Top-ranked 'Cats bury Bulldogs

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Kentucky's Darius Miller shoots over Georgia's Nemanja Djurisic during the first half. Miller scored 17 points as the No. 1 Wildcats won their 52nd game in a row at home.   JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Kentucky's Darius Miller shoots over Georgia's Nemanja Djurisic during the first half. Miller scored 17 points as the No. 1 Wildcats won their 52nd game in a row at home.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Darius Miller hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and No. 1 Kentucky beat Georgia 79-49 on Thursday night to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 52 games and push its overall run to 21 in a row.

Kentucky (29-1, 15-0 Southeastern Confer­ence) made an emphatic statement in its final game at Rupp Arena this season with an offensive flurry that nearly equaled the stiff defensive effort the Wildcats have given all season.

Kentucky, the nation’s best defensive team by field goal percentage, made a season-best 15 3-pointers, hitting six in a row in the second half.

Donte’ Williams led Georgia (13-16, 4-11) with 17 points. The Bulldogs were 3 of 19 from 3-point range.

NO. 13 MICHIGAN 72, ILLINOIS 61

In Champaign, Ill., Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help keep Michigan (22-8, 12-5) in the Big Ten title race with a win over Illinois 17-13, 6-11).

The Wolverines can claim a share of the conference title with a win on Sunday over Penn State and an Ohio State victory over Michigan State.

Meyers Leonard led Illinois with 18 points.

NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 63, NO. 24 VIRGINIA 60

In Charlottesville, Va., Iam Miller made a 3-pointer in the final second and Florida State (20-9, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from 11 points down in last 4 1/2 minutes to stun Virginia (21-8, 8-7), spoiling a stellar Senior Night for the Cavaliers’ Mike Scott.

Miller scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, and got just free enough from Sammy Zeglinski in the final seconds to make the shot from deep in the right wing. It was Miller’s fifth 3-pointer and the seventh for the Seminoles.

Scott scored 28 points, his career high in for the Cavaliers.

CLEMSON 58, VIRGINIA TECH 56

In Clemson, S.C., Tanner Smith made two free throws with 2:45 left to break a tie and the Tigers (16-13, 8-7 ACC) held on to beat Virginia Tech (15-15, 4-11).

The Hokies missed three field goals and two free throws in the final 2:13.

Smith led Clemson with 14 points. Devin Booker added 11 and Andre Young had 10.

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