Miami knocks off No. 2 Duke to conclude wild day of upsets in college basketball
Saturday was a wild day in men's college basketball.
Upsets occurred throughout the day, including No. 2 Duke in a thrilling ACC battle with Miami. By the end, seven ranked teams fell.
Here’s everything that went down throughout the top 25 on Saturday:
Miami shocks No. 2 Duke
Miami’s winning streak continues.
The Hurricanes picked up their ninth straight win on Saturday night with a huge 76-74 road win over the Blue Devils, thanks largely to a hanging layup from Kameron McGusty in the final seconds.
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Miami then fended off one final Duke play to grab the win.
"We're the real deal," McGusty said, via The Associated Press. "And I think everybody saw that tonight. We can play with anybody. We can compete with anybody. We can beat anybody. It's finally good to see all that hard work paying off."
Paolo Banchero led Duke with 20 points and seven rebounds, and Wendell Moore Jr. finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Duke, who had a pair of postponed games during that stretch.
No. 25 Texas Tech knocks off No. 6 Kansas
Texas Tech was short several players, but the Red Raiders fended off Bill Self and No. 6 Kansas in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders, after holding an eight-point lead at halftime, led the entire second half to beat the Jayhawks, 75-67. Bryson Williams led Texas Tech with 22 points, and Clarence Nadolny had a career-high 17. It was without leading scorers Terrance Shannon and Kevin McCullar, who have been sidelined with injuries.
"I thought we were poor right from the jump. I don't think we played as competitive as they did for 40 minutes, even though we had some good possessions," Self said, via The Associated Press. "We obviously didn't have them prepared to go against a team that really, really tried hard."
Oklahoma upsets No. 11 Iowa State
Thanks to a huge late run, Oklahoma pulled off a huge upset over No. 11 Iowa State on Saturday in Norman.
The Sooners, behind 20 points from Umoja Gibson, mounted a massive 18-5 run over the final 6:13 of the game to claim the 79-66 win, which marked just the second defeat for Iowa State this season.
Izaiah Brockington and Tyrese Hunter each finished with 20 points for Iowa State, and Tre Jackson added 12 off the bench. They were the only three to score in double figures for the Cyclones. Iowa State has lost twice in three games, following a loss to No. 1 Baylor last week.
Oklahoma State upsets No. 14 Texas
Behind a huge bench performance from Keylan Boone, Oklahoma State upset No. 14 Texas on Saturday.
Boone put up 17 points while shooting 5-of-17 from the 3-point line to lead the Cowboys to the win. They held Texas to 23 points in the second half, and led the entire way while keeping the Longhorns scoreless for the final 2:23.
The loss snapped a six-game win streak for Texas.
Missouri holds off No. 15 Alabama
Though the Tigers nearly gave up an 18-point lead, Missouri held on to pull off the 92-86 upset over No. 15 Alabama.
The Tigers opened up the second half on a 17-7 run, and pushed their lead to nearly 20 before the Crimson Tide came roaring back in the final minutes. Jaden Shackelford hit a 3-pointer with just 15 seconds left to cut Missouri’s lead to four.
That was as close as the Tide got. Missouri’s Kobe Brown hit four free throws in the final seconds to fend off Alabama and claim the six-point win, the Tigers’ first over a ranked opponent this season.
Brown finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 9-of-13 from the field, and Jarron Coleman added 18 points.
No. 21 LSU rolls past No. 18 Tennessee
The Tigers came out of halftime hot, and it propelled them to a huge SEC win.
LSU opened the second half on a 20-4 run in Baton Rouge en route to a 79-67 win over No. 18 Tennessee. Tari Eason led LSU with 24 points and 12 rebounds off the bench while shooting 9-of-16 from the field, and Darius Days finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Kennedy Chandler led Tennessee with 19 points, and Santiago Vescovi finished with 14 points in the loss. Tennessee has now dropped two of its last three, including a five-point loss to Alabama last week.
SDSU rocks No. 20 Colorado State
No. 20 Colorado State’s undefeated run is over.
San Diego State shut down the Rams in the second half, holding them to just 17 points in the final 20 minutes en route to the 79-49 win. The Aztecs didn’t let Colorado State score in the final 5:24 of the contest, too, and ended on a 14-point run.
San Diego State is now 10-3 on the season, with their losses coming against BYU, USC and Michigan.
Rest of top 5 holds strong
Outside of Duke, the rest of the top 5 handled things on Saturday.
No. 1 Baylor rallied back from an early hole to beat TCU 76-64. No. 3 Purdue beat Penn State 74-67 and No. 4 Gonzaga cruised to a dominant 34-point win over Pepperdine. No. 5 UCLA then beat California 60-52.