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 width=>>Kentucky Survives LSU

Karl-Anthony Towns posted his fourth double-double of the season and hit a late jumper to help No. 1 Kentucky survive another stiff SEC test.

Towns tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds and the Wildcats overcame a furious second-half rally by host LSU to beat the Tigers, 71-69.

A near-miraculous 21-2 run gave LSU not only life, but a real chance at handing Kentucky its first loss of the season. Keith Hornsby, who scored 17 points, capped the flurry with a pair of layups.

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and Devin Booker gave 14 for the Wildcats (24-0, 11-0 SEC), who are one win shy of matching the best start in program history.

LSU's dynamic frontcourt played superb on Tuesday despite the loss. Jarell Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Mickey scored 16 points with seven rebounds and four blocks.

The Tigers (17-7, 6-5) fell to 1-8 in the last nine matchups against Kentucky.

 width=>>Wisconsin Gets Road Win Over Nebraska

Sam Dekker scored 21 points and No. 5 Wisconsin survived a late push from host Nebraska, edging the Cornhuskers 65-55 to improve to the best start in program history.

Frank Kaminsky and Bronson Koenig netted 13 points apiece for the Badgers (22-2, 10-1 Big Ten), with the National Player of the Year candidate Kaminsky also pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Dekker and Josh Gasser had eight boards apiece.

Wisconsin swept the season series with Nebraska and has won seven straight games overall since a loss at Rutgers on Jan. 15. Kaminsky missed that game with a concussion.

Terran Petteway dropped 21 points and Shavon Shields added 12 for Nebraska (13-11, 5-7), losers in four of five.

NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#9 Kansas Jayhawks 73, Texas Tech Red Raiders 51
#11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 60, Clemson Tigers 58
#23 Arkansas Razorbacks 101, Auburn Tigers 87

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