13) Florida State 73, Louisville 68— More than once on this telecast, Dick Vitale ripped the Florida State fans for being frontrunners: “If you want these fans to come back, you better win this game.”
I’m sure Leonard Hamilton will love those comments, but his team did win.
12) Arizona 96, UCLA 85— This was first time in ten years these teams met when both were in the top 15 in national ratings. Arizona played great defense in this game; they contested 3’s without fouling and held Bruins to 10-31 from the arc.
11) Butler 70, DePaul 69 OT— Blue Demons led 25-5 right off the bat, missed FT with 0:01 left to win game, as Bulldogs avoided what would’ve been a really bad loss.
10) Upsets of the Day:
— Vanderbilt (+12) won 68-66 in a noon game at Florida, snapping a 4-game losing skid.
— Niagara (+10.5) won 57-55 over a St Peter’s team playing its 4th game in seven days.
9) UNLV 87, Air Force 85 (2 OT’s)— Last two times these teams met, there were total of five OT’s played. Rebels tied game with a banked 3 at buzzer of regulation; Falcons returned favor at buzzer of the first OT, then banked another 3 at the buzzer of the second OT to cover the 3-point pointspread.
8) Oklahoma State 83, Texas Tech 64— Cowboys get their first Big X win (1-6); they’ve led five of the seven games at halftime.
7) Wake Forest 93, NC State 88— Wolfpack was 16-27 on foul line, 6-26 on arc, and still scored 88 points. Wake Forest was 29-33 on foul line, which made all the difference.
6) Central Michigan 101, Miami OH 92— 5-foot-9 Marcus Keene scored 50 for the Chippewas, who were down 10 at the half. CMU was 20-33 behind the arc.
5) Notre Dame 84, Syracuse 66— Orangemen have lost eight in row on the road, their longest road losing streak since 1962.
4) Marquette 102, Creighton 94- Bluejays’ first game without injured PG Mo Watson (out for year) didn’t go well.
3) Duke 70, Miami 58— Hurricanes led by 11 at half, then Duke started second half on a 20-1 run. Having Amile Jefferson back helps the Blue Devils.
2) Spurs 118, Cavaliers 115, OT– ABC got a barnburner for their first Saturday primetime game of the year. I’m guessing Lebron James must like the Cavaliers’ sleeved uniforms, or else they wouldn’t wear them. Kawhi Leonard had 41 points for the Spurs.
1— Kentucky 85, South Carolina 69— Sindarius Thornwell scored 34 of Gamecocks’ 69 points, but there is no one in the SEC who can hang with Kentucky in Rupp Arena.