Top 25 Capsules

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Brice Johnson had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 2 North Carolina beat Wake Forest 83-68 on Wednesday night for its 10th straight win.

The Tar Heels (17-2, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had little trouble extending their best start to conference play since 2000-01. They never trailed and overcame one of their worst shooting performances of the season (38.4 percent) by forcing Wake Forest into 19 turnovers and turning them into 21 points.

North Carolina – which appears in line to return to No. 1 after Oklahoma's loss earlier this week – reeled off 12 straight points late in the first half to build a comfortable lead, then went up by 27 after halftime.

Bryant Crawford scored 18 points and Devin Thomas had 17 for the Demon Deacons (10-8, 1-5), who fell to 5-21 in the Dean Smith Center. They lost their third straight overall and have dropped five of six in January.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Ryan Arcidiacono hit a go-ahead layup with 32.4 seconds to play and foul-plagued Daniel Ochefu made a crucial block to preserve the lead as Villanova held off another Seton Hall upset bid.

The win was the ninth in a row overall and the 22nd straight in the Big East Conference for Villanova (17-2, 7-0), which tried its best to give away the game in the closing seconds.

Josh Hart had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, and Kris Jenkins scored 12.

Isaiah Whitehead had 21 points for Seton Hall (13-5, 3-3). Khadeen Carrington scored 17 and Desi Rodriguez added 14 for the Pirates, who were coming off a win over then-No. 12 Providence on Saturday.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Javan Felix scored the final nine points for Texas against West Virginia.

Felix, who finished with 17 points, shot 4 of 9 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. He was 7 of 8 from the foul line against the Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2 Big 12), who had not lost at the WVU Coliseum this season.

During the key stretch, Felix had a one-hand follow-up shot, two free throws, a 3-pointer and two more foul shots for the Longhorns (12-6, 4-2).

Because of light snow, slush and ice, Texas' team bus didn't arrive at the WVU Coliseum until 6:15 p.m., just 45 minutes before the opening tip.

West Virginia got double-doubles from Devin Williams – 11 points, 11 rebounds – and Jonathan Holton – 10 points, 14 rebounds.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Shavon Shields scored 28 points while playing through hip pain, and Denzel Valentine missed a shot just before the buzzer to allow Nebraska to hold on against Michigan State.

The Cornhuskers (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten) have won four straight, three on the road. They've also won three in a row against the Spartans.

Michigan State (17-4, 3-4) has lost three straight and suddenly looks nothing like the top-ranked team it was earlier in the season.

Shields, who left the game with a hip injury in the first half and came back to play after halftime, made a shot to put Nebraska ahead by eight with 2:31 left.

Valentine hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to cut the deficit to one. He finished with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists.

No. 13 BAYLOR 79, KANSAS ST. 72, 2 OT

WACO, Texas (AP) – Al Freeman scored all 11 of his points after regulation, Lester Medford hit the go-ahead free throws to start the second overtime and Baylor stretched its home winning streak to 15 games with a victory over Kansas State.

Medford made two foul shots in the opening minute of the second overtime to put Baylor (15-3, 5-1 Big 12) ahead to stay before Freeman added a driving layup.

After assisting on Johnathan Motley's layup, Medford made a steal and then added a floater. Medford finished with nine points and 13 assists.

Taurean Prince had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor, and Motley had 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting.

Kamau Stokes led Kansas State (11-7, 1-5) with 20 points.


BOSTON (AP) – Sheldon McClellan scored 19 points, Ja'Quan Newton had 12 and Miami rebounded from consecutive losses with a win over Boston College.

It was the 11th straight victory for the Hurricanes (14-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) against Boston College. Tonye Jekiri matched his career high with 17 rebounds, and Angel Rodriguez scored 12 points.

Jerome Robinson led the Eagles (7-11, 0-5) with 20 points and leading scorer Eli Carter had 12 on 4-for-18 shooting.

It was BC's fifth straight loss. The previous four – all in conference games – were by an average of 22.5 points.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Quentin Snider scored 20 points, Damion Lee added 14 and Louisville had no problem with Florida State.

Louisville (15-3, 4-1 ACC) was rarely challenged in winning its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference game, shooting 48 percent while outrebounding Florida State 44-36. Chinanu Onuaku had 14 rebounds and 11 points for his fifth straight double-double, all coming in league play.

Freshman guard Donovan Mitchell added 13 points for the Cardinals, who led by 32.

Malik Beasley scored 23 for Florida State (12-6, 2-4), which had won two straight.