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No. 10 Marquette Hands Villanova Its First Big East Loss

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NORTH CAROLINA 88, MIAMI 85 Kenny Williams hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 left in overtime to help No. 8 North Carolina hold off Miami in Chapel Hill, N.C. The freshman Coby White matched his season high with 33 points for the Tar Heels (19-4, 9-1 A.C.C.), who survived a wild finish filled with big shots by both teams. North Carolina forced overtime on Luke Maye’s 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left, then got two critical free throws from Cameron Johnson with 12.3 seconds left in the extra period to cling to a 3-point lead. Miami (10-13, 2-9) had a final chance to tie it after a timeout, but White poked the ball loose from Chris Lykes, and Williams dived on the floor to recover the ball for a game-sealing turnover.

KENTUCKY 71, MISSISSIPPI ST. 67 P.J. Washington scored 23 points, Keldon Johnson added 13 and No. 5 Kentucky held on to win at Mississippi State. Kentucky (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) has won 10 straight games since losing to Alabama in its conference opener on Jan. 5. The Wildcats had to work for this one after an 18-point lead dwindled to one possession with 1 minute 18 seconds left, but the Bulldogs (16-7, 4-6) weren’t able to score again.

MICHIGAN 61, WISCONSIN 52 Jon Teske had 17 points and 12 rebounds, holding his own inside against Ethan Happ, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lift No. 7 Michigan over No. 19 Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Big Ten-leading Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) avenged one of their only losses this season despite going 0 for 10 from 3-point range in the second half. Michigan led, 51-50, in a tight defensive struggle before pulling away with 8 straight points. Happ had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, but the Badgers (17-7, 9-4) had their six-game winning streak snapped. That run began with a 64-54 win over then-undefeated Michigan last month.

KANSAS 84, OKLAHOMA STATE 72 Dedric Lawson scored 25 points, Ochai Agbaji hit five 3s and had 23 points, and No. 13 Kansas shrugged off a slow start to beat visiting Oklahoma State. Devon Dotson added 18 points while Mitch Lightfoot provided a big lift off the bench for the Jayhawks (18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who were playing their first game without their starting guard Lagerald Vick. He left the team during the week to deal with personal issues. Vick’s departure came at a tough time for the Jayhawks, who lost to their rival, Kansas State, during the week to leave them two games back in the race for a 15th consecutive conference title. Oklahoma State (9-14, 2-8) played Kansas to a draw in the first half before Lawson, Agbaji and the rest of the Jayhawks caught fire. The Cowboys’ own depth issues surfaced when Cameron McGriff got into foul trouble, allowing the Jayhawks to slowly draw away late. McGriff finished with 22 points before fouling out. Lindy Waters added 13 for Oklahoma State.


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