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College basketball scores: Craziest weekend of the season sees 5 top 10 teams lose

No team was safe on the second weekend of conference play.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

You should do a quick Google search on breathing exercises before we get started, because what you're about to see is both shocking and disturbing.


No. 1 Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 64 (2OT)

NC State 87, No. 2 Duke 75

No. 3 Virginia 62, No. 13 Notre Dame 56

Rutgers 67, No. 4 Wisconsin 62

No. 18 North Carolina 72, No. 5 Louisville 71

No. 6 Gonzaga 79, Santa Clara 57

Oregon State 58, No. 7 Arizona 56

No. 8 Villanova 81, DePaul 64

Oklahoma State 69, No. 10 Texas 58

No. 11 Maryland 69, Purdue 60

No. 12 Kansas 86, Texas Tech 54

No. 17 Iowa State 74, No. 14 West Virginia 72

No. 15 Wichita State 67, Loyola (IL) 53

Kansas State 66, No. 16 Oklahoma 63 (OT)

No. 19 Seton Hall 68, Creighton 67

No. 20 VCU 89, Saint Joseph's 74

No. 21 Baylor 66, TCU 59 (OT)

Indiana 69, No. 22 Ohio State 66

No. 23 Arkansas 82, Vanderbilt 70

Western Kentucky 72, No. 25 Old Dominion 65


Picking a single game would have felt completely unfair after what we witnessed over the past 48 hours, so we're splitting this week's honor up three ways.

1. No. 18 North Carolina 72, No. 5 Louisville 71

This may have actually been the best we've seen Louisville play this season, a fact that likely served as little consolation to the Cardinals as they flew back to the Derby City with a loss. That loss came thanks in large part to Marcus Paige's last-second heroics.

This was an enormous win for a UNC team that was hurting for a marquee victory, especially after Monday night's heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame. The Tar Heels allowed Louisville's dynamic guard duo of Chris Jones and Terry Rozier to score a combined 44 points, but limited player of the year candidate Montrezl Harrell to just nine points and five rebounds despite playing 38 minutes.

After the game, the Tar Heels celebrated their accomplishment appropriately.

2. No. 17 Iowa State 74, No. 14 West Virginia 72

There are plenty of folks in the Midwest who believe this Iowa State team has the best shot of any squad in recent memory to end Kansas' ridiculous streak of 10 consecutive Big 12 regular season titles. After one week of play, the Cyclones and Jayhawks are already the league's only two remaining unbeaten teams, and they will square off in a Saturday night showcase game on ESPN in five days.

It took some work for ISU to hold up its end of that deal though.

Abdel Nader tied a season high with 19 points as ISU overcame a late flurry from West Virginia and an uncharacteristically high 18 turnovers to notch their second nail-biting victory of the week. The Cyclones defeated Oklahoma State, 63-61, on Tuesday.

3. No. 1 Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 64 (2OT)

So much for the notion that Kentucky was going to stomp its way through the SEC, as the Wildcats have now played three overtime periods in their first two league games.

There's something to be said for every team in the SEC -- a league that isn't exactly loaded with excitement -- getting up for Kentucky, but still, A&M is a team that had just scored 44 points in a 21-point loss to Alabama earlier in the week and was playing without its leading scorer in Jalen Jones (ankle injury). And yet, had the Aggies shot an even average percentage from the free-throw line instead of going 16-for-30, we'd probably be discussing the upset of the season so far.

Instead we're talking about a Wildcat team that found a way to win on a weekend where no one else seemed able to, but also has some pretty serious warts that have grown to sizes that make them impossible to ignore. The most notable among those is the Harrison twins, who were a combined 6-for-30 from the field against Texas A&M.

It's no longer debatable that Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker are, at least for the time being, Kentucky's best backcourt. So what do if you do if you're John Calipari? Do you say "well, we're still winning" and keep things the way they are until that changes? Do you roll with the young guys now and give the team the best chance to hit its highest ceiling, but risk upsetting the twins and disrupting the team's chemistry? Do you find comfort in the fact that regardless of what you do your team is still probably going to be superior to every other in the country when all is said and done? I know the answer to the last question, but the others, I'm not so sure about.

January is typically the "time to find ourselves" period of the season for every legitimate national title contender, and the nation's No. 1 team is no exception. These will be an interesting couple of weeks in Lexington.

UPSET OF THE WEEKEND: Rutgers 67, Wisconsin 62

Before Sunday night, Rutgers had never defeated a team ranked in the top five. Never. This is a program that is in its 108th season of competition and spent two decades in the Big East. Suffice it to say, the Scarlet Knights have had plenty of chances for a win like this. This all being the case, it felt almost inhumane to make them share this honor with another team, despite the abundance of stunners this weekend.

Yes, Frank Kaminsky was out with a concussion, and yes, Traevon Jackson left the game with a foot injury, but if Wisconsin is the unquestioned Big Ten juggernaut we all thought it was, then it still should have been able to take care of the league's predicted doormat. Instead, Kadeem Jack and Myles Mack lit up Bucky and The RAC witnessed a No. 4 team go down for the first time in its celebrated history.

It was an occasion worthy of a selfie or 12.



1. No. 3 Virginia 62, No. 13 Notre Dame 56

The Cavaliers were the unbeaten team that every expert said was the most likely of the three to fall this weekend, and instead they secured Saturday's most impressive victory.

