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Top 25 college basketball: North Carolina upsets No. 1 Duke

Published January 12, 2013 5:46 pm

College basketball • Second-half run helps Wolfpack hand Blue Devils their first loss.
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Raleigh, N.C. • C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell just weren't going to let this game get away. It's why No. 20 North Carolina State celebrated a huge win against No. 1 Duke.

Leslie scored 25 points, including six straight during a key second-half run, to help the Wolfpack beat the Blue Devils 84-76 on Saturday.

Howell added 16 points and 18 rebounds in a relentless performance for the Wolfpack (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in a matchup of the teams predicted to finish 1-2 in the league.

N.C. State was picked for the first time in nearly four decades to win the league, though two early losses drained some buzz.

No longer. Now N.C. State is back on everyone's radar, while the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1) no longer are unbeaten.

Seth Curry scored 22 despite missing the final minutes with an ankle injury for Duke, which shot 45 percent and hung around early by crashing the boards for second-chance baskets. But the Blue Devils had no answer after halftime for Leslie and Howell, a duo that helped the Wolfpack lead all second half.

"They played well," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I thought we played our butts off. ... Our kids played with a lot of heart, their kids played with a lot of heart, and they were a little better than we were."

No. 5 Indiana 88, No. 8 Minnesota 81 • Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hulls knocked down four 3-pointers to help No. 5 Indiana hold off No. 8 Minnesota's late charge in Indianapolis.

The Hoosiers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) have won six straight overall and 18 in a row at Assembly Hall. All five Indiana starters scored in double figures in the first game at Assembly Hall between top 10 teams since Feb. 19, 2000. Day in the Top 25

Saturday's scores

• No. 20 N.C. State 84, No. 1 Duke 76

• No. 3 Louisville 64, South Florida 38

• No. 5 Indiana 88, No. 8 Minnesota 81

• No. 6 Kansas 60, Texas Tech 46

• No. 7 Syracuse 72, Villanova 61

• Mississippi 64, No. Missouri 49

• No. 11 Florida 74, LSU 52

• Wisconsin 74, No. 12 Illinois 51

• No. 14 Butler 79, Dayton 73

• No. 16 San Diego State 79, Colorado State 72 (OT)

• UConn 65, No. 17 Notre Dame 58

• No. 18 Kansas State 65, West Virginia 64

• No. 19 Georgetown 67, St. John's 51

• No. 21 Cincinnati 68, Rutgers 58

• No. 24 UNLV 76, Air Force 71 (OT)

• No. 25 New Mexico 72, Fresno State 45