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College basketball Top 25 recap: Doug McDermott scores 39 points in win vs Nova

Creighton all systems go
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College basketball’s weekend ended in blowouts, large scoring outbursts, and upsets on Sunday. After some very intriguing and heart stopping games on Saturday, yesterday’s games did not live up to billing, although, the results may have been somewhat predictable.

Syracuse survives with last second lay-up to beat North Carolina State.

Big 10 Recap

Wisconsin dominated Michigan behind a strong first half that gave the Badgers a 15 point lead at the break. After Michigan made their run, Wisconsin finished the game strong to keep the Wolverines at bay. Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Kaminsky was working his magic in the post and from three point range.

The win gave put Wisconsin two games back of Big 10 co-leaders, Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans had a chance to go up a game on the Wolverines, but they suffered a home loss to Nebraska.

Even with quite a few injuries, Michigan State has dropped a couple games that they should have won. Michigan State is now (10-3) in the Big 10, tied with Michigan.

Surprisingly, the Huskers are right in the thick of the NCAA tourney talk this week. Nebraska is in sixth place with a (6-6) record in the Big 10. We’ll see if they can build off of some big wins.

Big East Recap

After getting upstaged, on their home court, by Creighton a month ago, it was evident that Villanova would be ready for the rematch. Well, it turns out that Villanova is no match for the Creighton Blue Jays. Doug Mcdermott scored 39 points to match the bench’s production in a 101-80 victory on Sunday. McDermott hit 13-17 shots and passed Larry Bird on the all time scoring list.

The Blue Jays took a half game lead on Villanova for the Big East lead, and they hold the tie breaker.

St. John’s was also in a revenge game against the Georgetown Hoyas. Earlier in the season, Georgetown put on a “Demolition Man” type beating on the Johnnies, but it looks like the Red Storm is a much different team right now.

St. John’s started the game on a 15-0 run and held off a Georgetown run midway through the second half. Led by Rysheed Jordan’s 24 points. The St. John’s starting back court accounted for 48 points. He matched D’Angelo Harrison’s 24 points in the 22 point win.

The win moved St. John’s to (17-9, 7-6) in the Big East. Georgetown dropped to (15-10, 6-7). This was the Hoyas’ first loss in five games.

One week after entering the Top 25, SMU had an interesting travel week, and they ended their extended stay in the Northeast with a loss to lowly Temple. SMU fell to (20-6), but they suffered a terrible loss on Sunday. We’ll see if the Mustangs remain in the poll after their shocking loss.

Wichita State won their 27th straight game to start the season. Their second victory over Evansville was easier than the first, but Wichita State still had to work for their undefeated season.

Once again, the Shockers dominated defensively, and put the clamps on another opponent. Ron Baker poured in 26 points, while Fred VanVleet had 18 points and eight assists.

Louisville scored more points in the second half than Rutgers scored for the whole game. The Cardinals also scored Rutgers by 19 points in the first half. That’s how Louisville won by 48 points on Sunday. Luke Hancock led the Cardinals with 25 points.

The much maligned Cardinals have been under the radar all season, but they only have four losses. Now they need to beat some of the better teams left on the schedule. Louisville is all alone in second place of the AAC.


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