LEXINGTON, Ky. "Billyball" may have finally arrived at Kentucky.
Patrick Patterson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Wildcats knocked off No. 3 Tennessee 72-66 on Tuesday night.
Ramel Bradley had 16 points and Perry Stevenson added 14 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (8-9, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) which held the Volunteers (16-2, 3-1) to just three field goals over the final 10 minutes to snap their 11-game winning streak.
Playing with the kind of sustained effort first-year coach Billy Gillispie has been preaching would come once his team was healthy, Kentucky shut down the SEC's highest-scoring offense with a gritty defensive performance that was the trademark of the teams Gillispie coached at Texas A&M.
Tennessee star Chris Lofton led the Volunteers with 22 points, knocking down five 3-pointers to set the SEC record for career 3s with 367, breaking the mark held by former Arkansas guard Pat Bradley.
Wayne Chism added 12 points and six rebounds and Ramar Smith had 10 points for the Volunteers, but Tennessee lost its composure after building a 10-point lead early in the second half.
(11) WISCONSIN 64, MICHIGAN 61: At Madison, Wis., Marcus Landry and Michael Flowers both scored 14 points and No. 11 Wisconsin held off Michigan 64-61 on Tuesday night to remain undefeated in the Big Ten.
Michigan had a chance to take the lead with less than a minute left, but Manny Harris lost the ball as he tried to drive the lane surrounded by Wisconsin defenders.
(22) DRAKE 68, CREIGHTON 60 (OT): At Omaha, Neb., Josh Young hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer in overtime and No. 22 Drake celebrated its first national ranking in 33 years with a 68-60 victory over Missouri Valley Conference nemesis Creighton on Tuesday night.
Young, the Valley's leading scorer, had missed the last three games with a sprained right ankle and was wearing a walking boot as recently as Monday. He wasn't much of a factor against the Bluejays until he hit his big 3 from the top of the key to break a 54-54 tie.
Kaleb Korver's 3-pointer with 50 seconds left pulled the Bluejays within 61-59, but the Bulldogs put the game away at the free throw line to extend their school-record winning streak to 16 games.
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(5) RUTGERS 71, CINCINNATI 41: At Cincinnati, Kia Vaughn scored a season-high 17 points, and Heather Zurich added a career-high 16 on Tuesday night, leading No. 5 Rutgers to a 71-41 victory over Cincinnati that extended the Scarlet Knights' winning streak to 11 games.
(19) PITTSBURGH 70, ST. JOHN'S 64: At New York, Shavonte Zellous scored 28 points and No. 19 Pittsburgh won its ninth straight. Marcedes Walker added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers (15-3, 5-0 Big East), who are 5-0 in the conference for only the second time in school history. The No. 19 ranking matches the highest for Pitt, which was also ranked 19th on Dec. 18, 1979.
DEPAUL 81, (16) NOTRE DAME 80: At South Bend, Ind., Deidre Naughton scored 20 points and DePaul shot a season-high 60 percent to beat No. 16 Notre Dame. Allie Quigley scored 16 points for DePaul (14-4, 3-2 Big East), Natasha Williams had 14 and Missy Mitidiero added 12.