Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

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Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The No. 1 Arizona Wildcats stayed among the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday after surviving the Michigan Wolverines in their first-ever visit to the Crisler Center. Michigan was seemingly in control throughout the intense matchup and led by as many as 11 before the Wildcats showed why they rose to the top of the polls. Nick Johnson hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 24.6 seconds remaining and Arizona escaped with a hard-fought 72-70 victory in hostile territory. The frontcourt combination of Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Aaron Gordon were the difference, as the trio combined for 46 points and 20 rebounds, while Johnson finished with 14 points in the victory. The Wildcats (11-0) owned a 37-24 edge on the glass and made all but one of their 15 free throws attempts, including six from Johnson in crunch time. Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with 20 points, but 16 of those came in the first half. Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas provided 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Wolverines (6-4), who fell to 2-24 all-time against No. 1 ranked opponents.

Final Score: (3) Ohio State 79, North Dakota State 62

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. each supplied 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State to a 79-62 victory over North Dakota State on Saturday as part of the Gotham Classic from Value City Arena. Sam Thompson and Marc Loving netted 12 points apiece for the Buckeyes (10-0), who have won all 10 games by double digits. Aaron Craft contributed six points and seven assists to move his career assist total to 581, surpassing Jamar Butler (579) for the most career helpers in Ohio State history. Tyler Braun paced the Bison (7-4) with a game-high 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund donated 12 points for North Dakota State, which had won five straight.

Final Score: (4) Wisconsin 86, Eastern Kentucky 61

Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Brust scored 20 points, Nigel Hayes added 17 and the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers stayed undefeated by rolling past Eastern Kentucky, 86-61, on Saturday. The Badgers (12-0) are off to the best start in the program's modern history, which dates back to 1946. Sam Dekker scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half as Wisconsin built a huge lead and won going away. Frank Kaminsky battled through a foot injury and put up 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the resounding win. Glenn Cosey provided 21 points for the Colonels (7-4), who were beaten soundly on the boards, 33-20, were outscored at the free throw line by a wide 25-9 margin and watched the Badgers shoot 60.5 percent from the field.

Final Score: (5) Michigan State 67, Oakland 63

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The fifth-ranked Michigan State Spartans have had trouble this season winning convincingly against lesser competition. The same could be said Saturday as the Spartans battled and ultimately pulled off a 67-63 win over the upset-minded Oakland Golden Grizzlies from the Palace at Auburn Hills. Michigan State (8-1) leaned on seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne as both players put the Spartans on their backs at different points of the contest. Appling scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, while Payne took the reigns in the first half, scoring 16 of his 20 points and grabbing seven of his 10 rebounds in the opening stanza. Branden Dawson was the only other Spartan in double- figures with 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Michigan State was without its leading scorer Gary Harris. Averaging 17.6 points per game, Harris netted 17 points in a 79-65 setback against North Carolina on Dec. 4, but a lingering ankle injury kept the sophomore guard out of action Saturday. Duke Mondy paced all scorers with 24 points and seven steals, while Travis Bader added 18 points on 5-of-20 shooting for Oakland (2-9), which has lost two straight following a two-game winning streak.

Final Score: (6) Louisville 79, Western Kentucky 63

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Russ Smith led with 14 points and 10 assists as the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 79-63, in the Bill Minardi Classic at the KFC Yum! Center. Smith was one of five Louisville (9-1) scorers in double digits. Mangok Mathiang had 13, Wayne Blackshear and Tim Henderson each contributed 12, and Chane Behanan had 11 coming off the bench. Henderson scored all 12 of his points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc for the Cardinals, who are winners of four straight. T.J. Price had a game-high 22 points to pace the Hilltoppers (5-4), who have lost two of their last three.

