Blue Devils Return to Form
Durham, n.c. — Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from one of its worst losses under Mike Krzyzewski by routing Maryland 84-64 yesterday.
Mason Plumlee added 19 points and Seth Curry had 13 for the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They had just four turnovers while shooting 52 percent against a Maryland defense that hadn’t allowed any team to shoot better than 44 percent.
Plumlee finished 9 of 12 while Sulaimon was 9 of 13 with six 3-pointers — twice as many as his previous high, and four in a 3-minute span of the first half.
No. 3 Syracuse 71
Philadelphia — Ryan Arcidiacono hit the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a Top 5 team this week.
The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to Stats LLC.
No. 3 Kansas 67 Oklahoma 54
Lawrence, Kan. — Ben McLemore scored 18 points and Jeff Withey added 13 points and nine rebounds as Kansas extended its nation-leading winning streak to 17 games.
Withey had four blocks and three steals, and Travis Releford added 10 points for the Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0 Big 12), who won their 33rd straight at Allen Fieldhouse to match the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history.
No. 5 Louisville 51
Washington — Otto Porter had 17 points and grabbed the game’s decisive rebound with 1.4 seconds to play as Georgetown handed Louisville its third straight loss.
Trailing by one, Louisville had several chances to take the lead in the final 2 minutes. After getting the ball back on a disputed held ball ruling, the Cardinals kept the ball for a final shot. Peyton Siva, who didn’t score in the game, missed the jumper, Porter grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
No. 6 Arizona 74, USC 50
Tucson, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 14 points and No. 6 Arizona used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss and rout USC.
The Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) were dominant from the opening tip, jumping out to leads of 18-4 and 29-7. They were up 39-20 at halftime.
Solomon Hill added 13 points, Brandon Ashley 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski, of Claremont, 10 for Arizona.
Iowa St. 73
No. 11 Kansas St. 67
Ames, Iowa — Will Clyburn had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa State handed Kansas State its second straight loss.
Freshman Georges Niang added 15 points for the Cyclones (14-5, 4-2 Big 12), who beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
No. 12 Minnesota 44
Madison, Wis. — Traevon Jackson just beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin handed Minnesota its fourth straight loss.
Andre Hollins had 20 points for Minnesota.
No. 14 Ohio St. 65
Penn St. 51
State College, Pa. — Sam Thompson scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting for Ohio State.
DeShaun Thomas added 11 points, well below his Big Ten-leading average of 20.5. Thompson picked up the slack against the Nittany Lions, who went 11-plus minutes of the first half without a field goal.
San Diego St. 55
No. 15 New Mexico 34
San Diego — JJ O’Brien had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jamaal Franklin added 10 points for San Diego State.
The Aztecs (16-4, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) dealt the Lobos (17-3, 4-1) their first conference loss and snapped their four-game winning streak.
No. 24 Notre Dame 73
S. Florida 65
Tampa, Fla. — Jerian Grant scored 18 points and Tom Knight had 17 for Notre Dame.
Eric Atkins added 13 points and Pat Connaughton contributed 12 for Notre Dame (16-4, 4-3 Big East), which had lost three of four. Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, who entered averaging 14.8 points, finished with six points and 14 rebounds.
No. 1 Baylor 82
No. 20 Oklahoma 65
Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots while also scoring 15 points, and top-ranked Baylor extended its home-court winning streak to 50 with a victory over Oklahoma.
No. 2 Notre Dame 89 Providence 44
South Bend, Ind. — Skylar Diggins scored 21 points, all in the first half when she was 9-of-9 shooting, and Notre Dame dominated Providence from the start, beating the Friars to win its 13th straight.
Diggins took a pass from Kayla McBride on the opening tip-off to score an easy layup 4 seconds in, becoming the fourth Irish player to ever score 2,000 career points. She then quickly got started on moving to her next milestone, hitting from inside, mid-range and behind the 3-point line as Providence (6-13, 1-5 Big East) could do nothing to slow her. The only mistake Diggins made in the first half was to miss a free throw as the Irish (18-1, 7-0) jumped to a 46-15 lead.
Tori Rule led the Friars with 12 points, all in the second half.