DURHAM, N.C. (Sporting Alert) — No. 4 Duke, playing without star freshman Jahlil Okafor, rolled to a 78-56 victory over Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Okafor sat out the game with a left ankle injury that he picked up in the win over North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Quinn Cook led the way for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3 ACC) with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, while Justise Winslow supported well with a high-tempo performance of 20 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.
Duke shot 51.7 percent from the field on 30-of-58 shooting, while finishing with 36 rebounds.
“Our defense led to some fast-break points,” Cook said. “… We want to push it. We were smaller today, Justise got it going today, and he kind of started the tempo off.
“We just fed off what he was doing.”
No. 5 Wisconsin continued their impressive run this season with a 63-53 victory over Minnesota. Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points, pulled down five rebounds and had three block shots for the Badgers in the win.
Bronson Koenig added 17 points as Wisconsin (25-2) secured its 10th victory in a row and improved to 13-1 in Big Ten standings.
Up next for Wisconsin is a challenging battle against No. 16 Maryland, who was inactive on Saturday.
No. 6 Villanova stretched their win streak to eight-games with an 87-76 win over Marquette, as five players scored in double-digits for the Wildcats.
Darrun Hilliard II led the way for Villanova with 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 16, while JayVaughn Pinkston added 14 points and nine rebounds and Dylan Ennis collected 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win.
Josh Hart scored 12 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (25-2), who won 12 in the last 13 games.
JaJuan Johnson had a game-high 20 points to lead Marquette, with Luke Fischer finishing with 17 and Duane Wilson supporting with 15 in the defeat for the Golden Eagles (11-15), who dropped its third game in a row and the 8th in the last 9 overall.
In a highlighted game at KFC Yum! Center, No. 12 Louisville battled to a 55-53 victory over Miami (FL) in a thrilling Atlantic Coast Conference encounter.
Montrezl Harrell came up big for the Cardinals with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. He also had three block shots.
After trailing 29-19 at halftime, Louisville came out aggressively in the second half and outscored the Hurricanes 36-24 after the interval to setup the win.
Down 53-50 with 1:37 left, Wayne Blackshear made a jumper to cut the deficit to one point before Harrell hit three clutch free throws down the stretch for the Cardinals (21-6) to earned the victory.
In other results on the day, No. 15 North Carolina scored an emotional 89-60 positive result over Georgia Tech, Xavier upset No. 19 Butler, 73-56, No. 23 West Virginia handed No. 22 Oklahoma State a 73-63 defeat, but No. 17 Oklahoma held on for a 79-75 win against Texas Tech.
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(1) Kentucky 110, Auburn 75
(4) Duke 78, Clemson 56
(5) Wisconsin 63, Minnesota 53
(6) Villanova 87, Marquette 76
(8) Kansas 81, TCU 72
(10) Notre Dame 87, Boston College 70
(11) Northern Iowa 56, Bradley 39
(12) Louisville 55, Miami (FL) 53
(14) Iowa State 85, Texas 77
(15) North Carolina 89, Georgia Tech 60
(17) Oklahoma 79, Texas Tech 75
(18) Arkansas 65, Mississippi St 61
Xavier 73, (19) Butler 56
(20) Baylor 69, Kansas St 42
(23) West Virginia 73, (22) Oklahoma St 63
(25) Virginia Commonwealth 78, Massachusetts 72