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Duke holds on to slip past North Carolina, 71-70

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - J.J. Redick scored 18 points, freshman DeMarcus Nelson added 16 and No. 7 Duke forced 23 turnovers to hold off No. 2 North Carolina 71-70 on Wednesday night.

North Carolina squandered a chance to win in the final seconds, never getting a shot off after inbounding with 18 seconds left. David Noel dribbled the ball out of bounds just as the buzzer sounded and the Cameron Crazies raced onto the court, celebrating the Blue Devils' 15th victory in the past 18 games in this Tobacco Road rivalry.

Daniel Ewing finished with 15 points and helped the Blue Devils (18-2, 8-2) move into a first-place tie with North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wake Forest trails both by one-half game.

Duke finished 21-of-22 from the free throw line and made 10 3-pointers.

Sean May had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-3, 8-2).

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No. 3 Kansas 74,

Kansas St. 65

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Wayne Simien, J.R. Giddens and Keith Langford combined for 65 points and the Jayhawks (19-1, 9-0 Big 12) withstood a late rally to post their 29th straight victory over the Wildcats.

Kansas has a 22-game winning streak on Kansas State's home floor, a run that began in 1984.

Fred Peete and Jeremiah Massey each had 20 points for Kansas State (13-7, 3-6), which used a 14-2 run to get within 58-54 with 4:21 to go.

Simien had 23 points and 13 rebounds, his 30th career double-double, Langford had 24 points and Giddens added 18, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

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Memphis 85,

No. 9 Louisville 68

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Freshman point guard Darius Washington scored 25 points and Memphis coach John Calipari earned his 300th victory.

Rodney Carney added 24 points and Anthony Rice had 15 - all in the second half - for the Tigers (14-10, 7-3 Conference USA), who snapped the Cardinals' nine-game winning streak and handed Louisville its worst home loss in four seasons under coach Rick Pitino.

Taquan Dean and Ellis Myles each scored 17 points for Louisville (20-4, 8-2), which was outrebounded 41-30 and shot a season-low 33 percent (19-of-58).

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No. 17 Alabama 72, Tennessee 54

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kennedy Winston scored 18 points and Alabama outrebounded Tennessee by 24.

Chuck Davis had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Jermareo Davidson added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (18-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference).

C.J. Watson had 15 points for the Volunteers (11-12, 4-6), who have lost six straight to Alabama.

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No. 20 Wisconsin 72, Iowa 69

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Kammron Taylor and Mike Wilkinson sparked Wisconsin's comeback from a 13-point second-half deficit.

Taylor, a sophomore, scored a career-high 26 points and Wilkinson added 20 points and four crucial blocks for the Badgers (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten), who trailed 52-39 with 12:43 remaining.

Greg Brunner scored 27 points for the Hawkeyes (15-7, 3-6).

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No. 25 Texas Tech 83, Baylor 67

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Ronald Ross was 8-for-10 from the field and scored 25 points for the Red Raiders (15-5, 7-2 Big 12), who took control with a 15-0 run in the second half.

Patrick Fields scored 18 points and Tim Bush added 17 for the Bears (9-11, 1-8).