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Duke back atop AP poll, Vols down to 5th

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke keeps finding its way back to No. 1.

The Blue Devils reclaimed the top spot in Monday's AP Top 25, the third time this season they've reached No. 1. Duke earned 58 of 64 first-place votes to climb one spot and replace Tennessee, which had spent four weeks at No. 1 but fell to fifth after Saturday's loss at Kentucky.

Duke has now spent nearly half of the season's polls (seven of 16) at No. 1, and hasn't been ranked lower than fourth since the preseason. The Blue Devils (23-2) - who start four talented freshmen in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones - also haven't lost a game at full strength since falling to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational championship game.


Michigan St. F Ward likely out few weeks

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State forward Nick Ward had surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out of for at least a few weeks.

Coach Tom Izzo said Ward was injured when his hand was hit or it made contact with the rim in a 62-44 win over Ohio State on Sunday.


No. 3 UVa set to visit rival Va. Tech

Fourth-ranked Virginia and No. 22 Virginia Tech worked through some glitches to pick up victories Saturday against a couple of teams in the bottom cluster of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Neither team figures to be able to get through Monday night's game successfully with significant shortcomings when the teams collide at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.


Depleted K-State aims to pad Big 12 lead

The word of the day will be "short-handed" when No. 23 Kansas State and West Virginia face off Monday in a Big 12 game in Morgantown, W.Va.

The Mountaineers (10-15, 2-10 Big 12) have been playing without a full squad for much of the season, while Kansas State (19-6, 9-3) has lost two key players in the last week.


Badgers eye 15th win in row vs. Illinois

Illinois is scorching hot with a season-best four straight wins, and its recent success will certainly be tested on Monday.

That is when the Fighting Illini attempt to halt a 14-game losing streak against No. 22 Wisconsin, a skid that began in 2011, when they visit the Badgers in Big Ten play at Madison, Wis.


St. John's rallies to stun No. 13 'Nova

NEW YORK (AP) A 70-foot shot just before halftime gave St. John's momentum, and LJ Figueroa and the Red Storm used a strong defensive effort in the second half to surprise No. 13 Villanova.

Figueroa scored 22 points and St. John's rallied to beat the Wildcats 71-65 on Sunday night. It was the first win for the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden against Villanova in 17 years, and they accomplished the feat in front of an energetic sellout crowd of nearly 20,000 fans.


No. 9 Houston rips Tulane, now 25-1

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Houston coach Kelvin Sampson was upset at halftime. He felt a lot better when it was over.

Corey Davis Jr. made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help the ninth-ranked Cougars beat Tulane 85-50 on Sunday for their 10th consecutive victory.


Young scores 55, Quinnipiac wins in 3OT

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Cameron Young had a record-setting game in scoring 55 points to lead Quinnipiac to a 107-100 triple-overtime win against Siena on Sunday.

Young set the NCAA single-game high mark this season, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record and a program high for the Bobcats (14-11, 9-5) at the Division I level. He was 15-of-24 shooting from the field, including 9 of 13 from 3-point range, 16 of 20 from the foul line and collected 10 rebounds. His point total is the third highest by a D-I player in the last 20 years.


Colorado sends 'Zona to 7th loss in row

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Buffaloes never trailed Arizona in sending the Wildcats to their first seven-game skid in 36 years with a business-like 67-60 win Sunday night behind Lucas Siewert's hustle and McKinley Wright IV's clutch second-half adjustments.

In a reflection of how far Arizona (14-12, 5-8 Pac-12) has fallen through scandal and exodus over the last year, the Buffaloes (16-9, 7-6) didn't have to weave their way through waves of students on their way to their locker room as they had in coach Tad Boyle's five previous wins over the Wildcats at the UC Events Center.


Cumberland helps lead Cincy past Wichita

CINCINNATI (AP) Jarron Cumberland is carrying Cincinnati's offense as February starts to wind down.

The junior guard scored 27 points, matching his career high with six 3-pointers, and the Bearcats swept their season series with Wichita State, beating the Shockers 72-62 on Sunday.

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