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Badgers need 2nd-half rally to top Hoyas

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Duje Dukan thought he had created a turnover with a held ball. The referees said he was guilty of a foul instead.

It's a play that won't make highlight reels, won't get pointed to in any boxscore.

But it sparked No. 2 Wisconsin into finding a way to survive its first test this season.

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No. 5 Tar Heels rout No. 22 UCLA 78-56

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams walked into the postgame interview room and immediately rearranged the place cards that signified where Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson would sit.

Even after an easy win he was still tinkering.

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No. 11 Kansas beats Rhode Island 76-60

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Perry Ellis and the Kansas Jayhawks took control early against Rhode Island.

Ellis scored 17 points and No. 11 Kansas beat Rhode Island 76-60 on Thursday in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.

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Spartans allow 11 in 1st half in rout

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wanted to get Denzel Valentine more involved in the offense and the plan worked.

Valentine had a career-high 19 points, Bryn Forbes added 15 points, and No. 20 Michigan State rolled past Rider 77-45 Thursday night in the first round of the Orlando Classic.

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No. 18 Florida grinds past UAB 56-47

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Alternating wins and losses through the season's first five games is not exactly what a program like Florida aspires to do.

These days, small steps are going to have to be good enough for the Gators.

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Sooners beat ice-cold Butler in Bahamas

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger knows the Sooners' offense will start to click better as the season goes along.

For now, their defense is more than enough.

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Carlino's career-high 38 power Marquette

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Matt Carlino had a career-high 38 points to lead Marquette past Georgia Tech 72-70 Friday night in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.

After Georgia Tech's Tadric Jackson cut the Yellow Jackets' deficit to 69-68, Carlino made two free throws for a three-point lead. On the ensuing Georgia Tech possession, Marcus Georges-Hunt scored on a layup with 2 seconds to play, which only got the Yellow Jackets (3-1) within 71-70.

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Baylor advances to Las Vegas title game

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Baylor Bears' No. 6 ranked defense in the country was on full display in the second half against Memphis.

Baylor held the Tigers to 19 percent (4 of 21) from the field in the half and went on to a 71-47 victory Thursday night at the Orleans Arena and advanced to the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational Friday night. Baylor will face Illinois (5-0) and its No. 1 ranked offense.

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Vols use 14-0 run to top Santa Clara

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Tennessee got 18 points apiece from Josh Richardson and Armani Moore, and took control with impressive defensive play to start the second half en route to a 64-57 win over Santa Clara Thursday in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.

Tennessee used a 14-0 run to open the second half to go up 41-30 with 11:55 left. Richardson gave the Volunteers their first lead, 32-30, since early in the game with 17 minutes remaining.

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Hot-shooting Xavier rallies by San Diego

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Matt Stainbrook was in the thick of things, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds and dishing eight assists as Xavier defeated San Diego 82-71 in the Wooden Legacy tournament Thursday.

The Musketeers (5-0) rallied past San Diego (3-2) early and shot 58 percent - 29 of 50 with 10 3-pointers. Xavier also scored 14 of 21 foul shots to just five for the Toreros.

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