Trayce Jackson-Davis scores 26, leads No. 14 Indiana past Illinois No. 1 South Carolina women run AP Top 25 streak to 36 weeks Houston, Alabama top AP Top 25; Marquette climbing, Pitt in No. 4 UCLA tops Colorado, claims Pac-12 regular-season title Arizona State stuns No. 7 Arizona 89-88 on Cambridge’s heave In NIL-era first, NCAA gives Miami probation for violation
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana. Trace Jackson-Davies quickly overtook and surpassed his coach on Indiana’s career top scorer list. Senior took longer to help the No. 14 Hoosiers surpass Illinois.
Jackson-Davis finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and added another milestone to his long roster, while Jalen Hood-Scifino made successful free throws with 30.7 seconds left to finally take Indiana out. forward at 71–68. victory.
“This is an achievement,” Jackson-Davies said. “I’m just glad we found a way to get it. They didn’t have one of their best players and these guys showed a lot of heart. So it was important for us to just find our way down the stretch and make stops.”
Jackson-Davis and the Hoosiers (19-8, 10-6 Big Ten) have won nine of their last 11 and 15 in a row at home. And thanks to the last of Hood-Scyfino’s 13 points and Jackson-Davis’ last shot—a last-second dunk—Indiana had enough to close a nine-point gap in the last 12.5 minutes.
Illinois defenseman Jaden Epps could have tied the game with 16.7 seconds left but missed the first of two free throws. R.J. Melendez could have forced overtime by hitting a three-pointer on the siren, but missed the target.
And while Jackson-Davis could have celebrated finishing the game with 2,081 points — 20 more than Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson had in his college career — the sophomore coach seemed to appreciate the feat the most.
“I’ve been sitting in this seat for a long time, and the fact that he surpassed him, man, is a special thing,” Woodson said. “But he can’t stop there. It’s just points. He’s still aiming for two things: the Big Ten title and the national title, and that’s where I’m trying to get him.”
The latest victory should help the Indiana cause. At halftime, the NCAA Tournament Selection Board announced that they were predicting Indiana to finish 13th overall.
Matthew Mayer and Fighting Illini (17-9, 8-7) definitely had other plans – even with their top scorer Terrence Shannon on concussion protocol. Mayer scored 16 of his 24 points and made all four 3-pointers in the first half. Epps added 12 points.
Illinois led from a 25–23 lead midway through the first half to Hood-Skifino’s last-minute free throws. The Illini were leading 48–39 with 12:41 to play when Miller Kopp hit a 3-pointer, Jackson-Davies responded with back-to-back baskets and a 3-point play to eventually tie at 56 after a layup with 6:27 to go.
“It was a great college basketball game,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “I think we did a great job on Trace and he still had 26 points. I know how Mike feels when you have one of the best players in the country, if not the best player in the country.”
Illinois: Over the past four seasons, Underwood’s team has won more road games than any other Big Ten school. However, this year the calculation was simple. If they lose less than 70 points in league play, they win. If they give up 70 or more, they lose. It barely happened again on Saturday.
Indiana: The Hoosiers were undefeated at home this season and weren’t about to miss their long-range chance to win the conference. If Indiana repeats its second-half performance next week on the road, it could live up to those high preseason expectations.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
Even though Wednesday’s Indiana rally in the Northwest didn’t pan out well, the Hoosiers shouldn’t lose much, if anything, in rankings after beating Illinois this season.
Jackson-Davis, the first Indiana player to score 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman that he would be leaving school after this season.
Illinois: A two-game home position begins Monday against Minnesota.
Indiana: On Tuesday, Michigan State will host a showdown in the Spartans’ first home game since the fatal campus shooting.
After a disappointing week of 15 ranked teams losing, South Carolina was the only undefeated school.
The Gamecocks extended their streak to 36 consecutive weeks, ranking first on the Associated Press’s Top 25 Women in Basketball to tie with Louisiana Tech for the second-longest ever in the poll, which dates back to 1976.
South Carolina (29-0) finished the regular season undefeated and ranked first again in a nationwide media poll released Monday. Gamecocks is only behind UConn (51 weeks) for the longest consecutive streak in the top 25.
“There’s definitely no relief” after their flawless regular season, said Alia Boston of South Carolina. “Now the season has begun where winning is the only option.”
While the Gamecocks won both of their games last week and entered the SEC Tournament as the No. 1 seed, the rankings have gone through a big reshuffle. The 15 ranked teams that lost at least one game were the highest number of top 25 schools to lose in the same week that season; 11 lost the same week several times earlier this season.
