Welcome back to another college basketball Saturday! As always, we’re excited to have you join us for our Saturday live blog where we cover all the highlights, updates and scores from the day’s action.
Saturday’s slate provides a handful of intriguing matchups, particularly Baylor taking on a streaking Texas Tech group as well as a defensive-minded battle between Virginia and Clemson. Wherever you are and whoever you support, sit back, relax, and enjoy another fantastic batch of college hoops.
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Saturday’s college basketball watchability index
Live updates, highlights from Saturday’s key games
(All times Eastern; updates currently posted by @condorianfm)
11:57 p.m.: Gonzaga fails to cover as they beat the Gaels in Moraga 73-59.
11:21 p.m.: There are three pretty good games going on right now on out west.
10:46 p.m.: Gonzaga has stormed back and now leads Saint Mary’s 32-25 at the half. Aaron Cook playing with experience off the bench, shooting 3-3 from the floor for 8 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal.
10:43 p.m.: Cam Thomas with the dagger! LSU survives the scare from South Carolina, as they win 85-80.
10:22 p.m.: After 10 minutes, the Gaels lead the Zags 20-11.
10:05 p.m.: And we are off! As the best damn team in the country goes on the road to take on the Gaels of Saint Mary’s.
10:03 p.m.: No. 16 Louisville suffers its first ACC loss in a 72-78 upset at the hands of Miami. The Hurricanes improve to 2-5 in league play.
9:37 p.m.: Another upset alert in the ACC: No. 16 Louisville trails a hobbled Miami team 60-53 with just under five minutes to play.
9 p.m.: Arizona State, ranked in the preseason AP Top 25, falls once again. Sun Devils are stunned 80-79 by Oregon State.
8:16 p.m.: Alabama is in elite company after today’s big win over Arkansas:
8:05 p.m.: BYU and San Francisco are now underway on ESPN, a matchup between capable WCC squads.
7:47 p.m.: As Virginia closes out an 85-50 victory over Clemson, Wright State has now opened up a 40-22 halftime advantage over Cleveland State in a significant Horizon League matchup.
7:29 p.m.: Virginia must be back, yes? Cavaliers are absolutely dismantling No. 12 Clemson 76-37 with eight minutes to play. Yeesh.
7:01 p.m.: Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Illinois are tied up in OT right now. Here’s how we got here:
6:55 p.m.: Bruins hold on for an 81-76 win. That was definitely one they did not want to lose.
6:51 p.m.: Jaime Jaquez tried to slam the door on Washington’s upset bid, but UCLA still has work to do to hold on. Bruins lead by three under a minute.
6:43 p.m.: OK, here’s a roundup of some more notable games going on right now:
- #18 Virginia 34, Clemson 12 – 2:12 1H
- #10 Tennessee 28, Vanderbilt 21 – 2:15 1H
- Washington 69, UCLA 69 – 3:56 2H
- Northern Iowa 29, Loyola Chicago 22 – 3:45 1H
- Colorado State 37, San Jose State 24 – 1:57 1H
- UNLV 44, New Mexico 29 – 16:23 2H
- Belmont 91, Jacksonville State 86 – 0:32 2H
6:33 p.m.: Score Updates:
- Tomas Woldentensae – 9
- Jay Huff – 7
- Clemson – 5
6:31 p.m.: PJ Hall hits Clemson’s first field goal since the Gerald Ford administration, and it’s now 20-5.
6:28 p.m.: Jay Huff and the Cavaliers are *cruising* in this one. 20-3 (!!!) at the under-8 media timeout. This is not how Clemson wanted to start things, we’d imagine.
6:23 p.m.: Not all pictures say 1000 words. This one says exactly two words in 8-plus minutes:
6:21 p.m.: Baylor holds onto win and remains undefeated, staving off a Texas Tech team that was itching to pull off back-to-back upsets over Top 5 teams. Still, the Red Raiders should feel very good about this two-game stretch. And Baylor should start getting ready for Monday’s square-dance with Kansas.
6:11 p.m.: After winning possession back down six points, Texas Tech turns the ball over on a Terrence Shannon Jr. offensive foul. Shannon lowered his shoulder like Mike Alstott.
6:10 p.m.: Meh. OK.
6:07 p.m.: Speaking of not giving up points… don’t expect Clemson and Virginia to get all that much higher than this. Our own Eli Boettger lauded the Tigers’ defense earlier this week.
6:06 p.m: Tennessee may never give up another point.
6:04 p.m.: JARED BUTLER HAS ENTERED THE CHAT
5:55 p.m.: Lest we ignore a Division I upset, wherever or whoever it may involve, let us please draw your attention to the Nebraska women’s team. The Huskers are currently leading #15 Ohio State by nine points at the half!
5:46 pm.: LOL @ PAC-12
5:40 p.m.: THIS GAME, BRUH.
5:30 p.m.: Baylor big man Flo Thamba earns a flagrant foul for this hook-and-hold against Marcus Santos-Silva. The former VCU player hit a free throw to put Texas Tech up by a point against #2 Baylor. Good game brewing!!
5:29 p.m.: Oh boy… Air Force is *back* against Wyoming after trailing by double digits earlier. Worth keeping an eye on if you’re a fan of Mountain West hoops!
5:28 p.m.: Whew Pig Sooie…
5:23 p.m.: So, that’s a no on Fallout: New Phoenix?
5:17 p.m.: Big jam from Marcus Santos-Silva, and Texas Tech is back within three points! Timeout called by Baylor. This one is starting to live up to its marquee billing.
5:11 p.m.: Colorado beat Stanford today, 77-64, to move to 11-3 overall on the year and 5-2 in Pac-12 play. Expect to see the Buffaloes ranked on Monday.
