Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tony Bennett’s team passed all tests in the first month of the season.
Jayden Gardner shot forward with 39.9 seconds left and blocked Jett Howard’s three-point shot shortly before the signal, allowing No. 3 Virginia to go undefeated with a 70-68 win over Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. night.
The Cavaliers (6-0) won their first real road game against a top two-place team this season, just over a week after beating the then racket. 5 Baylor, and then – No. 19 Illinois in Las Vegas.
“It’s been pretty tense in here,” Bennett said.
Virginia was 11 points behind at halftime, rallied to take the lead with 7:25 left, and built a five-point lead that didn’t last long.
The Wolverines (5-2) took a 66-65 lead at 1:42 when Hunter Dickinson made one of two free throws.
Michigan missed a chance to stay or take the lead when Dickinson missed a hook with 1:01 left and Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn turned the ball over with 16 seconds left.
“Hunter has done that hook before,” coach Juwan Howard said. “Transformation, yes, in the end it was painful, but in general, this is not the reason why we lost the game.
“We could easily put our heads down when they came out in the second half and ran away.”
Rhys Beekman, who finished with 18 points, interrupted Llewellyn’s pass in the last minute and made one of two free throws.
Armaan Franklin of Virginia missed two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to give Michigan a chance to extend or win the game. Howard landed a controversial three-point arc on the right flank—next to his father, the Michigan coach—and Gardner landed a block against a freshman guard while Wolverine coaches and players yelled about breaking the rules.
It turned out that Gardner got all the balls on the block.
Kehei Clark scored 16 points, Gardner 12, Kadin Shedrik fouled 12 and Ben Vander Plas added 10 for a balanced Cavaliers.
“You need different guys, and that’s what it takes to play offensively and defensively,” Bennett said.
Dickinson scored 23 points, Jett Howard scored 11 of 15 in the first half, and Kobe Bufkin added 11 points to Michigan.
“Jett is a gamer, he will compete no matter what,” said Juvan Howard. “He loved basketball since he was a little boy.
“He will help us win a lot of games this year.”
The Wolverines got off to a slow start, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, before Howard scored eight points to take a 13-2 lead. Michigan led 45-34 at halftime when Bufkin made a layup after an interception.
“We can’t be that sloppy defensively, but we fought hard in the second half,” Bennett said.
Vander Place scored nine points during the series 11-2 to give Virginia a 65-60 lead. The Cavaliers then went 4.5 minutes without a basket before Gardner’s big shot.
Virginia: The Cavaliers have their highest ranking since the 2018-19 season, which ended with a national title, and their best start since they were 7-0 three years ago. The team continues to honor the memory of the three soccer players who were gunned down on campus earlier this month by wearing T-shirts bearing their names to warm up.
Michigan: Juwan Howard’s team played well in their first game against a ranked opponent this season.
“When we go out with an effort like today, within 40 minutes, I love our chances against any college team in the country,” he said.
Virginia: hosts Florida State on Saturday (1-7).
Michigan: Playing No. 19 Kentucky (5-2) on Sunday in London.
Milwaukee. Under the guidance of Shaka Smart, Marquette developed a habit of saving her best performances for the best opponents in her schedule.
Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 24 and Marquette took advantage of a dominant defense start to outlast No. 6 Baylor 96-70 in the Big 12-Big East on Tuesday night. It was the highest ranked team that Marquette (6-2) beat under Smart, and the Golden Eagles improved to 7-6 against the top 25 AP teams during his tenure.
“Most of the time we don’t win this game against these great teams,” said David Joplin, who scored 19 points. “We just went out, we want to go out and prove everyone wrong. And that feeling, that feature makes us play a lot better.”
Marquette narrowly missed the most lopsided victory ever against a top 25 team. The Golden Eagles defeated No. 16 Providence 88–56 on January 4 in Smart’s debut season.
“When you get into a game and it’s more important than anything else in the minds of your players, that’s the best recipe for winning for me,” Smart said. “It should always be like this, but human nature sometimes gets in the way.”
Marquette’s defense embarrassed Baylor’s respected backcourt.
The Golden Eagles led the first half, 51–25, thanks to a 24–0 lead on points without a loss. Baylor (5-2) already had a season-high 16 assists by halftime.
