The Blue Devils lost a shocker on Wednesday, falling to Wake Forest, 82-72. The Demon Deacons entered the game with a 5-11 record in the ACC, and a 1-3 record against ranked opponents. Five Wake Forest players scored in double figures, led by Tyler Cavanaugh's 20 off the bench.
Jabari Parker scored 19 for Duke, but the Blue Devils made just six of their 27 three-point attempts. Coach K's team relies heavily on the three-ball, but Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon were ice-cold. The pair combined to shoot 3-14 from downtown.
The loss solidifies Duke's spot as the fourth place team in the ACC. The Blue Devils will have a chance to finish the season tied for third with North Carolina if they can avenge their loss to the Tar Heels in the regular season finale on Saturday.
No. 3 Arizona 74, Oregon State 69
The Wildcats trailed unheralded Oregon State by a point with six minutes remaining, but tough defense down the stretch gave Arizona the edge for their fifth straight win. Nick Johnson led Arizona with 25 points, including three free throws in the final minute to ice the game.
No. 8 Kansas 82, Texas Tech 57
The Jayhawks smoked Texas Tech in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night. Tarik Black hit all nine of his field goal attempts as Kansas cruised to a 20-point halftime lead. Naadir Tharpe finished with 16 points and five assists, a good sign for Kansas.
Joel Embiid sat out this game with a back injury. The big man is scheduled to sit out Kansas' last game of the season as well, Saturday's clash with West Virginia. Kansas has the Big 12 title locked up, so the decision for Embiid seems precautionary.
No. 9 Wisconsin 76, Purdue 70
Frank Kaminsky led all scores with 22 as the Badgers held on for the win. The Boilermakers hit a pair of useless three in the final seconds, making the score look closer than the game indicated. Wisconsin has won eight straight, including victories over three ranked opponents. The Badgers are making a push to be a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, which they could lock up by winning the Big Ten Tournament.
No. 10 San Diego State 73, UNLV 64
Down by a point with 3:23 remaining, the Aztecs went on a 12-2 run to end the game, with Xavier Thames and Winston Shepard combining to score San Diego State's final 12 points. Shepard scored seven of his 13 points in the final 3:04, and Thames led the Aztecs with 19 points and six assists.
The win helped San Diego State (26-3, 15-2 in the Mountain West) keep pace with New Mexico atop the conference. The Aztecs will host the Lobos on Saturday for Mountain West supremacy.
No. 11 Louisville 84, No. 18 SMU 71
Russ Smith was lights-out from behind the arc, hitting all six of his three-point attempts. The star point guard finished the game with 26 points after tying his career-high for triples. SMU turned the ball over 21 times in the game, including 16 via steal. Chris Jones had six of those 16 Louisville steals.
The Cardinals swept SMU in the season series, and pull a half-game ahead of Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference standings.
Dayton 72, No. 17 Saint Louis 67
The Flyers flat-out schooled the Billikens in the second half, overcoming a seven-point halftime deficit. Seven Dayton players hit at least a pair of baskets, with Jordan Sibert leading the team with 14 points. Devin Oliver added nine points and nine rebounds.
After starting 12-0 in Atlantic 10 play, Saint Louis has lost three straight. The Billikens will try to right the ship in the regular season finale against UMass. For Dayton, a win like this could propel them back into the NCAA Tournament field. The Flyers play Richmond to close out regular season play.
No. 19 Connecticut 69, Rutgers 63
UConn's Shabazz Napier dropped 26 as the Huskies held off a game opponent in Rutgers. A Kadeem Jack steal turned into a layup, bringing Rutgers within four in the final minute. But Rutgers stalled from there, clinching for the Huskies their 12th conference win.
With one game remaining, Connecticut can finish as high as second in the American. The Huskies wrap up the season Saturday against Louisville.
No. 21 New Mexico 80, Air Force 52
Cameron Bairstow scored 21 as the Lobos bashed Air Force in Albuquerque Wednesday. New Mexico held the Falcons to just 20 first-half points, riding the defense of center Alex Kirk. The junior seven-footer had four blocks in the game.
The Lobos are a team on the rise, now 15-2 in Mountain West play and winners of six straight. New Mexico will have a chance to win the conference outright if it can beat San Diego State in the regular season finale.
No. 23 Oklahoma 72, West Virginia 62
Cameron Clark notched a double-double for the Sooners, scoring a team-high 19 points and snagging 11 rebounds. Oklahoma hit 11 threes, four by sharpshooter Buddy Hield. Juwan Staten countered with a superb night for the Mountaineers, scoring 24 on 11-23 shooting.
At 11-6, the Sooners are tied for second place with Texas in a deep Big 12 field. Both Oklahoma and Texas get gimmes in their finales, facing TCU and Texas Tech, respectively.