Top 25 Capsules

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No. 7 KANSAS 95, TCU 65

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points, Andrew Wiggins added 17 and Kansas overcame a sluggish start to get the win.

Ellis also had eight rebounds and five assists, and Wayne Selden Jr. scored 15 points for the Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2 Big 12), who actually trailed by as many as six in the first half.

Playing without injured center Joel Embiid and suspended forward Brannen Greene, Kansas still managed to build a 47-40 lead by the break. The Jayhawks then used a 13-1 charge out of the locker room to put away the Horned Frogs (9-15, 0-12) for the sixth time in seven meetings.

TCU still has not won since knocking off Texas Southern on Dec. 29. Kyan Anderson did all he could, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the first half. Amric Fields added 12 points.

No. 10 CINCINNATI 73, HOUSTON 62

CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points and Justin Jackson overcame foul problems to add 13 points and Cincinnati shook off Houston.

Shaquille Thomas added 11 for the Bearcats (23-3, 12-1 American Athletic Conference), who were playing their first game since having a 15-game winning streak snapped with a 76-55 loss at SMU on Feb. 8.

Danrad Knowles scored 11 points to lead Houston (12-13, 4-8), which has lost six of its past seven and eight of its past 10 games, led Houston with 11 points. L.J. Rose, Danuel House and TaShawn Thomas each added 10 for the Cougars.

No. 11 IOWA STATE 70, TEXAS TECH 64

AMES, Iowa -- DeAndre Kane had 17 points with nine assists and Iowa State won after blowing an 18-point lead in the second half.

Georges Niang also had 17 points for the Cyclones (19-5, 7-5 Big 12), who survived an impressive rally from the Red Raiders to win for the fourth time in five games.

Matt Thomas and Niang hit layups that put Iowa State ahead 67-62 with 1:27 left. Niang's wide-open dunk with 7.2 seconds sealed the win for the Cyclones, who missed 8 of 12 free throws in the second half.

Jaye Crockett had 19 of his 23 points in the second half for the Red Raiders (13-12, 5-7), who outrebounded Iowa State 40-30.

No. 12 SAINT LOUIS 64, VCU 62

ST. LOUIS -- Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Saint Louis broke a late tie with seven straight points for its 17th straight victory.

The Billikens (23-2, 10-0 Atlantic 10) blew a 12-point second-lead before finally putting away VCU (20-6, 8-3) in a matchup of the Atlantic 10's top two teams. Jordair Jett and Rob Loe had 14 points apiece for Saint Louis, which beat VCU for a third straight time.

Mike McCall Jr. and Jordair Jett drove for layups and Rob Loe hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down for a seven-point lead with 36 seconds to go. VCU cut the deficit to three before Loe hit the second of two free throws for a four-point gap with 8 seconds left.

Treveon Graham had 16 points and eight rebounds for VCU.

No. 16 IOWA 82, PENN STATE 70

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Melsahn Basabe scored 16 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half.

Roy Devyn Marble added 15, Aaron White 14 and Mike Gesell 13 as the Hawkeyes (19-6, 8-4) won their fourth Big Ten road game of the season. Iowa's three-game road winning streak in the Big Ten is its longest since 1998.

Penn State (13-13, 4-9) was led by D.J. Newbill, who scored 22 points, but Tim Frazier was held to 11.

The game was tied four times in the second half before Iowa stretched it out with a 14-4 run.

Marble, the team's leading scorer at 16.5 points per game coming in, pumped in seven of those and Mike Gesell converted on a 3-pointer from the corner to help the Hawks pull away.

No. 17 VIRGINIA 63, CLEMSON 58

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left, and No. 17 Virginia won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time in 32 years.

The Cavaliers (21-5) moved to 12-1 in ACC play, also for the first time since Ralph Sampson patrolled the middle in the 1981-82 season. Not that it came easily as Virginia's No. 1 defense was matched up against a team in Clemson that ranked second nationally in fewest points allowed.

Clemson (15-9, 6-6) closed to 59-58 on K.J. McDaniels' 3 with 20.7 seconds left, but Malcolm Brogdon made two foul shots as the Cavaliers held on.

McDaniels had 24 points before fouling out in the final seconds for Clemson.

