In addition to toppling a marquee opponent and preserving its undefeated record, Gonzaga achieved something far more satisfying Saturday evening. Przemek Karnowski scored 18 points and Josh Perkins had 16 as Gonzaga hung on for a 69-62 victory over a 16th-ranked Arizona team decimated by injuries and other issues. Only once did Arizona mount any semblance of a charge, pulling within five with just over a minute to go after a 12-4 spurt aided by six Gonzaga missed free throws.
The most impressive team in college basketball through the first three weeks of the season has been the Kentucky Wildcats. They’re ranked No. 1 in the country for good reason. They’ve won by at least 21 points in every game they’ve played, they’ve scored at least 87 points in every games except one, they’ve cracked triple-digits in each of their last three games and they just so happen to have one of the best defenses in the sport. What else do you need? Critics will say they need to do this against a team with comparable talent, and it’s not unfair. Kentucky’s beaten up on five mid-major teams, Arizona State and a Michigan State team that is currently 4-4. On Saturday, we get that matchup. The
Gordon Hayward tries to beat the buzzer. While the eyes of the basketball-watching world were trained on Cleveland and Oakland, the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz locked horns in a surprisingly high-scoring and exciting back-and-forth battle that came down to the final second and the very last play of the game … and, perhaps, the ticks and possession that immediately preceded them. With 13.2 seconds remaining on the game clock and eight seconds left on the shot clock following a timeout, the Heat had the ball and a one-point lead, and sought one last score to put the game away.