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3 Starters sidelined by injuries for the fifth-ranked Connecticut women's team. Aside from Amy Duran (broken hand), Sue Bird (season-ending torn knee ligament) and Swin Cash (stress fracture in shin), the Huskies are also without second-leading scorer and top reserve Shea Ralph (sprained knee).

7 Different starting lineups Kentucky coach Tubby Smith has used this season. The seventh lineup change came in Tuesday's 91-83 overtime win at Georgia, but new starter Desmond Allison failed to score in 26 minutes.

17 Points Duke was favored by to beat North Carolina on Wednesday night in Durham. It is believed to be the biggest underdog a Tar Heels team has been made in an ACC game in more than three decades. North Carolina lost, 89-77

33 Consecutive losses for Sacramento State before Wednesday night's 60-57 win over Montana. The Hornets are 1-17 this season.

45.1 The approximate percent of George Washington's points this season senior guard Shawnta Rogers has helped contribute to between his points and assists. The next closest in the Atlantic 10 is LaSalle's Donnie Carr, who has had a hand in at least 38.8 percent. Teams on the way up

Oregon State: Despite losing three starters and six of the top seven scorers from last year's team, including sophomore star Corey Benjamin, the Beavers are 10-7 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10, having beaten both UCLA and Arizona in a stretch of four wins in six games.

Utah: After stumbling earlier in the season with four losses in the first nine games, the Utes have won 10 straight since junior college transfer Tony Harvey returned from a monthlong suspension for violating team rules.

Teams on the way down

Iowa: Tom Davis' hopes for a contract renewal might be fading along with the No. 16 Hawkeyes, who have lost three of four since starting the season 13-1. Though Wednesday's 84-74 win at home over Penn State stopped the bleeding, Iowa next goes on the road to Michigan and Purdue.

Kansas: The No. 20 Jayhawks continue to struggle. Their 36-game home winning streak in Big 12 play was broken by Missouri and they lost back-to-back league games for the first time since 1993-94 with Wednesday's 84-69 defeat at Nebraska. Their streak of 144 straight weeks in the Top 25 is in jeopardy.

Pub Date: 1/29/99

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