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  • Maryland's Cekovsky (ankle) out for season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    No. 24 Maryland will be without Michal Cekovsky for the remainder of the season after the junior center fractured his left ankle Sunday during the Terrapins' 71-60 loss at Wisconsin.

    • The 7-foot-1 Cekovsky sustained the injury after he blocked a shot with four minutes remaining in Madison, Wis. The team disclosed the severity of the injury on Monday afternoon after he underwent an MRI.

      Surgery will be scheduled soon, but there is no timetable in place yet or no announcement of how long the recovery will take.

      Cekovsky battled lower-body injuries all season but was just starting to get regular playing time before the latest malady. He had 10 points against Wisconsin at the time of the injury.

      "I feel badly for Ceko as he has endured a number of injuries throughout the season," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a press release. "It felt like he was really starting to turn the corner and his best basketball was ahead of him. We anticipate a full recovery for next season and we will be there to support him through the rehabilitation process."

      With the loss, the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten) fell behind first-place Wisconsin and Purdue in the Big Ten standings.

      In 17 games this season, Cekovsky averaged 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.

      Maryland plans to make up for the loss of depth with Damonte Dodd playing more productive minutes and Ivan Bender getting more time on the court.

      Maryland's first game without Cekovsky will be Wednesday at home against Minnesota. The Terrapins play three of their final four Big Ten regular-season games at the Xfinity Center.

  • Huggins: On-court scare caused by defibrillator going off
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    West Virginia coach Bob Huggins went down to his knees due to chest pains during the first half of the Mountaineers' home game against Texas on Monday, but he returned to the bench in the second half.

    • Huggins told ESPN's Holly Rowe that his internal defibrillator "went off" and was causing him problems. Rowe also said that Huggins told his players he was fine.

      ESPN's broadcast showed Huggins kneeling on the court and holding his chest during a timeout as Mountaineers players and staff summoned medical personnel.

      Huggins, 63, had the defibrillator installed after a 2002 heart attack.

  • Top 25 roundup: Miami trips up No. 18 Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Miami overcame dreadful shooting to outduel No. 18 Virginia 54-48 in overtime on Monday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

    • The one saving grace for the Hurricanes was the Cavaliers' even poorer performance on the offensive end. Virginia was held to 32 percent from the field after shooting 27 percent in a loss to North Carolina on Saturday.

      Miami (19-8, 9-6 ACC) got 14 points from Bruce Brown and 10 points apiece from DJ Vasiljevich and Kamari Murphy. Devon Hall led Virginia (18-9, 8-7) with 15 points and Isaiah Wilkins had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

      No. 12 West Virginia 77, Texas 62

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The absence of Esa Ahmad left West Virginia short-handed, but reserve Lamont West picked up the slack with a career-high 23 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and Jevon Carter produced 24 points and 10 rebounds against Texas.

      Jarrett Allen finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for Texas (10-18, 4-11 Big 12), which fell to 0-13 away from home this season. Ahmad, West Virginia's second-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, was sidelined with lower back strain, but the Mountaineers (22-6, 10-5) led 46-32 at intermission and by 20 points in the second half.

      There was a scary episode when West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees during a timeout late in the first half, rendering the WVU Coliseum silent. But he was able to continue coaching.

      No. 19 Florida State 104, Boston College 72

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State responded to its two-spot drop in the AP Top 25 with an ACC win over struggling Boston College, which lost its 11th straight game.

      The victory ended a two-game skid for the Seminoles (22-6, 10-5 ACC). Florida State got a team-high 16 points from Dwayne Bacon, who was held scoreless two days earlier in a road loss to Pittsburgh.

      The Seminoles, whose bench outscored Boston College by a staggering 59-2, improved to 17-0 at the Donald L. Tucker Center this season -- the best home record in the ACC. Florida State owns a 20-game home winning streak dating to last season.

      Boston College (9-19, 2-13) fell to 1-6 against Florida State in Tallahassee, despite 24 points and 11 rebounds from Ky Bowan.

  • No. 10 Duke-Syracuse matches 1,000-win coaches
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The Duke Blue Devils and Syracuse Orange will make Division I men's college basketball history Wednesday night when two coaches with 1,000 career wins face each other for the first time.

    • No. 10 Duke (22-5, 10-4 ACC) will carry a seven-game winning streak into the Carrier Dome against Syracuse (16-12, 8-7) in first game of an ESPN doubleheader featuring four Hall of Fame coaches: Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams and Louisville's Rick Pitino.

      Krzyzewski is the leader with 1,065 wins. Boeheim is No. 2 with 1,001 wins and an asterisk -- that total includes 101 wins vacated by the NCAA because the Orange violated NCAA rules from 2004-07 and 2010-12.

      Still, most of the college basketball world outside of the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis credits Boeheim with 1,0001 wins, making him and Krzyzewski the only coaches in Division I history with more than 1,000.

      Krzyzewski recently turned 71 and Boeheim, 72, is expected to retire after next season, so next year's Duke-Syracuse game or games will likely be the last time we'll see this kind of matchup for a long time.

      Williams (806) and Pitino (765) are next on the wins list among active coaches, and they’re still a long way from 1,000.

      What makes the matchup even more intriguing is that Krzyzewski and Boeheim are close friends. When USA Basketball tabbed Krzyzewski to coach its team after a bronze-medal finish in the 2004 Olympics, Krzyzewski named Boeheim as one of his assistants and they won gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

      Krzyzewski called to congratulate Boeheim after he posted his 1,000th win on Feb. 4 against Virginia. Under NCAA rules, Syracuse and Boeheim could not acknowledge the milestone victory, but Boeheim shed some light on his personal feelings by saying, "I know how many wins I've had and I'm very proud of it."

      "We love seeing coach happy because he works so hard, he cares so much, (and) just to see his work pay off means a lot to me and for me to be able to help him (win his 1,000th game) and be just a little part of it is huge," Syracuse fifth-year senior transfer point guard John Gillon said.

      Wednesday's game is also huge for a Syracuse team that's reeling with three consecutive losses that have put the Orange squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Since they have played far better at home than on the road (14-3 at the Dome, 2-9 on road or neutral courts), Duke represents Syracuse's last best chance to notch a quality win for its tournament resume.

