No. 15 Kansas 80, No. 9 Oklahoma State 78
The Kansas Jayhawks held off the Oklahoma State Cowboys in an instant classic in Phog Allen Fieldhouse, 80-78. The Jayhawks jumped out to a big lead, but the Cowboys had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. Le'Bryan Nash decided to attempt a game-winning three with time expiring, but lost the ball on the way up to seal the win for Kansas.
Freshman stud Joel Embiid had a career game, blocking eight Oklahoma State shots to go with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also did this:
Phil Forte scored 23 for the Cowboys, shooting 7-10 from the three-point line including a huge three to keep Oklahoma alive in the final minute. Forte's game was offset by a terrible shooting night for Marcus Smart, who was 3-14 on the day on his way to a ho-hum double-double. Smart grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 16 points, ten of those from the free-throw line.
Kansas improves to 4-0 in the Big 12, while the Cowboys fall to 3-2.
No. 2 Syracuse 59, No. 22 Pittsburgh 54
Another classic conference game, the Syracuse Orange won despite being outmuscled by a tough Pittsburgh Panthers team. The Panthers had 16 offensive rebounds, but couldn't get enough from their second-chance opportunities for the upset. The Orange held on behind 16 from freshman point guard Tyler Ennis and 13 from leading scorer C.J. Fair. Syracuse moves to 18-0, including 5-0 in its first season of ACC play.
No. 5 Wichita State 68, Indiana State 48
In what was supposed to be the Wichita St. Shockers' biggest threat to their undefeated record, Wichita State stomped the Indiana St. Sycamores. Four Shockers scored in double digits, running the Sycamores out of Charles Koch Arena. Wichita will have to play them one more time, but it is looking more likely that Gregg Marshall's team will have an undefeated regular season.
No. 6 Villanova 88, DePaul 62
The Villanova Wildcats exploded in the second half to put away the DePaul Blue Demons. Five Villanova players scored in double digits, led by James Bell's 17. Now 5-0 in Big East play, the Wildcats are making their case to be a top-5 team in the country. Villanova hosts the No. 20 Creighton Blue Jays next, with Doug McDermott coming to town Monday night.
No. 7 Florida 68, Auburn 61
The Florida Gators survived a scare from Auburn, holding off the Tigers in Alabama. Florida was efficient on offense, making over 50 percent of their field goals. Scottie Wilbekin led the way with 16 points, including 2-2 from behind the arc. With a few upsets across the country, the Gators could be a top 5 team before you know it. They are 4-0 in SEC play and 15-2 overall.
Texas 86, No. 8 Iowa State 76
In the biggest upset of the day so far, the Texas Longhorns took care of the Iowa State Cyclones in Austin. Jonathan Holmes had 23 points on 9-13 shooting as the Longhorns proved to be the more physical team. Cyclones forwards Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang combined to go 15-24 from the field, but the rest of the team shot just 24 percent from the field. Cameron Ridley had a double-double for Texas with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 19 Cincinnati 61, South Florida 54
The Cincinnati Bearcats continued their dominance of the American Athletic Conference, cruising to a 6-0 record after beating the South Florida Bulls. The Bulls made it a game, but 18 points from Cincinnati's Sean Kirkpatrick proved too much for USF. The Bearcats hit seven three-pointers and blocked six South Florida shots.
Utah 74, No. 25 UCLA 69
The UCLA Bruins continued their Jekyll-and-Hyde season, dropping a road game to the Utah Utes on Saturday. Kyle Anderson scored 28 for the Bruins, but it wasn't enough to avoid the upset by the Utes. Jordan Loveridge had 17 for Utah, who improve to 3-3 in Pac-12 play. UCLA is now 3-2 in conference play, and will likely drop from the national rankings.