The Kentucky Wildcats improved to 24-0 with two close wins on the road against Florida and LSU to remain as the only undefeated team left in basketball.
Freshman, Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 15.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and two blocks in the two victories for the Wildcats. LSU had possession of the ball with 6.6 seconds remaining and they were down two points, but they were unable to get a quality look at the basket. Kentucky has nine games left on their schedule, with three coming on the road. The only ranked opponent left is No. 24 Arkansas.
Mike Kryzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils defeated No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday by 30 points, avenging a loss in South Bend to the Irish ten days ago. The No. 4 Blue Devils shot 80 percent, including 7-8 from three in the first half, en-route to a 90-60 victory.
Duke faced a quick turnaround, having to travel to Florida State on Monday. The Blue Devils were tested, but senior Quinn Cook’s 26 points proved to be enough as Duke edged Florida State 73-70.
No. 3 Virginia continued to rebound nicely after a loss at home to the aforementioned Blue Devils. The Cavaliers welcomed Rick Pitino’s No. 9 Louisville Cardinals to the John Paul Jones Arena and defended their court with a 52-47 victory. Virginia was able to keep Louisville’s combination of Terry Rozier and Chris Jones to 10-30 shooting. The duo accounted for 65 percent of Louisville’s shot attempts.
Rivals Arizona and Arizona State squared off in the Grand Canyon state and the Sun Devils pulled off the upset against the No. 6 Wildcats. Arizona State had four players reach double-digits, including a team-high 18 from Bo Barnes.
No. 8 Kansas received yet another inconsistent performance from their highly-touted recruiting class as they stumbled against Oklahoma State, 67-62. Oklahoma State only received four points from their bench in the win and despite going 3-19 from three point range, they shot 20-26 from the foul line.
Longtime UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian passed away at the age of 84. Tarkanian took the Runnin’ Rebels to four Final Four’s and a National Championship in 1990. Tark, as he was known, has the seventh-highest winning percentage all-time among Division I men’s coaches.