Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup
No. 3 Tennessee 71, Alabama 68
Tennessee did its part with a walk-off win of sorts against Alabama.
Enough for a No. 1 ranking? All the Volunteers can do now is sit and wait.
Grant Williams scored 21 points, Alabama was called for traveling with 3.2 seconds left and No. 3 Tennessee rallied past the Crimson Tide on Saturday for its 12th straight victory and a chance to climb atop the AP Top 25 .
After No. 1 Duke lost to Syracuse on Monday and No. 2 Michigan fell at Wisconsin on Saturday, the Volunteers (16-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) could lead the poll Monday for the first time since 2008. The No. 1 spot likely will go to either Tennessee or Duke, which beat No. 4 Virginia 72-70 later Saturday to bolster its resume.
"I wouldn't say our main focus is on that, but it's definitely something that we would like," Tennessee guard Jordan Bone said. "We would definitely love to be in that position for sure."
Tennessee won its first four SEC games by an average of 25 points but had a much tougher time against Alabama (11-6, 2-3)
The Vols blew a 15-point lead and trailed for much of the second half before pulling ahead for good on Admiral Schofield's basket with 2:12 remaining.
"I think that we're going to be in a lot of games like this whether we're ranked 1, 21 or 41," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "I just think this league's like that. Everybody's fighting."
Tennessee led 69-68 when Williams was called for an offensive foul after leaning into Alabama's Donta Hall with 11.3 seconds left. After a timeout, Alabama worked the ball to John Petty, who matched a career high with 30 points.
This time, Petty couldn't deliver. The sophomore guard was called for traveling as he began a drive around the foul line.
"In my opinion, I felt like I didn't travel," Petty said. "But it was the call, and I guess we've got to live with it."
Lamonte' Turner made two free throws to extend Tennessee's lead to 71-68 with 2.5 seconds left. Alabama had no timeouts remaining, and the Tide's Kira Lewis Jr. wasn't even to midcourt when he launched a desperation shot that missed.
Petty also had a chance to put Alabama ahead when he lined up for a 3-pointer with the Tide trailing 67-66. Williams blocked the shot with 1:22 left. Petty was 6 of 9 from 3-point range until that block.
"If he got (that shot) off, he was going to make it because he was hot all night," Williams said. "John's a really good shooter, especially when he's hot. I knew I had to close out hard on him. I didn't know I was going to get a piece of the ball. I was just trying to affect his shot."
Schofield had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee. Jordan Bowden scored 12 points, and Bone added 10.
Hall had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Alabama. Lewis added 12 points.
The Crimson Tide seemed on the verge of a huge resume boost when it scored 16 straight points midway through the game to erase a 15-point deficit. It instead became just the latest heartbreaking loss for Alabama, which earlier this season fell to Georgia State and Texas A&M on 3-pointers at the buzzer. Although he had 30 points, Petty was scoreless after making a 3-pointer at the 9:52 mark.
The Volunteers last won 12 straight in 1976-77, when they went 22-6 and earned a share of the SEC regular-season title. Tennessee survived this one despite shooting just 29.4 percent (10 of 34) in the second half and missing 10 straight field-goal attempts at one point.
Former Tennessee star Tony White, who is battling leukemia, attended Saturday's game and received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd when he was introduced at midcourt during a timeout. White's 51-point performance against Auburn in February 1987 remains Tennessee's single-game scoring record.
Alabama was just 8 of 18 from the foul line, including 4 of 13 in the second half. Alabama missed 9 of its first 10 second-half free throws.
No. 12 Kentucky 82, No. 14 Auburn 80
Tyler Herro made two free throws with 24 seconds left and Immanuel Quickley added another to help Kentucky survive a big rally from Auburn.
The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded after losing a 17-point second-half lead to finish off a showdown between two of the league's top teams.
Auburn (13-4, 2-2) took an 80-79 lead on Jared Harper's contested 3-pointer over Ashton Hagans with 32 seconds left. Herro grabbed the lead back from the line, then Harper held onto the ball for what he hoped would be a game-winner.
West Virginia 65, No. 7 Kansas 64
Jermaine Haley hurried up the court and hit a layup with 8.5 seconds left, completing a late rally that lifted West Virginia over Kansas.
West Virginia (9-9, 1-5 Big 12) scored the final seven points to break a five-game losing streak.
Dedric Lawson and Marcus Garrett made layups 29 seconds apart to give the Jayhawks (15-3, 4-2) their largest lead at 64-58 with 2:34 left. But Kansas didn't score again.
Baylor 73, No. 8 Texas Tech 62
Baylor freshman Jared Butler scored 14 of his 19 points after halftime and the Bears handed the Red Raiders their second loss in four days.
The Red Raiders (15-3, 4-2 Big 12), coming off a home loss to Iowa State on Wednesday night, are still tied for the Big 12 lead after No. 7 Kansas lost earlier Saturday at West Virginia.
Makai Mason added 16 points for Baylor (11-6, 3-2), which beat a Top 10 team for the seventh time in the last three seasons. The Bears are 7-7 in such games during that span.
Texas 75, No. 20 Oklahoma 72
Kerwin Roach II scored 23 points to lead four Texas players in double-figure scoring, and the Longhorns ended a three-game skid with a win over Oklahoma.
The Sooners (13-5, 2-4) had chances to take the lead or tie in the final seconds but missed three 3-pointers.
Matt Coleman III, Dylan Osetkowski and Jaxson Hayes each scored 15 points for Texas (11-7, 3-3 Big 12). Texas was 20-of-25 shooting free throws, with Coleman and Hayes making four over the final 1:04 to give Texas the lead and protect it late.
