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Williamson stars as No. 2 Duke tops Pitt

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PITTSBURGH (AP) There are plenty of words Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can use to describe his star-laden roster. Nervous is not one of them.

"My guys are not nervous," Krzyzewski said. "I'm nervous. But they are not. They love crowds. They love to compete."

No matter who's watching. With the coach who helped recruit the current Blue Devils on the other bench and one of the greatest rappers in history sitting courtside, star freshmen Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett did what they've done seemingly since the day they stepped on campus last fall: They dominated.


No. 8 Kentucky stays hot, tops Miss. St.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's defense wasn't perfect against Mississippi State, just quick enough to disrupt the No. 22 Bulldogs' rhythm and cause its worst offensive performance this season.

The No. 8 Wildcats now aim to keep it going after clearing the second of three big challenges.


No. 5 Michigan edges Minnesota at buzzer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The ball bounced right to Charles Matthews, who dribbled once and squared up to shoot as the game clock - and more importantly, the shot clock - neared zero.

"I saw the clock when I did get the ball. I'm not sure exactly how much time, but I did know that there was time on the clock," Matthews said. "So I didn't want to just throw up a crazy shot. I wanted to still follow through with it."


K-State extends No. 14 Texas Tech's skid

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) Kansas State and Texas Tech have two of the four highest-rated defenses in the country. They didn't disappoint Tuesday night.

In a preview of the tough test that awaits Big 12 opponents, the Wildcats ground down the 14th-ranked Red Raiders 58-45 on Tuesday night. Kansas State held Tech to a season low in points and hasn't allowed a team to score more than 71 this season.


Injured Vandy PG Garland to enter draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland says he's leaving for the NBA draft after a knee injury ended his freshman season in November.

Garland announced his decision Tuesday to withdraw and start focusing on preparing for the draft on Twitter.


Silva leads S. Carolina by No. 16 Auburn

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) One of Frank Martin's best coaching moments this season for South Carolina came away from the games or the practice court. He counseled his senior leader Chris Silva to forget about the team's early problems and savor every minute he had left to play.

Silva has taken that advice and powered the Gamecocks' surprising run through the Southeastern Conference.


NIU stuns No. 14 Buffalo on late basket

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Northern Illinois caught Buffalo flat-footed just before the buzzer.

Reserve Noah McCarty got open in the paint, caught a pass and hit a layup with 2 seconds to play, and the Huskies upset the 14th-ranked Bulls 77-75 on Tuesday night. It was Northern Illinois' first home victory over a ranked team in 47 years.


No. 3 UVa starts fast, rolls past Wake

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia came into its first game since a loss at No. 2 Duke wanting to show that nothing has changed.

The third-ranked Cavaliers wasted little time making that point, using sharp shooting and stiff defense to bolt to a 25-3 lead in a 68-45 victory against Wake Forest on Tuesday night.


Petty helps Tide rout No. 20 Ole Miss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has a reputation of losing large first-half leads. Against No. 20 Mississippi, Alabama's lead didn't just hold up, it grew.

The Crimson Tide built a 16-point lead by halftime and extended that advantage to 28 points on the way to a 74-53 blowout win over Ole Miss.


No. 18 'Nova pulls away, wins 7th in row

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Eric Paschall and Phil Booth have No. 18 Villanova rounding into form.

They are knocking down 3-pointers, getting teammates more involved and, of course, continuing to excel on defense. If the defending national champs keep playing this well, they just might make another deep NCAA Tournament run.

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