CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Luther Head scored 26 points and Dee Brown hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to seal top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois' 70-59 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday.
The Illini tied the school record with their 25th consecutive win. That streak was set over three seasons from February 1914 to February 1916. It was Illinois' 19th straight win at home and was played before a record Assembly Hall crowd of 16,865.
Brown, who played in foul trouble most of the game and had 16 points, hit the first big 3 with 3:10 to go and only 2 seconds remaining on the shot clock to end a 6-2 run by the Badgers and give Illinois (25-0, 11-0 Big Ten) a 57-49 lead. He hit the second with 1:43 left to give the Illini a 62-51 lead.
Alando Tucker scored 24 points for the Badgers (16-6, 7-4).
No. 3 Kansas 89, Colorado 60
LAWRENCE, Kan. Wayne Simien had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Kansas in one of the more lopsided series in college basketball.
Simien was 11-for-11 from the free throw line all in the first half. It was the 31st victory for the Jayhawks (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) in their last 32 games against Colorado and their 22nd straight over the Buffaloes at home. It was the 16th straight season Kansas reached 20 wins.
Freshman Richard Roby had 14 points for Colorado (12-10, 4-7), which had won four of six after starting the conference season 0-4.
No. 5 Kentucky 60, Georgia 51
LEXINGTON, Ky. Chuck Hayes and Patrick Sparks each scored 14 points and Kentucky held off a late run by undermanned Georgia.
Kentucky (19-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 21 points in the second half, but Georgia (7-14, 1-10) rallied within 55-50 with 2 minutes left and came up empty on two other chances to further cut into the margin.
Rajon Rondo made a 5-foot jumper and Kelenna Azubuike went 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds to seal Kentucky's ninth straight win since a loss to No. 3 Kansas.
Sundiata Gaines had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia, which started four freshmen and a sophomore and played without injured leading scorer Levi Stukes. The Bulldogs lost their sixth straight.
No. 6 Wake Forest 87, Florida St. 48
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Justin Gray scored 20 points and Eric Williams had 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Demon Deacons.
Sixth-man Taron Downey finished with 14 points for Wake Forest (21-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which lost in overtime at Tallahassee three weeks ago. In that one, Downey missed a free throw with less than a second left in regulation that would have won it.
Von Wafer had 16 points for the Seminoles (11-13, 3-8).
Maryland 99, No. 7 Duke 92, OT
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Travis Garrison had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland wore down Duke in overtime.
John Gilchrist scored 19 points, Chris McCray had 17 and reserve guard Mike Jones added 15 for Maryland (15-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which completed its first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils since 1995.
Including their win in the finals of the ACC tournament last March, the Terrapins have won three straight against Duke for the first time since 1982.
The Blue Devils (18-3, 8-3) staggered to the finish without five players, all of whom fouled out late in regulation or in overtime. Shelden Williams had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Daniel Ewing also scored 23. But both were gone long before the finish.
No. 8 Syracuse 90, No. 22 Villanova 75
PHILADELPHIA Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Syracuse handed Villanova its worst loss of the season.
Gerry McNamara had 18 points for the Orange (22-3, 9-2 Big East), who had two of their last three games, both to Top 25 teams.
Randy Foye had 18 points for the Wildcats (14-6, 5-5), who hadn't lost by more than six points this season.
No. 9 Louisville 65, South Florida 57
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Ellis Myles scored 15 points and Taquan Dean and Larry O'Bannon each added 13 for Louisville (21-4, 9-2 Conference USA).
Terrence Leather scored 18 points to lead South Florida (10-12, 3-8), which lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
The Cardinals shot a season-low 33 percent in an 85-68 loss to Memphis on Wednesday and were 5-for-15 from 3-point range and 20-of-54 overall (37 percent) against the Bulls.
No. 10 Oklahoma St. 66, Texas A&M 59
COLLEGE STATION, Texas John Lucas III scored 18 points, Joey Graham added 17 and Oklahoma State recovered from poor first-half shooting to beat Texas A&M.
Oklahoma State (19-3, 9-2 Big 12) led by as many as 15 in the second half before Texas A&M went on a 9-2 run that ended with two free throws by Bobby Leach with 1:25 remaining.
After the Aggies pulled to 62-59, Ivan McFarlin scored three points in the final minute to seal the Cowboys' fifth straight win.
Texas A&M (15-6, 4-6) got 16 points from Acie Law.
No. 12 Arizona 83, UCLA 73
LOS ANGELES Salim Stoudamire and Ivan Radenovic each scored six points during a decisive 19-0 run early in the second half, and Arizona beat UCLA.
Stoudamire scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats. Radenovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Mustafa Shakur scored 17.
By winning for the 18th time in 20 games and beating UCLA soundly for the third straight time at Pauley Pavilion, the Wildcats (21-4, 11-2 Pac-10) moved into first place in the conference.
The win was the 301st in conference play for Lute Olson since he became Arizona's coach in 1983, and moved him within three of Pac-10 record-holder John Wooden, who watched the game from behind the Bruins' bench.
Freshman Jordan Farmar led the Bruins (13-7, 7-6) with a career-high 27 points and five assists. UCLA made the game seem closer than it actually was by scoring the last 11 points.
