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  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    UNLV C Zimmerman out up to three weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNLV freshman center Stephen Zimmerman suffered a sprained knee on Saturday and will be out of action for three to four weeks.

    • Zimmerman is averaging 10.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

      An MRI on Monday revealed the sprain. Interim coach Todd Simon said Zimmerman could be out of action until the Mountain West Conference tournament, which starts March 7.

      The 7-foot, 19-year-old is considered a potential first-round pick in this year's NBA Draft should he decide to forgo his college eligibility.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Sooners' Hield sinks game-winner
    By The Sports Xchange

    NORMAN, Okla. -- Even on an off night, Buddy Hield can find ways to make things happen.

    • Hield hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to lift No. 3 Oklahoma to a 63-60 win over No. 24 Texas at Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night.

      The Sooners trailed for much of the game, and Hield was cold from the field before taking over late, finishing with 27 points.

      Hield scored 12 of those points in the final 3:20 to keep the Sooners (20-3, 8-3 Big 12) in the thick of the Big 12 race. Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners.

      Isaiah Taylor led the Longhorns (16-8, 7-4) with 19 points, while Kendal Yancy added 13.

      Duke 72, No. 13 Louisville 65

      DURHAM, N.C. -- Grayson Allen scored 19 points, and Duke used late-game free-throw shooting to ruin Louisville's first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

      The Cardinals took a brief lead down the stretch before Duke recovered. The Blue Devils made 10 of 12 free throws in the final 3:14.

      Forward Brandon Ingram scored 18 points, guard Luke Kennard added 11 points and center Marshall Plumlee had 10 points for Duke (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

      Donovan Mitchell's 17 points paced Louisville, which trailed by 15 points early in the second half. The Cardinals (19-5, 8-3) dropped out of a first-place tie with North Carolina.

  • Monday, February 8, 2016
    Villanova No. 1 in AP poll for first time
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Villanova Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time in program history.

    • Villanova made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma's 80-69 loss to Kansas State on Saturday and then-No. 2 North Carolina's losses to Louisville 71-67 last Monday and Notre Dame 80-76 on Saturday.

      Villanova received 32 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel for the AP poll released Monday.

      The Wildcats also occupy the top spot in the USA Today Coaches poll.

      Villanova, which improved to 20-3 overall after its 72-60 victory over Providence on Saturday, had been ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP poll on six previous occasions.

      "We're honored and humbled to have been voted No.1 by the writers in the Associated Press poll and the coaches in the USA Today Coaches poll," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. "There's still a lot of basketball left to be played and handling this will be another challenge for our team. We look forward to it."

      Maryland (21-3) received 13 No. 1 votes and moved up two spots to second.

      Oklahoma (19-3), which had been No. 1 for the last three weeks, dropped to third and received seven first-place votes. Iowa (19-4) received 11 first-place votes and moved up one spot to No. 4.

      Xavier (21-2) is No. 5, followed by Kansas (19-4), Virginia (19-4), Michigan State (20-4), North Carolina (19-4) and West Virginia (19-4) to round out the top 10.

      Kansas and Virginia each received one first-place vote.

      Oregon (20-4) is No. 11, followed by Miami (18-4), Louisville (19-4), Iowa State (17-6), Texas A&M (18-5), SMU (20-2), Arizona (19-5), Purdue (19-5), Dayton (19-3), Providence (18-6), Baylor (17-6), Kentucky (17-6), USC (18-5), Texas (16-7) and Wichita State (17-6).

  • Sunday, February 7, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Iowa rolls
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The team that couldn't beat a Division II school in a November exhibition game sits all alone atop the Big 10 Conference.

    • Fifth-ranked Iowa continued to resemble a team that can win multiple games in March, easily disposing of Illinois 77-65 on Sunday at State Farm Center.

      Peter Jok fired in a game-high 23 points for the Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-1 Big Ten), while senior Jarrod Uthoff notched his sixth career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Adam Woodbury also collected a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Anthony Clemmons netted 10 points.

      Freshman Jalen Coleman-Lands paced the Fighting Illini (11-13, 3-8) with 17 points, hitting five of 11 3-pointers. Malcolm Hill, the conference scoring leader at 19.1 points per game, managed just 14 as he was hampered by foul trouble. Maverick Morgan tallied 10 points.

      No. 12 SMU 92, South Florida 58

      TAMPA, Fla. -- After getting off to an 18-0 start, the Mustangs lost two of the previous three games before coasting to a win over the Bulls.

      Both teams were led in scoring by freshmen. SMU's Shake Milton scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range. USF's Jahmal McMurray scored 18 points and had four assists. Nic Moore had 17 points, hitting five of 10 3-pointers, and collected eight assists for the Mustangs (20-2, 9-2 American).

      The Bulls (5-20, 2-10) were down to six scholarship players for the game, one fewer than SMU, then lost Bo Zeigler to an apparent knee injury seven minutes into the game. Walk-on guard Jake Bodway started the second half for USF.

      No. 16 Oregon 76, Utah 66

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Dillon Brooks had 30 points and nine assists to lead the Ducks to a win over the Utes.

      Chris Boucher added 15 points and Elgin Cook had 12 as Oregon (20-4, 9-2 Pac-12) won its sixth consecutive game to remain in first place in the conference. The Ducks are seeking their first championship since 2001-02.

      Kyle Kuzma led Utah (17-7, 6-5) with 18 points.

      No. 17 Miami (Fla.) 75, Georgia Tech 68

      ATLANTA -- Sheldon McClellan hit seven of nine shots and scored 22 points to lead the Hurricanes past the Yellow Jackets.

      Miami (18-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) also got 15 points from Davon Reed, 14 points from Ja'Quan Newton and 10 points from Kamari Murphy. Tonye Jekiri had a game-high nine rebounds.

      Georgia Tech (12-11, 2-8 ACC) was led by Marcus Georges-Hunt with 19 points. Adam Smith had 14 points and five assists, and Tadric Jackson added 13 points. The Yellow Jackets lost their third in a row.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Kansas State stuns No. 1 Oklahoma
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Wesley Iwundu scored 22 points and forward Dean Wade added 17 as Kansas State upset top-ranked Oklahoma 80-69 on Saturday at Manhattan, Kan.

    • Forward D.J. Johnson scored 12 points and guard Justin Edwards added 11 for the Wildcats (14-9, 3-7 Big 12). Kansas State has defeated a ranked opponent in 10 straight seasons.

      Oklahoma (19-3, 7-3) was led by guard Buddy Hield with 23 points. He was joined in double figures by guard Isaiah Cousins with 16 and forward Ryan Spangler with 14.

      The Wildcats had lost eight straight games to ranked teams this season before shocking the Sooners.

      Notre Dame 80, No. 2 North Carolina 76

      SOUTH BEND -- Forward Bonzie Colson and guard Demetrius Jackson scored 19 points apiece as the Fighting Irish stunned the Tar Heels in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

      Forward Zach Auguste scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half Notre Dame (16-7, 7-4). Guard Steve Vasturia added 13 points while Colson and Auguste each collected to rebounds.

      Marcus Paige scored 21 points to lead North Carolina (19-4, 8-2). Forward Brice Johnson contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds.

      No. 3 Villanova 72, No. 11 Providence 60

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Villanova got its revenge on Providence. The Wildcats, whose 31-game home winning streak was stopped by Providence on Jan. 24, scored the game's first 10 points and built a 19-point lead in the first half en route to a victory over the Friars.

      Backup forward Darryl Reynolds, starting because Daniel Ochefu was out with a concussion, shattered his career high with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Hart added 14 points and 13 boards as the Wildcats (20-3, 10-1 Big East) won for the 12th time in their last 13 games.

      Providence (18-6, 6-5) lost its second straight and third in the last four games.

      No. 4 Maryland 72, No. 18 Purdue 61

      COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Guard Rasheed Sulaimon had 15 of his 21 points after intermission and forward Robert Carter, Jr. had 19 points as the Terrapins remained unbeaten at home with the victory over the Boilermakers in Big Ten play.

      Guard Melo Trimble had 14 points for Maryland (21-3, 10-2). Center Diamond Stone added 12 for Maryland.

      Center A. J. Hammons had 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace Purdue (19-5, 7-4). Guard Vince Edwards had nine points and seven assists.

      No. 6 Xavier 90, Marquette 82

      CINCINNATI -- Trevon Bluiett scored 23 points, and J.P. Macura added 20 in a rare start including two clutch 3-pointers late in the game as Xavier held off Marquette.

      Edmond Sumner scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half as Xavier (21-2, 9-2 Big East) won its fifth straight game since losing at home to Georgetown on Jan. 19.

      There were 10 NBA scouts in attendance at the game and Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson delivered a dominant performance with 22 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Haanif Cheatham scored 21 points for the Golden Eagles (15-9, 4-7), who dropped their second straight.

      No. 7 Kansas 75, TCU 56

      Perry Ellis had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Kansas rolled to an easy win over TCU in Big 12 play at Fort Worth, Texas.

