College Basketball Scores

Today is Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Men's College Basketball
Sam Houston State 76 vs. 69 UTSA
Kansas State 47 vs. 44 Kentucky In-Progress

Kentucky takes on Kansas State in busted South Region


Tuesday, March 20 at 9:29 PM (EDT)

ATLANTA -- Kentucky meets Kansas State on Thursday in what has become an historic NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round.

For the first time, none of the top four seeds advanced in the South Regional as Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona lost. Instead, the four teams in Atlanta vying for a spot in the Final Four are No. 5 seed Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State and No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago.

After a weekend of bizarre upsets, Kentucky coach John Calipari is having no more of the Cinderella talk.

"Forget the seeds," Calipari said Monday. "Everybody is 0-0 that's moving forward and it's not about seeding; it's about who is playing the best. We are in a tough region."

Kentucky (26-10) reached the Sweet 16 with a 78-73 victory over Davidson and a 95-75 rout of Buffalo, a team that blistered Arizona by 21 points.

Kentucky is led in scoring by Kevin Knox at 15.6 points per game. Next comes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at 14.4 and coming off a 27-point effort against Buffalo on Saturday. PJ Washington averages 10.6 and Hamidou Diallo checks in at 10.3, which includes 22 points on Saturday.

As a team, Kentucky averages 77.3 points while shooting 47.4 percent. But the key is defense as Kentucky ranks No. 3 in the nation is 3-point defense and No. 21 in overall field goal percentage defense.

Kansas State is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. Kansas State, the No. 8 seed, defeated Creighton and tournament darling UMBC to advance despite missing its best player to injury.

"Their perseverance, their courage, and just it's gutsy. I'm so proud of them," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said Sunday. "We just kept saying we weren't scoring, but we kept guarding, we're still winning."

Thursday's game will be the first meeting between the schools since Kentucky defeated Kansas State in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on the way to the championship game.

Kansas State (24-11) enters this week with a major question: Will leading scorer Dean Wade be available? He missed the past three games because of a stress fracture in his foot. However, he told reporters Sunday that he was "98 percent and hoping to play against Kentucky."

The 6-foot-10 forward was a first team All-Big 12 performer with an average of 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Next comes junior guard Barry Brown at 16.1 points and sophomore forward Xavier Sneed at 10.7. Sneed had eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in Kansas State's win over UMBC on Sunday night.

Kansas State averages 71.6 points per game while shooting 47 percent overall, 34.3 from 3-point range.

Kentucky and Kansas State had four common opponents this season -- Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Georgia and Kansas. Kentucky posted a 5-1 record in those games while Kansas State was 2-5.


Campbell 55 vs. 63 San Francisco In-Progress
Florida State 47 vs. 38 Gonzaga In-Progress

Gonzaga can't afford to make mistakes vs. Florida State


Tuesday, March 20 at 9:40 PM (EDT)

If Gonzaga is going to make it to a second consecutive Elite Eight, it will need to protect the basketball against its surprise Sweet 16 opponent.

The Zags, seeded fourth in the West Region, will take on No. 9 Florida State on Thursday in Los Angeles after the Seminoles shocked No. 1 Xavier on Sunday.

"I tell you, the reason that we're not moving on was turnovers on our part caused by a tremendous amount of pressure from Florida State," Xavier coach Chris Mack said.

Xavier's two best players, seniors Trevon Blueitt and J.P Macura, combined to commit half of the Musketeers' 18 turnovers, and Florida State (22-11) closed the game with an 18-4 run to win 75-70.

The Seminoles are big and deep -- 11 different players saw action in the first eight minutes Sunday -- and are tied for 17th in the nation with 5.2 blocks per game. Their two centers, 7-footer Ike Obiagu and 7-4 Christ Koumadje, have combined for 101 blocks.

"Xavier brought the fight and we did, too," said senior forward Phil Cofer, who leads a balanced offense at 12.9 points per game. "We've been in that position before, been down more actually. That's one of the things with us; we're going to fight until the last minute no matter what."

After finishing the ACC regular season 9-9, the Seminoles have seen their share of scraps.

Florida State was 3-0 in overtime games against eventual NCAA Tournament teams and rallied to beat Clemson -- still alive in the Midwest Region -- after trailing by 18.

