Thursday’s Morning Shootaround: What a night
No. 2 Ohio State 68, Michigan 64: The Buckeyes moved to 17-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten with a win over Michigan, but once again Ohio State struggled to put away an inferior opponent, just like they did against Minnesota at home and at Iowa in the past week. OSU opened up a 53-41 lead in the second half with a 12-0 run, but Michigan scrapped their way back and cut the lead to two on two separate occasions. But four straight free throws from William Buford and Aaron Craft sealed it. Buford had 19 points and nine boards, while Michigan was able to neutralize Sullinger with their 1-3-1 attack, allowing him just 12 points, seven boards, and forcing six turnovers.
No. 3 Kansas 84, Iowa State 79: Marcus Morris had 33 points and 13 rebounds while his brother Markief added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Morrii were able to pace the Jayhawks as they knocked off a scrappy Iowa State team by only five points despite never trailing in the game. Josh Selby bounced back from an ugly game against Michigan with 14 points on 5-12 shooting.
No. 4 Syracuse 76, St. John’s 59: The Orange are turning into an absolutely dominant defensive team this season. They held the Johnnies to just 36.8% shooting from the floor, while shooting 9-20 from three and putting four players into double figures.
No. 5 Pitt 72, No. 19 Georgetown 57: See here.
No. 6 San Diego State 55, UNLV 49: The Aztecs pulled out a tough, hard-fought Mountain West matchup that saw six technical fouls called and a brawl nearly break out. Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and 17 boards to pace SDSU while Malcolm Thomas also notched a double-double. SDSU improves to 17-0 on the season.
No. 7 Villanova 88, No. 17 Louisville 74: Corey Stokes had 23 points and Mouph Yarou had his best game since he’s been at Villanova, dominating Louisville’s big men with 18 points and 11 boards, as the Wildcats knocked off their second straight top 25 team at home. More impressive is the fact that Nova was able to win despite Louisville getting them to play at their tempo, forcing 18 turnovers, and hitting 12-25 threes. Corey Fisher and Maalik Wayns add 17 and 15, respectively. When all three back court players are hitting and Yarou is playing well in the paint, this Nova team is scary.
No. 12 Missouri 77, Nebraska 69: The Tigers bounced back from a loss at Colorado thanks in large part to Marcus Denmon, who had 27 points and hit five threes. Mizzou was never able to put on a run to put the Cornhuskers away, but the Tigers were able to maintain a two and three possession cushion throughout the second half.
No. 13 Texas A&M 71, Oklahoma State 48: Its a different post for a different day, but Texas A&M and Mark Turgeon are approaching Wisconsin-Bo Ryan and Pitt-Jamie Dixon territory. You just cannot count them out heading into a season. Ever. Nathan Walkup and David Loubeau both had 16 points last night to lead the Aggies.
Vanderbilt 73, Georgia 66: Travis Leslie had 21 points while Trey Thompkins and Gerald Robinson combined to add 33, but Vandy was just too much, as Fetsus Ezeli outplayed Thompkins (18 points, 10 boards) and John Jenkins had 18 points.
Northwestern 90, Iowa 71: Drew Crawford led four players in double figures as Northwestern jumped out to a 21 point halftime lead in a win they had to have.
Wichita State 68, Creighton 54: JT Durley led three players in double figures as the Shockers went into Omaha and knocked off the Bluejays. Impressive win, as WSU moves into second place in the MVC.
Seton Hall 78, DePaul 67: Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points for the Pirates in his first game back from a broken wrist and a gunshot wound.
SMU 64, Memphis 58: Memphis doesn’t look like a tournament team this season.
LSU 56, Arkansas 53: Umm, LSU is now 2-0 in the SEC.
Ohio 79, Akron 70: DJ Cooper’s line -- 13 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds. Solid.
Other Notable Games:
- No. 23 Temple 83, St. Bonaventure 55
- Maryland 74, Wake Forest 55
- Hofstra 74, Towson 60
- Clemson 87, Georgia Tech 62
- New Mexico 68, Colorado State 61
- Arizona State 69, Tulsa 59
- Cincinnati 74, South Florida 66
- Alabama 57, South Carolina 47
- Xavier 79, UMass 50
- Missouri State 64, Southern Illinois 51
- UTEP 69, Tulane 58
- Dayton 65, St. Joe’s 59
- La Salle 89, Penn 83
- Southern Miss 81, Rice 78 OT
- VCU 70, William & Mary 52
- Bucknell 75, American 60
- Wofford 74, Georgia Southern 65