      Devonte' Graham added 15 points as the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) won their third straight game. Frank Mason III contributed 12 points and six assists as Kansas jumped out to a big lead and cruised to the victory.

      JD Miller and Brandon Parrish scored 13 points apiece to lead the Horned Frogs (10-13, 1-9).

      No. 25 South Carolina 81, No. 8 Texas A&M 78

      COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- P.J. Dozier broke a tie with a 12-foot baseline jumper and Michael Carrera followed with a 3-pointer from the right wing to propel the Gamecocks past the Aggies in Southeastern Conference play.

      Neither team held more than an eight-point lead in a nip-and-tuck duel that featured 23 lead changes until South Carolina (20-3, 7-3) went on a late 11-0 run to deal Texas A&M (18-5, 7-3) its first loss of the season at Reed Arena.

      Sindarius Thornwell led the Gamecocks with 25 points and Carrera had 20.

      Texas A&M, which suffered its third consecutive conference loss, was led by Danuel House and Alex Caruso with 16 points. Jalen Jones added 14.

      No. 9 Virginia 64, Pitt 50

      PITTSBURGH -- Malcolm Brogdon scored 21 points and Virginia dominated the second half to beat Pittsburgh.

      London Perrantes added 14 points for Virginia (19-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

      Jamel Artis scored 17 points to lead Pitt (17-5, 6-4). Michael Young posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

      No. 10 Michigan State 89, Michigan 73

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Bryn Forbes hasn't played many games at the Crisler Center, but the Lansing, Mich., native made sure his last one would be a memorable one.

      Michigan State's senior guard scored 29 points -- 23 coming in the first half -- to lead Michigan State to a blowout victory over Michigan.

      Forbes finished shooting 8-for-10 from 3-point range, going 7-for-9 in the first half. Denzel Valentine flirted with a triple-double, scoring 21 points while grabbing nine rebounds and handing out eight assists for the Spartans (20-4, 7-4 Big Ten). Michigan (17-7, 7-4) struggled shooting the ball throughout the game, making just 8 of 28 from 3-point range.

      No. 13 Iowa State 64, Oklahoma State 59

      STILLWATER, Okla. -- Georges Niang scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and had nine rebounds to help lead Iowa State over Oklahoma State.

      Monte Morris and Matt Thomas each scored 16 points for the Cyclones (17-6, 6-4 Big 12).

      Oklahoma State (11-12, 2-8) lost its second straight. The Cowboys have now lost eight games -- five in the Big 12 -- decided by five points or less.

      No. 14 West Virginia 80, No. 15 Baylor 69

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Guard Daxter Miles scored a season-high 20 points and the Mountaineers took sole possession of the Big 12 by beating the Bears.

      Reserve guard Jaysean Paige scored 17 points as the Mountaineers (19-4, 8-2) ended a three-year string of home losses to Baylor (17-6, 6-4). Devin Williams produced 16 points for West Virginia.

      Guards King McClure and Ish Wainwright scored 11 points apiece for the Bears, who sliced a 19-point deficit to 74-67 after stars Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers were benched. Prince finished with 10 points, none after halftime, and Gathers had five points and seven rebounds.

      No. 19 Louisville 79, Boston College 47

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the system is broken and his team rolled to an easy victory over the Eagles in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

      The Cardinals didn't lose their competitive spirit in the wake of Friday's stunning announcement that the school self-imposed a postseason ban on a team which looked capable of winning multiple games in March.

      Guard Trey Lewis, a senior who transferred from Cleveland State with hopes of playing in the NCAA Tournament only to have those quashed on Friday, scored a game-high 16 points for Louisville (19-4, 8-2 in the ACC).

      Sammy Barnes-Thompkins scored 11 points to pace Boston College (7-16, 0-10).

      No. 20 Kentucky 80, Florida 61

      LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman guard Jamal Murray scored 35 points and made 8 of 10 shots from 3-point range to lead the Wildcats past the Gators in Southeastern Conference play.

      Point guard Tyler Ulis finished with 18 points and 11 assists, his third double-double of the season for Kentucky (16-7, 7-3). Junior forward Derek Willis added 12 points and six rebounds.

      Forward Dorian Finney-Smith paced Florida (15-8, 6-4) with 24 points. Center John Egbunu added 12.

      Illinois State 58, No. 21 Wichita State 53

      NORMAL, Ill. - Down 16 points in the second half, Illinois State warmed up and handed Wichita State its first Missouri Valley Conference loss of the season.

      Point guard Paris Lee scored 13 of his game-high 19 points after halftime as the Redbirds ended the Shockers' 12-game winning streak. Forward Deontae Hawkins added 14 points for Illinois State (14-11, 8-4), including a three-point play with 3:31 left for a 54-50 lead.

      Wichita State (17-6, 11-1) failed to score on its last five possessions, with point guard Fred VanVleet back-rimming a clean look at a tying 3-pointer in the final 15 seconds. Guard Ron Baker and forward Shaquille Morris each scored 10 points apiece for the Shockers.

      Penn State 68, No. 22 Indiana 63

      STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Forward Brandon Taylor scored 24 points to lead the Nittany Lions to the stunning victory over the Hoosiers in Big Ten play.

      Guard Shep Garner had 10 of his 12 points in the second half for Penn State (12-12, 3-8). Guard Devin Foster contributed 13 points.

      Guard Nick Zeisloft led Indiana with 14 points while guard Yogi Ferrell added 13 points. The Hoosiers made only one field goal over the final five minutes and were 7 of 23 from the field in the second half.

      No. 23 Arizona 77, Washington 72

      SEATTLE -- Power forward Ryan Anderson had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Wildcats past the Huskies in Pac-12 play.

      Anderson, a senior coming off a career-high 31 points at Washington State, has made 55 of 79 shots from the field in the past eight games. Guard Gabe York added 18 points for Arizona (19-5, 7-4 Pac-12).

      Guard Andrew Andrews scored 20 points to pace Washington (15-8, 7-4). Forward Marquese Chriss added 18 points and seven rebounds.

      No. 24 Dayton 94, George Mason 68

      FAIRFAX, Va. -- Guard Charles Cooke came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half as the Flyers routed the Patriots in Atlantic 10 play.

      Cooke didn't start for Dayton (19-3, 8-1) because he broke a team rule. Guard Dyshawn Pierre had 24 points for the Flyers and forward Kendall Pollard added 15.

      Guard Otis Livingston scored 21 points for the George Mason (8-15, 2-8). The Patriots shot 36.8 percent from the field against the conference's top defense.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Cyclones suspend McKay indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Jameel McKay was suspended indefinitely by 13th-ranked Iowa State, the school announced Friday.

    • While no details of the cause of the suspension were announced, an athletic department spokesman told the Des Moines Register that there were no legal matters involved.

      Though the length of the suspension wasn't announced, McKay posted a brief and cryptic tweet Friday night that read simply, "1 game"

      McKay's punishment will begin when he misses the Cyclones' game Saturday at Oklahoma State.

      McKay is the defending Big 12 defensive player of the year. He is averaging 12.4 points, nine rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. McKay scored a season-high 25 points against Chicago State on Nov. 16, but he has not topped 19 points in conference play.

      He was recently slowed by left knee tendinitis.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    UNLV G Cook no longer on team
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook was dismissed from the basketball program on Friday, the school announced.

    • Rebels coach Todd Simon didn't divulge a reason for the dismissal.

      "We appreciate all that Daquan contributed while a member of our team," Simon said in a school-released statement. "He is on track to graduate this spring and we will continue to support him."

      Cook played in 55 games during his UNLV career but was seldom used this season after returning from a 13-game suspension. Former coach Dave Rice disciplined Cook after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

      Cook played just four minutes in two games this season and scored three points.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    Louisville self-imposes postseason ban for 2016
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisville has self-imposed a postseason ban on its men's basketball team for this season, the school announced Friday.

    • The penalties come amid the NCAA's ongoing investigation into an alleged recruiting scandal involving paid escorts at Louisville.

      The school informed the team's players in a meeting Friday and announced the sanctions at a news conference Friday afternoon.

      Head coach Rick Pitino's No. 19 Cardinals have an 18-4 record and are in second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

      "I recognize that this is a significant penalty for our program," said university president James R. Ramsey, who was accompanied at Friday's news conference by athletic director Tom Jurich and Pitino.

      According to the Courier-Journal, the coaches told the players before the announcement that they only had nine games left, which is the remainder of the regular season. The Cardinals host Boston College on Saturday.

      Pitino said the team stood up and hugged graduate transfer guards Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, who came to Louisville to play their final college season and pursue their first NCAA Tournament bid.

      "They were hit over the head with a sledgehammer," Pitino said Friday. "This is certainly a night of extreme pain. ... a complete shock. This is a punishment I thought would never happen this season. This is a decision that's as harsh as anything I've seen."

      Katina Powell, in a book published last year by the self-described former escort, alleged that Andre McGee, a former men's basketball staffer at Louisville, hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players from 2010-14.

      Pitino has claimed he had no knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing, which Powell said took place in a campus dormitory.

