Top 10, Top 5, Tennessee doesn't care. To the Volunteers, the only way to beat good teams is to play them, even if it's far away from Knoxville.
Even if it's in Pittsburgh, where nonconference opponents go years and years without winning.
Scotty Hopson missed just three shots while slicing through No. 3 Pitt's defense for a career-high 27 points and No. 11 Tennessee (7-0) dealt the Panthers (10-1) their first nonconference loss in Pittsburgh in nearly six years, winning, 83-76, on Saturday.
Melvin Goins added 19 points and Cameron Tatum hit a succession of big shots while scoring 14 points as the Volunteers opened leads of as many as 21 points against the Panthers. Pitt needed a late flurry to cut the final margin to single digits.
Brad Wanamaker scored 21 points, but Pitt - missing 17 free throws - lost a nonconference game in the city for the first time in 58 games, or since a Jan. 2, 2005, loss to Bucknell.
Duke 84, St. Louis 47 - Nolan Smith scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and the No. 1 Blue Devils (10-0) routed the 3-4 Billikens in Durham, N.C., for their 20th straight win. Coach Mike Krzyzewski moved within one victory of North Carolina's Dean Smith for second place on the men's all-time wins list.
Kansas 76, Colorado State 55 - Markieff Morris had 12 points and 11 rebounds and twin brother Marcus blocked two shots in a late take-charge run for the No. 4 Jayhawks, who improved to 9-0 at home with a fleecing of the 4-3 Rams. The Morris brothers starred at Prep Charter.
Kansas State 68, Loyola of Chicago 60 - Jacob Pullen scored 19 points to help the visiting 9-1 Wildcats (No. 5) hold on for their fifth straight win. The 8-3 Ramblers nearly pulled this one out even though they were 20 of 64 from the field and 4 for 19 from three-point range.
Michigan State 77, Oakland 76 - Kalin Lucas scored 25 points to help the No. 7 Spartans keep the hard-charging Grizzlies (5-5) at bay. The Spartans (7-3) had dropped three of their last six games - to Connecticut, Duke, and Syracuse.
Syracuse 100, Colgate 43 - The No. 8 Orange held the Red Raiders to three baskets in the first half and the decay continued as 0-8 Colgate was brushed off in Syracuse. It was the 45th straight victory in the series for Syracuse (10-0).
Missouri 70, Presbyterian 55 - In the first meeting between the schools, the No. 11 Tigers (8-1) easily unraveled the 3-6 Blue Hose, who are 0-20 all-time against teams from BCS conferences.
Kentucky 81, Indiana 62 - DeAndre Liggins scored a career-high 19 points for the No. 17 Wildcats, who continued their dominance in a once-competitive rivalry over the 7-2 Hoosiers, 81-62. The 7-2 Cats have beat Indiana in 14 of their last 17 meetings.
In the nation: No. 18 Brigham Young's Jimmer Fredette was on fire in Salt Lake City. He scored 33, and the 10-0 Cougars roared past 8-2 Arizona, 87-65. . . . The Purdue Boilermakers (No. 19 and 9-1) engineered a 77-57 win over visiting North Florida with 56 percent shooting. . . . At College Station in the Lone Star State, Texas A&M hung on after building a late seven-point lead to knock off No. 21 Washington, 63-62.
No. 22 Minnesota, playing at home, had to overcome some Gopher holes early but got 19 points from Ralph Sampson III to beat 5-5 Eastern Kentucky, 71-58, and go to 9-1. . . . The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-1) got 23 points from forward Carleton Scott, and brought the 4-5 Gonzaga Bulldogs to heel, 83-79, in South Bend, Ind.
Louisville (No. 24) remained unbeaten at its new arena with a comeback 77-69 victory over the runnin'-not-fast-enough UNLV Rebels. . . . Texas State was hooked by No. 25 Texas, 101-65, in Austin. Freshman Cory Joseph scored 19 points for the 7-2 'Horns.
In the area: West Chester (7-1) breezed to a 67-46 victory over visiting Immaculata (2-4). The Golden Rams got a double-double from Lance McDowell. . . . Senior guard Sharif Bray hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds left to give Cheney (5-1) a 63-61 home win over District of Columbia.
On the road, the University of the Sciences (4-3) fell to Wilmington (Del.), 73-66, despite 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench from Henry Messinger. . . . Chestnut Hill (2-7) was outclassed at Goldey-Beacon, 84-64. . . . Haverford (5-5) fell to host Franklin & Marshall (7-1), 78-65. James McNally put up 20 points for the Diplomats.
At the Heritage's Dairy Stores Classic in Glassboro, 6-2 Gwynedd-Mercy drank in an 86-82 win over Rowan (4-6) in the championship game.