Mar 17, 2012, 2:41 PM EST
If No. 16 UNC-Asheville could run Syracuse to the wire in the Round of 64, Kansas State had to have some confidence heading into their Round of 32 game against the Orange, but then they lost big man Jamar Samuels.
Reportedly because of nothing that had to do with academic problems or behavior, Samuels sat and the Wildcats were without their best rebounder when they could have used him the most.
Though they won the battle on the glass, Kansas State shot an abysmal 31% from the floor and fell to No. 1-seeded Syracuse, 75-59, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dion Waiters had 18 points and Scoop Jardine had 16 for the Orange, who shot 51% from the floor and were able to get to the line 29 times, hitting nearly 80%.
The Syracuse zone was alive, with active hands and their signature length coming through with much more consistency than against UNC-Asheville in their first game.
Freshman Rakeem Christmas was an important piece for Syracuse, putting up eight points and 11 rebounds in a breakout game as he filled in for the academically ineligible Fab Melo.
Christmas led the battle on the front lines, where Kansas State didn’t have the depth to compete with Syracuse.
Samuels’ absence forced Jordan Henriquez to take on a bigger role, which he accepted and thrived in, with 10 points and 16 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds. The fault was not Henriquez’s, but more so the Wildcats’ inability to keep pace with the Orange for 40 minutes.
That effect stretched out to the perimeter, where Kansas State was unable to hit with relative consistency from the 3-point range, unlike UNC-Asheville on Thursday afternoon.
The Orange move on to play the winner of Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Dec 22, 2014, 3:06 PM EST
There are some 86 games on tonight.
Dec 22, 2014, 2:28 PM EST
With conference play right around the corner, who have been the best players in the country?
Dec 22, 2014, 1:41 PM EST
If there’s anything that can ruin Kentucky’s dream of a perfect season, it’s coming from their own locker room.
Dec 22, 2014, 11:54 AM EST
We went an entire week without an unbeaten losing.
Dec 22, 2014, 11:25 AM EST
It’s great that the Rams do this.
Dec 22, 2014, 10:01 AM EST
The Buckeyes are 9-2, dropping both of their key non-conferences games against ranked opponents.
Dec 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Some new faces make their way into the Weekly Awards.
Dec 22, 2014, 6:30 AM EST
The top 12 remain the same, but there was plenty of movement in and around the rest of the top 25.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:09 PM EST
Yeah, you’re going to want to see this.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:31 PM EST
Four of the eight teams in the field reached the NCAA tournament last season.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:22 PM EST
Virginia limited Harvard to 27 points, Maryland won at Oklahoma State, and Georgia picked up a solid home win.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:04 PM EST
Could the Terps be the second-best team in the Big Ten? At the very least they’ve earned their place in the conversation.
Dec 21, 2014, 5:31 PM EST
Harrell was assessed a flagrant 2 foul in Saturday’s win over Western Kentucky.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:42 PM EST
Coaches donning festive holiday sweaters doesn’t happen all that often in college basketball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:46 PM EST
Brad Stevens left Butler in 2013, agreeing to a six-year deal with the Boston Celtics, but that will not stop his name being linked to one specific college job.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EST
Harvard did not set the record for lowest field goal percentage or lowest first-half points, but the Crimson did tie an NCAA record on Sunday afternoon.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
The Orange and Wildcats have split a home-and-home series since the old Big East disbanded several years ago.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:15 AM EST
The Louisville forward spoke about the incident that took place at the end of the first half against Western Kentucky following the game.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
The nation’s top recruit also dropped 37 points in a win for Montverde Academy (Florida)
Dec 21, 2014, 9:11 AM EST
Here’s a rundown of Sunday’s games.
- NBCSports.com Midseason All-American Team 0
- Kentucky still has one more major test to pass this season and it might not come against Louisville 0
- Tracking The Unbeatens: The showdown between Kentucky, Louisville looms 0
- New Year’s Resolutions: Ohio State Buckeyes 0
- Weekly Awards: Marquette’s new addition, a shakeup in Pac-12’s power structure ? 0
- College Basketball Talk’s Top 25: Virginia moves up, three teams drop out 1
- ACC suspends Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell one game 1
- Report: David Robinson’s son will be preferred walk-on at Duke in 2015-16 (VIDEO) (6)
- No. 1 Kentucky dismantles UCLA (6)
- West Virginia’s Bob Huggins torches Marshall after coach calls Huggs ‘afraid’ (5)
- Tracking The Unbeatens: There are now just nine teams without a loss (3)
- Lauren Hill’s playing career over, to become honorary coach (3)