      Powell met with NCAA investigators and turned over detailed documents surrounding her allegations against Louisville's basketball program.

      Powell's attorney, Larry Wilder, told ESPN's "Outside The Lines" that Friday's announcement means Louisville "is taking this matter seriously."

      "I think this was an admission by the University of Louisville basketball program and the administration that the things Ms. Powell wrote about in her book clearly happened and I think it's also clear from today's announcement that the University of Louisville is trying to be proactive and is taking this matter seriously," Wilder said Friday. "The most bothersome part of this process is that there are people who are being punished who had nothing to do with what caused this discipline to occur and Andre McGee has withdrawn himself from the purview of the NCAA and he cannot be punished."

      The school's ban was announced just four days after Louisville's biggest victory of the season, a 71-65 win over No. 2 North Carolina, on Monday night.

      "We believed it was in our grasp, all these dreams Damion and Trey had," Pitino said Friday. "This was a team that was very much favored to go far in the (NCAA) tournament."

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Kansas State G Stokes out with knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kansas State freshman point guard Kamau Stokes will likely miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

    • Stokes is slated to undergo knee surgery on Thursday. He suffered the injury in Saturday's game against Mississippi State.

      The freshman started 20 games and is averaging 9.4 points and 2.7 rebounds.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: No. 7 Kansas slams K-State
    By The Sports Xchange

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Perry Ellis scored 19 points Wednesday night and made all three 3-pointers he attempted to help the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks slam the Kansas State Wildcats 77-59 in Allen Fieldhouse.

    • Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk added 10 points each for the Jayhawks, who looked sluggish at times coming off an overtime victory against Kentucky.

      Wesley Iwundu led Kansas State with 15 points. Stephen Hurt added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Wildcats to a 36-21 advantage on the boards. Barry Brown came off the bench to net 11 points.

      The Jayhawks countered the Wildcats' dominance of the glass with 55.1 percent shooting.

      No. 4 Maryland 70, Nebraska 65

      LINCOLN, Neb. -- Melo Trimble scored 20 points and the No. 4 Terrapins overcame 18 turnovers to defeat the Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

      Trimble committed three turnovers in the first half but made three 3-pointers in the second half to help Maryland win its third conference road game by a single-digit margin.

      Andrew White scored 19 points to lead Nebraska.

      Miami 79, Note Dame 70

      MIAMI, Fla. -- The No. 17 Hurricanes got a big game from an unexpected source to hand the Fighting Irish a loss in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at BankUnited Center.

      Anthony Lawrence scored a game- and career-high 18 points including a career-high four 3-pointers as the Hurricanes took command of the game late in the first half. Lawrence was one of five Hurricanes in double figures. He was followed by Sheldon McClellan, Angel Rodriguez, and Ja'Quan Newton all with 12 each and Kamari Murphy with 11.

      Bonzie Colson led Notre Dame with 18 points, 12 in the first half. V.J. Beachem scored 14 and Zach Auguste 12 for the Irish.

      No. 5 Iowa 73, Penn State 49

      IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The fifth-ranked Hawkeyes upped their winning streak at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to 15 games, a streak dating back to last season, by beating the Nittany Lions.

      The story of this game was Iowa's defense. Penn State missed 12 of its first 15 shots and wound up shooting 21-for-69 (30.4 percent) from the floor -- including 1-for-20 from 3-point range -- while also getting to the free-throw line just 12 times the entire night.

      Adam Woodbury hauled in a career-high 15 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff finished with 14 points and four blocks, Anthony Clemmons had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Peter Jok added 12 points for Iowa.

      No. 9 Virginia 61, Boston College 47

      CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 9 Cavaliers got 27 points from Malcolm Brogdon in a dismantling of the Eagles at John Paul Jones Arena.

      Brogdon scored 20 or more points for the 11th time this season and was one point from tying a career high.

      Anthony Gill had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Virginia.

      Boston College got a team-high 14 points from Sammy Barnes-Thompkins but little production form the rest of the team. Leading scorer Eli Carter was held to seven points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field.

      No. 6 Xavier 90, St. John's 83

      CINCINNATI -- Trevon Bluiett recorded his fifth double-double this season and Myles Davis scored all of his team-leading 16 points in the second half, helping the No. 6 Musketeers fend off the Red Storm at Cintas Center.

      Bluiett scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds for Xavier, which overcame 15 turnovers and poor early shooting to reach 20 victories for the third straight season. Five players scored in double figures for the Musketeers, including J.P. Macura, who scored 12 points, James Farr, who had 11, and Edmond Sumner, who had 10.

      Felix Balamou scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half for St. John's. Durand Johnson had 18 points and Kassoum Yakwe added 14 for the Red Storm.

      No. 3 Villanova 83, Creighton 58

      VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The No. 3 Wildcats hit 16 3-pointers and got 22 points from Kris Jenkins in a rout of the Bluejays.

      Jalen Brunson had 16 points and went 4 of 6 on 3-pointers for Villanova.

      Creighton was led by Maurice Watson Jr. with 16 points and five assists.

      No. 21 Wichita State 76, Southern Illinois 55

      The 21st-ranked Shockers win over the Salukis gave coach Gregg Marshall win No. 221 to become the school's career leader.

      Marshall is 221-81 in nine seasons at WSU and he is also the career wins leader (194-83) at Winthrop. WSU also won its 43rd straight home game, the nation's longest streak. Its 12-game win streak is tied for the program's fourth-longest streak.

      Shaq Morris led WSU with 13 points while Fred VanVleet added 12 points and 11 assists. Anthony Beane scored 20 points on 6-of-17 shooting for Southern Illinois.

      No. 23 Arizona 79, Washington State 64

      Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 31 points, helping the Wildcats overcome a cold-shooting start en route to a win over the Cougars in Pullman, Wash.

      Anderson made 10 of 16 shots from the field and 11 of 17 attempts from the free throw line. He did most of his work in the paint, pulling down 12 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.

      Gabe York added 14 points for Arizona (18-5, 6-4 Pac-12). Ike Iroegbu led Washington State (9-13, 1-9) with 20 points, and Josh Hawkinson posted his 16th double-double of the season with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Mercer G Bryan killed in shooting
    By The Sports Xchange

    Jibri Bryan, a senior guard for Mercer University, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon outside a Macon, Ga., convenience store.

    • Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told the Telegraph newspaper that Bryan was shot the head with a pistol while he was sitting in the driver's seat of a late-model Chevrolet.

      The sheriff said another person was shot in the incident, and that person apparently arrived in the Nissan driven by the shooter. Davis said he had leads on the identity of the shooter, but a motive was unknown.

      Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said in a statement: "Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him. He was important to us in every way. I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus. We grew to be very close over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family."

      University president Bill Underwood said in statement: "Tonight the Mercer community is grieving the tragic death of graduate student Jibri Bryan, who has been part of the university family for six years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bryan family."

      Bryan, 23, was a starter as a junior, averaging 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. This season, he appeared in just six games because of a knee injury. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds.

      A native of Savannah, Ga., Bryan this season was a nominee for the national Good Works Team selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Co.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: No. 20 Kentucky loses 21-point lead, game
    By The Sports Xchange

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Punter scored 27 points and Tennessee erased a 21-point deficit to defeat No. 20 Kentucky 84-77 on Tuesday.

    • The Wildcats (16-6, 6-3 SEC) jumped out to a 34-13 lead with 5:32 left in the first half behind 12 points from Alex Poythress.

      The Volunteers (11-11, 4-5) went on a 10-0 run to slash the lead and closed the first half by outscoring Kentucky 29-2 to make it 42-36 at intermission.

      Tennessee completed its comeback when it took a 56-54 lead with 14:01 remaining. At that point, Punter had 17 points to lead a 43-20 Volunteers' run.

      "Our guys really deserve all the credit in the world, the way they hung in and hustled," Tennessee first-year coach Rick Barnes said. "They weren't playing very well early, but they stayed with it. They really did. There wasn't one person that played that game that didn't help us some way, somehow. For us to come back obviously was a terrific win for us."

      The 21-point lead was the largest blown under Wildcats coach John Calipari. Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis scored 21 and 20, respectively, for Kentucky.

      DePaul 77, No. 11 Providence 70

      ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Myke Henry scored a season-high 27 points and Billy Garrett Jr. added 16 as the Blue Demons upset the No. 11 Friars.

      DePaul (8-14, 2-8 Big East) snapped a two-game losing streak as it beat a ranked team for the second time this season.

      Providence (18-5, 6-4) closed within three points with 2:10 to play and again in the final minute, but the Blue Demons went 7 for 10 from the free-throw line through the last 2:01 to preserve the lead and win for only the second time since beating then-No. 20 George Washington on Dec. 22.

      Kris Dunn scored 14 points while reserve Ryan Fazekas had 13 as the Friars (18-5, 6-4) took their second loss in three games. Rodney Bullock had 11 points, while Kyron Cartwright added 10.

