Weekend college basketball results

Eric Moore
Sports Editor

Saturday February 14, 2015

(#1) Kentucky (25-0) 77
South Carolina (12-12) 43

Kentucky came out and took care of business against one of the SEC cellar dwellers. The Wildcats opened up a 25 point lead before the half was over and then put in in cruise control for the second half. Willie Cauley-Stein led the balanced scoring effort by Kentucky with 14 points.

(#2) Virginia (23-1) 61
Wake Forest (12-14) 60

Virginia avoided what could have been the upset of the year on Saturday. Wake Forest came into the game losers of 6 of their last 9 games, but had upset on their mind on the road in Charlottesville. Wake Forest built a 7 point lead going into halftime. After the half, Virginia gained control and built a 13 point lead to gain command of the game. Wake Forest was not finished. Wake Forest’s Dino Mitoglou had other plans as he was unconscious from the 3 point land hitting 6 of them and finishing with 18 points. Wake Forest even had a chance to tie when they got to the free throw line with 16.5 seconds left. They split the pair but when the missed the second one they got the rebound and called timeout. After the timeout, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon stole the ball as Wake Forest never did get off the potential game winning shot.

(#3) Gonzaga (26-1) 56
Pepperine (15-11) 48

Gonzaga squared off with rival Pepperdine in a tougher than expected league game on Saturday. It was neck and neck as they were tied at 30 a piece of half. The 56 points they scored were a season low, but were able to get a strong showing from their defense as they only allowed 18 points in the second half. Kevin Pangos led Gonzaga with 19 points.

(#4) Duke (22-3) 80
Syracuse (16-9) 72

Syracuse is having a lost season after they imposed a post season ban on themselves this year for NCAA rules violations. That didn’t stop them from putting up a fight against one of the best teams in the country. They actually led at half 39-36. Former Duke Player Michael Gbinijie had a career high 27 points and 5 3 point field goals against his former team. After Gbinijie hit his 5th 3 pointer, it opened up an 11 point lead with 3:28 left in the first half. Duke closed to first half with a 13-5 run to reduce the lead to 3. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor started to take over in the second half as he went for 23 points and 11 rebounds. He exerted his will against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and they came out with the hard fought road win.

(#6) Villanova (23-2) 68
(#18) Butler (18-7) 65

The Hinkle Fieldhouse was raucous and upset minded as the Big East Leaders came to town. They gave Villanova all they could handle. This game was back and forth as the teams took turns holding the lead. With 2:43 left, Butler took the lead 63-62 on an Alex Barlow 3 point basket. Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard would respond by drawing a foul from behind the 3 point line. He would nail all 3 to take the lead back. With 17 seconds left Butler tied the game on a Roosevelt Jones layup. Hilliard took it in his hands again as he hit a 3 pointer with 1.5 seconds left for the win. Hilliard finished with a career high 31 points and 8 made 3 pointers.

(#8) Kansas 74 (21-4) 74
(#16) Baylor (18-7) 64

Baylor played a tough first half and came away leading 33-27. They actually started the game on an 18-6 run. They were flying around and grabbing every loose ball. Eventually Kansas woke up and decided they wanted to play some basketball too. After halftime, Kansas imposed its will and kept their home winning streak alive for the 21st time. Kelly Oubre led the Jayhawks with 18 points and 6 rebounds.

(#9) Louisville (20-5) 65
NC State (15-11) 74

NC State used a strong second half performance to upset Louisville on their home court at the KFC Yum! Center. NC State had just come off a close loss to #2 Virginia and figured they better not let another top 10 team off the hook. This time they were able to get it done thanks to Anthony Barber’s 21 points. NC State kept Louisville off the scoreboard as they shot a season low 33% from the field.

(#21) West Virginia (19-6) 59
(#14) Iowa State (18-6) 79

Iowa State took care of business against a tough West Virginia team. The game was close for the first half, but they blew it wide open in the second half. Monte Morris had the hot hand as he went 6-8 from the field including 4-4 from 3 for a game high 19 points. He also had 5 assists.

(#17) Oklahoma (17-8) 56
Kansas State (13-13) 59

Kansas State’s Marcus Foster just finished serving a 3 game suspension. He came back and so did the Wildcats. He hit a 3 pointer with 3.4 seconds left to upset the Oklahoma Sooners. Foster finished with 14 points on the night but the last 3 were the most important. The clutch shot by Foster was made possible by the great defense Kansas State played. They held Oklahoma to a season low for points.

(#21) Oklahoma State (17-8) 55
TCU (15-10) 70

The records don’t appear to be that much different. On the surface, it appears that Oklahoma State is a mere 2 games better than TCU. However, TCU went undefeated against a weak non-conference schedule. They are a mere 2-10 in Big 12 league play. That didn’t matter Saturday as TCU stayed close in the first half and blew it open in the second. TCU deployed a balanced scoring effort as Trey Zeigler led the Horned Frogs with 13 points.

(#24) Arkansas (20-5) 71
Ole Miss (17-8) 70
Both teams came into this game hot as Ole Miss had won 6 games in a row and Arkansas firmly held onto 2nd place in the SEC behind undefeated Kentucky. The Rebels trailed for the majority of the game, but it was never a large deficit. They took the lead for the first time 58-57 with 8:35 remaining. Manuale Watkins ended up hitting a short jumper for the game winner for Arkansas with 6.4 seconds left. Ole Miss’ Jarvis Summers got off a mid-range jumper as time expired, but it was no good as it hit the back rim.

Sunday, February 15, 2015
(#11) Utah (20-4) 76
California (16-10) 61

Utah cruised to a 15 point victory over conference foe California. They did get off to a slow start as they were down 32-26 with just under 5 minutes to go in the first half. They responded by going on a 14-2 run before half time. Jakob Poeltl led the Utes with 18 points and 8 rebounds. They are now on a 5 game winning streak.

(#13) Northern Iowa (24-2) 68
Missouri State (9-17) 57

Northern Iowa went on the road and took care of business. They came into Missouri State and shot the lights out when they converted 12 three point shots. This matches their season high they reached 4 days ago against Illinois State. Northern Iowa built a 42-20 lead before half and was able to give the walk ons some extended play time.

(#5) Wisconsin (23-2) 68
Illinois (17-9) 49

Wisconsin is simply playing for a #1 seed, while Illinois is looking to build a resume to get into the tournament. A win at Wisconsin would have gone a long way for their tournament hopes. Illinois was riding high as they came off a hard fought overtime victory against Michigan. Their hopes were quickly dashed as Wisconsin exerted their will against Illinois. Frank Kaminsky was simply too much for Illinois as he scored 23 to go with 11 rebounds.

(#7) Arizona (22-3) 86
Washington State (11-14) 59

The score was 53-19 at half time. That’s about all you need to know about this game. Congrats Wildcats.