Seventh-ranked Kentucky knew what to expect from Florida, but couldn't keep it from happening.
The Gators, the nation's best 3-point shooting team, made 12 shots from beyond the arc on Sunday to snap a 10-game losing streak to Kentucky and post an 86-78 victory in Lexington, Ky."We didn't do a good job with our game plan," Kentucky forward Scott Padgett said after the Gators shot a season-high 57 percent (12-of-21) from 3-point range. "We knew their strength and played to it. They hit a lot of 3s, and we did a real bad job defending it."
NO. 1 DUKE 90, GA. TECH 69: Duke won its 11th in a row and can now focus on its matchup with second-ranked North Carolina. Thurs-day's game at Chapel Hill will be the first meeting between the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 teams since Kentucky beat Massachusetts in the semifinals of the 1996 Final Four.
NO. 5 KANSAS 82, NEBRASKA 71: Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Raef LaFrentz 25 as Kansas won at Nebraska.
NO. 13 S. CAROLINA 67, NO. 18 CINCINNATI 65: Antonio Grant ran down a loose ball and hit a 3-pointer as time expired, capping South Carolina's rally from a 23-point deficit early in the second half.
NO. 19 MICHIGAN 80, NO. 16 IOWA 66: Louis Bullock made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points as Michigan beat Iowa.
NO. 20 SYRACUSE 84, PITTSBURGH 73: Todd Burgan scored 27 points and led a 16-0 spurt at the start of the second half for Syr-a-cuse.
NO. 21 RHODE ISLAND 75, FORDHAM 70: Joshua King scored 21 points and visiting Rhode Island sent Fordham to its school-record 11th straight loss.
NO. 23 MARYLAND 77, VIRGINIA 70: Rodney Elliott scored 17 points as Maryland beat Virginia for the fifth straight time at Cole Field House.