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College basketball Top 25 recap: North Carolina wins seven in row

Ian Miller excited over bucket
Chuck Burton, AP

When it came to having ranked teams playing on Monday night, college basketball had an extremely light schedule. ESPN’s Big Monday would have thought all four teams would be in the Top 25 at this point, but circumstances created a night when none of the teams playing had a number beside it. Still, it didn’t stop the games from being hotly contested.

Florida Gators chasing down Syracuse in rankings.

North Carolina 81- Florida State 75

North Carolina withstood a 15 point first half deficit to cut the lead to three by halftime. The sluggish start could have deterred the Tarheels, but they fought back inch by inch to pull out the six point victory. You could argue that North Carolina should have been ranked on Monday with six straight wins, including a victory over Pittsburgh, but their slow start has haunted them.

Now North Carolina has won seven in a row behind Kennedy Meeks’ 23 points. Marcus Paige hit for 20 points, but the Tarheels won without James Michael McAdoo scoring at all. This is a completely different Carolina team since their bad ACC start.

After their loss to Syracuse, North Carolina was (0-3), then they fell to (1-4) with a loss to Virginia. Now they are (8-4) with a game against Duke looming.

Florida State (15-11, 6-8) has fallen two games below .500 with four games left in the ACC.

Baylor 70- Oklahoma State 64

The Oklahoma State Cowboys lost all three games during the Marcus Smart suspension, and they have lost seven straight overall. Still, Oklahoma State almost pulled off a miracle when Baylor threw away a win in the final seconds.

After trailing by double digits in the second half, Baylor mounted a run to commence a back n forth affair in the final moments. It was the type of comeback that may have saved their season. Yet, with 3.5 seconds left and Baylor up three, a sloppy inbounds pass was snagged by Leyton Hammonds and he dribbled right into a game tying three.

Baylors’ Cory Jefferson scored 25 points, including a three to start the overtime session. It was the biggest shot of the season for the Bears. If they would have relinquished the lead in the extra period, it may have been another loss for Baylor.

Baylor moved to (17-9, 5-8) in the Big 12, while Oklahoma State is (16-10, 4-9).


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