No. 13 Michigan St. 64, Michigan 49
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Alan Anderson scored 16 points and Shannon Brown had eight of his 14 in the opening minutes for Michigan State.
The Spartans (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten) have won 14 of their last 16 games and have lost only one of the previous 13 matchups against the Wolverines.
Dion Harris scored 22 points for the reeling Wolverines (12-13, 3-8), who have lost eight straight, their longest losing streak since dropping 11 in a row during the 1981-82 season.
No. 14 Gonzaga 61, Loyola Marymount 58
LOS ANGELES Ronny Turiaf had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Gonzaga dodged a huge upset by holding off Loyola Marymount.
J.P. Batista scored his only three points of the game in the final 9.1 seconds, first hitting a layup and then a free throw to give the Bulldogs a four-point lead. Loyola Marymount's Damian Miller missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Turiaf was 6-for-8 from the field and 8-for-11 from the foul line. Adam Morrison added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (19-4, 10-2 West Coast Conference), which has won six in a row.
Loyola Marymount (3-7, 11-12) has lost eight of 10.
No. 15 Utah 64, Colorado St. 50
SALT LAKE CITY Andrew Bogut scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Utah over Colorado State for its 16th straight victory.
Bogut, who also blocked five shots, missed his first two free throws and then made 17 in a row for the Utes (21-3, 9-0 Mountain West), whose winning streak is the second-longest in the nation behind top-ranked Illinois (25-0).
Missouri 68, No. 16 Oklahoma 65, OT
COLUMBIA, Mo. Thomas Gardner scored 11 of his 18 points in the final 2 minutes of regulation and the overtime to help Missouri end a five-game losing streak.
Kevin Young's layup with 1:17 left was the go-ahead basket for the Tigers (11-13, 3-7 Big 12), who twice rallied from double-digit deficits in the second half. Missouri won despite hitting only one of six free throws in overtime, the one by Linas Kleiza for a three-point lead with 16 seconds to go.
No. 17 Alabama 71, Mississippi 45
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Kennedy Winston scored 22 points and Alabama shot 58 percent in a victory over Mississippi.
The Crimson Tide (19-4, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) turned a comfortable lead into a rout with a late 16-2 run. With the victory, Alabama's eighth consecutive win over Ole Miss at Coleman Coliseum, the Tide took a two-game lead over LSU in the SEC West.
No. 18 Pittsburgh 68, Notre Dame 66
PITTSBURGH Carl Krauser's runner from the lane with 11 seconds remaining put Pittsburgh ahead to stay following two Notre Dame comebacks.
Krauser had 16 points for the Panthers (17-4, 7-3 Big East), who trailed by as many as five points before going on a 14-1 run without starters Krauser and Chris Taft to take a 58-50 lead.
DePaul 85, No. 21 Cincinnati 66
ROSEMONT, Ill. Quemont Greer scored 25 points and Drake Diener added 22 to lead the Blue Demons, who lost 83-54 in Cincinnati on Jan. 6.
DePaul (16-5, 8-2 Conference USA) went on a 16-4 run to take a 73-49 lead with 9:03 left. The Blue Demons have won four straight and eight of nine.
No. 23 Texas 75, Kansas St. 72, OT
AUSTIN, Texas Daniel Gibson scored 14 points in overtime and the Longhorns snapped a three-game losing streak.
Gibson, who finished with 23 points, scored Texas' first eight in the overtime and finished it by hitting six straight free throws in the final minute.
Brad Buckman had 17 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double in as many games, for Texas (16-7, 5-5 Big 12).
No. 24 Pacific 64, Utah St. 63
LOGAN, Utah Christian Maraker's jump shot with 2.5 seconds remaining gave Pacific a comeback victory over Utah State.
The Tigers (20-2, 14-0 Big West) rallied from a 58-52 deficit to win their 16th in a row, tying for the second-longest streak in Division I. Mike Webb made two 3-pointers in the final minute and Maraker hit a 16-footer to win it.
Iowa St. 81, No. 25 Texas Tech 68
AMES, Iowa Jared Homan broke out of a shooting slump with 23 points and freshman Tasheed Carr added 17 for Iowa State.
The Cyclones (13-8, 5-5 Big 12) rallied from an early 14-point deficit to go up by 12 midway through the second half, then held off the Red Raiders several times to win their fifth straight game. The streak started after Iowa State had lost six in a row.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Jacqueline Batteast had 20 points and eight rebounds and No. 6 Notre Dame recovered from nearly squandering a 17-point lead, beating Georgetown 72-58 Saturday for its ninth straight win.
No. 7 Baylor 87, Oklahoma State 51
WACO, Texas Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon each had double-doubles to lead Baylor (19-3, 9-2 Big 12).
No. 22 Boston College 75, Syracuse 50
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Brooke Queenan scored 16 points and Clare Droesch added 15, helping Boston College end a three-game skid.
Nebraska 88, No. 14 Iowa State 59
LINCOLN, Neb. Kiera Hardy scored 27 points and Jina Johansen finished with a career-best 16 points and nine assists for Nebraska.
Nebraska (15-8, 7-4 Big 12) raced to a 24-point lead in the first period and stayed comfortably ahead in front of a season-high crowd of 12,429 at the Devaney Center.
Megan Ronhovde scored 12 to lead Iowa State (18-4, 8-3).
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