Duke squeezed by. Kansas couldn't.
Alabama barely survived. Kentucky, Missouri, DePaul, Tulane and Syracuse were less lucky.As teams jockey for position in their conferences, and others hope to impress the NCAA selection committee, March surprises aren't unusual. So on a busy night in the Top 25 Wednesday, six ranked teams fell.
While No. 1 Duke was taking Clemson by a point and No. 20 Alabama was doing the same at Mississippi, upsets were in order at Iowa State, Florida and Connecticut. And at Missouri, DePaul and Tulane.
The ranked losers included Big Eight powers No. 3 Kansas, which fell 70-66 at Iowa State, and No. 11 Missouri, which lost at home to Oklahoma 81-67. Still, those resullts gave the Jayhawks (22-4, 10-3 Big Eight) the Big Eight championship, their 40th.
Tenth-ranked Kentucky fell 79-62 at Florida, while Marquette ended No. 15 DePaul's 20-game home winning string 73-65.
Tulane, ranked 21st, dropped its fifth straight, a 68-67 decision to Memphis State. No. 24 Syracuse was beaten by Connecticut 85-78.
No. 1 Duke 98, Clemson 97
Brian Davis had a career-high 30 points and Christian Laettner sparked the visiting Blue Devils' surge from a 19-point deficit. Laettner had 17 of his 23 points in the second half.
The Tigers, who five weeks ago lost to the Blue Devils by 39 points, were up 70-51 with 14:26 to go. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski then benched his starters, but they came back to spark a 27-7 run.
No. 2 Indiana 64, Iowa 60
Calbert Cheaney scored 29 points, including visiting Indiana's first 10 of the second half. The Hoosiers, on top in the Big Ten with a 13-2 mark - they are 22-4 overall - nearly blew it with poor foul shooting in the final minutes.
Greg Graham and Damon Bailey combined to miss three free throws with just under 40 seconds remaining.
Iowa State 70, No. 3 Kansas 66
Three weeks ago, Kansas blew out Iowa State 91-60 in Lawrence. This time, at Ames, Iowa State's reshuffled lineup came through. Julius Michalik, one of only two starters to keep his job, scored 17 points, including two key baskets in the final minute, as Iowa State broke a four-game losing streak. The Cyclones are 19-10.
Florida 79, No. 10 Kentucky 62
At Gainesville, Fla., the Gators beat a ranked team for the first time in more than two years. Stacey Poole scored 19 points and sparked a 19-3 run for Florida (16-10 overall, 9-6 SEC).
Oklahoma 81, No. 11 Missouri 67
Visiting Oklahoma shot 65 percent in the first half in winning at Missouri for the first time since 1985. It was the second straight loss for Missouri (20-6, 8-5), which ended an eight-game losing streak at Oklahoma last month.
No. 12 Okla. St. 69, Colorado 63
At Stillwater, Okla., the Cowboys hung on as Byron Houston had 21 points and Sean Sutton added 19, hitting five 3-point shots.
Oklahoma State (23-6) outscored Colorado 27-0 from 3-point territory.
Marquette 73, No. 15 DePaul 65
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Robb Logterman's 17 points, as Marquette won for the first time in 11 visits to Rosemont Horizon.
No. 16 N.C. 79, Georgia Tech 75
At Chapel Hill, N.C., the Tar Heels ended a four-game slide, their worst since 1965. Hubert Davis scored 27 points in his final game in the Dean Smith Center.
No. 20 Alabama 84, Mississippi 83
At Oxford, Miss., the Crimson Tide nearly found disaster by not finding the basket for three minutes down the stretch. But Elliott Washington hit two free throws with six seconds left.
Memphis State 68, No. 21 Tulane 67
At New Orleans, Anfernee Hardaway made a 3-pointer with five seconds left, then stole an inbounds pass to clinch the Tigers' win. Hardaway led Memphis State (18-8) with 17 points, while David Whitmore led Tulane (19-7) with 20 points.
No. 22 Seton Hall 90, Miami 82, OT
At Miami, Terry Dehere tied a season high with 31 points and Bryan Caver hit 11 of 12 free throws in overtime. Seton Hall's 12 3-pointers set a school mark.
Connecticut 85, No. 24 Syracuse 78
At Hartford, Conn., Scott Burrell had 25 points and nine rebounds, while Rod Sellers added 13 points and 14 rebounds for UConn, winner of just two of its last nine.
No. 25 Massachusetts 96, R.I. 88
At Amherst, Mass., Anton Brown scored 22 points for Massachusetts (25-4 overall, 13-3 Atlantic 10), the top seed in the conference tournament, which begins this weekend in Philadelphia. The Minutement held Rhode Island scoreless from the field for nine minutes at one point.