      Syracuse lost 71-65 at Georgia Tech on Sunday night after a controversial moving screen call against Tyler Roberson with 15 seconds remaining robbed the Orange of a chance to tie the score or go ahead.

      "We knew it was a big game for us," freshman guard Tyus Battle told after the game. "Now every game from here on out is a big game for us. We'll be ready for the next few. We're back at home against Duke. They're a really good team. That would be a really big win for us."

      Duke is perhaps the hottest team in college basketball. The Blue Devils have won seven consecutive games and are 5-0 since Krzyzewski returned after sitting out most of January following back surgery. Duke has overcome several obstacles this season -- injuries to key players, Krzyzewski's absence, and the ongoing scrutiny of guard Grayson Allen's on-court conduct -- to pull within one game of North Carolina (11-4) in the ACC standings.

      Duke defeated No. 8 North Carolina 86-78 on Feb. 9 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the rivals will meet again March 4 at the Dean Smith Center in the game that could decide the conference regular-season champion.

      Duke won its seventh consecutive game Saturday, when ACC Player of the Year candidate Luke Kennard scored 23 points and freshman forward Jayson Tatum added 19 in a 99-94 win over Wake Forest at Cameron.

      While Duke is winning, it's not dominating. None of the seven wins were decided by more than 10 points, and the Blue Devils' average margin of victory in that span is 6.4 points.

      "We're trying to teach them how hard it is to win," Krzyzewski said. "It's easy to lose. It's hard to win, because it's not just about, 'I want to, I'm prepared, I have a good attitude.' You have to keep an edge."

      That shouldn't be a problem Wednesday. Syracuse is expecting a crowd of about 30,000. The two previous Duke-Syracuse games at the Carrier Dome sold out and set the NCAA on-campus record with crowds of 35,446.

  • Unbeaten Gonzaga No. 1 for fourth straight week
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    Stability reigned in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday, with undefeated Gonzaga holding down the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive week.

    • The Bulldogs (28-0), who have two games remaining in their bid for a perfect regular season, Villanova (26-2) and Kansas (24-3) were 1-2-3 for the third week in a row.

      Gonzaga received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, the reigning national champion Wildcats were named on five ballots and the Jayhawks received the remaining No. 1 vote.

      Three Pac-12 schools hold down the Nos. 4-6 slots, with Arizona (25-3), UCLA (24-3) and Oregon (24-4) each moving up one spot.

      They were followed by a strong ACC contingent led by Louisville (22-5) at No. 7, North Carolina (23-5) at No. 8 and Duke (22-5) at No. 10. Baylor (22-5) dropped five spots to ninth after losses at Texas Tech and Kansas.

      Kentucky (22-5) led the second 10 and was followed by West Virginia (21-6), Florida (22-5), Purdue (22-5) and Cincinnati (24-3). Wisconsin (22-5) plummeted five spots to 16th while the rest of the top 20 was filled out by SMU (24-4), Virginia (18-8), Florida State (21-6) and Saint Mary's (24-3).

      Rounding out the poll were Notre Dame (21-7), which moved up four spots, Big East foes Butler (21-6) and Creighton (22-5), Maryland (22-5) and newcomer Wichita State (25-4).

      South Carolina, ranked 21st a week ago, was the only team to drop out following losses to Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

  • Wild D-III brawl takes 25 officers to break up
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    A wild scene at a Division III men's basketball game ended Saturday with the arrest of a Daniel Webster College player on charges of assault, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct in Nashua, N.H.

    • Guard Marquise Caudill was held on $50,000 cash bond after the on-court brawl required 25 officers to break up. Caudill, of Windsor, Conn., apparently threatened a security officer during the melee against Southern Vermont College.

      Teammate Antwaun Boyd of Stamford, Conn., also was accused of trying to incite the crowd around the security officer. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and released after he posted bail.

      A woman, 43-year-old Elizabeth Morris of Malsen, Mass., was charged with obstruction of government administration for attempting to stop officers from arresting Caudill. She was released after posting bail.

      Caudill, the team's leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, decked Southern Vermont sophomore Kyle DePollar with a punch with 14:34 left in the game. DePollar had recently returned from a concussion.

      "(DePollar) seems to be doing fine," Southern Vermont coach Dan Engelstad told "The situation at DWC was unfortunate, but we're looking forward to the NECC tournament. I'm very proud of our team and how they responded to yesterday."

      It was the final regular-season home game for Daniel Webster. The school will close at the end of the school year.

      Daniel Webster, which was leading 56-38 when the mishap occurred, forfeited the game. It had forfeited several other games earlier this season after using an eligible player.

      Daniel Webster officials did not comment.

  • Michigan State G Harris to have knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Michigan State senior guard Eron Harris will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee, Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced Sunday.

    • Harris was injured during the second half of Saturday's 80-63 loss to Purdue. He drove toward the hoop and landed awkwardly and was eventually wheeled off the court on a stretcher.

      The end of Harris' college career was tough for Izzo to grasp.

      "It's cruel to see a senior's career end this way," Izzo said in a news release. "If there is a silver lining, it's that we expect Eron to be able to make a full recovery and pursue a basketball career after graduation.

      "He's always worked for everything he's accomplished on the court, and that same passion and mindset will serve him well in his recovery. Basketball is important to all players, but for Eron it was a way of life. Very few have spent more time in this facility or worked harder than Eron has.

      "That's why I'm confident his best basketball is still in front of him."

      Harris ranks third on the Spartans with a 10.7 scoring average and started 24 of the team's 27 games. He has connected on a team-leading 43 3-point baskets.

      Harris played his first two college seasons for West Virginia before transferring to Michigan State. He has 1,489 career points.

      Izzo said Harris' teammates were devastated to see him sustain such a serious injury.

      "Over the last month, he's grown even more as a leader and been an example to his young teammates," Izzo said. "And maybe I didn't even fully grasp it until I walked on the court and saw the admiration his teammates had for him and the tears in their eyes.

