'Nova knocks off Syracuse
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PHILADELPHIA — Syracuse might want to scrub Philadelphia teams from the schedule.
In December, a loss to Temple.
On Saturday, a loss to Villanova.
Even worse for the third-ranked Orange, they were seconds away from a ninth straight victory.
Ryan Arcidiacono spoiled those plans with the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a top-5 team this week, 75-71.
The Wildcats (13-7, 4-3 Big East) defeated No. 5 Louisville, 73-64, on Tuesday.
Brandon Triche led the Orange (18-2, 6-1) with 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 17.
Darrun Hilliard scored 25 points and had six assists and no turnovers in 38 minutes. Mouphtaou Yarou had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats, who committed only one turnover in the final 14 minutes.
The Wildcats, who lost consecutive games to Alabama, Columbia and La Salle in November, have worked their way into NCAA Tournament consideration.
“It takes time to build a team,” coach Jay Wright said. “That's what we're doing here. We're building a team.”
No. 1 Duke 84, Maryland 64 — In Durham, N.C., freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points, and Duke bounced back from one of its worst losses under coach Mike Krzyzewski by routing the Terrapins (15-5, 3-4 ACC)
Mason Plumlee added 19 points for Duke (17-2, 4-2).
No. 3 Kansas 67, Oklahoma 54 — In Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore scored 18 points, and Kansas (18-1, 6-0 Big 12) shut down Oklahoma (13-5, 4-2) to win their nation-leading 17th game in a row.
Kansas won its 33rd straight at Allen Fieldhouse to match the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history.
Georgetown 53, No. 5 Louisville 51 — In Washington, Otto Porter had 17 points and grabbed the game's decisive rebound with 1.4 seconds to play, helping Georgetown (14-4, 4-3 Big East) hand Louisville (16-4, 4-3) its third straight loss.
No. 6 Arizona 74, USC 50 — In Tucson, Ariz., Nick Johnson scored 14 points and Arizona (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss to rout USC (8-13, 3-5).
No. 8 Florida 82, Mississippi State 47 – In Starkville, Miss., Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy each scored 18 points, and Florida (16-2, 6-0 SEC) cruised past Mississippi State (7-11, 2-4).
No. 9 Butler 83, Temple 71 — In Indianapolis, Rotnei Clarke scored 24 points in his return from a severely sprained neck, and Khyle Marshall added 19 to lead Butler (17-3, 4-1 Atlantic 10) over Temple (13-6, 2-3).
No. 10 Gonzaga 66, San Francisco 52 – In Spokane, Wash., Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points, helping Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0 West Coast) extended its home winning streak to 24 games.
Iowa State 73, No. 11 Kansas State 67 — In Ames, Iowa, Will Clyburn had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Iowa state (14-5, 4-2 Big 12) handed Kansas State (15-4, 4-2) its second straight loss.
Wisconsin 45, No. 12 Minnesota 44 — In Madison, Wis., Traevon Jackson just beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten) sent Minnesota (15-5, 3-4) to its fourth straight loss.
San Diego State 55, No. 15 New Mexico 34 — In San Diego, JJ O'Brien had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Diego State (16-4, 4-2 Mountain West) routed New Mexico (17-3, 4-1).
No. 16 Oregon 81, Washington 76 — In Eugene, Ore., E.J. Singler scored 18 points, and Oregon (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) stayed undefeated at home with a win against Washington (12-8, 4-3).
No. 18 N.C. State 91, North Carolina 83 — In Raleigh, N.C., Lorenzo Brown had 20 points and 11 assists to help N.C. State (16-4, 5-2 ACC) beat North Carolina (13-6, 3-3), ending a 13-game losing streak in the rivalry.
La Salle 69, No. 19 VCU 61 — In Richmond, Va., Ramon Galloway scored 31 points and La Salle (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10) topped the Rams (16-5, 4-2) to beat a top 25 team for the second game in a row for the first time in 60 years.
No. 20 Wichita State 73, Bradley 39 — Nick Wiggins fueled a 16-0 run in the second half with three 3-pointers as Wichita State (19-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley) completed a regular-season sweep of Bradley (12-9, 4-5).
No. 22 Missouri 81, Vanderbilt 59 — In Columbia, Mo., Jabari Brown scored 21 points, Alex Oriakhi tied a career high with 18 and Missouri (15-4, 4-2 SEC) cruised past Vanderbilt (8-10, 2-4).
No. 23 Mississippi 63, Auburn 61 — In Auburn, Ala., Marshall Henderson made two free throws with 6.4 seconds to play and Ole Mis (17-2, 6-0 SEC) edged Auburn (8-11, 2-4).
No. 24 Notre Dame 73, South Florida 65 — In Tampa, Fla., Jerian Grant scored 18 points, and Tom Knight had 17, leading the Fighting Irish (16-4, 4-3 Big East) past USF (10-9, 1-6).
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