Udoka Azubuike dominated in the paint, scoring 23 points and collecting a career-high 19 rebounds as No. 3 Kansas outlasted No. 1 Baylor 64-61 on Saturday afternoon in a titanic Big 12 battle in Waco, Texas.
The win, the Jayhawks' 12th in row, pulled Kansas (24-3, 13-1 Big 12) into a tie for first place with Baylor in the Big 12 standings with four games to play in the regular season.
Baylor (24-2, 13-1) had its Big 12-record 23-game winning streak snapped and had to settle for a split of the season series with the Jayhawks. The Bears hadn't lost since Nov. 8, when they fell to Washington in the Armed Forces Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Jayhawks led 62-55 after two free throws by Devon Dotson with 34 seconds to play before Jared Butler and MaCio Teague hit consecutive 3-pointers to bring Baylor back to within 62-61 with 16.2 seconds remaining. Isaiah Moss canned two free throws with 7.9 seconds left to bring the Kansas lead to 64-61 before Butler missed the potential tying 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer.
BYU 91, No. 2 Gonzaga 78
Yoeli Childs scored 28 points, and the Cougars upset the Bulldogs in impressive fashion in Provo, Utah.
Childs, who did not play when the Cougars lost to the Bulldogs on Jan. 18 in Spokane, Wash., also had 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jake Toolson added 17 points and six assists, and TJ Haws recorded 16 points and eight assists for the Cougars (23-7, 12-3 West Coast Conference), who won their eighth straight game.
The loss snapped Gonzaga's 19-game winning streak. The Bulldogs (27-2, 13-1) also had won 40 consecutive regular-season conference games and 39 straight road conference contests.
UNLV 66, No. 4 San Diego State 63
The Rebels built a 14-point second-half lead, then weathered a furious rally behind Elijah Mitrou-Long's 19 points to hand the Aztecs their first loss of the season, in San Diego.
UNLV (15-14, 10-6 Mountain West Conference) held San Diego State (26-1, 15-1) to 38.9 percent shooting from the floor, and 29.6 percent from behind the 3-point line, en route to snapping the nation's longest winning streak.
With a game-high 24 points from Malachi Flynn, the Aztecs chipped away at the deficit over the closing minutes. But Mitrou-Long broke a cold spell with a tear-drop floater, and later used a crafty inbounds pass off a defender's back to help seal it in the final minutes.
No. 5 Dayton 80, Duquesne 70
Obi Toppin capped a memorable day with 28 points and seven rebounds, Jalen Crutcher chipped in 17 points and five assists and Trey Landers added 12 points and 11 boards to help the Flyers survive against the visiting Dukes in Atlantic 10 action.
The Flyers (25-2, 14-0 Atlantic 10) shot 50.9 percent (27-for-53) from the floor overall and outscored the Dukes (18-8, 8-6) 44-32 in the second half to avoid the upset and extend their winning streak to 16 games.
Toppin topped the 1,000-point mark for his career to become the 50th member in program history to achieve the milestone -- reaching the mark in the ninth fewest games in school history. He has 1,007 points. Sincere Carry paced the Dukes with 21 points and six assists, and Marcus Weathers and Baylee Steele each scored 17 points.
No. 6 Duke 88, Virginia Tech 64
Cassius Stanley scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half as the Blue Devils came out firing in a demolition of the visiting Hokies at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Matthew Hurt and Vernon Carey Jr. notched 16 points apiece as Duke's top three scorers were freshmen. Tre Jones chipped in with 14 points. The Blue Devils (23-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) remain a half-game out of first place.
Tyrece Radford provided 16 points and nine rebounds, and Isaiah Wilkins had 11 points for Virginia Tech (15-12, 6-10), which lost for the seventh time in the last eight games. Hunter Cattoor scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
No. 8 Florida State 67, NC State 61
MJ Walker scored 12 points -- all of them in the second half -- to help the Seminoles rally past the Wolfpack at Raleigh, N.C.
Pat Williams also had 12 points, and Devin Vassell added 11 for Florida State (23-4, 13-3 ACC), which has won three straight games and 16 of 18. FSU also had a 15-11 edge on offensive rebounds.
The Wolfpack (17-10, 8-8), who upset sixth-ranked Duke on Wednesday, led FSU by seven points in the first half but were slow to adjust when the Seminoles switched to a zone defense after intermission. Devon Daniels led NC State with 18 points and nine rebounds.
No. 10 Kentucky 65, Florida 59
Immanuel Quickley scored 22 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to help the Wildcats win their sixth straight game, topping the Southeastern Conference-rival Gators at Lexington, Ky.