      "There's no faking the respect they have for Eron as a man, as a player, and most importantly a teammate."

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Wisconsin tops No. 23 Maryland
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    MADISON, Wis. -- Senior forward Nigel Hayes posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 11 Wisconsin rallied to a 71-60 win over No. 23 Maryland on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

    • Sophomore forward Ethan Happ delivered 20 points to halt a two-game losing skid for the Badgers (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten).

      Junior guard Melo Trimble scored a game-high 27 points for the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4), who suffered their second Big Ten road loss of the season. Trimble shot 9 of 17 from the field in the setback.

      No. 20 Creighton 87, Georgetown 70

      OMAHA, Neb. -- Junior guard Marcus Foster led the Bluejays with 35 points on 13-of-19 shooting to topple the Hoyas.

      In a 71-51 loss to the Hoyas (14-13, 5-9 Big East) on Jan. 25 in Washington, Creighton made just 1-of-19 3-pointers in its second game after starting point guard Maurice Watson was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

      The Bluejays (22-5, 9-5) had no problems from the outside in the 17-point rout of the Hoyas. Creighton finished 34-of-64 from the field (53.1 percent) and 9-of-20 from behind the arc before a CenturyLink Center crowd of 17,626.

      No. 24 Butler 82, DePaul 66

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Nate Fowler scored 15 points, Kelan Martin added 14 and the Bulldogs pulled away from the Blue Demons in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

      Butler (21-6, 10-5 Big East) used a 21-0 run from the first half's 4:38 mark until 17:31 remained in the second to take a 43-27 lead on DePaul (8-19, 1-13), which has lost 10 in a row.

      Trailing 27-22 after two Eli Cain free throws with 4:52 remaining in the first half, Butler closed the opening 20 minutes on a 14-0 run to lead 36-27. Cain led all scorers with 24 points.

  • Georgia's Maten out indefinitely with sprained knee
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Georgia star forward Yante Maten is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee, Bulldogs coach Mark Fox announced Sunday.

    • Maten was injured in the second minute of Saturday's 82-77 loss to Kentucky when he collided with Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe while battling for a rebound. He limped off the floor and Fox described the injury as "serious" and "significant" after the contest.

      Maten was examined Sunday but Fox didn't give a timetable for his return.

      "I am very disappointed for Yante," Fox said in Sunday's statement. "He loves to play, and it's tough when that is taken away by injury. Fortunately, it appears that surgery is not needed, and he should make a full recovery in time."

      Maten, a junior, entered Saturday's game with a team-leading scoring average of 19.4, which ranked third in the SEC. He was averaging 7.2 rebounds.

      Fox wasn't interested in venturing a guess over whether Maten will be available again this season.

      "I really don't know," Fox said. "I'll tell you this. He's as good a kid I've ever coached. Our deal is we tell our parents we'll treat them like our kids. If there is any risk he won't play."

      The Bulldogs are off until Thursday's game at Alabama. Georgia is 15-12 overall, and 6-8 in SEC play.

  • Georgia F Maten suffers serious knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Georgia standout forward Yante Maten suffered a right knee injury during Saturday's loss to Kentucky that coach Mark Fox termed "serious" and "significant."

    • Maten was injured in the second minute of the 82-77 loss when he collided with Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe while battling for a rebound. He limped off the floor and is slated to undergo further testing to determine the severity.

      "Yante has an injury, obviously, that kept him out of the game," Fox said afterward. "Obviously it's a serious injury. How serious we do not know. It would've been nice to have him."

      Maten, a junior, entered Saturday's game with a team-leading scoring average of 19.4, which ranked third in the SEC. He was averaging 7.2 rebounds.

      The Bulldogs are off until Thursday's game at Alabama but Fox wasn't interested in venturing a guess over whether Maten will be available for that game or any in the future.

      "I really don't know," Fox said. "I'll tell you this. He's as good a kid I've ever coached. Our deal is we tell our parents we'll treat them like our kids. If there is any risk he won't play. Obviously, it's a significant injury but we won't know until we get the images what it is. Until we do, we'll just pray for him."

      Georgia is 15-12 overall, and 6-8 in SEC play.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Kansas tips No. 4 Baylor
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    WACO, Texas -- Kansas has had a knack for surviving hard-fought, back-and-forth conference games all season and the Jayhawks grabbed another one by edging Baylor 67-65 in a battle of Big 12 heavyweights on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

    • The third-ranked Jayhawks (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) trailed by six late, but finished the game on an 8-0 run to knock off fourth-ranked Baylor (22-5, 9-5) on the Bears' home court.

      Forward Landon Lucas made a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds left to give Kansas the lead and the Bears couldn't answer. Guard Manu Lecomte took a desperation 3-pointer with Kansas guard Frank Mason III in his face, but the shot came up short.

      Mason finished with 23 points and guard Josh Jackson added 16 to lead Kansas. Forward Johnathan Motley scored 19 points to lead Baylor.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 82, Pacific 61

      SPOKANE, Wash. -- Top-ranked Gonzaga had five scorers in double figures led by Nigel Williams-Goss with 18 points in the West Coast Conference win over Pacific.

      Johnathan Williams added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Zach Collins had 14 points and nine rebounds as Gonzaga improved to 28-0 overall and 16-0 in the WCC. Przemek Karnowski had 13 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Mathews added 10 points.

      Pacific (10-19, 4-12) was short-handed without leading scorer T.J. Wallace (who averages 12.5 points a game) and Jacob Lampkin, who scored 18 points for Pacific in the previous game with Gonzaga in Stockton, Calif. Wallace did not travel with the team because of a foot strain and Wallace is out for the rest of the season with a fractured left foot.

      No. 2 Villanova 92, Seton Hall 70

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Jalen Brunson and Kris Jenkins each scored 22 points, leading No. 2 Villanova over Seton Hall at the Prudential Center.

      Brunson was 7 of 7 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the line to go with 10 assists for Villanova (26-2, 13-2 Big East). Jenkins was 8 of 10 from the field, including 5 of 6 3-pointers. Josh Hart and Angel Delgado each added 19 points and Mikal Bridges added 15 points for Villanova.

