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No. 25 Cincy hands Miss. State 1st loss

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) No. 25 Cincinnati had plummeted to the fringe of the rankings and needed a confidence boost. The Bearcats got it against a previously unbeaten team.

Jacob Evans III had 24 points and eight rebounds as Cincinnati recovered from its back-to-back losses and handed Mississippi State its first defeat, 65-50 on Tuesday night.

The Bearcats (8-2) were coming off losses to crosstown rival Xavier and Florida that dropped them from No. 11. They ended the slump with a solid defensive showing against the Southeastern Conference's last unbeaten team, blocking 11 shots.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova10-0
2 Michigan State9-1
3 Wichita State8-1
4 Duke11-1
5 Arizona State9-0
6 Miami (FL)8-0
7 North Carolina9-1
8 Kentucky8-1
9 Texas A&M8-1
10 Xavier9-1
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke11-1
2 Arizona State9-0
3 Missouri8-2
4 Michigan State9-1
5 Texas A&M8-1
6 Villanova10-0
7 North Carolina9-1
8 Tennessee7-1
9 Arkansas7-2
10 TCU10-0
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