Orange looks tourney-ready, crushes Irish
•SYRACUSE 81, NO. 25 NOTRE DAME 66: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said Syracuse has that look — the look of a team headed for postseason play.
"Syracuse is an NCAA team and obviously, with Jim [Boeheim] back, they have that look," Brey said after his No. 25 Irish (14-6, 5-3 ACC) were knocked off by the host Orange 81-66 on Thursday night, ending his team's four-game winning streak. "I think they're a confident team. When you win at Wake [Forest] and you win at Duke within three days, you have something to work with."
Boeheim wouldn't acknowledge his team had the "look."
"I'll know where we are at the end of the season," said Boeheim, who has guided the Orange (14-8, 4-5) to a 10-3 mark this season. During his NCAA-mandated suspension, Syracuse was 4-5 under interim coach Mike Hopkins.
Trevor Cooney scored 22 points to lead Syracuse.
•NO. 23 OREGON 83, NO. 18 ARIZONA 75: Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and the Ducks (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12) ended a 49-game home winning streak by the Wildcats (16-5, 4-4) in Tucson, Ariz. Ryan Anderson led Arizona with 22 points.
•WESTERN KENTUCKY 69, UAB 62: Aaron Cosby hit five three-pointers and scored 20 points and the Hilltoppers (11-10, 3-5 Conference USA) ended an NCAA-leading 14-game winning streak by the Blazers (17-4, 7-1) in Bowling Green, Ky. William Lee had 20 points and seven rebounds for UAB.
•OLD DOMINION 78, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 66: Trey Freeman matched his career high with 28 points to surpass 1,000 points at Old Dominion as the Monarchs (11-10, 4-4 Conference USA) handled the Owls (5-16, 3-5) in Boca Raton, Fla. The redshirt senior transferred from Campbell after his sophomore season and is now 106 points shy of 2,000 career points.
•VANDERBILT 71, NO. 12 KENTUCKY 69: Christa Reed scored 19, including two of her season-high five three-pointers in the final 1:26, to lead the Commodores past the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., stopping a nine-game skid against the Wildcats. Former Braham, Minn., star Rebekah Dahlman added 18 points for Vanderbilt.
•NO. 13 MISSISSIPPI STATE 65, NO. 19 TENNESSEE 63 (OT): The Bulldogs (18-4, 5-3 SEC) overcame a 12-point third-quarter deficit to knock off the Lady Vols (12-8, 3-4) for the first time in school history, 65-63 in overtime in Starkville, Miss. Dominique Dillingham and Victoria Vivians scored 14 points each for the Bulldogs, who overcame shooting 3-for-16 from three-point range.