NO. 1 KENTUCKY 78, NO. 8 FLORIDA 58
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13 points and 13 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky easily passed its toughest Southeastern Conference test to date with a victory over No. 8 Florida on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (24-1, 10-0) have won 49 straight at home and matched their best start in league play since 2005.
Doron Lamb scored 18 points and freshman Anthony Davis added 16 for Kentucky, which won its 16th straight overall and ended Florida’s run of seven consecutive wins.
Kenny Boynton led the Gators (19-5, 7-2) with 18 points, but the team with the nation’s most 3-pointers this season went 6 of 27 from behind the arc and shot 34.9 percent overall from the field.
Freshman point guard Marquis Teague finished with 12 points and 10 assists for the Wildcats.
Florida scored the first two baskets of the second half to cut it to 38-30, but Kentucky answered with an 11-0 run sparked when Teague and Darius Miller hit consecutive 3-pointers.
NO. 3 OHIO ST. 87, PURDUE 84
COLUMBUS, Ohio — William Buford scored a career-high 29 points to lead Ohio State to its 39th consecutive home win.
Buford scored 21 points in the second half to carry the Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) while All-America Jared Sullinger and point guard Aaron Craft were on the bench with foul trouble. He scored seven straight points for Ohio State as it took the lead for good, then had a dunk with 39 seconds left that sealed it.
D.J. Byrd, averaging 6.5 points a game, had a career-best 24 points for the Boilermakers (15-9, 5-6), while Kelsey Barlow and Lewis Jackson each had 14 and Robbie Hummel added 13.
Sullinger had 18 points and Deshaun Thomas and Craft 13 added apiece for the first-place Buckeyes, who have won six straight and eight of nine.
No more than three points separated the teams for the entire second half until Buford went off down the stretch.
EVANSVILLE 65, NO. 17 CREIGHTON 57
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Colt Ryan gave Evansville the lead for good by making a 17-footer with 3:08 to play and the Purple Aces closed the game on a 13-1 run.
The nation’s best shooting team was out of sync all night and wound up losing a second straight game for the first time this season. Creighton (21-4, 11-3 Missouri Valley Conference) was led by Doug McDermott with 21 points.
Kenny Harris scored 15 points to lead Evansville (12-12, 7-7), which ended a six-game losing streak against the Bluejays. The Purple Aces limited Creighton to 40.4 percent shooting from the field, including 4 of 22 on 3-pointers, and didn’t trail until early in the second half.
Evansville was behind 48-41with 12:56 to go but rallied with a 9-2 run to tie the score at 50.