However, it was a drama-free night in the ACC, as Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-7, 6-4) fell at No. 17 Miami Hurricanes (17-4. 6-3) 79-70 in a crucial seeding matchup for both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. Five Hurricane players scored more than 10, led by Anthony Lawrence Jr.'s 18 off the bench. No. 9 Virginia (18-4, 7-3) only defeated Boston College (7-15, 0-9) by 14, 61-47, in Charlottesville, but considering how awful the Eagles are, the deficit might as well have been 140. Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 27 on the night.
At times, No. 7 Kansas (18-4, 6-3) struggled with visiting Kansas State (13-9, 2-7), but the Jayhawks put another hole in the Wildcats' NCAA hopes with a 77-59 victory. Perry Ellis led the hosts with 19.
Texas Tech (13-8, 3-6) was a bit more fortunate, though the Red Raiders needed OT and a Devaughntah Williams lay-in with one second left in the extra session to defeat Oklahoma State (11-11, 2-7) 63-61—and that was the first made field goal of the game for Williams.
No. 3 Villanova (19-3, 9-1) obliterated visiting Creighton (14-9, 5-5) 83-58 behind 22 from Kris Jenkins. The Wildcats easily completed the sweep despite the continued absence of center Daniel Ochefu (concussion). The sixth-ranked Xavier Musketeers (20-2, 8-2) became the first team in Division I to reach 20 wins, but St. John's (7-16, 0-10) didn't make it easy on Chris Mack's squad at the Cintas Center. Xavier only won by seven, 90-83, after leading by just two at the half and by five with a little more than a minute left.
Seton Hall (16-6, 6-4) picked up an important win for its bubble hopes, handling visiting Marquette (15-8, 4-6) for the second time this season 79-62 in Newark. Isaiah Whitehead scored 21 for the Pirates, while Angel Delgado dominated inside, scoring 19 and grabbing 13 boards.
As has always been the case in their short time sharing the same conference, No. 4 Maryland (20-3, 9-2) and Nebraska (12-11, 4-6) played a nailbiter. The Terps became the nation's second 20-game winner with a 70-65 victory in Lincoln, paced by 20 from Melo Trimble and 16 and 10 from Diamond Stone. No. 5 Iowa (18-4, 9-1) rolled to its second straight easy home win, 73-49 over Penn State (11-12, 2-8) with Jarrod Uthoff leading the 14 Hawkeyes who saw action on the night with ... 14 points.
Ryan Anderson dominated Washington State (9-13, 1-9), scoring a career high of 31 and snatching 12 boards in No. 23 Arizona's (18-5, 6-4) 79-64 win in Pullman. In Seattle, Dejounte Murray dropped 34 on Arizona State (12-11, 2-8), but Washington (15-7, 7-3) needed a second-half rally and overtime to dispose of the Sun Devils 95-83. The Huskies trailed by 12 at the half, but outscored ASU 17-5 in the extra session.
Thanks to some clutch late foul shooting Florida (15-7, 6-3) held off Arkansas (11-11, 4-5) 87-83 to win for the fifth time in six games. The Razorback's Anthlon Bell led all scorers with 24, including four threes on five attempts, while Dorian Finney-Smith scored 22 and grabbed 9 boards for the Gators, who also got a career high 17 from Chris Chiozza, who's also a pretty good passer and ballhandler.
Ok Chris Chiozza https://t.co/cqh39kT1bb— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 4, 2016
It was a mixed night for the A 10's bid contenders. League-leading VCU (17-5, 9-0) cruised past La Salle (5-15, 1-8) at Tom Gola Arena 88-70, while George Washington (17-5, 6-3) toppled Davidson (12-8, 4-5) by a 79-69 count in Foggy Bottom. Saint Joseph's (18-4, 8-2) surprisingly fell to St. Bonaventure (14-6, 6-3) at Hagan Arena 83-73, thanks in part to 31 points from Bona's Jaylen Adams. Richmond (11-10, 3-6), fading out of the picture, also dropped a home game, to struggling George Mason (8-14, 2-7) 78-74.
No. 21 Wichita State (17-5, 11-0) is now four games up on Evansville (18-6, 7-4) and Southern Illinois (18-6, 7-4) in the Missouri Valley following a 76-55 home win over the Salukis. The Purple Aces dropped their second game in a row and third in their last four, 57-54 at Northern Iowa (13-11, 5-6).