HONOLULU - Houston Baptist began its season 2-0 at the Rainbow Classic in Hawai'i and will next face the host Rainbow Warriors in the final game Monday night. The game is scheduled for 11 p.m. locally, 3 a.m. Houston time, and is part of ESPN's College Hoops Tipoff Marathon.
In the Classic's opening game on Friday, HBU used a 10-1 run late in the second half to break open what had been a tight contest throughout, holding off a furious rally by Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the closing minutes for a 72-68 win.
Marcus Davis (6'5''-F-91) led the Huskies with 22 points, and freshman James Harper came off the bench to add 11. Freshman Caleb Crayton (6'3'') led HBU on the boards with seven rebounds.
In Sunday's game, Houston Baptist went on a 10-0 run in the first half, and a 9-0 run during a stretch it held Maryland Eastern Shore without a field goal for almost eight minutes before defeating the Hawks, 70-55.
Arthur Bernardi (6'9''-F-90) led the Huskies with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Davis posted 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The final game will pit the Classic's two undefeated teams against each other. Hawai'i defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, 76-64, on Friday, before defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, 81-54. Courtesy of: http://www.greatwestconference.org
Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 - 6 hours ago
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Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute lef... [read more]
Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute left in the game. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and then Corbin Kaufusi (6'10''-C) had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put the game out of reach. Gonzaga ended a string of 15 consecutive games where it didn't trail in the second half. "They haven't had anyone have a lead on them in the second half for quite a while," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I thought that would be a really big emotional thing for us, and an emotional thing for them to have to respond. "You beat the No. 1 team on the road the last weekend of the season, it's good for a lot of reasons," Rose added. The Cougars rallied from an early 16-point deficit, and Mika said the team never wavered in its belief it could win. "I think all of us did and that was a big thing," Mika said. "I don't think a lot of teams, especially in our conference, believe 100 percent that they're going to come in and do that." The Cougars scored 44 points in the second half and made nine 3-pointers to just three for Gonzaga. Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss. "Obviously, it didn't go as we hoped," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We missed a lot of free throws and turned the ball over too much to be able to win a close game like that." Gonzaga missed 13 of its 29 free throws and had 16 turnovers but still led most of the game. "The season isn't over," Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews (6'4''-G-94) said. "It is a great season. We'd love to be 30-0, but we are 29-1." T.J. Haws added 17 points and Elijah Bryant 14 for BYU (21-10, 12-6). The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76. Gonzaga came out fired up and jumped to an 18-2 lead in the first five minutes, making 7 of 10 shots. The Zags cooled off, and three consecutive 3-pointers by BYU's Haws cut Gonzaga's lead to 26-22. Mika's basket cut Gonzaga's lead to one point before the Bulldogs closed with a 10-5 run to take a 41-35 lead at halftime. Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97)' putback gave Gonzaga a 58-46 lead midway through the second. A technical foul on Gonzaga helped BYU cut its deficit to 58-53 and seemed to spark the Cougars. A pair of 3-pointers by Nick Emery (6'2''-G) cut Gonzaga's lead to one, and Mika's basket gave the Cougars their first lead at 61-60. The teams traded baskets until Mika put the Cougars ahead for good. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
The game of the weekend in college basketball has birthed some interesting new plot lines as we get ready for March.
Steve Alford's fifth-ranked UCLA team went into Tucson on Saturday night and pulled off a 77-72 victory over No. 4 Arizona. Arizona's chance at overtime fell short when Kadeem Allen's 3 went long in the final seconds. Now UCLA's won seven straight and is primed to be a chic Final Four pick yet again.
Arizona would have wrapped up at least a share of the Pac-12 title had it... [read more]
The game of the weekend in college basketball has birthed some interesting new plot lines as we get ready for March. Steve Alford's fifth-ranked UCLA team went into Tucson on Saturday night and pulled off a 77-72 victory over No. 4 Arizona. Arizona's chance at overtime fell short when Kadeem Allen's 3 went long in the final seconds. Now UCLA's won seven straight and is primed to be a chic Final Four pick yet again. Arizona would have wrapped up at least a share of the Pac-12 title had it won. Instead, the Wildcats only got 10 points from Lauri Markkanen, while Allonzo Trier carried Arizona (28 points on 11-of-14 shooting, and five rebounds). I think Arizona will have its doubters at this point. I disagree with that assessment, and I'll explain why below. Four Things to Know 1. UCLA has the two best road wins in the sport UCLA now has a distinct advantage over the rest of college basketball.
