Nolan Smith scored 24 points to lead No. 1 Duke to an 82-70 victory over Butler on Saturday, moving Mike Krzyzewski into a tie with Adolph Rupp for third place on the coaching career wins list.
The game was a rematch of the schools that played an epic national championship game in April, a 61-59 Duke victory that gave Krzyzewski his fourth NCAA title. He has 876 wins overall, 803 at Duke.
This game, played at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., wasn't expected to be as close as that championship game since Butler lost two starters. But the Bulldogs stayed within striking distance until the final minutes.
The Blue Devils (8-0) were tested for the first time this season as they ran their winning streak to 18 games.
Pittsburgh 87, Rider 68 - Third-ranked Pittsburgh shut down visiting Rider's three-point shooters with its man-to-man defense on the way to its ninth victory without a loss.
Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs each scored 16 points to help the Panthers (9-0) win their 53d consecutive nonconference home game. The Broncs (5-4) were ranked No. 7 nationally in three-point shooting at 44.6 percent, only to go 7 of 21 (33 percent).
Michigan State 74, Bowling Green 39 - No. 6 Michigan State went on a 21-1 run early in the second half to put away Bowling Green.
The Spartans (6-2) were coming off a five-point loss at Duke on Wednesday and didn't look sharp at all in the early going. They turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and shot 30 percent from the field, but the visiting Falcons (1-7) shot just as poorly.
North Carolina 75, Kentucky 73 - Tyler Zeller scored 27 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 47 seconds left to help North Carolina edge past the 10th-ranked Wildcats (5-2).
Zeller scored 12 of the final 16 points for the Tar Heels (5-3), who earned a needed victory against a big-name opponent after struggling the first month of the season.
Georgetown 68, Utah State 51 - Georgetown relied on defense instead of three-pointers to pass its latest nonconference test, pulling away in the second half to beat the Aggies (5-2). The home victory improved the No. 16 Hoyas' record to 8-0.
Purdue 66, Alabama 47 - E'Twaun Moore had 23 points and nine rebounds to help No. 22 Purdue beat visiting Alabama. JaJuan Johnson added 17 points for the Boilermakers (7-1). Tony Mitchell had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals for the Crimson Tide (4-4).
In the area: Montclair State opened up a 41-20 halftime lead on its way to an 81-56 win over visiting Rutgers-Camden. The victory lifted the Red Hawks to 5-1, while the Scarlet Raptors fell to 0-4. . . . Visiting Keystone defeated Immaculata, 51-46, in Colonial States Athletic Conference action. . . . Jason Goldheimer hit a three-pointer with 3 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Delaware Valley Aggies (3-3, 2-0) past the visiting DeSales Bulldogs (4-2, 0-2), 82-79. Nathan Bollinger scored 25 points for the Aggies while Brian Hunter had 34 for the two-time defending Freedom Conference champ Bulldogs.
Swarthmore senior Ryan Carmichael nailed a game-winning three-pointer with 9.8 seconds to play as the Garnet beat visiting Ursinus, 74-71. The Bears (2-4, 1-2) had a 69-62 lead with 1 minute, 19 seconds left in the game before Swarthmore (4-4, 1-2) began its improbable comeback. . . . Haverford came back to beat visiting Gettysburg, 65-55, in Centennial Conference action. The Fords (3-3, 2-1) outscored the Bullets (4-2, 2-1) by 20-2 in the final eight minutes to pull out the victory. . . . Visiting Cabrini whipped Rosemont, 72-51, to remain unbeaten through in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Forward Dom Farrello had a game-high 16 points to lead the Cavaliers (4-1, 2-0). The Ravens are 2-5 overall, 1-2 in the CSAC.