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February 8 Rebound

Let's rebound from tonight's wild action, especially in the Big 12.

Melvin Ejim – Photo via David Purdy / Getty Images

Love Steve Martin with his arms up.

TOP 25

(3) Florida 78 (21-2, 10-0) Alabama 69 (9-14, 3-7)

Alabama led the last 8 minutes of the first half before the Gators tied it right before intermission. After Trevor Releford hit a bucket to put Bama up 41-39, UF went on an 11-0 run. The lead went as big as 15. It was 7 with 1:40 left though. Bama had the ball after a Retin Obasohan steal, but Scottie Wilbekin stole it back. The Gators missed, but pulled down the offensive board. Dorian Finney-Smith hit them both to crush the spirit of the comeback. All 5 Florida starters had double figures. Wilbekin had 16, Casey Prather 15 and Frazier 14. The Gators shot 62%. Trevor Releford was the man for the Crimson Tide with 25 points on 7 of 10, 4 of 6 from 3 and 7 of 7 at the stripe.

(4) Wichita State 82 (25-0, 12-0) Northern Iowa 73 (11-13, 5-7)

In front of a tough sellout crowd, the Shockers continued their winning ways. The offense carried the show. The Shockers shot 54.2%, hit 8 of 20 from 3 and knocked down 22 of 28 at the foul line. 5 Shockers scored in double figures. The leader was Tekele Cotton with 18. Cleanthony Early had 16, Fred VanVleet 14-7-4 assists and Darius Carter 15.

(5) San Diego State 73 (21-1, 10-0) Nevada 58 (12-12, 7-4)

The Aztecs shot the ball very well at 52% in their win. They hit 20 of 26 at the foul line. From 14:47 to 8:42, they move a 46-40 lead to 59-44. They are a highly efficient squad. Xavier Thames had 17 on 4-7, 1-3, 8-9, while Winston Shepard had 16 on 7 of 10. Jerry Evans of Nevada had 17.

SMU 76 (19-5, 8-3) (7) Cincinnati 55 (22-3, 11-1)

Cincinnati caught a beating as SMU impressed for the second weekend in a row. The Mustangs hit 54% from the field and went 22 of 25 at the foul line. They forced Cincinnati into 19 turnovers. From the start, Cincinnati looked out of sorts. They looked like a team that had played a tough game on Thursday and were going into a lion's den. This was a gigantic statement by the Mustangs, who have all of their statements at home. Ben Moore had 15 on 4-4, 7-7 at the line, Nick Russell 15 on 4-9, 1-3 from 3, 6-6 at the line. Nic Moore had 14 on 4-8, 2-5, 4-5. For Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 but on 5-18, 3-12, 9-11 FTs, shooting. UC shot 35% overall, 16.7% from 3 and 74% at the line. Just not their day.

(8) Kansas 83 (18-5, 9-1) West Virginia 69 (14-10, 6-5)

The Mountaineers were hanging tough with the Jayhawks down 4 with 5 minutes left. That's when Kansas dropped a 12-1 run on the Mountaineers. 6 points in the run were scored by Joel Embiid, who had 11 points, 12 boards and 3 blocks. Andrew Wiggins had 19, 6-14 shooting, 7-10 at the line, 4 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Wayne Seldon Jr had 17 on 5-7, 3-5, 4-6 FTs. Juwan Staten had 22 for WVU on 7-12, 8-10 at the line.

(17) Iowa (18-6, 7-4) (10) Michigan 67 (17-6, 9-2)

This was a straight up smoke show. Roy Devyn Marble went insane in the first half for 24 of his 26 points. He was 8 of 17, 6 of 10 from 3, 4-4 at the line. The Hawkeyes hit 47.5%, 10 of 17 from 3 and 17 of 22 at the line. Aaron White had 11-8 and Mike Gessell 10-8 assists-3 steals for the Hawkeyes. Michigan shot 42%. Caris LeVert finished with 22 on 6 of 12, 2-6, 8 of 11, with 5 boards. Zak Irvin had 19 on 7-12, 4-6, 1-2.