      The Pirates (16-10, 6-8) had been the only Big East team that defeated Villanova in each of the first three seasons since the conference was reconfigured in 2013-14.

      No. 5 Arizona 76, Washington 68

      Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen had 26 points and 13 rebounds, guard Allonzo Trier scored 21 points and the Wildcats held on to beat Washington in Seattle despite playing without two starters.

      Arizona center Dusan Ristic was out with a sprained ankle, and guard Kadeem Allen was sidelined with an injured finger.

      Arizona (25-3, 14-1 Pac-12) stayed a game ahead of Oregon in the conference race. The Huskies (9-18, 2-13) lost their ninth consecutive game despite a big game from freshman Markelle Fultz, who had 26 points and six assists.

      No. 6 UCLA 102, USC 70

      Bryce Alford scored 26 points and No. 6 UCLA steamrolled USC at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

      TJ Leaf posted 19 points and eight rebounds for UCLA (24-3, 11-3 Pac-12) Thomas Welsh recorded a double-double, finishing with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

      Lonzo Ball had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Bruins. Isaac Hamilton added 13 points.

      Bennie Boatwright had 20 points and 10 rebounds for USC (21-5, 8-5). Chimezie Metu had 14 points and six rebounds.

      No. 7 Oregon 101, Colorado 73

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Junior forward Dillon Brooks scored 23 points as No. 7 Oregon finished off a second straight unbeaten home schedule by routing Colorado at Matthew Knight Arena.

      Senior guard Dylan Ennis added 20 points as the Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) finished 17-0 at home to stretch the nation's longest active home winning streak to 42 in a row. Senior center Chris Boucher scored 18 points before fouling out, while junior guard Casey Benson added 14 points.

      Junior forward George King scored 18 points to lead Colorado (16-12, 6-9). Guard Dominique Collier added 13 points as the Buffaloes shot 43.3 percent from the field.

      No. 8 Louisville 94, Virginia Tech 90

      LOUISVILLE -- No. 8 Louisville survived an incredible 17 three-pointers from feisty Virginia Tech in its win at the KFC Yum! Center.

      The Cardinals (22-5, 10-4 in the ACC) got 26 points from Donovan Mitchell, 19 from Quentin Snider and 16 from Jaylen Johnson. Mitchell hit 8 of 13 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers.

      Virginia Tech (18-8, 7-7) was led by Seth Allen's 23 points, which included six 3-pointers. The Hokies tied the Yum! Center record with 17 3-pointers.

      No. 9 West Virginia 83, Texas Tech 74 (2OT)

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jevon Carter scored 24 points and Daxter Miles provided two put-backs in double-overtime as No. 9 West Virginia overcame another late-game meltdown to defeat Texas Tech.

      Elijah Macon produced a season-high 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers (21-6, 9-5 Big 12), who failed to hold a six-point lead in the final 1:12 of regulation. That came on the heels of Monday's loss at Kansas in which West Virginia squandered a 14-point cushion in the final 2:45.

      Point guard Keenan Evans, whose fall-away 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation tied it at 64, matched his career best with 28 points for Texas Tech (17-10, 5-9). Niem Stevenson added 17 points for the Red Raiders.

      No. 10 North Carolina 65, No. 14 Virginia 41

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Justin Jackson scored 20 points and Kennedy Meeks scored all 13 of his points in the second half for first-place North Carolina (23-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

      Virginia's point total marked the fewest ever scored against a Roy Williams-coached North Carolina team. Marial Shayok's 13 points and London Perrantes's 12 points paced Virginia (18-8, 8-6), which has its first three-game losing streak since 2011.

      Jackson was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers and the Tar Heels pulled away despite attempting just seven free throws, making four.

      Virginia missed its first 17 attempts from 3-point range, finishing 2 for 20 from beyond the arc.

      No. 12 Duke 99, Wake Forest 94

      DURHAM, N.C. -- Luke Kennard scored 23 points and No. 12 Duke needed a couple of late defensive stops to defeat Wake Forest at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

      Wake Forest failed to score on three possessions in a row in the final minute, helping Duke push its winning streak to seven games. Jayson Tatum added 19 points, Amile Jefferson had 16 points, Frank Jackson notched 12 points, Grayson Allen scored 11 and Matt Jones supplied 10 for the Blue Devils (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent from the field.

      Sophomore forward John Collins scored a career-high 31 points to go with 15 rebounds for the Demon Deacons Bryant Crawford added 21 points, Keyshawn Woods tallied 13 points and Brandon Childress had 10 points for Wake Forest (15-12, 6-9).

      No. 13 Kentucky 82, Georgia 77

      ATHENS, Ga. - Kentucky remained in a tie with Florida for first place in the Southeastern Conference by winning a game that featured 13 ties and 15 lead changes.

      Kentucky (22-5, 12-2 SEC) won the game, in part, by hitting 17 straight free throws down the stretch. Eight of those were by freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox, who scored 10 of Kentucky's final 13 points over the final 2:07.

      Fox and freshman guard Malik Monk each finished with 16 points. Freshman forward Bam Adebayo had 13 points, eight rebounds and a huge blocked shot that enabled Kentucky to take the lead for good in the closing minute.

      Georgia (15-12, 6-8) was led by junior guard J.J. Frazier with a career-bests 36 points.

      No. 15 Florida 57, Mississippi State 52

      STARKVILLE, Miss -- Junior point guard Chris Chiozza scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to help No. 15 Florida escape with a victory over Mississippi State.

      Sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen added 11 points as the Gators (22-5, 12-2 SEC) won their eighth straight game. Sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes contributed nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots while starting in place of injured junior center John Egbunu (knee).

      Sophomore guard Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (14-12, 5-9), who lost their fourth straight game and sixth of their last seven.

      No. 16 Purdue 80, Michigan State 63

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Caleb Swanigan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Isaac Haas added 18 points as No. 16 Purdue pulled away from Michigan State in Mackey Arena.

