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Zion sprains knee, UNC routs No. 1 Duke

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Zion Williamson blew out his shoe, and then No. 8 North Carolina blew out top-ranked Duke.

Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak injury to the freshman sensation, finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds to help the Tar Heels rout Duke 88-72 on Wednesday night.

"Obviously, you lose a national player of the year candidate," coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "there are going to be gaps of what you have to do."


SDSU holds on to stun No. 6 Nevada

SAN DIEGO (AP) With their arena packed for the first time this season, the San Diego State Aztecs rewarded the fans with yet another victory against Nevada, and this one's going into the record book.

Senior guards Jeremy Hemsley and Devin Watson scored 15 points apiece for San Diego State, which shut down Jordan Caroline and stunned cold-shooting No. 6 Nevada 65-57 Wednesday night, beating the Wolf Pack for the third straight time.


Allen helps Florida top No. 13 LSU in OT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) When Florida's Kevaughn Allen pulled up for an open 3 early in the second half at LSU, he'd been limited to just three shots and had not scored a point.

Allen's fourth shot went down - a moment LSU coach Will Wade called "the biggest play of the game."


Georgetown knocks off No. 17 Villanova

WASHINGTON (AP) Patrick Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas and Villanova added another bit of history to the teams' rivalry.

Ewing, whose collegiate career ended in a stunning loss to the Wildcats in the 1985 national championship game, earned his biggest coaching victory to date against Villanova.


Hughes, Syracuse thump No. 18 Louisville

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse desperately needed a game like this and slumping Louisville obliged.

Elijah Hughes scored 18 points and Oshae Brissett had 16 to lead four players in double figures as the Orange beat the 18th-ranked Cardinals 69-49 on Wednesday night.


Kentucky forward Travis to miss 2 weeks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky says forward Reid Travis will miss at least two weeks after spraining his right knee during the No. 4 Wildcats' victory at Missouri.

The 6-foot-8, 238-pound graduate transfer from Stanford left Tuesday's game midway through the second half after a teammate accidentally fell into his knee trying for a rebound. The Wildcats (22-4, 11-2 Southeastern Conference) won 66-58 . The school said in a statement that an MRI on Wednesday confirmed the sprain and added that Travis sustained no other damage.


Winston scores 28 for No. 10 MSU in win

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Xavier Tillman got off to a shaky start, filling in for Nick Ward in the starting lineup for No. 10 Michigan State.

Tillman finished strong, scoring a career-high 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and Cassius Winston had 28 points help the short-handed Spartans come back to beat Rutgers 71-60 Wednesday night.


Howard's 28 help No. 11 Marquette win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Theo John made Butler pay the price for focusing on Markus Howard.

Howard scored 28 points and John added 15 points and matched his career-high with 11 rebounds as No. 11 Marquette pulled away in the second half for a 79-69 victory over Butler on Wednesday night.


Obama in attendance for UNC-Duke game

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Former President Barack Obama has arrived at Cameron Indoor Stadium for top-ranked Duke's game against No. 8 North Carolina.

Obama entered the arena about 30 minutes before tipoff Wednesday night, slapping high-fives with the Cameron Crazies behind one basket as they chanted his name.


Ga. Tech beats Pitt to end 7-game skid

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech went a month without winning a game. Even so, coach Josh Pastner had started seeing improvement in his young team over the last couple of weeks.

"I think we've gotten better, and we have gotten better," he said. "It just hasn't shown up in the win column. This league is incredible. It just so happens in this league, you can be getting better, and the wins just don't show up."

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