Weekend college basketball results

Eric Moore
Sports Editor

Saturday, March 7th 2015

(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50

Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.

(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59

The game was extremely close throughout as Louisville prevailed on their home floor. The back and forth came to a head at the end of the game when Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia hit a 3 with 13 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a 57-56 lead. Louisville’s Mangok Mathiang responded with the game winner. He was probably the last option on the floor, but when Virginia double teamed star Montrezl Harrell, Mathiang was unattended and hit an open 15 foot jumper with 2.7 seconds left.

(#3) Duke (28-3) 84
(#19) North Carolina (21-10) 77

The game was pretty even at half with North Carolina leading by 2. Duke’s Tyus Jones scored 17 of his season high 24 points in the second half to lead Duke past North Carolina for the second time this season. Both teams are locks for the NCAA tournament and hopefully we get to see another Duke-NC showdown in the ACC tournament.

(#4) Villanova (29-2) 105
St. John’s (21-10) 68

Villanova is looking to grab the last #1 seed available in the tournament and they sure put up a strong case on Saturday. After a close first half against tournament bound St. John’s found the Wildcats up 50-46, they opened it up in the second half. Villanova coasted behind a 23-4 run and ended up winning the second half by 33 points. They enter the Big East tournament as the #1 seed and will be a force next weekend in New York.

(#5) Arizona (28-3) 91
Stanford (18-12) 69

Arizona methodically dismantled a Stanford team that is currently on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. Balanced scoring throughout as 5 Arizona Wildcats scored in double figures.

(#7) Gonzaga (30-2) 81
San Francisco (14-18) 72

Gonzaga opened up play in the West Coast Conference tournament with a victory for league door mat San Francisco. Przemek Karnowski led the Bulldogs with 24 points and a win. Gonzaga will face Pepperdine in the WCC semifinals.

Illinois State (21-11) 65
(#8) Wichita State (28-4) 62

The Illinois State Redbirds shocked the Wichita State Shockers in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals. They overcame an 8 point half time deficit to do so. The Redbirds were keyed by Daishon Knight who scored a game high 25 points including 2 free throws that put them up for good in the closing seconds. Lots of bubble teams will be rooting for Illinois State to lose in the finals to a Northern Iowa team that is a lock to make the tournament.

(#9) Kansas (24-7) 73
(#15) Oklahoma (21-9) 75

The game was extremely even throughout. It seemed as if the teams were deadlocked the entire game. The game was tied at 73 all with seconds left. Buddy Hield of Oklahoma tipped the ball in with .2 seconds left to give the Sooners the victory.

(#11) Northern Iowa (29-3) 63
Loyola (Chicago) (19-13) 49

Northern Iowa cruised to an easy 14 point victory against the Loyola Ramblers. Seth Tuttle led the Panthers with an efficient 13 points 6 rebounds and 3 assists. They will meet Illinois State in the Missouri Valley Final.

(#12) Notre Dame (26-5) 81
Clemson (16-14) 67

Jerian Grant led the Fightin’ Irish to an easy home victory in what could be his last game in front of the home crowd in South Bend. Grant had 19 points 8 assists and 5 rebounds as they cruised to a 14 point victory over Clemson.

(#13) Utah (23-7) 68
Washington (16-14) 77

Utah’s seed line for the NCAA tournament took a hit Saturday when they travelled to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. The Huskies turned a 5 point half time deficit into an 11 point victory. They did so behind a strong effort from Nigel Williams-Goss who scored 28 points. This victory was especially shocking considering the Huskies came into the game losers of 10 of their last 11 games.

(#17) Iowa State (22-8) 89
TCU (17-14) 76

After a sluggish first half, the Iowa State Cyclones scored points in bunches in the second half to cruise to a 13 point victory. Monte Morris led the Cyclones with 19 points.

LSU (22-9) 81
(#18) Arkansas (24-7) 78

LSU travelled to Fayetteville looking for a big win to push them into the NCAA tournament. They came away with the huge road victory thanks to back to back 3 pointers in the final minute to secure the win. Arkansas battled back from double digit deficits to take a late lead, but the Tigers clutch shooting closed the door on the Razorbacks.

(#20) West Virginia (23-8) 81
Oklahoma State (18-12) 72

The Mountaineers of West Virginia came to Stillwater shorthanded as they are still without their best player, Juwan Staten. However, the Cowboys were no match as WVU cruised to a 9 point victory. Devin Williams led the Mountaineers with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

(#21) Butler (22-9) 68
(#24) Providence (21-10) 64

Butler held off Providence despite a flurry of scoring in the second half. Butler led be as many 16 points in the second half, but the Friars cut the lead to 50-49 with under 8 minutes left in the game. Butler pushed the lead back up to 9, but The Friars again cut it to 3 with under a minute to play. Providence fell short in a valiant effort.

(#25) Murray State (27-5) 87
Belmont (22-10) 88

Murray State came into the game riding a 25 game win streak and looking to punch its ticket to the big dance against a Belmont team it had already dismantled in the regular season. Taylor Barnette hit a 3 pointer with 3.2 seconds left to give Belmont the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship. Hard times for Murray State as they go from ranked in the top 25 to being on the outside looking in at the NCAA tournament. A weak conference and no good out of conference victories combine to make the Racers chances of landing an at large bid futile at best.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

(#6) Wisconsin (28-3) 72
(#23) Ohio State (22-9) 48

Ohio State was outclassed and outmatched on its home floor Sunday against Wisconsin. Wisconsin built a big lead early and never wavered. Naismith Player of the Year candidate Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 20 points and 5 rebounds.

(#10) Maryland (26-5) 64
Nebraska (13-17) 61

Nebraska came into the season with big aspirations. They went to the tournament and returned the core of their team. Things didn’t go as planned as they sputtered along this season. They should take some pride in taking a top 10 team wire to wire in a neck and neck battle. Dez Wells was the hero as he made a jumper with 8.8 seconds left to give Maryland the 1 point lead. After a miss and some free throws by Maryland, Shavon Shields missed a 3 that would have tied the game for Nebraska.

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Final
(#11) Northern Iowa (30-3) 69
Illinois State (21-12) 60

The rather large group of bubble teams can all exhale with a sigh of relief as Northern Iowa took care of the Illinois State Redbirds. ISU needed the win to get to the tournament. They would have stolen a bid from much more deserving teams. Things were looking great early for the Redbirds as they took a 36-22 lead into halftime. Order was restored in the second half as the Panthers flexed their muscles and nearly doubled up ISU after the break.

(#22) SMU (24-6) 67
Tulsa (21-9) 62

It wasn’t easy, but legendary coach Larry Brown and his SMU Mustangs won the American Athletic Conference regular season title Sunday. This marks the first time SMU has won a league title in 22 years. SMU is also probably locked in for its first NCAA tournament berth since winning that Southwest Conference title back in 1993.