      No. 14 West Virginia 81, No. 13 Iowa State 76

      AMES, Iowa -- Jaysean Paige scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:05 left, and Devin Williams produced 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the Mountaineers rallied from 15 down to stun the Cyclones.

      West Virginia (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) won for the first time in four tries at Hilton Coliseum. Williams made six consecutive free throws in the final two minutes to hand Iowa State (16-6, 5-4) only its seventh loss in 79 home games.

      Georges Niang scored 20 and Abdel Nader 19 for the Cyclones, who were outrebounded 43-26. Monte Morris finish with nine points and 10 assists.

      No. 1 Oklahoma 95, TCU 72

      NORMAN, Okla. -- Buddy Hield scored 17 points -- one of six players to reach double figures in the easy victory over the Horned Frogs.

      Jordan Woodard added 14 points, Isaiah Cousins had 13, Ryan Spangler scored 11 and Khadeem Lattin had 10 for Oklahoma (19-2, 7-2 Big 12). Christian James added a season-high 12 off the bench -- all on 3-pointers.

      Spangler added 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Cousins had 10 rebounds and seven assists for his third of double-double the year.

      Vlad Brodzianky scored 17 points while Chris Washburn added 15 for TCU (10-12, 1-8).

      No. 22 Indiana 80, Michigan 67

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Yogi Ferrell had 17 points and nine assists and the Hoosiers scored 28 consecutive points to blow the game open and defeat the Wolverines.

      Robert Johnson added 16 points and six rebounds as Indiana (19-4, 9-1 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of first place, a half-game ahead of Iowa. Freshman OG Anunoby had 11 points and the Hoosiers held a 44-30 rebounding edge while winning for the 14th time in the last 15 games.

      Zak Irvin scored 16 points for Michigan (17-6, 7-3). Duncan Robinson added 14 points as the Wolverines had a four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-2 at home.

      The Wolverines were once again without standout senior guard Caris LeVert (leg) and dropped into a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten with Purdue.

      Georgia 69, No. 25 South Carolina 56

      ATHENS, Ga. -- J.J. Frazier got hot at the right time, scoring 13 points to help the Bulldogs fight off the Gamecocks at Stegeman Coliseum.

      Frazier hit two key 3-pointers in the final minutes to put away South Carolina and was one of four Georgia players to reach double figures in scoring.

      Yante Maten continued his breakout season with a game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks for the Bulldogs (12-8, 5-4 SEC). Kenny Gaines added 17 points, and Charles Mann finished with 11 points to pace Georgia's balanced attack.

      Sindarius Thornwell scored 18 points and Michael Carrera finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Gamecocks (19-3, 6-3), who shot 31 percent from the field.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    Illness forces Krzyzewski to sit out game
    By The Sports Xchange

    ATLANTA -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was not feeling well and missed Tuesday night's Atlantic Coast Conference game against Georgia Tech.

    • Associate head coach Jeff Capel took over the team for Krzyzewski.

      Officials said Krzyzewski "is expected to return to the team soon."

      The last game that Krzyzewski missed was Jan. 7, 1999, also against Georgia Tech in Atlanta

      "After the team meal last evening, he was feeling under the weather and stayed back in Durham, where he was evaluated at Duke University Hospital and directed by his doctors to remain home," the school said in a statement.

      Duke (15-6) fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Blue Devils had lost four of their last five games.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Louisville holds off UNC
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Damion Lee pumped in a game-high 24 points Monday night as 19th-ranked Louisville snapped No. 2 North Carolina's 12-game winning streak with a 71-65 Atlantic Coast Conference decision.

    • Held to six points Saturday in Louisville's 63-47 blowout home loss against Virginia, Lee connected on eight of 12 shots, including four of seven 3-point attempts for the Cardinals (18-4, 7-2 ACC).

      Chinanu Onuaku overcame first-half foul trouble to finish with 12 points and eight rebounds for Louisville, while Donovan Mitchell added 10 points.

      Forward Brice Johnson paced the Tar Heels (19-3, 8-1) with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and forward Justin Jackson contributed 16 points. But North Carolina, which came in averaging 85.8 points per game, canned just 34.5 percent of its field goals and committed 16 turnovers.

      Houston 71, No. 12 SMU 68

      HOUSTON -- Playing without its leading scorer did not prevent the Cougars from pulling off an upset of the Mustangs.

      Rob Gray, who leads the American Athletic Conference in scoring at 17.3 points per game, sat out with an injured ankle. Devonta Pollard helped to make up for his absence, producing 23 points and seven rebounds for Houston (16-6, 6-4 American Athletic Conference).

      SMU (19-2, 8-2) led by 11 early in the second half, but could not sustain its advantage despite 16 points from Nic Moore and 12 each from Ben Moore and Markus Kennedy.

      Texas 67, No. 15 Baylor

      WACO, Texas -- The Longhorns, led by forward Connor Lammert's 15 points, won for the sixth time in its past seven games, taking advantage of the Bears' foul trouble late in the second half for a pair of key baskets.

      Texas' Prince Ibeh made a hook shot over Baylor's Rico Gathers, who was saddled with four fouls at the time, and went baseline for a powerful dunk that gave Texas a 56-49 lead with 4:32 left. Lammert added a 3-pointer from the right wing that gave the Longhorns a six-point lead with 44 seconds left.

      Gathers led Baylor (17-5, 6-3 Big 12) with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Taurean Prince added 18 points and seven boards. Isaiah Taylor scored 12 for Texas (15-7, 6-3).

  • Monday, February 1, 2016
    Auburn reinstates suspended Bowers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Auburn senior forward Cinmeon Bowers was reinstated to the team on Monday after serving a one-game suspension.

    • Bowers was disciplined for "conduct detrimental to the team" and missed Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State.

      Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said Bowers will receive playing time during Tuesday's game against LSU.

      Bowers is averaging 10.7 points and a team-high 9.1 rebounds.

  • Monday, February 1, 2016
    Duke bounced from AP poll
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke was bounced from the Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time in more than eight years.

    • Coach Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five, including two home games. This is the first time since the 2007-08 preseason poll that Duke has not been in the Top 25 -- a streak of 167 weeks and the fifth-longest run since the AP poll debuted in 1948-49. The record is UCLA's 221 straight polls from 1966 to 1980.

      Duke, ranked 24th a week ago, lost to Miami 80-69 on the road last Monday night in its last game. The Blue Devils once again were shorthanded, playing without 6-foot-9 senior forward Amile Jefferson, who suffered a fracture in his right foot in practice Dec. 12. He was averaging 10.3 points and 9.3 rebounds before going out with the injury.

      Oklahoma is 18-2 and ranked No. 1 for the third straight week, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. North Carolina (19-2) stayed second with 20 No. 1 votes.

      Villanova (18-3) jumped three places to third, followed by Maryland (19-3), Iowa (17-4), Xavier (19-2), Kansas (17-4), Texas A&M (18-3), Virginia (17-4) and Michigan State (19-4).

      Providence (18-4) is No. 11, followed by SMU (19-1), Iowa State (16-5), West Virginia (17-4), Baylor (17-4), Oregon (18-4), Miami (16-4), Purdue (19-4), Louisville (17-4), Kentucky (16-5), Wichita State (16-5), Indiana (18-4), Arizona (17-5), Dayton (18-3) and South Carolina (19-2).

  • Sunday, January 31, 2016
    No. 22 Wichita State 78, Evansville 65
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Fred VanVleet hit all 15 of his foul shots, and No. 22 Wichita State cruised to a 78-65 win over Evansville on Sunday in Evansville, Ind.

    • VanVleet sank just eight of 18 shots from the floor but added five rebounds for the Shockers (16-5, 10-0 Missouri Valley Conference).

      Wichita State guard Conner Frankamp added 10 points, and forward Anton Grady contributed eight rebounds, five blocked shots and five points. The Shockers have won 11 consecutive games.

      Guard D.J. Balentine scored 18 points to pace the Purple Aces (18-5, 7-3), but he hit only five of 21 field-goal attempts. Forward Egidijus Mockevicius had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

      Both teams shot poorly from the field -- 38.7 percent for Wichita State, 33.3 percent for Evansville. However, the Shockers' greater shot volume (62 attempts to the Purple Aces' 48 attempts) proved crucial.

      Wichita State posted a 44-36 rebounding edge.

      Neither team made a field goal in the final two minutes of the first half, but four Wichita State free throws gave the Shockers a 32-21 advantage at the break. It was the game's first double-digit advantage. Evansville's lone lead came at 3-2.

      VanVleet scored the first five points of the second half, pushing the margin to 16 points and prompting an Evansville timeout. The Purple Aces never drew closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

  • Sunday, January 31, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Maryland escapes Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a Big Ten game that was nothing like the 35-point blowout two weeks earlier, No. 8 Maryland fought off a strong Ohio State challenge and escaped with a 66-61 victory on Sunday.

    • Melo Trimble scored 20 points and Jake Layman had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Terrapins (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten), who had lost in their last two visits to Value City Arena.

      Ohio State (14-9, 6-4) rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to lead for the first time since the first half at 49-48 on a three-point play by Marc Loving with 6:55 remaining in the game.

