Guy’s free throws help No. 4 Virginia hold off Notre Dame
The Wildcats used a 25-7 surge over a little more than seven minutes for a 62-38 lead, providing a cushion that withstood the Volunteers' 13-0 spurt soon after that cut the advantage in half. Kentucky maintained a double-digit lead to win the highly anticipated matchup of top-five schools.
Kentucky (21-4, 10-2) also avoided a second consecutive SEC loss to stay within reach of co-leader Tennessee (23-2, 11-1), which hadn't lost since Nov. 23 to No. 2 Kansas.
NO. 2 DUKE 94, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78
Barrett became the fourth Duke player with a triple-double and the first since Shelden Williams in January 2006. He completed it in the final minute, hitting Williamson for a layup that put Duke up 90-74.
NO. 3 GONZAGA 79, SAN DIEGO 67
Zach Norvell Jr. added 18 points, Josh Perkins 15 and Brandon Clarke 14 for the Bulldogs (25-2, 12-0 West Coast). The nation's highest scoring team, Gonzaga had only 30 points in the first half but then scored 31 points in the first 9:59 of the second half to take control.
Gonzaga shot 69 percent (20 of 29) in the second half to finish at 58.2 percent (32 of 55).
Olin Carter III scored 20 points for San Diego (16-11, 5-7).
NO. 4 VIRGINIA 60, NOTRE DAME 54
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 22 points, De'Andre Hunter had 20 with 10 rebounds and Virginia withstood a late push by Notre Dame.
Notre Dame got within 54-52 in the final minute after Virginia went scoreless for more than four minutes. But Guy made four free throws to seal it.
The Wolverines (23-3, 12-3 Big Ten) rebounded from their loss at Penn State earlier in the week. Michigan raced out to a 14-2 advantage and led by as much as 15 in the first half.
Nevada avenged its loss last season at Laramie, when Wyoming defeated the then-No. 23 ranked Wolf Pack 104-103 in two overtimes.
Justin James led Wyoming (6-19, 2-10) with 16 points, followed by TJ Taylor with 13.
NO. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 95, WAKE FOREST 57
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Johnson scored 27 points, and North Carolina scored the game's first 18 points en route to its biggest-ever margin of victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference road game.
NO. 12 PURDUE 76, PENN STATE 64
The Boilermakers (18-7, 11-3 Big Ten) reclaimed a share of the conference lead with their ninth win in 10 games.
NO. 14 KANSAS 78, WEST VIRGINIA 53
Lamont West and Chase Harler scored 11 points apiece for West Virginia (10-15, 2-10), which struggled without former starters Esa Ahmed and Wesley Harris, who were dismissed from the team earlier in the week for violating athletic department policies.
NO. 15 TEXAS TECH 86, BAYLOR 61
Jared Butler scored 16 points and Mario Kegler added 15 for the Bears (16-9, 7-5 Big 12), who were without key backcourt players Makai Mason (foot) and King McClure (knee) for the third consecutive game.
Texas Tech (21-6, 9-4 Big 12) stayed in second place in the conference by using an uncharacteristic hot hand from 3-point range to surge into a first-half lead that was never threatened.
The Cardinals (18-8, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 56-49 with 17 seconds left after a free throw by Steven Enoch but then nearly lost a third straight in disastrous fashion. Marcquise Reed hit two 3-pionters that cut the deficit to one, but Louisville survived.
Elijah Thomas led the Tigers (15-10, 5-7) with 15 points. Reed had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
NO. 17 FLORIDA STATE 69, GEORGIA TECH 47
ATLANTA (AP) — Christ Koumadje had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Florida State tied a school record with its seventh straight Atlantic Coast Conference win.
NO. 19 LSU 83, GEORGIA 79
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tremont Waters scored 20 points, Ja'vonte Smart added 19 and LSU won its fourth straight game.
The Tigers (21-4, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) are off to their best start in league play since the 1981 Final Four team was 11-0. They never trailed after Smart's 3-pointer midway through the second half, but Georgia (10-15, 1-11) stayed close and didn't allow LSU to lead by more than eight the rest of the way.
NO. 23 IOWA STATE 78, NO. 18 KANSAS STATE 64
Barry Brown had 23 points for the Wildcats, but he didn't get a whole lot of help. The rest of the team was a combined 2 of 13 from the 3-point arc and 11 of 34 from the field.
NO. 21 IOWA 71, RUTGERS 69
The Scarlet Knights appeared on the verge of their second upset of a ranked team this season when Gio Baker got a friendly role on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3.3 seconds to play to put Rutgers (12-13, 5-10 Big Ten) ahead 69-68.
After Iowa (20-5, 9-5) called a timeout, Connor McCaffrey threw a length of the court pass that Rutgers' Eugene Omoruyi deflected. The ball went to Wieskamp in the corner next to the Hawkeyes' bench and his off-balance, high-arching shot hit off the backboard and went in the basket, setting off a wild celebration on the Iowa bench.
NO. 22 VIRGINIA TECH 70, PITTSBURGH 64
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Blackshear overwhelmed the undersized Panthers, making his first six field goal attempts on his way to a nearly flawless performance.
The Hokies (20-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won two straight following a two-game losing streak.
Xavier Johnson led Pitt (12-14, 2-11) with 18 points.