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No. 3 'Nova tops Hall after 27-day break

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Stuck in medical isolation, Villanova filled its schedule with YouTube videos, FaceTime calls and video games to stay connected. The Wildcats had to create their own entertainment with basketball on pause.

"It's hard when you're in a hotel room watching everybody else play," guard Collin Gillespie said.

With a lengthy layoff over, the Wildcats could finally enjoy their own highlight reel.


Short-handed Florida stuns No. 6 Vols

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's best performance of the season - maybe even of coach Mike White's six-year tenure - came without three starters.

Noah Locke scored 14 points, Tyree Appleby added 13 and the short-handed Gators stunned No. 6 Tennessee in dominating fashion, 75-49 on Tuesday night.


Late 3 lifts Purdue over No. 15 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) With the clock ticking down to the single digits, the score tied and the ball in his hands, Jaden Ivey had no doubt what would happen next.

"I'm hitting this shot," Ivey said. "I knew I was in a slump, but I knew it was going in."


No. 7 Michigan rebounds to rout Maryland

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) This was the first time No. 7 Michigan had to respond to a loss this season.

Coach Juwan Howard liked what he saw.


Winthrop has team-record 20th win in row

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) Chandler Vaudrin had a season-high 20 points and Winthrop set a program record with its 20th straight victory dating to last season after beating Presbyterian 78-66 on Wednesday.

Winthrop (15-0, 12-0 Big South Conference) topped its previous record of 19 straight wins set by the 2006-07 team. The Eagles have a two-game advantage on No. 1 Gonzaga for the longest active winning streak.


Petty, No. 18 Alabama rip LSU 105-75

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Alabama coach Nate Oats was concerned his team might lose its sense of urgency when it took the court as a member of the AP Top 25 for the first time in three seasons.

John Petty quickly calmed his coach down.


Tilmon leads No. 19 Mizzou by Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jeremiah Tilmon had 19 points and 10 rebounds in another efficient performance, and No. 19 Missouri beat South Carolina 81-70 on Tuesday night.

Tilmon, who came in shooting a SEC-leading 74% from the floor, improved on that mark by going 8 of 11. With the exception of a nine-point game against No. 6 Tennessee on Dec. 30, the big man has scored at least 14 points in every conference game.


Champagnie, Pitt serving notice in ACC

PITTSBURGH (AP) Justin Champagnie's play left no doubt. Neither did his words.

Minutes after the Pittsburgh sophomore forward scored the last of his 31 points and grabbed the final of his 14 rebounds in a 79-73 victory over Duke inside a largely empty Petersen Events Center on Tuesday night, Champagnie provided little room for interpretation on the significance.


New Mexico teams finally returning home

PHOENIX (AP) New Mexico State relocated to Arizona in an attempt to play a basketball season. Restrictions in the Aggies' home state made it impossible for them to even practice there, so they packed up and moved into a Phoenix resort.

The pandemic had other plans.


Georgetown-Xavier postponed due to virus

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