5:07 p.m.: Oof.
5:05 p.m.: Here’s some updates on notable games around the country:
- #2 Baylor 26, #15 Texas Tech 18 – HALF
- Alabama 72, Arkansas 40 – 11:10 2H (whoa)
- Miss State 32, Florida 29 – HALF
- UNC Greensboro 70, Samford 66 – 3:51 2H
- Furman 37, ETSU 35 – HALF
- UTEP 31, North Texas 30 – HALF
- Charlotte 31, UAB 30 – HALF
- Wyoming 41, Air Force 30 – 16:12 2H
- DePaul 41, Valparaiso 26 – HALF
5:00 p.m.: How high can this score climb??? (Big) Sky’s the limit.
4:58 p.m.: Baylor denied a chance to extend the lead to double digits before halftime, but their defense is on point today. 26-18 over the Red Raiders at halftime. Does Mac McClung have another game-winner in his bag of tricks?
4:55 p.m.: Charlotte had 37 points *all game* last time out against UAB. The 49ers already have 31 at the half against the Blazers today, and they lead by a point at the break.
4:50 p.m.: Greg Kampe and Oakland look like they’re going to close out a victory over Youngstown State. Grizzlies looking much better in league play after some embarrassing blowouts in nonconference. Jalen Moore with 31.
4:44 p.m.: Here’s Texas Tech’s Kevin McCullar with a big block on Baylor’s Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua. Love this matchup. Love this game. (But I still love mid-majors more.)
4:40 p.m: Big Sky Basketball. The sky’s just bigger here. (Seriously though, close game alert! Also, Shantay Legans of EWU and Todd Simon of SUU are two of my favorite mid-major coaches.)
4:38 p.m.: While I’m probably going to be watching quite a bit of this Baylor-Texas Tech matchup, I am also feeling a pull toward a 57-56 Horizon League *blockbuster* between Oakland and Youngstown State. I mean, how often do you get to see a Golden Grizzly fight a Penguin??
4:34 p.m.: Alright, jabronis. Line change.
4:26 p.m.: Butler pulls off the upset! Bulldogs get a much-needed Big East overtime victory over No. 8 Creighton.
4:12 p.m.: Yet another Kentucky loss, this time to Auburn. Wildcats are now 4-8.
4:10 p.m.: Butler had three good looks on its final possession but all were inaccurate. No. 8 Creighton and Butler headed to overtime.
4:08 p.m.: Mama, we made it.
3:58 p.m.: After giving up a big lead, Butler has now clawed its way back within three at 60-57 at the under-4 timeout. Can No. 8 Creighton hold on?
3:51 p.m.: Seems very Big Ten-esque this year.
3:26 p.m.: Creighton and Butler in a tussle over at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
3:14 p.m.: Minnesota has now opened up a 41-30 lead over No. 7 Michigan coming out of the under-16 timeout over on ESPN2. Keep tabs on this one.
3:10 p.m.: Our very own Andy Dieckhoff wrote a quick summary about a wild overtime finish between American and Navy today:
2:49 p.m.: No. 23 Minnesota takes a 30-23 lead over No. 7 Michigan at the break. Upset watch after Michigan’s huge win over Wisconsin earlier this week.
2:41 p.m.: Surprise in the Mountain West: San Diego State, without Matt Mitchell, leads Utah State 32-22 at the break in Logan.
2:20 p.m.: Ohio State holds off a late Illinois run for a quality road victory. Buckeyes win 87-81 behind EJ Liddell’s 26 points.
2:09 p.m.: UNC remains very bubbly. Tar Heels fall on the road to Florida State by a score of 82 to 75, and are now 8-5 (3-3) on the year.
1:53 p.m.: Not the best Saturday afternoon for Jim Boeheim. His Syracuse Orange have allowed 52 points in the second half with still three minutes to play against Pitt.
UPDATE: It’s now a wrap.
1:48 p.m.: Upset alert over in the SEC: No. 17 Missouri has a narrow 27-24 lead over Texas A&M on the road at the half.
1:43 p.m.: A couple of the noon tipoffs are tightening up: Illinois is back within single digits with seven minutes to play vs. Ohio State, and North Carolina is within three of Florida State at the under-8.
1:32 p.m.: Even with Walker sidelined, the train rolls on for the Florida State Seminoles. FSU is still hanging on to a lead over UNC.
1:12 p.m.: Florida State’s MJ Walker limps off the court after landing on a UNC player’s foot on a jumper.
12:52 p.m.: Every noon tip is now at halftime:
No. 21 Ohio State 43, No. 14 Illinois 28
Marquette 41, St. John’s 30
Syracuse 37, Pitt 32
Florida State 41, North Carolina 37
American 34, Navy 32
Georgia 29, Ole Miss 28
12:48 p.m.: San Diego State’s Matt Mitchell is set to miss about two weeks with a hyperextended knee:
12:42 p.m.: Koby McEwen almost drilled this!
12:37 p.m.: Defense is turning into offense for Florida State, which leads North Carolina by eight early.
12:26 p.m.: How about the American Eagles making some noise in their season debut?
12:24 p.m.: Bit of a surprise early on the court in the Big Ten as well: No. 21 Ohio State has opened up a 30-15 lead over No. 14 Illinois with nine minutes to go in the first, via a 15-0 run. E.J. Liddell is scorching.
12:21 p.m.: CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reporting that the Big Ten is considering moving its conference tournament from Chicago to Indianapolis, which, of course, is the site of this year’s March Madness.
12 p.m.: Big news for Pitt; Justin Champagnie is back in the starting five: