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Gonzaga behind 'Nova, Kansas in AP poll

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Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Gonzaga moved up to third.

The Wildcats (19-1) beat Seton Hall and Providence last week and received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. This is the seventh week on top this season for Villanova.

Kansas (18-1) was No. 1 on 28 ballots. Last week, the Jayhawks had 32 first-place votes, compared with 28 for Villanova.


Kentucky's Fox uncertain to face Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kentucky is returning to the site of one of its more stunning losses in the last few years.

When the Wildcats visited Knoxville last season, they blew a 21-point lead and lost 84-77 to a Tennessee team that went on to finish the year with a 15-19 record. Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne acknowledges that head coach John Calipari has reminded players about that collapse as the Wildcats prepare for Tuesday's return trip.


Gamecocks G Dozier might play vs. Auburn

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin injured guard PJ Dozier could return for the 23rd-ranked Gamecocks against Auburn on Tuesday night.

Dozier missed South Carolina's 85-69 loss at No. 4 Kentucky this past Saturday with back spasms. Martin said Monday that Dozier was past the pain and walking normally. The 6-foot-6 sophomore was expected to participate in practice Monday to get ready for Auburn.


Defense fuels resurgence at Illinois St.

The secret to how Illinois State became one of the nation's biggest surprises is hardly a secret at all.

"We play fast. We play hard," senior guard Paris Lee said.


No. 22 Xavier tops Georgetown, ends skid

CINCINNATI (AP) As the first half wound down, point guard Edmond Sumner headed to the end of the Xavier bench, sat down and winced. His left shoulder was hurting so bad.

Not bad enough to keep him from frustrating the Hoyas again.


Northwestern ends drought at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Scottie Lindsey said the fact that Northwestern won in Columbus for the first time in 40 years on Sunday was not a huge deal to him. What is huge is another important Big Ten win for the Wildcats, who are pushing for an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in school history.

Lindsey scored 21 points and Bryant McIntosh had 17 as Northwestern (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) beat Ohio State 74-72 for a fourth straight win.


Delgado has 21-20 in Seton Hall win

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Angel Delgado scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season and Seton Hall beat St. John's 86-73 on Sunday.

He became the first Pirate to score 20-plus and grab at least 20 boards in a Big East Conference game. His rebounds tied Herb Pope's program record, set Jan. 8, 2011, for a Big East game.


VCU routs La Salle in key A-10 matchup

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Justin Tillman had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead five VCU players in double figures in a 90-52 victory over La Salle on Sunday.

VCU held La Salle to 15 made field goals and forced 16 turnovers.


Hokies hand Clemson sixth straight loss

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Seth Allen thought Virginia Tech's toughness carried the Hokies against Clemson. His stellar play in the second half didn't hurt either.

Allen scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.


Dayton rolls past struggling Saint Louis

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Charles Cook had 15 points, nine rebounds and a career-high six assists, Scoochie Smith scored 19, including five 3-pointers, and Dayton cruised to a 67-46 win over Saint Louis on Sunday.

A jumper and then a 3-pointer by Mike Crawford gave Saint Louis a 10-4 lead about three minutes in, but the Billikens went scoreless over the next 10:13 and scored two points in the next 14:40 as Dayton opened a 15-point lead with 3:25 left in the half. Cook hit two 3s and Xeyrius Williams made another during a 14-4 run that put the Flyers up 56-28, their biggest lead, with 10:58 to go.

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