Men's Basketball

No. 1 Texas falls at Kansas State

Texas survived its first week as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college basketball poll, but not the second.

After receiving 57 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday morning, the Longhorns (17-1) lost at No. 10 Kansas State 71-62 on Monday night.

Second-ranked Kentucky (18-0), which was No. 1 on eight ballots, stands to climb to the top spot in next week's poll if it beats Arkansas on Saturday. The Wildcats are the nation's only undefeated team.

Kansas, Villanova and Syracuse remained third through fifth. Michigan State, Duke and Tennessee all moved up one place to sixth through eighth, respectively.

Pittsburgh, which moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season just two weeks ago and has started 5-0 in the Big East, jumped from 16th to ninth. Kansas State was 10th, its first appearance in the top 10 since being ninth in the final poll of the 1972-73 season.

North Carolina (12-6), which lost two games last week and three of four, dropped from 12th to No. 24, its first time below 13th in the poll since February 2006.

Northern Iowa (16-1), which has a 15-game winning streak, moved into the Top 25 for the second time in school history.

Mississippi State (15-3) returned to the Top 25 at No. 23.

Monday's highlights

No. 5 Syracuse 84, Notre Dame 71: Wesley Johnson scored 22 points and Andy Rautins added 21 on 5-for-9 shooting from three-point range to lead Syracuse to a victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, the Orange's third Big East road win in six days.

The Orange (18-1, 5-1) shot 20-for-25 from the free-throw line in the second half to hold on. The Irish (14-5, 3-3) made several runs at the Orange, but only once in the second half got within a basket of tying it.

"Even one win on the road in the Big East is a big win," guard Andy Rautins said. "We played three good teams and we're lucky to go home 3-0."

State women

Northern Kentucky 66, Maryville (Mo.) 53: Casse Mogan and Rachel Lantry combined for 17 points during a 23-10 run in the second half that carried visiting NKU to victory. NKU (11-6, 5-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) shot 68 percent from the field in the second half.

Mogan led NKU with 23 points and nine rebounds. She has scored in double figures in all 17 games this season.

State men

Northern Kentucky 86, Maryville (Mo.) 79: Senior center David Palmer scored 25 points and Corey Sorrell added 15 as visiting Northern Kentucky (9-8, 2-6 GLVC) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Maryville (2-15, 0-8 GLVC) entered the game giving up an average of 113.1 points per game to GLVC opponents.

Middle Tennessee 47, W. Kentucky 46: James Washington hit a three-pointer with 6 seconds left to give host Middle Tennessee a win over Western Kentucky on Monday night.

The Blue Raiders (9-10, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference), who led by as many as 13 points, 37-24, with 12:33 left, took a 44-41 lead on a three-pointer by Desmond Yates with 2:31 remaining.

But A.J. Slaughter tied it with a three-pointer with 2:11 left and two free throws by Jeremy Evans put the Hilltoppers (11-6, 4-2) back on top, 46-44, with 1:22 to go.

The Hilltoppers then turned the ball over, setting up Washington's shot.

Varnardo SEC player of week

Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado was named Southeastern Conference player of the week Monday after a dominating performance last week. Varnado averaged 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game and scored his second triple-double in a win over Arkansas.

He led a comeback against Georgia, blocking two shots in the final 2 minutes.

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