Mason Plumlee leads Duke past North Carolina

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DURHAM, N.C. — Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Duke beat North Carolina 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon drives to the basket as North Carolina's Reggie Bullock defends. Sulaimon had 13 points as the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels.  GERRY BROOME/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon drives to the basket as North Carolina's Reggie Bullock defends. Sulaimon had 13 points as the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels.

Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

P.J. Hairston scored 20 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four 3-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5), which led for the first 26 minutes but went on to lose its second in a row.

NO. 1 INDIANA 76, NEBRASKA 47

In Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) beat Nebraska (12-13, 3-9).

The Hoosiers have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead with Michigan State.

NO. 3 MIAMI 74, FLORIDA STATE 68

In Tallahassee, Fla., Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7½ minutes to help Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC) stave off Florida State (13-11, 5-6) for its 12th consecutive victory.

Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami, which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.

CONNECTICUT 66, NO. 9 SYRACUSE 58

In Hartford, Conn., Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut (17-6, 7-4 Big East) beat Syracuse (20-4, 8-3) in the last scheduled game between the national powers.

Syracuse will play next season in the ACC while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East.

CHARLOTTE 71, NO. 11 BUTLER 67

In Indianapolis, Pierria Henry had 17 points to lead Charlotte (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic 10) over Butler (20-5, 7-3).

NO. 17 OKLAHOMA STATE 91, TEXAS TECH 67

In Lubbock, Texas, Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers – all in the first half – to lead Oklahoma State (18-5, 8-3 Big 12) over Texas Tech (9-13, 2-9).

NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 82, DEPAUL 78 (OT)

In South Bend, Ind., Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift Notre Dame (20-5, 8-4 Big East) over DePaul (10-14, 1-10).

NO. 22 MEMPHIS 93, CENTRAL FLORIDA 71

In Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Tigers (21-3, 10-0 Conference USA) beat Central Florida (17-7, 7-3) for their 15th consecutive victory.

TEXAS A&M 69, MISSISSIPPI 67

In College Station, Texas, Elston Turner had 37 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to lead Texas A&M (15-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) over Mississippi (18-6, 7-4).

MISSOURI 78, MISSISSIPPI STATE 36

In Starkville, Miss., Keion Bell scored 24 points, Jabari Brown added 20 and Missouri (18-6, 7-4 SEC) embarrassed Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9).

TENNESSEE 58, VANDERBILT 46

In Nashville, Tenn., Jarnell Stokes scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double to lead Tennessee (13-10, 5-7 SEC) over Vanderbilt (9-14, 3-8).

ARKANSAS 83, AUBURN 75

In Auburn, Ala., BJ Young scored 25 points as Arkansas (15-9, 6-5 SEC) beat the Tigers (9-15, 3-8) to win on the road for the first time this season.

BOSTON COLLEGE 66, WAKE FOREST 63

In Boston, Joe Rahon hit two free throws with seven seconds left to cap an 8-0 run in the closing two minutes that lifted Boston College
(11-13, 3-8 ACC) over Wake Forest (11-13, 4-8).

WILDCATS’ NOEL OUT FOR SEASON

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky received the news it dreaded on Wednesday when freshman forward Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida.

An MRI revealed the injury, and the 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the next two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months.

The rookie took a positive approach to the diagnosis, posting on Twitter, “Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! I love you all and can’t thank y’all enough for the prayers.”

– Associated Press


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