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Top-ranked Florida men beat No. 25 Kentucky

Top-ranked Florida routed No. 25 Kentucky 84-65, becoming the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in regular-season play.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Patric Young scored 18 points in his final home game and No. 1 Florida routed 25th-ranked Kentucky 84-65 Saturday, becoming the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in regular-season play.

The Gators (29-2 overall, 18-0 SEC) have won 23 straight this season and 32 in a row at home.

“They’re that good,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said of the Gators. “And if you don’t come and play, you’re going to get smashed.”

Julius Randle led the Wildcats (22-9, 12-6) with 16 points.

Other Top 10 men

No. 2 Wichita St. 67, Missouri St. 42

Cleanthony Early scored 20 points and the Shockers (33-0) advanced to the title game against Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis.

At No. 4 Duke 93, No. 14 N. Carolina 81

Freshman Jabari Parker contributed 30 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (24-7, 13-5 Atlantic Coast) past the Tar Heels (23-8, 13-5).

At No. 6 Villanova 77, Georgetown 59

Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points as the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2 Big East) defeated the Hoyas (17-13, 8-10).

At West Virginia 92, No. 8 Kansas 86

Eron Harris scored 28 points as the Mountaineers (17-14, 9-9 Big 12) beat the Jayhawks (23-8, 14-4), who got 41 points from freshman Andrew Wiggins.

At No. 10 S. Diego St. 51, No. 21 N. Mex. 48

Xavier Thames scored 23 points as the Aztecs (27-3, 16-2 Mountain West) rallied from 16 points down to beat the Lobos (24-6, 15-3) in a game that decided the regular-season conference champion.

Other men’s game

Weber St. 82, at E. Washington 78

Davion Berry scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats (17-11, 14-6 Big Sky) past the Eagles (15-16, 10-10). Tyler Harvey scored 24 points for Eastern, which failed to qualify for the Big Sky tournament.

Top 5 women

No. 1 UConn 72, Cincinnati 42

Breanna Stewart scored 22 points as the Huskies (32-0) beat the Bearcats (13-18) in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament in Uncasville, Conn.

No. 2 Notre Dame 83, North Carolina St. 48

Jewell Loyd scored 16 points as the Fighting Irish (31-0) defeated the Wolfpack (25-7) in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal in Greensboro, N.C. Notre Dame will face No. 10 Duke for the ACC title.

No. 3 Louisville 88, Houston 43

Shoni Schimmel scored 15 points as the Cardinals (29-3) routed the Cougars (6-25) in an American Athletic quarterfinal.

No. 12 Kentucky 68, No. 5 S. Carolina 58

Bria Goss scored 14 points and the Wildcats (24-7) knocked off the Gamecocks (27-4) to advance to the SEC tournament final against No. 6 Tennessee in Duluth, Ga.



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