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Isaiah Hicks, Jaylen Johnson, Anas Mahmoud

No. 8 Tar Heels top No. 7 Cardinals 74-63, stretch ACC lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Justin Jackson scored 21 points and No. 8 North Carolina pulled away after halftime to beat No. 7 Louisville 74-63 on Wednesday night in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference leaders.

Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (24-5, 12-3), who strengthened their hold on first place in the league. UNC entered the night leading both Louisville and No. 10 Duke by a game, but stretched the lead by beating the Cardinals after the Blue Devils' lost at Syracuse earlier in the evening.

The Tar Heels took over with a 13-3 second-half run to break a 40-all tie and led by 17 points late.

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Johnathan Motley, Frank Mason III

Jayhawks' run of Big 12 titles poised to reach 13 straight

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There is perhaps nobody better than Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown to put into perspective the remarkable streak of conference championships put together by Kansas, one that could stretch to 13 in a row with a victory over TCU on Wednesday night.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 20
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (59)28-01,6181
2Villanova (5)26-21,5562
3Kansas (1)24-31,5033
4Arizona25-31,3565
5UCLA24-31,3166
6Oregon24-41,2977
7Louisville22-51,2678
8North Carolina23-51,13810
9Baylor22-51,1084
10Duke22-51,01412
11Kentucky22-594313
12West Virginia21-69089
13Florida22-582215
14Purdue22-580716
15Cincinnati24-373318
16Wisconsin22-571311
17SMU24-455419
18Virginia18-842714
19Florida State21-641917
20Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-337522
21Notre Dame21-732225
22Butler21-629524
23Creighton22-517820
24Maryland22-515923
25Wichita State25-4153-

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Cromer with 32 points helps ETSU beat Furman 93-81 in OT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — T.J. Cromer scored a career-high 32 points and East Tennessee State beat Furman 93-81 in overtime on Wednesday night in a battle for dominance atop the Southern Conference.

Cromer and A.J. Merriweather sank back-to-back 3-pointers as part of a 13-4 surge to start the overtime period, thrusting the Buccaneers (23-6, 13-3) into an 86-78 lead with 1:38 to go and they cruised to the win from there.

The Buccaneers moved a half-game ahead of Furman (20-10, 13-4) in conference standings.