbed to within 35-32 as Arizona missed their first 10 shots of the second half. Arizona called timeout and quickly restored order to take the victory.

(#12) Louisville (21-6) 55
Miami (17-10) 53

Louisville hosted Miami and the Hurricanes gave the Cardinals the fight of their life. Miami led by as many as 13 points in the second half. Miami still held the lead with under a minute to go when Montrezl Harrell went to the line with the score 53-52 Miami with 35.6 seconds left. Harrell hit both free throws and Miami couldn’t answer in the closing seconds. Harrell had a monster game with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

(#14) Iowa State (20-6) 85
Texas (17-10) 77

Texas was a preseason top 10 squad, but has little to show for their lofty expectations. Iowa State was paced for Georges Niang as they picked up a key road win in Austin. Kendal Yancy had a monster game for Texas, scoring a career high 29 points, but it was all for not as they could not beat the Cyclones.

(#15) North Carolina (19-8) 89
Georgia Tech (12-15) 60

North Carolina cruised to a 29 point win as they honored legendary coach Dean Smith. North Carolina played their first home game since the passing of Coach Smith and gave a classy tribute before and during half time. There was not much of a story on the court as Georgia Tech could not compete with the Tar Heels.

(#17) Oklahoma (19-8) 79
Texas Tech (12-16) 75

Texas Tech proved to be a tough out in Lubbock as they took the Sooners to over time. In overtime, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield hit back to back 3 pointers for Oklahoma to put the game out of reach.

(#19) Butler (19-8) 56
Xavier (18-10) 73

Xavier defended their home floor at the Cintas Center on Saturday. They came out fast and took a 33-22 lead at half time. They used a 15-6 run the open the second half to blow the game wide open. Myles Davis, not the singer, had 18 points to earn Xavier a great resume building win.

(#23) West Virginia (21-6) 73
(#22) Oklahoma State (17-10) 63

The matchup in Stillwater, Oklahoma was the only one all weekend to feature 2 ranked teams. The first half proved to be a wash as it was tied at 25 all. Juwan Staten pushed West Virginia to victory in the second half as he scored 22 points to go along with 7 assists.

(#20) Baylor (20-7) 69
Kansas State (13-15) 42

Baylor and Kansas State are having quite opposite experiences this year. Baylor crushed the Wildcats to have their 8th consecutive 20 win season while Kansas State dropped to 2 games below .500 for the first time since 2003. Taurean Price led the Bears with 14 points, 5 assists and 5 steals.

Sunday February 22, 2015

(#2) Virginia (25-1) 51
Florida State (15-13) 41

Virginia played their typical stingy defense and held FSU to 21 first half points. The problem was FSU also held Virginia to 22 points. Virginia held the Seminoles without a field goal in the final 10:32 seconds as they ended up winning by 10. Anthony Gill nearly had a double-double for the Cavaliers with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

(#13) Wichita State (25-3) 62
Evansville (19-9) 43

The Shockers won convincingly as they put Evansville out of their misery early. Wichita State held Evansville to 14 points total in the first half as they took a 30-14 halftime lead. They cruised on the cushioned lead as Fred VanVleet filled up the box score. VanVleet scored 22 points to go with 8 rebounds 5 assists and 2 steals.

(#24) Ohio State (19-8) 57
Michigan (14-13) 64

Michigan has had a tough year as they saw 3 starters from last year leave early for the NBA Draft. The year got worse as star Caris LeVert went down for the season after stress fracture surgery. The Wolverine faithful had a reason to hold their head up high on Sunday as they beat ranked rival Ohio State. They used a strong first half to blow the game wide open. The lead by as many as 17 points until OSU cut the lead to 3 with 7 minutes left. The Wolverines held them off behind Spike Albrecht’s 16 points 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

(#9) Utah (21-5) 58
Oregon (20-8) 69

OSU wasn’t the only team to be upset on Sunday afternoon. Oregon protected their home floor and got a great tournament resume building win over a top 10 Utah team. Normally a good 3 point shooting team, Utah could not connect behind the arc. They couldn’t get it going inside either. Oregon’s 69 points was the second most scores on the Utes this season. The Ducks were led by Dillon Brooks 19 points including a stretch where he score 11 straight in the second half.

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