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College Hoops Go-Round: January 17

It was another difficult Saturday for ranked teams. While not quite as many lost as a week ago, there were plenty of close calls to go along with the upsets that did happen. 

 

 

  • There were thrillers in the Big East too. No. 5 Syracuse held off No. 10 West Virginia to grab a big 72-71 road win in a game where Wes Johnson was sick and Andy Rautins fouled out, No. 16 Pittsburgh got a big 3 and a pair of free throws to tie Louisville at the end of regulation. The Panthers ended up winning in OT, 82-77Cincinnati knocked off Notre Dame60-58, thanks to Yancy Gates converting his own miss in the final seconds. USF also beat Rutgers73-64.
  • No. 7 Michigan State is all alone atop the Big Ten, as they defeated Illinois73-63. Things aren't going well for No. 6 Purdue, however, as they fell for the third straight time. Northwestern stunned the Boilers in Evanston, 72-64Iowa won their first conference game, 67-64 over Penn State No. 13 Wisconsin couldn't sweep Ohio State, as the Buckeyes won in Columbus, 60-51.
  • In the Big 12, No. 1 Texas didn't lead until overtime, but they defeated Texas A&M72-67, to stay perfect. Texas Tech was no match for No. 3 Kansas, falling 89-63 Missouri fell at Oklahoma66-61 No. 13 Kansas State got more than they bargained for at Colorado, but the Wildcats prevailed, 87-81No. 22 Baylor rebounded from their loss to the Buffs by sending Oklahoma State to their second straight defeat, 83-70 Iowa State won for the first time in the conference, topping Nebraska56-53.
  • No. 18  BYU now sits all by themselves atop the Mountain West. The Cougars crushed Colorado State, 91-47. New Mexico finally claimed their first league win, 70-68 over Wyoming. Utah now sits in a second place tie with CSU after stunning UNLV on the road, 73-69San Diego State, meanwhile, is back at .500 after beating TCU, 67-62.
  • Arizona State will have the Pac-10's auto bid in Monday's bracket after their 66-57 win over Oregon StateWashington ended their three-game conference losing streak with an 84-69 win over California Arizona sent Oregon to their third straight league loss, 74-60Washington State got to 3-3 in the conference with a 77-73 win over Stanford. USC rolled UCLA at Pauley, 67-46.
  • It was a day full of close ones in the SEC. No. 9 Tennessee needed OT to defeat No. 21 Ole Miss71-69 No. 2 Kentucky stayed perfect after surviving their trip to Auburn72-67, after blowing a big lead. Arkansas grabbed a 71-59 home win over AlabamaMississippi State earned a close 72-69 win against Georgia. Vanderbilt handled South Carolina89-79Florida won their first conference game, knocking off LSU72-58.
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    There are even more scores after the jump.

    In other Saturday action.

