Ninth-Ranked Villanova Escapes Providence in OT
Providence, r.i. — Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift No. 9 Villanova to an 82-79 win over Providence on Tuesday night.
Arcidiacono led the Wildcats (23-3, 11-2 Big East) with 21 points. JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 and James Bell 17. Villanova moved into a tie for first atop the Big East with Creighton.
No. 8 Kansas 64, Texas Tech 63
Lubbock, Texas — Andrew Wiggins’ layup with two seconds left lifted Kansas over Texas Tech. The freshman finished with 19 points and Joel Embiid added 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2).
No. 11 Louisville 80, USF 54
Louisville, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 19 points and Louisville overcame foul troubles to run away from South Florida.
Luke Hancock added 16 points and Montrezl Harrell added 14 points despite four fouls as the Cardinals (22-4, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) won their tuneup before Saturday’s rematch at first place and No. 7 Cincinnati.
No. 17 Iowa State 85, No. 19 Texas 76
Ames, Iowa — Melvin Ejim scored 25 points and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help Iowa State beat Texas for its fifth victory in six games.
No. 18 Kentucky 84, Mississippi 70
Oxford, Miss. — Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points and Kentucky beat Mississippi.
Kentucky (20-6, 10-3 SEC) dominated throughout most of the game, going on a 15-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-11 lead that proved insurmountable.
It was Randle’s 14th double-double of the season. Kentucky was active in the paint and had several alley-oop dunks, jumping over the Rebels’ overmatched defense. The Wildcats had seven dunks in the first half alone.
Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6) lost its third straight game and has almost completely fallen out of the picture for an at-large NCAA tournament berth. The Rebels had a bad shooting night and were steamrolled on the boards.