      The two teams traded the lead for the next minute until Maryland went ahead to stay on two free throws by Trimble with 5:22 remaining. Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon hit 3-pointers in the final minutes to secure the win.

      Jae'Sean Tate led Ohio State with 16 points.

      No. 3 Iowa 85, Northwestern 71

      IOWA CITY -- The Hawkeyes rebounded from their first Big Ten loss of the season and moved back into a first-place tie with No. 19 Indiana.

      Peter Jok led Iowa (17-4, 8-1) with 26 points, while Jarrod Uthoff scored 23. They combined to hit six 3-pointers.

      Tre Demps had a game-high 30 points for Northwestern (15-8, 3-7).

      No. 6 Villanova 68, St John's 53

      NEW YORK -- The Wildcats, who are the Big East Conference's best shooting team, turned in one of their worst shooting performances of the season but were able to turn back the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden.

      Villanova (18-3, 8-1 Big East) shot 35.6 percent, far below its conference-leading 47.6 percent. St. John's (7-15, 0-9) has lost a school-record 12 games in coach and former Red Storm star Chris Mullin's first season.

      Josh Hart recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Kris Jenkins turned in his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Villanova.

      No. 12 Michigan State 96, Rutgers 62

      EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Denzel Valentine piled up 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the Spartans tied the school record with 17 3-pointers while manhandling the Scarlet Knights.

      Eron Harris chipped in 14 points for the Spartans, who won their third straight. Michigan State (19-4, 6-4 Big Ten) had a whopping 33-2 advantage on second-chance points while outrebounding Rutgers 56-27.

      Mike Williams had 18 points, and Corey Sanders and Omari Grier added 17 apiece for Rutgers (6-16, 0-9), which have its ninth straight.

      No. 22 Wichita State 78, Evansville 65

      Fred VanVleet hit all 15 of his foul shots, tying a 53-year-old school record, and the Shockers cruised to a win over the Purple Aces.

      VanVleet sank just eight of 18 shots from the floor but added five rebounds for Wichita State (16-5, 10-0 Missouri Valley Conference). The victory was coach Gregg Marshall's 220th with Wichita State, matching Ralph Miller's school record.

      D.J. Balentine scored 18 points to pace the Evansville (18-5, 7-3).

      No. 25 Notre Dame 85, Wake Forest 62

      SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Zach Auguste scored 21 points and four other players scored in double figures in the Irish's Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Deacons.

      Besides his point production, Auguste collected 12 rebounds for Notre Dame (15-6, 6-3 ACC). Joining Auguste in double digits were V.J. Beachem (15 points), Demetrius Jackson (14), A.J. Burgett (14) and Steve Vasturia (10).

      Wake Forest (10-11, 1-8) was led by Bryant Crawford with 20 points and Devin Thomas with 19.

      No. 23 Oregon 91, Arizona State 74

      TEMPE, Ariz. -- Oregon senior transfer Chris Boucher had career highs with 26 points and four 3-pointers in a Pac-12 victory over Arizona State at the Wells Fargo Arena.

      Dillon Brooks had 18 points as the No. 23 Ducks completed their first road sweep on the Arizona trip since 2012. Tyler Dorsey added 16 points and Elgin Cook had 14.

      Obinna Oleka had 17 points and Gerry Blakes had 15 for the Sun Devils, who lost four of their last five.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: No. 4 Kansas tops Kentucky in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Wayne Selden poured in a career-high 33 points on Saturday night as No. 4 Kansas nipped No. 20 Kentucky 90-84 in overtime at Allen Fieldhouse.

    • The win, the 35th in a row at home for the Jayhawks, was part of the one-day Big 12/SEC Challenge, a rare January deviation from conference play.

      No basket by Selden was bigger than a thunderous dunk he made on a drive with 3:46 left in overtime. That hoop launched a 7-0 flurry by the Jayhawks to gain an 85-78 advantage. Selden went 12 of 20 from the field with three 3-pointers while surpassing 1,000 career points.

      Tyler Ulis paced Kentucky with 26 points and eight assists.

      No. 1 Oklahoma 77, LSU 75

      BATON ROUGE, La. -- Buddy Hield and Ben Simmons had plenty of sizzle, but it was Isaiah Cousins and Khadeem Lattin who helped lead No. 1 Oklahoma beat LSU in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at the Pete Maravich Center.

      Cousins buried a mid-range 3-pointer with less than four seconds left and Lattin blocked Tim Quarterman's desperation drive to the basket to seal the win and help the Sooners escape.

      Hield had 32 points, hitting eight 3-pointers, for Oklahoma. Simmons had 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for LSU. Quarterman led the Tigers with 18 points.

      No. 2 North Carolina 89, Boston College 62

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Brice Johnson scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds and No. 2 North Carolina broke out of its shooting slump against Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

      Joel Berry's 13 points and Marcus Paige's 12 also gave a boost to North Carolina, which has won 12 games in a row. It is the best start for North Carolina in ACC play since an 11-0 mark 15 years ago.

      Eli Carter led Boston College with 19 points.

      No. 5 Texas A&M 72, No. 14 Iowa State 62

      COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Danuel House scored 10 points in a late 14-2 run that propelled the Aggies past the Cyclones.

      House clinched the victory -- Texas A&M's 13th straight at home -- with a three-point play highlighted by massive dunk that gave the Aggies (18-3) a 68-60 lead with 55.9 seconds left. It was the 300th career victory for Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy. House led the Aggies (18-3) with 20 points.

      Iowa State (16-5) was led by Georges Niang with 15 points.

      No. 7 Xavier 86, DePaul 65

      ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Five players scored in double figures -- including a team-high 15 from Trevon Bluiett -- as the Musketeers shook off a sluggish start to roll over the Blue Demons.

      Xavier (19-2, 7-2 Big East) reversed its fortunes after an early 9-0 deficit, led by eight points at halftime and pulled away in the second half. Xavier reserves Larry Austin and J.P. Macura each had 12 points.

      Billy Garrett Jr. scored a game-high 18 points for DePaul (7-14, 1-8), which dropped its eighth in nine games.

      No. 9 West Virginia 88, Florida 71

      GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 9 West Virginia missed Jonathan Holton and Florida seemingly could not miss from 3-point range in a Big 12/SEC Challenge upset.

      Dorian Finney-Smith scored 23 points by mixing two thunderous dunks with 5-of-7 shooting from 3 as the Gators rolled. KeVaugh Allen added 19 points.

      Playing without the suspended Holton, the Mountaineers' defense sprang numerous leaks and surrendered a season-high scoring. Tarik Phillip and Jaysean Paige led West Virginia with 15 points each.

      No. 10 Providence 73, Georgetown 69

      WASHINGTON -- Kris Dunn had 26 points to surpass 1,000 for his career and hot-shooting Ben Bentil also had 26 points as No. 10 Providence beat Georgetown in a Big East showdown of longtime rivals at the Verizon Center.

      L.J. Peak scored 19 points, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 and Bradley Hayes contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas.

      No. 11 Virginia 63, No. 16 Louisville 47

      Malcolm Brogdon and senior forward Anthony Gill scored 13 points apiece as the Cavaliers cruised to a convincing victory over the Cardinals in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Louisville, Ky.

      Virginia shot 57.8 percent from the field and led by as many as 23 points while posting its fourth consecutive victory. London Perrantes and senior center Mike Tobey contributed nine points for Virginia (17-4, 6-3 ACC).

      Deng Adel and Raymond Spalding scored 12 points each for the Louisville (17-4, 6-2), which had a four-game winning streak halted.

      No. 13 SMU 80, Memphis 68

      DALLAS -- No. 13 SMU rebounded from its first loss of the season with a blowout of Memphis at Moody Coliseum.

      The Mustangs were the last undefeated team in Division I until an 89-80 loss at Temple last Sunday. Nic Moore led a quartet of double-digit scorers with 22 points.

      Memphis was led by Shaq Goodwin's 18 points.

      N.C. State 85, No. 15 Miami 69

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Anthony Barber poured in 30 points and the Wolfpack upset the Hurricanes for a much-needed ACC victory.

      North Carolina State, which had lost its previous four conference games, held the upper hand throughout the second half to get back on track at home. Abdul-Malik Abu scored 19 points and Caleb Martin added 13 for N.C. State (12-10, 2-7 ACC).

      Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points to pace Miami (16-4, 5-3), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

      No. 17 Baylor 83, LSU 73

      WACO, Texas -- No. 17 Baylor heated up in the second half and rolled past Georgia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

      The Bears hit 6 of 9 from 3-point range and shot 52 percent overall in the second half to gain separation and hold off the Bulldogs. Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds for Baylor.

      Guard J.J. Frazier led Georgia with 21 points and 11 assists.

      No. 18 Arizona 80, Oregon State 63

      TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gabe York had career highs with 24 points and six 3-pointers and No. 18 Arizona rebounded from its first home loss in three years against Oregon State.

      Ryan Anderson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season for the Wildcats, whose loss to Oregon on Thursday was their first at home since Feb. 20, 2013, to California.

