Wildcats Calipari's third team to go 26-0
Devin Booker had 18 points and seven rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky (26-0, 13-0 SEC) picked up its defense in the second half and extended the best start in school history Tuesday night with a 66-48 victory over Tennessee in Knoxville. It also matches the best start for a John Calipari-coach team. Massachusetts in 1995-96 and Memphis in 2007-08 were 26-0.
•IRISH THRIVE AT LINE: Jerian Grant had 24 points and 10 assists to pace No. 10 Notre Dame to an 88-75 vicgtory over Wake Forest in South Bend, Ind. Pat Connaughton added 13 points for the Irish (23-4, 11-3 ACC) who hit 27 of 28 at the free throw line, including their last 19 in a row. Devin Thomas had 26 points and 11 boards for the Demon Deacons (12-15, 4-10 ACC).
•BAYLOR HOLDS ON: Taurean Prince scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half to lead No. 20 Baylor (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) past host Texas Tech 54-49. A three-pointer by Devaungntah Williams with 13 seconds left pull the Red Raiders (12-15, 2-12) to 52-49.
•BIG RUN KEY: Treveon Graham scored 16 points and No. 25 VCU (20-6, 10-3 Atlantic 10) used a 23-5 run spanning halftime to take command and beat visiting Saint Louis 74-54.
•UCONN CRUSHES ANOTHER: Breanna Stewart made 11 of 16 shots and scored 26 points, tying a season high, to lead No. 1 Connecticut (25-1, 14-0 American) past visiting Houston 85-26. Nobody had more than nine points for the Cougars (6-20, 1-14). The win gives UConn at least 25 victories for the 22nd consecutive season.
•RUTGERS ROLLS: Four starters scored in double figures, led by Tyler Scaife's 21 points, as No. 19 Rutgers (20-6, 11-4) routed visiting Illinois 80-56. The Scarlet Knights sot 55.2 percent from the field to the Illini's 40.4 and played solid defense, too, with eight steals and six blocks. Guard Ivory Crawford led Illinois (13-14, 4-11) with 15 points, but she committed five of her team's 21 turnovers. It was Rutgers' 11th game this season with four or more players scoring in double figures.
•ALSTON PACES BUCKEYES: Ohio State scored 52 points in the first half in a 92-60 rout of visiting Purdue. Guard Ameryst Alston scored 26 points and had eight assists and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (18-9, 10-5). Forward Whitney Bays scored 27 points for the Boilermakers (10-16, 3-12).