Arkansas Simply Too Much for No. 2 Auburn Too Handle
Arkansas proved that its victory over Kentucky was no fluke.
Pat Bradley scored 23 points and Chris Walker added 21 as the Razorbacks upset No. 2 Auburn, 104-88, Wednesday night at Fayetteville, Ark.
“We didn’t back down tonight,” said Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson, whose team was coming off Saturday’s 74-70 victory over then-No. 6 Kentucky. “We kept pushing it and got to their legs. Once we got to their legs, our shots picked up and their shooting diminished.”
Auburn, 25-2 overall and 13-2 in the Southeastern Conference, which had been allowing only 59 points per game, couldn’t contain the Razorbacks (20-8, 9-6).
No. 1 Duke 96, DePaul 64--The Blue Devils gave the Blue Demons (16-10) a little lesson on how the big boys play the game.
Trajan Langdon scored 25 points and Elton Brand blocked four shots and grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 20 points at Chicago as Duke (28-1) tied a school record with its 23rd consecutive victory.
No. 5 Maryland 77, Clemson 60--Steve Francis scored 32 points to help the Terrapins (24-4, 12-3) equal a school record for Atlantic Coast Conference victories and set a school mark for regular-season victories.
Francis was 11 of 15 from the field and six of six from the free-throw line. Terrell McIntyre, who averaged 18.5 points in eight games against Maryland, scored 11 points for the Tigers (15-13, 4-11).
No. 8 St. John’s 73, Notre Dame 53--The Red Storm kept alive their hopes of a share of the Big East regular-season title as they extended their winning streak to six games.
St. John’s (23-6, 14-3) is tied with No. 11 Miami for second place, one game behind No. 4 Connecticut.
Notre Dame (13-15, 7-10) played without injured starting guard Martin Inglesby at Madison Square Garden.
No. 10 Ohio State 63, No. 16 Wisconsin 54--Scoonie Penn scored 30 points at Columbus, Ohio, as the Buckeyes (22-6) improved its Big Ten record to 12-3 and clinched the No. 2 seed behind champion Michigan State in next week’s conference tournament.
The Buckeyes closed the game with a 14-3 run to win their seventh in a row. Wisconsin (21-7, 9-6) had outscored the Buckeyes, 34-15, to build a 39-30 lead in the second half.
No. 13 Kentucky 88, Vanderbilt 63--Seniors Wayne Turner, Scott Padgett and Heshimu Evans each scored in double figures in their final home game as the Wildcats (22-7, 11-4) celebrated Senior Night with an easy SEC victory. Vanderbilt (13-14, 4-11) shot only 33%.
No. 19 Florida 89, South Carolina 61--The Gators (19-6, 10-5 in SEC) continued their accurate long-range shooting, making 17 of 35 (48%) three-point shots to beat the Gamecocks at Gainesville, Fla.
South Carolina (7-20, 2-13) lost its seventh consecutive game.
those games by an average of 21.4 points.
No. 20 Indiana 70, Illinois 64--The Hoosiers (21-9, 8-7) went 12 minutes without scoring a basket in the second half of the Big Ten game at Champaign, Ill.
The game was sent into overtime when Damir Krupalija made one of two free throws for Illinois (11-17, 3-13) to tie the score at 54-54.
No. 22 Texas 62, Baylor 52--The Longhorns (18-10) clinched their first Big 12 regular-season title by beating the Bears (6-22, 0-15) at Waco, Texas.
Texas won the league title with a 13-2 record.
No. 24 Syracuse 73, Boston College 56--Etan Thomas rebounded from one of his worst games of the season to score 25 points to lead the Orangemen (19-9, 10-7 Big East) past the Eagles (6-19, 3-14) at Boston.
Thomas had only five points in Sunday’s loss to UCLA.
No. 24 Temple 71, Fordham 49--The Owls (19-8, 13-2), playing their first game as a ranked team since dropping out of the Top 25 in mid-December, had an easy time against the Rams (11-14, 4-11) in an Atlantic 10 game at Philadelphia.