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No. 8 Kentucky maturing, more challenges ahead for freshmen

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn't hidden his frustration about the learning curve of his latest group of talented freshmen.

And while the No. 8 Wildcats are starting play better, they're bracing for more challenges ahead.

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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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UNC Greensboro rallies to beat UNC Wilmington 71-58

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Francis Alonso scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, Marvin Smith added 15 points with three 3s, and UNC Greensboro rallied to for its third-straight win, 71-58 over UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night.

Alonso hit three 3s in a 16-4 run to start the second half and the Spartans took a 48-37. They led 64-53 after Alonso hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 5:16 to play. The Seahawks closed to 65-56 on Ty Taylor II's two free throws, but Smith's tip-in with 2:30 left gave the Spartans a double-digit lead they held for the duration.