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Kentucky scores first 24, dominates UCLA

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) No. 1 Kentucky made it look so easy that coach John Calipari felt the need to point out he had actual human beings on the court.

The only question was the final score, and that took longer to decide than the game.

Devin Booker had 19 points, and the Wildcats scored the first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over UCLA on Saturday.


Cincy coach Cronin out with aneurysm

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it.

The unruptured aneurysm was detected when the 43-year-old coach got tests this week to see why he's been having headaches.


No. 7 'Nova rallies to beat Orange in OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Josh Hart has a saying at every Villanova practice, the kind that keeps his unbeaten team focused on the big picture of a potential championship season.

"We need to create habits that are going to make us successful in April," the sophomore guard tells the Wildcats.


No. 16 Washington gets by No. 15 Sooners

LAS VEGAS (AP) Washington's fast start almost turned into a heartbreaking finish.

Jernard Jarreau scored 12 points, and No. 16 Washington held on for a 69-67 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Showcase.


No. 24 UNC holds off No. 12 Buckeyes

CHICAGO (AP) Playing in Michael Jordan's longtime home is a big deal for North Carolina, and the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance.

Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.


Texas Southern stuns Spartans in OT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Early in overtime, after a call went against his team, Texas Southern coach Mike Davis wandered down to the end of the bench, sat down and begin joking with some Michigan State fans a few feet away.

One of the most shocking victories in school history was at stake, and Davis and his players were determined to enjoy themselves.


Harrell tossed, No. 4 Cards hold off WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.

Not to mention some timely baskets and a career-high 32 points.


Iowa State routs Drake in McKay's debut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Touted Iowa State transfer Jameel McKay had to wait 665 days to play his first Division I game.

It took just 13 minutes to see why McKay might turn into an important player for the 13th-ranked Cyclones.


No. 8 Gonzaga struggles past Cal Poly

SEATTLE (AP) Any mention of what might be on the horizon for No. 8 Gonzaga was put off until after its yearly visit to KeyArena.

It was brought up in the locker room only briefly, but it was acknowledged that the Bulldogs could be back in the same building a few months down the road when the NCAA tournament returns to Seattle.


Reserve Felix leads No. 9 Texas to win

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) When January arrives, so should Isaiah Taylor, the Texas point guard who is recovering from a broken left wrist.

In the meantime, the ninth-ranked Longhorns are doing all right without him.

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