Quickley hit 8 of 17 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point territory, for the SEC-leading Wildcats (22-5, 12-2). Tyrese Maxey added 13 points.
Keyontae Johnson scored 19 points with nine rebounds, and Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 18 points for the Gators (17-10, 9-5), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
No. 11 Louisville 72, North Carolina 55
Jordan Nwora collected 18 points and 11 rebounds to propel the Cardinals past the visiting Tar Heels.
Malik Williams provided 17 points as Louisville (23-5, 14-3 ACC) rolled despite attempting only 11 free throws. The Cardinals have won two in a row following a two-game skid, returning to first place with three games to play. They are 16-1 in home games.
Cole Anthony recorded 18 points for the last-place Tar Heels (10-17, 3-13), who have lost seven games in a row -- all since Anthony returned from a knee injury. North Carolina's loss total matches the second-most in any season in program history.
No. 12 Villanova 64, Xavier 55
Saddiq Bey scored 22 points, and Jermaine Samuels added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats handled the Musketeers in Cincinnati.
Justin Moore scored 13 points, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (21-6 overall, 10-4 Big East), who won their fourth in a row.
Tyrique Jones paced Xavier (17-10, 6-8) with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double and his 19th of the season. Naji Marshall added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Musketeers, who had won four of five Big East games heading into this matchup.
No. 13 Auburn 73, Tennessee 66
Samir Doughty scored 14 of his team-high 22 points in the second half as the Tigers rallied past the Volunteers in Southeastern Conference play in Auburn, Ala.
Doughty was the only player in double figures for the No. 13 Tigers (23-4, 10-4 SEC), who were without starting forward Isaac Okoro (hamstring) for a third consecutive outing.
Jordan Bowden scored a career-high 28 points for the Volunteers (15-12, 7-7), who committed 13 of their season-high 24 turnovers in the second half.
No. 14 Oregon 73, No. 24 Arizona 72 (OT)
Payton Pritchard poured in a career-high 38 points, and Shakur Juiston scored all nine of his team's points in overtime, including a layup with 1.4 seconds left, as the Ducks stunned the Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz.
Pritchard missed an 18-foot jumper down 72-71 on Oregon's final possession, but Will Richardson tracked down a long rebound near the sideline. He drove into the lane and fed Juiston for the go-ahead basket.
Arizona still had a chance to win. Jemarl Baker Jr. threw a length-of-the-court pass into the paint to 7-footer Christian Koloko, who was fouled by Pritchard with 1.1 seconds to go. But Koloko missed both attempts. Arizona's Josh Green also missed two free throws with 2.5 seconds left in regulation, when the score was tied at 64.
TCU 67, No. 17 West Virginia 60 (OT)
Kevin Samuel scored 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, with six of his points coming in overtime, as the Horned Frogs outlasted the visiting Mountaineers in Big 12 play at Fort Worth, Texas.
RJ Nembhard added 16 points for the Horned Frogs (15-12, 6-8 Big 12). TCU won for just the second time in nine games.
Derek Culver paced the Mountaineers (19-8, 7-7 Big 12) with 18 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double this year. Taz Sherman added 16 for West Virginia, which has lost four of its past five contests.
UCLA 70, No. 18 Colorado 63
Cody Riley scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half, Tyger Campbell had 15 points and 11 assists, and the Bruins rallied to beat the Buffaloes in Pac-12 play at Boulder, Colo.
Chris Smith scored 14, and Jake Kyman had 12 points for UCLA (17-11, 10-5 Pac-12), which tied Colorado for the most wins in the conference.
McKinley Wright IV had a game-high 20 points, Tyler Bey added 13 and Evan Battey scored 11 for the Buffaloes (21-7, 10-5).
Providence 84, No. 19 Marquette 72
Luwane Pipkins scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, and the host Friars continued their late-season resurgence with a Big East Conference victory over the Golden Eagles.
David Duke scored 15 points, and A.J. Reeves added 11 for Providence (16-12, 9-6), which has won three in a row and five of its last seven contests. Four of those five victories have come against ranked teams.
Markus Howard overcame a slow start to score 38 points for Marquette (17-9, 7-7), which is now on a season-long three-game losing streak. Howard, who entered second in the nation with 26.7 points per game, missed 10 of his first 13 shots from the field.
Memphis 60, No. 22 Houston 59
Malcolm Dandridge scored 12 points to fuel the host Tigers past the Cougars in an American Athletic Conference game.
Precious Achiuwa, Lester Quinones and Tyler Harris each had 10 points for the Tigers (19-8, 8-6).
Caleb Mills had a game-high 21 points, and Marcus Sasser added 18 for Houston (21-7, 11-4). Nate Hinton also had 12 rebounds.
--Field Level Media