The Associated Press
MEMPHIS - Texas-El Paso coach Tony Barbee almost made his years coaching at Memphis pay off. Luckily for the top-ranked Tigers, they had enough talent to overcome the inside knowledge and a horrendous 24-of-66 shooting performance.
The home team went 1-for-17 from 3-point range.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored with 2:31 left to break a 60-all tie, keeping Memphis as the country's only undefeated team with a 70-64 victory Saturday over Texas-El Paso (13-7, 4-3).
"A lot of how we played is because of Tony's preparation," Memphis coach John Calipari said of Barbee, who was his assistant here between 2000 and 2006.
Barbee recruited some of these Tigers and knows them well. He also runs the same offense with the Miners. But Douglas-Roberts cautioned that Barbee didn't provide a new blueprint to challenge the Tigers.
"Other teams don't play like that and other teams don't have Tony Barbee for a coach," Douglas-Roberts said.
The Tigers (21-0, 7-0 Conference USA) continued their best start ever, topping the 20-win start by the 1985-86 squad. They also extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 44 in the first of a four-game homestand.
This was the tightest game this season for a team that had been winning league games by an average of 25.7 points.
n No. 2 Kansas 72, Colorado 59: Darnell Jackson scored 18 points for the visiting Jayhawks (21-1, 6-1 Big 12), who had a hard time shaking off the doldrums from their first loss of the season, an 84-75 shocker to Kansas State on Wednesday night.
Brandon Rush added 15 points and Sasha Kaun 12 for the Kansas.
n No. 3 Duke 88, Miami 73: DeMarcus Nelson scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Duke to its ninth straight win.
Greg Paulus had 16 points for the Blue Devils (19-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored on nine of their first 10 possessions of the second half. Duke faces archrival North Carolina on Wednesday night.
n No. 5 UCLA 82, Arizona 60: Freshman Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double to lead UCLA.
The Bruins (20-2, 8-1 Pac-10) built a 20-point halftime lead and cruised on 57 percent field goal shooting. Russell Westbrook added a career-high 21 points, Josh Shipp 13 and Darren Collison 12 and seven assists as the Bruins won their fourth in a row.
n No. 6 Georgetown 73, Seton Hall 61: Jessie Sapp had 17 points, reserve Patrick Ewing Jr. scored 11 of his career-high 16 in the second half, and the Hoyas won their fifth straight.
Roy Hibbert added 16 points and nine rebounds for Georgetown (18-2, 8-1 Big East), which committed a season-high 21 turnovers but still improved to 11-0 at home with their fourth straight win over the Pirates. Georgetown has won 10 of 11 overall.
n Penn State 85, No. 8 Michigan State 76: Stanley Pringle scored 19 points and Penn State went 16-of-20 from the foul line in the closing minutes to snap the Spartans' five-game winning streak.
Talor Battle had 17 points and David Jackson added nine all from the free throw line as the Nittany Lions scored their first win over a ranked team since beating No. 6 Illinois on the road on Feb. 4, 2006.
n No. 14 Stanford 67, No. 9 Washington State 65, OT: Robin Lopez hit a spinning layup with 12 seconds left in overtime to lift the Cardinal to their fifth straight win.
Washington State had a chance to tie in the closing seconds when Taylor Rochestie took the inbound pass and drove the length of the floor, but his layup bounced off the rim.
Brook Lopez and Lawrence Hill led Stanford (18-3, 7-2 Pac-10) with 18 points each.
n No. 10 Texas 80, No. 25 Baylor 72: Damion James came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight rebounds, and the Longhorns rallied from 14 down early to beat the Bears.
A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (17-4, 4-2 Big 12), who have won 21 in a row over the Bears. Texas hasn't lost to Baylor since the 1997-98 season.
Baylor (16-4, 4-2), ranked in consecutive weeks for the first time in school history, dropped its second straight
n No. 15 Xavier 75, La Salle 62: C.J. Anderson scored 16 points in Xavier's balanced offense, and the host Musketeers overcame a sloppy performance.
Xavier (18-4, 6-1) has won 10 of its last 11 and leads the Atlantic 10 because it does things well. On an off-night, the Musketeers had to do a little bit of everything to pull one out.
n No. 16 Drake 83, Indiana St. 77: Adam Emmenecker scored a season-high 20 points s Drake won its 19th straight. Josh Young scored 18 points and Leonard Houston added 16 for the Bulldogs (20-1, 11-0 Missouri Valley).
Gabe Moore led Indiana State (10-11, 5-6) with 19 points. It was the Sycamores' first loss in 10 home games this season, but their third straight loss overall.
n No. 17 Marquette 75, Cincinnati 60: Lazar Hayward scored 19 points and the Golden Eagles finally picked up a road win in the Big East.
Marquette (16-4, 6-3) rallied from a nine-point deficit in the first half. Hayward led the way, scoring 14 after the break as Marquette built a 15-point lead and held on.
n Connecticut 60, No. 18 Pittsburgh 53: A.J. Price scored 21 points and the Huskies closed the game on a 9-2 run for their fifth straight win, three of them coming against ranked teams.
Craig Austrie's 3-pointer with 2:03 to play gave Connecticut (16-5, 6-3 Big East) a 54-51 lead. After Gilbert Brown made two of three free throws for the Panthers (17-5, 5-4), Price scored on a drive and then added two free throws with 37 seconds left for a 58-53 lead.
n No. 21 Saint Mary's 86, Portland 49: Ian O'Leary scored a season-high 20 points and Saint Mary's routed Portland in the Gaels' final tuneup before facing West Coast Conference unbeaten and rival Gonzaga.
This was the Gaels' first victory as a ranked team since 1988-89, and came in their first home game during two stints in the AP poll this season though they might be bumped come Monday considering the team's 63-55 loss at San Diego on Jan. 28 that snapped a five-game winning streak.
n Missouri 77, No. 22 Kansas State 74: J.T. Tiller scored a career-high 20 points, including two key free throws with 6 seconds left, helping short-handed Missouri shock the Wildcats.
Kansas State (15-5, 6-1 Big 12) failed to capitalize on momentum gained from ending a 24-game homecourt losing streak to No. 2 Kansas three days earlier, and couldn't overcome 16 turnovers and off-games from freshman stars Michael Beasley and Bill Walker.
n No. 23 Texas A&M 60, Oklahoma 52: Joseph Jones scored 18 points to lead the Aggies to their third straight win.
Texas A&M (18-4, 4-3 Big 12) led by one when Donald Sloan got a steal and cut through the lane for a layup that made it 54-51 with just less than 2 minutes remaining. Two free throws by Sloan about a minute earlier had given the Aggies the lead.