      Tres Tinkle had 16 points for Oregon State, which has lost five of its last six games.

      No. 19 Indiana 74, Minnesota 68

      BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Thomas Bryant finished with a game-high 23 points to lead the Hoosiers over the Gophers.

      Indiana (18-4, 8-1 Big Ten) barely retained its share of the Big Ten lead after blowing a 16-point second-half lead.

      Kevin Dorsey scored a career- and game-high 21 points for Minnesota (6-16, 0-10).

      No. 21 Purdue 89, Nebraska 74

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A.J. Hammons scored a career-best 32 points and had 11 rebounds, leading No. 21 Purdue to a Big Ten win over Nebraska.

      Hammons topped his previous career best of 30 as a freshman on Jan. 30, 2013, in a loss to Indiana. Hammons, 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas and 6-9 power forward Caleb Swanigan combined for 51 points and 24 rebounds against the smaller Cornhuskers, who had won three consecutive Big Ten road games.

      Andrew White scored 18 points and Shavon Shields had 16 for Nebraska.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Florida upsets No. 9 West Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 9 West Virginia missed Jonathan Holton and Florida seemingly could not miss from 3-point range during an 88-71 upset in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

    • Dorian Finney-Smith scored 23 points by mixing two thunderous dunks with 5-of-7 shooting from 3 as the Gators (14-7) rolled to a victory. KeVaugh Allen added 19 points.

      West Virginia (17-4) entered the game ranked second nationally in 3-point defense (26.8 percent) only to see the Gators start 5 of 7 before finishing 12 of 20. That signified rare shooting for Florida, ranked just 286th in Division I in 3-point accuracy (31.8 percent).

      Playing without the suspended Holton, who fronts the full-court press, the Mountaineers' defense sprang numerous leaks and surrendered a season-high scoring. Tarik Phillip and Jaysean Paige led West Virginia with 15 points each.

      No. 5 Texas A&M 72, No. 14 Iowa State 62

      COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Danuel House scored 10 points in a late 14-2 run that propelled the Aggies past the Cyclones.

      House clinched the victory -- Texas A&M's 13th straight at home -- with a three-point play highlighted by massive dunk that gave the Aggies (18-3) a 68-60 lead with 55.9 seconds left. It was the 300th career victory for Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy. House led the Aggies (18-3) with 20 points.

      Iowa State (16-5) was led by Georges Niang with 15 points.

      No. 7 Xavier 86, DePaul 65

      ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Five players scored in double figures -- including a team-high 15 from Trevon Bluiett -- as the Musketeers shook off a sluggish start to roll over the Blue Demons.

      Xavier (19-2, 7-2 Big East) reversed its fortunes after an early 9-0 deficit, led by eight points at halftime and pulled away in the second half. Xavier reserves Larry Austin and J.P. Macura each had 12 points.

      Billy Garrett Jr. scored a game-high 18 points for DePaul (7-14, 1-8), which dropped its eighth in nine games.

      No. 11 Virginia 63, No. 16 Louisville 47

      Malcolm Brogdon and senior forward Anthony Gill scored 13 points apiece as the Cavaliers cruised to a convincing victory over the Cardinals in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Louisville, Ky.

      Virginia shot 57.8 percent from the field and led by as many as 23 points while posting its fourth consecutive victory. London Perrantes and senior center Mike Tobey contributed nine points for Virginia (17-4, 6-3 ACC).

      Deng Adel and Raymond Spalding scored 12 points each for the Louisville (17-4, 6-2), which had a four-game winning streak halted.

      N.C. State 85, No. 15 Miami 69

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Anthony Barber poured in 30 points and the Wolfpack upset the Hurricanes for a much-needed ACC victory.

      North Carolina State, which had lost its previous four conference games, held the upper hand throughout the second half to get back on track at home. Abdul-Malik Abu scored 19 points and Caleb Martin added 13 for N.C. State (12-10, 2-7 ACC).

      Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points to pace Miami (16-4, 5-3), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

      No. 19 Indiana 74, Minnesota 68

      BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Thomas Bryant finished with a game-high 23 points to lead the Hoosiers over the Gophers.

      Indiana (18-4, 8-1 Big Ten) barely retained its share of the Big Ten lead after blowing a 16-point second-half lead.

      Kevin Dorsey scored a career- and game-high 21 points for Minnesota (6-16, 0-10).

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Oregon halts Arizona's 49-game home winning streak
    By The Sports Xchange

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and reserve Dwayne Benjamin had 15 as No. 23 Oregon ended No. 18 Arizona's 49-game homecourt winning streak with a 83-75 Pac-12 victory at McKale Center on Thursday.

    • Brooks had 10 points in the final 10 minutes as the Ducks (17-4, 6-2) pulled away.

      The Wildcats' Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 64 with 7:28 remaining, but Oregon scored the next eight points to regain a lead it never lost.

      Brooks' layup with 1:01 remaining gave the Ducks an 80-69 lead.

      Ryan Anderson had 22 points and Gabe York scorfed 18 for Arizona (16-5, 4-4), which led by 13 in the first half.

      Oregon ended the first half on a 13-7 run, and Tyler Dorsey's layup on an inbounds play in the final second cut the Wildcats' lead to 42-41 at the break.

      No. 8 Maryland 74, No. 3 Iowa 68

      COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Robert Carter, Jr. had 17 points before fouling out and Rasheed Sulaimon also scored 17 with several key free throws down the stretch as the Terrapins remained undefeated at home while handing the Hawkeyes their first Big Ten loss.

      Maryland (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) also remained undefeated in conference play over the past two seasons. Peter Jok scored 14 points for Iowa (16-4, 7-1), which had won its first seven Big Ten games by an average of nearly 12 points.

      Jake Layman (11 points) scored to give the Terrapins a 62-58 lead with 3:09 to go. Freshman Diamond Stone had a dunk with 1:24 left to make it 64-60 and Jared Nickens scored on a layup to put Maryland on top 66-60 with 1:09 left.

      Sulaimon made one free throw with 49.7 seconds to make it 67-62 and Stone made one with 39.5 seconds left to extend the advantage to 68-62. After the Hawkeyes had a shot blocked, Sulaimon made a free throw with 25.5 seconds left to make it 69-62.

      No. 12 Michigan State 76, Northwestern 45

      EVANSTON, Ill. -- Denzel Valentine scored 19 points while freshman Matt McQuaid added 17 to lead the Spartans to their seventh straight victory over the Wildcats.

      Valentine and McQuaid combined for 10 3 point field goals while Michigan State (18-4, 5-4 Big Ten) hit 16 of 26 on the way to its second straight victory.

      Bryant McIntosh scored 14 points and Aaron Falzon added 11 for Northwestern (15-7, 3-6), which shot 20.7 percent from the field and went 4 of 23 on 3 point tries as a losing streak reached four, including three straight to ranked teams.

      Syracuse 81, No. 25 Notre Dame 66

      SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Playing without injured leading scorer Demetrius Jackson, the Fighting Irish were no match for the Orange's three-headed backcourt monster of Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and freshman Malachi Richardson.

      Cooney (22), Gbinije (15) and Richardson (15) combined for 52 points as Syracuse thumped Notre Dame before 22,861 fans at the Carrier Dome.

      Cooney scored 15 of his points in the first half as the Orange (14-8, 4-5ACC) built a 17-point lead.

      V.J. Beachem led the Fighting Irish (14-6, 5-3) with 22 points. Jackson suffered a right hamstring injury in Notre Dame's previous game against Boston College on Saturday and is averaging 16.6 points and a team-high 5.3 assists.

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Texas A&M falls in Arkansas
    By The Sports Xchange

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Texas A&M's first top-five ranking will be short-lived.

    • Moses Kingsley scored 18 points and Arkansas forced 21 turnovers in its biggest victory of the season, beating No. 5 Texas A&M 74-71 Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena.

      The Razorbacks handed Texas A&M its first SEC loss and ended the Aggies' school-record 10-game winning streak that began on Dec. 12.

      Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell each finished with 17 points in the Razorbacks' upset win.

      Danuel House scored 24 points to lead the Aggies, who shot 40 percent. Tyler Davis added 14 and Alex Caruso and Jalen Jones had 10 each.

      No. 17 Baylor 69, Oklahoma State 65

      STILLWATER, Okla. -- The No. 17 Bears turned up their defense in the second half and then turned it on against the Cowboys, rallying for a win at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

      Taurean Prince led Baylor with 17 points while Rico Gathers added 16 and nine rebounds. Lester Medford contributed 12/

      Chris Olivier led Oklahoma State with 17 points off the bench. Leyton Hammonds added 12, but 10 of those came in the first half.

      No. 20 Kentucky 88, Missouri 52

      LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 20 Wildcats boosted their winning streak to three heading into Saturday's showdown at No. 4 Kansas by blasting the Tigers at Rupp Arena.

      Tyler Ulis paced the 36-point victory with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. He also had eight assists. Derek Willis added a double-double with a career-best 18 points and 12 rebounds. Isaiah Briscoe added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Skal Labissiere scored 12 points Jamal Murray had 11 points and nine rebounds.

