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Florida pulls away to upset No. 2 Vols

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Colin Castleton is accustomed to being double-teamed every time he touches the ball, so he was pleasantly surprised - maybe even downright stunned - when Tennessee opted to guard him with a single defender in the second half.

"I've got to take advantage of that," Castleton said.

He did. Castleton scored 20 points, including 16 in the second half, and Florida upended the second-ranked Volunteers 67-54 on Wednesday night.


Gillis hits 9 3s as No. 1 Purdue rolls

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Mason Gillis routinely demonstrates his shooting prowess at Purdue's practices.

On Wednesday night, the roaring, sellout crowd at Mackey Arena finally got a glimpse, too.


No. 16 Xavier edges No. 17 Friars in OT

CINCINNATI (AP) Jack Nunge had 23 points and 14 rebounds as No. 16 Xavier held off No. 17 Providence 85-83 in an overtime thriller Wednesday night.

Colby Jones and Souley Boum each scored 20 for the Musketeers, who won a first-place showdown in the Big East without injured forward Zach Freemantle.


Surging Marquette rallies past Villanova

MILWAUKEE (AP) The jug full of sticky notes that Marquette kept near its bench Wednesday night helped the Golden Eagles pour it on down the stretch and maintain a share of the Big East lead.

Tyler Kolek scored 20 points and No. 14 Marquette rallied to beat Villanova 73-64, keeping pace with Xavier atop the conference standings.


Broome has 19 and 18 as Auburn rips UGA

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Johni Broome scored 19 points and matched a career high with 18 rebounds, Allen Flanigan scored a season-high 22 points, and No. 25 Auburn defeated Georgia 94-73 on Wednesday night.

Wendell Green Jr. added 18 points and six assists and made two 3-pointers during a 17-0 first-half run for the Tigers (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference).


Pitt continues winning ways over UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Jamarius Burton made the game-winning foul shots with three seconds left, Nike Sibande recorded a late block and Pittsburgh continued its recent bedevilment of North Carolina, beating the Tar Heels 65-64 on Wednesday night.

The Panthers (16-7, 9-3 ACC) now have won three straight against North Carolina - including three straight at the Smith Center - and five of the last six meetings over the last four seasons.


Rutgers cruises to easy win over Gophers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Cam Spencer scored 17 points to lead six in double figures and Rutgers cruised to a 90-55 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Rutgers shot 60% (37 of 62) from the floor and made 10 of 20 from long range. The Scarlet Knights also had 30 assists, a program-record in a Big Ten Conference game. Paul Mulcahy led with nine assists to reach a career 400.


No. 8 KU gets revenge on No. 7 K-State

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jalen Wilson had 20 points, Kevin McCullar Jr. added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 8 Kansas avenged a loss to Kansas State just a couple of weeks ago with a 90-78 victory over the seventh-ranked Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Dajuan Harris Jr. scored 18 for the Jayhawks (18-4, 6-3 Big 12), who built a 12-point halftime lead before coasting to their 17th straight home win over the Wildcats in the 10th matchup of top-10 teams in series history.


No. 4 Tide get largest SEC win, 101-44

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Brandon Miller scored 22 points to help No. 4 Alabama rout Vanderbilt 101-44 on Tuesday night for the Crimson Tide's largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent ever.

Alabama (19-3, 9-0 SEC) shot 59% from the field and 46% from 3-point range to pull off the fourth largest win in school history.


BC solid late, takes out No. 20 Clemson

BOSTON (AP) — Makai Ashton-Langford had two key driving baskets in the closing two minutes and finished with 15 points to help Boston College beat No. 20 Clemson 62-54 on Tuesday night.

Jaeden Zackery added 13 points for the Eagles (11-12, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC held Clemson to one field goal — and that came with 18 seconds left — in the final 13:16.

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