Swanigan leads No. 21 Purdue past Penn State (Yahoo Sports)
The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season. Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois. Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.
Fisher-Davis scores 19, Vanderbilt tops No. 19 Florida 68-66 (Yahoo Sports)
Matthew Fisher-Davis' best game in weeks helped Vanderbilt and first-year coach Bryce Drew notch their biggest victory of the season. Fisher-Davis scored 19 points, Nolan Cressler came up huge in the final minute and the Commodores upset No. 19 Florida 68-66 on Saturday. Vandy snapped a four-game losing streak and won consecutive games in Gainesville for the first time since 1991.
No. 9 North Carolina beats Boston College 90-82 (Yahoo Sports)
No. 9 North Carolina managed to get away from the one who got away. The Tar Heels beat Boston College 90-82 on Saturday despite 33 points from Eagles freshman Ky Bowman, who had originally committed to play wide receiver for Carolina before opting for basketball instead. Bowman scored 10 straight points in the first half to erase a 27-17 deficit and helped BC remain within one or two possessions for most of the game.
Hart scores 25, No. 1 Villanova beats Providence 78-68 (Yahoo Sports)
Josh Hart saw an opportunity to drive with the ball and kept attacking the basket instead of shooting jumpers. Hart scored 25 points, Kris Jenkins had 19 and No. 1 Villanova beat Providence 78-68 on Saturday. Villanova only tried 17 shots from 3-point range, making seven.
Beachem's career day leads No. 15 Irish over Syracuse (Yahoo Sports)
Midway through the first half Saturday against Syracuse, Beachem streaked along the baseline and threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk. Next trip down the court, there was Beachem again with another flush off a nifty behind-the-back pass from Matt Farrell. Beachem decided to take it outside from there, banging home consecutive 3-pointers in a personal 10-2 run that broke things open for the Irish in an 84-66 victory over the Orange.
Clock stops as Texas A&M completes 13-point comeback win (Yahoo Sports)
Texas A&M wiped out a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat Georgia 63-62 on Saturday in one of the season's odder endings. The Bulldogs had the final possession trailing by one, but the clock inadvertently stopped with 5.6 seconds remaining. Georgia's J.J. Frazier dribbled the ball near the top of the key, and thought he had time to pass down low to Yante Maten.