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College basketball Top 25 recap: Syracuse loses, Florida and Arizona survive

Boston College runs onto court after final buzzer
Boston College runs onto court after final buzzer
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The Syracuse Orange couldn’t be prepared for what was about to happen on Wednesday night. They knew it was coming, yet there was nothing Syracuse could do to stop it. Olivier Hanlan and the Boston College Eagles continued to knock down three’s with regularity in the second half.

Still, Syracuse had the ball with the game on the line in regulation. However, Rakeem Christmas missed a two foot jump hook that would have likely given Syracuse the win. So, if the Orange were lucky to win the prior two games, then they were unlucky to lose in another overtime thriller.

It was Syracuse’s first loss of the season, but it was such a shock to college basketball. Wichita State is the flag bearer for unbeaten teams now.

Now let’s check out the rest of the nation.

Game of the Day

Florida 71- Auburn 66

The Gators had to climb out of an eight point deficit to Auburn to win in a frantic second half. The Tigers were still in contention until a couple of crucial mistakes. With the game tied at 66, Auburn committed an intentional foul to put Florida on the line. Patric Young broke the tie with two makes, then Auburn turned the ball over trying to inbound the ball.

It’s always important to know the time and score, but the Tigers lost their cool and the Florida Gators capitalized quickly. Florida moved to (24-2, 13-0).

Game of the Day II

Arizona 67- Utah 63

The Arizona Wildcats were almost another upset victim in the PAC 12, but this time Utah couldn’t finish the deal in the overtime session. Brandon Taylor had a chance to put the Utes ahead with three foul shots. What happened next is every player’s worst nightmare. He missed all three, which kept Utah at a two point deficit.

The highly intense game saw plenty of fouls and action at the rim. Aaron Gordon only played 20 minutes before fouling out with eight minutes left. Yet, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took up the bench scoring with 13 strong points. Nick Johnson and Gabe York led the Wildcats with 15 points a piece.

Game of the Day III

Saint Louis 89- George Mason 85

The Billikens won their 18th straight game, but they also needed an extra period to get the job done. Jordair Jett led St. Louis with 25 points, five rebounds, and eight assists. All five starters scored in double figures for the Billikens, and they each shot 50% or better from the field. Saint Louis moves their record to (24-2, 11-0) in the Atlantic 10.

Creighton 85- Marquette 70

Doug McDermott dominated another game on the offensive end this season. This time he had Ethan Wragge to join him in the 20 point club. McDermott took 12 shots to score 25 points, while Wragge took eight shots to score 22 points. As a team, Creighton shot 62% from the field. The Bluejays should be a bonafide Top 10 team with a (22-4) record.

Wichita State 88- Loyola-Chicago 74

Fred VanVleet scored 22 points to lead the Shockers to their 28th victory to start the season. VanVleet also added eight rebounds and six assists. Cleanthony Early scored 18 points to help pace Wichita State. As the only undefeated team left, Wichita State must now avoid the dreaded upset.

Ohio State beat Northwestern by 16 points. The late game fracas tarnished the Buckeyes 21st victory, but Ohio State seems to be on the right track entering postseason play.

UCLA dominated the Cal Bears behind Jordan Adams’ 28 points. Kyle Anderson flirted with a triple double. With Anderson’s 11 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, the UCLA point guard was tough to handle. UCLA is one game back of Arizona, and they were so close to having a lead in the PAC 12.


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