Top 25 Capsules
The Associated Press
Feb. 21, 2016
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Josh Hart had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Kris Jenkins added 20 points to lead No. 1 Villanova over Butler, 77-67 on Saturday.
It was the seventh straight victory for the Wildcats (24-3, 13-1 Big East).
Kelan Martin scored 19 points for Butler (18-9, 7-8).
It was the first time in Villanova history that a No. 1 team played at the Pavilion, the Wildcats' on-campus home.
Hart, Villanova's leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, struggled in the last two contests, scoring a combined 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting in wins over St. John's and Temple. But he came alive against Butler, particularly in the second half when he scored 13 points.
Hart finished 8 for 16 from the field, including 3 for 8 from the behind arc.
No. 2 KANSAS 72, KANSAS STATE 63
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III scored 15 points, Perry Ellis added 14 and Kansas escaped after blowing most of a 17-point lead in the second half.
Wayne Selden Jr. also scored 12 for the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12), who needed a jumper from Devonte Graham and some free throws down the stretch to secure their first win at Kansas State in three years.
Stephen Hurt and Barry Brown scored 13 points apiece for Kansas State (15-12, 4-10), which got within 65-62 with less than 2 minutes to go. But that's when Graham knocked down his first basket after five straight misses, and the Jayhawks pulled away from the foul line.
No. 3 OKLAHOMA 76, No. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 62
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 29 points to lead Oklahoma, which had lost three of four.
Oklahoma (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) stayed close in the conference race, tying the Mountaineers and Baylor for second place behind Kansas.
Hield capped a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer to put the Sooners ahead 61-52 with 5:22 left, silencing the home crowd.
Jaysean Paige scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for West Virginia (20-7, 9-5), but the Mountaineers couldn't answer with its own decisive run.
Tarik Phillip led West Virginia with 17 points.
No. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 96, No. 11 MIAMI 71
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Brice Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds as North Carolina regrouped from an emotional loss to rival Duke.
Justin Jackson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (22-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who opened the second half on a 10-0 burst to turn this into blowout. North Carolina shot 54 percent and shut down Miami at every turn while leading by as many as 38 points.
The Tar Heels were coming off Wednesday's crushing 74-73 loss to the Blue Devils, a game in which they led nearly all night only to lose control in the final 3 minutes. And that allowed the Hurricanes (21-5, 10-4) to climb into a first-place tie in the conference and set up a critical game in a wide-open league title chase.
Six players scored in double figures, while the Tar Heels made 9 of 20 3-point attempts only days after going 1 for 13 from behind the arc against the Blue Devils. UNC also dominated the glass by a 46-29 margin, committed just nine turnovers and flirted with its second 100-point performance this season.
Angel Rodriguez and Ivan Cruz Uceda scored 12 points each to lead Miami.
No. 8 XAVIER 88, GEORGETOWN 70
WASHINGTON (AP) — Xavier broke open a tight game by making 12 of its first 13 shots after halftime, and Edmond Sumner finished with a career-best 22 points.
Xavier (24-3, 12-3 Big East) played far better than during a home loss to Georgetown a month ago.
After shooting only 35 percent in that setback, the Musketeers wound up at 54 percent Saturday, including the near-perfect stretch to open the second half. After leading 35-33 at halftime, Xavier scored 13 consecutive points coming out of the break and eventually went ahead by as many as 21.
Georgetown (14-14, 7-8) has lost three straight and six of seven. The Hoyas were led by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 18 points.
Sumner was among four Musketeers in to score in double figures, with James Farr adding 14 points, Trevon Bluiett 13, and J.P. Macura 12.
No. 13 IOWA STATE 92, TCU 83
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Georges Niang scored 27 points, Abdel Nader had 24 and Iowa State held on to move within a victory of its fifth straight 20-win season.
Deonte Burton set season highs with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Cyclones (19-8, 8-6 Big 12), who never trailed despite playing without center Jameel McKay. Iowa State went on a 15-6 run to open the second half and weathered a few Horned Frogs runs for its 12th home win this season.
McKay, averaging 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, didn't play because of what the Cyclones said was a coach's decision.
Freshman forward JD Miller had 19 points and 11 rebounds for TCU (11-16, 2-12), which remained winless in Big 12 road games.
TEXAS A&M 79, No. 14 KENTUCKY 77, OT
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Tyler Davis' putback at the buzzer gave Texas A&M a wild win in overtime after a technical foul on Isaac Humphries cost Kentucky the lead in the final seconds.