No. 5 Gonzaga 89, Portland 66
Rui Hachimura had 17 points and nine rebounds and Gonzaga extended its winning streak to nine games.
Zach Norvell Jr. added 14 points. The Bulldogs (18-2, 5-0 WCC) have won 26 straight road conference games and have beaten Portland 11 times in a row.
Marcus Shaver Jr. had 18 points for the Pilots (7-13, 0-5). They have dropped six straight.
Purdue 70, No. 25 Indiana 55
Carsen Edwards scored 20 points and backcourt mate Nojel Eastern had his first double-double to send Purdue past Indiana for the Hoosiers' fourth straight loss.
Eastern finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds while locking down Indiana star freshman guard Romeo Langford in this state rivalry. Langford had just four points on 2-of-10 shooting and committed three turnovers. He missed all four of his free throws and was dogged with "overrated" chants most of the game.
Both teams are now 12-6 overall, with Purdue (5-2 Big Ten) fourth in the conference and Indiana (3-4) eighth.
No. 9 Virginia Tech 87, Wake Forest 71
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 24 points and Virginia Tech used a 14-4 first-half run to pull away from Wake Forest.
Ty Outlaw added 14 points and Ahmed Hill 12 for the Hokies (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Outlaw, Hill and Justin Robinson each made a 3-pointer during the burst, which turned a 17-all tie into a 31-21 lead with 4 ½ minutes left in the half. The Demon Deacons didn't get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Brandon Childress scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half for Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4). Childress was 7 of 12 from the field and the rest of the team was 11 of 36.
No. 10 Nevada 67, Air Force 52
Jordan Caroline scored 19 points and Nevada overcame a poor offensive performance to beat Air Force.
Trey Porter scored 11 points for Nevada (18-1, 5-1 Mountain West), Caleb Martin added 10 and Caroline and Cody Martin had eight rebounds apiece.
Lavelle Scottie led Air Force (7-11, 2-4) with 15 points.
No. 13 North Carolina 85, Miami 76
Cameron Johnson scored 22 points, including 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the closing minutes, and North Carolina won a seesaw game.
The Tar Heels shot 55 percent, including 9 for 20 from beyond the arc, and showed why they're ranked second in the nation in rebounds by grabbing a 38-23 advantage on the boards.
North Carolina (14-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its third road win in the league. The Hurricanes (9-8, 1-4) remained winless in three games against ranked teams this season.
No. 17 N.C. State 77, Notre Dame 73
C.J. Bryce scored 23 points and North Carolina State withstood several second-half challenges from Notre Dame.
Devon Daniels scored 15 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Torin Dorn had 13 for the Wolfpack (15-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). N.C. State rebounded from a four-point loss Tuesday at Wake Forest. D.J. Funderburk added 11 points.
TJ Gibbs hit three free throws and John Mooney dunked on the next possession to get Notre Dame (11-7, 1-4) within 75-73 with 17 seconds left. Daniels answered with two free throws, though, and Gibbs missed a 3 on the next possession with 7 seconds left.
No. 18 Mississippi 84, Arkansas 67
Breein Tyree scored 22 points, Terence Davis added 18 and Mississippi never trailed.
Ole Miss (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) pushed out to an 11-point lead by halftime and had a comfortable advantage through most of the second half. The Rebels had a 40-31 rebounding edge and helped force 17 Arkansas turnovers. Ole Miss has won 11 out of its past 12 games.
Arkansas (10-7, 1-4) has lost four straight games since winning its conference opener. The Razorbacks were led by Keyshawn Embery-Simpson, who scored 16 points.
No. 21 Houston 69, South Florida 60
Breaon Brady scored 13 points and Armoni Brooks added 11 to lead Houston over South Florida.
The Cougars (18-1, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) squandered most of a 16-point second-half lead before pulling away for good over the last 10 minutes.
David Collins led South Florida (12-6, 2-4) with 23 points, 21 of them after halftime. Alexis Yetna scored 12, none in the second half.
No. 24 Mississippi State 71, Vanderbilt 55
Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 17 points and Mississippi State never trailed in routing struggling Vanderbilt.
The Bulldogs (14-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) have won two straight after dropping their first two games to open league play. They needed this victory as the first of back-to-back road games, with four of the next five away from Starkville.
The worst start to SEC play in school history has only gotten worse for Vanderbilt (9-8, 0-5).
No. 11 Texas 73, TCU 67
Joyner Holmes scored 17 points, Sug Sutton made four free throws in the final 10 seconds and Texas held off TCU.
Danni Williams added 15 points for the Longhorns (15-3, 5-1 Big 12), who bounced back from an 18-point loss at Kansas State. Charlie Collier had 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and Destiny Littleton 11.
Jordan Moore led TCU (12-5, 2-4) with 20 points and Amy Okonkwo added 18.
No. 13 Gonzaga 86, San Diego 61
Katie Campbell had 17 points and Laura Stockton had 10 assists, both career highs, and Jenn Wirth added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Gonzaga past San Diego.
Chandler Smith led the Bulldogs (17-2, 6-1 West Coast Conference) with 18 points.
Aminata Dosso led San Diego, which has lost six straight, with 13 points.
No. 18 Iowa State 104, Oklahoma 78
Ashley Joens had six 3-pointers and 25 points, both career-highs, as Iowa State snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Oklahoma.
Madison Wise made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Alexa Middleton and Meredith Burkhall added 14 points apiece and Bridget Carleton had 13. Burkhall added 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (14-4, 4-2 Big 12 Conference).
Ana Llanusa had a career-high 35 points for the Sooners (5-11, 1-4), making four 3-pointers and 15 of 18 from the foul line. Jessi Murcer added 18 points.