Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left Saturday and Jordan Hulls finished with 17 points, giving the No. 13 Hoosiers a 74-70 victory – the school’s first-ever sweep of the nation’s top two teams.
Indiana (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) became the ninth team since 1996-97 to beat No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season and joined Kansas in 2007-08 and Louisville in 2003-04 as the only teams over that span to achieve the feat in the same month. Against Kentucky, the Hoosiers needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Christian Watford to win it.
On Saturday, the Hoosiers needed Oladipo’s layup, three free throws from Hulls and Watford, a rebound from Watford and a steal from Oladipo in the final 36 seconds to seal it.
Ohio State (13-2, 1-1) was led by Aaron Craft with 16 points and Jared Sullinger with 15 points and nine rebounds.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 69, NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 62
In Lexington, Ky., Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had season-highs with 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead Kentucky in a rough-and-tumble victory over Louisville to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 44.
Fellow freshman Anthony Davis added 18 points, all in the second half, for the Wildcats (13-1) in their rivalry game that at times looked more like a free throw shooting contest with 52 fouls.
The Cardinals (12-2) only led at 2-0, but gave Kentucky all it could handle after rallying from an early 15-point deficit before tying it in the second half thanks to Russ Smith, who had a career-high 30 points.
But Kidd-Gilchrist’s hustle and Davis’ emergence proved to be the difference.
NO. 9 CONNECTICUT 83, ST. JOHN’S 69
In Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier had 17 points and nine assists as Connecticut (12-1, 2-0 Big East) beat St. John’s (7-6, 1-1) in a game coached by assistants for both teams.
Andre Drummond had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb added 15 points for UConn, which shot 60 percent from the floor to win its seventh consecutive game.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun was serving the second of a three-game suspension for NCAA violations, while St. John’s coach Steve Lavin continues to recover from prostate cancer surgery in October.
NO. 10 FLORIDA 90, YALE 70
In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton’s 26 points led Florida (11-3) over Yale (8-4) less than 40 hours after the Gators were upset at Rutgers.
Patrick Young added 19 points and Erik Murphy had 18 for Florida, while Bradley Beal had 11.
IOWA 72, NO. 11 WISCONSIN 65
In Madison, Wis., freshman reserve Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Iowa stunned Wisconsin, snapping the Badgers’ six-game winning streak.
White was 6 of 7 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and made all four of his free throws as the Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten) held on to beat the Badgers for just the third time in the past 15 meetings.
Senior Jordan Taylor had 17 points to lead Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1).
NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 49, PROVIDENCE 40
In Washington, Henry Sims scored five of his 11 points in the final 7 minutes, and Georgetown (12-1, 2-0 Big East shot a season-low 30 percent in a win over Providence (11-4, 0-2).
The Hoyas won their 10th consecutive game despite making only eight field goals in the second half.
Jason Clark scored 16 points for Georgetown.
NO. 15 MISSISSIPPI STATE 66, UTAH STATE 64
In Starkville, Miss., Rodney Hood scored 16 points and Arnett Moultrie added 15 for Mississippi State in the win.
Moultrie had 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season for the Bulldogs (13-2).
NO. 16 MICHIGAN STATE 68, NEBRASKA 55
In Lincoln, Neb., Draymond Green scored 19 points and Keith Appling had eight of his 14 in the last 7 minutes to help Michigan State (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) hold off struggling Nebraska (8-5, 0-2), the Spartans’ 13th consecutive victory.
The Spartans are on their longest winning streak since the 1998-99 team won 22 in a row.
Eleven of the 13 have been by double digits.
NO. 17 KANSAS 84, NORTH DAKOTA 58
In Lawrence, Kan., Thomas Robinson posted career-bests with 30 points and 21 rebounds, helping Kansas (10-3) overcome a sluggish start and beat North Dakota in its final nonconference game.
North Dakota (5-8) simply had no answer for the muscular 6-foot-10 Robinson. With 12 points and 10 rebounds, the junior had socked away his Big 12-leading ninth double-double by halftime.
NO. 21 CREIGHTON 68, WICHITA STATE 61
In Wichita, Kan., Antoine Young scored 19 points and Creighton (11-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley) rallied in the second half to beat Wichita State (10-3, 1-1).
NO. 24 HARVARD 74, SAINT JOSEPH’S 69
In Cambridge, Mass., Kyle Casey scored 7 of his 26 points in the closing 4:25 as Harvard (12-1), completed a comeback from a late 11-point deficit to beat Saint Joseph’s (10-4).
SOUTH CAROLINA 72, USC UPSTATE 66
In Columbia, S.C., Malik Cooke scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as South Carolina rallied past South Carolina Upstate.
It was the Gamecocks’ third consecutive win and fifth in the past six games.
South Carolina (7-6) moved above .500 for the first time since starting the season with a 75-50 win over Western Carolina.
Not that this victory came easy.
The Gamecocks lost a 12-point lead and trailed USC Upstate (8-6) 47-46 on Ricardo Glenn’s layup with 13:02 to go. But Cooke answered with two foul shots and South Carolina didn’t trail again.
Glenn’s foul shot drew the Spartans within 68-66 with 45 seconds to go. But again it was Cooke who pulled the Gamecocks out of the fire the next time down the court, tipping back a missed shot to extend the margin with 31 seconds left.
Torrey Craig led SC Upstate with 20 points.
Brenton Williams had 11 points and RJ Slawson 10 for South Carolina.
The Gamecocks had been on a roll the past month since a Dec. 1 loss to Providence dropped them to 2-5. They came into Saturday’s game having won four of five – the lone loss was 74-66 to No. 2 Ohio State on Dec. 17 – and with an improved offensive flow thanks to two-sport sophomore Bruce Ellington, who was back after finishing the football regular season.
Ellington had his best showing of the season last Wednesday night with 17 points in a 57-45 win over Wofford. But Ellington left for the Capital One Bowl the next day to rejoin Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, and there was plenty of concern about whether the basketball team’s flow would leave with him.
South Carolina looked ragged early in front of a sparse crowd, with many of its fans on their way to Orlando, Fla., for Monday’s bowl game with Nebraska. The Gamecocks also had to battle a scrappy Upstate group seeking its third straight win.
Ty Greene had a high-arcing 3-pointer and another basket to put the Spartans up 8-6. SC Upstate was down just 16-14 on Jodd Maxey’s basket when the Gamecocks took off on a 21-11 run to take control. Cooke had two baskets, Eric Smith a three-point play and a jumper and Brian Richardson his first 3-pointer in five games as South Carolina led 37-25 with 4 minutes left in the period.
Glenn’s basket with 39 seconds left cut South Carolina’s edge to 40-31 at the half.
One place the Spartans had an edge was on the offensive boards, where they held a 7-4 advantage in the opening half.
The Spartans kept up their intensity in the second half, starting it with a 16-6 run that put them in front. They tied the game a final time at 52-all on Chalmers Rogers’ bucket with 9:29 to go before Brian Richardson gave the Gamecocks the lead for good with a 3-pointer.
It looked like Cooke’s three-point play with 3 minutes left, which put South Carolina ahead 66-59, would seal things until Craig hit a 3 and Jodd Moxey finished a three-point play to bring the Spartans within a point, 66-65. Cooke had two more foul shots and his tip-in bucket after that.
Cooke surpassed his previous high of 22 points, set against Tennessee last February.