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Longhorns still Big 12's best

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 on near-perfect shooting and No. 7 Texas inched closer to its first Big 12 title in seven years with an 80-55 win over No. 16 Kansas on Saturday night.

Aldridge hit his first eight shots, not missing until the Longhorns had a 20-point lead late in the second half. He finished 9-of-10 from the floor and had eight rebounds.

P.J. Tucker added 19 points and eight rebounds for Texas, which tied a school record for most regular-season wins.

The Longhorns snapped the Jayhawks' 10-game winning streak and bumped them a game back in the Big 12 standings with two to play in the regular season.

Kansas, which starts three freshmen and two sophomores, still can play for at least a share of a sixth conference title if Texas slips on the road against Texas A&M or at home against Oklahoma.

Julian Wright scored 18 to lead the Jayhawks. Brandon Rush, their leading scorer, was 1-for-8 with three points.

NO. 4 MEMPHIS 78, TULSA 67: Shawne Williams scored 21, including nine during the game-deciding run over the final six minutes, to lead the host Tigers. The Golden Hurricane stayed close until Williams began scoring inside as Memphis outscored Tulsa 18-3 down the stretch to win its 15th in a row and earn at least a share of the Conference USA title. Rodney Carney finished with 20 points, while Darius Washington scored 13 for Memphis.

NO. 5 GONZAGA 75, S.D. 59: J.P. Batista had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs won their 37th consecutive home game, the longest streak in the nation. Adam Morrison, the nation's leading scorer averaging 29, was held to a season-low 11 points, but Gonzaga kept alive its hopes of a second undefeated West Coast season in three years. San Diego led early in the second half, but Batista scored 18 after halftime to sink the Toreros' hopes.

NO. 6 G.W. 78, FORDHAM 67: Maureece Rice scored 13 of his 19 in the final seven minutes and the visiting Colonials extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16. George Washington played its first game without second-leading scorer and rebounder Pops Mensah-Bonsu (knee injury). Danilo Pinnock added 17 points and eight rebounds and Carl Elliott had 16 points the Colonials, who tied the school record for wins set in 1953-54 and matched in 1997-98.

NO. 8 ILL. 71, NO. 20 IOWA 59: Rich McBride scored 15 and the Illini bench helped send star seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine out of Assembly Hall in style. The win kept Illinois in the hunt for its third straight Big Ten title and dropped the Hawkeyes out of first place for the first time since Jan. 30. Iowa lost its second in a row for the first time in conference play and a chance to keep a share of the lead with Ohio State. The Illini and Hawkeyes are tied for second. Brian Randle scored 13 for Illinois, Augustine recovered from foul trouble to score 12 and grab seven rebounds, and the bench outscored the Iowa reserves 17-6.

NO. 13 OHIO ST. 64, MICH. 54: Terence Dials had his fifth consecutive double double (22 points, 11 rebounds) as the host Buckeyes stayed atop the Big Ten. Ohio State, which won its third straight, hit 16 of 22 free throws while the Wolverines were 6-of-9. Ron Coleman scored 13, Daniel Horton 12 and Courtney Sims had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan.

NO. 22 OKLA. 71, KANSAS ST. 70: Taj Gray scored 23, including the go-ahead basket with 1:15 to play, and Terrell Everett added 12 points and 10 assists for the host Sooners. The Wildcats had one last chance, but Dramane Diarra's contested putback came up short and Oklahoma survived for its third straight one-point victory. It was the second straight one-point loss to a Top 25 team for Kansas State, which was beaten by No. 7 Texas 65-64 on Wednesday.

S. ILL. 46, NO. 25 N. IOWA 45: Ben Jacobsen's 3-pointer from the corner fell short and the visiting Panthers lost their second straight since reclaiming a spot in the Top 25. Tony Young banked in a winning 8-foot jumper with seven seconds left. Matt Shaw scored 16 on 6-of-12 shooting for the Salukis, who held a 24-20 halftime lead despite shooting 35 percent in the first half.

NO. 25 NEV. 75, UTAH ST. 57: Marcelus Kemp scored 26 and Nick Fazekas had 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead the visiting Wolf Pack to at least a share of the WAC title for the third straight year. Nevada won its ninth in a row and can clinch the title outright in consecutive years with a win in either of its final two home games. The Aggies could have tied the Wolf Pack for first place - and completed a season sweep - but it never recovered after missing 15 of its first 18 shots.

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