College Basketball Roundup: No. 6 Louisville nips Marquette
Published 12:00 am Monday, March 2, 2009
The college basketball roundup …
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Andre McGee scored a season-high 16 points as No. 6 Louisville edged No. 8 Marquette 62-58 on Sunday to keep its hopes for a Big East title alive.
Terrence Williams added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Cardinals (23-5, 14-2 Big East), who have won five straight and can clinch at least a share of the regular-season title by winning their final two games.
Wesley Matthews led the Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) with 19 points, but Marquette lost its second straight despite a game effort without star Dominic James, who broke his left foot in a loss to No. 2 Connecticut last week.
Louisville wore white throwback jerseys in honor of the late-1960s teams led by Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, and coach Rick Pitino added a bit of sartorial flair in a white linen suit.
No. 15 Kansas 90, No. 11 Missouri 65
LAWRENCE, Kan. ó Sherron Collins scored 25 points and dished out key assists during an early 18-1 run, and No. 15 Kansas stretched its nation-leading home court streak to 40 in a row Sunday with a 90-65 victory over No. 11 Missouri.
Cole Aldrich had 19 points and 14 rebounds in a surprisingly lopsided win that puts Bill Self’s young Jayhawks (24-5, 13-1 Big 12) on the cusp of a fifth straight Big 12 title and ninth in 13 years.
Picked fourth in the conference preseason poll after losing all five starters off their NCAA championship team, they’re the first Kansas team to win 13 of its first 14 league games since the senior-laden 2001-02 squad finished 16-0.
Leo Lyons had 20 points and DeMarre Carroll had 16 for Missouri (24-5, 11-3), which had won seven in a row and exceeded last year’s victory total by eight games.
Tennessee 79, Florida 75
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Tyler Smith scored 19 points, Wayne Chism added 18 and Tennessee snapped Florida’s 17-game home-winning streak with a 79-75 victory Sunday.
The Volunteers won on the road for the first time in four games and moved into a tie with South Carolina atop the SEC Eastern Division. More importantly, the Vols (18-10, 9-5 SEC) strengthened their NCAA tournament resume with their fifth consecutive win against Florida (21-8, 8-6).
The Gators made it close, though. Florida trailed 59-43 midway through the second, but used a barrage of big shots to make it 75-72 with one minute left.