Kentucky took a big loss off the court and responded with another big win on it.
Now, the Wildcats (11-0) finally get a bit of a break.
The Wildcats, still the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll after getting all 65 first-place votes Monday, are the only 11-win team in NCAA Division I basketball. No other team from a major conference has played more games.
Two days after 6-foot-8 junior forward Alex Poythress tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Wildcats won, 84-70, Saturday, over North Carolina, which dropped three spots to 24th in the poll.
Kentucky has only two games in two weeks before its SEC opener Jan. 6 against Mississippi. The Wildcats play the next two Saturdays, against UCLA this week and then Dec. 27 at No. 4 Louisville.
The top seven spots in this week's poll were unchanged, including Villanova at No. 7.
Duke 75, Elon 62 - Jahlil Okafor's best performance came on a night the No. 2 Blue Devils were at their worst. Okafor had a season-high 25 points and set a school freshman record with 20 rebounds in Duke's home victory over the Phoenix.
Amile Jefferson added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Justise Winslow had 12 points for Duke (9-0).
Okafor had Duke's first 20-rebound game since Elton Brand in 1998 but Mike Krzyzewski said his big numbers didn't make this performance any more palatable from a team playing its first game in 12 days.
The Blue Devils never trailed and led by 20. But they also finished with a season-worst 17 turnovers, made just 14 of 27 free throws, and were just 3 of 16 from three-point range.
Gonzaga 94, Texas Southern 54 - Kyle Wiltjer scored 21 points to help the No. 8 Zags rout the visiting Tigers.
Domantas Sabonis added 16 points, Silas Melson 13, and Kevin Pangos 11 for Gonzaga (10-1), which has a 32-game home winning streak, second-longest in the nation behind Duke's 37.
Louisville 100, Old Dominion 46 -
Freshman Mariya Moore scored 15 points to help the No. 10 Cardinals rout the visiting Monarchs.
Bouncing back from a loss to No. 8 Kentucky, Louisville (9-1) shot 52 percent from the field, including 64.3 percent from three-point range. Louisville led 54-19 at the half and had a season-high 59 rebounds - 18 on the offensive end - to Old Dominion's 30.
Sara Hammond had 14 points, Jude Schimmel and Myisha Hines-Allen added 12 apiece, Bria Smith and Emmonnie Henderson each had 11, and Megan Deines finished with 10. Chelisa Painter and Destinee Young each had eight points for Old Dominion (5-3).