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Rutgers downs Minnesota, continues surge

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell doesn’t want to talk about his team potentially being ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in over four decades.

Caleb McConnell had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Rutgers used a balanced team effort in a 64-56 win over Minnesota on Sunday to continue the program’s best start in the Big Ten, and possibly gain an AP Top 25 ranking for the first time since 1979.

“Nope, no thoughts,” Pikiell said when asked about a potential ranking, before adding, “we were picked 12th in the league and that’s where we were picked.”

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Defense keys UCLA's win over California

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA’s basketball team has not been known for its defensive prowess this season, not by a long stretch. What a turn of events that the Bruins were kicking themselves for letting Cal get to 40 points on Sunday.

Chris Smith scored 17 points, Jalen Hill and Jaime Jaquez Jr. each added 11 points, and UCLA defeated California 50-40.

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Scott has double-double, Cincy rips ECU

CINCINNATI (AP) Trevon Scott had another double-double, but it was another number in the box score - one on the other side of the ledger - that meant the most to him.

Scott played a hand in holding down East Carolina's Jayden Gardner, the key to Cincinnati coasting to an 82-57 victory Sunday.

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Wake cruises by BC to end 3-game skid

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) With one of his forwards out of the lineup Sunday, Wake Forest coach Danny Manning doubled down on his big men, and it paid off in the Demon Deacons’ 80-62 victory over Boston College.

Brandon Childress scored 20 points and big men Olivier Sarr and Ody Oguama combined for 30 points and 23 rebounds. Both finished with double doubles.

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No. 11 Cards hold off No. 3 Duke on road

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Louisville's big lead was all but gone, leaving the 11th-ranked Cardinals clinging to a slim margin while the fans packed into Duke's famously hostile home arena were roaring at ear-ringing levels.

Chris Mack's squad proved they were tough enough to punch back in those critical moments to secure a huge win against a fellow Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight.

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No. 7 SDSU tops Nevada to stay unbeaten

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State home basketball games are starting to feel like they did back in the Kawhi Leonard era, when a packed Viejas Arena rocked and the Aztecs reached the Sweet 16 for the first time.

This time, it's a trio of transfers leading the No. 7 Aztecs back into national prominence. New Zealander Yanni Wetzell stepped up with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Saturday night for SDSU, which got hot in the second half and beat Nevada 68-55 to remain the nation's only undefeated team.

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Payne, Florida upset No. 4 Auburn

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Omar Payne was an afterthought in Florida's highly touted recruiting class, which featured high school All-Americans Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann.

No one expected Payne to start, let along star, in any games this season. So his performance against Auburn was a bigger shock than the final score.

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Vandy's 3-point run ends at 1,080 games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes didn't know that the Volunteers had helped snap Vanderbilt's streak of making at least one 3-pointer in 1,080 consecutive games.

First-year coach Jerry Stackhouse wasn't happy some fans booed, seemingly more concerned about a 34-year-old streak than the Vanderbilt team on the court.

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No. 2 Baylor rallies to push run to 14

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Trailing by double digits well into the second half, Baylor’s seniors helped lead the rally.

Freddie Gillespie had 17 points, four rebounds and four blocks and Devonte Bandoo scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 2 Baylor rally past Oklahoma State 75-68 for the Bears’ 14th straight victory. Oklahoma State has lost five in a row.

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DePaul gets big upset of No. 5 Butler

CHICAGO (AP) In just two weeks of play in the Big East, DePaul was on the verge of ruining everything it established during an impressive nonconference season.

But on Saturday, DePaul changed course with an elusive victory over a top-five opponent.

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