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Five Things: NC State Takes Down Duke & Calipari Has His First SEC Home Loss

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By Andrew Kahn

You can’t be blamed for watching the exciting football this past weekend, but if that’s all you tuned into you missed a lot of good college hoops. After an upset-filled weekend, there are no longer any unbeaten teams, with the top spot in the polls up for grabs.

N.C. State takes down No. 1…

No. 20 North Carolina State showed why it was picked to win the ACC on Saturday, beating top-ranked Duke 84-76. Even without Ryan Kelly, Duke hung in there, trailing by just four with under two minutes left. But the Wolfpack made their final eight foul shots (they shot 20 for 23 from the line) to preserve the victory. C.J. Leslie had 25 points in a great battle with Duke’s Mason Plumlee. After the game, the students rushed the court, including one in a wheelchair, which caught the attention of announcer Dick Vitale.

…and Ohio State takes down No. 2

Michigan, the last unbeaten, had a chance to become No. 1 in the country with a win over Ohio State on Sunday. Had Trey Burke’s three-point attempt with 14 seconds not spun out, Michigan may have done it. Early in the game, it didn’t look like the No. 15 Buckeyes would have to sweat it out, as they jumped out to a 26-6 lead. But the Wolverines made a late push to tie it at 46 and give themselves a chance at the comeback win. Michigan’s next game is Thursday at Minnesota, while Ohio State goes to Michigan State on Saturday.

Elston Turner scores 40 to down Kentucky

Senior guard Elston Turner was unconscious on Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena, scoring 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting. Turner hit six threes, including several from well beyond the line, to lead Texas A&M to a 83-71 victory over Kentucky. Turner’s 40 is the second-highest output this season. Earlier this season Kentucky lost its first home game under John Calipari; Saturday was Calipari’s first SEC home loss. Kentucky is now 10-5 and hasn’t beaten anyone of note.

’Cuse’s Southerland Ineligible

Syracuse released a statement before Saturday’s game against Villanova that second-leading scorer James Southerland was out indefinitely due to an “eligibility matter,” reported by several outlets as an academic issue. The No. 7 Orange beat Villanova but would rather not be without Southerland’s services, just as they were without Fab Melo for last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Escapes in the Mountain West

Two of the Mountain West’s three ranked teams won in overtime at home on Saturday. No. 16 San Dan Diego State hit 13 three-pointers and rallied from a terrible second half to beat Colorado State 79-72. Mike Moser played significant minutes for No. 24 UNLV after missing two games with an elbow injury and scored 14 in a 76-71 victory over Air Force. The Mountain West has the third highest RPI of any conference.

Andrew Kahn is a contributor to CBS Local who has written for ESPN the Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. He writes about college basketball and other sports at AndrewKahn.com. Email him at andrewjkahn@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn.

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