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UNDATED (AP) — Duke to face California and possibly No. 22 Texas at Madison Square Garden after climbing to No. 1. The Blue Devils moved atop the AP Top 25 after previous No. 1 Kentucky lost against Evansville at home.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jordan Danberry scored 24 points and Myah Taylor added a career-high 20 to help No. 10 Mississippi State beat Troy 122-82. It was the second most points scored in school history by the Bulldogs, only behind the 124 they scored last Friday against Murray State.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s team surgeon says Tua Tagovailoa’s prognosis is “excellent” after the quarterback underwent surgery to repair a dislocated hip, although there is no timeline for Tagovailoa’s recovery. Dr. Lyle Cain said Tagovailoa is expected to recover fully after Monday’s surgery in Houston. That’s probably the best possible news the QB could have received about the devastating season-ending injury, which has cast a cloud over his football future.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Samir Doughty scored 20 points, Austin Wiley had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Auburn rolled past Colgate 91-62. The Tigers improved to 5-0 for the first time in 15 years and used a 13-2 run to jump on their Patriot League foe early in the first half. Auburn shot 63% from the field, including 53% from 3-point territory, and outscored Colgate 28-16 in the paint in the first half.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points, and No. 9 Kentucky survived another close game against what should have been a lesser opponent, beating Utah Valley 82-74. The Wildcats (3-1) dropped out of the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 after losing at home to Evansville last week, and they had to overcome a late surge to hold off the Wolverines.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — For the third year in row, No. 4 Georgia heads into late November with a clear path to the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs have overcome perhaps the ugliest loss of any national championship contender, a shocking home setback to South Carolina. Georgia could lock up a spot in the four-team playoff by winning its final two regular-season games and knocking off top-ranked LSU for the SEC crown.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he’s addressing defensive concerns for the No. 1 Tigers by looking at himself and the coaching staff more than at players. LSU gave up a season-high 614 yards in a 58-37 victory at Mississippi on Saturday. It was the fourth time this season the Tigers had given up at least 450 yards and 37 points. Orgeron says staff spent hours this weekend looking at how they can better put players in the right position to make plays.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has apologized for using an expletive after his team’s victory over Auburn. Smart began his regularly scheduled news conference by saying he was disappointed in himself for his choice of words in the wake of a 21-14 victory over the Tigers. The win sent the No. 4 Bulldogs to the Southeastern Conference championship game for the third year in a row.

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