No. 1 Kentucky overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to keep its perfect season intact, beating host Georgia, 72-64, last night.

The Wildcats (30-0, 17-0 SEC) won their previous five games by an average of 24 points.

They were really challenged by Georgia (19-10, 10-7), which had the sellout crowd roaring when Yante Maten's tip-in put the Bulldogs up 56-47 with 9 minutes left. But Kentucky seized control with a 14-0 run, and Georgia hurt its chances by missing three straight one-and-ones.

Freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wildcats with 19 points.

Villanova 76, Creighton 72: Ryan Arcidiacono converted a three-point play to give No. 4 Villanova the lead in the last minute and came up with the game's final rebound, allowing the Wildcats (28-2, 15-2 Big East) to win their 11th straight game. Host Creighton led by nine in the first half.

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Kansas xx, W. Virginia xx:

Georgetown 60, Butler 54: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 16 points in his return to Indianapolis, helping Georgetown hold on against No. 21 Butler (21-9, 11-6).

The Hoyas (19-9, 11-6) have won four of their last five and still have a chance at the No. 2 seed in next week's Big East Tournament at the Garden.

Maryland 60, Rutgers 50: Dez Wells had 20 points as No. 10 Maryland won its sixth straight. The Terps (25-5, 13-4 Big Ten) sent host Rutgers (10-20, 2-15) to its 13th straight loss, the Scarlet Knights' worst skid since they lost 16 in a row in 1987-88.

N. Carolina 81, Ga. Tech 49: No. 19 North Carolina (21-9, 11-6 ACC) won a second consecutive game for the first time since January.