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No. 25 Cincinnati sends Mississippi State to 1st loss 65-50

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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Iowa State frosh Lindell Wigginton exceeding expectations

AMES, Iowa (AP) — From the moment freshman Lindell Wigginton signed with Iowa State, coach Steve Prohm has tried to manage expectations for the five-star recruit.

Wigginton's recent play has made it impossible for Prohm to keep him a secret much longer.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Dec 11
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (41)10-01,5984
2Michigan State (19)9-11,5613
3Wichita State8-11,4026
4Duke11-11,3621
5Arizona State (5)9-01,31616
6Miami (FL)8-01,27210
7North Carolina9-11,23711
8Kentucky8-11,2278
9Texas A&M8-11,0727
10Xavier9-11,04413
11West Virginia9-197218
12Gonzaga8-280512
13Kansas7-27602
14TCU10-071820
15Seton Hall8-170419
16Virginia8-169015
17Purdue10-256821
18Notre Dame8-25649
19Florida State9-0452-
20Tennessee7-134224
21Baylor7-228123
22Florida6-32615
23Arizona7-3252-
24Texas Tech7-1191-
25Cincinnati7-214517

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Memphis holds off Albany for 67-58 win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kareem Brewton Jr. scored 19 points with three 3-pointers, Jeremiah Martin scored the go-ahead basket, and Memphis held off Albany 67-58 in Tuesday night's Gotham Classic matchup to win its third straight.

Albany rallied on an 8-1 run to tie it at 45 on David Nichols' layup midway through the second half. Martin scored a go-ahead layup, Raynere Thornton dunked and Memphis pulled away.