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Johnson leads No. 12 UNC past No. 4 Zags

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina made shot after shot, finally backing its Hall of Fame coach's claim that he has a sharp-shooting bunch. And when they did miss, the Tar Heels relentlessly flew to the rim to pursue the ball for another chance.

Saving all that for a highly ranked opponent in a marquee nonconference game will only help with confidence, too.

Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six 3-pointers to lift No. 12 UNC over No. 4 Gonzaga 103-90 on Saturday night, a strong performance for a team that had flopped in a previous measuring-stick nonconference game.


Kansas edges 'Nova in Final Four rematch

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Lagerald Vick had never watched last season's Final Four loss to Villanova before this week, when top-ranked Kansas had to endure every minute of it while prepping for Saturday's game against the Wildcats.

"We watched it for like, a week straight," Vick said. "It was definitely hard."


Indiana tops Butler on Phinisee 3 at :00

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard Devonte Green kept trying to make the designed play work as the final seconds ticked away Saturday.

His first option, Romeo Langford, couldn't break free. Green couldn't spot his second option, Juwan Morgan, through all the bodies.


No. 3 Tennessee runs past Memphis 102-92

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.

The rivalry between Tennessee's top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.


No. 7 Nevada rallies again, now 12-0

RENO, Nev. (AP) Nevada coach Eric Musselman says he focuses on the stars.

"Some coaches have a philosophy that they're going to let the (opposing) stars score and they are going to shut everyone else down," Musselman said. "We don't hide the fact that our total focus is on the star players and we want the peripheral players to beat us."


Michigan slips by W. Michigan, now 11-0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) No. 5 Michigan has breezed past the competition for much of the season, coasting to lopsided wins even against ranked opponents.

Western Michigan provided the Wolverines with a different kind of experience.


No. 8 Auburn outlasts UAB 75-71 in OT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Auburn and UAB aren't annual rivals on the hardwood. The energy inside Legacy Arena as a fight-to-the-finish matchup ensued said otherwise.

Jared Harper scored 23 of Auburn's last 30 points and finished with 31 to help the No. 8 Tigers outlast UAB 75-71 in overtime Saturday night in the Mike Slive Invitational.


Baylor ends UA's home nonconference run

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Baylor will face some of the toughest road environments in college basketball when the Big 12 season starts.

After ending one of the nation's longest home winning streaks with a dominating performance, the new-look Bears know they can win anywhere.


Old Dominion rallies by No. 25 Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) B.J. Stith felt it necessary to apologize to his Old Dominion teammates at halftime Saturday after going scoreless and committing five turnovers against Syracuse.

"I made up my mind I couldn't let my guys down," Stith said. "I took full responsibility. No points, five turnovers. I said, `Look, I apologize for how I played in the first half. I'm going to step it up in the second half. Let's do it.' That's exactly what we did and didn't look back."


No. 11 Texas Tech wins Coliseum finale

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech said goodbye to its longtime home with a blowout victory.

Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 30 points, Matt Mooney added 14 and the 11th-ranked Red Raiders raced past Abilene Christian 82-48 in the final game at sold-out Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

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