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Kansas Comes Back – Top 25 News And Scores For February 26th

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UNDATED (AP) — Sixth-ranked Kansas barely managed to keep its share of the Big 12 lead by rallying from a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation.

Elijah Johnson scored 12 of his career-high 39 points in overtime as the Jayhawks beat Iowa State 108-96. Johnson made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 90-all.

Travis Releford added 19 points for the Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3 Big 12), who snapped Iowa State’s 22-game home winning streak and kept pace with No. 13 Kansas State atop the Big 12.

Kansas State has 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years after Thomas Gipson scored 20 points and Angel Rodriguez added 16 to lead the Wildcats to a 75-55 win over Texas Tech. The Wildcats did not take control until the second half, when reserve Nino Williams jump-started the Kansas State offense with 11 straight points as part of a 24-6 run.

Marquette has bolstered its chances for a No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament by defeating Syracuse.

Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles improved to 11-4 in the conference with a 74-71 win over the 12th-ranked Orange. Gardner shot 7-for-7 from the field and 12-for-13 from the line to help Marquette pull within one game of Georgetown for first place in the Big East.

C.J. Fair had 20 points for Syracuse (22-6, 10-5), which has lost three of five to drop into a tie for fourth with No. 21 Notre Dame.

UNDATED (AP) — Indiana is one vote shy of being a unanimous No. 1 in the men’s AP college basketball poll. The Hoosiers are occupying the top spot for a fourth straight week and tenth time this season.

Gonzaga got the other No. 1 vote and moves up a notch to replace Miami at No. 2 while Duke and Michigan jump three places to third and fourth. Miami falls to No. 5 following a weekend loss to unranked Wake Forest.

Kansas moves up three spots to sixth while Georgetown leapfrogs from 11 to seven. Florida drops from five to eight, Michigan State tumbles from fourth to ninth after back-to-back losses and Louisville remains at No. 10.

Saint Louis jumps into the poll at No. 18. And Louisiana Tech moves in at No. 25. It’s the Bulldogs first appearance since a 13-week run during the 1984-85 season and just their second overall.

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