Kansas and North Carolina Escape with Victories, West Virginia Does Not
There were a number of ranked teams in college basketball action on January 3rd, and some were involved in exciting games.
Third ranked Kansas, (12-1, 1-0 in the Big 12) hosted unranked but also 12-1, 1-0 Kansas State. This one went down to the wire, with the Jayhawks’ Svi Mykhailiuk scoring on a layup as time ran out to win it for Kansas 90-88. Mykhailiuk almost certainly got away with traveling, but there was no call and traveling is not be called via replay review. It’s a tough way to lose, but the Jayhawks and Wildcats will meet again on the Kansas State’s home court in Manhattan on February 6th.
Speaking of Wildcats, there was no doubt about the Kentucky vs. Texas A&M contest in Lexington. The sixth ranked Kentucky Wildcats got off to a 28-8 lead on their way to annihilating A&M 100-58. Super freshman Malik Monk of Kentucky led all scorers with 26 points. Kentucky improved to 12-2 overall, 2-0 in the SEC, while Texas A&M fell to 8-5, 0-2.
In Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech Red Raiders hosted the seventh ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. The game went into overtime and the Red Raiders’ Anthony Livingston sank a three pointer with 4.6 seconds left to win it. Both teams are now 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12.
Clemson hosted 14th ranked North Carolina and had a 43-38 lead over the Tar Heels at halftime. North Carolina fought back behind a career high 31 point performance by Joel Berry II and won in overtime 89-86. The Tar Heels improved to 13-3 overall, 1-1 in the ACC, while Clemson is now 11-3 and 1-1 in the ACC.
In the only matchup of two Top 25 teams, #13 Wisconsin beat #25 Indiana 75-68. The Hoosiers have lost three in a row. Number 24 Florida beat Mississippi 70-63 to complete the evening’s action involving ranked teams.