Louisville found a way to rattle Georgetown, shaking up the Big East in the process.
David Padgett scored 18 points, Jerry Smith added 16 and the Cardinals roared past the sixth-ranked Hoyas 59-51 on Saturday night in Louisville, Ky.
Louisville (18-6, 8-3 Big East) held Georgetown (19-3, 9-2) to 20 points in the second half, snapping the Hoyas’ six-game winning streak by playing the kind of clampdown defense that has become Georgetown’s trademark.
The Cardinals held the Hoyas to 35 percent shooting in the second half, keeping the Hoyas without a field goal for a decisive 8-minute stretch in which the Cardinals took command.
Austin Freeman and Roy Hibbert led the Hoyas with 14 points apiece, but Georgetown fell apart during an uncharacteristically sloppy second half. Louisville harried Georgetown with its press, forcing the normally deliberate Hoyas into 15 turnovers. When the Hoyas managed to get into their offensive set, they rushed shots and hardly played with the efficiency that has carried them all season.
(1) Memphis 85, Central Florida 64: At Memphis, Tenn., Joey Dorsey had 12 points and 13 rebounds and the Tigers (23-0, 9-0 C-USA) remained the nation’s only undefeated team with a win over the Knights (12-11, 5-4).
Derrick Rose led Memphis with 15 points, and Antonio Anderson scored 11 as the Tigers extended the country’s longest active home winning streak to 46 and continued their conference supremacy.
(2) Duke 90, Boston College 80: At Durham, N.C., Kyle Singler scored 24 points and the Blue Devils (21-1, 9-0 ACC) shook off some early cold shooting to beat the Eagles (12-10, 3-6) and extend their winning streak to 11.
DeMarcus Nelson added 23 for Duke, which used a 17-2 run to take control.
(4) Kansas 100, Baylor 90: At Lawrence, Kan., Darrell Arthur scored 23 points and Russell Robinson had 22 and helped fuel a 17-6 spurt in the second half that pulled the Jayhawks (23-1, 8-1 Big 12) away from the stubborn Bears (17-5, 5-3).
Despite its second-highest point total of the season, Kansas was 0 for 9 from behind the arc.
(7) Tennessee 47, LSU 45: At Baton Rouge, La., JaJuan Smith’s steal and layup with 11 seconds left gave the Volunteers (21-2, 8-1 SEC) a win over the Tigers (8-14, 1-7) in LSU’s first game since the firing of coach John Brady.
Chris Lofton led Tennessee with 15 points, while Tyler Smith finished with 12.
(24) Purdue 72, (8) Wisconsin 67: At Madison, Wis., freshman Robbie Hummel scored a career-best 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and the Boilermakers (19-5, 10-1 Big Ten) upset the Badgers (19-4, 9-2) to extend the their winning streak to nine.
(10) Butler 62, Wisconsin-Green Bay 57: At Green Bay, Wis., A.J. Graves led four players in double figures with 16 points and the Bulldogs (21-2, 10-2 Horizon) survived a scare to beat the Phoenix (13-10, 7-6).
(11) Michigan State 70, Northwestern 55: At East Lansing, Mich., Drew Neitzel scored 13 of his 21 points in less than 4 minutes to help the Spartans (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) rally past the Wildcats (7-14, 0-10).
After not attempting a shot for the first 12:35, Neitzel hit five straight attempts, including three 3-pointers, to help turn a four-point deficit into a 35-29 halftime lead.
(12) Texas 71, Iowa State 65 (OT): At Ames, Iowa, A.J. Abrams scored 25 points, D.J. Augustin added 17 and the Longhorns (19-4, 6-2 Big 12) rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Cyclones (13-11, 3-6).
Gary Johnson had 15 points for Texas, which held Iowa State to three points in overtime.
(15) Drake 73, Evansville 65: At Des Moines, Iowa, Jonathan Cox scored 10 of his season-high 21 points during a decisive second-half run that carried the Bulldogs (22-1, 13-0 MVC) to their 21st straight victory, a win over the Aces (7-16, 2-11).
(22) Notre Dame 86, (16) Marquette 83: At South Bend, Ind., Luke Harangody scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final 26 seconds, and the Irish (18-4, 8-2 Big East) survived going the final 6:22 without a field goal to beat the Golden Eagles (16-6, 6-5).
Dominic James, who scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the final 2:15, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.
(18) Texas A&M 77, Missouri 69: At Columbia, Mo., Donald Sloan scored a career-high 21 points and the Aggies (20-4, 6-3) used a 15-point run to open the second half and cruise to victory over the Tigers (13-11, 3-6).
Bryan Davis had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Carter added 14 points for Texas A&M.
(19) Connecticut 80, Georgia Tech 68: At Storrs, Conn., Hasheem Thabeet scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked six shots in leading the Huskies (18-5) to their seventh consecutive win, a victory over the Yellow Jackets (11-11).
Jeff Adrien had 23 points and 11 rebounds for UConn, his 12th double-double of the season.
(20) Kansas State 82, Oklahoma State 61: At Manhattan, Kan., Michael Beasley had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his school-record 19th double-double, helping the Wildcats (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) beat the Cowboys (11-12, 2-7) for the first time in five years.
Jacob Pullen hit four 3-pointers in the first 6 minutes as Kansas State built an early 16-point lead.
(23) Vanderbilt 66, South Carolina 65: At Columbia, S.C., Jermaine Beal drove the length of the court and hit a short fadeaway jumper with 0.6 seconds left to give the Commodores (20-4, 5-4 SEC) the win over the Gamecocks (11-11, 3-5).
Beal’s shot came after Devan Downey’s driving reverse layup with 6 seconds to go put South Carolina ahead.