Final Score: (7) Oklahoma State 70, Louisiana Tech 55

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Le'Bryan Nash scored a game-high 22 points with 10 rebounds as the seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 70-55, in the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Markel Brown and Marcus Smart both contributed 13 points and Kamari Murphy had 10 points off the bench as the Cowboys (9-1) won their second straight game. Chris Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Alex Hamilton notched 12 points for the Bulldogs (8-3), who won their previous two games before falling to the Cowboys in the first meeting between the two programs since 1993.

Final Score: (18) North Carolina 82, (11) Kentucky 77

Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Paige scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half as No. 18 North Carolina once again played the role of giant killer with an 82-77 ousting of 11th-ranked Kentucky at Smith Center. James Michael McAdoo contributed 20 points and J.P. Tokoto had 15 on 7-of-10 shooting to help the unpredictable Tar Heels (7-2) to their third signature non-conference win this season. North Carolina previously knocked off both defending national champion Louisville and then-No. 1 Michigan State, along with being handed upset losses by Belmont and UAB. The inexperienced Wildcats showed their youth in their first true road game of the season, committing 17 turnovers and 31 fouls while struggling offensively for much of the game. Aaron Harrison went 8-for-12 from the field to pace Kentucky (8-3) with 20 points. Twin brother Andrew Harrison recorded 17 along with seven assists, with James Young netting 16 points in the loss.

Final Score: (12) Wichita State 70, Tennessee 61

Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tekele Cotton made sure history did not repeat itself Saturday. Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half and No. 12 Wichita State downed Tennessee, 70-61, to reach the 10-0 mark for the first time in school history. The Shockers (10-0) won their first nine games a season ago before losing to Tennessee a year ago Friday. This time Wichita State made the necessary plays down the stretch and limited the Volunteers to 38.5 percent shooting. Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Darius Carter chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Jordan McRae paced Tennessee (6-3) with 26 points.

Final Score: (13) Kansas 80, New Mexico 63

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Joel Embiid scored a career-high 18 points and keyed a pair of big second-half runs that propelled No. 13 Kansas to an 80-63 victory over New Mexico at the Sprint Center. The Jayhawks (7-3) were coming off back-to-back road losses to Colorado and Florida, but got back on track behind big efforts from Embiid and Perry Ellis, who had a game-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added nine rebounds. Embiid tallied 16 of his points after halftime. Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams each finished with 24 points for the Lobos (7-2), who shot just 27.3 percent (6-for-22) in the second half en route to having a four-game win streak halted.

Final Score: (15) Oregon 71, Illinois 64

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds and Johnathan Loyd added 11 points and seven rebounds to lead 15th-ranked Oregon to a 71-64 win over Illinois at Moda Center on Saturday. Joseph Young scored 14 points, Elgin Cook added 12 and Damyean Dotson chipped in with 10 for the Ducks (9-0), who are off to their best start since going 13-0 to start the 2006-07 campaign. Tracy Abrams and Ryvonte Rice finished with 16 points apiece and Jon Ekey chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Illini (9-2), who lost for the second time in four games.

Final Score: (20) Gonzaga 68, South Alabama 59

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Bell Jr. scored 20 points and Sam Dower Jr. contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds, as 20th-ranked Gonzaga overcame a great effort from Augustine Rubit and beat South Alabama, 68-59, at KeyArena. Kevin Pangos added 10 points for the Bulldogs (10-1), who have won five in a row since a loss to Dayton on Nov. 25. Rubit had 35 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, but the Jaguars (5-5) suffered their second straight loss.

Final Score: (22) Massachusetts 80, Northern Illinois 54

Amherst, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cady Lalanne scored 17 points and No. 22 Massachusetts pulled away in the second half en route to an 80-54 rout of Northern Illinois that kept the Minutemen unbeaten. Raphiael Putney and Clyde Santee each added 13 points for the Minutemen (9-0), who extended the program's best start to a season since the 1995-96 squad opened with 26 consecutive wins on the way to a Final Four appearance that was later vacated. Dontel Highsmith paced Northern Illinois (3-5) with 10 points, the lone Huskie in double figures.

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