      Missouri got 11 points from Wes Clark, though he was only 3 of 16 from the field. K.J. Walton and Kevin Puryear added 10 points each.

      No. 21 Purdue 68, Minnesota 64

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Vince Edwards led the way with 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting as the No. 21 Boilermakers salvaged a game from their road trip, getting back in the win column by holding off the Golden Gophers.

      A.J. Hammons added 16 points for Purdue, which lost at Iowa over the weekend, but maintained its status as one of the conference's better road teams with the bounce-back win. Rapheal Davis contributed 10 points.

      Nate Mason did his part with 15 points for Minnesota while Dupree McBrayer had 13 and Jordan Murphy 12.

      No. 22 Wichita State 80, Loyola (Ill.) 54

      In its first game as a ranked team in nearly two months, the No. 22 Shockers played like they intend to stay in the top 25 with a blowout win over the Ramblers at Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.

      Shaquille Morris led a very balanced attack with 12 points as Wichita State remained unbeaten in the Missouri Valley Conference. Rashard Kelly added 11 points and five other players scored either nine or eight points.

      Montel James and Earl Peterson tallied 11 points each for Loyola, who won two straight before running headlong into the conference's powerhouse program.

      No. 16 Louisville 91, Virginia Tech 83

      Damion Lee recorded season highs of 29 points and six 3-pointers to lead the No. 16 Cardinals over the Hokies in ACC play at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

      Trey Lewis scored 20 of season high-tying 22 points in the second half for the Cardinals. Jaylen Johnson added 11 points and nine rebounds as Louisville won its fourth straight game.

      Jalen Hudson scored a season-best 27 points to pace the Hokies. Seth Allen added a season-high 26 points and Zach LeDay scored 20.

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Wisconsin stops No. 19 Indiana in overtime
    By The Sports Xchange

    MADISON, Wis. -- Nigel Hayes scored six of his game-high 31 points in overtime as Wisconsin halted No. 19 Indiana's seven-game winning streak with a 82-79 victory Tuesday at the Kohl Center.

    • Hayes shot 7 for 12 from the field -- and was 17 for 22 from the free-throw line -- for the Badgers (12-9, 4-4), who have won three straight.

      Yogi Ferrell scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hoosiers (17-4, 6-1), who lost their 14th straight game in Madison.

      Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ contributed 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting and had a game-high eight rebounds for Wisconsin.

      Jordan Hill, who came off the bench for the Badgers, added a career-high 15 points, including critical 3-point buckets in the second half.

      Ferrell drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1 minute, 13 seconds left to give Indiana a 69-67 lead, but Hayes tied the game twice in the final 45 seconds of regulation.

      No. 7 Xavier 75, No. 10 Providence 68

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Jalen Reynolds had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Trevon Bluiett scored 15 to help the Musketeers fend off a second-half surge from the Friars.

      Reynolds and Bluiett were a combined 13 of 20 as Xavier (18-2, 6-2 Big East) shot 55.6 percent in the second half and finished at 50.8 percent for the game.

      Myles Davis had 13 points and seven assists, James Farr added 11 points and eight boards, and J.P Macura scored 10 off the bench for the Musketeers, who won their second straight.

      Ben Bentil had a game-high 25 points and pulled down six rebounds while Kris Dunn added 16 points, eight boards, seven assists and seven steals as Providence (17-4, 5-3) fell back to earth following Sunday's 82-76 overtime upset of No. 6 Villanova.

      No. 11 Virginia 72, Wake Forest 71

      WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Darius Thompson hit a banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer to complete a rally from 13 points down as the Cavaliers escaped with a victory at Joel Coliseum.

      Virginia hurried the ball down the court and Thompson launched the shot from the left side. A video review confirmed the shot was good.

      Malcolm Brogdon hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds to play to make it 70-69 and tied a career high with 28 points for the Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3 ACC), who improved to 1-4 in conference road games. Anthony Gill scored 17 points before fouling out in the final minute.

      Freshman Bryant Crawford racked up 22 points and Devin Thomas returned from an in-game ankle injury to finish with 19 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 1-7), who lost their fifth game in a row.

      No. 1 Oklahoma 91, Texas Tech 67

      NORMAN, Okla. -- Buddy Hield scored a game-high 30 points and the Sooners overpowered the Red Raiders at Lloyd Noble Center.

      It was Hield's seventh 30-plus point scoring performance of his senior season.

      Oklahoma's three starting guards -- Hield, Jordan Woodard (19 points) and Isaiah Cousins (15) -- combined to score 64 points and recorded 50 or more for the third consecutive game.

      The Sooners (17-2, 6-2 Big 12) won their 17th consecutive home contest.

      Justin Gray led Texas Tech (12-7, 2-6) with 20 points.

      No. 9 West Virginia 70, Kansas State 55

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jonathan Holton recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Mountaineers remained tied atop the Big 12 with their fifth straight victory over the Wildcats.

      Sixth man Jaysean Paige shot 3 for 12 from the floor but scored 12 points for West Virginia (17-3, 6-2 Big 12), which overcame 18 turnovers to keep pace with Oklahoma for the conference lead. Forward Nathan Adrian scored a season-high 10.

      Justin Edwards (11 points) was the only double-digit scorer for Kansas State (12-8, 2-6), which committed 19 turnovers and shot 35.1 percent overall. Kamau Stokes made a 3-pointer in the opening two minutes, but the Wildcats didn't sink another, finishing 1 for 18 from deep in its lowest-scoring output of the season.

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    Top 25 roundup: Cyclones knock off Jayhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    AMES, Iowa -- Monte Morris scored a team-high 21 points and also distributed nine assists Monday as No. 14 Iowa State overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to topple No. 4 Kansas 85-72 in Hilton Coliseum.

    • Despite being in foul trouble and netting just four points in the first half, Georges Niang added 19 points to help the Cyclones (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) win their fourth straight game.

      Iowa State did not lead until the 8:56 mark of the second half, when Deonte Burton canned a 3-pointer to make it 60-57. That was part of an 11-0 spree by the Cyclones, who capitalized on sloppy play by the Jayhawks down the stretch.

      Perry Ellis scored a game-high 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting for the Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3), who lost their third straight road game and fell out of first place in the Big 12 after going in tied with three teams atop the league.

      No. 15 Miami 80, No. 24 Duke 69

      MIAMI, Fla. -- Sheldon McClellan scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as the Hurricanes held off the Blue Devils.

      Miami (16-3, 5-2 ACC) built a 14-point lead midway through the second half and held off desperate Duke, which lost for the fourth time in its last five outings.

      Grayson Allen did all he could for the Blue Devils (15-6, 4-4), scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half as Duke closed within 75-69 in the final 31 seconds. However, McClellan broke away for a dunk on the ensuing play to seal it for the Hurricanes. Brandon Ingram led Duke with 19 points.

  • Monday, January 25, 2016
    SMU loses but drive still alive
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- Faced with the realities of a postseason ban handed down by the NCAA, Southern Methodist is using other motivating factors this season.

    • Apparently they worked as the Mustangs entered the weekend with an unblemished 18-0 record

      But head coach Larry Brown insists the team is being driven by a deeper motor than just wins and losses.

      "I never used (going undefeated as motivation)," Brown said. "I keep hearing that and we had a 60 percent chance, an 80 percent chance to do it, it must be this analytics stuff. Our motivation is to try to get better and make it as special as we can for the seniors."

      With the winning streak ended Sunday by Temple, the truth in that sentiment will be measured.

      It was a resurgent Temple squad who handed the Mustangs their first loss, 89-80 in Philadelphia on Sunday in a snow-delayed game that saw TU senior Devin Coleman drop a career-high 23 points.

      Because of NCAA violations, SMU will not be in the American Athletic Conference tournament. Likewise, there are no NCAA Tournament hopes despite the likes of a talented senior class that includes defending AAC Player of the Year Nic Moore (15.3 ppg, 5.1 apg) plus big men Jordan Tolbert (12.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and Markus Kennedy (9.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

      The NCAA sanctions were handed down as a result of multiple violations involving academic misconduct and a "loss of coach control" by Brown, with the program also losing nine scholarships over a three-year period while on probation.

      "I'm in awe of our kids, (the Temple loss) is not going to change that at all," Brown said. "Because all we've been through, all we've had to overcome, the fact that we have seven guys (in the rotation), nothing is going to change how I feel about them."

      Temple has developed a reputation as a giant-killer under 11th-year head coach Fran Dunphy, picking up wins over the likes of top-10 teams such as Kansas and Duke in recent seasons.

      This was more than just an upset for Temple, however. After losing to Southern Methodist three times last year, including in the AAC semifinals--in a year when they came one win short of making the NCAA Tournament--revenge was certainly on the Owls' minds.

      "It definitely motivated myself and my teammates," Temple senior Quenton DeCosey said. "We lost three times to them last year and that probably kept us out of the tournament. So it was definitely motivation to seal the deal."