With the clock winding down, Danuel House drove into traffic and missed a contested shot that hit the front of the rim. The ball caromed directly to Davis, who banked in a layup as time expired.
The freshman center finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Anthony Collins missed a shot with 9 seconds left for Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference), and Humphries pulled down the rebound with the Wildcats up by one. But after the Aggies fouled him, he slammed the ball to the court and was whistled for a technical that fouled him out.
House made both free throws to give A&M a 77-76 lead. Skal Labissiere hit one of two foul shots for Kentucky (20-7, 10-4) to tie it before the final possession.
Tyler Ulis had 22 points and 11 assists for Kentucky, which had won four straight.
Jalen Jones led A&M with 24 points.
ST. BONAVENTURE 79, No. 15 DAYTON 72
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jaylen Adams matched his career high with 31 points and hit the big shots in the final 36 seconds to lead St. Bonaventure to its first road win over a ranked team in its history.
Adams' 3-pointer with 36 seconds to go snapped a 72-72 tie. He added four free throws in the closing seconds to help the Bonnies (18-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) pull off an improbable win.
The Flyers (21-5, 11-3) were coming off a 79-70 loss at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. They hadn't lost consecutive games in their last 77, the third-longest active streak behind Villanova and Kansas. Plus, the Flyers hadn't lost a home conference game since Jan. 29, 2014, winning 20 in a row.
The Bonnies pulled it off by opening the game with a 15-5 spurt — Adams hit two 3s — and led most of the way. Adams played the entire game, went 8 of 19 from the field, made all of his 10 free throws and had six rebounds and six assists.
No. 22 INDIANA 77, No. 17 PURDUE 73
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Troy Williams scored 19 points, Yogi Ferrell had 18 and Indiana held off its state rival.
The Big Ten-leading Hoosiers (22-6, 12-3) improved to 16-0 this season in Assembly Hall and 17-2 in their last 19 home games against Top 25 opponents.
A goaltending call against Purdue center A.J. Hammons with 7.1 seconds left gave Ferrell a field goal and the Hoosiers a four-point lead. Dakota Mathias' 3-pointer with 37 seconds to go had sliced Indiana's advantage to 75-73.
Indiana, which opened a 59-40 cushion in the second half, snapped a three-game losing streak to Purdue (21-7, 9-6). The Boilermakers are 14-0 on weeknights this season but 7-7 on Saturday or Sunday.
No. 18 LOUISVILLE 71, No. 20 DUKE 64
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Damion Lee scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers during Louisville's furious second-half rally from a 13-point deficit.
Louisville trailed 44-31 with 17:10 remaining before battling back and using an 8-0 run with consecutive 3s by Lee and a slam by Jaylen Johnson for a 58-55 lead. Lee added another long-range shot and Johnson made a jumper to make it 63-59 before a final game-changing sequence for the Cardinals (21-6, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Officials then whistled Duke guard Grayson Allen for charging — his fifth foul — and assessed him a subsequent technical foul for arguing the call to end his day after scoring a game-high 29 points for the Blue Devils (20-7, 9-5), who had beaten a ranked team in their last three games.
Lee and Johnson combined for five free throws in the final minutes to close out an emotional victory for Louisville, which avenged a loss 12 days ago at Duke.
GEORGIA TECH 63, No. 19 NOTRE DAME 62
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Georges-Hunt scored on a short jumper with 2 seconds remaining to lift Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets (15-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won back-to-back ACC games for the first time since late in the 2013-14 season.
Zach Auguste and V.J. Beachem each had 13 points for Notre Dame (18-8, 9-5), which had won three straight.
Georgia Tech led for most of the first 30 minutes but needed a late comeback after Notre Dame went ahead 60-54.
Georges-Hunt, who had 19 points, made a spin move past Steve Vasturia before stopping near the basket and lofting up the game-winner. Notre Dame didn't have enough time to get off a final shot.
No. 25 BAYLOR 78, No. 24 TEXAS 64
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Johnathan Motley scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting to lead Baylor.
The win puts the Bears in a solid position in third place in the Big 12 with an outside chance to play for the regular-season title with four games left.
Motley, who has become a starter as senior forward Rico Gathers has struggled with the flu, had his second huge game in a week. He scored 27 points in an overtime win over Iowa State. Motley had a perfect game going until missing a 14-footer with 1:15 left to play.
The Bears (20-7, 9-5) shot 63 percent from the field. Taurean Prince added 17 points for Baylor, which led by as many as 27 points midway through the second half.
Shaq Cleare scored 14 points for Texas (17-10, 8-6), which lost for the second time at home this season.