      The Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) took a half-game lead in the conference over Maryland and Wisconsin, each of which is 10-3. The double-double was Swanigan's 23rd this season. He had 25 points and 17 rebounds in Purdue's 84-73 victory at Michigan State (16-11, 8-6) on Jan. 24.

      It is the first time since the 1996-97 season that the Boilermakers swept a two-game, regular-season series from the Spartans. Miles Bridges led Michigan State with 14 points.

      Pittsburgh 80, No. 17 Florida State 66

      PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh took a three-point lead with 8:23 remaining in the first half and never gave it back as the Panthers upset No. 17 Florida State at the Petersen Events Center.

      Pitt forward Sheldon Jeter, who came into the game averaging just 7.6 points per game, led the Panthers with 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting as well as eight rebounds. Guard Jamel Artis added 16 points for the Panthers, who also got 10 points from guard Cameron Johnson.

      Pitt (15-12 overall, 4-10 ACC) jumped out to an early 15-point second half lead but allowed Florida State (21-6, 9-5) to come within three points in the second half. But the Panthers reclaimed a double-digit lead with 2:26 remaining in the game, halting Florida State's final comeback attempt.

      No. 18 Cincinnati 80, Tulsa 60

      CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 18 points and Jacob Evans added 17 as No. 18 Cincinnati defeated Tulsa as coach Mick Cronin picked up his 300th career win.

      Cronin improved to 300-156 in 14 seasons, including a 231-132 mark at Cincinnati, in a game the Bearcats broke open in the second half before a crowd of 13,386.

      The Bearcats (24-3, 13-1 American Athletic) used a 16-2 run that ensured a 20-point lead less than seven minutes into the second half. Junior Etou finished with a team-best 22 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (12-14, 6-8).

      No. 19 SMU 76, Houston 66

      SMU managed to hang on to first place in the American Athletic Conference with a road win in Houston.

      SMU (24-4, 14-1 AAC) relied on the strength of forward Semi Ojeleye, who scored 22 points, and forward Ben Moore, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds, to hold off a Houston (18-8, 9-5) team that had won five games in a row.

      SMU leaned on Ojeleye and Moore to turn a game that was tied 51-51 with five minutes left into an eight-point advantage with a minute to play.

      Houston guard Rob Gray, the leading scorer in the AAC with a 20.5 average, led the Cougars with 23 points despite playing just 28 minutes because of foul trouble.

      Vanderbilt 71, No. 21 South Carolina 62

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Guards Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance and Nolan Cressler combined for 44 points to lead Vanderbilt to the upset over No. 21 South Carolina in SEC play.

      The trio had 17, 14 and 13 points, respectively, as another great performance from Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell (21 points) went to waste. Vanderbilt (14-13, 7-7) has won five of its last seven games.

      South Carolina (20-7, 10-4) has now dropped three of its last four, and fell two games behind Florida and Kentucky for the title chase with four games left. The Gamecocks forced 15 turnovers, but a 59.1 percent performance from the foul line, which included three key misses in the final two minutes, proved fatal.

      No. 22 St. Mary's 70, BYU 57

      PROVO, Utah -- Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and Evan Fitzner added 15 to lead No. 22 Saint Mary's past BYU.

      The Gaels (24-3, 14-2 WCC) won in Provo for the first time since 2013 behind crushing defense. The Cougars shot just 39.7 percent from the field and went 4 of 14 from 3-point range.

      Eric Mika scored 18 points, Yoeli Childs added 13 and T.J. Haws chipped in 11 to lead BYU.

      No. 25 Notre Dame 81, North Carolina State 72.

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- A big effort from senior captain V.J. Beachem kept No. 25 Notre Dame rolling against North Carolina State.

      Beachem scored a game-high 27 points as the Irish ran their Atlantic Coast Conference win streak to four at PNC Arena. The Fighting Irish improved to 21-7 overall 10-5 in the ACC. Dennis Smith Jr. led N.C. State (14-14, 3-12) with 16 points.

      The Irish led by as many as 23 following a Beachem wing 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 14 minutes remaining. They led by 13 with just over four minutes to go following a 3-point play from Bonzie Colson.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Gonzaga improves to 27-0
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Nigel Williams-Goss scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half and Przemek Karnowski added 23 to lead No. 1 Gonzaga past San Francisco 96-61 on Thursday.

    • Williams-Goss made all six of his field goal attempts in the second half and was 10 of 14 in the game. He also had six of his seven assists in the second half, leading the Bulldogs (27-0, 15-0 WCC) to the pull-away victory after they led 42-35 at halftime.

      Gonzaga outscored the Dons 54-26 in the second half by shooting 54.3 percent from the field in the half.

      Chase Foster led San Francisco (18-10, 8-7) with 13 points and Ronnie Boyce contributed 10.

      No. 5 Arizona 78, Washington State 59

      PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lauri Markkanen broke out of a four-game slump with a double-double and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats.

      Markkanen made 7 of 13 shots from the field after making five field goals in his previous four games. The 7-foot freshman, who entered the night averaging a team-high 15.2 points, scored 19 and pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double.

      Arizona (24-3, 13-1 Pac-12) stayed one game ahead of Oregon in the conference race. Ike Iroegbu scored 17 points and Robert Franks added 11 off the bench for the Cougars (11-15, 4-10), who lost their fifth straight game.

      No. 7 Oregon 79, Utah 61

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Dillon Brooks scored 20 points as the Ducks routed the Utes to extend the nation's longest active home winning streak to 41.

      Jordan Bell added 17 points and Tyler Dorsey had 16 as Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) stayed in second place in the conference. The Ducks shot 53.4 percent from the field.

      Jayce Johnson scored 14 points and David Collette added 12 for Utah (17-9, 8-6). The Utes played without Kyle Kuzma (ankle), who averages team bests of 15.7 points and 10.2 rebounds.

      Michigan 64, No. 11 Wisconsin 58

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Moritz Wagner scored 21 points and Zak Irvin had 18 to lead the Wolverines to an upset victory over the Badgers.

      Michigan (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) greatly enhanced its NCAA Tournament resume, adding another win over a top-30 team in the RPI rankings to go along with a victory over No. 19 SMU earlier this season. Abdur-Rahkman added 12 points for the Wolverines.