No. 24 UCONN 86, No. 20 MEMPHIS 81

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 34 points and No. 24 UConn beat No. 20 Memphis 86-81 in overtime Saturday to sweep the season series from the Tigers.

Ryan Boatright added 21 points for UConn (20-5, 8-4 American Athletic Conference), including eight in overtime and added six assists.

Joe Jackson had 24 points to lead the Tigers (19-6, 8-4). Geron Johnson added 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out and Chris Crawford chipped had 12.

The game was tied at 69 at the end of regulation and UConn opened the extra period on a 7-2 run. But Memphis cut it to 76-74 after a Michael Dixon hit a 3-pointer.

Napier responded with one of his five 3-pointers and the Huskies held on.

The UConn senior had a shot to win the game in regulation, but his fallaway jumper rolled around the rim and out.

NORTH CAROLINA 75, No. 25 PITTSBURGH 71

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina to its sixth straight victory.

Marcus Paige added 18 points for the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended the season's longest winning streak three days after their rivalry game against Duke was postponed due to a winter storm. They shot 48 percent after halftime and led by 12 with about 9 minutes left, but had to fight off a late push from the Panthers (20-6, 8-5).

Pitt fought back to within three with the ball in the final 10 seconds. But Lamar Patterson missed a 3-pointer for the tie, and then Talib Zanna missed a putback attempt before Patterson fouled on the rebound with 2.8 seconds left. UNC's Brice Johnson hit his second free throw to make it a two-possession game and clinch the win.

BIG TEN

PURDUE 82, INDIANA 64

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sterling Carter had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Purdue to an 82-64 win against rival Indiana on Saturday.

Purdue (15-10, 5-7 Big Ten) used a 19-1 run that began in the first half's final 36 seconds and carried through the first five minutes of the second half as the springboard to victory.

Carter scored Purdue's first 10 second-half points, including a pair of 3-pointers that helped extend a 38-33 halftime advantage to 52-34 with 15 minutes remaining.

Purdue was well on its way to taking a 103-88 lead in the all-time series.

The victory snapped the Boilermakers' four-game losing streak against the Hoosiers who had won those four by an average of 23.3 points.

It was the third consecutive Big Ten loss for Indiana (14-11, 4-8) since upsetting 10th-ranked Michigan on Feb. 2 in Bloomington.

MAC

OHIO 73, BUFFALO 70

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Antonio Campbell scored back-to-back baskets off his own rebounds in the final 1:03, lifting Ohio past Buffalo, 73-70.

Maurice Ndour and Nick Kellogg each scored 17 points as the Bobcats (18-7, 8-4 Mid-American) overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 10 minutes and forced their way into a second-place tie with Buffalo (14-8, 8-4) in the conference's east division.

Campbell scored all six of his points off his own rebounds in the final 2:46, each time giving Ohio a slim lead. Buffalo went up 70-69 on a Javon McCrea dunk with 2:23 left. But the Bulls missed two field goals and a free throw the rest of the way while Campbell scored the final four points.

McCrea scored 18 and had five steals for Buffalo in a game that saw 10 ties and 12 lead changes. Shannon Evans added 13 points.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 65, TOLEDO 44

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Da'Shonte Riley had seven blocked shots to anchor Eastern Michigan's dominant 2-3 zone in a 65-44 victory over Toledo.

With the MAC's top defense at 62.8 points per game, EMU (15-10, 7-5 Mid-American) held Toledo to 14 of 54 from the field (25.9 percent).

Toledo (21-4, 9-3) entered the game first in the MAC and 11th in the nation in scoring offense (83.3 ppg), but the 44 points were 23 less than its previous season low of 67.

Eastern Michigan scored nine straight in the second half to go ahead 35-24 with 13:50 to go.

Jonathan Williams brought Toledo within 47-40 on a 3-pointer with 4:54 to go, but the Rockets would get no closer as EMU ended the game on an 18-4 run

Mike Talley and Karrington Ward each had 13 points for Eastern Michigan, while Julius Brown and Williams each had 13 points for Toledo.

BOWLING GREEN 66, BALL ST. 64

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Spencer Parker scored 22 points, and Richaun Holmes had 17 with 11 rebounds and Bowling Green overtook Ball State in the final minute winning, 66-64.