"We've stayed connected," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We have a great relationship with our players. We have our ups and downs and everything is not always perfect, but I'm so proud of these guys. They allow us to challenge them and to coach them."

Like Gonzaga, the Seminoles are balanced offensively: Nine players average between 6.6 and 12.9 points.

The Zags' march to a fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance might not have followed script, but they made plays in crunch time.

After being off for nine days, Gonzaga (32-4) looked rusty in the first round, needing a clutch 3-pointer from Zach Norvell Jr. to finally put away pesky UNC Greensboro 68-64.

The rust seemed to have worn off by Saturday when the Bulldogs raced to a 15-0 lead in their second-round matchup with Ohio State.

But unlike a November meeting when Gonzaga rolled to a 27-point win, Ohio State made a second-half charge.

The Buckeyes led 67-62 after Keita Bates-Diop's 3-pointer with 6:02 to go.

Cue Norvell.

The redshirt freshman, known by his teammates as Snacks, hit from deep and grabbed a rebound that led to a three-point play by Killian Tillie as Gonzaga regained the lead for good.

A few minutes later, Norvell, who finished with 28 points and made 6 of 11 shots from long range, scored five straight points to put the Zags up 78-69 with 1:52 left.

"He's just a fiery guy with some swag from Chicago, and we need that," coach Mark Few said. "You add in the fact that he's right there with probably the most clutch players I've coached, going back to Dan Dickau or Adam Morrison. The shot before the 3 (in Gonzaga's late run against Ohio State) missed by 8 feet, and to come back and swish the next one ... that's like me shanking two into the water and then hitting a hole-in-one, which doesn't happen."

Norvell also corralled a career-best 12 rebounds.

"He goes a month sometimes without getting a rebound," Few joked.

To counter the Seminoles' imposing front line, the Bulldogs will have to avoid the foul problems that plagued them against Ohio State.

Tillie, a 6-10 sophomore, 6-foot-9 senior Johnathan Williams and Norvell each had four fouls. Point guard Josh Perkins fouled out in the closing seconds.

But, as they have during a nation-leading 16-game winning streak, the Zags made the plays they had to.

"We're just getting more and more comfortable when adversity hits," Perkins said. "Especially in March, adversity is going to hit. For us to respond two times in a row, the WCC got us prepared for it."


Loyola Chicago 69 vs. 68 Nevada Recap

Loyola beats Nevada 69-68, continues improbable NCAA run

By CHARLES ODUM - AP Sports Writer

Thursday, March 22 at 9:58 PM (EDT)

ATLANTA (AP) With Loyola-Chicago clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, Marques Townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the Ramblers' bench to continue their improbable NCAA Tournament run.

Townes scored 18 points, including the key 3-pointer, to lead Loyola to a 69-68 win over Nevada in Thursday night's NCAA South Regional semifinal.

''I think Marcus Townes is the best player on the court tonight,'' said Loyola guard Clayton Custer. ''I don't even think it was close, either. I am so happy for him. He is such a good basketball player and such a good person, I am just so happy he dominated the game tonight and he led us.

''This is unbelievable. Feels like a dream.''

The win leaves the No. 11th-seeded Ramblers one victory from a Final Four appearance.

Not bad for a program that hadn't been in the Sweet 16 in 33 years.

Townes charged down the court, pumping his fist, as Nevada called a timeout following the crucial 3-pointer. Caleb Martin answered with a 3 for Nevada, but this time the Wolf Pack couldn't extend their string of second-half comebacks in the tournament.

Loyola (31-5) awaits the winner of the Kansas State-Kentucky game in Saturday's regional final.

Martin led Nevada (29-8) with 21 points. Twin brother Cody Martin had 16. Jordan Carolina had 19.The Wolf Pack finally faced a deficit too big to overcome.

Loyola trailed by 12 points, at 20-8, midway through the first half but stormed back to lead 28-24 at halftime. Loyola closed the half with a 20-4 run as Nevada didn't score in the final 7:55 before the break.

After leading a combined 4 minutes, 24 seconds of their first two NCAA Tournament wins, the Wolf Pack didn't trail in the opening 18 minutes of the first half. Even after leading 20-8 and appearing to have established command, Nevada found a way to trail at halftime for the sixth straight game.

