For the first time in the history of the Associated Press’s rankings on Saturday, the nation’s top six teams all lost on the same day. Indeed, upsets were flying everywhere Saturday and another ranked team (Ohio St.) went down on Sunday (at Maryland).
Let’s hit on what else took place this past weekend…
–Saint Mary’s handed Gonzaga its first WCC loss in a wire-to-wire 67-57 win as a 10.5-point home underdog. The Gaels snapped the Bulldogs’ 17-game winning streak and beat them for the first time in the last eight head-to-head meetings. Gonzaga stars Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren were limited to six points apiece.
–Kentucky (23-6 straight up, 13-15-1 against the spread) guards Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington both returned from two-game absences Saturday at Arkansas. The Razorbacks won a 75-73 decision as two-point home favorites, but Washington’s 3-pointer at the buzzer went off the backboard and in to give UK supporters an improbable backdoor push.
–In his return from an ankle injury, UK’s Washington scored 10 points, had two steals, grabbed one rebound and dished out three assists without committing a turnover. He played 35 minutes, hitting only 3-of-12 field-goal attempts. Wheeler logged 29 minutes of action, producing 14 points, three rebounds and five assists compared to three turnovers.
–Arkansas improved to 13-1 SU and 12-1-1 ATS in its last 14 games. The lone outright defeat in this span was a 68-67 loss at Alabama as a six-point underdog. The Hogs host LSU on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season at Tennessee.
–Speaking of the Vols, they remained undefeated at home and improved to 4-0 ATS in four single-digit home ‘chalk’ situations with Saturday’s 67-62 win over Auburn as three-point favorites. The Tigers fell to 2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS in their last five road outings. Tennessee (21-7 SU, 17-11 ATS) is at Georgia tomorrow night, while Auburn is in Starkville to face Mississippi St. on Wednesday.
–Florida kept its bubble hopes alive with an 84-72 win Saturday at Georgia as an 8.5-point road favorite. UF senior forward Anthony Duruji (8.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 1.0 steals per game) missed the win at UGA with an ankle injury. The Gators play at Vanderbilt on Tuesday before hosting Kentucky on Saturday. Duruji is ‘questionable’ against the Commodores, who have lost eight games in a row to UF. The ‘under’ is 6-3 in the last nine games in this rivalry.
–Alabama went into Saturday’s home game vs. South Carolina on a 3-16-1 ATS slide. The Crimson Tide finally covered a number, though, winning 90-71 as a 11-point favorite. Jaden Shackleford drained 4-of-9 treys to score a team-best 21 points. Javon Quinerly added 20 points and five assists. Nate Oats’s squad hosts Texas A&M on Wednesday before closing the regular season Saturday at LSU.
–Texas A&M ‘overs’ keep cashing at a frenetic pace. The ‘over’ is 9-2 for the Aggies in their last 11 games and 16-6 in their last 22 contests. I had the ‘over’ in Saturday’s 76-66 win at Ole Miss when the 142 combined points went ‘over’ the 133.5-point total.
–Michigan St. ended a three-game losing streak Saturday by beating Purdue 68-65 as a 4.5-point home underdog. The Spartans have still lost five of their last seven games, and they’re mired in a 2-6 ATS slump. They play at Michigan on Tuesday, at Ohio St. on Thursday and host Maryland on Sunday.
–TCU gave its resume a huge boost with Saturday’s 69-66 win over Texas Tech as a five-point home underdog. Mike Miles was the catalyst for the Horned Frogs, contributing 26 points, five steals, four assists and four rebounds.
–Baylor dusted off a one-point halftime deficit to beat Kansas by an 80-70 count as a three-point home favorite. Flo Thamba’s 18 points and nine rebounds led the Bears, who face a 48-hour turnaround when they play at Texas tonight. Scott Drew’s team then hosts Iowa St. on Saturday.
–Providence (24-3 SU, 16-11 ATS) ended Creighton’s six-game winning streak with Saturday’s 72-51 win as a four-point home favorite. A.J. Reeves scored a game-high 23 points by burying 7-of-10 launches from 3-point range. The Friars have won 19 of their last 21 games dating back to Nov. 27. They close the regular season on March 1 at Villanova.
–Colorado stunned Arizona as a 9.5-point home underdog Saturday, erasing a five-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Wildcats 47-26 in the second half of a 79-63 victory.
–Boise St. cooled off a red-hot UNLV squad by going into Las Vegas on Saturday night and capturing an 86-76 win as a 1.5-point road favorite. Marcus Shaver led the Broncos with 27 points and Abu Kigab added 23. Leon Rice’s team hosts Nevada on March 1 and closes the regular season March 5 at Colorado St. If BSU wins those two games and the Mountain West Tournament, it might be able to garner a six seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Rebels are now 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games.
–FSU’s season has been wrecked by injuries and the Seminoles went into Charlottesville on Saturday as nine-point underdogs. They won 64-63 on Matthew Cleveland’s buzzer beater as +350 money-line ‘dogs. This loss probably put a fork in UVA’s at-large hopes.
–Indiana is right around the cut line for most bracket gurus, so a loss at Minnesota on Sunday would’ve been a killer. The Hoosiers led by as many as 27 points in the second half, but the Gophers went on a 24-4 run to cut the deficit to seven with 2:36 left. Jamison Battle’s 3-pointer got Minnesota to within three with 3.9 seconds left, but IU hit a pair of free throws to seal an 84-79 victory. Bettors on the Hoosiers had a serious sweat, but they cashed tickets as 3.5-point road favorites.
–The ‘under’ improved to 20-5 for Monmouth in its last 25 games when the 129 combined points dipped ‘under’ the 134-point total in Sunday’s 70-59 loss at Siena.
–Nebraska won 93-70 at Penn St. last night as a 10.5-point road underdog, cashing +480 money-line tickets at FanDuel.