Saturdays in February were made for college basketball.
This one provided another classic slate of games, including wild finishes in Cincinnati, Durham and Lexington. And with Russ Smith draining a game-winner for Louisville on the road earlier, the evening slate had a high bar to reach:
No. 18 Kentucky 77, LSU 76
LSU needed a win to help its NCAA Tournament chances. Kentucky was looking to avoid its second loss in three games.
And for 45 minutes, the game at Rupp Arena reflected the determination of both teams. But it was the final 25 seconds that were the most memorable of all. The lead changed hands three times, starting with a pair of free throws from Kentucky's Julius Randle. Andre Stringer responded with a layup to put the Tigers back ahead.
Then Randle did this:
James Young stole the ensuing inbounds to prevent LSU from attempting a last-second heave and Kentucky won 77-76.
Though Randle had 15 rebounds and scored the last four Kentucky points, it was Aaron Harrison (21 points) and James Young (20 points) who combined for more than half of the Wildcats' offense.
New Mexico 58, No. 6 San Diego State 44
In a score that did not reflect how much New Mexico controlled the game, the Lobos upset San Diego State at home on Saturday to pull into a first-place tie with the Aztecs in the Mountain West.
Cameron Bairstow's 26 points and 11 rebounds led the way for New Mexico. The senior forward came into the game averaging 20.2 per contest, more than twice his average scoring output last year. Bairstow had some help from guard Kendall Williams, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Lobos were ahead for the final 35 minutes of the game, eventually taking a 24-point lead on a three from Cullen Neal midway through the second half. The Aztecs fought back and pulled to within 12 on a tip from Winston Shepard with a minute to go, but it was not nearly enough. Shepard's 10 points made him the only Aztec in double figures scoring.
No. 3 Wichita State 83, Drake 54
The Shockers took one step closer to an undefeated regular season by dismantling Drake at home. Tekele Cotton was 9-of-12 from the field to finish with 21 points and seven steals. Darius Carter and Fred VanVleet each scored 15.
A trip to Bradley and a home game against Missouri State are all that stand between Wichita State and a perfect regular season. Neither team is above .500 in the Missouri Valley, but Missouri State took the Shockers to overtime on Jan. 11.
No. 4 Arizona 88, Colorado 61
Arizona held Colorado without a field goal for the first 10:07 of the game and jumped out to a 22-5 lead. Though the Buffaloes made a run at the end of the first half to pull to within six at the break, the Wildcats dominated the second half en route to an easy win.
Aaron Gordon had 23 points and T.J. McConnell had nine points and 10 assists to lead Arizona. Colorado, who missed out on an opportunity to boost its NCAA Tournament resume, was led by 18 points and eight rebounds from Josh Smith.
No. 8 Kansas 85, No. 19 Texas 54
What was supposed to be a close one between two of the Big 12's best teams turned out to be a laugher. The Jayhawks led by 29 at the break and held Texas to just 34 percent shooting overall.
Kansas shot 52 percent, which isn't too hard when you're getting buckets like this, courtesy of Andrew Wiggins:
And Joel Embiid:
No. 10 Saint Louis 66, George Washington 59
The Billikens held off a late run from George Washington to stay unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 with a seven-point win. Jordair Jett led Saint Louis with 16 points and Grandy Glaze had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
If the Billikens want to run the table in the Atlantic 10, they will have to go through VCU and UMass; they face both of them on the road in the season's final week.
No. 17 Iowa State 71, TCU 60
Iowa State moved into a second-place tie in the Big 12 with an 11-point win on the road. DeAndre Kane had 20 points to lead the Cyclones, who have now won three in a row.
Kyan Anderson had 18 to lead TCU, but the Horned Frogs shot just 37 percent for the game and 25 percent from three. TCU remained winless in the Big 12, dropping to 0-14.
No. 22 Memphis 82, Temple 79 (OT)
There might be a stark divide between the top and bottom halves of the American Athletic Conference, but you wouldn't have been able to tell Saturday night in Memphis. The Owls matched the Tigers every step of the way, forcing overtime on a pair of Dalton Pepper free throws with a minute remaining.
Down three in the final seconds of overtime, Temple missed two opportunities to tie the game. First, Pepper missed an ill-advised three, then after a missed one-and-one opportunity, Quenton DeCosey missed another attempt at the buzzer.
Shaq Goodwin led Memphis with 20 points and Austin Nichols had a career night with 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks.
Stanford 83, No. 23 UCLA 74
Stanford's tournament chances got a huge boost on Saturday, thanks to seven threes from Chasson Randle. Randle had 26 points and Josh Huestis had 22 more, which was too much firepower for the Bruins to match.
It was the Cardinal's second win over a ranked team this season, and they have now won five out of six games with contests at Arizona and Arizona State still remaining. The Bruins' four-game winning streak was snapped, despite having four players in double figures, as they fell to two games behind Arizona for first place in the Pac-12.
No. 24 Ohio State 64, Minnesota 46
Down 10 at the half, Ohio State stormed back, outscoring Minnesota 46-18 in the final 20 minutes. The Buckeyes gave up a quick two to start the second half, then went on a 17-0 run to take a 35-30 lead and seize control. They followed that up with a 14-2 spurt a few minutes later to put the game away.
Sam Thompson led all scorers with 19 for the Buckeyes, who have won six out of seven, are back in the Top 25 and seem to be back on track after a puzzling four-game losing streak. Andre Hollins had 13 points to lead Minnesota.