Despite two unsetting developments prior to its game with Notre Dame, No. 2 Kentucky (11-1) repulsed two second-half Notre Dame rallies to hand the third-ranked Irish their first loss of the season, 86-80. The Wildcats played without Sam Bowie, the team's seven-foot starting center, and reserve guard Dirk Minniefield, suspended for violating training rules, and starting guard Dwight Anderson, who left school for personal reasons.

Top-ranked and undefeated Duke won its third overtime game of the season, knocking off Cincinnati 87-75 to win the championship of the Iron Duke Classic. All-America center Mike Gminski scored nine of his 25 points for the Blue Devils in the OT. In other games involving ranked teams, No. 5 DePaul, led by Mark Aquirre's 25 points, defeated Bradley 68-61 to keep its record unblemished; No. 6 LSU lifted its record to 8-0 by crushing Delaware 92-64; No. 7 Ohio State throttled Northwestern Louisiana State 71-46; No. 8 Indiana beat Brown 61-52 to win the Cabrillo Classic in San Diego; No. 9 Purdue defeated Tulsa 82-58; and No. 10 lowa, now 9-0, beat Drake 77-66.

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