Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup
Washington 74, No. 2 Kansas 65
First-year Washington coach Mike Hopkins saw how Kansas dissected Syracuse's vaunted 2-3 zone defense last week, so he made a couple tweaks to his own version before facing the Jayhawks on Wednesday night.
Primarily, Hopkins stretched the zone to take away the 3-pointer.
It worked to perfection.
The Huskies frustrated the Jayhawks' dangerous lineup of deep threats, Matisse Thybulle hit five-pointers and scored 19 points, and Washington kept its poise down the stretch for a victory that knocked No. 2 Kansas from the ranks of the unbeaten.
"We've been very fortunate this year to play a lot of teams that shoot 30 and 35 3-pointers. It's really the kryptonite of the zone," said Hopkins, who spent 22 years on Jim Boeheim's staff at Syracuse, a tenure that came in handy considering the Jayhawks just beat the Orange.
"I felt like this could be our best opportunity to win the game," Hopkins said.
Jaylen Nowell also had 15 points, and Noah Dickerson added 13 points and 14 rebounds, as the Huskies (7-2) beat the Jayhawks (7-1) for the first time since December 1974.
"We really just didn't have it tonight. You have to give them credit," the Jayhawks' Devonte Graham said. "They made every shot and they did a good job of not letting us get comfortable."
Lagerald Vick had a career-high 28 points for Kansas, doing almost all his damage in the middle of the Huskies' zone. But he didn't get a whole lot of help as the Jayhawks went 5 for 20 from the 3-point arc, lowlighted by lousy performances from their two best sharpshooters.
Graham, coming off back-to-back 35-point outbursts, was held to three points on 1-for-8 shooting, while Svi Mykhailiuk was 3 for 12 from the field and scored eight points before fouling out.
"They took everybody away but Lagerald — 'See if you can beat us,'" Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I thought our defense was horrendous and our hustle plays weren't very good either."
In truth, the Jayhawks had little trouble getting Vick open shots in the middle of the zone. The problem came in that he was just 12 of 23 from the field, even though most of the shots were bunnies.
Throw in foul trouble that sent the Jayhawks' two big men, Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, to the bench well before halftime and it was no surprise the Huskies took a 36-34 lead into the break.
Washington kept the pressure on early in the second half, pushing its lead to 52-44 with 12:10 left in the game, before the Jayhawks finally turned up the defensive intensity. Vick got going again inside and Azubuike's slam of an alley-oop pass trimmed their deficit to 53-52 with 9 1/2 minutes to go.
The Huskies calmed back down after a timeout, though, stretching their lead again. Thybulle got loose for a transition dunk, Dickerson added a slam of his own, and Hameir Wright's 3-pointer from the wing made it 69-56 — their biggest lead to that point.
Even when the Jayhawks caught a break, like a technical foul on David Crisp in the closing minutes, they couldn't capitalize. Graham missed both free throws with a chance to cut into a 73-59 deficit, and Mykhailiuk promptly missed a 3-point attempt as the Huskies put the game away.
"You could see this coming," Self said. "When we're energized and moving the ball and everybody is playing with energy, I think we're a nice team. But when we're not, we get average real quick."
Kansas fans headed toward the exits with several minutes left, a rarity for the program. But it didn't surprise the Jayhawks' coach. "If I would have paid to see that," Self said, "I probably would have wanted something to drink long before there was 2 minutes left."
Washington sure didn't look like the team that struggled to put away Seattle, California-Davis and Omaha in recent weeks. The Huskies were clearly amped up to play the first of back-to-back games against premier programs with Gonzaga on deck next.
Kansas might want to reconsider games at Sprint Center. While the Jayhawks like giving their guys a taste of the building where the Big 12 Tournament is played, it comes at the expense of a massive homecourt advantage in Allen Fieldhouse. Plus, they were bounced by TCU in the tournament quarterfinals last year, then lost to Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament a couple weeks later.
Loyola-Chicago 65, No. 5 Florida 59
Aundre Jackson scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and Loyola-Chicago handed Florida its third consecutive loss.
The Gators (5-3) shot 36.9 percent from the field, missed 17 of 19 3-point attempts and finished with seven assists.
The Ramblers (9-1) were much more efficient, shooting 52 percent from the field and making half their 12 shots from behind the arc.
No Florida player reached double digits in scoring and the Gators led for just 93 seconds.
