Men's Basketball Top 25 Roundup: Second-ranked Syracuse beats struggling North Carolina 57-45

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NO. 2 SYRACUSE 57, NORTH CAROLINA 45

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Syracuse beat North Carolina 57-45 Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference marquee matchup.

The loss to Syracuse equaled the worst conference start in school history in 1996-97, Dean Smith’s final year as head coach. It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.

No. 7 BAYLOR 88, TCU 62

WACO, Texas — Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to a victory over instate rival TCU.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 74, ST. JOHN’S 67

NEW YORK — JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John’s.

OKLAHOMA 87, No. 9 IOWA STATE 82

NORMAN, Okla. — Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State.

No. 10 FLORIDA 84, ARKANSAS 82 (OT)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas’ 23-game home winning streak.

No. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE 73, WEST VIRGINIA 72

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win over West Virginia.

No. 14 KENTUCKY 71, VANDERBILT 62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats’ fourth straight victory.

CLEMSON 72, No. 16 DUKE 59

CLEMSON, S.C. — K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated Duke, the Blue Devils second straight Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.

No. 18 KANSAS 86, No. 25 KANSAS STATE 60

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and Kansas beat Kansas State in its latest Sunflower Showdown beatdown.

No. 19 MASSACHUSETTS 73, ST. BONAVENTURE 68

AMHERST, Mass. — Trey Davis missed nine of his first 10 shots from the floor before scoring a pair of baskets in the closing two minutes to help Massachusetts rally for a win over St. Bonaventure.

— Associated Press

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