College basketball recap: Scores, stats and highlights from Saturday's games
Saturday's stacked lineup of games certainly didn't dissapoint.
Three upsets highlighted the day with No. 3 UCLA, No. T-7 Creighton and No. T-7 West Virginia all dropping games against No. 13 Arizona, Marquette and Kansas State, respectively. Meanwhile, No. 10 Florida State outlasted No. 12 Louisville and No. 5 Kentucky defeated No. 24 South Carolina to break a tie for first place within the SEC.
Take a look back at all the important moments from all the top games Saturday with the thread below:
Arizona at UCLA Preview:
Two of the Pac-12’s top contenders meet for the first time this season as No. 14 Arizona visits No. 3 UCLA. The Wildcats are tied for first in the conference with a 6-0 record largely due to their shutdown defense, while UCLA is a half-game back at 6-1 thanks to one of the nation’s most dangerous offensive groups.
Players to watch
Arizona’s freshman star Lauri Markkanen continues to carry the team, averaging team-highs of 17 points and 7.4 rebounds. He is shooting 52 percent from the field, 48.9 percent from 3-point range and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Bruins guard Isaac Hamilton tied a school record with nine made 3-point shots against Arizona State on Thursday, finishing the game with 33 points, the second-highest total of his career.
Arizona is allowing 61.8 points per game while the Bruins average 93.3 points scored per game.
The Wildcats have yet to lose in four road games this season.
UCLA has six players who average double digits in points while Arizona has five.
The teams split two meetings last season, with each winning at home.
The Bruins average 22.5 assists per game led by freshman guard Lonzo Ball, who has a team-high 164.
Arizona has won 11 straight games, while the Bruins have won their last six.
The Wildcats are playing their first game against a ranked team since Dec. 8, when they lost 69-62 to then-No. 8 Gonzaga.
Louisville at Florida State Preview:
The No. 10 Seminoles’ win over No. 15 Notre Dame on Wednesday created a three-way tie between Florida State, the Fighting Irish and No. 11 North Carolina. Now Florida State faces its sixth consecutive game against a ranked opponent in No. 12 Louisville. The Cardinals are just a game back at 4-2 after routing Clemson 92-60 on Thursday.
Players to watch
Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell had 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals against Clemson, and leads Louisville in scoring (13.8 points per game) and with 39 3-point shots.
Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac is averaging 13.1 points per game while leading the Seminoles in rebounding at 7.7 per game. He is shooting 53.8 percent from the field and has 24 blocked shots.
The Seminoles are 13-0 at home.
The Cardinals are 4-3 against ranked teams this season, while Florida State is 5-1.
Guard Dwayne Bacon leads Florida State with an average of 17.1 points per game.
Louisville is holding opponents to 38.1 percent shooting, including 29.2 percent from 3-point range.
The Cardinals have blocked 122 shots, led by Anas Mahmoud’s 39.
Louisville has won the only two ACC meetings between the two schools.
Louisville center Matz Stockman has missed the last five games due to a concussion.
Cardinals guard Quentin Snider is out with a hip injury.
South Carolina at Kentucky Preview:
No. 5 Kentucky raced to a 12-point halftime lead against Mississippi State on Tuesday and then held off the Bulldogs’ second-half rally to remain unbeaten in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats will try for a seventh consecutive victory since their three-point loss to No. 10 Louisville when they welcome No. 24 South Carolina. The Gamecocks also remained unbeaten in conference play when they edged No. 19 Florida on Wednesday – their fifth straight win.
Players to watch
Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 18.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The senior has six 20-point performances and is 18-for-22 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime.
Wildcats guard Malik Monk is averaging a team-leading 21.4 points while also contributing 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The heralded freshman has 10 20-point outings and has reached double figures in every game.
Kentucky is 50-11 all-time against South Carolina and has won the last three meetings.
South Carolina is 3-0 against ranked opponents.
The Gamecocks have held eight foes to 60 points or less.
South Carolina is 5-0 in conference play for the second time in school history.
The Gamecocks are holding opponents to 26.3 percent from beyond the arc, one of the nation’s best marks.
Kentucky has five 100-point outings, its most since 1995.
The Wildcats have won 11 consecutive SEC battles.
Kentucky has shot at least 50 percent from the field in every SEC game.
Wildcats guard De’Aaron Fox is averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game and has three 20-point performances in the last four games.
Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game and has scored in double figures in all but one outing.