      --Oklahoma holds top spot, drawing a crowd

      In a top-15 Big 12 matchup, No. 1 Oklahoma picked up a much-needed bounce-back win with an 82-72 win at No. 13 Baylor, one that kept that atop the national rankings. It was the Sooners' second game in a row against a ranked opponent, though they weren't able to get by No. 19 Iowa State on Wednesday, falling 82-77.

      Oklahoma's win creates a logjam atop the Big 12: OU, Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor are all 5-2 in league play, with Iowa State and Texas one game back. Oklahoma has a chance to create some distance with games against sub-.500 opponents Texas Tech (Jan. 26), Texas Christian (Feb. 2) and Kansas State (Feb. 6) as the next league clashes on the slate.

      The team lurking behind Oklahoma, No. 2 North Carolina, also survived a close call on Saturday, winning 75-70 at Virginia Tech to run its victory streak to 12 in a row. A big game from senior forward Brice Johnson (19 points, 17 rebounds) propelled the Tar Heels to a 48-33 advantage on the glass, which helped them make up for shooting just 38 percent from the floor and 64 percent from the foul line.

      "I was not satisfied with the way we played," UNC head coach Roy Williams said. "About as bad a game for us as it could possibly be, but we won it."

      A coach who can't say the same about the way his own team is playing has to be Indiana's Tom Crean, whose Hoosiers won their two Big Ten games this week by a combined 64 points; 103-69 over Illinois and 89-57 over Northwestern.

      That also makes it a dozen wins in a row for the Hoosiers, who sit tied with Iowa (7-0) atop the Big Ten standings. They're yet to play any of the four teams below them -- Iowa, Maryland (6-2), Michigan (5-2) and Purdue (5-3) await -- but the confidence they're building up in the interim is invaluable

      "The more simple we can be in our passing and the more active we can be in our cutting the better that we are," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "In the last week we've been really good at being on time and on target and that's so crucial. It's one thing to have a passing mindset but it's something else to have that level of accuracy."

      Iowa has put together the more impressive resume, beating Purdue 83-71 this week to add to a collection that includes one more over the Boilermakers and two over Michigan State already, as well as a win over Michigan. The Hawkeyes are up to No. 3 in the AP poll.

      The triumph over No. 22 Purdue, their ninth in a row, came behind 22 points by senior forward Jarrod Uthoff plus a double-double by his classmate Adam Woodbury, who had 13 and 10 rebounds.

      --Nova's Big East unbeaten streak comes to a close

      In the history of the Big East, no team had won more consecutive games than Villanova. The Wildcats won 22 in a row before an overtime loss Sunday to Providence.

      Argue whatever you want about the strength of the 10-team basketball conference and how it doesn't compare to the 16-team behemoth that dominated the college hoops scene a decade ago, but the fact that the Wildcats won 22 straight is not to be undersold.

      Villanova's streak came to an end at the hands of Providence, which jumped to 10th in the rankings released Monday. The Wildcats last loss more than a full year ago – to Georgetown, Jan. 19, 2015. That loss also ended a 34-game string of home wins, including games played at the Wells Fargo Center and one at PPL Center in Allentown.

      Coach Jay Wright, who's been at the helm of the Wildcats since coming over from Hofstra before the 2001-02 season, had downplayed the streak for its duration, but didn't mind reflecting once it was over.

      "I think it's a tribute to young, 18-to-22-year-olds being disciplined enough to bring commitment every day," Wright said. "It's hard for adults to bring commitment to our job every day over a long period of time. It's hard. These guys at their age, it's hard.

      "And that's what the 22 wins is, it's bringing it every day. Whatever your job is when you graduate college, if you can bring it like that every day, you're going to be successful.

      What remains to be seen is if the one loss is enough to erode the aura of invincibility that the Wildcats had built up over the last 12 months, a span in which they've gone 34-4, losing this year only to top-10 programs Oklahoma and Virginia and conquering everybody else up until this weekend.

      While many of those conference wins have come by 20-or-more, lately it had been a series of close calls for No. 6 Villanova, who squeaked by Georgetown (55-50) and Seton Hall (72-71) before the loss.

      "Whether they have an edge or not, I don't know, I just know they're very talented and well-coached," Providence coach Ed Cooley said after his team's win. "I think Villanova is very, very fortunate to have a coach that not only loves the Big East but loves Villanova, and for him to do what he's done in the league is unparalleled, he's done a great job."

      --Pac-12 Problems

      Every one of the Power 5 conferences has multiple teams ranked inside the top 20 except for the Pac-12, with No. 18 Arizona (16-4, 4-3) the lone representative in the newest AP poll released Monday.

      The other candidate, former No. 21 Southern Cal (15-5, 4-3) fell out of the poll. The Trojans lost back-to-back games at Oregon (16-4, 5-2) and Oregon State (12-6, 3-4); Oregon joined the top 25 this week at No. 23.

      Arizona and USC are two of six teams in the league with a 4-3 mark in conference play, a grouping that also includes Cal, Utah, Colorado and Stanford; UCLA and Oregon State are a game behind that pack, with ASU and WSU both 1-6.

      The Ducks, who sit atop the conference along with Washington (13-6, 5-2), had a nice week in beating USC and UCLA to help them move into the standings, but have a tough week ahead with games at Arizona and Arizona State.

      The problem with the league is that once again, it failed to pick up enough marquee out-of-conference wins and took some bad losses--Washington to Oakland and UC Santa Barbara, UCLA to Monmouth, Arizona State to Sacramento State, Washington State to Idaho.

      Last year, the Pac 12 got three at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament, down from five in 2014. The way the league is beating itself up this year, even finding four worthy teams come March might be a stretch.

      --The Week Ahead

      With under seven weeks until Selection Sunday, conference races are beginning to heat up. Here are some of the best games in the coming week separated by conference:

      ACC -- No. 16 Louisville (5-1) is trying to keep up with North Carolina in the ACC, and the next test for the Cardinals will be coming on Saturday with a visit from No. 11 Virginia (4-3). The Cavaliers have had a tough time in ACC play to start off, losing to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech as well as Florida State, all on the road, while staying perfect at home, but non-con wins over West Virginia and Villanova are proof that UVa is for real.

      AAC -- Cincinnati (15-6, 5-3) and UConn (14-5, 4-2) are out of the national rankings after brief appearances there earlier in the season, and both are scrambling for position in an American Athletic Conference that looks deeper and deeper thanks to the emergence of Temple (5-2) as a legitimate threat to front-runners like SMU (7-1) and Tulsa (5-2). Whichever team loses will have half the league to catch up with to earn the No. 1 seed in Orlando in March.

      Atlantic 10 -- VCU at Davidson on Friday should be good, as the 7-0 Rams visit a 3-3 Wildcats squad desperate for wins. But the game-to-watch should be Saint Joseph's (17-3, 5-1) at Rhode Island (11-8, 3-3). The Hawks beat the Rams 72-67 on Jan. 10 in Philly, and SJU coach Phil Martelli used the word "bloodbath" when talking about the first five minutes of the rematch; a win keeps St. Joe's on the march towards an unlikely NCAA bid.

      Big East -- There are four teams jockeying for position behind Villanova (7-1), and two of those 5-2 squads meet on Tuesday when Xavier visits Providence in the Musketeers and Friars' first win of the year. Providence is riding high behind the inside-out duo of junior guard Kris Dunn (17.0 ppg, 7.1 apg) and sophomore big Ben Bentil (19.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg) after a win over ‘Nova, while Xavier counters with a a more balanced attack led by Trevon Bluiett (15.4 ppg) and freshman Edmond Sumner (11.3 ppg).

      Big 12/SEC -- With the whole Big 12-SEC meeting on Saturday in the third-annual Big 12/SEC Challenge, pickings for good conference games this week in those two leagues is slim. So we'll go with the two best matchups of that event: No. 20 Kentucky at No. 4 Kansas and No. 14 Iowa State at No. 5 Texas A&M. Good luck picking a premier matchup amongst that pair, but if you're looking for one intriguing individual matchup, look for Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray (17.8 ppg) going head-to-head with Kansas junior Wayne Selden Jr. (14.7 ppg).

      Big Ten -- Iowa will stake its claim as the clear front-runner in the Big Ten if it can take down its fifth ranked team since December with a win over Maryland on Thursday. That's maybe not fair to Indiana, who's also 7-0, but (see above) the Hoosiers haven't proven themselves against the rest of the best in the Big Ten like the Hawkeyes have. A win over Maryland means Iowa would have at least one in the pocket against them, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue; the first Indiana/Iowa matchup won't happen until Feb. 11 at Indiana.

      Pac-12 -- Despite being the highest-ranked team in the league, No. 18 Arizona (4-3) is looking up at No. 23 Oregon (5-2) in the Pac-12 standings. Their opportunity to pull even comes Thursday night in Tucson. The Ducks are making the trip south to play both ‘Zona and ASU in a three-day span fresh off beating the southern California schools (USC, UCLA) at home this past week. This league will take some time to sort itself out, with 10 of the 12 teams currently within two games of each other.