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No. 8 Michigan St. takes down No. 6 Duke

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.

The Spartans (3-0) closed the first half with a 13-4 surge to take a 37-33 lead at halftime. They maintained control in the second half with a balanced offense to go with their aggressive defense and rebounding.

"They are able to play at a consistently higher level than us due to their depth right now," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.


No. 7 Kansas gets past No. 20 Kentucky

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jalen Wilson scored 21 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and posted his first double-double to help No. 7 Kansas get past No. 20 Kentucky 65-62 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.

Wilson grabbed 10 rebounds as the Jayhawks (2-1) won their second straight since losing their opener to top-ranked Gonzaga. Ochai Agbaji had 17 points.


No. 4 Badgers cruise in Ryan's return

MADISON, Wis. (AP) No. 4 Wisconsin made sure not to let anything interfere with the continuation of its winning streak Tuesday.

It didn't matter if the man in charge of the opposite bench was the son of the winningest coach in Badgers history.


No. 12 Villanova rebounds with rout

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) After his team's first loss of the season, Villanova coach Jay Wright wanted to give his bench more playing time against Hartford.

His reserves responded.


Black helps No. 14 UNC hold off Stanford

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Leaky Black and North Carolina spent last season struggling in late-game situations, fumbling away leads and failing to make a needed play at the most critical of moments.

Maybe the 14th-ranked Tar Heels have learned from that.


No. 17 Texas rips Indiana, in Maui final

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Shaka Smart saw the aggressive and relentless edge he wanted from his defense. And that has No. 17 Texas in the championship game of the relocated Maui Invitational.

Matt Coleman III scored 16 points while the Longhorns held Indiana to its lowest point total in more than a decade, beating the Hoosiers 66-44 in Tuesday's semifinals.


Bishop leads No. 9 Creighton to rout

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Two statistics stood out with Creighton coach Greg McDermott after his ninth-ranked Bluejays rolled past Omaha 94-67 Tuesday.

Six of his players scored in double figures, and 3-point sharpshooter Mitch Ballock wasn't among them. Big East preseason player of the year Marcus Zegarowski barely was.


No. 15 UVa bounces back with easy win

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Jay Huff said the lesson No. 15 Virginia learned in a 61-60 loss to unheralded San Francisco in its last outing was simple.

"We just learned we need to play more sound," the Cavaliers' 7-foot-1 senior said.


No. 19 Richmond pauses, game called off

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Providence hangs on to edge Davidson

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Nate Watson scored 22 points and Providence held on to defeat Davidson 63-62 in the consolation bracket of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday night.

The Friars led all the way, building a 19-point lead in the middle of the first half but they couldn't put the Wildcats away.

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