The two top ranked teams took the court on Wednesday night in college basketball. Arizona and Syracuse each came away with road wins, while Kansas protected home court in the Big 12. The Big 10 had two more upsets when Wisconsin and Ohio State went down in dramatic fashion. Here is the top 25 recap.
The Wildcats earned their 21st victory on Wednesday with stout defense and timely shooting down the stretch against Stanford. The Cardinal had a chance to get a resume building win, but their nine minute scoring drought in the second half was too much to overcome.
Arizona (21-0) was led by Nick Johnson’s 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Freshman sensation Aaron Gordon only scored five points, but he made pivot plays in the final moments.
As a team, Arizona shut down Stanford, and they needed every stop on the defensive end. The win gave the Wildcats an (8-0) record in the PAC 12 and they lead UCLA by two games in the loss column.
Wake Forest 57
The Syracuse Orange found a way to give Wake Forest their first home loss of the season on Wednesday. The Orange moved to (20-0) for the second time in three years. Wake Forest fell to (14-7).
The Syracuse Orange used a second half surge by Tyler Ennis to hold off the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Wednesday night. With only two first half points, Ennis went on a tear with an array of floaters and jump shots to pour in 16 second half points.
In a game marred by bad shooting and fouls, neither team could produce on the offensive end. In a 40 minute game, there were 45 fouls called. It was impossible for either team to find a rhythm offensively.
Wake Forest had two players finish with double figures. Devin Thomas and Travis McKie each scored 12 points to lead the Demon Deacons.
Syracuse had three players score in double figures. Besides, Ennis’ 18 points, C.J. Fair put in 16 and Jerami Grant tallied 10.
Iowa State 81
The Kansas Jayhawks rolled to an 11 point victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. Led by Andrew Wiggins’ 29 points and seven rebounds, Kansas methodically pulled away from Iowa State in the second half.
Kansas used a balanced scoring attack to stymie every Iowa State run. The Jayhawks had five players in double figures, including Perry Ellis’ 20 point night. Joel Embiid earned a 14 point and 11 rebound double-double.
Naadir Tharpe finished with 12 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds for Kansas.
Iowa State has taken a step back in the Big 12 conference season. Two of the losses are to Kansas, but it wasn’t fore lack of effort. Georges Niang scored 24 points, while DeAndre Kane finished with 22.
Kansas (16-4) is (7-0) in the Big 12, and they have a two game lead in the loss column over Oklahoma and Texas. Iowa State (15-4) fell to (3-4) in the Big 12.
St. Louis 77
The St. Louis Billikens used a dominant first half to route the Richmond Spiders. Jordair Jett led St. Louis with 21 points and 10 rebounds. St. Louis (19-2) is (6-0) in the Atlantic 10.
Memphis used a strong second half burst to outlast UCF to win 69-59. The Tigers (16-4) are trying to keep pace at the top of the AAC. At (6-2), they can’t afford anymore losses in conference.
Top 25 Upsets
The Big 10 had a couple of major upsets. The Northwestern Wildcats upended the Wisconsin Badgers by nine points. Currently, Wisconsin is reeling during Big 10 play. They gave up 43 second half points and got outscored by 10 on their home court.
Ohio State has also had major trouble since the conference season started. Penn State gave the Buckeyes their fifth loss of the season in an overtime thriller. Ohio State is now (3-5) in the Big 10.
UMASS lost their third game of the season to St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen gave up 52 second half points in the loss.
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