    • Maine defeated Stony Brook, 67-61, to move to 2-1 in the America East.
    • Campbell still leads the A-Sun, as the Camels crushed Stetson, 81-55. ETSU remains a game back after a big 73-51 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Lipscomb is also just a game off the pace. The Bison routed North Florida, 79-55. Jacksonville knocked Belmont to .500 in the conference by topping the Bruins, 76-66
    • Xavier moved to 4-0 in the A-10 with a 78-74 win over Dayton, No. 19 Temple defeated UMass, 76-64, to also stay perfect in the league. Rhode Island ran by Fordham, 85-67. LIke the Rams, Richmond is a game back of the lead pack in the loss column. The Spiders held off La Salle, 67-63. Elsewhere, St. Bonaventure defeated St. Joseph's, 68-65.
    • Weber State remains atop the Big Sky after beating Idaho State, 95-93 in triple OT. Northern Colorado remains a game back after picking up a 74-71 win at Eastern Washington.
    • Radford fell back to second in the Big South after losing to Charleston Southern, 70-55. Coastal Carolina moves back into sole possession of the lead as they defeated High Point, 73-58, earlier in the day. The Panthers are now two games back, just like Liberty, who fell to UNC Asheville, 74-70.
    • Pacific is the only one loss team in the Big West, as they topped UC Irvine at home, 64-51. Cal Poly picked up a huge Big West win, prevailing 90-79 at Long Beach State, to join the group that's a game back in the loss column, Cal State Fullerton lost their chance to join Pacific, as they fell at home to Northridge, 78-72, to join the 2-loss muddle. UC Santa Barbara is also in the trailing pack, as they defeated UC Riverside, 63-56.
    • William & Mary defeated Hofstra, 73-66,  to stay in the tie at the top of the CAA. Northeastern routed UNC Wilmington, 79-56, to join them; George Mason remains in the logjam as well after winning 82-71 at James Madison. Old Dominion is there too, as they slammed Drexel, 71-48. VCU defeated Georgia State, 82-69
    • Marshall is 4-0 in C-USA after they defeated Tulane, 89-79. Tulsa joins them after blasting UCF, 90-70Memphis is 3-0 thanks to an 80-68 win at Rice. UAB had to make up a huge deficit to win at SMU, 63-62, to move to 3-0 themselves. Elsewhere, Houston won at East Carolina, 74-55; and UTEP defeated Southern Miss, 56-49.
    • Butler keeps on winning in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs blew out Youngstown State, 91-61. Green Bay is now in sole possession of second, as they held off Detroit, 74-72Wright State took a step back, as they fell at Milwaukee, 67-61
    • Good news Big Red fans, Cornell will represent the Ivy in Monday's bracket. They topped Columbia, 74-53, to start their league campaign.
    • Another game, another MAAC win for Siena. This time, the Saints won 81-73 at their nearest challenger, Fairfield. Iona defeated Niagara, 64-47; Canisius topped Manhattan, 63-61
    • In the MAC, Western Michigan defeated Central Michigan, 70-61; Miami (OH) kept Ohio winless in the league, thanks to a 79-67 win in Oxford; and Northern Illinois defeated Eastern Michigan, 77-69
    • Morgan State is alone atop the MEAC after topping South Carolina State, 72-67, in Orangeburg. That's because Bethune-Cookman fell 77-60 to Delaware State in Daytona Beach
    • Northern Iowa continues to cruise in the Missouri Valley. The Panthers won for the 15th straight time, topping Indiana State, 62-40. Wichita State fought back at Creighton, but the clock ran out on them in the Jays' last possession, giving Creighton a 57-56 win and depriving the Shockers of a chance to knock UNI out of sole possession of first on Wednesday. Bradley topped fading Missouri State, 74-56, while Southern Illinois won at Evansville, 65-57.
    • Don't count Mt. St. Mary's out of the NEC race. The Mountaineers crushed Long Island, 86-67, in Emmitsburg. Quinnipiac defeated Bryant, 80-66, so the Bobcats join the Blackbirds in a tie at 5-1 for the top spot. Robert Morris joins them, as they knocked off Monmouth, 78-67. St. Francis (NY) is a game back thanks to a 60-53 win over Wagner. Fairleigh Dickinson missed their opportunity, however, as they fell to St. Francis (PA), 54-52. Central Connecticut State had a surprisingly easy time with Sacred Heart, winning 88-65, keeping the Pioneers from staying a game back.
    • Murray State blasted Tennessee Tech, 88-66, to stay unbeaten atop the OVC. Morehead State is a game behind after they knocked off Eastern Illinois, 73-51; Eastern Kentucky is two games back after they defeated Southeast Missouri, 79-63. Austin Peay snuck past Tennessee State, 79-77
    • Lafayette has sole possession of the Patriot League lead after they defeated Navy, 90-77. Holy Cross won their first conference game, 82-69 over Bucknell,
    • College of Charleston got some measure of revenge for their loss to Chattanooga in last year's SoCon final. The Cougars smashed the Mocs, 90-66, at McKenzie Arena. With Chattanooga's loss, Western Carolina is now all alone atop the North Division. The Catamounts slipped past Elon, 83-81. Elsewhere, The Citadel snuck past Samford, 51-50; Appalachian State defeated UNC Greensboro, 72-64; and Wofford is two games back of C of C in the South Division after knocking off Davidson, 68-62.
    • Sam Houston State moved to 2-0 in the Southland by defeating East leader Southeastern Louisiana, 84-79. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 3-0, however, after beating Northwestern State, 98-83. UT San Antonio dropped their first game, however, 72-66 at UT Arlington. Nicholls State topped Stephen F. Austin, 71-63; Lamar topped McNeese State in a 79-78 thriller
    • Jackson State is the new SWAC leader, as they defeated Prairie View A&M at home53-52. Texas Southern is a game behind after they won at Grambling, 74-69. So is Arkansas Pine Bluff, who handled Southern, 64-51. Alabama State defeated Alabama A&M, 83-69.
    • Oakland is 7-0 in the Summit after they routed Southern Utah, 99-53. IUPUI remains a game back after they knocked off Centenary, 74-58. Oral Roberts is three behind in the loss column after beating Western Illinois, 74-62.