No. 11 North Carolina 104, Western Carolina 61
Luke Maye had 12 points and 12 rebounds and North Carolina hit a season-high 16 3-pointers.
The Tar Heels (9-1) ran off 20 straight points during a 33-3 first-half run. UNC shot 57 percent and made 16 of 22 3-point attempts for the game, coming one shy of matching the program record for made 3s in a game.
Freshman Jalek Felton had a team-high 15 points for the Tar Heels, who finished with six players in double figures.
Deriece Parks scored 13 points for the Catamounts (3-7).
No. 13 Xavier 96, Kent State 70
Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points — the seventh time he's had 20 this season — and Xavier took control with an 18-point run.
The Musketeers (8-1) never trailed against Kent State (5-4), which kept it close at the outset with solid shooting but never recovered from the Musketeers' run that began late in the first half. Danny Pippen led the defending Mid-American Conference champions with 15 points.
Bluiett hit two 3s as Xavier opened the game with a 14-2 spurt, making its first six shots. Kerem Kanter added a season-high 20 points along with eight rebounds.
Xavier has won 36 straight non-conference home games.
No. 3 Notre Dame 90, Michigan State 59
Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points and Notre Dame beat Michigan State in its first home game in 25 days.
Junior transfer Jessica Shepard had 19 points, Jackie Young added 13 points and graduate transfer Lili Thompson had 12 for Notre Dame (8-1). The Irish went 6-1 on the road, the loss coming Sunday at No. 1 Connecticut.
Jenna Allen led Michigan State (5-3), and Lexi Gussert had 11.
Coach Muffet McGraw used mostly a seven-player rotation and her Irish shot 80 percent (8 of 10) in the second quarter and held the Spartans scoreless over the final 6:16 to take a 47-16 halftime lead.
No. 11 Tennessee 131, Troy 69
Jaime Nared scored 20 of her 27 points in the first half, Tennessee set a record for points in a quarter and the Lady Vols had their highest point total of their storied history.
Nared opened with a 3-pointer and had seven points as the Lady Vols scored the first 12 points and raced to a 34-15 lead after one quarter. It was 61-39 at the half and then they got hot, setting a school record with 44 points in the third and holding Troy to nine for a 105-39 advantage.
Kortney Dunbar added 17 points, and Rennia Davis, Meme Jackson and Cheridene Green had 16 apiece for Tennessee (9-0). Shaterrika O'Neal had 15 points for Troy (5-1).
No. 12 Ohio State 103, Florida 77
Kelsey Mitchell became Ohio State's career scoring leader scorer in the first quarter and finished with 30 points to help the Buckeyes beat Florida.
Mitchell, the national scoring leader with a 26.1 average, needed eight points to tie Jantel Lavender's record of 2,818 and she broke it on a runner in the lane. Mitchell finished the game with 2,840. She made four 3-pointers to extend her Division I career record to 415.
Sierra Calhoun added 21 points for Ohio State (9-2). Haley Lorenzen led Florida (5-4) with 17.
No. 15 Maryland 97, Mount St. Mary's 57
Ieshia Small scored 21 points and Maryland rolled past Mount St. Mary's for its sixth straight victory.
Stephanie Jones, Kaila Charles and Kristen Confroy each scored 16 points, and Blair Watson added 13 points and seven assists for the Terrapins (8-2).
Katrice Dickson led the Mountaineers (1-7) with 16 points.
No. 21 Texas A&M 71, TCU 58
Freshman Chennedy Carter had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Khaalia Hillsman added 22 points for Texas A&M.
Danni Williams added 13 points for Texas A&M (7-2) and Anriel Howard had 16 rebounds. Amy Okonkwo had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists for TCU (6-2).
Texas A&M is 20-0 at home in the series and leads 36-4 overall.
No. 22 Villanova 73, Fairfield 44
Adrianna Hahn made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Villanova.
Bridget Herlihy added four 3s and a career-high 19 points for the Wildcats (8-0).
Sam Kramer scored 11 points for Fairfield (3-5).
No. 23 Green Bay 75, Dayton 64
Jessica Lindstrom had a career-high 29 points and 17 rebounds for Green Bay.
Lindstrom was 8 of 12 from the field in the first half, with five 3-pointers, and scored 21 points tp help Green Bay (7-1) build a 40-27 lead. She finished 9 of 14, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
Allie Leclaire added 14 points for Green Bay (7-1). Lauren Cannatelli had 17 points, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals for Dayton (5-3).
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