Matt Bonner scored 21 points to help top-ranked Florida rediscover its winning ways, 75-56, over slumping No. 22 Alabama yesterday in Gainesville, Fla.
The Gators (19-3, 8-1 Southeastern Conference), ranked first for the first time in school history this week, lost 70-55 at Kentucky in their debut game as No. 1 on Tuesday.
"Tuesday morning, we woke up, we were number one in the country and everyone was talking about us," Florida Coach Billy Donovan said. "By 11:30 that night, everyone was laughing at that. That was an emotional day, and we needed to be able to move forward."
They recovered nicely against Alabama (13-7, 3-6), a team that knows all about a No. 1 hangover. Since making it to the top spot in the Associated Press poll Dec. 23, the Crimson Tide has gone 5-7, including five losses in its last six games.
Mark Gottfried's cold-shooting team was never really in this one, missing 13 of its first 14 shots, falling behind by double digits late in the first half and never getting closer.
Freshman Anthony Roberson was brilliant again for Florida, making four three-pointers to finish with 16 points. David Lee had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Gators.
* XAVIER 85, DAYTON 77: David West's career-high 47 points and 18 rebounds helped the 20th-ranked Musketeers rally from a 15-point deficit in Cincinnati.
"That was the first time since my freshman year that I didn't get double-teamed," West said. "I was waiting for it, but it never came, so Coach [Thad Matta] kept calling my number. That's probably the last time I'll see it this year."
Xavier (17-4, 8-1) let its preseason all-American pick apart Dayton's sagging man-to-man defense. The 6-foot-9 forward went 15 of 26 from the field and 16 of 19 on free throws en route to the second-highest point total in school history.
The Flyers (16-4, 8-1) had their nine-game winning streak snapped as they once again failed to win on Xavier's court. Dayton has lost 18 in a row in Cincinnati.
* TEXAS 95, TEXAS A&M 87: T.J. Ford had 19 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and Sydmill Harris added 17 points as the No. 3 Longhorns hung on in College Station, Tex.
Texas (15-4, 6-2 Big 12), coming off a surprising loss at Colorado earlier in the week, won its ninth straight in College Station.
Texas A&M senior guard Bernard King became the Big 12's career scoring leader when he hit a free throw with 11:48 left to give him 1,831 points, surpassing Marcus Fizer's total for Iowa State from 1997 to 2000.
But King struggled all night, going 1 of 12 from the field and missing a wide-open dunk that would have put the Aggies up by seven. Freshman Antoine Wright led Texas A&M (11-8- 3-5) with 25 points.
* TENNESSEE 78, GEORGIA 72: Ron Slay scored 33 points, and Thaydeus Holden made six free throws down the stretch as the host Volunteers held off the No. 17 Bulldogs.
The Volunteers (13-6, 5-3 SEC) picked up their first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season. Holden finished with 15 points, and Brandon Crump had 16. Slay was 12 of 18 from the field and 4 of 5 on three-pointers.
Georgia (13-6, 5-3) was led by Jarvis Hayes with 19 points, and Chris Daniels added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
* MINNESOTA 90, PURDUE 68: Rick Rickert scored 26 points and Michael Bauer added 17 to lead the host Golden Gophers past the 24th-ranked Boilermakers.
Minnesota (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten), a starkly different team at home than they are on the road, beat the conference's first-place team for the second consecutive Saturday. They knocked Michigan out of the top spot last weekend with an 87-80 victory at Williams Arena, where they are 12-2 this season.
Willie Deane had 15 points and David Teague added 12 for the Boilermakers (15-5, 7-2), who had a four-game winning streak snapped at the end of their first week as a ranked team since March 2000.
* LOUISVILLE 81, HOUSTON 55: Marvin Stone led a balanced attack with 17 points as the fifth-ranked Cardinals extended their winning streak to 17 games by beating the host Cougars.
The win extended Louisville's best start since opening 19-1 in the 1955-56 season. The Cardinals have the nation's longest active winning streak, and it is their longest since winning their final 17 games in 1986 -- ending with a national title. Louisville (18-1, 8-0 Conference USA) started out by pushing around Houston (6-13, 4-4) inside, then by hitting outside shots.
* KANSAS 82, KANSAS ST. 64: In Manhattan, Kan., Kirk Hinrich scored 28 points as the No. 12 Jayhawks came back to beat their state rivals for the 26th straight time.
Keith Langford had 18 and Miles 13 for Kansas (17-5, 7-1 Big 12), which has not lost to Kansas State (11-10, 2-6) since Jan. 17, 1994. The Jayhawks have not lost in Manhattan since Jan. 29, 1983, a span of 20 games.
* KENTUCKY 80, MISSISSIPPI 62: Erik Daniels scored 20 points and the No. 6 Wildcats, playing their 1,000th SEC game, overwhelmed the host Rebels for their 12th straight victory.
Keith Bogans (DeMatha) added 17 points and Gerald Fitch 14 for Coach Tubby Smith, who won his 150th game in five-plus seasons at Kentucky. The Wildcats (18-3, 8-0) have their longest streak since winning 13 in a row in 1998.
* SYRACUSE 94, WEST VIRGINIA 80: Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 29 points and had 12 rebounds as the No. 19 Orangemen won in Morgantown, W. Va.
Syracuse (16-3, 7-2 Big East) trailed by 15 points in the first half but outscored West Virginia (12-8, 3-5) in the second 48-33.
Billy Edelin scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in his seventh game for Syracuse. Anthony recorded his 12th double-double of the season.
* CONNECTICUT 84, PROVIDENCE 68: Emeka Okafor had 21 points, Ben Gordon added 20 and the No. 18 Huskies snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the host Friars.
This was the second game the Huskies (14-5, 5-3 Big East) played without Coach Jim Calhoun, who had surgery to remove a cancerous prostate on Thursday.
* OKLAHOMA 91, BAYLOR 42: Hollis Price scored 17 points and led five players in double figures as the No. 7 Sooners made a season-high 13 three-pointers in their 34th straight home win. Oklahoma (16-3, 7-1 Big 12) handed Baylor (10-9, 1-7) its worst loss since a 50-point romp by Clemson in December 1983.
* MISSISSIPPI ST. 84, ARKANSAS 54: In Starkville, Miss., Austin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 23 Bulldogs enjoyed their most lopsided win over the Razorbacks in more than 50 years. Mississippi State (15-5, 5-4 SEC) led by at least 26 points the entire second half. Arkansas (7-12, 2-6) shot just 25 percent.
* CREIGHTON 88, BRADLEY 65: Michael Lindeman scored a career-high 21 points and the No. 13 Bluejays won in Omaha. Creighton (21-2, 11-1 Missouri Valley Conference) won its fifth straight game and 13th in a row at home.
* ARIZONA 75, WASHINGTON STATE 62: Jason Gardner scored 19 points as the No. 2 Wildcats (18-2, 10-1 Pacific-10) beat the host Cougars for the 36th straight time.