Georgia Tech Pulls Off Stunner
(AP) — The No. 6 and No. 8 teams in The Associated Press men's basketball poll tasted defeat on Wednesday, one night after three of the top four schools came away with losses.
Josh Okogie poured in 35 points and Georgia Tech pulled off its second home upset of a top 10 opponent this season by ripping sixth-ranked Florida State, 78-56. Ben Lammers had 18 points for the Yellow Jackets, who beat previous-No. 9 North Carolina on New Year's Eve.
The Seminoles never trailed by fewer than 18 points in the second half after entering the game with an 18-2 record. FSU fell to 6-2 in the ACC.
Southern California won a turf war with UCLA as Shaqquan Aaron scored a career-high 23 points and Elijah Stewart added 15 in the Trojans' 84-76 win over the eighth-ranked Bruins. USC matched a season high by hitting 14 3-pointers and beat UCLA for the fourth straight time to improve to 18-4.
Isaac Hamilton's 20 points led the 19-3 Bruins.
In other top-25 finals:
— Fifth-ranked Baylor barely avoided the upset trend as Jonathan Motley shot 15-for-16 from the line while scoring 25 points in a 65-61 win against Texas Tech. The Bears improved to 19-1 despite setting season lows of 17 field goals and 35 percent shooting.
— Eleventh-ranked Butler managed to earn a 61-54 win against Seton Hall after blowing a 13-point lead in the second half. Kethan Savage had 15 points, 10 rebounds and hit a go-ahead jumper with 4:00 to play to send the Bulldogs to their 18th win in 21 games.
— Unranked Georgetown had dropped six of eight before L.J. Peak scored 20 points and Rodney Pryor added 18 in the Hoyas' 71-51 pounding of No. 16 Creighton. The Bluejays were held to their lowest scoring output of the season in falling to 0-2 since point guard Maurice Watson Jr. suffered a season-ending knee injury.
— Devin Robinson scored a career-high 24 points and 25th-rated Florida set a school record with 19 3-pointers in a 106-71 romp over LSU.
Police looking into alleged rape at men's basketball dorm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas police say they are investigating the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl last month at a dorm housing the men's basketball team.
Five members of the Jayhawks team are listed as witnesses on the police report, but no charges have been filed and no suspects have been identified. Police said in their release that the athletics department is cooperating and has assisted investigators.
The alleged assault and other related crimes occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 18. The Jayhawks played a game against Davidson in nearby Kansas City the night of Dec. 17.
Cardinals lose guard, dispute NCAA findings
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville guard Tony Hicks will miss six to eight weeks after breaking his right hand.
It's the second significant backcourt injury the No. 13 Cardinals have suffered in the past two weeks. Junior point guard Quentin Snider has missed Louisville's last three games with a hip injury.
Hicks broke the fourth metacarpal while fighting for a loose ball in the Cardinals' rout at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, the school is disputing the NCAA's allegation that head basketball coach Rick Pitino failed to monitor a former Cardinals staffer accused by an escort of hiring her and others for sex parties with recruits and players. Louisville counters that Pitino "fostered a culture" of compliance and that Andre McGee's activities couldn't have been monitored by "reasonable" practices because he intended to avoid detection. Pitino's separate response rebuts the NCAA's contention that he failed to see red flags and says he never got indications of McGee's activities.