(11) Duke 89 (19-5, 8-3) Boston College 68 (6-17, 2-8)

Duke absolutely demolished BC in the second half by outscoring them by 17. Jabari Parker had his best of the year with 29 points on 12-17, 5-10 at the line, with 16 rebounds and 3 blocks. Quinn Cook threw in 21 on 7 of 10, 5 of 7 from 3 and 2-2 at the line. Duke shot 56% / 52.4% / 70% in their slash lines.

(13) St Louis 65 (22-2, 9-0) La Salle 63 (12-11, 4-5)

Jordair Jett won the game with a layup with 5 seconds left. The Billiken senior had 25 points on 9-14, 7-9 at the line. Dwayne Evans had 14. Steve Zack had 15-14 for La Salle and Jerrell Wright had 21.

Kansas State 74 (16-7, 6-4) (15) Texas 57 (18-5, 7-3)

Texas led 2-0. That's where their fun stopped. Kansas State scored the next 12 and 8 of the next 12 after that for a 20-6 lead. The game was never closer. Kansas State shot 52%, 8 of 16 from 3, 10 of 13 at the line. Marcus Foster went absolutely insane with 34 points on 13 of 16 shooting, 5 of 8 from 3, 3 of 4 at the line. Texas had 17 from Isaiah Taylor on 5 of 14, 7 of 7 at the line.

(16) Iowa State 84 (18-4, 6-4) TCU 69 (9-13, 0-10)

The Cyclones got a historic game from Melvin Ejim. Ejim scored a Big 12 record 48 points on 20 of 24 shooting, 2-2, 6-6 at the line. He had 18 rebounds, 6 offensive. That's a pretty amazing day.

(18) Kentucky 69 (18-5, 8-2) Mississippi State 59 (13-10, 3-7)

Kentucky had 9 points the first 8 minutes of the game before they got it going. The Cats built up a 9 point halftime lead. Every time it looked like the Bulldogs would threaten, UK would answer. This game stayed in a zone where the lead was never more than 12 but the second half deficit was no smaller than 6. Julius Randle was a big reason why with 16 points, on 8-13, and 7 boards. James Young was the only other Cat in double figures with 11. Gavin Ware, Craig Sword and Trivante Bloodman each had 12 for Mississippi State.

Texas Tech 65 (12-11, 4-6) (19) Oklahoma State 61 (16-7, 4-6)

This game is going to be remembered for the horrible Marcus Smart incident, but it was a huge win for Tubby Smith and Tech. The game was tied with 1:13 to go. That's when Tech got 3 shots, making the last (duh) when Jay Crockett hit a jumper with 41 seconds left. Robert Turner got a steal with 10 seconds left that led to Crockett getting fouled on a layup, which led to the Smart incident. Crockett had 21 and 12 boards. He shot 7 of 13, 2 of , 5 of 6. Smart had 22 for OSU on 6 of 12, 9 of 10 at the line. Phil Forte had 15 on 3-7 from 3.

(20) Virginia 64 (19-5, 10-1) Georgia Tech 45 (12-12, 3-8)

The Cavaliers became the first 10 win team in the ACC with a second half romp. Virginia outscored Tech 35-15 in the second. Malcolm Brogdon led a balanced attack with 14 and 11 boards. Brogdon was just 3 of 12 from the field. Tech was 18-49, 36.7% for the game. They were 6-23, 26%, overall in the second half, 14.3% from 3 and 22.2% at the foul line. Ouch.

(21) Oklahoma 88 (18-6, 7-4) Baylor 72 (14-9, 2-8)

The Sooners shot the lights out this afternoon. They hit 53.6%, 14-29 from 3 and, 14-19 at the foul line. Isaiah Cousins had 21 on 6-11, 3-4, 6-6. Buddy Hield had 19 on 7-10, 5-8 from 3 and Cameron Clark 16 on 7-8, 2-3 from 3. Isaiah Austin had 21 and 6 for Baylor.

