Duke Bounces Back – NCAA Top 25 News And Notes For Friday, January 18th
UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Duke bounced back nicely from its lone loss of the season.
Seth Curry scored 24 points and Mason Plumlee had a double-double as the Blue Devils beat Georgia Tech 73-57. Plumlee finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds after going just 2-for-12 in the first half. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lah-mahn) broke out of a slump with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting as the Blue Devils improved to 16-1.
Fifth-ranked Michigan won a matchup of top-10 teams. Tim Hardaway Jr. hit four three-pointers by halftime and finished with 21 points as the Wolverines beat ninth-ranked Minnesota 83-75. Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists for the Wolverines, who led for the final 33 minutes and improved to 17-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten.
Austin Hollins led the 15-3 Gophers with 21 points and four steals
Checking out the rest of the top-25 schedule:
— Kelly Olynyk furnished 21 points and eight rebounds as eighth-ranked Gonzaga hammered Portland 71-49. Kevin Pangos hit four three points, finished with 14 points and helped the 17-1 Bulldogs extend the best start in school history.
— Mike Rosario scored 19 points and Patric Young added 18 as 10th-ranked Florida ripped Texas A&M 68-47. The Gators are 13-2 following their fifth straight win.
— E.J. Singler's 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists carried No. 21 Oregon to a 76-74 win over Southern Cal. Damyean Dotson also had 14 points as the Ducks improved to 15-2.
— Treveon Graham scored six of his 25 points in overtime as No. 22 VCU outlasted Saint Joseph's 92-86 in overtime. Darious Theus added a career-high 22 points, 10 assists and four steals in the Rams' 12th consecutive win.
— No. 23 Illinois absorbed its third straight loss as Reggie Hearn scored 20 points in Northwestern's 68-54 win over the Illini. Brandon Paul had a game-high 21 points for Illinois, which shot just 38 percent in losing for the fifth time in seven games since a 12-0 start.
— Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and 24th-rated UCLA claimed its 10th straight win by downing Oregon State 74-64. Kyle Anderson added 17 points for the Bruins, who used a 20-7 spurt in the first half to take a 27-19 lead.