      Ethan Happ scored 22 points to lead Wisconsin (21-5, 10-3), but only four came after halftime when Michigan employed more double-teams on him. The Badgers played without Bronson Koenig, who has a calf injury.

      No. 22 Saint Mary's 81, Loyola Marymount 48

      MORAGA, Calif. -- Jock Landale recorded all 16 of his points in the first half and also 11 rebounds as the Gaels bounced back from their loss to No. 1 Gonzaga by routing the Lions.

      Saint Mary's (23-3, 13-2 West Coast Conference) shot 59.6 percent from the field and beat Loyola Marymount (12-14, 5-10) for the 11th straight time. The Gaels' Evan Fitzner scored all of his season-high 13 points in the first half.

      Brandon Brown scored 10 points for the Lions.

  • College basketball notebook: Fired Gottfried to finish season at NC State
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Embattled North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried was fired Thursday, the school announced after days of speculation.

    • Gottfried will complete the rest of the season. The Wolfpack have a 14-13 record, including 3-11 in ACC play.

      Gottfried, 53, is 122-82 in six seasons at the school, and below .500 (47-55) in ACC play. His first four teams at NC State made the NCAA Tournament before the school missed the tourney last season. The Wolfpack will need to win the ACC postseason tournament to qualify this season.

      Gottfried's contract, which ran through the 2019-2020 season, reportedly contains a buyout of $2.28 million.

      -- Colorado State investigated coach Larry Eustachy in 2013-14 after he created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation among his players, the Coloradoan reported.

      Former Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham told the newspaper that a recommendation was made to fire Eustachy, whom he hired in 2012. According to the report, Eustachy called the players derogatory names, threw chairs as well as unopened soda cans. The school required Eustachy to attend anger management sessions and apologize to his team.

      The Coloradoan divulged that 14 players and athletic department staff members were interviewed and said the investigation spanned 99 days during the 2013-14 season.

      -- Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig sat out Thursday's game against Michigan, the team announced.

      Freshman D'Mitrik Trice made his first start in place of the 22-year-old Koenig, who will miss his first collegiate game due to injury as he nurses a strained left leg.

      Koenig, who was limited to just two points in a 66-59 loss to Northwestern on Sunday, is averaging 13.4 points and 2.2 assists per game this season for the 11th-ranked Badgers (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten).

  • North Carolina State fires Gottfried
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Embattled North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried was fired on Thursday, the school announced after days of speculation.

    • Gottfried will complete the rest of the season. The Wolfpack have a 14-13 record, including 3-11 in ACC play.

      "Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program," athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. "While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season's end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward.

      "Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our season."

      Gottfried, 53, is 122-82 in six seasons at the school, and has a below-.500 mark (47-55) in ACC play.

      Gottfried's first four teams at NC State made the NCAA Tournament before the school missed the tourney last season. The Wolfpack will need to win the ACC postseason tourney to qualify this season.

      "It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here," Gottfried said in a statement. "NC State is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season."

      Gottfried's contract, which ran through the 2019-2020 season, reportedly contains a buyout of $2.28 million.

      Gottfried has a 400-237 career mark over 20 seasons at Murray State, Alabama and North Carolina State.

      The school is immediately beginning the search for a replacement.

  • Wisconsin G Koenig out versus Michigan
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig has been ruled out of Thursday's game against Michigan, the team announced.

    • Freshman D'Mitrik Trice will make his first start in place of the 22-year-old Koenig, who will miss his first collegiate game due to injury as he nurses a strained left leg.

      Koenig, who was limited to just two points in a 66-59 loss to Northwestern on Sunday, is averaging 13.4 points and 2.2 assists per game this season for the 11th-ranked Badgers (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten).

      "We went through the week and the medical staff made a decision," coach Greg Gard said in a video interview, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Pretty much (on Wednesday) we knew that it was unlikely that he was going to play and then made a final determination this morning.

      "As a coach, all I worry about is the guys that are able to play and we try to prepare the best we can with those guys."

  • Report: Colo. State's Eustachy berated, intimidated players
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Colorado State University investigated Larry Eustachy in 2013-14 after the men's basketball coach created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation among his players, the Coloradoan reported.

    • Former Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham told the newspaper that a recommendation was made to fire Eustachy, whom he hired in 2012.

      "I believed Eustachy should be terminated and believed we had the basis to terminate for cause," Graham told the newspaper Wednesday. "I was advised by (Colorado State University president) Tony Frank that we did not have the basis to terminate for cause and that Eustachy was to be placed on a personal improvement plan."

      According to the report, Eustachy called the players derogatory names, threw chairs as well as unopened soda cans. The school required Eustachy to attend anger management sessions and apologize to his team.

      "I am deeply disappointed on a very personal level that someone chose to publicize confidential information from my personnel file," Eustachy said in a statement released by the university. "That said, I fully recognize that I'm not perfect. I have my faults and strive every day to be better than I was yesterday."

      The Coloradoan divulged that 14 players and athletic department staff members were interviewed and said that the investigation spanned 99 days during the 2013-14 season.

      "Colorado State University is prohibited by law from disclosing personnel information and from commenting on confidential personnel matters, particularly where employees have a legal expectation of privacy," the university said in a statement. "... The university is committed to the highest standards of integrity, and when any issues have arisen, the university has taken appropriate action to maintain that integrity in our programs and ensure our standards are met.

      "The program review at issue took place several years ago and we stand by the manner in which we dealt with the allegations -- then and now. We stand behind, and are proud of, the environment our athletic department and Coach Eustachy have since created for our student-athletes."

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 12 Duke shuts down No. 14 Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Freshman Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers, as No. 12 Duke defeated No. 14 Virginia 65-55 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight victory.

    • The Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4 ACC) rebounded from a sluggish first half to shoot 45 percent as they made nine 3-pointers and got 16 points from Luke Kennard to complement Tatum's big night. Tatum, whose 3-point barrage tied a school freshman record, helped Duke win its third straight road game.

