Missouri's Xavier Pinson became the first player to score at least 20 points this season against No. 6 Tennessee, firing in a game-high 27 Saturday night as the 19th-ranked Tigers led nearly wire-to-wire in a 73-64 Southeastern Conference win in Knoxville.
Dru Smith added 18 for Missouri (10-2, 4-2), which used an outstanding defensive effort to avenge a 20-point loss in its first matchup with the Volunteers on Dec. 30. The Tigers limited Tennessee to 43.8 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers.
Yves Pons paced the Volunteers (10-3, 4-3) with 20 points, sinking three 3-pointers. Reserve Victor Bailey Jr. and Josiah-Jordan James each scored 12, but leading scorer John Fulkerson was held without a field goal until the second half and finished with just seven points.
Pinson wasted little time doing what no one else had done to defensive-minded Tennessee, tallying 19 points in the first half and getting to 20 on a free throw 15 seconds into the second half. His driving layup high off the glass with 1:56 left in the game made it 68-57, effectively sealing the outcome.
No. 1 Gonzaga 95, Pacific 49
Drew Timme recorded 22 points and seven rebounds to help the Bulldogs roll to an easy victory over the visiting Tigers in West Coast Conference play at Spokane, Wash.
Corey Kispert added 16 points and seven rebounds as Gonzaga (15-0, 6-0) registered its 47th consecutive home victory.
Joel Ayayi added 12 points, Dominick Harris scored 11 and Jalen Suggs contributed nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Suggs exited with 5:37 remaining after flirting with the second triple-double in school history. Ayayi recorded the first on Jan. 9 versus Portland.
No. 2 Baylor 81, Oklahoma State 66
Jared Butler highlighted his 22-point performance with three straight 3-pointers during a game-breaking 19-1 run, as the Bears defeated the short-handed Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla.
Mark Vital added 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting for the Bears (14-0 overall, 7-0 Big 12), who are the only unbeaten team to win every game by at least eight points. Baylor sank 52.9 percent from the field in the second half and owned a 22-4 advantage in points off the bench for the game.
Kalib Boone scored 21 points to pace the Cowboys (9-4, 3-4), while Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bryce Williams had 11 points. Leading scorer Cade Cunningham, who averages 17.8 points per game, was ruled out less than an hour before the game due to COVID-19 protocol.
No. 3 Villanova 71, Providence 56
Justin Moore and Collin Gillespie scored 15 points each to lift the Wildcats past the visiting Friars to remain perfect in Big East play.
Caleb Daniels added 12 and Jermaine Samuels had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who improved to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big East. The Wildcats are the lone remaining unbeaten team in conference play and extended their winning streak to eight in a row.
Alyn Breed led the Friars with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while David Duke added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nate Watson also had 12 points. The Friars fell to 8-7 overall and 4-5 in the conference.
No. 8 Houston 68, Temple 51
Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes scored 15 points apiece while Justin Gorham added a double-double as the Cougars cruised to a victory over the Owls in Philadelphia.
The eighth-ranked Cougars (13-1, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) took control early in the first half and, after warding off a rally by the Owls (3-4, 2-4), reclaimed control with a run. Temple never threatened following the break, as Houston maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
Sasser and Grimes combined to shoot 12 of 22 from the floor. Grimes added nine rebounds and both had three assists as the Cougars totaled 16 assists on their 26 field goals.
Oklahoma 75, No. 9 Kansas 68
De'Vion Harmon scored a game-high 22 points to lead the host Sooners to an upset victory over the Jayhawks.
Austin Reaves came on late to score 16 points for the Sooners (9-4, 5-3 Big 12), while Umoja Gibson chipped in with 10 points.
The Jayhawks (10-5, 4-4) were led by Marcus Garrett's 21 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 15 Ohio State 74, No. 10 Wisconsin 62
EJ Liddell's game-high 20 points led the Buckeyes in a wire-to-wire Big Ten Conference road win over the Badgers in Madison, Wisc.
Seth Towns came off the bench to score 10 for the Buckeyes (12-4, 6-4), who made 50.9 percent of their shots and earned a 35-29 advantage on the boards. Five other players scored at least eight points for the Buckeyes.
Aleem Ford scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures for the Badgers (12-4, 6-3). D'Mitrik Trice had 12 while Micah Potter and reserve Nate Reuvers each chipped in 11.
No. 11 Creighton 74, No. 23 UConn 66
Denzel Mahoney had 20 points and Marcus Zegarowski scored 10 of his 15 in the second half to lead the host Bluejays past the Huskies in Omaha, Neb.