(24) Memphis 60 (18-5) (23) Gonzaga 54 (21-4)

A rare out of conference showdown this late in the season. This game was going the Bulldogs way as they were up 11. Joe Jackson blocked a Przemek Karnowski dunk attempt that seemed to give Memphis life. But it was 52-43 Gonzaga with 5:16 remaining. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run until Kevin Pangos hit a jumper. The Tigers closed with an 8-0 run, with Michael Dixon Jr hitting the go ahead bucket with 1:12 left. Memphis forced a huge shot clock violation with 33 seconds left that ended up being the major difference. Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon had 11, Joe Jackson (5 assists/4 boards) and Shaq Goodwin (8 boards) each had 10. Sam Dower put up 18 on 9-12 with 8 boards and 3 assists for Gonzaga. Gerard Coleman and Karnowski each had 12.

(25) Pittsburgh 62 (20-4, 8-3) Virginia Tech 57 (8-15, 1-10) – 2 OT

Yes, this was a score of a double overtime basketball game. Neither team made  afield goal in the first. Pitt made one, 1, in the second. It was the only field goal either team made in OT. Pittsburgh hasn't broken 50 in regulation this month. They've played 3 times.

ACC

North Carolina 73 (16-7, 6-4) Notre Dame 62 (12-12, 3-8)

The Tar Heels have won 5 straight. They have 4 in double digits, led by James Michael McAdoo's 18. JMM had 8 boards, 4 steals, 2 assists and a block. Marcus Paige had 16-6 assists. ND turned the ball over 17 times and went 6-21 from 3. Garrick Sherman had 17-6 for them.

NC State 56 (15-8, 5-5) Miami 55 (11-12, 2-8)

Miami had a chance to tie with a pair of free throws late. They made one of two. There was a bit of a controversy, at least to me, when Miami had a miracle shot after NC State missed a pair and the guy was hammered. It's my article, I get to share my opinion. Yeah.

BIG TEN

Ohio State 67 (19-5, 6-5) Purdue 49 (14-10, 4-7)

Don't look now, but OSU has put together 3 in a row. The Bucks held Purdue to 42% shooting while hitting 46% of their shots, including 8 of 19 from 3. LaQuinton Ross had 17 on 6-10, 1-2, 4-5, with 6 boards. Lenzelle Smith had 16-5 assists.

Minnesota 66 (16-8, 5-6) Indiana 60 (14-9, 4-6)

a big second half propelled the Golden Gophers to victory. The most important thing that came from this game was that one of Rick Pitino's sons was dressed a chicken.

via Yahoo / Seth Davis

Nebraska 53 (12-10, 4-6) Northwestern 49 (12-12, 5-6)

PAC 12

UCLA 83 (18-5, 7-3) USC 73 (10-13)

The Bruins shot the ball well from long range, 10 of 20, and at the line, 25 of 29, while forcing 15 USC turnovers in the win. Norman Powell had 21 on 8-13, Jordan Adams 17-8. Kyle Anderson had 15 on 4 of 13, but hit 6-7 at the line, with 10 boards and 8 assists. Bryon Wesley went for 27 on 10 of 17, 4 of 5, 3 of 5, with 8 boards for the Trojans.

Arizona State 74 (18-6, 7-4) Oregon 72 (15-8, 3-8)

the Ducks were down 20 at halftime before storming back. They turned a 14 point game to a 4 point game in two and a half minutes, eventually taking the lead with 5 to go. After Jahii Carson (11-12 boards-6 assists)  hit a free throw for the lead, Jermaine Marshall (12) scored the last 5 for the Sun Devils. Jordan Bachynski had 26-9-9 blocks for ASU, Joseph Young 29 on 11-22, 4-6, 3-3, for Oregon.

Utah 81 (16-7, 5-6) Washington State 63 (9-14, 2-9)

SEC

Tennessee 72 (15-8, 6-4) South Carolina 53 (8-15, 1-9)

Big win for the Vols, who got 24 from Jordan McRae on 8 of 14, 6 of 8 from 3. This game was 8-0 at the first media break and never close again after that.

Arkansas 77 (15-8, 4-6) Vanderbilt 75 (13-9, 5-5)

Michael Qualls, 17 points, for Arkansas drilled a 3 with 3 seconds left for the win. Arkansas got their first SEC road win at somewhere other than Auburn for the first time since January 29, 2011.

LSU 87 (15-7, 6-4) Auburn 80 (11-10, 3-7)

The Tigers improve that NCAA profile by avoiding a very bad home loss. Johnny O'Bryant had 19-10 because he's really good. Jordan Mickey had 14-10.

