No. 1 Gonzaga rolls over most recent champ Virginia, 98-75
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) reacts after making a 3-point basket against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)FORT WORTH, Texas – Corey Kispert recorded career highs with 32 points and nine 3-pointers, leading No. 1 Gonzaga to a 98-75 romp over 16th-ranked Virginia, the most recent NCAA champion, on Saturday. Gonzaga: The Zags didn't cool off at all in the second half after Kispert came out hitting 3-pointers almost from the start. Gonzaga shot 68% after halftime to beat Virginia for the third time in four meetings in the series.
Boeheim lifts Syracuse past No. 18 Virginia, 63-55 in OT
Syracuse defeated Virginia 63-55 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Buddy Boeheim and Syracuse had had enough of close losses. 18 Virginia 63-55. Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points, hit the first 3 of the overtime for the Orange and freshman Joe Girard, who scored 19, hit the second. Syracuse started Saturday averaging 73.7 points and hasn't scored fewer than 54 in a game since the opener.