Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams wasn’t fazed by a shaky first half, nor two missed free throws in the final minute that gave No. 1 Louisville chances to win on Saturday.
The sophomore just knew he had to redeem himself, and his second-half recovery helped the sixth-ranked Orange rally for the 70-68 upset in Louisville, Ky.
It was the second straight Saturday that the No. 1 team went down. Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State, 84-76, a week ago.
Carter-Williams’s most important contributions were a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:28 remaining, and a steal followed by a go-ahead dunk with 23 seconds left. He scored 9 of his team’s final 11 points, including the last 4.
Brandon Triche was 9 of 13 from the field, including five of Syracuse’s seven 3-pointers, for 23 points as the Orange (17-1, 5-0) took control of the Big East Conference. Syracuse has won seven straight games and beat the Cardinals for the third time in a row.
Russ Smith’s 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.
After taking a 68-66 lead on Smith’s two free throws with 1:58 remaining, Louisville missed two shots and committed two turnovers.
The Cardinals’ last chance to tie ended with a pass inside around Gorgui Dieng’s knees in the final seconds that Syracuse recovered to seal the win.
Kansas 64, Texas 59 — Ben McLemore scored 16 points and the fourth-ranked Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) stormed back late in the second half from an 11-point deficit to stun the host Longhorns for their 15th straight victory.
The Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) have lost four straight games — their longest streak since coach Rick Barnes’s first season in 1998-99.
Arizona 71, Arizona State 54 — Mark Lyons scored 24 points, and the No. 7 Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) forced 17 turnovers that led to 18 points to pull away from the host Sun Devils.
Despite foul trouble, Jahii Carson scored 22 points for Arizona State (14-4, 3-2).
Butler 64, Gonzaga 63 — Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left and hit a floater right before the buzzer to help No. 13 Butler beat No. 8 Gonzaga in Indianapolis.
Jones finished with 20 points and Butler (16-2) has now won 13 games in a row. It’s the first time Butler has ever beaten three top-10 teams in one season. Gonzaga (17-2) had its eight-game winning streak snapped.
Florida 83, Missouri 52 — Scottie Wilbekin had his first career double-double (13 points, 10 assists), coach Billy Donovan won his 400th game, and the 10th-ranked Gators (14-2, 4-0) crushed the No. 17 Tigers (13-4, 2-2) in Gainseville.
Donovan became the third coach in SEC history to reach 400 wins at the same school, joining Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp and LSU’s Dale Brown.
Michigan State 59, Ohio State 56 — Keith Appling scored 15 points, including two free throws with 7.9 seconds left, to push the No. 18 Spartans (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) past the No. 11 Buckeyes.
Deshaun Thomas was the lone player for visiting Ohio State (13-4, 3-2) to reach double figures, scoring a game-high 28 points.
Wichita State 67, Creighton 64 — Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Shockers held off Doug McDermott (25 points) and the No. 12 Bluejays.
The Shockers (17-2, 6-1 MVC) pushed their home-court winning streak to 17 games.
Ethan Wragge misfired on two potential tying 3-pointers with less than six seconds left for Creighton (17-2, 6-1).
Wyoming 58, San Diego State 45 — Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Cowboys (15-2, 2-2 Mountain West) beat the No. 15 Aztecs (14-4, 2-2).
Kansas State 69, Oklahoma 60 — Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 15 as the No. 16 Wildcats (15-2, 4-0) defeated the visiting Sooners (12-4, 3-1) in a matchup of Big 12 teams.
Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 66 — Jack Cooley blocked a shot with two seconds left to secure the Fighting Irish’s win over the visiting Scarlet Knights (12-5, 3-3 Big East). Cooley added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (15-3, 3-2).
Oregon 76, UCLA 67 — The 21st-ranked Ducks (16-2) improved to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years with a win over the No. 24 Bruins in Los Angeles. UCLA (15-4, 5-1) had its 10-game win streak snapped.
Virginia Commonwealth 90, Duquesne 63 — In Pittsburgh, the No. 22 Rams (16-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) won for the 13th consecutive time, and made 35-year-old coach Shaka Smart the second-youngest coach to reach 100 career victories (in 131 games).
Cincinnati 71, Marquette 69 — Sean Kilpatrick scored 7 of his career-high 36 points in overtime, and the host Bearcats (16-3, 4-2 Big East) blew a 16-point lead before rallying to beat the No. 25 Golden Eagles.
Kilpatrick made a layup with 4.3 seconds left in overtime to provide the winning margin for Cincinnati. Marquette (13-4, 4-1) managed only 13 points in the first half.