On Tuesday, Baylor finished third among Division I teams in scoring. The Bears had 20 assists and 12 against Marquette.
“I didn’t expect this,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Trust the crowd. Thank them for building momentum. Thanks to Shaka for their preparation and for how hard they played. At the end of the day, we started the fire by turning it over and making a few uncharacteristic mistakes.”
Prosper scored 10 points and missed two 3s during a 23-2 run that turned an early 7-2 deficit into a 25-9 lead. Chase Ross completed the run by intercepting the ball and dunking with his left hand.
Baylor never cut Marquette’s lead below 22 points in the second half.
Cam Jones scored 20 points and Marquette scored 58.3% overall to win for the third time in a row. The Golden Eagles shot 12 of 25 from three-point range, Jones 4 of 7, and Prosper and Joplin both 3 of 4.
Baylor’s LJ Cryer scored 17 of 19 points in the second half. Adam Flagler had 16 and Keyonte George added 12 for the Bears.
THE BIG PICTURE
Baylor: The Bears shot 48.2% (27 of 56) but didn’t find answers to Marquette’s defense and dug the hole too deep. Baylor rallied from a 25-point deficit to force overtime in last season’s NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina, but the Bears never returned on Tuesday.
Marquette: After losing to Purdue and Mississippi State earlier this season, the Golden Eagles showed a game that showed they could beat anyone. Marquette will try to prove it again when he hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.
BIG 12 Vs. BIG EAST
The Big 12-Big East battle began on Tuesday and will continue until Sunday. Last season the Big 12-Big East Battle ended 5-5.
IN HONOR THOMPSON
Marquette emerged from the locker room wearing the number 24 jersey in honor of George Thompson, who died in June from complications of diabetes. Thompson played for Marquette from 1967–69 and was the school’s scoring leader for 40 years.
Thompson would have turned 75 on Tuesday. Banner #24 with Thompson’s name hanging from the rafters of the Fiserv Forum.
“I really felt like we needed to win tonight to honor George,” Smart said. “If you make it on George Thompson Night, you won’t lose.”
Baylor: Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, against No. 14 Gonzaga.
Marquette: Hosted by Wisconsin on Saturday.
Make room, Phi Slama Jama. Another team from Houston reached the pinnacle of men’s college basketball.
Nearly four decades after Clyde Drexler and Akim Olajuwon propelled the Cougars to number one, the latest group led by Markus Sasser and star rookie Jaras Walker took the AP Top 25 to number one. They received 45 of 63 first place votes from national media panel, easily beating second-place Texas and third-place Virginia.
“This does not mean that we went online, applied and waited for a response. We’ve been working on it,” said Houston Coach Calvin Sampson, whose team has been out of the Final Four and Elite Eight for the past two seasons. “But remember, this is a lease. You don’t own it. You just rent it because someday someone else will be number one.”
North Carolina was No. 1 all season, but the Tar Heels lost to Iowa State and in a four-overtime thriller to Alabama at the Phil Knight Invitational to concede top spot to Houston, who beat Kent State in their only game last week. .
The last time the Cougars climbed to number one was in the final poll of the 1982–83 season when the Glide and Dream, along with coach Guy Lewis, were favorites to win. They made it through the NCAA Tournament before losing to Jim Valvano and North Carolina State in the iconic championship game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I’ve never been number one,” said Sampson, now in his 34th season as a college basketball coach. “We were ranked all 12 years in Oklahoma. I’m sure we were valued in Indiana. Then we were in the rankings for five or six years in a row. We are used to a high level of success.”
Texas received eight first-place votes, while Virginia received two. Arizona moved up from 14th to fourth after coming out of a folded field to win the Maui Invitational. Purdue jumped from 24th to fifth and garnered eight first-place votes after beating West Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at the Phil Knight Legacy.
“Our guys are competitive. They are fun to train. They get along. They play with purpose and that’s what you should have,” said Boilermakers coach Matt Painter, whose team was No. 1 for a while around the same time last season.
“At the beginning of the season, very few teams play with a goal collectively,” he said. “I thought our guys played purposefully.”
Baylor was sixth, Creighton seventh and Yu Conn moved up from 20th to eighth after beating Oregon, Alabama and Iowa to win the Phil Knight Invitational. Kansas dropped from third to ninth…