The Top 25 in 25 – 01/14/19

Catching up with the weekend’s Top 25 college basketball action in 25 sentences.

#1 Duke 80 #13 Florida St 78

The best player in the country, RJ Barrett, led a Zion-less (eye injury) 2H, and Cam Reddish hit the game-winning 3-pointer. Noles head coach Leonard Hamilton missed out on a chance to beat Duke when they were ranked #1 for the 3rd time in his career with the gut punch loss.

#2 Michigan 80  Northwestern 70

Behind 24 points from Zavier Simpson, the Wolverines improved to 17-0 for the first time in team history, and have won 31 of their last 32 games (we won’t mention that the only game they lost was the Championship game. #ThatWouldBeRude)

#3 Tennessee 78 Florida 67

It was 69-67 Tennessee with 1:25 left, before the Vols finished the game on a 9-0 run.

#4 Virginia 63 Clemson 43

The Wahoos held their opponent under 50 points for the 7th time this year in only 15 games.

#5 Gonzaga 96 San Francisco 83

The Zags exploded for 59 points in the 2H, breaking open a tie game at halftime.

Michigan State’s Gabe Brown eyes a 3-pointer over the Penn St defense. – (photo: Chris Knight/AP)
#6 Michigan St 71 Penn St 56

The Spartans are ranked 10th in the country in defensive efficiency, and acted accordingly against the Nittany Lions.

#7 Kansas 73 Baylor 68

Despite the Bears dominating the Jayhawks on the glass 49-30, Dedric Lawson led Kansas to a win with 17 points, 5 steals, and 5 blocks.

#8 Texas Tech 68 Texas 62

Pop in your Bone Thugz-N-Harmony CD, dial up Friends on the TV, and get those Pokemon cards out, because the Red Raiders are partying like it’s the 90s, after winning in Austin for the first time since 1996 (0-22 in that span).

#9 Virginia Tech: DNP
The Wolfpack’s Caleb Martin led Nevada to a conference win against Fresno St.
#10 Nevada 74 Fresno St 64

Caleb Martin (27 points, 9 rips) led the charge, as the Wolfpack handed Bulldogs their first conference loss.

#11 Auburn 93 Georgia 78

The Tigers shot 50% from the field, made 12 3-pointers, and out-rebounded Georgia in an SEC thumping.

Louisville 83 #12 North Carolina 62

The Cards dealt the Tar Heels their worst home defeat since 2002, the infamous 8-20 team (cue all UNC fans barfing).

Ole Miss 81 #14 Miss St 77

The Rebs stayed undefeated in he SEC and won their 10th straight for the first time since 2007-08, as the Bulldogs have yet to win a conference game.

DJ Funderburk’s career high 18 points off the bench led the Wolfpack to victory over Pitt. – (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
#15 NC State 86 Pittsburgh 80

After losing PG Markell Johnson to injury and F Wyatt Walker to ejection, the Wolfpack got 54 points from their bench to bounce back from their loss to rival UNC.

Iowa 72 #16 Ohio St 16

The Buckeyes tried an exotic gameplan of shooting 37% from the field, committing 21 turnovers, and committing 23 fouls on the road – the results were poor.

#17 Houston 79 Wichita St 70

Down by 5 at HT, the Coogs needed a 46-pt 2H to rally to win their 29th straight home victory.

#18 Kentucky 56 Vanderbilt 47

The stifling Wildcats defense held the Commodores to 47 points, 36% shooting, and dominated the boards (38-21) to secure the W.

#19 Buffalo 88 Miami (OH) 64

The Bulls (15-1) are off to their best start since 1930-1931 (it’s a party, ol chap!).

Kansas St 58 #20 Iowa St 57

The Cyclones led 57-52 with 2:30 left, and didn’t score again in the loss. #HiltonUnmagic

Marquette guard Markus Howard is a big time player for the Golden Eagles. – (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
#21 Marquette 70 Seton Hall 66

Markus Howard (26 points, 6 rips, 6 dimes) is a baaaaaaaaaaaaad man!

Maryland 78 #22 Indiana 75

The Hoosiers were dominated on the boards 42-25, losing a tough road B1G game.

#23 Oklahoma 76 #25 TCU 74

Not a bad day at the office for Sooners F Kristian Doolittle (24 pts, 10 rips, the GW floater with 3 sec left). The Horned Frogs’ Kouat Noi dropped 30 points, but it wasn’t enough to save TCU.

DePaul 79 #24 St. John’s 71

BREAKING: When star guard Shamorie Ponds (20.6 pts/gm, 6.0 ast/gm) doesn’t play due to injury, the Johnnies aren’t as good.