Bowling Green (11-14, 5-7 Mid-American Conference) led all the way until Ball State (4-9, 1-11) took over at 48-47 with 11 minutes remaining in the second half.

Ball State pulled ahead by as many as five points down the stretch and led 64-61 with a minute to play before Spencer Parker made two free throws and Anthony Henderson added a layup and Bowling Green regained the lead 65-64 with 44 seconds remaining. Ball State missed its next two attempts inside and the Falcons added a free throw to pad the victory.

Bowling Green took a 36-32 lead into the break with Ball State staying close by shooting 7 of 14 from the 3-point mark.

Jesse Berry led Ball State with 20 points.

W. MICHIGAN 68, MIAMI 57

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Austin Richie and Shayne Whittington combined for 38 points as Western Michigan easily defeated Miami (Ohio) 68-57 Saturday.

Western Michigan moved into a tie with Toledo atop the Mid-American Conference West Division after Eastern Michigan drubbed Toledo 65-44 Saturday. Western Michigan and Toledo both are 9-3 in the MAC.

Richie, who finished with 20 points, made 10 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win for the Broncos. Whittington had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Tava Connar added 10 points for the Broncos, who now are 16-8.

Western Michigan led 39-32 midway through the second half when the Redhawks went on a 11-3 run, capped by a Will Sullivan 3-pointer, to lead 43-42 with 8:47 remaining. Whittington answered with a tip-in to take the lead for good.

Geovonie McKnight and Will Felder had 12 points apiece to lead the Redhawks (9-14, 5-7).

KENT ST. 83, C. MICHIGAN 75

KENT -- Kellon Thomas was 8 of 10 from the free throw line in the final 2:18 as Kent State held off Central Michigan in a conference cross-over game.

Down by nine at intermission, Central Michigan, with just one win in 12 Mid-America Conference games, took the lead midway through the second half.

Mark Henninger's layup with 13:11 to play tied the game at 41-41 and sparked Kent State to a 20-9 run that gave them an 11-point lead with 6:25 left.

Thomas and Chris Ortiz each scored 17 points to lead the Golden Flashes (14-11, 5-7 MAC). Kris Brewer added 14 points and Derek Jackson contributed 13.

Chris Fowler score 19 points on 5 of 11 shooting to lead the Chippewas (8-16, 1-11), with Blake Hibbitts and and Braylon Rayson each adding another 12 points and John Simons 11.

OTHER COLLEGES

MARQUETTE 81, XAVIER 72

MILWAUKEE -- Senior guard Jake Thomas scored 18 points on a career-best six 3-pointers and Marquette held on for an 81-72 Big East Conference victory over Xavier on Saturday, the first time this season the Golden Eagles have won three consecutive games.

Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson each added 16 points for Marquette (15-10, 7-5 Big East). Justin Martin had 20 points for Xavier, 17-8 overall, but also 7-5 in the conference after a 5-1 start.

Xavier trailed 39-29 at the half, but closed within 59-54 on a 3-pointer by Myles Davis with 11:01 remaining. Marquette answered with eight straight points to push it to 67-54.

Martin's 3-pointer from the right corner pulled Xavier with 75-71 with 2:06 left, but the Golden Eagles responded with six consecutive free throws.

GREEN BAY 68, CLEVELAND ST. 54

CLEVELAND -- Alec Brown and Keifer Sykes scored 18 points each as Green Bay exploded in the first half and led all the way through to beat Cleveland State, 68-54.

Green Bay (21-5, 11-2 Horizon) jumped out to a 24-5 lead midway through the first half after Brown knocked down a 3-pointer. The Phoenix made just eight more points before the break, but still led 32-19 after shooting 62.5 percent (5 of 8) behind the 3-point arc.

Greg Mays and Jordan Fouse made two baskets apiece in the first 1:20 of the second half to stretch the halftime lead, and the Phoenix were up by as many as 23 in the second half.

Trey Lewis scored 20 points for Cleveland State (18-10, 9-4) and was the only Viking to finish in double digits.

Green Bay was ranked first in the Horizon League entering the game on Saturday.

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