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College basketball scores, winners and losers: Marquette, Texas and Creighton survive in fantastic finishes

There’s always drama in college basketball. The descriptor is virtually synonymous with the sport thanks to March Madness. But this much drama? In one day of non-tournament action? It rarely happens.

That’s why Saturday might have rocked your socks all the way off. It was a full day of mayhem that delivered all the things we love about the sport. 

There was Texas hitting a buzzer-beater to down in-state foe No. 9 Baylor. There was Syracuse hitting a 3-pointer at the horn to escape Miami. There was No. 17 Marquette on the happy end of a last-second shot, thanks to a miss on a 3-pointer at the buzzer from St. John’s. 

Oh, but there was plenty more, too. No. 18 Creighton outlasted Seton Hall in a triple-overtime (!!) thriller. 

And mid-majors joined the part, too. Lafayette survived in OT after Bucknell missed a double-OT forcing 3-pointer. Same for Morgan State, which forced an airball at the buzzer in OT to win 89-86 over Coppin State.

And that was just a handful of games.

There’s always surprises in the sport, but Saturday was especially theatrical. Let’s take a spin through the rest of the landscape and sort out the winners and losers of the dramatic day that was. 

Loser: Kansas can’t grab the basketball

No. 3 Kansas gave up three offensive rebounds on a single possession while trailing in the final minute of a 91-85 loss at West Virginia. The Jayhawks began the possession trailing just 82-81 with plenty of time remaining to get a stop and potential go-ahead score. But by the time they got the basketball back with 33 seconds remaining after three Quinn Slazinski free throws, the deficit was 85-81. Kansas had plenty of other problems in its second Big 12 loss, but an inability to grab the basketball when it mattered most was the most maddening. — Cobb

Winner: Persistent Kentucky fans get their wish

Kentucky coach John Calipari this week called Wildcats fans “crazy” after learning…


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Author : Kyle Boone

Publish date : 2024-01-21 03:34:14

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