Top 25 Capsules

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Scoop Jardine scored 15 points to help No. 2 Syracuse overcome a 13-point first-half deficit and beat South Florida 56-48 on Wednesday night.

Kris Joseph had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (28-1, 15-1 Big East), who matched school records for most regular-season and conference victories -- both set in 2009-10.

Anthony Collins scored 16 points for the Bulls, who endured a 12:33 stretch without a point spanning halftime. South Florida (17-11, 10-5) had a four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 1-9 against Syracuse.

This marked only the second time this season the Orange trailed by double digits. And the only other time that happened came in a 67-58 loss at Notre Dame on Jan. 21.

C.J. Fair finished with 13 points for Syracuse, which has won eight straight since that loss.

NO. 4 KANSAS 66, TEXAS A&M 58

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Elijah Johnson scored 21 points and Tyshawn Taylor made key plays down the stretch to help Kansas.

The Jayhawks (23-5, 13-2 Big 12) led by as many as 21 points in the second half before a big run by the Aggies got them within striking distance.

A 3-pointer by Dash Harris cut the Kansas lead to four points, but Taylor made the first of two free throws to leave Kansas up 61-56 with about a minute remaining.

Elston Turner made two free throws for the Aggies to make it 62-58 with 40 seconds left, but Jeff Withey scored four points to guarantee the win.

Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (13-14, 4-11) with 23 points.

NO. 6 MICHIGAN ST. 66, MINNESOTA 61

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Keith Appling and Brandon Wood both scored 13 points to help Michigan State keep its hold on first place in the Big Ten.

Draymond Green had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Spartans (23-5, 12-3), who won their sixth straight game. Green's only basket of the second half tied it at 58 with 1:40 left. He was 4 for 6 from 3-point range before halftime and 1 for 8 from the field in the second half.

Austin Hollins scored 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range for the Gophers (17-11, 5-10), who led for more than 18 minutes of the second half until a flurry of late turnovers.

The Gophers outrebounded bigger Michigan State 33-27 and made 14 of their 15 free throws, but they still couldn't pull out a must-win game for their dying NCAA tournament hopes

Appling made six free throws over the final 32 seconds to seal the win and send the stunned Gophers to their 20th defeat in their last 26 Big Ten games.

NO. 10 MARQUETTE 82, RUTGERS 65

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored 27 points and Darius Johnson-Odom added 21 to lead Marquette.

The win was the fourth straight and 11th in 12 games for the Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3) and it kept them tied for second place in the Big East with No. 20 Notre Dame. The top four teams earn a double-bye for the conference tournament.

Crowder hit 11 of 14 shots, including two 3-pointers, and scored 14 points in the second half.

Jerome Seagears had 14 points and Gilvydas Biruta added 12 for Rutgers (12-16, 4-11), which lost for the sixth straight time, including three in a row to ranked teams.

Rutgers, which trailed nearly the entire game, trimmed the lead to 58-52 with 11:30 remaining when Dane Miller scored on an offensive rebound. But Marquette responded with a 12-2 run to push the lead to 72-54 with 7:40 remaining.

Rutgers, which had 23 turnovers, could get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

NO. 19 WICHITA ST. 68, ILLINOIS ST. 55

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead Wichita State which clinched the Missouri Valley Conference championship.

Ragland had four 3-pointers for the Shockers, who made 10 of 23 from beyond the arc.

Wichita State (25-4, 15-2), which has won seven straight games and 15 of 16, won its seventh Missouri Valley title and first since 2006. The 15 conference wins are the most for the Shockers since they went 17-1 in winning the MVC in 1982-83.

Garrett Stutz had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Shockers, while Ben Smith and Demetric Williams added 11 points apiece.

Bryant Allen scored 17 points for Illinois State (17-12, 8-9).

NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 71, WEST VIRGINIA 44

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Jerian Grant scored 20 points and Notre Dame extended its winning streak to nine games.

Scott Martin added 15 points and Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins had 13 each for the Irish, who shot 61 percent. They outscored the Mountaineers 41-16 in the second half after leading by just two points at the break.

The Irish (20-8, 12-3 Big East) have not lost since Jan. 16 at Rutgers and are 15-1 at the Purcell Pavilion. It's the first time in program history Notre Dame has won nine straight Big East games.

The Mountaineers (17-11, 7-8) have lost six of their last eight. Kevin Jones had 15 points for West Virginia, which shot just 31.5 percent and made only 6 of 27 field goal attempts after halftime.

NO. 21 UNLV 75, BOISE ST. 58

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Chace Stanback scored 19 points and reserve Justin Hawkins added 13 as UNLV ended Boise State's three-game winning streak.

The win stopped a two-game skid for the Runnin' Rebels (23-6, 7-4 Mountain West), who are undefeated in 14 games at home this season.

Stanback had 11 points in the first half, including eight straight to give the Rebels an eight-point lead 6 minutes into the game. UNLV took an 11-point lead at halftime and pulled away on consecutive 3-pointers from Hawkins roughly 8 minutes into the second half.

Anthony Drmic and Thomas Bropleh both had nine points for Boise State (13-13, 3-8), which shot 35.7 percent.

NO. 22 TEMPLE 80, LA SALLE 79, OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ramone Moore scored five of his 18 points in overtime to help to its 11th straight win.

Khalif Wyatt scored 25 points and Michael Eric had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Temple (22-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10), which moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time this season.

Earl Pettis had a career-high 33 points, including the last seven in regulation, for La Salle (18-10, 7-6).

Pettis hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring in overtime before Temple scored the next nine points. Moore hit a 3-pointer and then his jumper gave the Owls a 76-74 lead they didn't relinquish.

The Explorers lost for the second time in 14 home games this season.

NO. 23 INDIANA 75, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 56

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Cody Zeller had 17 points and seven rebounds and Victor Oladipo scored 16 points for Indiana.

The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 7, but when the conference schedule-makers dealt Indiana two byes in less than two weeks during league play, the Hoosiers (21-7) asked North Carolina Central to move the game to late February.

Dominique Sutton scored 21 points to lead the Eagles (14-13) and Emanuel Chapman and Jeremy Ingram each had 10 points. The Eagles came into Wednesday with five wins in their previous six games.

NO. 24 SAN DIEGO ST. 67, WYOMING 58

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jamaal Franklin scored the first five points of overtime and finished with 12 as San Diego State snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Aztecs (21-6, 7-4 Mountain West) trailed by nine points four times, the latest with 11:10 to play, and avoided what would have been their first four-game losing streak since February 2005.

Arthur Bouedo had 11 points and Adam Waddell added 10 for Wyoming (18-9, 4-7), which lost its fourth straight and fifth of six.

Both teams had chances to win in regulation. With the score tied at 55, San Diego State's Chase Tapley missed a layup with 3 seconds left. Wyoming's Luke Martinez couldn't hold onto a pass and time appeared to expire. But the referees put 0.7 seconds back on the clock and Larry Nance Jr. missed a shot at the buzzer.

Garrett Green led the Aztecs with 14 points.

Wyoming made only 1 of 7 shots in overtime.

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