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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift Villanova to an 82-79 win over Providence.


Arcidiacono led the Wildcats (23-3, 11-2 Big East) with 21 points. JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 and James Bell 17. Villanova moved into a tie for first atop the Big East with Creighton.


Bryce Cotton led the Friars (17-10, 7-7) with 22 points despite shooting just 6 of 20. Kadeem Batts finished with 21 and 11 rebounds, but fouled out on Arcidiacono’s game-winning basket. Josh Fortune added 16 points and Tyler Harris 15.


After missing shots at the end of regulation and OT, Arcidiacono drove to the basket, banking in a shot as he was fouled.


LaDontae Henton’s 3 from the left corner bounced off the front of the rim as the horn sounded, allowing Villanova to escape with the win.


KANSAS 64, TEXAS TECH 63


LUBBOCK, Texas — Andrew Wiggins’ layup with two seconds left lifted Kansas.


The freshman finished with 19 points and Joel Embiid added 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2). The victory for Kansas gave them 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season and 11 or more conference wins for 20th-straight year.


Texas Tech’s Robert Turner sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Red Raiders up 63-62 but Kansas brought the ball up and got it inside to Wiggins for the win.


LOUISVILLE 80, SOUTH FLORIDA 54


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 19 points and Louisville overcame foul troubles to run away from South Florida.


Luke Hancock added 16 points and Montrezl Harrell added 14 points despite four fouls as the Cardinals (22-4, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) won their tuneup before Saturday’s rematch at first place and No. 7 Cincinnati. Louisville’s fifth consecutive lopsided win also completed a season sweep of the Bulls (12-15, 3-11).


Doing so required surviving a second-half stretch with Harrell and Wayne Blackshear sidelined with four fouls each, not to mention cold shooting after a 54-percent first half. Both later returned to help the Cardinals steadily pull away, with Harrell adding a late basket-shaking dunk.


IOWA STATE 85, TEXAS 76


AMES, Iowa — Melvin Ejim scored 25 points and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help Iowa State beat Texas for its fifth victory in six games.


Georges Niang had 20 points for the Cyclones (20-5, 8-5 Big 12), who clinched their third straight 20-win season under coach Fred Hoiberg.


KENTUCKY 84, MISSISSIPPI 70


OXFORD, Miss. — Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points and Kentucky beat Mississippi.


Kentucky (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) dominated throughout most of the game, going on a 15-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-11 lead that proved insurmountable.


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