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Vols take new No. 1 ranking to Vandy

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Tennessee puts its fresh No. 1 ranking on the line as the Vols head three hours west to take on arch-rival Vanderbilt in a matchup Wednesday in Nashville.

The Vols, (16-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) ranked No. 1 for just the second time in school history, received 48 of a possible 64 votes in the Associated Press Top 25. Tennessee rides a 12-game winning streak, its only loss coming in overtime to Kansas on Nov. 23.

Tennessee is a 12-point favorite according to Ken Pomeroy. It faces a Vanderbilt team (9-8, 0-5 SEC) that's dropped its first five SEC games, including Saturday's 71-55 home loss to then-No. 24 Mississippi State.


No. 7 Nevada seeks 19th win in 20 games

Nevada is ranked No. 7 in the nation but coach Eric Musselman isn't ignoring the club's warts.

Outside shooting has been a bit of a worry for the Wolf Pack.


No. 17 Houston looking to move to 19-1

The No. 17 Houston Cougars return home Wednesday night for their first game in the Fertitta Center in nearly two weeks against the young and reeling East Carolina Pirates.

The heavily favored Cougars, however, will have to contend with Jayden Gardner, the American Athletic Conference scoring leader.


Williamson stars as No. 2 Duke tops Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) There are plenty of words Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can use to describe his star-laden roster. Nervous is not one of them.

"My guys are not nervous," Krzyzewski said. "I'm nervous. But they are not. They love crowds. They love to compete."


No. 8 Kentucky stays hot, tops Miss. St.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's defense wasn't perfect against Mississippi State, just quick enough to disrupt the No. 22 Bulldogs' rhythm and cause its worst offensive performance this season.

The No. 8 Wildcats now aim to keep it going after clearing the second of three big challenges.


No. 5 Michigan edges Minnesota at buzzer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The ball bounced right to Charles Matthews, who dribbled once and squared up to shoot as the game clock - and more importantly, the shot clock - neared zero.

"I saw the clock when I did get the ball. I'm not sure exactly how much time, but I did know that there was time on the clock," Matthews said. "So I didn't want to just throw up a crazy shot. I wanted to still follow through with it."


K-State extends No. 14 Texas Tech's skid

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) Kansas State and Texas Tech have two of the four highest-rated defenses in the country. They didn't disappoint Tuesday night.

In a preview of the tough test that awaits Big 12 opponents, the Wildcats ground down the 14th-ranked Red Raiders 58-45 on Tuesday night. Kansas State held Tech to a season low in points and hasn't allowed a team to score more than 71 this season.


Injured Vandy PG Garland to enter draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland says he's leaving for the NBA draft after a knee injury ended his freshman season in November.

Garland announced his decision Tuesday to withdraw and start focusing on preparing for the draft on Twitter.


Silva leads S. Carolina by No. 16 Auburn

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) One of Frank Martin's best coaching moments this season for South Carolina came away from the games or the practice court. He counseled his senior leader Chris Silva to forget about the team's early problems and savor every minute he had left to play.

Silva has taken that advice and powered the Gamecocks' surprising run through the Southeastern Conference.


NIU stuns No. 14 Buffalo on late basket

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Northern Illinois caught Buffalo flat-footed just before the buzzer.

Reserve Noah McCarty got open in the paint, caught a pass and hit a layup with 2 seconds to play, and the Huskies upset the 14th-ranked Bulls 77-75 on Tuesday night. It was Northern Illinois' first home victory over a ranked team in 47 years.

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