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College Basketball: Three Top Teams Suffer Upset Losses to Unranked Opponents - 2004-02-01

Three top-10 U.S. college basketball teams were upset victims Saturday. Number four Louisville, fifth-ranked Kentucky and number seven Cincinnati all lost to unranked opponents.

Marquette's Steve Novak scored a career-high 30 points, including eight three-point shots, as the Golden Eagles put Louisville down, 77-70, on the Cardinals' home court. Louisville's popular coach, Rick Pitino, was back in action after a brief medical leave, but that was not enough to keep his team's 16-game winning streak alive.

Vanderbilt, playing at home, beat the Kentucky Wildcats, 66-60. The Commodores' Dan Cage hit a three-pointer that provided the game-winning edge with just over two minutes to go.

The Cincinnati Bearcats fell 86-83 to the Charlotte 49er's. Charlotte led most of the way, but Curtis Withers hit a pair of free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the win in Cincinnati.

Other top ten winners Saturday were Duke, Stanford, St. Joseph's, Connecticut, Arizona and Gonzaga.

The number one Duke Blue Devils stretched their winning streak to 15 games with an 82-74 win over number-16 Georgia Tech. Number-two Stanford and third-ranked St. Joseph's both remained unbeaten this season, with Stanford knocking off the Oregon Ducks, 83-80, and St. Joe's dismissing Temple, 83-71.

The number eight University of Connecticut Huskies scored two clutch baskets in the final seconds of their game against Boston College, edging the Eagles, 60-56. Ninth-ranked Arizona was saved by a jump shot with less than a minute to go in a 61-57 triumph over Washington State, and number 10 Gonzaga got its 10th straight win by crushing Santa Clara, 79-63.

Some information for this report provided by AP.