      London Perrantes scored 14 points for the Cavaliers (18-7, 8-5), who lost their second straight game and fourth in the last six contests. Virginia, which entered leading the ACC in shooting (49 percent), was held to 37 percent from the field and 5 for 20 from the 3-point line.

      No. 10 North Carolina 97, North Carolina State 73

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Joel Berry scored 18 points as the Tar Heels pounded the Wolfpack for the second time this season.

      Kennedy Meeks had 17 points, Justin Jackson added 14, Luke Maye racked up a career-high 13 and Theo Pinson supplied 12 for first-place North Carolina (23-5, 10-3 ACC). Tar Heels coach Roy Williams is 32-3 all-time against N.C. State.

      Dennis Smith Jr. scored 27 points, Maverick Rowan added 12 and Abdul-Malik Abu had 10 for the Wolfpack (14-13, 3-11), who lost their sixth in a row. Smith had only 11 points in 26 foul-plagued minutes in last month's 51-point loss at North Carolina.

      No. 18 Cincinnati 68, South Florida 54

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Kevin Johnson scored 14 points and Gary Clark recorded a double-double, helping the Bearcats beat the Bulls.

      Clark posted 13 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots for Cincinnati (23-3, 12-1 AAC), which won 15 in a row before falling to No. 19 SMU on Sunday. Kyle Washington added 13 points and nine rebounds.

      Geno Thorpe scored 19 points despite making 4 of 13 field-goal attempts for South Florida (7-18, 1-13). Tulio Da Silva grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bulls.

      No. 19 SMU 80, Tulane 75

      DALLAS, Texas -- Jarrey Foster scored 19 points and Semi Ojeleye added 18 as the Mustangs roared back from a 15-point halftime deficit to rebuff the upset-minded Green Wave.

      SMU (23-4, 13-1 AAC) went on a 16-2 run in the second half to reclaim the lead 58-56 with 9:43 remaining. Ben Moore added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the first-place Mustanges, who won their last nine games.

      Tulane (4-21, 1-12) saw its upset bid evaporate despite 23 points from Cameron Reynolds and 18 from Malik Morgan. Tulane suffered its ninth straight loss and 14th in its last 15 games.

      Seton Hall 87, No. 20 Creighton 81

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Khadeen Carrington scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Pirates past the Bluejays.

      Carrington was 10 of 15 from the floor and 18 of 22 from the line for Seton Hall (16-9, 6-7 Big East). He also recorded seven assists and five rebounds, committed only one turnover in 38 minutes and scored the Pirates' final 10 points.

      Seton Hall's Angel Delgado scored 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season. Marcus Foster led Creighton (21-5, 8-5) with 23 points and Justin Patton added 15 points.

      Arkansas 83, No. 21 South Carolina 76

      COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jaylen Barford and Dusty Hannahs combined for 43 points as the Razorbacks upset the Gamecocks.

      Barford finished with 23 points, and Hannahs added 20 including four 3-pointers for Arkansas (19-7, 8-5 SEC), which is squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble according to multiple bracket projections.

      Sindarius Thornwell scored a game-high 27 points for South Carolina (20-6, 10-3) and Chris Silva tied his career-high with 16 points before fouling out in the second half.

      No. 23 Maryland 74, Northwestern 64

      EVANSTON, Ill. -- Melo Trimble scored a career-high 32 points as the Terrapins defeated the Wildcats.

      Maryland (22-4, 10-3 Big Ten) claimed its second straight victory as Anthony Cowan scored 13 points while Damonte Dodd added 12. The Terrapins used an 11-4 run -- including six from Trimble -- over a span of 4:38 to build a 62-42 lead with 7:28 to play.

      Northwestern (19-7, 8-5) lost for the third time in four games as Isiah Brown scored 19 points while Vic Law had 12 and Dererk Pardon added 11.

      No. 24 Butler 110, St. John's 86

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Avery Woodson and Andrew Chrabascz each scored 20 points, and Kelan Martin added 19 to propel the Bulldogs past the Red Storm.

      Butler (20-6, 9-5 Big East) posted a season-high point total. It also was a season high for graduate transfer Woodson, who hit 6 of 10 attempts from 3-point range.

      Federico Mussini scored 20 and Shamorie Ponds added 18 for St. John's (12-15, 6-8).

  • Trump declines to film bracketology show at White House
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Bracketology in the Oval Office is ending under President Donald Trump.

    • The eight-year run of the president filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket on live television will come to a halt after Trump declined an invitation from ESPN to continue the tradition.

      "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined," an ESPN spokesman said in a statement.

      Former President Barack Obama is a rabid basketball fan and filled out brackets for both the men's and women's tournaments with ESPN reporter Andy Katz. He correctly selected North Carolina to win it all in 2009.

      "He wasn't as dialed in to every player or team but had conversational knowledge to offer his own analysis on the NCAA tournament for the men's and women's game," Katz noted of Obama's participation. "Baracketology was a success because it was clear he was a fan of the sport and the NCAA tournament, like millions of other Americans."

      Trump's main foray into the sporting arena since he was elected has been his continued support of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft.

      Before taking office, Trump also attended the annual Army-Navy football game in December.

      While two of Obama's brackets are now housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the new regime is not closing the door on having the president taking part in an ESPN broadcast.

      "We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future," White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email to The Washington Post.

  • Gottfried on hot seat at struggling N.C. State
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    North Carolina State is reportedly in the process of searching for a replacement for head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried with the Wolfpack struggling again this season.

    • A source told Sporting News the university has begun to reach out to gauge the interest of potential candidates.

      Gottfried's tenure is likely coming to an end following the season, unless the Wolfpack go on a run over the next few weeks and in the ACC tournament, sources told ESPN.

      Gottfried, 53, was hired in 2011 and went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four seasons, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. The Wolfpack then went 16-17 last season and are 14-12 and 3-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

      Gottfried is 122-81 in his six years at N.C. State. The Wolfpack have lost five consecutive games entering their rivalry game Wednesday night against the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels.

      Saturday's 88-58 loss at Wake Forest was the Wolfpack's third ACC loss by at least 25 points this season.

      "It's unacceptable the way we got beat," Gottfried said Monday. "We've got to be a lot better."

