The Blue Devils are poised to rise to the top of the polls Monday after losses by No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Pittsburgh this week.
"I like it: We always want to be No. 1," Redick said. "We're Duke and we have the No. 1 program in the country, and we want to stay No. 1."
Duke held a double-digit lead for most of the game but shot only 39% and was slow to put away the Stags (5-5).
Still, the Blue Devils held the Stags to 37% shooting, had 11 steals and forced 23 turnovers.
Connecticut (9-0) is one of only four teams still undefeated in Division I play.
The win at the Hartford Civic Center avenged last year's 18-point loss to the Bonnies (5-7), one of only two home losses for the Huskies.
No. 8 Mississippi St. 68, Alabama Birmingham 52 -- Winsome Frazier had 10 points for Mississippi State (10-1) and led a defensive effort that held the Blazers' leading scorer, Morris Finley, to two points in the first half at Birmingham, Ala.
Finley, who began the game averaging 18.5 points, finished with 15 for the Blazers (8-3).
The Jayhawks (8-3), who have won five straight, were much quicker as well as taller than the preseason Big South favorites and forced 26 turnovers.
Erik Daniels had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Wildcats (8-3), who shot 52% and won easily despite being outrebounded, 40-36.
Lee Cook scored 15 points for Alcorn State (2-10).
WOMEN'S TOP 25
No. 22 UC Santa Barbara (6-2) benefited from 27% shooting by Brigham Young (7-4) in a 65-51 victory at Santa Barbara.... No. 2 Louisiana State (11-0) continued its best start in six years with a 74-43 victory over North Texas (4-6) at Denton, Texas.... Erika Valek scored 23 points as No. 7 Purdue (10-1) beat Tulane (8-3), 76-66, at West Lafayette, Ind....Plenette Pierson matched her career high with 31 points to lead No. 8 Texas Tech (10-1) to a 94-81 win over Rutgers (6-3) at Lubbock, Texas.... It took a last-second shot from freshman Meghan Craig to give Oklahoma State (4-7) a 60-58 win over No. 9 Arkansas (10-2) at Stillwater, Okla.... Lindsay Whalen scored 30 points to lead No. 10 Minnesota (12-0) to a 98-70 victory over Michigan (9-3) at Minneapolis.... Coretta Brown scored 23 points as No. 11 North Carolina (11-1) beat Georgia Tech (11-2), 72-67, at Atlanta.... No. 12 Vanderbilt (8-3) lost to Louisville, 92-82, at Louisville, Ky....Kelly Mazzante scored 26 points and No. 15 Penn State (10-2) beat Wisconsin (2-8), 86-55, in the Big Ten opener for both at Madison, Wis.... Heather Schreiber had 16 points as No. 17 Texas (7-3) beat Texas A&M; Corpus Christi (6-6), 64-37, at Austin, Texas.... Tan White scored 23 points as No. 18 Mississippi State (10-2) beat Xavier (7-3), 78-64, at Starkville, Miss.... Joan Bonvicini won her 200th game with Arizona, and Shawtinice Polk had 16 points as the No. 20 Wildcats (8-3) beat Oregon (5-7), 96-65, at Tucson, Ariz.... Cleveland State (1-9) narrowed a 22-point deficit to 10 with 6:46 to play, but No. 21 Wisconsin Green Bay (10-2) went on to win, 93-73, at Green Bay, Wis.... Buffalo (7-2) had its five-game winning streak ended by No. 25 Colorado (10-1), 76-47, at Amherst, N.Y.