Syracuse answered another question with its most impressive victory in a so-far perfect season.
The fourth-ranked Orangemen remained the nation's only unbeaten team with an 88-74 victory over No. 6 Connecticut last night as six players scored in double figures before a raucous crowd of 26,474 in the Carrier Dome.
It seemed no matter what Syracuse did this season, there was a question about how good the Orangemen really were.
Syracuse's first 10 games were all at home and the competition wasn't too steep. Then the Orangemen (16-0, 6-0 Big East) went on the road for three straight games and won all three.
Connecticut (13-4, 2-3) was the first ranked team for Syracuse and the Orangemen responded with an emphatic win.
"That's about as well as we've played this season and we're getting better," Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said after the Orangemen matched the 1917-18 team for the best start in school history. "We did a good job defensively and a good job on the boards. We played well."
The game also added to the questions facing Connecticut, which has lost three of its last six and has now doubled its loss total from last season's national championship run.
Connecticut guard Khalid El-Amin said: "They got up on us, got in our face. We didn't bring our intensity tonight and that's not characteristic of this team. We're 2-3 in the league and can't afford to drop any more games."
Ryan Blackwell had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Syracuse, which finished with a 47-31 rebound advantage. Etan Thomas had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Hart had 14 points and eight assists for the Orangemen, Tony Bland had 12 points and Damone Brown and DeShaun Williams added 10 each.
"This is a great accomplishment," said Preston Shumpert, who had six points for the Orangemen. "We proved that we're a great team. A lot of people have been riding us, the schedule, whatever. Tonight we showed that we can play with anybody and beat anybody. They can't say nothing now."
KANSAS 89, COLORADO 74: Freshman forward Nick Collison scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the No. 12 Jayhawks, at home, rebounded from their worst loss since 1990.
Center Eric Chenowith's 18 points led Kansas (16-3, 5-1 Big 12), which was coming off an 81-59 loss Saturday at Missouri.
The Buffaloes (11-7, 2-4) were led by Jamahl Mosely with 18 points.
TULSA 84, CENTENARY 44: David Shelton scored 18 points to help the No. 13 Golden Hurricane off to the best start in school history.
Tony Heard added 12 points for the host Golden Hurricane (19-1, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference), including four three-pointers.
Centenary (7-12) shot 28 percent against a team enjoying its highest national ranking since February 1985, when it was 12th.
With the victory, the Golden Hurricane extended its winning streak to 12 games, two shy of matching the school record set by Nolan Richardson's squad 15 years ago.
DUKE WOMEN 59, FLORIDA ST. 54: Peppi Browne (18 points, six assists) converted a three-point play with 27 seconds left as the ninth-ranked Blue Devils won the ACC game in Tallahassee, Fla., as Duke (17-2, 6-1) defeated the Seminoles (8-9, 1-6) for the 12 straight time.