The Top 25 in 25 – 02/11/19

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

#1 Tennessee 73 Florida 61

The top-ranked Vols easily handled the Gators, as their showdown with Kentucky at Rupp looms next weekend.

#2 Duke 81 #3 Virginia 71

The Blue Devils, a team that averages 31% from 3, good for 315th in the nation, knocked down 13-21 (62%) from down town, as they swept the season series with the Cavaliers. The Hoos have allowed 72+ points only twice this season – both to Duke, their only two losses of the season.

#4 Gonzaga 94 Saint Mary’s 46

The Zags won going away, but the injury news about F Killian Tillie (torn foot ligament – out indefinitely) before the game puts a damper on their outlook.

#5 Kentucky 71 Mississippi St 67

The Wildcats allowed an 18-pt 2H lead shrink to a single point, before putting the game away down the stretch.

#6 Nevada 91 New Mexico 62

The Wolfpack avenged their only loss of the year, a 27-pt loss to the Lobos, with a 29-pt victory over the Lobos.

#7 Michigan 61 #19 Wisconsin 52

Speaking of revenge, the Wolverines moved to 5-0 vs ranked teams this year, as they got pay back against the Badgers, who had beaten them earlier this month. Wisconsin weird streak of 4 wins in a row vs Michigan when the Wolverines were ranked in the Top 10 came to an end.

#8 North Carolina 88 Miami 85 OT

Coby White score 25 of his 33 pts in the 2H & OT, as the Tar Heels moved to 9-1 in ACC play, their best start ever under head coach Roy Williams.

#9 Michigan St 79 Minnesota 55

Sparty got 22 pts from Nick Ward & shot 52% from the field to put an end to their 3-game losing streak.

#10 Marquette 66 #14 Villanova 65

In front of the biggest crowd in Golden Eagles’ history, Marquette improved to 16-0 this year when G Markus Howard scores 20+ pts (he had 38 pts). The Wildcats had won 15 Big East games in a row dating back to last year, before the 1-pt loss on the road.

Clemson 59 #11 Virginia Tech 51

The Hokies shot 28% on the road – file under: Bold strategy, Cotton.

#12 Houston 65 #25 Cincinnati 58

Coogs G Dejon Jarreau scored 12 of his team’s final 13 points to help Houston pick up the W & stay in 1st place in the AAC. After taking the lead 58-57, the Bearcats decided to not score the final 6:11 of the game – file under: Bold strategy, Cotton Part Deux.

#13 Kansas 84 Oklahoma St 72

After a week of turmoil, the Jayhawks go 25 pts from Dedric Lawson & 23 from Ochai Agbaji to right the ship.

#15 Purdue 81 Nebraska 62

The Boilermakers continue to climb up the rankings, as they improved to 10-2 in the B1G behind 27 points from Carsen Edwards & holding the Huskers to 38% from the field.

#22 Florida St 80 #16 Louisville 75 OT

The Seminoles’ D forced 23 turnovers & got a much needed conference win to stay above .500 in ACC play. The Cardinals are in a brutal stretch of their schedule, where they played #9 UNC (L), at #11 Virginia Tech (W), at #22 FSU (L), with #2 Duke (W?, if the pattern holds) up next.

TCU 92 #17 Iowa St 83

Talk about #HiltonUnmagic, the Cyclones, ranked #31 in Adjusted D, allowed the Horned Frogs to shoot 53% from the field, while committing 15 turnovers. #NotGoodBob

#18 Texas Tech 66 Oklahoma 54

The Red Raiders had 4 players in double figures, and the #1 ranked team in Adjusted Defense acted like it, holding the Sooners to 36% from the field.

#20 Iowa 80 Northwestern 79

Despite allowing the Wildcats to shoot 52% from the field and getting dominated on the boards (-12), the Hawkeyes avoided a major upset and gutted out a win at home.

#21 LSU 83 Auburn 78

The Tigahs are one of the nation’s best kept secrets, as they are 9-1 in SEC play.

#23 Buffalo 90 Central Michigan 76

The Bulls have won 22 straight home games, as CJ Massinburg scored all of his 18 points in the 2H to help them pull away from the Chippewas.

#24 Maryland DNP


Bonus Play of the Week

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include one of the best buzzer beaters ever…just like the Missouri St coach drew it up: