DURHAM, N.C. - For the second consecutive year, North Carolina's youngsters walked into one of college basketball's most intimidating arenas and came out with a confidence-building win.
Freshman Brandan Wright scored 19 points while Tyler Hansbrough added 16 to lead the fifth-ranked Tar Heels past No. 16 Duke 79-73, earning their second win in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Rookie Ty Lawson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10 points early in the second half before finally going ahead to stay in the final minutes.
NO. 4 WISCONSIN 71, PENN STATE 58
In State College, Pa., Alando Tucker scored 24 points, Michael Flowers added 12 and Wisconsin pulled away after halftime to beat Penn State.
The Nittany Lions (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten) hung close for much of the game thanks to an active zone and energetic forward Jamelle Cornley, who finished with 20 points. The Badgers (23-2, 9-1) at times couldn't hit shots when they did find space.
NO. 7 PITTSBURGH 60, WEST VIRGINIA 47
In Morgantown, W. Va., Sam Young scored a career-high 21 points to lead Pittsburgh to a win over West Virginia for the Mountaineers' first home loss of the season.
First-place Pittsburgh (21-3, 9-1 Big East) showed no signs of rust from a nine-day layoff and had no trouble scoring inside on the Mountaineers (18-5, 7-4), who were held to a season-low for points. West Virginia's previous low was 50 in a season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's.
NO. 9 KANSAS 97, KANSAS STATE 70
In Lawrence, Kan., Brandon Rush scored 18 points as Kansas routed Kansas State.
Kansas (20-4 overall, 7-2 Big 12) began the game with a 15-2 run and closed out the first half on a 14-5 spree for a 47-35 lead over the Wildcats (17-7, 6-3).
NO. 11 MARQUETTE 67, RUTGERS 47
In Milwaukee, Ousmane Barro had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Marquette to a win over Rutgers.
OKLAHOMA 67, NO. 17 OKLAHOMA STATE 60
In Norman, Okla., Nate Carter scored six of his 18 points in the final minutes to help Oklahoma stave off a late rally and preserve a win over Oklahoma State.
NO. 18 ALABAMA 80, MISSISSIPPI STATE 79
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ronald Steele drove the length of the court for a layup with 6.7 seconds left to give Alabama the victory.
NO. 21 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 60, BRADLEY 50
In Carbondale, Ill., Tony Young scored 25 points to lift Southern Illinois to a victory over late-charging Bradley and remain tied atop the Missouri Valley Conference.
NO. 22 GEORGETOWN 73, LOUISVILLE 65
In Louisville, Ky., Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead Georgetown.
Jeff Green scored 16 points and DaJuan Summers added 13 as the surging Hoyas (17-5, 7-2 Big East).