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No. 6 Syracuse upsets No. 1 Louisville, 70-68

LOUISVILLE, KY - JANUARY 19: Brandon Triche #20 of the Syracuse Orange brings the ball up court against pressure from the Louisville Cardinals during the game at KFC Yum! Center on January 19, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. Syracuse defeated Louisville 70-68. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Brandon Triche hit five three-pointers in the Orangemen’s victory in Lousiville. (Getty Images)Credit: Getty Images

Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams wasn’t fazed by a shaky first half, nor two missed free throws in the final minute that gave No. 1 Louisville chances to win on Saturday.

The sophomore just knew he had to redeem himself, and his second-half recovery helped the sixth-ranked Orange rally for the 70-68 upset in Louisville, Ky.

It was the second straight Saturday that the No. 1 team went down. Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State, 84-76, a week ago.

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Carter-Williams’s most important contributions were a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:28 remaining, and a steal followed by a go-ahead dunk with 23 seconds left. He scored 9 of his team’s final 11 points, including the last 4.

Brandon Triche was 9 of 13 from the field, including five of Syracuse’s seven 3-pointers, for 23 points as the Orange (17-1, 5-0) took control of the Big East Conference. Syracuse has won seven straight games and beat the Cardinals for the third time in a row.

Russ Smith’s 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.

After taking a 68-66 lead on Smith’s two free throws with 1:58 remaining, Louisville missed two shots and committed two turnovers.

The Cardinals’ last chance to tie ended with a pass inside around Gorgui Dieng’s knees in the final seconds that Syracuse recovered to seal the win.

Kansas 64, Texas 59 — Ben McLemore scored 16 points and the fourth-ranked Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) stormed back late in the second half from an 11-point deficit to stun the host Longhorns for their 15th straight victory.

The Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) have lost four straight games — their longest streak since coach Rick Barnes’s first season in 1998-99.

Arizona 71, Arizona State 54 — Mark Lyons scored 24 points, and the No. 7 Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) forced 17 turnovers that led to 18 points to pull away from the host Sun Devils.

Despite foul trouble, Jahii Carson scored 22 points for Arizona State (14-4, 3-2).

Butler 64, Gonzaga 63 — Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left and hit a floater right before the buzzer to help No. 13 Butler beat No. 8 Gonzaga in Indianapolis.

Jones finished with 20 points and Butler (16-2) has now won 13 games in a row. It’s the first time Butler has ever beaten three top-10 teams in one season. Gonzaga (17-2) had its eight-game winning streak snapped.

Florida 83, Missouri 52 — Scottie Wilbekin had his first career double-double (13 points, 10 assists), coach Billy Donovan won his 400th game, and the 10th-ranked Gators (14-2, 4-0) crushed the No. 17 Tigers (13-4, 2-2) in Gainseville.

Donovan became the third coach in SEC history to reach 400 wins at the same school, joining Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp and LSU’s Dale Brown.

Michigan State 59, Ohio State 56 — Keith Appling scored 15 points, including two free throws with 7.9 seconds left, to push the No. 18 Spartans (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) past the No. 11 Buckeyes.

Deshaun Thomas was the lone player for visiting Ohio State (13-4, 3-2) to reach double figures, scoring a game-high 28 points.

Wichita State 67, Creighton 64 — Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Shockers held off Doug McDermott (25 points) and the No. 12 Bluejays.

The Shockers (17-2, 6-1 MVC) pushed their home-court winning streak to 17 games.

Ethan Wragge misfired on two potential tying 3-pointers with less than six seconds left for Creighton (17-2, 6-1).

Wyoming 58, San Diego State 45 — Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Cowboys (15-2, 2-2 Mountain West) beat the No. 15 Aztecs (14-4, 2-2).

Kansas State 69, Oklahoma 60 — Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 15 as the No. 16 Wildcats (15-2, 4-0) defeated the visiting Sooners (12-4, 3-1) in a matchup of Big 12 teams.

Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 66 — Jack Cooley blocked a shot with two seconds left to secure the Fighting Irish’s win over the visiting Scarlet Knights (12-5, 3-3 Big East). Cooley added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (15-3, 3-2).

Oregon 76, UCLA 67 — The 21st-ranked Ducks (16-2) improved to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years with a win over the No. 24 Bruins in Los Angeles. UCLA (15-4, 5-1) had its 10-game win streak snapped.

Virginia Commonwealth 90, Duquesne 63 — In Pittsburgh, the No. 22 Rams (16-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) won for the 13th consecutive time, and made 35-year-old coach Shaka Smart the second-youngest coach to reach 100 career victories (in 131 games).

Cincinnati 71, Marquette 69 — Sean Kilpatrick scored 7 of his career-high 36 points in overtime, and the host Bearcats (16-3, 4-2 Big East) blew a 16-point lead before rallying to beat the No. 25 Golden Eagles.

Kilpatrick made a layup with 4.3 seconds left in overtime to provide the winning margin for Cincinnati. Marquette (13-4, 4-1) managed only 13 points in the first half.

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