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New No. 1 Louisville blows past UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. — Louisville waited 20 minutes to prove it deserved the No. 1 ranking.

It took the same amount of time for the Cardinals guards to show they could be the best backcourt in the country, even when they don't spend all that much time together on the court.

Russ Smith had 23 points and Peyton Siva 11 in a foul-plagued 22 minutes as the Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 Big East), playing hours after they moved to No. 1, beat Connecticut 73-58 Monday night.

Siva picked up his second foul 3:47 into the game and his third with 14:21 left. When he returned with 10 minutes left, Smith went to the bench for treatment. Siva hit a 3-pointer 50 seconds later in a game-changing 19-5 run.

"We did a good job of weathering a Peyton Siva storm, with him out," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "Once he came back and we weathered that storm, we were able to play much better defense and much better offense."

NO. 6 KANSAS 61, BAYLOR 44: Ben McLemore scored 17 for the host Jayhawks (15-1, 3-0 Big 12) before leaving in the final minutes with a right ankle injury. The freshman had to be helped to the locker room, and there was no further word on his injury.

N.C. CENTRAL 75, B-CU 66: Ray Willis had 26 points as the visiting Eagles handed Bethune-Cookman (6-12, 1-2 MEAC) their fourth loss in five games.

N.C. A&T 68, FAMU 40: The visiting Aggies held the Rattlers (4-13, 1-2 MEAC) to their fewest points this season and handed them their seventh straight loss.

TROJANS FIRE COACH: Kevin O'Neill, who led Southern Cal to an NCAA Tournament berth and had winning records twice in 3½ years, was fired. Assistant Bob Cantu will be interim coach.

ECKERD: Senior forward Darrien Mack was named Sunshine State Conference player of the week for the second week in a row.

IOWA STATE: Prosecutors dismissed a sexual-abuse charge against junior guard Bubu Palo, paving the way for him to rejoin the team.

WYOMING: Coach Larry Shyatt suspended senior guard Luke Martinez, the team's No. 2 scorer, indefinitely after he was arrested during a bar fight.

AP POLL: There were four newcomers: No. 21 Oregon, No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth, No. 24 UCLA and No. 25 Marquette. They replaced Georgetown, Cincinnati, Wichita State and UNLV.

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NO. 12 PURDUE 82, OHIO ST. 75, 3 OT: Sam Ostarello had 22 points and 19 rebounds for the host Boilermakers (14-2, 3-0), whose Big Ten wins have all come in overtime.

AP POLL: Miami fell out and was replaced by Michigan at No. 25, its first ranking in a decade. Baylor remained No. 1.

New No. 1 Louisville blows past UConn 01/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 11:48pm]

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