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College Basketball | T25 results | Wednesday

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Top 25 Men No. 1 UConn 101, DePaul 65

CHICAGO — Alex Karaban scored 21 points, and No. 1 UConn rolled to its 13th straight win, beating DePaul 101-65 on Wednesday night.

Karaban nailed five 3-pointers — one shy of his career high — after scoring 25 in a romp at Georgetown last week, and the Huskies (23-2, 13-1 Big East) wasted little time burying the Blue Demons (3-21, 0-13). They took control in the opening minutes and never looked back. UConn faces a stiffer test when it hosts No. 4 Marquette on Saturday.

Stephon Castle had 15 points and six assists for UConn and Cam Spencer added 14 points five rebounds and five assists.

Jaden Henley scored 15 for DePaul. But the Blue Demons lost their 12th straight game and sixth since interim coach Matt Brady took over for the fired Tony Stubblefie­ld.

UConn showed why it’s at the top of the AP poll for the fifth week in a row, grabbing a 52-29 halftime lead.

They were up 22-7 after Spencer nailed a 3 and Jaylin Stewart broke for a layup just over eight minutes into the game. And with a 31-18 lead, they put this one away with a 13-2 run.

No. 8 Tennessee 92, Arkansas 63

FAYETTEVIL­LE, Ark. — Jonas Aidoo had 23 points and 12 rebounds as No. 8 Tennessee cruised past Arkansas 92-63 on Wednesday night, the biggest blowout in 55 meetings between the teams.

Dalton Knecht, the SEC’s secondlead­ing scorer entering the game, finished two points above his season average with 22 for the Volunteers (186, 8-3). Jordan Gainey added 17 points and Josiah-Jordan James had 12.

After the score was tied 18-all, Tennessee went on an 18-5 run midway through the first half to take control. Then a 15-3 spurt early in the second half turned this one into a laugher.

The Razorbacks (12-12, 3-8) had no response for Tennessee inside. The Volunteers scored 48 points in the paint, several on layups and dunks following Arkansas turnovers. Tennessee finished with 28 points off 15 Razorbacks giveaways.

No. 13 Auburn 101, No. 11 South Carolina 61

AUBURN, Ala. — Jaylin Williams scored 23 points and Johni Broome added 21 to lead No. 13 Auburn to a 101-61 blowout of 11th-ranked South Carolina on Wednesday night, the Tigers’ most lopsided win over a ranked team.

The Tigers (20-5, 9-3 Southeaste­rn Conference) rolled to a 22-point halftime lead and snapped South Carolina’s seven-game winning streak. They moved into a second-place tie with the Gamecocks (21-4, 9-3) in the league standings, just behind Alabama at 9-2.

Both big men for Auburn did much of their damage from long range, and the team secured its sixth 20-win season in the last seven years.

Williams shot 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, making four in the first half. Broome was 4 of 5 and drained all three attempts in the second half.

Tre Donaldson had 11 points and Chad Baker-Mazara added 10 for the Tigers, who blitzed the SEC’s leading defense. The Gamecocks came in allowing just 64 points per game and hadn’t permitted more than 77.

Meechie Johnson had 22 points for the Gamecocks but was called for a technical foul after shoving BakerMazar­a late.

Top 25 Women No. 2 Ohio St. 80, Nebraska 47

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jacy Sheldon had 23 points and Cotie McMahon added 20 points and 10 rebounds as No. 2 Ohio State pulled away early and raced to its 12th straight win, an 80-47 rout of Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (22-3, 13-1 Big Ten) this week tied their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 in school history and sit atop the Big Ten standings with three regular-season games left, including a prime-time finale with Caitlin Clark and Iowa on March 3.

Huskers leading Alexis Markowski (16.4 points per game) led Nebraska (16-9, 8-6) with just nine points, but the 6-foot-3 forward pulled down 16 rebounds. Callin Hake added seven points.

No. 5 Texas 82, Houston 66

HOUSTON — Madison Booker had 23 points and seven rebounds, DeYona Gaston added 21 points and eight rebounds and Texas beat Houston.

Aaliyah Moore had 12 points and eight rebounds for Texas (23-3, 10-3 Big 12), which shot 56% from the field in winning its fifth straight game. The Longhorns had a 42-24 rebounding advantage and outscored Houston 54-22 in the paint

Laila Blair scored 23 points on 9-of24 shooting for Houston (12-12, 3-10) to become the ninth player in program history to score 1,500 points. Maliyah Johnson added 12 points and Brittany Onyeje scored 11 points.

Iowa St. 96,

No. 7 Kansas St. 93, 2OT

AMES, Iowa — Addy Brown and Audi Crooks each scored 20 points as Iowa State knocked off Kansas State in double overtime.

The Cyclones (14-9, 8-5 Big 12) made 10 straight free throws in the final 36 seconds of the second overtime period, including Brown’s four makes.

Ayoka Lee and Serena Sundell both scored 20 points for Kansas State (21-4, 10-3).

No. 14 Indiana 68, Wisconsin 54

BLOOMINGTO­N, Ind. — Mackenzie Holmes scored 24 points in her first game since become Indiana’s all-time leading scorer as the Hoosiers turned back Wisconsin.

Holmes had 10 points in the fourth quarter to ensure Indiana’s 10th-straight win over the Badgers and pushed her career total to 2,389 points.

Sara Scalia scored 15 points with four 3-pointers, giving her 79 3s this season, a record for Indiana (21-3, 12-2 Big Ten Conference). Moore McNeil had 12 with 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.

Sophomore Serah Williams had 18 points and 14 rebounds, extending her Wisconsin-record double-double streak to 10. Ronnie Porter added 11 points and Brooke Schramek 10 for the Badgers (11-12, 4-9). Wisconsin was 1 of 7 from 3-point range and had 19 turnovers.

No. 15 UConn 86, Xavier 40

CINCINNATI — Paige Bueckers had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Aaliyah Edwards added 16 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th doubledoub­le of the season and UConn eased past Xavier.

Ice Brady had a double-double — the first of her freshman season — for UConn (21-5, 13-0 Big East) with 11 points and 14 rebounds. The Huskies grabbed a season-high 56 rebounds, compared to just 20 for Xavier.

Ashlynn Shade added 14 points for UConn and Qadence Samuels had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Aizhanique Mayo scored 14 points for Xavier (1-21, 0-13), which is 0-8 all-time against UConn. Daniela Lopez added 10 points, going 2 of 10 from 3-point range.

No. 23 Oklahoma 84, No. 21 Baylor 73

NORMAN, Okla. — Sophomore Kiersten Johnson had a career-high 20 points off the bench, Payton Verhulst had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Oklahoma pulled away from Baylor in the fourth quarter to win its ninth straight.

Verhulst added seven assists and five blocks for the Sooners (18-6, 12-1 Big 12 Conference), who are 4-3 against ranked teams. Nevaeh Tott and Sahara Williams both had 14 points and Vann had 10.

The last time the Sooners were 12-1 in league play was the 2008-09 season when they finished 15-1 and made the Final Four.

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