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Irish douse Fab-less 'Cuse

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mike Brey's viewing selection for his players the night before meeting top-ranked Syracuse was an easy choice. The Notre Dame coach showed a video of former Irish teams upsetting No. 1's over the years.

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Brey and his current group now have their own spot in that collection.

Jack Cooley had 17 points and 10 rebounds against a Syracuse team missing its shot-blocking, rebounding center Fab Melo, and the Irish surprised the No. 1-ranked and previously unbeaten Orange 67-58 Saturday night.

Fans stormed the court after the victory, hoisting players on their shoulders in a wild scene at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame beat a No. 1 team for the eighth time, tied for fourth-most all time, with North Carolina having the most with 12.

"Notre Dame has an unbelievable history against No. 1 teams," Irish forward Scott Martin said. "We saw a little video to just kind of pump us up a little bit."

Cooley was certainly inspired.

Without Melo in the middle, Notre Dame's 6-foot-9, 248-pound center was a major force as the Irish won the rebound battle 38-25.

"I can't even describe this right now. They were 20-0. I can't put it to words how amazing this is," Cooley said. "We came out with energy. This was a great opportunity, and we didn't want to squander it."

Melo had started all 20 games for the Orange (20-1, 7-1 Big East) and was its leading rebounder with 5.7 a game while averaging 7.2 points and three blocks. School officials gave no explanation why he did not make the trip. He will also miss Monday's game against Cincinnati.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 77, 'BAMA 71: Darius Miller hit four free throws in the final minute and freshmen Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis added two each as the Wildcats (19-1, 5-0 SEC) held on for their nation-best 47th straight home victory.

NO. 5 MISSOURI 89, NO. 3 BAYLOR 88: Ricardo Ratliffe scored a career-high 27, and the visiting Tigers (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) held on after a furious late rally by the Bears (17-2, 4-2), who have lost two in a row after a 17-0 start.

NO. 6 OHIO ST. 79, NEB. 45: William Buford scored 15 for the visiting Buckeyes (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten), who swept the Cornhuskers by a combined 65 points.

NO. 7 KANSAS 69, TEXAS 66: Jeff Withey made a layup and free throw with 37 seconds left to give the visiting Jayhawks (16-3, 6-0 Big 12) the lead en route to their ninth win in a row.

NO. 9 MICH. ST. 83, PURDUE 58: Freshman Branden Dawson scored a season-high 14 for the host Spartans (16-4, 5-2), who moved into a tie atop the Big Ten by stopping their second two-game skid this season.

NO. 10 G'TOWN 52, RUTGERS 50: Otto Porter scored the final six, including two free throws with 8.5 seconds left, to lift the host Hoyas (16-3, 6-2 Big East).

NO. 12 MURRAY ST. 82, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 65: Isaiah Canaan had 21 points and Jewuan Long a season-high 17 for the visiting Racers (20-0, 8-0 Ohio Valley), the only unbeaten team in Division I.

TENN. 60, NO. 13 UCONN 57: Jarnell Stokes had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first start, and the host Volunteers hit 7 of 10 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Huskies (14-5).

NO. 18 MISS. ST. 78, VANDY 77, OT: Dee Bost hit a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime as the visiting Bulldogs (16-4, 3-2 SEC) snapped the Commodores' eight-game winning streak.

NO. 19 CREIGHTON 75, INDIANA ST. 49: Doug McDermott had 12 points for the host Bluejays (18-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley), who hit seven of their first 10 3-pointers.

ARK. 66, NO. 20 MICHIGAN 64: BJ Young scored 15 for the host Razorbacks, who hit their first 11 shots and never trailed against the Wolverines (15-5).

NO. 21 MARQUETTE 79, PROVIDENCE 72: Reserve Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner combined for all the points in a 14-3 run that led the visiting Golden Eagles (16-4, 5-2 Big East) to their fourth straight league win.

NO. 23 L'VILLE 72, PITT 62: Kyle Kuric scored 21 in his return from an ankle injury as the visiting Cardinals (15-5, 3-4 Big East) sent the Panthers to their eighth straight loss.

NO. 25 KANSAS ST. 66, OKLA. ST. 58: Freshman Angel Rodriguez had 14 points in his second start, and the Wildcats (14-4, 3-3 Big 12) snapped an 11-game losing streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

State

UCF 48, UAB 41: Keith Clanton had 10 points for the visiting Knights (15-4, 5-1 C-USA), who beat the Blazers for the first time in the series' eight-game history.

P.B. ATLANTIC 68, TAMPA 55: The host Spartans (4-13) rallied but fell short in their sixth straight loss.

BARRY 87, ECKERD 80: Evan White had 25 points as the host Buccaneers held off a rally by the Tritons (11-5, 4-3 Sunshine State).

NOVA SE 67, SAINT LEO 53: The host Sharks pulled away from the Lions (8-9, 2-5 SSC) with a late 15-0 run.

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