For the first time since 2012, 15 different teams have lost a game, according to Stats Perform. This also happened in one week in 2003 and 2004.
Indiana, who lost on the buzzer to then No. 6 Iowa was No. 2 with Caitlin Clark’s 3-pointer on Sunday. Utah moved up five places to No. 3 after beating then-number one. 3 Stanford to win a share of the Pac-12 title. This is Utah’s highest ranking ever. Cardinal dropped to sixth place.
LSU and Maryland rounded out the top five.
Iowa was seventh and Virginia Tech was eighth. UConn dropped five places to ninth after losing to the St. Johns. Notre Dame was 10th. The Irishman lost defenseman Olivia Miles to a knee injury in Sunday’s win over Louisville.
Villanova moved up four places to 11th. This is the Wildcats’ best result since the team finished the 2003 season in the same spot. Texas made the biggest improvement, moving up seven places to 12th.
Most of the Power Five conferences start tournament play this week. The Big 12 tournament will take place next week before qualifying Sunday and the start of the March Madness.
BACK TO RANKING
South Florida re-entered the top 25 at No. 25 after winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Bulls have one conference game left, in Cincinnati on Wednesday. South Florida was in the rankings two weeks earlier this season. The state of Florida fell out of the rankings.
FALL OF ARIZONA
The Wildcats are down seven spots to No. 21 after losses in Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. Arizona is 12-3 at home but 7-5 away.
The top five places in the Associated Press poll of men’s college basketball remained the same. The rest of the AP Top 25 was a big hodgepodge.
Houston was No. 1 for the second straight week in a poll released Monday, receiving 49 first-place votes from a media group of 62. No. 2 in Alabama received five first-place votes, and No. 3 in Kansas received eight.
UCLA and Purdue round out the top five. The Boilermakers held on to No. 5 despite losing to No. 15 in Indiana.
In the rest of the poll, only No. 20 Providence held the same position as last week as teams gear up for next week’s conference tournaments and the start of the March frenzy.
Alabama held onto their spot after winning two games despite a tough off-court week. Brandon Miller has played a couple of big games since police said he brought the gun to former teammate Darius Miles, who is facing fatal murder charges.
Against Arkansas on Saturday, Miller’s regular pregame introduction with a Crimson Tide bench frisking him didn’t sit well with coach Nate Oates or anyone else.
“I can assure you that this will definitely not happen again before the end of this year,” Oates said.
Miller scored 24 points in an 86–83 win over the Razorbacks after scoring 41 points in a two-point win over South Carolina.
Marquette rose quickly under coach Shaka Smart.
The Golden Eagles captured part of their first Big East regular season title in a decade by beating DePaul 90–84 on Saturday to move up four spots in this week’s poll to No. 6. 1 in 1977-78
Houston at the top
Houston came out on top last week and held onto it after a couple of losses last week. The Cougars’ 76-57 win in East Carolina on Saturday was the American Athletic Association’s regular-season championship win, the fourth time in five seasons they’ve at least shared a conference title.
“Our kids know how to win – I say that a lot,” Houston Coach Calvin Sampson said. “But we figured out how to play our system, to be selfless.”
Marquette tied UConn’s No. 14 and San Diego State’s No. 18 with the biggest weekly jump of any team in the poll, each moving up four spots.
No. 13 Virginia suffered its biggest drop, dropping seven spots after losses to Boston College and North Carolina last week.
No. 21 Maryland returned to the AP top 25 after beating Minnesota and then No. 21 Northwest.
No. 23 Kentucky returned to voting after a seven-week absence. The Wildcats quickly fell from No. 4 in the preseason poll, but were victorious over No. 12 in Tennessee, Florida, and Auburn.
Pittsburgh finished 25th for the first time since 2016 after beating Georgia Tech and Syracuse last week.
Northwestern’s return to the polls for the first time in two years did not last long. The Wildcats were eliminated this week after losses to Maryland and Illinois.
Iowa State fell out of 23rd after three consecutive losses, with consecutive losses knocking Creighton out of 19th.
BOULDER, Colorado. Jaime Jacques Jr. scored 17 points and Tiger Campbell scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half as UCLA No. 4 beat Colorado 60-56 on Sunday.
Amari Bailey added 11 points for UCLA (25-4, 16-2 Pac-12), which won for the eighth consecutive season, ending an undefeated February and ending the regular season…