No team has two better road victories than the Bruins. Kansas fans are no doubt eager to claim their team winning at Kentucky and at Baylor trumps UCLA's wins at Kentucky and Arizona, but I'll side with the latter. With the Kentucky win being a common opponent, it comes down to preference. Baylor is ranked higher in Sagarin, LRMC and KenPom, but if Arizona and Baylor met on a neutral floor tomorrow, I would lay money on the Wildcats. Baylor has lost five of eight, doesn't have the shooting Arizona does, and Arizona would have two of the three best players on the floor. To me, UCLA (26-3) has a very big card to play in the selection committee's room less than two weeks from now. It also means -- barring a near-impossible implosion -- the Bruins will be, at worst, a No. 3 seed on Selection Sunday. A No. 2 is very much on the table for the taking.
And if UCLA runs the table? Then why not keep the No. 1 seed in discussion. Lonzo Ball and Co. remain a tempting team. 2. Pac-12 fallout Here's another aftershock from this game: the team that didn't play in it benefited most. Oregon might win the Pac-12 because of UCLA winning here. Arizona was 15-1 in the league heading into Saturday, but Oregon got out of a road game against Stanford with a two-point winning margin earlier in the day. So now Oregon and Arizona are tied with two conference losses (UCLA has three), and Oregon owns the tiebreaker because the teams only met once (it was at Oregon) and the Ducks won handily. It's unfair that Arizona didn't get the chance to host Oregon, but these are the issues you get presented with when your league has 14 teams and round-robin schedules aren't doable. 3. UCLA in title mix because its defense is now viable Ironically, I was of the belief that the first team to 85 in this one would win. But no. A slower-tempo game, and UCLA wins it on the road? With some good defense? Could things be changing for the better for the Bruins? Seems so. Once upon a time this UCLA team didn't even have a top-130 defense. Now, though so far from really good, it's at least in the top 100 on a per-possession basis. And most importantly, UCLA is still the top offensive team in the country. Here's a stat for Bruins fans: the defense has held opponents to an average of 70.3 points per game over the past six games. On the season, entering the Arizona game, UCLA was averaging 92 points. You cannot win the national title if you are downright mediocre on one side of the ball. UCLA has just about approached the level of acceptable defensive capacity to qualify them as a reasonable choice to cut down the nets in Phoenix.
Sponsored by signsofpancreaticcancer.org Early Colon Cancer Signs You Must Know About Don't let pancreatic cancer go unnoticed. View this list of early pancreatic cancer symptoms that you must not ignore. 4. If you sell on Arizona, you'll regret it The Wildcats' best wins are a sweep of Cal, over Michigan State in the season-opener and a road victory against UCLA. Arizona is just inside the KenPom top 25 because of this. With a home loss to UCLA, there could be the sense that the Wildcats are overvalued. I don't buy it. Did you watch how good Trier was? That is a top-20 player in America. And Markkanen's pretty close. Now, if you want to say Lauri Markkanen has hit a freshman wall, I might buy it, but I don't buy that he's going to stop being really good. If anything, I'd expect a player like that to come on strong in March. Consider that Sean Miller is a top-10 coach in America. Remember that Arizona is playing well beyond expectations (no Terrance Ferguson or Ray Smith) and yet the team still has veterans. Is Arizona a top-five team? No. I do think the Wildcats will get to the Pac-12 title game, wind up with a top-four seed and play into the second weekend, though. In checking all of those boxes, it should validate Arizona as a top-12 team in the sport. That's something nobody predicted even as late as mid-January.
Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four as... [read more]
Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Lyle added 17 points, including all 10 from the charity stripe, while also tacking on four helpers for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten). Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) led all scorers with 27 for the Badgers (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten). After a Koenig 3-pointer gave Wisconsin a 6-4 lead just over two minutes into the game, the Buckeyes used a 9-0 run to take a 13-6 advantage with 14:40 remaining in the half. The Buckeyes then got hot from the field, turning it into a 44-31 halftime lead. For the half, Ohio State shot 51.6 percent while connecting on five shots from behind the arc. Tate turned in a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards in 17 first-half minutes while Jackson added nine points and three assists. Koenig kept the Badgers in it with 14 in the first half, including four 3-pointers. The Badgers had the Buckeyes lead trimmed to nine at 56-47 with 11:00 remaining but back-to-back 3-pointers by Lyle and Jackson pushed the Ohio State advantage up to 15 at 62-47 with 9:19 left to play. Wisconsin was unable to get within 13 until the final minute of play as the Buckeyes hit on 5 of 6 3-pointers after the half. Courtesy of: mariononline.com
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