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No. 4 Zags pushing through tough stretch

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Gonzaga has spent the early part of the season traveling around the country to face high-profile nonconference opponents, and coach Mark Few has no regrets about that.

Even after the fourth-ranked Bulldogs fell at No. 12 North Carolina for their second straight loss.

"When you play games in December, I think college basketball gets noticed . instead of waiting until February to pay attention," Few said after Saturday night's 103-90 loss in Chapel Hill. "It's the right time and the right game to play.


Rhode Island pulls away to beat WVU

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Rhode Island broke West Virginia's press and broke down the Mountaineer defense in the second half of their game at the Hall of Fame Showcase.

The Rams' Jeff Dowtin and Fatts Russell each scored 18 points as Rhode Island pulled away for an 83-70 win at the Mohegan Sun arena in Connecticut.


BC gets by Fairfield for 6th win in 7

BOSTON (AP) Chris Herren, Jr. scored a season-high 22 points and Wynston Tabbs had 20 to offset a rough shooting day by scoring leader Ky Bowman, and Boston College beat Fairfield 77-67 on Sunday afternoon.

Nik Popovic added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the 8-2 Eagles (8-2) who've won for the sixth win in their last seven games.


Kansas edges 'Nova in Final Four rematch

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Lagerald Vick had never watched last season's Final Four loss to Villanova before this week, when top-ranked Kansas had to endure every minute of it while prepping for Saturday's game against the Wildcats.

"We watched it for like, a week straight," Vick said. "It was definitely hard."


Indiana tops Butler on Phinisee 3 at :00

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard Devonte Green kept trying to make the designed play work as the final seconds ticked away Saturday.

His first option, Romeo Langford, couldn't break free. Green couldn't spot his second option, Juwan Morgan, through all the bodies.


No. 3 Tennessee runs past Memphis 102-92

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.

The rivalry between Tennessee's top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.


No. 7 Nevada rallies again, now 12-0

RENO, Nev. (AP) Nevada coach Eric Musselman says he focuses on the stars.

"Some coaches have a philosophy that they're going to let the (opposing) stars score and they are going to shut everyone else down," Musselman said. "We don't hide the fact that our total focus is on the star players and we want the peripheral players to beat us."


Michigan slips by W. Michigan, now 11-0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) No. 5 Michigan has breezed past the competition for much of the season, coasting to lopsided wins even against ranked opponents.

Western Michigan provided the Wolverines with a different kind of experience.


No. 8 Auburn outlasts UAB 75-71 in OT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Auburn and UAB aren't annual rivals on the hardwood. The energy inside Legacy Arena as a fight-to-the-finish matchup ensued said otherwise.

Jared Harper scored 23 of Auburn's last 30 points and finished with 31 to help the No. 8 Tigers outlast UAB 75-71 in overtime Saturday night in the Mike Slive Invitational.


Baylor ends UA's home nonconference run

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Baylor will face some of the toughest road environments in college basketball when the Big 12 season starts.

After ending one of the nation's longest home winning streaks with a dominating performance, the new-look Bears know they can win anywhere.

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