    • Western Kentucky defeated Florida International, 81-64, but Arkansas State will have the Sun Belt's auto bid in the Monday projection. John Brady's Red Wolves have one more league win than the Hilltoppers, thanks to their 83-70win at North Texas. UL-Monroe sent Denver to another road loss, 64-53. Florida Atlantic won at Middle Tennessee, 61-60. Arkansas-Little Rock won their first conference game of the season, 76-69, over UL-Lafayette. South Alabama also sneaked by Troy, 69-67.

    • No. 17 Gonzaga is still unbeaten in the WCC, thanks to an easy 68-50 win at San Diego. Pepperdine is also 3-0 in the conference after a 83-68 home win over San Francisco. St. Mary's is a game back after they held off Portland, 77-72.

    • New Mexico State sent Fresno State to their second straight WAC loss, 86-77. The Aggies remain a game behind leaders Louisiana Tech. Utah State hammered still winless

      Boise State

      81-59, to stay two games back, and Nevada joins them (and Fresno and San Jose State) after beating Idaho, 76-68.

    If you don't see your team's result, click on any of the score links. You'll find a rundown of the night's scores on the right side of the page.

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    Sunday's slate kicks off with a big Top 25 clash in the Big East. All times are p.m. Eastern unless noted

     

    • No. 11 Georgetown at No. 4 Villanova, 12 (Big East/Full Court): The Hoyas would love to knock the Wildcats from the ranks of the BIg East unbeatens.

  • Toledo at Ball State, 1 (select FSN outlets/Full Court): These MAC West cellar dwellers are both looking for their first conference victory. One will have to wait yet another game.

  • No. 15 Connecticut at Michigan, 1:30 (CBS): The Wolverines could use a marquee win. The question is, will a victory over the inconsistent Huskies really mean all that much in the end?

  • Boston University at Vermont, 2 (ESPNU): The Catamounts are currently the only America East team with a perfect league mark. The Terriers sit a game back in the loss column.

  • Colgate at American, 2 (CBS College): The defending Patriot League champion Eagles are still in search of their first conference win.

  • DePaul at St. John's, 2 (Big East/Full Court): The two are a combined 1-7 in the Big East.

  • St. Louis at Charlotte, 4 (CBS College): Rick Majerus' Billikens look to stay unbeaten in the A-10.

  • Providence at Marquette, 4 (Big East/Full Court): The Friars sit at 3-2 in the Big East, but they'll be significantly challenged by the Golden Eagles, even if they've only recorded one league win.

  • Minnesota at Indiana, 4:30 (Big Ten): The Golden Gophers can't really afford to drop this one.

  • Wake Forest at No. 8 Duke, 8 (FSN/Comcast SportsNet):The Blue Devils and Demon Deacons both look to stay a game behind Virginia in the ACC race. 

  • Illinois State at Drake, 8 (ESPNU): The Redbirds need to win in Des Moines to stay within reasonable distance of UNI.

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    For information about games that will only be telecast regionally, like Northern Arizona at Portland State and San Jose State at Hawai'i, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV.