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No. 13 LSU edges No. 5 Tennessee in OT

(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Javonte Smart waved both arms upward as he turned to the frenzied crowd inside the packed Peter Maravich Assembly Center, pounded his chest and hollered triumphantly.

It was as if the freshman, who grew up near Baton Rouge, knew he'd make the free throws LSU needed to close out an emotional victory - and realize a scene from his childhood dreams.

Smart capped a career-best 29-point performance with a crucial rebound and go-ahead free throws in the final seconds, and No. 13 LSU outlasted fifth-ranked Tennessee 82-80 in overtime on Saturday.


Duke rules out Williamson vs. Syracuse

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson won't play against Syracuse because of a mild knee sprain sustained earlier in the week.

Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge disclosed Williamson's status on Saturday, about 7 hours before the top-ranked Blue Devils (23-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Syracuse (18-8, 9-4).


No. 8 UNC rolls, ends FSU's 8-game run

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Cameron Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 North Carolina routed No. 16 Florida State 77-59 on Saturday.

Luke Maye added 15 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Nassir Little scored 18 points and Coby White finished with 10. The Tar Heels (22-5, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won 10 of 11 to remain in a first-place tie.


Hunter rallies No. 3 UVa by Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) De'Andre Hunter was hungry to do his part.

The hard part was waiting nearly 9 1/2 minutes on the bench with two fouls. Once Hunter returned, he couldn't miss and all was right for No. 3 Virginia on Saturday as it rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit against No. 18 Louisville.


Ole Miss players kneel in rally protest

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Eight University of Mississippi men's basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena.

Minutes before the game against Georgia, both teams formed lines for the anthem. As soon as "The Star-Spangled Banner" began, six players from the Rebels took a knee and bowed. Toward the end of the anthem, two teammates joined them.


Calipari passes Hall as Kentucky rolls

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari was satisfied being in third place as Kentucky's all-time winningest coach.

"No one should go by (Joe B Hall), so coach Hall just asked me to vacate any games that go by him," Calipari said. "I said they have already vacated some of my games. Maybe we'll just vacate some more and at the end of the day I'll be one less than him."


Noi has 20-13, TCU tops No. 19 Iowa St.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU is a much different team with Kouat Noi on the floor.

Noi was back Saturday after missing two games with a left ankle injury, scoring 20 points with four 3-pointers and grabbing 13 rebounds as TCU ended a three-game losing streak with a 75-72 win over No. 19 Iowa State on Saturday.


No. 11 Marquette rolls over Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) With the Big East's leading scorer slowed by an injury, No. 11 Marquette had to look elsewhere.

Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, several of Markus Howard's teammates enjoyed hot hands at Providence's expense.


No. 15 Purdue digs deep, edges Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Purdue's Grady Eifert headed toward the basket when he saw Carsen Edwards put up a 3-pointer and the No. 15 Boilermakers leading Nebraska by a point with two minutes left.

Flying across the lane, Eifert grabbed the partially blocked shot with a second on the shot clock and managed to get off one of his two key late shots that pushed Purdue to a 75-72 win Saturday.


No. 24 Terps earn key win over Ohio St.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) In a second half defined by three pivotal runs, No. 24 Maryland forged the first and final foray to squeeze out a feel-good victory.

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points, Bruno Fernando had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Terrapins beat Ohio State 72-62 Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the Big Ten.

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