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.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Jerrod Haase received a long, loud ovation upon his return to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. The rest of the cheers were for the Jayhawks. Frank Mason III scored 20 points, Devonte Graham delivered an early 3-point barrage and fourth-ranked Kansas pulled away late for an 89-74 victory over Stanford, spoiling the return of the Cardinal’s coach to the building where he once starred as a player. “Certainly an emotional day,” Haase said. “My emotions right now are more frustrated we didn’t play at a higher level, but for me personally, it means a lot – the reception.” The Jayhawks (7-1) hardly greeted him as warmly, using their speed, depth and outside shooting to turn a 43-35