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Oklahoma beats West Virginia on tip-in

• NO. 2 OKLAHOMA 70, NO. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 68: Khadeem Lattin made the most of his second chance, and now the Sooners could be on the verge of a No. 1 ranking.

Twelve days after Lattin missed a free throw that could have beaten Kansas in a game the Sooners eventually lost in triple overtime, his tip-in with one second remaining Saturday gave Oklahoma a victory over the Mountaineers.

"It was kind of a redemption game for me," Lattin said.

With the score tied at 68, Oklahoma's Jordan Woodard drove hard to the hoop and missed, but Lattin's man moved over to help, leaving him available for the tip-in.

"Getting to tip it in was great, but we all contributed to that win, and it was just my time at that moment to tip it in, I guess," Lattin said.

Buddy Hield scored 17 points, Jordan Woodard had 13 and Ryan Spangler added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Sooners (15-1, 4-1 Big 12).

Oklahoma is in position to move to No. 1 in the AP poll since top-ranked Kansas lost to West Virginia on Tuesday. It would be the Sooners' first No. 1 ranking since March 1990.

"It's not something our guys focus on or think about every day, necessarily, or even have conversations about," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "But they're fans, we all are, and it's great, but it's all about getting better tomorrow. The leadership of this group, the senior group, Jordan and those guys know that whatever is today is OK, but it's nothing in terms of what we have to keep doing in Big 12 play in terms of getting better to keep challenging the opposition that lies ahead."

There's no time to relax or savor the win. The Sooners play at No. 17 Iowa State on Monday.

"That's the way the league is, and why it's so special," Kruger said. "That's why these guys are here -- they like that challenge, they like that competition. Iowa State's great.... and it's a quick turnaround for sure."

The Sooners won despite shooting a season-low 33.3 percent.

Jaysean Paige scored 18 points for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1), which was coming off the big win over Kansas. The Mountaineers were trying to become first team to beat No. 1 and No. 2 in consecutive game since Kansas beat North Carolina and Memphis in the 2008 Final Four.

• NO. 1 KANSAS 70, TCU 63: Carlton Bragg had 10 points and four rebounds and Cheick Diallo had nine points and nine boards, and their spark off the bench helped the Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) win their 33rd consecutive game at Allen Fieldhouse.

• NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 79, GEORGIA 45: The Aggies (15-2, 5-0) won their eighth straight game and improved to 3-0 in SEC road games. Texas A&M has its longest winning streak since 2010-11 when it won 13 straight. The Aggies are off to their best start in league play since winning their first five in the Southwest Conference 30 years ago.

• NO. 17 IOWA STATE 76, KANSAS STATE 63: The visiting Cyclones (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) avoided their first 1-4 league start since 2010-11.

• NO. 22 BAYLOR 63, TEXAS TECH 60: Lester Medford hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Bears (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) to a victory over the host Red Raiders (11-5, 1-4). Baylor has won four in a row. Texas Tech has lost four in a row.

• AUBURN 75, NO. 14 KENTUCKY 70: Kareem Canty scored 26 points, including two free throws with 20 seconds left, helping lift the host Tigers (8-8, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) to an upset of the Wildcats (13-4, 3-2). The Tigers wiped out a 12-point second-half deficit to end an 18-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Auburn's only win in the last 33 meetings had come in 2000, and students stormed the court to celebrate the upset.

• CLEMSON 76, NO. 8 MIAMI 65: The host Tigers (12-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated a ranked team for the third straight game — a first in program history. The win follows victories over No. 21 Louisville last Sunday and No. 9 Duke on Wednesday. Next up is No. 13 Virginia on Tuesday night.

• NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 67, N.C. STATE 55: Kennedy Meeks scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime for the host Tar Heels (16-2, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), extending the program's best conference start in 15 years. The Wolfpack (10-8, 0-5) has its worst start in ACC play since going 0-8 in 1996-97.

• VCU 94, RICHMOND 89 (OT): JeQuan Lewis scored a career-high 29 points and Korey Billbury had 20 for the visiting Rams (13-5, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their eighth in a row.

• NORTH DAKOTA STATE 68, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 57: Paul Miller scored 17 points with four three-pointers and he and Dexter Werner slammed the door on a late rally as the Bison defeated the visting Jackrabbits, upending the preseason Summit League favorites. Two-time defending Summit champion NDSU (13-6, 3-2) saw its double-digit lead shrink to 64-57 after South Dakota State's George Marshall scored with 45 seconds remaining. The Bison quickly broke SDSU's press with Werner throwing down a dunk, and Miller drained a pair of free throws to ice the win. The Jackrabbits (14-5, 3-2), missed twice and Miller grabbed the last rebound as NDSU, picked to finish second in the Summit, ran out the final 17 seconds. Marshall topped the Jackrabbits with 16 points, Mike Daum notched his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The two teams shared the regular-season title a year ago before NDSU won the tournament, earning an NCAA bid. The Jackrabbits went to the NIT.

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