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No. 1 Oklahoma goes down at Kansas State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was so confident his team would beat top-ranked Oklahoma that he had his team practice what to do when fans stormed the court.

Weber should have let the fans in on the plan.

Led by Wesley Iwundu and Dean Wade, the Wildcats overcame a slow start to each half and beat the Sooners 80-69 on Saturday night. But when the final seconds ticked away and Weber's bunch jogged to the safety of center court, they were startled to see all those fans celebrating in the stands.


Irish rally, hand UNC second loss in row

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame did it to North Carolina again.

Demetrius Jackson scored 19 points, Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Fighting Irish rallied to beat the second-ranked Tar Heels 80-76 on Saturday night.


Pitino: Don't penalize innocent players

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino said schools and coaches should be fined for violations, and players who had nothing to do with infractions should not be penalized.

Pitino said athletic director Tom Jurich chose to keep Louisville out of this year's Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.


No. 3 'Nova holds off No. 11 Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Villanova was overpowered on both ends of the floor in its overtime loss at home to Providence last month, the first vulnerability shown by a team that was unbeaten in Big East play.

The Friars came in a step slower for the rematch and the Wildcats took full advantage.


Mountaineers top Baylor, get Big 12 lead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) With a little help, West Virginia has scratched its way into sole possession of first place in the tough Big 12.

How long it lasts is anyone's guess in a league that has seen its share of upsets and crazy finishes.


Terps rally past Purdue, home run now 25

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Wrapping up a stretch of four tough games in 10 days, No. 4 Maryland switched into survival mode late in a Big Ten matchup with No. 18 Purdue.

Down 51-47 with 6 minutes left, the Terrapins cranked up the defense and turned to Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr. on the offensive end.


Iowa State wins without suspended McKay

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Iowa State almost let a 13-point second half lead slip away on Saturday, but some defensive adjustments and clutch shooting made the difference against Oklahoma State.

Georges Niang scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and had nine rebounds to help lead the No. 13 Cyclones to a 64-59 victory over the Cowboys.


Louisville rolls in first game since ban

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Motivated to move on from its postseason ban, No. 19 Louisville dominated Boston College from start to finish.

The veteran leadership of Trey Lewis helped the Cardinals put away the Eagles.


Macura sparks No. 6 Xavier's rally

CINCINNATI (AP) Time was winding down, and Xavier had trailed the entire second half. The Musketeers made the final 4 minutes their own.

J.P. Macura scored a career-high 20 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch Saturday, rallying No. 6 Xavier to a 90-82 victory over Marquette.


South Carolina hands A&M third loss in 4

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) A big day from long range kept Sindarius Thornwell and No. 25 South Carolina in the mix for the Southeastern Conference title.

Thornwell had 25 points and nine assists, and the Gamecocks made a season-high 12 3-pointers on their way to an 81-78 victory over No. 8 Texas A&M 81-78 on Saturday.

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