This weekend in Men’s Basketball was mostly about the Big 12 – SEC challenge with Oklahoma, the number one team in the country, holding off LSU in the Buddy Hield vs Ben Simmons matchup. Other high ranking teams that won were Kansas over Kentucky, North Carolina easily against Boston College and Texas A&M in the showdown with Iowa State.
#1 Oklahoma 77 LSU 75: A huge second half from the Sooners and especially Buddy Hield, who scored 32 points with 8 3-pointer while Isaiah Cousins hit the game winning shot. Ben Simmons scored 14 for LSU who were led by Tim Quarterman scoring 18 points.
Boston College 62 #2 North Carolina 89: The Eagles remain winless in the conference, North Carolina undefeated. Brice Johnson led the way with 17 points, giving Roy Williams a chance to play a lot of player who normally don’t see any court time.
#20 Kentucky 84 #4 Kansas 90: A huge game that a year ago was a one sided humiliation. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 33 points to top Tyler Ulis (26 points) in an overtime win for the Jayhawks, who haven’t lost at Allen Fieldhouse for a 35th consecutive time.
#14 Iowa State 62 #5 Texas A&M 72: A rare win for the SEC in the challenge with Danuel House scoring 20 points, holding the Cyclones to a level or two below the pace they’re used to play in.
#7 Xavier 86 DePaul 65: The battle of two ends in the Big East was lopsided as expected. Trevon Blueitt led the Musketeers with 15 points, improving to 7-2 in the Big East this season.
#9 West Virginia 71 Florida 88: The Gators stun the heavily favored WVU team behind 24 points from Dorian Finney-Smith and 19 for KeVaughn Allen.
#10 Providence 73 Georgetown 69: Another disappointing moment for the Hoyas this season, as both teams are now 6-3 in the Big East. Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn each scored 26 for the Friars.
#11 Virginia 63 #16 Louisville 47: Virginia being able to force their own tempo and style left the Cardinals with no chance despite playing at home. Anthony Gill and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 13 points, holding Louisville to 32.7% from the field and forcing 18 turnovers.
Memphis 68 #13 SMU 80: The Mustangs are having fun despite knowing they can’t win anything at the end of the season, keeping it at one conference loss so far. Nic Moore led SMU with 22 points.
#15 Miami 69 North Carolina State 85: The Hurricanes were upset by one of the worst teams in the ACC, with The Wolfpack picking up only their second conference win of the season. Anthony Barber led them with 30 points.
Georgia 73 #17 Baylor 83: Big second half from Baylor after surprising earlier struggles. Rico Gathers led Baylor with 17 points.
Oregon State 63 #18 Arizona 80: The Wildcats once again go above .500 in the Pac-12 with an easy win over the Beavers. Gabe York took the lead, scoring 24 points.
Minnesota 68 #19 Indiana 74: The Golden Gophers are now 0-10 in the Big Ten this season, while Indiana disappointed in their ability. Thomas Bryant led the way with 23 points.
Nebraska 74 #21 Purdue 89: The other Big Ten team from the state of Indiana didn’t have much trouble, led by A.J. Hammons with 32 points on 14-of-17 from the field, also adding 11 rebounds and 5 assists.