R.J. Cole canceled a runner with 5.9 seconds left Tuesday night as No. 21 UConn advanced from a four-point deficit in the last 30 seconds to defeat No. 8 Villanova 71-69 in Hartford, Conn.
As the sellout crowd at XL Center went wild, Cole drew an offensive foul on Collin Gillespie's drive to the basket with 1.1 seconds remaining.
Cole finished with 12 points for UConn, while Adama Sanogo put the game in a game-high 20 points, scoring 13 points for the Huskies, who tied on 10 of 24 3-pointers and forced 14 turnovers.
Gillespie scored 17 points for the Wildcats (21-7, 14-4), while Slater added 15. Jermaine Samuels scored 13 points, and Justin Moore scored 12. Villanova tied on 12 3-pointers, outscoring UConn by six points, but it wasn't enough.
Kansas State 83, 102, and No. 5
Ochai Agbaji continued his desire to become the Big 12 player of the year by scoring a game-high 23 points as the Jayhawks scored a remarkable 64.1 percent victory against the Wildcats in Lawrence, Kan.
With their sixth victorie in seven games, Christian Braun added 20 points and Jalen Wilson 17 points. The Jayhawks (23-4, 12-2 Big 12) maintain their lead over the league.
Kansas has won 16 consecutive games against Kansas State (14-13, 6-9), which saw its NCAA Tournament hopes continue to decline in a second straight defeat. Markquis Nowell scored 20 points for the Wildcats.
Texas Tech 66, Oklahoma 42: No. 9
Davion Warren led the Red Raiders to a victory over the Sooners in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma finished with its lowest point total in any game since February 2004.
Texas Tech (22-6, 11-4 Big 12) has won four consecutive games and seven of the last eight, the only loss incurred in that span coming February 9th. Oklahoma (14-14, 4-11) has lost four games since that defeat of Texas Tech, including 11 of the previous 13.
Bryson Williams led Oklahoma with eight points as the Red Raiders beat Umoja Gibson 3-0 in the previous round of Texas Tech.
Tennessee 80, Missouri 61, No. 17
In Columbia, Mo, Kennedy Chandler walked 23 points with eight points and six assists to lead the Volunteers ahead of the Tigers.
Santiago Vescovi scored 14 points and Victor Bailey Jr. added 11 points for Tennessee (20-7, 11-4 SEC), which has won nine of its previous 11 games.
The Tigers have lost four consecutive games and nine of their previous 11 games thanks to Javon Pickett's 16 points. Kobe Brown and DaJuan Gordon have added 12 players apiece for the club (10-18, 4-11).
Arkansas 82, Florida 74
JD Notae scored 22 points and scored a crucial late 3-point lead as the Razorbacks came off the game scoring in Gainesville, Fla., defeating the Gators.
Notae scored 12 of his 22 points in the second half, while Davonte Davis scored 19 points for the dominant Razorbacks, who have won 12 of their previous 13 matches. Despite foul problems in the second half, Jaylin Williams scored 15 points and 10 assists.
Colin Castleton, a professional-leading 29 points, and 19 points from Tyree Appleby, all from Florida.
Alabama 74, Vanderbilt 72, is the number 24 in Alabama.
During a second-half rally that pushed the Crimson Tide to victory against the Commodores in Nashville, Jahvon Quinerly scored 17 of his 19 points.
With 4.8 seconds left, Jordan Wright missed a possible tie for Vanderbilt, but Alabama (18-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) ran out the remainder of the clock to secure the road victory.
Quinerly came off the bench to score 6 of 12 shots in 27 minutes. Vanderbilt (14-13, 6-9) led by Scotty Pippen Jr. with 26 points. He scored just 5 of his 13 field-goal attempts, but he went 14 of 18 from the free-throw line.
Iowa 86, Michigan State 60, is ranked.
Keegan Murray poured 18 of his 28 points in the first half, and the Hawkeyes won for the fifth time in six games, pounding the Spartans in Iowa City.
Murray shot 10-for-15 for Iowa, and Jordan Bohannon and Kris Murray each scored 11 points for the Hawkeyes (19-8, 9-7 Big Ten).
Malik Hall's 17 points led the Spartans (18-9, 9-7), who have lost three consecutive games and five of their previous six. Julius Marble scored nine points and eight assists, while Tyson Walker scored nine points and five assists.
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