Louisville drops Pittsburgh, ends skid

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell drives past Pittsburgh's J.J. Moore during the second half. The Cardinals topped the Panthers on Monday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng combined for 34 points and sealed the game with four free throws in the final 12 seconds as No. 12 Louisville ended a three-game losing streak with a 64-61 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night.


Louisville, which has slumped since being No. 1 two weeks ago, saw an 11-point second-half lead cut to 60-58 on Tray Woodall’s 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds remaining. That was one of seven 3s by Pitt over the final 13:18.

Dieng made two free throws with 12.7 seconds left for a four-point lead, and after the Panthers’ Lamar Patterson shot an air ball with 6 seconds left, Smith followed with two more free throws for a 64-58 lead.

Woodall, who had 14 points, hit a long 3-pointer as time expired.

Smith had 20 points for the Cardinals (17-4, 5-3 Big East).

Pittsburgh (17-5, 5-4) had its four-game winning streak stopped.



In Morgantown, W.Va., Travis Releford had 19 points to lead Kansas to a win over West Virginia.

The Jayhawks have won 18 in a row.



In Milwaukee, Vander Blue scored a career-high 30 points to lead Marquette (15-4, 6-1 Big East) to a victory over South Florida (10-10, 1-7).

The Golden Eagles moved into a first-place tie with Syracuse in the Big East.


AP POLL: Michigan is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time since its Fab Five days 20 years ago.

For the second consecutive week the No. 1 team lost. This time it was Duke, which was routed 90-63 by Miami in the third-worst defeat by a top-ranked team.

Michigan received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. Kansas moved up one spot to No. 2 and had 13 first-place votes. They are the only one-loss teams in the poll. Indiana, Florida, which drew the other first-place vote, and Duke complete the top five.