College basketball saw two more ranked teams fall to unranked teams on Wednesday night. There were 10 games featuring ranked teams, including Louisville facing SMU in an intriguing Top 25 battle. In all, three ranked teams lost on Wednesday night.
Wake Forest 82- Duke 72
Wake Forest took a three point lead into the break, but they knew that vintage Duke run would take place in the second half. However, the Demon Deacons answered every run, including the decisive 17-0 run to turn a seven point deficit into a 10 point lead.
Between foul trouble and bad shooting, Duke was in for a tough night. The Blue Devils were only 6-27 from three point range, while Wake Forest made 5-11 from downtown. They also outscored Duke by 13 from the foul line.
Jabari Parker led Duke with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Rodney Hood added 16 points.
Tyler Cavanaugh led Wake Forest with 20 points and six rebounds. Travis Mckie scored 19 points, while hitting 90% of his free throws.
During the game, Mike Krzyzewski suffered dizzy spells and did not attend the post game press conference. He said to be in good health, and will make a full recovery.
Duke fell to (23-7,12-5), while Wake Forest is now (16-14, 6-11).
Dayton 72- St. Louis 67
Dayton turned a seven point halftime deficit into a five point win. The Flyers may have just sealed their tourney bid, but St. Louis has dropped three straight games late in the season. It could be a blip or something is drastically wrong with the Billikens chemistry. Dayton moved to (21-9) and St. Louis is (25-5).
After falling behind by double figures in the first half, Louisville turned up the pressure defense. The trap was so effective, Louisville took a two point lead into halftime. Then it became the Russ Smith show. Smith finished the game with 26 points six rebounds and five assists. Louisville is (25-5,14-3) in the American Athletic. SMU dropped to (23-7, 12-5).
Shabazz Napier had another great game on Tuesday night. He poured in 26 points to hold off Rutgers. Though it was the dominant victory that fans hoped for, it was still a big win for the Huskies.
Kansas 82- Texas Tech 57
No Joel Embiid, No problem. The Kansas Jayhawks dominated Texas Tech without their starting center. Tarik Black led the way with 19 points in the easy victory. Black didn’t miss a shot from the field in nine attempts. Kansas moved to (23-7, 14-3).
Oklahoma 72- West Virginia 62
The Sooners held off the sliding Mountaineers with a solid 10 point victory. Cameron Clark hit for a double-double in the win. He finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Oklahoma is (22-8, 11-6) and tied for second place in the Big 12. West Virginia fell to (16-14, 8-9).
New Mexico 80- Air Force 52
The New Mexico Lobos were making sure their game against San Diego State was for all the marbles. They wasted no time in taking out Air Force. New Mexico jumped out to a 14 point halftime lead and never looked back. Cameron Bairstow scored 21 points to lead the Lobos. New Mexico is now (24-5, 15-2) in the MWC.
San Diego State outscored UNLV by 10 points in the second half. Xavier Thames had a strong game with 19 points six rebounds and six assists. This win set up a regular season ending showdown with New Mexico. San Diego State is (26-3, 15-2).
Arizona 74- Oregon State 69
The Wildcats didn’t blowout the Beavers but they did get another solid road victory. Arizona already clinched the PAC-12 title, but they are still in contention for the overall No.1 seed. Nick Johnson scored 25 points to lead Arizona. Arizona is (28-2).
Frank Kaminsky hit four three pointers and scored 22 points to help Wisconsin win their eighth straight game. Wisconsin is (25-5, 12-5) in the Big 10 with one game remaining. The Badgers held off a late run by Purdue, their 16 point lead was plenty of cushion to get the win.
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