Weekend college basketball results

Eric Moore
Sports Editor

College Basketball Round Up
The season is winding down. We are entering the final week of the regular season. After that, conference tournaments will start the following weekend. Selection Sunday is March 15th, less than 2 weeks away. Shortly after Selection Sunday, all will be right in the world. People will be printing out brackets and filling them out at their desk. Inevitably, Jan from accounting will win your office pool by picking her favorite mascots and everyone will be in disbelief. It has been an exciting regular season thus far and boy do we still have the best ahead of us. So let’s recap what happened this past weekend as everyone is trying to add to their tournament resume.

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

(#1) Kentucky (29-0) 84
(#18) Arkansas (23-6) 67

Arkansas came into the game firmly considered the second best team in the SEC. Kentucky proved why they will stay the second best team in the conference. Trey Lyles led Kentucky to the win behind an incredibly efficient 8-10 shooting from the field for 18 points. Arkansas never seriously threatened the unbeaten Wildcats all game.

Virginia Tech (10-19) 57
(#2) Virginia (27-1) 69

In their last home game this season, Virginia took on the in state rival and league basement dweller Virginia Tech. They slowly grinded the Hokies into submission as they had done to 26 times prior this year. On Senior day, Virginia’s lone senior Darion Atkins led the victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

BYU (23-8) 73
(#3) Gonzaga (29-2) 70

This game had a lot riding on it for both teams. Gonzaga is fighting for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, while BYU was fighting for its tournament life. BYU has a good record, but many in the media questioned whether they had the quality wins to get into the tournament. They left Spokane with a victory and all but punched their ticket to the Big Dance. In doing so, they snapped Gonzaga’s 22 game winning streaks and 41 game home winning streaks. BYU got the win by never trailing in the game. They also won despite former WCC Player of the Year and BYU all-time leading scorer Tyler Haws scoring only 10 points. This marks the end of the regular season as both move on to the WCC tournament in Las Vegas.

Syracuse (18-11) 54
(#4) Duke (26-3) 73

Syracuse is playing for pride right now as they have banned themselves from the post season for program violations. Duke is playing for a #1 seed and it shows. They quickly dispatched the Orange on Saturday. Justice Winslow led the way with 23 points and 9 rebounds.

(#6) Villanova (27-2) 78
Xavier (18-12) 66
Xavier came out firing on all cylinders. The Cintas Center was rocking as the Musketeers built a 9 point halftime lead. Villanova woke up about 10 minutes into the second half. They started hitting 3 pointers from everywhere. They ended up 13-29 from 3 and turned the deficit into a 12 point win. Dylan Ennis led Villanova with 16 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

(#7) Arizona (26-3) 63
(#13) Utah (22-6) 57

The game was close throughout. Both teams held small leads throughout the game. The difference in the game was made by Arizona’s Gabe York. York went to the free throw line with Utah leading 57-55 with 1:39 left to play. He made his first free throw. Missed the second one, but was able to wrangle his own miss and put it back to take the lead 58-57. They would never relinquish that lead and came out of Salt Lake City with a primo road victory.

(#8) Kansas (23-6) 69
Texas (17-12) 64

Texas could have really used a road win at Allen Fieldhouse. They are on the bubble right now, and beating a very good Kansas team would have done the trick. Texas had some shots to take down the Jayhawks. Texas’ Isaiah Taylor missed the front end of a 1 and 1 when they were down 2 with 48.3 seconds left. He missed an attempt to tie the game with 6.1 seconds as well. Perry Ellis had a monster game for Kansas with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

(#10) Northern Iowa (27-3) 60
(#11) Wichita State (27-3) 74

All eyes were on the Missouri Valley Conference this weekend as Northern Iowa travelled to Wichita. Northern Iowa topped the Shockers earlier this season 70-54 on January 31. The Shockers avenged their only conference loss with an emphatic victory. They sprinted out to a large lead and never looked back. Ron Baker led the team with 17 points.

(#12) Iowa State (20-8) 69
Kansas State (15-15) 70

Earlier in the week Kansas State knocked off in state rival Kansas and created quite a stir while rushing the floor to celebrate the victory. On Saturday, another top 15 team came to Manhattan looking for an easy road win. That didn’t happen as Kansas State used a 22-9 run to win the game down the stretch. A second big victory thankfully did not bring a second court rushing controversy.

(#15) North Carolina (20-9) 73
Miami (18-11) 64

Brice Johnson led the Tar Heels to a comfortable victory on the road against a Miami team fighting for their tournament life. Johnson was an efficient 11-15 from the field for 22 points and 11 rebounds.

(#16) Oklahoma (20-8) 67
TCU (17-12) 60

TCU took a surprising halftime lead at 36-28. The 16th ranked Sooners quickly restored order as they won the second half 39-24 en route to the 7 point victory. Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 21 points to go along with his 13 rebounds. The Sooners are now 1 game out of first place in the Big 12 with 2 games to go. The season finale will be with league leader Kansas who has won the past 11 Big 12 regular seasons. There could be a changing of the guard this time next week!

(#17) Louisville (23-6) 81
Florida State (15-15) 59

Not much to see here, just Louisville putting the screws to a lesser Florida State team. This game was never competitive game as the Cardinals dismantled the home team in Tallahassee.

(#20) West Virginia (22-7) 66
(#19) Baylor (22-7) 78

Baylor jumped all over the visiting Mountaineers early. The Mountaineers were without their star Juwan Staten and team captain Gary Browne exited the game less than 3 minutes into the game due to injury. Baylor took advantage and quickly built a large lead to cruise to an important resume building victory.

Dayton (22-6) 59
(#22) Virginia Commonwealth (21-8) 55

The Flyers travelled to Richmond tied with VCU atop the A 10 conference. They needed a big road win and essentially punched their ticket to the Big Dance. Road wins against top 25 teams are few and far between and they just barely edged the Rams. The game was close throughout, but VCU just couldn’t take a lead. They missed a long 3 pointer that would have given them the win with under 5 seconds to play.

(#23) Butler (21-8) 67
DePaul (12-18) 53

Butler came to Chicago and came away with a double digit victory as they expected to. Kellen Dunham led them with 24 points.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Michigan State (19-10) 61
(#5) Wisconsin (26-3) 68

Wisconsin was able to clinch regular season Big Ten title on Sunday as it knocked off a gritty Spartans team. It was senior night for the Badgers and a celebration of the career of National Player of the Year Candidate Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky scored 31 on 11 of 17 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds. When coach Bo Ryan was asked to reflect on Kaminsky’s career, he said that he is the best player the league had seen since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson who ended his career in 1994.

(#21) SMU (23-6) 73
Connecticut (17-11) 81

Connecticut got a solid home win against a ranked SMU team, but will it be enough for a tournament bid for the defending Champs? Rodney Purvis led the scoring for Connecticut with 28 points. Surely, wins against Memphis and at Temple could go a long way this week. Just a few weeks ago we were counting these guys out, but watching how hard they fought in the NCAA tournament last year, should we ever count out a Kevin Ollie coached team?

Marquette (11-17) 66
(#25) Providence (20-9) 77

Providence was able to cruise behind a monster game out of LaDontae Henton. Henton recorded 25 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Marquette has now lost 11 of its last 12 games.