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Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

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Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds in No. 2 Duke's 88-50 win over Delaware. Ryan Kelly netted 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points and six assists for the Blue Devils (8-0), who extended their non-conference winning streak to 98 games. Duke was without the services of starting guard Seth Curry after he injured his left ankle during the second half of the Blue Devils' win over Ohio State on Wednesday. It's the first contest Curry's missed since transferring from Liberty following the 2008-09 season. Devon Saddler tallied 23 points and nine boards for the Blue Hens (2-6), who have dropped four straight games.

Final Score: (3) Michigan 74, Bradley 66

Peoria, IL (Sports Network) - Nik Stauskas scored a game-high 22 points and knocked down 4-of-5 from behind the arc to help the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines hold off the Bradley Braves, 74-66, on Saturday. Playing in their first true road game of the season, Trey Burke finished with 16 points and five assists while Jordan Morgan posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (7-0), who were coming off a victory over 18th- ranked N.C. State. Tim Hardaway Jr., the team's leading scorer coming in, was held to single-digits for the first time all season. He scored nine points, all in the second half. Walt Lemon Jr. scored a team-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Bradley (5-2), which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Tyshon Pickett had 11 and Will Egolf, Jordan Prosser and Jalen Crawford each finished with 10 points in the defeat.

Final Score: (4) Ohio State 70, Northern Kentucky 43

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - LaQuinton Ross had 22 points and eight rebounds, as the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes bounced back with a 70-43 victory over the Northern Kentucky Norse. Deshaun Thomas added 14 points and eight boards for the Buckeyes (5-1), who lost to Duke on Wednesday. Sam Thompson tallied 10 points. Jalen Billups ended with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Norse (0-5), who shot just 27.1 percent from the field.

Final Score: (5) Louisville 69, Illinois State 66

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Louisville was hoping for a nice bounce-back effort after suffering its first loss of the season last weekend against Duke. Illinois State sure didn't make it easy. Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva battled through foul trouble to add 20, as the fifth-ranked Cardinals escaped with a 69-66 victory over the Redbirds. Louisville (6-1) trailed for nearly the entire first half, then battled back and survived a pair of potential tying 3-point attempts in the closing seconds. Tyler Brown scored 25 points and Jackie Carmichael chipped in 20 for Illinois State (5-2), which has lost two straight heartbreakers against power conference teams after opening the season with five straight wins.

Final Score: Baylor 64, (8) Kentucky 55

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Pierre Jackson had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, as the Baylor Bears took down eighth-ranked Kentucky, 64-55, ending the Wildcats' 54-game winning streak at Rupp Arena. Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton added 11 points apiece for the Bears (5-2), who avenged a loss to these Wildcats in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. With Saturday's victory, Baylor improved to 1-7 all- time against Kentucky. Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson each tallied 10 points for the Bears, who recorded the school's first non-conference road win against a ranked opponent. Archie Goodwin ended with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats (4-3), who failed to bounce back from a loss to Notre Dame on Thursday.

Final Score: (11) Creighton 80, Saint Joseph's 51

Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Doug McDermott once again made sure he wouldn't go scoreless against Saint Joseph's. McDermott netted 18 of his 23 points in the first half and No. 11 Creighton redeemed itself following Wednesday's home loss to Boise State with an 80-51 thrashing of the Hawks. The junior forward McDermott, who had the only scoreless game of his career against St. Joe's on Dec. 11, 2010, was 7-of-12 from the field and nailed 5-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc for Creighton (7-1), which had its 41-game home winning streak against unranked non-conference teams snapped on Wednesday. Langston Galloway tallied 10 points for the Hawks (4-2), who had won four of their first five contests to begin the year.

Final Score: (13) Michigan State 84, Nicholls State 39

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Keith Appling scored 13 points and Adriean Payne added 10 with 12 rebounds, leading 13th-ranked Michigan State to an 84-39 rout of Nicholls State at the Breslin Center. Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine each scored 11 points for the Spartans (6-2), who never trailed and bounced back with a dominant effort after a 67-59 loss at Miami-Florida on Wednesday. T.J. Carpenter scored 11 points to lead Nicholls State (1-3), which was coming off its first win of the season on Monday against New Orleans. The Colonels were missing leading scorer Fred Hunter because of knee swelling and starting forward Lachlan Prest because of illness, and had just eight players available.

Final Score: (15) Oklahoma State 81, Virginia Tech 71

Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Erick Green totaled a game-high 28 points along with seven rebounds, as Virginia Tech held off the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 81-71, at Cassell Coliseum. Robert Brown contributed 18 points for the Hokies (7-0), who received 15 points and a game-best 12 rebounds from Jarell Eddie and 10 points from Cadarian Raines. Marcus Smart posted 18 points and 11 boards for the Cowboys (5-1). Le'Bryan Nash also tallied 18 points, while Kamari Murphy had 13 and Markel Brown 11 in a losing cause.

Final Score: (16) Missouri 72, Appalachian State 56

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Laurence Bowers posted 23 points and five rebounds as No. 16 Missouri took an easy 72-56 win over Appalachian State. Earnest Ross gave 13 points and nine rebounds, Keion Bell donated 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Tony Criswell posted 10 points for the Tigers (6-1), who have won two straight after a loss to Louisville. Jay Canty posted a game-high 29 points along with six rebounds for the Mountaineers (1-6), who have dropped six straight since opening the season with a win over Montreat.

Final Score: (17) Cincinnati 58, Alabama 56

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cashmere Wright's bucket as time expired lifted the No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats to a 58-56 victory over Alabama in an SEC/Big East clash on Saturday. Wright dribbled up the left side, and unleashed a fadeaway jumper as the clock wound down to triple zeroes that rippled the net cleanly. JaQuon Parker and Sean Kilpatrick posted 13 points each for the Bearcats (7-0), who overcame Wright's eight-point, four- turnover performance. Trevor Lacey's game-high 16 points and seven rebounds weren't enough for the Crimson Tide (6-1). Trevor Releford totaled 12 points and three steals in the setback.

Final Score: (21) Minnesota 87, North Florida 59

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rodney Williams Jr. had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, leading the 21st-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers to an 87-59 victory over the North Florida Ospreys. Austin Hollins added 12 points and six boards for the Golden Gophers (8-1), who have won four in a row. Joe Coleman and Trevor Mbakwe tallied 11 points apiece. Parker Smith ended with 22 points for the Ospreys (3-5), who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. Travis Wallace donated 17 points and six rebounds.

Final Score: (25) New Mexico 77, Indiana State 68 (OT)

Terre Haute, IN (Sports Network) - Hugh Greenwood scored eight of his 14 points in overtime as 25th-ranked New Mexico took a 77-68 win over Indiana State in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. Kendall Williams posted 24 points while Greenwood added nine rebounds for the Lobos (8-0), who were playing their first true road game of the season. Chad Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Jake Odum had a game-high 25 points to go with seven rebounds for the Sycamores (4-2), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

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