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No. 25 Cincy hands Miss. State 1st loss

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) No. 25 Cincinnati had plummeted to the fringe of the rankings and needed a confidence boost. The Bearcats got it against a previously unbeaten team.

Jacob Evans III had 24 points and eight rebounds as Cincinnati recovered from its back-to-back losses and handed Mississippi State its first defeat, 65-50 on Tuesday night.

The Bearcats (8-2) were coming off losses to crosstown rival Xavier and Florida that dropped them from No. 11. They ended the slump with a solid defensive showing against the Southeastern Conference's last unbeaten team, blocking 11 shots.

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Delgado powers No. 15 Seton Hall to 9-1

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) After playing solid defense in a win over Virginia Commonwealth last Saturday, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard knew that his 15th-ranked Pirates had to keep up the pressure against old-time New Jersey rival Saint Peter's.

"I thought if we could get them a little out of a rhythm, we'd be in good shape," Willard said after his team held the Peacocks to just one field goal among their first 12 shots in an easy 84-61 win at the old Walsh Gym on the campus of Seton Hall.

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Abdur-Rahkman leads Michigan past Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman averages a fairly modest 10 points a game for Michigan, but Wolverines coach John Beilein said, "he's better than his stats would say."

On Tuesday night, Abdur-Rahkman's stats were more than sufficient. The senior guard matched a season-best with 17 points to go with 10 rebounds and Michigan beat Texas 59-52.

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Robinson gets Boston College by Columbia

BOSTON (AP) Boston College certainly had a reason to have an off-night after a signature victory over then-No. 1 Duke three days ago.

Jerome Robinson didn't let it happen.

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Short-handed Terps get past D-III foe

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland coach Mark Turgeon is using a stretch of non-conference games to get an extended look at some players and wait for a few others to recover from various ailments.

In the meantime, his team is learning some valuable lessons about playing hard from the opening tip.

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Sanders nets 1,000th point, Rutgers wins

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell is a team-first guy, but he couldn't help but put the spotlight on star guard Corey Sanders for his career milestone on Tuesday night.

The second-year coach had his first player go over 1,000 points at Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights beat Fordham 75-63.

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Ball brothers sign with Lithuanian team

A professional Lithuanian basketball club signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball's two younger sons ineligible for college basketball.

The move comes after LiAngelo left UCLA , where he was suspended after his shoplifting arrest during the team's season-opening trip to China.

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'Nova hops over MSU for No. 1 in AP poll

Villanova's unbeaten start now includes a No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 , while Arizona State is making a rapid rise into the top 10 under third-year coach Bobby Hurley.

After a tumultuous week in which unanimous No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Kansas lost, the Wildcats (10-0) earned 41 of 65 first-place votes to hop over Michigan State and reach the top for the third straight season.

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Murphy's 24 and 18 lift Gophers by Drake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota was reminded of a valuable lesson on Monday night when Drake had the Golden Gophers on the ropes. When in doubt, get the ball to Jordan Murphy.

Murphy posted his 12th straight double-double to start the season with 24 points and 18 rebounds, and Minnesota held off Drake 68-67.

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Texas G Jones out with broken wrist

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas will be without leading scorer Andrew Jones for several games because of a fracture in his right wrist.

Jones was injured in late the second half of last week's win at VCU. The guard is averaging 15.3 points this season for the Longhorns (6-2).

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