GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Aundre Jackson scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and Loyola-Chicago stunned No. 5 Florida 63-59 on Wednesday night, handing the Gators a third consecutive loss.
Less than 48 hours after Florida coach Mike White said his team's performance against rival Florida State was "the epitome of soft," the Gators delivered another dud.
This one could knock them out of The Associated Press Top 25 next week, especially if they lose to 17th-ranked Cincinnati in New Jersey on Saturday. Arizona went from No. 2 to unranked earlier this season.
The Gators (5-3) shot 36.9 percent from the field, missed 17 of 19 3-point attempts and finished with seven assists.
The Ramblers (9-1) were much more efficient, shooting 52 percent from the field and making half their 12 shots from behind the arc.
Washington 74, No. 2 Kansas 65
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matisse Thybulle hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Jaylen Nowell added 15 and Washington led most of the way in upsetting second-ranked Kansas.
Noah Dickerson added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (7-2), who knocked the Jayhawks (7-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with their first victory over them since December 1974.
Lagerald Vick had a career-high 28 points for Kansas, doing almost all his damage in the middle of the Huskies' 2-3 zone. But he didn't get a whole lot of help as the Jayhawks went 5 for 20 from the 3-point arc, lowlighted by lousy performances from sharpshooters Devonte Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk.
Graham, coming off back-to-back 35-point outbursts, was held to three points on 1-for-8 shooting, while Mykhailiuk was 3 for 12 from the field and scored eight points before fouling out.
The Jayhawks should have been prepared for Washington coach Mike Hopkins' zone defense, considering he spent 22 years on Jim Boeheim's staff at Syracuse and Kansas had recently beaten the Orange.
No. 13 Xavier 96, Kent State 70
CINCINNATI — Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points — the seventh time he's had 20 this season — and No. 13 Xavier took control with an 18-point run Wednesday night, pulling away to a victory over Kent State.
The Musketeers (8-1) built upon their impressive week. They beat No. 16 Baylor 76-63 last Tuesday at the Cintas Center. Four days later, they hosted crosstown rival Cincinnati, got ahead by 23 points and beat the then-No. 11 Bearcats 89-76.
They never trailed against Kent State (5-4), which kept it close at the outset with solid shooting but never recovered from the Musketeers' run that began late in the first half. Danny Pippen led the defending Mid-American Conference champions with 15 points.
Bluiett hit two 3s as Xavier opened the game with a 14-2 spurt, making its first six shots. Kerem Kanter added a season-high 20 points along with eight rebounds.
Xavier has won 36 straight non-conference home games, the last loss coming against Wofford 56-55 on Dec. 22, 2012. The Musketeers are 234-35 all-time at the Cintas Center.
No. 11 North Carolina 104, Western Carolina 61
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Luke Maye had 12 points and 12 rebounds while No. 11 North Carolina hit a season-high 16 3-pointers to beat Western Carolina.
The Tar Heels (9-1) ran off 20 straight points during a 33-3 first-half run that put this one away early. UNC shot 57 percent and made 16 of 22 3-point attempts for the game, coming one shy of matching the program record for made 3s in a game.
Freshman Jalek Felton had a team-high 15 points for the Tar Heels, who finished with six players in double figures. North Carolina also took a 53-25 rebounding advantage against a team that entered the game ranked 311th nationally in rebound margin.
Deriece Parks scored 13 points for the Catamounts (3-7), who made two quick shots for a 5-0 lead. But they missed 16 of 17 shots and had an 8-minute scoring drought as the Tar Heels took over.
Temple 59, Wisconsin 55
PHILADELPHIA — Shizz Alston Jr. scored 22 points and hit four decisive free throws late to set a school record and lead Temple to a victory over Wisconsin.
Alston has hit 52 consecutive foul shots dating to last December. He hit two with 1:09 left to put Temple ahead 57-55, and two more to put it away with 4.6 seconds remaining as the Owls (5-2) won for the second time in four games.
Ethan Happ matched a season-high with 23 points, but was held scoreless over the final five minutes for the Badgers (4-6), who have dropped three of four.
Obi Enechionyia had 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, including two rejections of Happ inside over the final three minutes in Temple's home opener.