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College basketball Top 25 recap: Syracuse, Duke play instant classic

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College basketball provided plenty of action on Saturday, so it’s only right to provide an abbreviated version of the weekend recap. Syracuse and Duke played a monumental game for the ages in the Carrier Dome. The main attraction doesn’t always live up to the hype, but the players on both sides performed admirably. Still, the ACC game of the year, was not the only contest to come down to the wire. Here are some of Saturday’s brightest moments.

Game of the Day:

Syracuse 91- Duke 89
Syracuse’s win over Duke proved that styles make fights. The sharp shooting Blue Devils were relentless from three point range and hit the Orange with a barrage all game long. However, when it was all said and done, Syracuse escaped with a two point victory in the best college environment all season.

Duke and Syracuse have a potential classic on their hands.

Game of the Day II:

California 60 - Arizona 58
The Wildcats had escaped out of Stanford with a come from behind victory, but they weren’t able to hold off the Cal Bears in another barnburner. Justin Cobbs 19 points included the game winning jump shot along the left baseline with .9 seconds left. This was a huge win for the Bears NCAA tourney resume. The loss was Arizona’s first this season, and we should have a new #1 team in the country on Monday.

Five Notable Games

Wichita State 81- Evansville 67
The Shockers were down 15 points midway through the first half, but they never panicked. The hot shooting Evansville squad was led by D.J. Balentine with 26 points, but we knew they weren’t going to shoot 70 percent for the whole game. Wichita State went from 29-14 down to a 39-33 halftime lead. The Shockers are one of two teams left undefeated.

Texas 81- Kansas 69
The Jayhawks couldn’t handle the road contest against the large Texas Longhorns. Kansas lost their first conference game of the season, while Texas proved they may have some fight left to win the Big 12.

Ohio State 59- Wisconsin 58
The Badgers let a late lead get away for their third consecutive home loss. Meanwhile, Ohio State seems to be back on track, but they have a lot left to do this season. Scoring droughts have been detrimental to each teams success.

Georgetown 66- Michigan State 60
The Hoyas saved their season with a win over the Spartans at Madison Square Garden. They couldn’t afford to lose to a team without their two best players. Now they have a chance to build on something in conference. For Michigan State, their conference slate is still at hand. Even with the loss, a number one seed is highly likely.

Florida 69 - Texas A&M 36
The Gators are beating people down and it’s time to recognize what they’re doing to opponents. They held the Aggies to 36 points. It looks like a foregone conclusion that Florida will win the SEC title this year.

Sunday’s Games

The basketball slate has plenty of early games before the Super Bowl. In the ACC, Virginia travels to Pittsburgh in another top notch conference battle. The match up between Joe Harris and Lamar Patterson will be very intriguing. Both teams are vying for second place in the league.

The Michigan Wolverines have a chance to move into the top five with a win over Indiana. Led by Nik Stauskas, the Wolverines have won 10 in a row. Indiana must get this win to jumpstart their movement in the Big 10 standings.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have been rolling in the AAC. To remain undefeated, Cincinnati must take out South Florida at home. Let’s see how focused they are after beating Louisville on the road.

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