That old maxim about defenses winning championships was being spread on pretty heavily during Super Bowl week.
ROCKETS 97, SPURS 90
MANHATTAN - Kansas State was coming off two tough losses on the road, and its three leading scorers were struggling to make a shot against Texas Tech's length and athleticism.
WICHITA - Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall had a schedule planned for this week.
Timberwolves 95, Bulls 86
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Wichita State's Ron Baker has grown accustomed to looking up in the stands during a pregame shoot-around, peering from one section to the next, and seeing very few empty seats.
HONOLULU - The NFL's all-stars are defending their effort in the lowest scoring Pro Bowl in eight years - a game that pitted teammates against each other in a contest decided in the final minute.
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh student section spent a full hour before Monday night's game against Duke trying to get into the Blue Devils' heads.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Andrew Wiggins scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and No. 8 Kansas never gave TCU a shot at a repeat of last year's huge upset, beating the Horned Frogs 91-69 Saturday night.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Wichita State soared past yet another overwhelmed Missouri Valley Conference opponent on Saturday night.
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke didn't shoot the ball well nor did it have one of its big runs against Florida State.
No. 2 SYRACUSE 64, MIAMI 52
LAWRENCE - Joel Embiid bends slightly to get through the doorway, and then bends even deeper to peer into the refrigerator. He pushes aside chilled bottles of Coca-Cola and Fanta and then, upon getting to the very back of the cooler, lets his massive shoulders slump one last time.
AMES, Iowa - One of these days, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber might trust his team to push the pace a little more.
HONOLULU - Pro Bowlers practicing one last time Saturday before the schoolyard pickup all-star game dropped hints they'll use some trickery to get an edge on Sunday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Up by 12 points with just under 6 minutes left, No. 4 Syracuse appeared poised to secure an unusually easy victory.
LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas has received a lead donation from alumni Kent and Missy McCarthy to help finance the first phase of the Fieldhouse Apartments project, which will house basketball players and other students.