Irish Smack Slumping Villanova
Elsewhere in Top 25, KU trounces Nebraska, Butler beats Ill-Chicago
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Jan 26, 2008 5:52 PM CST
Notre Dame's Kyle McAlarney reacts after making a 3-point shot with Villanova's Shane Clark in the background during the second half of their basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 in Philadelphia....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Notre Dame handed No. 18 Villanova its second straight Big East loss with a 90-80 win this afternoon, reports the Associated Press. Kyle McAlarney scored 30 points, Luke Harangody had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Fighting Irish (14-4, 4-2) hit nine 3-pointers. The Wildcats (13-4, 3-4) lost to Rutgers Wednesday. In other Top 25 action:

  • No. 2 Kansas (20-0, 5-0) jumped out to an early lead and rode 18 points from Darrell Arthur and 17 from Brandon Rush for an 84-49 Big 12 win over Nebraska (11-6, 0-4).
  • Matt Howard scored in double figures for the 12th straight game with 20 points as No. 15 Butler (19-2, 8-2) beat Illinois-Chicago (10-10, 4-5) 73-57 in a Horizon League game.