Welcome back to another full Saturday slate of college basketball!
As always, we will be keeping tabs on all the action, results and highlights of the day’s games. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our coverage of all of today’s happenings.
College basketball schedule for Saturday’s Top 25 games[table “14” not found /]
Saturday’s college basketball watchability index
Live updates, highlights from Saturday’s key games
(All times Eastern; updates currently posted by @boettger_eli)
11:28 p.m. ET: A couple more Pac-12 finals takes us to a close for the evening:
No. 17 Oregon 79, Utah 73
UCLA 81, Arizona 76
Cal Poly vs. Cal State Bakersfield second half is still out there for you fiends.
Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your Saturday night and thanks for rocking with us as always.
Until next week.
11:16 p.m. ET: What an unreal finish in San Diego. Nevada’s Grant Sherfield hits a game-tying 3-pointer and San Diego State’s Trey Pulliam seals it for the win. Amazing game.
11:09 p.m. ET: We call this “onions” in the biz.
11:03 p.m. ET: Meanwhile, in Bill Walton Land …
UCLA 75, Arizona 71 — 54.0
11 p.m. ET: Big finish coming up on CBS Sports Network. Nevada trails San Diego State 62-60 with two minutes to play.
10:35 p.m. ET: Hello there, Cleveland State. Vikings are now 8-0 in Horizon League play after going 7-11 last season.
10:23 p.m. ET: How about the EKU Colonels? Eastern Kentucky is off to its best start since the 1950s and head coach A.W. Hamilton is loving it.
9:38 p.m. ET: Tough battle so far between Nevada and San Diego State. Should be a close one throughout.
9:15 p.m. ET: TRIPLE DOUBLE WATCH — Joel Ayayi puts his name in the Gonzaga school record books.
9:09 p.m. ET: Marek Dolezaj loses the battle (his tooth) but wins the war (a home victory over Georgetown).
9:01 p.m. ET: A *stunner* in the WCC! Santa Clara goes to Moraga, Calif. and takes down Saint Mary’s. Big WCC victory.
8:42 p.m. ET: ANDY HERE — I’m an idiot. The Browns game isn’t tonight. So glad I don’t try to cover more than one sport because this is not a shocking oversight on my part. Anyway, Go Browns tomorrow!!
8:41 p.m. ET: To little surprise, Gonzaga off to a strong start against Portland.
8:28 p.m. ET: Additionally, a couple of matchups tipping off shortly:
LSU at Ole Miss — 8:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network
Omaha at North Dakota State — 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+
8:09 p.m. ET: Quick national update as we turn to the evening window of the college hoops Saturday:
Santa Clara 31, Saint Mary’s 30 (half)
Louisiana Tech 42, Western Kentucky 36 (H2 — 15:56)
Syracuse 43, Georgetown 30 (half)
USC 36, Arizona State 32 (half)
Cleveland State 31, Northern Kentucky 29 (half)
Gonzaga at Portland (just tipped)
7:30 p.m. ET: Alright, y’all, my shift is done. Time to hand things back over to our Fearless Leader. It’s time for me to do something I haven’t been able to do in nearly 20 years: watch my Cleveland Browns in the playoffs. GO BROWNS!!!!!!
7:16 p.m. ET: Sorry, folks, missed this one!
6:58p.m. ET: After last night’s wild finish, Little Rock and Louisiana are locked in another battle. Trojans with a slight lead after this three-point play for Nikola Maric, who has subsequently fouled out of the game.
6:43 p.m. ET: And Kansas, unsurprisingly, found a way to win the game. David McCormack hit a dagger to push the late lead to four points. He finished with 17 points on the day. The Jayhawks survive — and that’s a valuable skill to have come March. (But then again, so is blowing out a lesser opponent.)
6:37 p.m. ET: Oh, by the way, Kentucky isn’t dead.
6:36 p.m. ET: OK, we’ve been slumming it with the mid-majors long enough. Let’s check in with #6 Kansas, who has surely pulled away by n–
6:17 p.m. ET: Isaiah Stevens knocks down two clutch free throws, setting up UNLV for one last chance to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Rebels, Bryce Hamilton’s shot just wouldn’t go down, and the Rams will take the sweep at Moby. UNLV looking much better than they did in the Maui Invitational, though. CSU looking like a potential NCAA Tournament team… if only they had the resume to match. They’ll need wins over SDSU, Boise State and/or Utah State before that becomes a realistic talking point, though.
6:13 p.m. ET: My word. This game. Isaiah Stevens with a huge three to put CSU ahead!
6:09 p.m. ET: DAVID RODDY IS A DEFENSIVE MAVEN! But did the Rams just get massively worked over by not getting this free break to the basket??
6:07 p.m. ET: Colorado State and UNLV are locked in a BATTLE! All tied with a minute to play!
5:50 p.m. ET: UConn’s return to the Big East continues to go well, and they are currently beating Butler by ten points with under seven minutes remaining in the game. And, as our Lukas Harkins noted early, the Huskies are doing it without leading scorer James Bouknight.
5:45 p.m. ET: Here are a couple of the closest games in the country right now:
- Appalachian State 68, Georgia State 65 – 3:56 2H
- UTSA 67, North Texas 63 – 2:33 2H
- Colorado State 64, UNLV 62 – 9:30 2H
- Morehead State 54, Jacksonville State 50 – 3:11 2H
- Niagara 52, Rider 48 – 5:07 2H
5:33 p.m. ET: An update on all the hottest action in the Top 25:
- #6 Kansas is currently tied at 31 with Oklahoma as they near halftime (0:34 1H).
- #11 Houston has things well in control against Tulane, up 63-45 (4:56 2H).
