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College basketball Top 25 recap: Villanova beats Providence in double OT

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There were 9 games featuring ranked teams on Tuesday night until the postponement of the Iowa and Indiana game in the Big 10. The Hawkeyes had a chance to take center stage in the conference, but they’ll have to wait for a later date. Due to an 8-foot metal piece of the ceiling falling, and an unstable foundation, it was in the best interest of everybody to keep Assembly Hall closed.

That didn’t stop college basketball from having another great night of action. We saw buzzer beaters, double overtime games and huge performances by heavy favorites.

Doug McDermott hits for 39 points to beat Nova.

Game of the Day

Villanova 82- Providence 79

How close was this game on Tuesday night? Let’s just say that at the end of the first three periods, the teams were tied. During an entertaining first half, Villanova came back from an early deficit to tie the game at 33. In the second half, a late three by LaDontae Henton tied the game and sent it to overtime.

The first OT was as thrilling as the first 40 minutes, and it was evident that this game would be won on the final possession. With the game tied in the final seconds of the second overtime, Ryan Arcidiacono drove left on Kadeem Batts then finished with a scoop and the foul. Arciadiacono made the FT for a three point lead with 3.6 seconds left.

Amazingly, Providence ran an incredible play to get a great shot on the left wing, but Henton couldn’t force the third OT when the shot clanged off the rim.

Villanova (23-3, 11-2) only losses are to No. 1 Syracuse and No. 11 Creighton twice. Providence (17-10, 7-7) missed a big opportunity for a resume building win. Bryce Cotton scored 22 points seven rebounds, and nine assists in the loss.

Game of the Day II

Kansas 64- Texas Tech 63

It took an Andrew Wiggins’ game winner with two seconds left to give Kansas their 20th win of the season. Wiggins finished with 19 points, while Joel Embiid scored 18 points in the Jayhawk victory.

Earlier in the season, it was a foregone conclusion that Kansas would win the Big 12, but a loss in this position would have made for great theatre in the final few weeks. However, Texas Tech wasn’t able to pull off the major upset.

The Red Raiders held the rest of the Kansas team in single digits. Usually, the Jayhawks spread the wealth around, but the Tech defense stifled the rest of the players.
Kansas (20-6, 11-2) has a two game over Texas.

Iowa State 85- Texas 76

The Longhorns were no match for Iowa State late in the first half of a close game. In a wild second half, Iowa State stymied every run Texas tried to make with incredible shooting.

The stars came to play for Iowa State in a must win game. Melvin Ejim (25), DeAndre Kane (22), and Georges Niang (20) combined for 67 points in the nine point victory.

Iowa State (20-5, 8-5) is one game behind Texas (20-6, 9-4) in the Big 12.

Louisville 80- South Florida 54

Louisville has been on a tear as of late, and similar to all Rick Pitino teams, the Cardinals are getting better as the season goes on. Russ Smith led four players in double figures with 19 points.

Virginia 57- VA Tech 53

The Cavaliers fought off an inspired effort by the Hokies and erased a 11 point second half deficit to win by four. Virginia, led by Malcolm Brogdan has won 10 games in a row. They lead the ACC with 13 conference wins, but their lone loss to Duke has the Cavaliers in second place.

Duke 68- Georgia Tech 51

Jabari Parker scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 17 point win over the Yellow Jackets. It was the first game in a three game week for the Duke Blue Devils. On Thursday, they travel to North Carolina for a makeup game. No. 5 Duke is (21-5, 10-3) in the ACC. That’s good enough for third place.

San Diego State 60- Utah State 45

San Diego State cruised to an easy victory to win their 23rd game of the season. The Aztecs aren’t a lock to win the Mountain West, but if they do, San Diego State could be looking at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky dominated early, then held off Ole Miss’ second half rally to win by 14 points. The bounce back victory for the Wildcats solidifies them as the second best team in the SEC. A loss would have been horrific for Kentucky. Julius Randle scored 25 points and snatched 13 rebounds in the win.

Notes:
St. John’s put together another blowout victory at MSG. This time the Red Storm turned a three point halftime deficit into a 25 point win. St. John’s (18-9, 8-6) is looking like the third best team in the Big East right now. They’ve lost one game in the last month. That happened on a game winning Doug McDermott three. The Johnnies are on a six game winning streak.

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