Damien Jefferson added 13 points for the Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East), who halted a two-game losing streak despite going 6 of 20 from 3-point range and getting outrebounded 42-27. Creighton did shoot 51.1 percent overall and held UConn (7-3, 4-3) to 36.5 percent shooting.
R.J. Cole scored 14 points and Adama Sanogo added 13 for the Huskies, who have dropped two in a row and remain without injured star James Bouknight (20.3 points per game).
No. 13 Virginia 64, Georgia Tech 62
Sam Hauser scored 22 points and Jay Huff added 18 points and a key late block as the Cavaliers overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlantic Coast Conference action in Charlottesville, Va.
The Cavaliers (10-2, 6-0) won their sixth straight game and have won 14 consecutive conference games dating back to last season.
The Yellow Jackets (7-4, 3-2) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Jose Alvarado tallied 20 points, eight assists and six steals, Jordan Usher scored 19 points and Moses Wright had 13 points and five blocked shots.
No. 14 West Virginia 69, Kansas State 47
Miles McBride's game-high 18 points led a trio of Mountaineers players in double figures in a drubbing of the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kansas.
West Virginia (10-4, 3-3 Big 12) looked ready to play from the outset. They had not played in two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols, and they conducted their first full practice in two weeks on Friday. Jalen Bridges added 12 points in the victory.
Kansas State (5-11, 1-7) was led by Mike McGuirl's 15 points.
Syracuse 78, No. 16 Virginia Tech 60
Quincy Guerrier scored 20 points to lead the Orange to an upset over the Hokies in Syracuse, N.Y.
Marek Dolezaj poured in 18 points and Alan Griffin recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Syracuse (9-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Nahiem Alleyne led Virginia Tech (11-3, 5-2) with 20 points, while Tyrece Radford added 10 points in the loss.
Maryland 63, No. 17 Minnesota 49
Eric Ayala scored 21 points to lead the Terrapins to a road upset of the Golden Gophers in Big Ten play.
Donta Scott added 15 points for Maryland (9-7, 3-6), which for the third time this year beat an opponent on the road when that team was ranked.
Marcus Carr led all scorers with 25 points for Minnesota (11-5, 4-5), but he was the only player to reach double-figures for the Golden Gophers.
No 18 Alabama 81, Mississippi State 73
Herbert Jones, banged up early, came back and finished with 17 points, a game-high seven assists, five rebounds and four steals, leading the Crimson Tide to a win over the visiting Bulldogs in a Southeastern Conference game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Joshua Primo added 16 points, including 12 in the first half, as the Crimson Tide (13-3, 8-0) won their ninth straight game. The Tide has also won their first eight conference games for the first time since 1987. They had three other double-figure scorers: Jaden Shackelford and John Petty (12 each) and Alex Reese (11).
The Bulldogs (9-7, 4-4), who lost their second straight game and third in their last four, got a game-high 27 points from D.J. Stewart. It was Stewart's career high in points against an SEC team. The Bulldogs also got 19 points from Iverson Molinar, who wasn't very efficient, going just 5-for-19 shooting from the field.
Florida State 80, No. 20 Clemson 61
Sardaar Calhoun came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points as the Seminoles rolled past the Tigers in Tallahassee, Fla.
Balsa Koprivica added a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double for Florida State (9-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fourth straight.
John Newman III scored 12 points to lead Clemson (9-4, 3-4) in defeat.
Oregon State 75, No. 21 Oregon 64
Ethan Thompson scored a game-high 19 points, making 12 of his 14 free-throw attempts, as the Beavers upset the Ducks in Pacific-12 Conference play in Eugene, Ore.
Warith Alatishe added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Beavers (8-5, 4-3), who held a 42-23 edge on the boards. Teammate Jarod Lucas scored 11 points.
The Ducks (9-3, 4-2), who were playing their first game since Jan. 9 after having to shut down the program for a week because of coronavirus concerns, were still without leading scorer Chris Duarte and swingman LJ Figueroa, who have yet to clear COVID-19 protocols. Duarte and Figueroa combine to average 28.5 points per game.
Stanford 73, No. 24 UCLA 72
Oscar da Silva scored the final two of his team-high 26 points at the buzzer and the host Cardinal handed the Bruins their first Pac-12 Conference loss of the season in overtime.
Jaiden Delaire added 19 points for Stanford (9-5, 5-3) in the victory, while Spencer Jones scored 13.
UCLA (12-3, 8-1) received a career-high scoring effort from Johnny Juzang in the overtime loss.
--Field Level Media