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Preseason No. 1 UNC drops out of AP poll

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Houston and Texas remain firmly entrenched atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, while preseason No. 1 North Carolina has dropped out entirely after a fourth straight loss.

The Cougars earned 37 of 62 first-place votes in Monday's poll, extending the program's first stay at No. 1 since the "Phi Slama Jama" days in the 1980s for another week. Houston (8-0) beat Norfolk State and Saint Mary's in its first week at the top.

"I don't dwell on it," coach Kelvin Sampson said last week about the No. 1 ranking. "We're not running around here pushing our chest out, thinking we're something we're not."


Edey has 31 and 22, Purdue rips Gophers

WEST LAFAYETE, Ind. (AP) Minnesota coach Ben Johnson isn't sure how anyone can slow down Purdue big man Zach Edey.

"I don't think there's a team in the country that has an answer," Johnson said.


Arizona bounces back to beat winless Cal

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo combined for 42 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 4 Arizona bounced back from its first loss by holding off winless California 81-68 on Sunday.

Tubelis had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Ballo - the Division I leader in field goal percentage - made 7 of 10 shots en route to 17 points, with seven rebounds and four blocks.


Nebraska deals Creighton 3rd loss in row

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Sam Griesel grew up in Lincoln watching his hometown Nebraska Cornhuskers lose to in-state rival Creighton year after year.

Days like Sunday were what he envisioned when he decided to play his final season for the Huskers after spending the previous four years at North Dakota State.


No. 19 Kentucky beats Michigan in London

LONDON (AP) John Calipari said Kentucky was lucky to beat Michigan in London after missing free throws down the stretch.

Cason Wallace had no trouble from behind the arc, hitting a key 3-pointer to help seal the 19th-ranked Wildcats' 73-69 win Sunday at the O2 Arena in a showcase of two marquee American college sports teams.


No. 13 Vols roll to 94-40 rout of Alcorn

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Olivier Nkamhoua scored 20 points and No. 13 Tennessee flexed its defensive muscles in a 94-40 victory over Alcorn State on Sunday night.

The Volunteers (7-1) also got double-digit point production from Julian Phillips (18), Jahmai Mashack (13), Uros Plavsic (12), Tyreke Key (11) and Zakai Zeigler (10).


Northwestern beats No. 20 Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Boo Buie scored 20 points and Northwestern beat No. 20 Michigan State 70-63 on Sunday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Chase Audige added 15 points and Ty Berry had 13 for Northwestern (6-2), which ended a two-game losing streak.


UCLA uses late surge to get past Oregon

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jaylen Clark and Jaime Jaquez Jr. had had enough of losing to Oregon.

The junior and senior had yet to win against the Ducks in their UCLA careers. They finally put an end to their frustrations.


No. 23 ISU sends St. John's to 1st loss

AMES, Iowa (AP) Jaren Holmes scored 14 points and Aljaz Kunc added 12 on Sunday as No. 23 Iowa State handed St. John's its first loss of the season 71-60.

Kunc also contributed eight rebounds and three assists for the Cyclones (7-1). Robert Jones had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.


Miami wins ACC opener, Cards drop to 0-8

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Jordan Miller had 14 points, Norchad Omier scored 12 and Miami opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with an 80-53 victory over winless Louisville on Sunday.

Miller sank 6 of 10 shots with a 3-pointer for the Hurricanes (8-1), who picked up their fourth straight win. Omier hit 6 of 7 shots, adding two blocks. Isaiah Wong pitched in with 10 points and five rebounds. None of Miami's starters played more than 24 minutes.

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