Top 25 Men
Half the table is set.
No. 2 North Carolina trailed by as many as 17 points Saturday before rallying in the second half with a 30-6 run to defeat Wake Forest 79-73 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
A win by No. 1 Duke at home against Georgia Tech today will set up the nation’s top two teams in a 1-2 showdown at Chapel Hill on Thursday night.
Antawn Jamison scored 21 points and Shammond Williams had 20 for the Tar Heels (22-1, 8-1), who were on the ropes at Joel Coliseum for the fifth time in the last six seasons as the Demon Deacons (11-8, 3-5) matched the Atlantic Coast Conference record with 18 3-pointers.
North Carolina trailed 56-40 with 16:05 left before Wake Forest’s outside shooting dried up and the Tar Heels found their inside and running games - and defense.
North Carolina had four chances to tie or take the lead before Makhtar Ndiaye scored his first points on a follow shot and Jamison added a fast-break slam for a 64-62 lead with 5:02 left as Wake Forest was in the midst of an 0-for-10 shooting slump.
The lead reached eight points with 1:47 remaining as Williams scored in the lane and on a dunk, and Vince Carter scored in the lane.
(9) Connecticut 73, Rutgers 56
In Storrs, Conn., Richard Hamilton’s 13 first-half points keyed an early 18-0 run and the Huskies (19-3, 9-2 Big East) rolled past the Scarlet Knights (8-11, 2-9).
Hamilton led four Huskies in double figures with 17 points. Freshman Khalid El-Amin had 12 and sophomore Kevin Freeman and junior Ricky Moore each chipped in with 10.
(10) Purdue 82, Wisconsin 59
In West Lafayette, Ind., Alan Eldridge hit a career-high five 3-pointers and Chad Austin had 21 of his 24 points in the second half as the Boilermakers (19-4, 7-2 Big Ten) beat the Badgers (10-11, 3-6).
It was Purdue’s 25th consecutive home triumph over the Badgers, dating to 1972.
(11) Princeton 58, Columbia 45
In Princeton, N.J., Brian Earl, held scoreless the previous night, came back with 21 points and keyed a late run as the Tigers (16-1, 4-0 Ivy League) defeated the Lions (6-12, 1-5).
Princeton has won nine straight overall, nine in a row against Columbia and 19 straight in the conference.
Auburn 68, (12) Mississippi 67
In Auburn, Ala., Doc Robinson hit a 15-foot jumper with 10 seconds to play to lead the Tigers (13-6, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) to an upset over the Rebels (14-4, 5-3).
Trailing 67-66 with 20 seconds left in the game, Robinson took the inbounds pass, scrambled along the right baseline and fired off the game-winner as Auburn moved into a tie with the Rebels for second place in the SEC Western Division.
(15) Arkansas 76, Miss. St. 73
In Starkville, Miss., Pat Bradley scored 19 points, including the last nine for the Razorbacks (18-3, 7-1 Southeastern Conference), as they beat the Bulldogs (13-8, 2-6).
Bradley’s game-ending streak started with a 3-pointer to give Arkansas a 70-65 lead with 3:04 left. He twice put the Razorbacks ahead, including for good, in the final 2 minutes.
(22) Mich. St. 72, N’western 66
In Evanston, Ill., Mateen Cleaves scored 23 of his career-high 34 points in the second half and added nine more in overtime, leading the Spartans (15-4 overall, 8-1 Big Ten) past the Wildcats (8-10, 1-7).
(24) Xavier 79, Temple 73
In Philadelphia, Darnell Williams had 24 points and Torraye Braggs had 10 rebounds while scoring four points in the game’s final 1:08 as the Musketeers (14-5, 6-3 Atlantic 10) survived a scare to defeat the Owls (12-6, 5-3).
(25) Indiana 95, Minnesota 82
In Bloomington, Ind., A.J. Guyton scored 23 points and Michael Lewis added 16, all on free throws, as the Hoosiers (15-6, 6-3 Big Ten) defeated the Gophers (9-11, 2-7).