The Tigers (21-0, 7-0 Conference USA) are enjoying their best start ever, topping the 20-win start by the 1985-86 squad. They also extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 44 in the first of a four-game homestand.
This was the tightest game of the season for a team that had been winning league games by an average of 25.7 points.
Credit goes to UTEP coach Tony Barbee and his Miners (13-7, 4-3), who constantly switched defenses and flustered the Tigers. Barbee knows Tigers coach John Calipari well from working as his assistant at Memphis between 2000 and 2006.
NO. 2 KANSAS 72, COLORADO 59
In Boulder, Colo., Kansas (21-1, 6-1 Big 12) overcame a slow start, thanks to Darnell Jackson's 18 points, and turned back Colorado (9-12, 1-6).
Brandon Rush added 15 points and Sasha Kaun 12 for the Jayhawks who had a hard time shaking off the doldrums from their first loss of the season, an 84-75 shocker to in-state rival Kansas State on Wednesday night.
The Jayhawks held the Buffs scoreless for more than five minutes to start the second half and used an 8-0 run to take control.
NO. 3 DUKE 88, MIAMI 73
In Durham, N.C., DeMarcus Nelson scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Duke (19-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) past Miami (15-6, 2-5).
Greg Paulus scored 16 points for the Blue Devils, who won their ninth in a row by scoring on nine of their first 10 possessions of the second half to successfully sidestep a possible trap game with Wednesday night's visit to archrival North Carolina looming.
NO. 6 GEORGETOWN 73, SETON HALL 61
In Washington, Jessie Sapp had 17 points, reserve Patrick Ewing Jr. scored 11 of his career-high 16 in the second half, and Georgetown overcame an uneven performance to win its fifth in a row.
Roy Hibbert added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Hoyas (18-2, 8-1 Big East), who committed a season-high 21 turnovers but still improved to 11-0 at home with their fourth consecutive win over the Pirates (15-7, 5-4).
NO. 10 TEXAS 80, NO. 25 BAYLOR 72
In Austin, Texas, Damion James came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight rebounds as Texas rallied.
A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (17-4, 4-2 Big 12), who have won 21 in a row over the Bears (16-4, 4-2).
NO. 14 STANFORD 67, NO. 9 WASHINGTON STATE 65 (OT)
In Pullman, Wash., Robin Lopez hit a spinning layup with 12 seconds left in overtime to lift Stanford (18-3, 7-2 Pac-10).
Washington State (17-4, 5-4) had a chance to tie when Taylor Rochestie took the inbound pass and drove the length of the floor. But his layup bounced off the rim and Stanford won its fifth consecutive game.
Brook Lopez and Lawrence Hill led Stanford with 18 points each.
No. 17 Marquette 75, Cincinnati 60
In Cincinnati, Lazar Hayward scored 19 points and Marquette finally picked up a road win in the Big East.
The Golden Eagles (16-4, 6-3 Big East) rallied from a nine-point deficit in the first half to beat the Bearcats (10-12, 5-5).
CONNECTICUT 60, NO. 18 PITTSBURGH 53
In Hartford, Conn., A.J. Price scored 21 points and the Huskies closed the game on a 9-2 run for their fifth consecutive win, with three of them against ranked teams.
Craig Austrie's 3-pointer with 2:03 to play gave Connecticut (16-5, 6-3 Big East) a 54-51 lead. After Gilbert Brown made two of three free throws for the Panthers (17-5, 5-4), Price scored on a drive and then added two free throws with 37 seconds left for a 58-53 lead.
NO. 19 VANDERBILT 78, AUBURN 71
In Nashville, Tenn., A.J. Ogilvy scored 19 points to lead Vanderbilt over Auburn.
The Commodores snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the first time in two weeks.
Vanderbilt (18-3, 3-4 SEC) led by 12 points at the break after Jermaine Beal tossed in a 3-pointer just inside the halfcourt line to beat the halftime buzzer.
Auburn kept it close, charging back several times in the second half.
ARKANSAS 80, NO. 20 FLORIDA 61
In Fayetteville, Ark., Sonny Weems scored 17 points, and Arkansas (16-5, 5-2 SEC) raced to a 25-point halftime lead en route to a victory over Florida (18-4, 5-2).
Gary Ervin added 15 points and six assists for the Razorbacks, who gave coach John Pelphrey a win over his mentor Billy Donovan. Pelphrey was his assistant for seven years at Marshall and Florida.
Florida missed its first 13 attempts from 3-point range and finished 4 of 25. Walter Hodge led the Gators with 13 points.
MISSOURI 77, NO. 22 KANSAS STATE 74
In Columbia, Mo., J.T. Tiller scored a career-high 20 points, including two key free throws with 6 seconds left, helping Missouri (13-9, 3-4 Big 12) shock Kansas State (15-5, 6-1).
NO. 23 TEXAS A&M 60, OKLAHOMA 52
In College Station, Texas, Joseph Jones scored 18 points to lead Texas A&M (18-4, 4-3 Big 12) to a win in a defensive battle with Oklahoma (15-6, 3-3).