Ole Miss 91 (16-7, 7-3) Missouri 88 (16-7, 4-6)

Jarvis Summers of Ole Miss scored 8 in a row to stabilize a shaky Ole Miss. But with a few seconds remaining, Summers turned the ball over. Earnest Ross was no good on a chance to tie. Summers had 16 and 4 assists. Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss with 29 on 10 of 18, 8 of 15, and 5 assists. Ross had 24 for Mizzou, Jordan Clarkson 23 and Jabari Brown 20.

Georgia 62 (12-10, 6-4) Texas A&M (13-10, 4-6)

AMERICAN

Rutgers 79 (10-14, 4-7) South Florida 69 (12-12, 3-8)

BIG EAST

Xavier 59 (16-7, 6-4) Providence 52 (16-8, 6-5)

Xavier got a much needed win in a very ugly game. I don't think Xavier or Providence made a shot inside 5 feet the last 10 minutes. PC scored 6 points the last 10:31. Xavier scored 11, none from 8:12 to 1 minute left.

Georgetown 71 (14-9, 5-6) Butler 63 (12-11, 2-9)

Markel Starks had 19 and 7 assists for the Hoyas. He drilled a jumper with 50 seconds left to ice it. Andrew Chrabascz had 24 on 9-13, 1-1, 5-6 for Butler.

MOUNTAIN WEST

UNLV 48 (16-8, 7-4) Wyoming 46 (14-9, 5-5)

Utah State 76 (14-9, 4-7) Boise State 70 (15-9, 5-6)

Colorado State 68 (14-10, 5-6) Air Force 56 (9-13, 3-8)

ATLANTIC TEN

St Joseph's 69 (16-7, 6-3) VCU 62 (19-5, 7-2)

Big win for the Hawks NCAA tournament hopes. Langston Galloway had 24 on 8-13, 3-8, 5-6 and DeAndre Bembry had 18-6-3 assists-3 steals.

George Washington 72 (19-4, 7-2) Fordham 67 (9-13, 2-7)

Dayton 72 (16-9, 4-5) St Bonaventure 69 (13-10, 3-6)

George Mason 74 (8-15, 1-8) Duquesne 68 (10-12, 2-7)

WEST COAST CONFERENCE

St Mary's 69 (18-7, 8-4) Pepperdine 14-11, 7-6) - OT

Brendan Lane of Pepperdine threw down a dunk with 19 seconds left to send this into OT. Stephen Holt had a monster game with 29 points. Holt capped it with 6 in OT.

BYU 68 (17-9, 9-4) San Francisco 63 (15-10, 8-5)

Santa Clara 68 (10-15, 3-9) San Diego 62 (13-12, 4-8)

TOP POINTS (25+)

  1. 48 – Melvin Ejim – Iowa St
  2. 34 – Marcus Foster – Kansas State
  3. 32 – Seth Allen – Mary
  4. 31 – Kadeem Jack – Rutgers
  5. 29 – Stephen Holt – St Mary's
  6. 29 – Marshall Henderson – Ole Miss
  7. 29 – Joseph Young – Oregon
  8. 29 – Jabari Parker – Duke
  9. 27 – TJ Warren  – NC State
  10. 27 – Kyan Anderson – TCU
  11. 27 – Byron Wesley – USC
  12. 26 – Jordan Bachynski – Ariz St
  13. 26 – Anthony Drmic – Boise St
  14. 26 – Roy Devyn Marble – Iowa
  15. 25 – Jordair Jett – St Louis
  16. 25 – Oliver Hanlan – BC
  17. 25 – Trevor Releford – Alabama

TOP REBOUNDS (15+)

  1. 18 – Melvin Ejim – ISU
  2. 16 – Jabari Parker – Duke
  3. 16 – Nate Austin – BYU

TOP ASSISTS (10+)

  1. 10  – DeAndre Kane – ISU

TOP STEALS (5+)

  1. 5 – Robert Turner – Texas Tech

TOP BLOCKS (5+)

  1. 9 – Jordan Bachynski – Arz St
  2. 6 – Daniel Miller – GT
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