Following a 4-4 tie, Nevada took the lead with an 8-0 run that included a layup and two free throws by Jordan Caroline.

Loyola pushed the ball in the paint on almost every possession. The Ramblers' first 10 points came on layups.

Freshman Cameron Krutwig, who at 6-foot-9, 260 pounds stood out as the biggest player for either team, had eight of Loyola's first 19 points but went to the bench with two fouls with 6:26 remaining in the half. He picked up his third foul midway through the second half.

Loyola's relentless attack on the basket continued as it stretched its lead, one layup at a time, in the second half.

Following a steal by Townes, Ben Richardson's layup gave the Ramblers their first double-digit lead at 36-26 and took their biggest lead at 40-28.

Nevada's experience in second-half comebacks paid off. After Loyola's layup by Clayton Custer gave the Ramblers their last 10-point lead at 57-47, the Wolf Pack charged back.

Cody Martin's basket started a 12-2 run, and his layup tied the game at 59-all with 4:06 remaining.


Loyola: The Ramblers showed strong poise by sticking with their game plan to attack the basket, even when the Wolf Pack collected five blocks in the first half. Loyola took a 46-34 advantage in points in the paint.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack couldn't keep pace with Loyola's inside attack. They made only 8 of 27 3-pointers.


Four members of Loyola's famous 1963 NCAA championship team had front-row seats: Jerry Harkness, Les Hunter, John Egan and Rich Rochelle. In the final minutes of the game, Harkness could be heard saying, ''We need a stop. We just need a stop.''

Also attending the game was Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Loyola's 98-year-old team chaplain who has become a celebrity during the tournament, who said after the win: ''Here we come next team, whoever you are.''


Loyola: The Ramblers will face the winner of Thursday night's Kansas State-Kentucky regional semifinal in Saturday's regional final.

Nevada: Despite losing four seniors, the Wolf Pack again will be a team to watch in the Mountain West. Among the top returning players will be the Martin twins, who are juniors.


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Texas A&M 72 vs. 99 Michigan Recap

Streaking Michigan routs Texas A&M 99-72 in West semifinals

By BETH HARRIS - AP Sports Writer

Thursday, March 22 at 10:08 PM (EDT)

LOS ANGELES (AP) This one was easy.

After reaching the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 with an improbable buzzer-beater, Michigan shot 62 percent from the floor and routed Texas A&M 99-72 in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night to reach the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.

Next up the Wolverines will face either No. 4 Gonzaga or No. 9 Florida State who met in the second regional semifinal.

The Wolverines (31-7) dominated from start to finish, hitting 14 3-pointers - 10 in the first half - and extending their winning streak to 12 games.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 24 points, Moe Wagner added 21 points and Charles Matthews had 18 points as third-seeded Michigan had five players in double figures.

''My shot went in early and it gives you the confidence to take the next one,'' Abdur-Rahkman said. ''I think everyone had that confidence today.''

Abdur-Rahkman made four 3-pointers and both of his free throws, and had five rebounds and seven assists.

''This senior right here played his tail off in every single way,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''This is like a great example of a great college basketball player that can play afterwards, too.''

The Wolverines were good in the first half and even better in the second. The rout was on by halftime with Michigan leading 52-28 after shooting 57 percent from the floor. In the second half, the Wolverines improved to 68 percent from the floor.

''We are on a business trip, and we still have business to take of,'' Abdur-Rahkman said.

The Aggies (22-13) never made a run, going long stretches without a basket in the first half while Michigan was scoring on nearly every trip down the floor.

Tyler Davis led the seventh-seeded Aggies with 24 points.

Michigan won its second round game to reach the Sweet 16 on freshman Jordan Poole's long 3 at the buzzer against Houston.

Against the Aggies, Michigan led by 29 points after an 8-0 run near the end of the first half. The Wolverines averaged nine 3-pointers per game coming in and exceeded that by the break.

Michigan held the Aggies to 12-of-32 shooting from the floor by double-teaming A&M and getting hands in shooters' faces.

The Wolverines had 12 steals in the game, led by Zavier Simpson with six.

