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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — MaCio Teague and Devonte Bandoo scored 16 points apiece and No. 1 Baylor extended its winning steak to 16 with a 72-61 victory over Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Bears improved to 6-1 in the annual inter-conference series and assured themselves another week atop The Associated Press poll. Baylor's victory also gave the Big 12 an even split (5-5) in the daylong series. Keyontae Johnson led Florida with 20 points. Andrew Nembhard added 16 points and eight assists for the Gators. But he missed more shots than he made.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Nick Richards scored seven of his 25 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds as No. 15 Kentucky beat No. 18 Texas Tech 76-74 in the only Big 12/SEC Challenge game featuring two ranked teams. Richards' two free throws with 10 seconds left were the difference. Immanuel Quickley had 21 points for Kentucky, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half court for a 36-34 halftime lead. Texas Tech had won 54 consecutive non-conference games since December 2013. Kyler Edwards had 17 points, and Davide Moretti 15 for the Red Raiders.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Juicy Landrum scored 20 points and the No. 2 Baylor women extended their Big 12 record to 47 consecutive regular-season conference wins. The Lady Bears beat Texas Tech 87-79. It was also their 50th home win in a row over the past three years. The game was tied five times and there were 10 lead changes in the first quarter Saturday. But Landrum hit a 3-pointer to end the first and another to start the second quarter in a 14-2 run that put Baylor ahead to stay. Brittany Brewer had 24 points and nine rebounds for Texas Tech.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jermaine Haley had 15 points and nine rebounds, Miles McBride scored 15 points and No. 14 West Virginia beat Missouri 74-51 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. West Virginia’s Bob Huggins earned his 876th win to tie Adolph Rupp for seventh place all-time on the NCAA Division I coaching list. Oscar Tshiebwe added 14 pounds and eight rebounds, Gabe Osabuohien grabbed 12 rebounds and Derek Culver had 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers. Torrence Watson scored 19 points to lead Missouri. The Tigers were held to 28% shooting from the field.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Brady Manek scored 18 points to help Oklahoma defeat Mississippi State 63-62 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Alondes Williams added 13 points for the Sooners in a game played at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Robert Woodard II scored 15 points and Tyson Carter added 14 for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State scoring leader Reggie Perry scored seven points and played just 21 minutes because of foul trouble. Mississippi State had a chance to win at the end. Oklahoma led by a point in the closing seconds. Woodard missed a jumper from near the free-throw line and the Bulldogs couldn't get another shot off.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor has hired former North Carolina and Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fedora was an offensive analyst for Texas this past season. He started his college coaching career at Baylor from 1991-96, including head coach Grant Teaff's final two seasons with the Bears. New Baylor coach Dave Aranda also announced Saturday the retention of four staff members who had been with coach Matt Rhule all three years before he went to the NFL's Carolina Panthers. They include Joey McGuire, the associate head coach who served as interim head coach.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Trendon Watford scored 22 points and LSU survived a furious second-half rally by Texas to earn a 69-67 win Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Tigers have won eight in a row. Watford's tough layup put LSU ahead 62-60 before Skylar Mays made two free throws with 49 seconds left. Watford made two more with 16 seconds to play to seal the victory. Texas had lost at West Virginia by 38 in its last game and trailed LSU by 16 early in the second half before rallying to take the lead late. Andrew Jones scored 20 for Texas.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mason Jones scored 20 points and Desi Sills added 18 to lead Arkansas to a 78-67 win over TCU in a Big 12/SEC Challenge game. The Razorbacks (15-4) led for the final 35 minutes of the game, though TCU didn’t trail by double digits until late in the second half. Sills’ 11 points in the first half helped open the lead and Jones, the team’s leading scorer on the season, had all but one of his 20 in the second half to help keep it. TCU (13-6) committed 13 turnovers in the first half, leading to nine Arkansas points and a 33-29 lead for the Razorbacks at halftime.
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