The final games of tournaments around the country concluded this weekend with some marquee matchups between top 25 teams. Here is an extended look at the best action from the weekend.
#4 Virginia vs #25 Wisconsin
After multiple impressive offensive showings in a row, the Cavaliers went up against a good defensive team on Friday night and struggled to score points. Luckily for them, their defense once again had one of the best showings in the country as they held a ranked Wisconsin team to just 46 points in a 53-46 victory.
UVA’s shooting struggles were mainly at the three-point line where they shot just 23.5% but senior Kyle Guy led the team’s defensive effort to hold down an above average Badgers offense.
Sophomore De’Andre Hunter led Virginia’s offense with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds and he was joined by junior Ty Jerome in double figures as the guard dropped 11 points in the victory.
The Badgers standout performer was once again senior Ethan Happ who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, adding to his impressive season totals. The Badgers fall to 5-1 and are at risk to fall out of the top 25.
The Cavaliers improve to 6-0 with the victory and with Duke losing, Virginia has an opportunity to potentially move up when Monday’s rankings come out.
#17 UCLA vs #7 North Carolina
Another game, another fantastic offensive performance for North Carolina. Coming off an upsetting loss to Texas, the Tar Heels were held in a close game with UCLA before pulling away late and winning 94-78.
Freshman Nassar Little was the star late in the second half as the Bruins defense couldn’t stop multiple drives to the basket from the standout guard. Little’s most impressive basket came on a layup where he switched hands to avoid traffic.
Little, who had 14 points, was joined by four other Tar Heels in double digits, led by freshman Coby White who had another great offensive game with 19 points.
UCLA was led by sophomore Kris Wilkes who scored 22 points in the loss. Wilkes and the Bruins fall to 4-2 on the year and are at risk of falling out of the top 25.
UNC rebounds after a loss to improve to 6-1 and will likely see their spot decrease just a small amount in the rankings.
#19 LSU vs #14 Florida State
If you missed this game on Friday night, you missed one of the best games from the first part of the year. Down by two with ten seconds left, junior Trent Forrest had the ball in his hands for the Seminoles. He drove to the hoop despite not having a great day shooting and hit the game-tying layup to send the game into overtime.
The overtime came up Seminoles as well. With the game tied at 76, sophomore Mfiondu Kabengele attempted a three from the corner which bounced around the rim before going through the hoop with just .4 seconds on the clock to win the game for Florida State 79-76.
Sophomore MJ Walker led the team with 21 points in the win and Kabengele added 15 off the bench including the clutch three-pointer.
Junior Skylar Mays carried the Tigers for another game as he dropped 19 points in the win. LSU dropped to 5-1 with the loss and will see their spot in the rankings drop.
Florida State improved to 5-0 with the win.
#5 Tennessee vs #2 Kansas
Another impressive game from the number two team in the country was delivered by Kansas on Friday as the Jayhawks took down the Volunteers 87-81 in overtime.
Down by one with two minutes left senior Admiral Schofield hit a clutch three-pointer to put Tennessee ahead 69-67. Sophomore Charlie Moore made two free throws with 1:24 left on the clock to tie the game at 69 and send it into overtime.
In the overtime, junior Dedric Lawson and freshman Devon Dotson were crucial in blowing the doors off of Tennessee. Each contributed both from the floor and at the charity stripe to stretch the lead to seven before eventually winning by six.
Schofield led Tennessee with 21 points and was only outdone by Lawson on Kansas who had 24 in the victory.
The Volunteers will likely not drop far in Monday’s rankings as they lost to the likely top team in the country. Kansas will more than likely move up to number one unless the committee sees Gonzaga’s win over Duke to be an indicator they are better than Kansas.
#14 Florida State vs Villanova
Remember when there was a single digit number in front of the name Villanova? That number should have reduced, but it should not have gone away. For the first time in a very long time, Villanova found themselves unranked heading into a week of college basketball but quickly turned the corner on a two-loss week adding two wins including an impressive 66-60 win over Florida State.
Finally, everything went as planned for the Wildcats. Sophomore Collin Gillespie is emerging as a true scorer for this Villanova team as he once again led his squad with 17 points. Senior big man Eric Paschall was unable to grab more than one rebound but he did contribute 15 points in the win and senior Phil Booth dropped 12 of his own.
Villanova will almost certainly be ranked heading into Tuesday as they improve to 5-2 on the young season. Florida State falls to 5-1 and will lose a little ground despite beating LSU earlier in the week.
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