The Aggies committed 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half, including five by T.J. Starks.

They improved to 57 percent shooting in the second half, but it didn't make any difference when the Aggies couldn't come close to reducing their deficit to single digits.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Men's College Basketball
UIC 83 vs. 81 Austin Peay
Jacksonville State 68 vs. 90 North Texas Recap

North Texas reaches CBI finals, 90-68 over Jacksonville St


Wednesday, March 21 at 10:10 PM (EDT)

DENTON, Texas (AP) Roosevelt Smart scored 20 points, Jorden Duffy added 19 and North Texas used a dominant first half to rout Jacksonville State 90-68 in the CBI semifinals Wednesday night.

The Mean Green (18-17), who play the winner of Thursday's game between Campbell and San Francisco in the best-of-three championship, led 57-29 at the half. They were 10 of 14 on 3-pointers with Duffy going 5 for 5, and shot 70 percent overall (21 of 30).

The lead reached 36 in the second half when North Texas went 4 of 6 from distance and shot 50 percent to finish at 61.5 (32 of 52).

D.J. Draper hit 4 of 5 behind the arc and scored 14 points for North Texas with Zachary Simmons adding 13 on 5 of 6 shooting and Ryan Woolridge 12.

Malcomb Drumwright made 5 of 7 3s and scored 23 points for the Gamecocks (23-13), who shot 23 percent in the first half (9 of 28). Jason Burnell added 17 points and Norbertas Giga 15.

North Texas jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead and a 21-6 run late in the first half broke the game open. Both teams had big runs in the second half but the spread never dipped below 20.


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Western Kentucky 92 vs. 84 Oklahoma State Recap

Hollingsworth leads W Kentucky past Okla St, into NIT semis


Thursday, March 22 at 12:16 AM (EDT)

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Freshman Taveion Hollingsworth matched his career high with 30 points and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the NIT for the first time since 1948 with a 92-84 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers (27-10) made 15 of 18 free throws in in the last three minutes to hold off the second-seeded Cowboys (21-15), who missed six of eight shots in the last two minutes.

Western Kentucky will face Utah in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Hollingsworth had a pair of 3-point plays and eight points in a 12-2 run that helped Western Kentucky open a nine-point lead in the first quarter. Kendall Smith and Tavarius Shine each had two 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Cowboys close within 43-41 at the half. Oklahoma State tied the game once late in the third quarter but after pulling within 80-77 with 2:11 left went cold.

Lamonte Beardan added 19 points. and Dwight Coleby had 16 with 13 rebounds for WKU.

Smith had 19 points, and Shine 13 for Oklahoma State, which was bidding for a school-record 16th home win on the season in front of a record post-season crowd of 11,308.


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Northern Colorado 86 vs. 75 San Diego
Utah 67 vs. 58 Saint Mary's Recap

Utah makes NIT semis, tops St. Mary's in OT 67-58


Thursday, March 22 at 12:37 AM (EDT)

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Sedrick Barfield scored 19 points and had three of Utah's four 3-pointers in overtime and the Utes beat Saint Mary's 67-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.

Donnie Tillman added 17 points for Utah (22-11), which joined Gonzaga as the only teams to win at Saint Mary's this season.

The Utes, headed to the NIT Final Four for the first time since 1992, will play Western Kentucky on Tuesday. The win by Utah, a second seed in its bracket, ensured that none of the No. 1 seeds in the four brackets would reach New York.

There were 14 ties and nine lead changes and neither team led by more than five until Barfield hit a stepback 3-pointer from the left wing for a 66-58 lead with 30.4 seconds to go.

Saint Mary's (20-6) only made two of 11 shots in the last 9:11 and had 15 turnovers. Jock Landale led the Gaels with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Tanner Krebs had 10 and 10. Landale, Calvin Hermanson and Emmett Naar passed Matthew Dellavedova's 2013 class for a record 109 wins in their previous game.

An offensive foul on Krebs with 7.3 seconds left in regulation allowed the Utes the last shot but Justin Bibbins missed a leaning 15-footer from the left wing at the buzzer.

David Collette, Utah's second leading scorer at 12.6, only played 14 minutes and scored eight points, because of a back injury.


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