Catching up with the weekend’s Top 25 college basketball action in 25 sentences.
#1 Gonzaga 69 St Mary’s 55
The Zags shot 53% from the field, and turned a 2-pt HT score into a 14-pt blowout.
#2 Virginia 73 Pittsburgh 49
The Hoos D held a team under 50 points for a 10th time this season, tops in the nation.
#3 Duke 87 Miami 57
RJ Barrett recorded his 7th double-double of the year with 19 pts, 10 rips, & 7 dimes.
#7 Tennessee 71 #4 Kentucky 52
The Wildcats had season lows in FG% (32%) and points in the paint (10). In a revenge game, the Vols dominated, getting 27 pts from Jordan Bone, while leading for the last 30 mins of the game.
#5 North Carolina 81 Clemson 79
Twenty-eight points from Coby White helped the Tar Heels survive a tough road game & a bout of vertigo for Roy Williams (he left the game, but was fine afterward).
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2019
Indiana 63 # 6 Michigan St 62
Cassius Winston had 20 pts, 5 rips, & 3 dimes, but his last second shot fell short, as the Hoosiers beat a ranked team for the 2nd straight game (after losing 12 of 13 games).
UCF 69 #8 Houston 64
The Knights solidified their Tournament resume, while ending the Coog’s nation’s longest active home winning streak at 33.
#9 Michigan 69 #17 Maryland 62
The game was won at the FT for the Wolverines, as they shot almost the same from the field as Maryland (44% vs 43%), the same from 3pt (6-20 vs 6-20), but outscored the Terps by 7 at the FT line. All of Maryland’s starters scored double digits, but it wasn’t enough.
Creighton 66 #10 Marquette 60
Markus Howard went off (33 pts), but got no help, as no other Golden Eagle scored more than 7 pts.
#11 Texas Tech 81 TCU 66
The Red Raiders kept pace to potentially win the Big 12 with their 7th win in a row.
— Jake Edmonds (@JakeKUTV) March 3, 2019
Utah St 81 #12 Nevada 76
Things got heated as 1st place for the Mountain West was on the line, and the Wolfpack only shot 36% from the field to drop to 2nd place in the conference.
#13 LSU 74 Alabama 69
The Tigahs got 20 pts from Skylar Mays (16 in the 2H), and are now 8-0 on in the road in the SEC.
#14 Purdue 86 Ohio St 51
It was #BoilerUp & #HammerDown, as the Boilermakers finished undefeated at home for only the 2nd time since 1970.
#15 Kansas 72 Oklahoma St 67
Dedric Lawson dropped 20 pts with 15 rips, as the Jayhawks finished the game on an 8-0 run over the final 4:00.
#16 Kansas St 66 Baylor 60
KSU kept pace with Texas Tech in the race for the Big 12 title by forcing Baylor into 19 turnovers with their defense.
#18 Florida St 78 NC State 73
Mfiondu Kabengele (say that 3x fast) gave the Noles a YUGE boost with a team high 16 pts & 4 swats off the bench.
#19 Wisconsin 61 Penn St 57
Despite being down 7 pts at HT, it was 19 home wins in a row for #19 Wisconsin against Penn St.
#20 Virginia Tech DNP
#21 Buffalo 77 Miami (OH) 69
The Bulls started the game on an 18-0, and never looked back for their 7th win in a row.
Rutgers 86 #22 Iowa 72
The Hawkeyes have lost 3 of 4, as the Scarlet Knights got their 1st road win against a ranked teams since 2006.
#23 Cincinnati 71 Memphis 69
Logan Johnson stole the ball with :01 left to preserve a Bearcats gutty conference win.
Wofford’s Fletcher Magee is college basketball’s JJ Reddick. A elite shooter that has extreme toughness. Fletcher lead the nation last year in three point makes (148) at 44%. #Yoda pic.twitter.com/saQ4tlqK6r
— Rashad Phillips (@RP3natural) October 5, 2018
#24 Wofford 85 Samford 64
If you haven’t heard of Fletcher Magee, you need to plug in because the Terrier guard dropped 36 pts (8-14 deep) and he leads the country in 3pt FGM.
PS – Do yourself a favor and give Rashad Phillips (above tweet) a follow. As you can see, he’s always ahead of the curve. He’s one of the best in the biz, and you will get b-ball knowledge on top of b-ball knowledge.
#25 Washington 62 Stanford 61
Fresh off their embarrassing loss at Cal, the Huskies held on at the buzzer against Stanford, as F KZ Okpala missed a 3 pointer would’ve won it for the Cards.