At the present moment, there is no team in the country more poised and polished than Virginia. Tony Bennett's team put on a clinic about how to put a game away in the final two minutes on Saturday. They worked the clock and got a layup to extend their lead to five with 1:12 remaining, they made all four of their free-throw attempts on the following two possessions, and they refused to let Notre Dame's best player, Jerian Grant, get anything that might resemble a clean look on the other end of the floor. The result was a 6-point victory against a very good team in a very tough place to play.

After misfiring on 39 of their 59 field goal attempts, the Fighting Irish became the 39th straight team that UVA has held to under 50 percent shooting. This Bennett fellow can coach a little bit, you guys. That's your free analysis for this Monday. Take it home with you and impress your family.

2. Indiana 69, No. 22 Ohio State 66

The Big Ten being an impossible to figure out, jumbled mess is as much of a winter guarantee as the Oscars and people complaining about Valentine's Day. There is so little separation between the teams below Wisconsin that holding serve at home in games you have a chance to win is a must for these squads with legitimate dreams of ending their seasons in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana was able to do that on Saturday, a feat which was especially impressive considering the Hoosiers were coming off of an embarrassing 70-50 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday.

3. Oklahoma State 69, No. 10 Texas 58

Credit the Cowboys for bouncing right back from their tough loss against Iowa State to notch a huge win over the suddenly reeling Longhorns. I'm filing this under "good win" and not "bad loss" because I think the "struggling to re-adjust to life with a returning star" phase that Texas is going through with Isaiah Taylor right now is more common than people realize. UT had to learn how to play without Taylor, and just as folks were getting comfortable in their new, bigger roles, they're now being asked to re-adjust again with the star point guard back in the lineup. It's a tough thing for everyone involved.

Texas now has the work week off to prepare for a huge game on Saturday against West Virginia. If they don't show signs of progress in that one, then it'll be time to start seriously discussing their issues.


1. NC State 87, No. 2 Duke 75

Really good teams tend to struggle during the first couple of weeks of conference play -- we talked about this -- but I think it's the way that Duke was beaten on Sunday that turned some heads. The Blue Devils got hit in the nose by NC State around the 10-minute mark of this game's second half. Instead of composing themselves before starting to fight back, Duke's young guns just started throwing wild haymakers with their eyes closed, taking crazy threes on every other possession with some apparent hope that one of them might count for 10 points.

This is what young teams do, and Duke is without question a young team. Still, for the last two months we've been working under the impression that the nation's top two teams have been a level above the rest of the country. I think this weekend proved that at least one of those squads isn't quite worthy of that assessment, at least not yet.

2. Kansas State 66, No. 16 Oklahoma 63 (OT)

Right when the entire college hoops world was beginning to both recognize and trust Oklahoma, the Sooners turn around and lose to one of the season's biggest disappointments. The loss came despite a tremendous performance from Buddy Hield, who dropped a career high 31. Hield was 11-of-20 from the field, while the rest of his team was just 12-of-37.

Perhaps more disappointing than any of that was the fact that the Sooners allowed Kansas State's best player, Marcus Foster, to take the two biggest shots of the game. He acted appropriately.

3. Western Kentucky 72, No. 25 Old Dominion 65

That's not how we respond to success, ODU. That's not what we do.

We also can't let this category end without mentioning Arizona's loss to Oregon State. There's still plenty of time for the Wildcats to realize their potential and become the team everyone thought they'd be before the season, but they're certainly starting to make some people in Tucson nervous.


Indiana's Troy Williams and Cincinnati's Gary Clark both deserve a mention, but Eastern Michigan high-flyer Karrington Ward claims this week's honor with this cram against Miami:


It was another big Saturday for Kevin Willard and No. 19 Seton Hall, which escaped Creighton with a win thanks to this cold-blooded trey from Sterling Gibbs.


Nebraska scored a huge win over Illinois on Sunday, but the best moment of the day came afterward when Avery Harriman, the 7-year-old son of Cornhusker assistant coach Chris Harriman, was invited to participate in the postgame press conference. Avery is in the middle of fighting leukemia for the third time in his short life, and he is awesome.

PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Bobby Portis, Arkansas

The potential lottery pick was way too much for anyone on Vanderbilt's roster to handle in the paint. He finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds in the 82-70 Razorback victory.


R.J. Hunter, Georgia State -- The Panther star dropped 37 in a 77-72 win over Troy, but shooting less than 50 percent from the field (9-for-20) kept him from garnering the weekend's top honor.

Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington -- The Huskies are suddenly 0-3 in the Pac-12 after a bad loss to Washington State, but Williams-Goss was superb as usual, scoring 30 points to go with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma -- As previously mentioned, Hield almost single-handedly allowed Oklahoma to avoid an upset, scoring 31 of his team's 63 points.

J.J. Avila, Colorado State -- Avila scored 28 points and snagged 14 rebounds as the Rams beat Air Force, 92-87. Avila was also involved in a scuffle that delayed the game 20 minutes and unfortunately wound up overshadowing his performance.

Tim Quarterman, LSU -- The sophomore guard came off the bench and scored 27 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and three blocks as the Tigers outlasted Georgia in double overtime. There might not be a better sixth man in college basketball right now.