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No. 1 Kentucky routs Tennessee

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POSTED January 31, 2012 11:03 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman Anthony Davis had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as No. 1 Kentucky beat Tennessee 69-44 on Tuesday night to extend the Wildcats’ home winning streak to 48 games.
Kentucky (22-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) hit its first 11 shots over the opening 11 minutes as the Wildcats won their 14th straight overall in another dominating performance.
The Volunteers (10-12, 2-5) were led by Renaldo Woolridge, who hit a career-best five 3-pointers and tied his career-high with 17 points.
Kentucky holds the nation’s longest home winning streak.
Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 16 points and eight rebounds, Terrence Jones scored 11 points and Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague had nine apiece for the Wildcats.
The Vols’ main inside presence, Jeronne Maymon, scored 13 points, but picked up his fourth foul with just over 12 minutes to play.
Davis has an NCAA-best 108 blocked shots this season to help Kentucky lead the nation.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 18 points and a career-best 18 rebounds for North Carolina.
John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shook off a miserable shooting performance to win their fourth straight game. North Carolina shot 31 percent, including a 1-for-13 stretch to start the second half before running off a 12-0 spurt to finally pull away.
Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels and played most of the second half despite rolling his left ankle midway through the first half.
C.J. Harris scored 19 points to lead the Demon Deacons (11-11, 2-6), who shot just 30 percent, including 2 for 18 from 3-point range. They have lost six of season.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Brandon Paul shook off a poor-shooting game to score 18 points, including two free throws with 45 seconds left that gave Illinois the lead.
Paul had two chances to extend the lead for the Illini (16-6, 5-4 Big Ten) but he missed the front end of 1-and-1s with 26 seconds and 11 seconds to play.
Michigan State’s Derrick Nix had a chance to tie the game at 42 with 14 seconds left but he made one of two free throws. Keith Appling missed a driving shot with 2 seconds left, the final chance for the Spartans (17-5, 6-3).
Paul scored 13 of Illinois’ 20 second-half points, but was 6 of 17 from the field. He was 5 of 9 from the free throw line and the Illini finished 9 of 17.
After spending much of the game on the bench in foul trouble, Michigan State’s Draymond Green left with just under 4 minutes to play with what appeared to be an injury to his left knee. Spartans coach Tom Izzo wasn’t sure immediately after the game how seriously Green was injured. The Spartans’ leading scorer and rebounder finished with five points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes.
Branden Dawson had 12 points for the Spartans, who shot 24.1 percent (14 of 58), but pulled down 49 rebounds, 23 offensive.


MILWAUKEE — Jae Crowder had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help Marquette rally from a sluggish first half.
Vander Blue scored 16 points and Darius Johnson-Odom added 14 for the Golden Eagles (19-4, 8-2 Big East), who extended their winning streak to seven games.
Trailing at halftime, Marquette turned to Blue and Johnson-Odom in a 16-2 run to take the lead midway through the second half.
Herb Pope scored 16 points for the Pirates (15-7, 4-6), who have lost five straight.
Former Marquette standout Dwyane Wade attended the game, along with Miami Heat teammate LeBron James. Miami is in town to play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mike Scott scored 23 points, including four free throws over the final 16.8 seconds, and had 10 rebounds for Virginia.
Joe Harris added 19 points for Virginia (18-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 19-3 second-half run to take command. The Cavaliers reached 18 victories before the end of January for the first time since 1981-82.
Devin Booker scored 16 points and Tanner Smith had 14 for the Tigers (11-10, 3-4), who were without starting forward Milton Jennings after he was suspended for academic reasons on Monday. The Tigers were within 61-58 and had the ball when they called a timeout with 20.6 seconds to play. They inbounded to Andre Young, who quickly launched a 3-pointer that missed. Scott rebounded, was fouled and made both.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Jordan Taylor scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of key with 1:44 left, to help Wisconsin to its sixth straight victory.
Taylor made six free throws over the final minute, for the Badgers (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten), who overcame an early nine-point deficit.
Trailing 40-38, Penn State (10-13, 2-8) missed on three tries to tie or take the lead. Jon Graham missed two foul shots before Jermaine Marshall misfired on a 3 and missed a layup after grabbing his own rebound.
Taylor took over from there with his clutch 3. He scored 13 of Wisconsin’s last 17 points.
Tim Frazier led Penn State with 21 points.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ricky Scott scored 18 points and Arkansas equaled its Southeastern Conference-best with nine 3-pointers.
Five players scored in double figures for the Razorbacks (16-6, 4-3), who improved to 16-0 in Bud Walton Arena this season. Julysses Nobles added 17 points for Arkansas.
The Commodores (16-6, 5-2) led 40-37 in the second half before Arkansas’ Hunter Mickelson tied the game with a 3-pointer. That started a stretch where the Razorbacks hit six of seven field goals from behind the arc and took a 59-46 lead.
Vanderbilt, which was led by John Jenkins’ 19 points, was unable to get closer than seven points after that.
Jeffery Taylor added 18 points for the Commodores, while Festus Ezeli had 14 and Steve Tchiengang 10.
Arkansas equaled the best start to open a season since the 1993-94 national championship team had the same home mark for the entire season.

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