EVANSTON, Ill. Luther Head scored a season-high 26 points and No. 1 Illinois beat Northwestern 78-66 on Saturday to improve to 18-0 the best start in school history.
Roger Powell scored 15 points and Dee Brown had 12 for the Illini, who are 4-0 in the conference and have won 14 straight Big Ten games.
Leading scorer Vedran Vukusic, held to just two free throws in the first half, led Northwestern with 20 points, while Davor Duvancic added 13. The Wildcats (8-8, 1-3) shot 57 percent from the field.
No. 2 Kansas 76, Colorado 61
BOULDER, Colo. Wayne Simien had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Keith Langford added 14 points, including a handful of big shots, to keep the Jayhawks unbeaten.
Playing with a soft cast on his broken left thumb, Simien was a force underneath, and his solid play helped the Jayhawks (13-0, 3-0 Big 12) to a 17-point lead in the first half.
Chris Copeland had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Buffaloes (8-6, 0-3), who had chances to tie in the second half but lost for the 31st time in the last 32 games of this series.
No. 4 Wake Forest 95, No. 3 North Carolina 82
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Chris Paul dominated his point guard matchup with Raymond Felton and Taron Downey had a season-high 18 points for the Demon Deacons (15-1, 4-0), who set an Atlantic Coast Conference record by making all 32 free throws. They were two short of tying the NCAA mark.
Paul finished with 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds to overshadow Felton, who shot only 5-for-18 and had 16 points.
Rashad McCants had 19 points for the Tar Heels (14-2, 3-1), who lost for the first time since their opener at Santa Clara.
No. 6 Oklahoma St. 83, Iowa St. 73
STILLWATER, Okla. Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin each scored 20 points and Eddie Sutton moved into seventh place on the career coaching wins list.
Sutton won his 768th game to pass Henry Iba, his mentor who coached him during his 36 years at Oklahoma State. After the game, school officials announced they would name the court at Gallagher-Iba Arena after Sutton.
John Lucas added 17 points and Stephen Graham scored 11 for the Cowboys (13-1, 3-0 Big 12), who won for the 24th straight time at home.
Curtis Stinson had 20 points to lead the Cyclones (8-6, 0-3).
No. 7 Syracuse 75, Providence 71
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Hakim Warrick had 25 points, 12 rebounds and a key steal with 3.3 seconds left for the Orange (17-1, 4-0 Big East), who won their 10th consecutive game.
No. 9 Kentucky 76, Georgia 55
ATHENS, Ga. Patrick Sparks scored 15 points for the Wildcats (12-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who led by as many as 30 points and finished with a 44-18 rebound advantage.
No. 10 Texas 63, Nebraska 53
LINCOLN, Neb. Freshman Daniel Gibson scored all 12 of his points over the final 14:32 as the Longhorns (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) bounced back from a 74-63 road loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday.
No. 11 Mississippi St. 80, Arkansas 55
STARKVILLE, Miss. Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Bulldogs (15-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) won their ninth straight at home.
No. 12 Connecticut 78, Rutgers 64
HARTFORD, Conn. Josh Boone had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots and Charlie Villanueva had 14 points, tied his career-high with 14 rebounds and blocked six shots for the Huskies (10-3, 2-1 Big East), who outscored Rutgers 58-28 in the paint.
No. 19 Louisville 69, No. 18 Cincinnati 66
CINCINNATI Taquan Dean was 7-of-13 from 3-point range and scored 25 points for the Cardinals (14-3, 3-1 Conference USA), who trailed by 17 points in the first half.
No. 20 Pittsburgh 67, Seton Hall 63
PITTSBURGH Chevon Troutman had 23 points for the Panthers (12-2, 2-1 Big East), who snapped a two-game losing streak at home after winning 43 of their first 44 in the Petersen Events Center.
Massachusetts 76, No. 21 George Washington 74, OT
WASHINGTON Rashaun Freeman, who had season-highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds, scored with less than a second left in overtime for the Minutemen (8-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10), who led by as many as 18 points in the second half.
No. 24 Iowa 66, Minnesota 60
IOWA CITY, Iowa Pierre Pierce scored 18 points for the Hawkeyes (13-3, 1-2 Big Ten), who won despite going the final 10:45 without a field goal.
No. 17 Arizona 76, UCLA 73
TUCSON, Ariz. Salim Stoudamire capped a 24-point second half with a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to give Arizona the win and snap the Bruins' four-game Pac-10 winning streak.
The left-handed senior, who finished with 32 points, scored 24 of the final 29 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1).
No. 25 Oklahoma 65, Baylor 61
WACO, Texas Drew Lavender scored a season-high 20 points, including a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 45 seconds, for the Sooners (13-2, 2-0 Big 12), who won their seventh straight overall and 21st in a row against Baylor.
No. 16 Gonzaga 86, Pepperdine 62
SPOKANE, Wash. Adam Morrison scored 26 points, and Ronny Turiaf added 19 points and 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season, for Gonzaga.
No. 22 Marquette 66, South Florida 64
MILWAUKEE Todd Townsend's three-point play with 5 seconds to play lifted Marquette past South Florida.
No. 14 Washington 108, Oregon St. 68
SEATTLE Tre Simmons matched a career high with 26 points, going 6-of-7 from 3-point range, and Jamaal Williams added a career-high 24 points for Washington.
Beavers coach Jay John left the arena in an ambulance at halftime after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. The 46-year-old coach was examined by an on-site doctor before paramedics were called.
STANFORD, Calif. Brooke Smith scored 17 points to lift No. 6 Stanford past No. 14 Boston College 76-66 for the Cardinals' 15th straight home win on Saturday.
No. 12 Texas 63, Oklahoma State 42
AUSTIN, Texas Behind strong defense and Tiffany Jackson's 20 points, Texas snapped a two-game Big 12 losing streak.
No. 23 Kansas St. 74, Nebraska 59
MANHATTAN, Kan. Kendra Wecker had 25 points, eight rebounds and six steals to lead Kansas State (12-3, 3-1 Big 12).
No. 24 Iowa State 65, Missouri 59
AMES, Iowa Mary Fox had 17 points to help rally Iowa State to its 11th straight win.
No. 16 Connecticut 73, Villanova 57
STORRS, Conn. Freshman Charde Houston scored 20 points and Jessica Moore added 19 to lead UConn (10-4, 4-0 Big East).
No. 13 Texas Tech 87, Colorado 41
BOULDER, Colo. Alesha Robertson scored 27 points and Chesley Dabbs had a career-high 22 to help Texas Tech rout Colorado.
Cisti Greenwalt added 12 points and LaToya Davis had 10 for Texas Tech (12-3, 4-0 Big 12). The Red Raiders limited Colorado to 31 percent shooting in winning their seventh straight and posting their most lopsided win over the Buffaloes.
Jackie McFarland led Colorado (7-7, 0-3) with 11 points.
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