- #18 Texas Tech is storming the Cyclones, beating ISU 70-44 (9:08 2H).
5:30 p.m. ET: WOOOOOO Pig Sooie! A 30-point drubbing for Muss and Co. against UGA:
5:28 p.m. ET: A couple other kinda notable scores that rolled in over the past half hour or so:
- California 84, Washington 78
- Coastal Carolina 83, South Alabama 69
5:09 P.M. ET: Yowza. Here’s another example of where the two-game series become very interesting in conference play: Youngstown State beat Wright State on a buzzer-beater yesterday. Today, the Raiders froze the Penguins’ offensive efforts and cruised to a 93-55 win.
5:04 p.m. ET: I am bound by oath, duty, and honor to provide you with the following update, but I also live in America where I have the freedom to prominently note that I take no pleasure in this one:
The definition of viciousness. pic.twitter.com/Nc4hjrvzH8— Andy Dieckhoff (@andrewdieckhoff) January 9, 2021
4:34 p.m. ET: My alma mater could use a little deus ex machina as they trail NAIA opponent Northwest Nazarene late in the second half.
4:32 p.m. ET: It seems I forgot to include the Top 25 games that ended recently — whoops!
- #9 Tennessee 68, Texas A&M 54
- #22 Virginia 61, Boston College 49
4:27 p.m. ET: OK folks, there are a lot of final scores coming in fast, so here’s a recap of some of the more notable ones:
- Seton Hall 76, DePaul 68
- South Florida 69, East Carolina 63
- Rhode Island 83, VCU 68
- Missouri State 81, Valparaiso 68
- Duquesne 48, Fordham 45 (LOL!)
4:14 p.m. ET: Morgan State holds on against the Spartans and moves to 5-2 (1-0 MEAC). The Bears are looking good on the early season, with wins over James Madison, Delaware, Iona, and now a tough road win over NSU to start league play. Kevin Broadus might have something here. (EDIT TO ADD: Full disclsoure, the Bears did also lose to NAIA school WEST VIRGINIA TECH a few weeks ago. So…)
4:08 p.m. ET: Some #MEACtion for ya! Norfolk State tries to stay alive with a desperation three against Morgan State… and it goes! Bears still lead 76-74 with eight seconds to go.
4:03 p.m. ET: I think we might be in for a crazy day in Fort Worth:
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3:30 p.m. ET: Further to our Citadel post below, please find attached another undefeated squad:
3:21 p.m. ET: Wow. What a tough way to lose for Drexel. The Dragons fouled Charleston’s Zep Jasper from beyond the three-point line with 0.3 seconds to play, leading 60-58 at the time. Jasper was as cool as you like at the line, knocking down all three for a wild Cougar win!
3:16 p.m. ET: Whew, had to recover a bit from that crazy finish in Morgantown. While we were away, The Citadel completed an impressive win over Chattanooga. Here’s a bit more on that one:
3:04 p.m. ET: ANDREW JONES!!!!!!!!!!!
3:03 p.m. ET: Emmitt Matthews with two HUGE offensive rebounds on this trip down the court for West Virginia. Still not over, especially as he misses the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10.8 to play.
3:02 p.m. ET: HERE WE GO BABY
2:50 p.m. ET: There is a LOT going on right now, and it’s a ton to type out, so just browse through these current scores! In addition to WVU-Texas, the Charleston-Drexel and Citadel-Chattanooga games are especially intriguing as they barrel toward frenetic finishes! GETCHA POPCORN READY (It’s still so early, oh man)
2:38 p.m. ET: TEXAS IS BACK! (within a possession)
2:30 p.m. ET: Bob Huggins’ team is up 54-49 on Texas, but you just had to know that wouldn’t be enough to bring a smile to the old coach’s perpetually angry mug.
2:12 p.m. ET: With all the excitement down in the SEC, we missed a couple other finals. Here ya go:
2:10 p.m. ET: Alabama will hold on to win this game, but there are no easy buckets in Auburn. (OK, it was a 94-90 game. Maybe there are some easy buckets.)
2:06 p.m. ET: Following what Dan Dakich called “a godawful shot” from debutante Auburn freshman Sharife Cooper, Alabama still holds onto a 93-90 lead. They’ll have the ball with 25 seconds to paly coming out of a timeout.
2:04 p.m. ET: A few great defensive plays in a row in this Alabama-Auburn game! This one is heating UP!
2:00 p.m. ET: Good day, everyone — it’s my (Andy’s) turn on the live blog and I’m looking forward to another fun Saturday. Feels like it’s been a while. I’ve missed you…
1:25 p.m. ET: This one is somewhat flying under the radar but Wake Forest is hanging with Duke. Demon Deacons trail 55-52 at the under-12 timeout.
1:12 p.m. ET: Big run in Piscataway, N.J. — Ohio State has opened up a 20-point road lead over Rutgers in Big Ten action.
1:10 p.m. ET: Meanwhile, the possible game of the day between No. 4 Texas and No. 14 West Virginia is underway on ESPN with the Longhorns out to an early lead.
1:09 p.m. ET: Sharife Cooper is here and he’s awesome.
12:37 p.m. ET: Nice finish here by George Mason’s AJ Wilson.
12:32 p.m. ET: UPDATE — Creighton is up to 44 (!) points with just under five minutes to play in the first half.
12:22 p.m. ET: Another solid start for Creighton. Bluejays up on St. John’s early.
12 p.m. ET: We are underway on this college basketball Saturday! Games currently on BTN, ESPN2, CBSSN, FS1, ACC Network and ESPN3.
11:47 a.m. ET: Already two significant stories today at the high-major level: