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Smith has 32, NC State stuns No. 17 Duke

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) The ball - and No. 17 Duke's final chance to tie - bounced off Jayson Tatum's foot and right to North Carolina State star freshman Dennis Smith Jr.

Smith grabbed it and sprinted to the other end as the final seconds vanished for a stunning 84-82 win in the Blue Devils' famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium. But he didn't stop when the horn sounded - continuing his downcourt charge, taking off a few steps inside the foul line and throwing down a rim-jarring dunk.

It didn't matter that the dunk didn't count. Smith had provided the perfect capper to a spectacular performance Monday night, one that had his teammates mobbing him in celebration the moment he touched down.


No. 3 Gonzaga cruises to 20-0 start

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) An undefeated season, 20 consecutive victories and that No. 3 ranking aside, the Gonzaga Bulldogs think they can be better.

Zach Collins had 13 points and Gonzaga remained the nation's only undefeated Division I team with an 83-64 victory over Portland in a game Monday night that was rescheduled because of a winter storm earlier this month.


Miller elaborates on Trier's PED ban

Arizona sophomore guard Allonzo Trier sat out the first 19 games of the season for reasons not made clear until last week.

Now that Trier has been cleared to play after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Wildcats coach Sean Miller is able to elaborate on the process and the need to be so tight-lipped through it.


Slumping WVU set to host No. 2 Kansas

West Virginia's breakneck pressure defense is starting to wear down the Mountaineers, too.

West Virginia has gotten sloppy both defending the basket and holding onto the ball, and opposing offenses are figuring out ways to get through the press.


Kentucky's Fox uncertain to face Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kentucky is returning to the site of one of its more stunning losses in the last few years.

When the Wildcats visited Knoxville last season, they blew a 21-point lead and lost 84-77 to a Tennessee team that went on to finish the year with a 15-19 record. Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne acknowledges that head coach John Calipari has reminded players about that collapse as the Wildcats prepare for Tuesday's return trip.


Gamecocks G Dozier might play vs. Auburn

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin injured guard PJ Dozier could return for the 23rd-ranked Gamecocks against Auburn on Tuesday night.

Dozier missed South Carolina's 85-69 loss at No. 4 Kentucky this past Saturday with back spasms. Martin said Monday that Dozier was past the pain and walking normally. The 6-foot-6 sophomore was expected to participate in practice Monday to get ready for Auburn.


Defense fuels resurgence at Illinois St.

The secret to how Illinois State became one of the nation's biggest surprises is hardly a secret at all.

"We play fast. We play hard," senior guard Paris Lee said.


Gonzaga behind 'Nova, Kansas in AP poll

Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Gonzaga moved up to third.

The Wildcats (19-1) beat Seton Hall and Providence last week and received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. This is the seventh week on top this season for Villanova.


No. 22 Xavier tops Georgetown, ends skid

CINCINNATI (AP) As the first half wound down, point guard Edmond Sumner headed to the end of the Xavier bench, sat down and winced. His left shoulder was hurting so bad.

Not bad enough to keep him from frustrating the Hoyas again.


Northwestern ends drought at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Scottie Lindsey said the fact that Northwestern won in Columbus for the first time in 40 years on Sunday was not a huge deal to him. What is huge is another important Big Ten win for the Wildcats, who are pushing for an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in school history.

Lindsey scored 21 points and Bryant McIntosh had 17 as Northwestern (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) beat Ohio State 74-72 for a fourth straight win.

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