      N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow, who hired Gottfried, previously said she will evaluate Gottfried's status after the season. His contract, with a buyout of $2.28 million, runs through the 2019-2020 season.

      "My thing right now is I've got North Carolina I'm preparing for (Wednesday)," Gottfried told Sporting News on Tuesday night. "I believe in our team. I know we've had some struggles but we've showed at times we can be very good. My hope is we can get on a run. My goal is to get us into our fifth NCAA Tournament in the last six years. I don't know anything else."

      N.C. State denied reports that Gottfried will be fired at the conclusion of the season and denied that the school has reached out to other candidates.

      "Mark Gottfried remains our head coach and we are all focused on our next opponent," N.C. State associate athletic director Fred Demarest said in a statement released by the school. "To suggest we have reached out to any other coach is both incorrect and blatantly irresponsible."

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 13 Kentucky crushes Tennessee
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Malik Monk scored 20 points as No. 13 Kentucky avenged a loss to Tennessee earlier this season with an 83-58 victory Tuesday.

    • Derek Willis came off the bench to score 16 points, De'Aaron Fox had 13 and Isaiah Briscoe recorded 12 -- all in the second half -- for the Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 SEC), who remained in first place in the conference. Kentucky's 82-80 loss in Knoxville on Jan. 24 began a stretch that saw the Wildcats lose three of four games, but they've won three straight since.

      Admiral Schofield scored 17 points while Jordan Bone added 15 for the Volunteers (14-12, 6-7), who shot 35.3 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range.

      No. 15 Florida 114, Auburn 95

      AUBURN, Ala. -- Canyon Barry scored a season-best 30 points to help the Gators post their seventh straight victory and set a school record for points in an SEC game.

      KeVaughn Allen had 17 points and Devin Robinson added 14 for Florida (21-5, 11-2). Kasey Hill recorded a career-best 12 assists and also scored 11 points as the Gators beat Auburn for the 10th consecutive time and 20th in the past 21 meetings.

      Anfernee McLemore scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and T.J. Dunans added 13 for the Tigers (16-10, 5-8). Mustapha Heron was held to nine points on 2-of-12 shooting and failed to reach double digits for the first time this season.

      No. 16 Purdue 74, Rutgers 55

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Isaac Haas had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Caleb Swanigan added 12 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers past the Scarlet Knights.

      Haas scored 16 points from the 11:15 mark of the second half until he left the game with 2:20 to play. Purdue (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) won its fourth in a row and is 7-1 since a Jan. 12 loss at Iowa.

      Nick Johnson scored 23 points to lead Rutgers (13-14, 2-12).

      No. 25 Notre Dame 84, Boston College 76

      BOSTON -- Matt Farrell and V.J. Beachem scored 11 points apiece in a second-half run that lifted the Fighting Irish past the Eagles.

      Bonzie Colson, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, led Notre Dame (20-7, 9-5 ACC) with 20 points, while Farrell scored 19, Beachem 16 and Steve Vasturia 15. Beachem added eight rebounds and Vasturia had seven assists and six boards.

      Ky Bowman scored 29 points, just missing his fourth 30-point game of the season, and also grabbed nine rebounds for Boston College (9-18, 2-12), which lost its 10th straight.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Kansas tops No. 9 WVU in OT
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 13, 2017

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Frank Mason scored a game-high 24 points and helped engineer an incredible comeback in the final minutes of regulation as No. 3 Kansas rallied to nip No. 9 West Virginia 84-80 in overtime Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

    • The Jayhawks trailed by 14 points with 2:58 remaining in regulation and appeared destined to drop a second straight home game for the first time since 1988-89.

      Mason, however, capped the regulation comeback by making both ends of a two-shot foul with 21.6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 71. The Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5 Big 12) could not score on the last possession, pushing the game into OT.

      The Jayhawks (23-3, 11-2) got 18 points from Devonte' Graham, while Josh Jackson logged his fifth double-double in six games with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Esa Ahmad scored 20 points and senior guard Tarik Phillip added 18 for West Virginia.

      No. 2 Villanova 75, DePaul 62

      ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Jalen Brunson scored 18 points while Josh Hart added 16 to lead a balanced attack as the Wildcats ran their winning streak to six with a victory over the Blue Demons.

      Mikal Bridge collected 15 points and Kris Jenkins added 13 as Villnaova (25-2, 12-2 Big East) opened a three-game lead over second-place Creighton and Xavier -- both 8-4 and idle on Monday.

      Chris Harrison-Docks scored 18 points and Eli Cain added 11 as DePaul (8-18, 1-12) took its ninth consecutive loss.

      Texas Tech 84, No. 4 Baylor 78

      LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Red Raiders trailed by as many as nine in the second half but put together a decisive run in the final 10 minutes to grasp the victory over the Bears.

      Guard Keenan Evans scored 23 to lead Texas Tech (17-9, 5-8 Big 12). Guard Niem Stevenson added 21, and forward Justin Gray had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

      Forward Terry Maston paced Baylor (22-4, 9-4) with 22 points. Guard Manu Lecomte had 16 points.

      No. 8 Louisville 76, Syracuse 72, OT

      SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After blowing a late lead in regulation, the Cardinals received contributions from unlikely sources in overtime en route to a victory over the Orange in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at the Carrier Dome.

      Ryan McMahon, who didn't play at all in regulation, scored Louisville's first five points of overtime and backup forward Anas Mahmoud chipped in with five points for the Cardinals (21-5, 9-4).

      Andrew White scored all of Syracuse's 14 points in overtime, but Tyler Roberson missed a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining that would have tied the game for the Orange (16-11, 8-6).

  • Unbeaten Gonzaga No. 1 for third straight week
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 13, 2017

    Undefeated Gonzaga maintained its hold on No. 1 ranking in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

    • After two straight weeks of myriad upsets among top-10 teams, some stability returned with the Bulldogs (26-0), Villanova (24-2) and Kansas (22-3) holding down the 1-2-3 spots.

      Gonzaga, atop the poll for the third straight week, received 60 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel after winning at Loyola Marymount and then-No. 20 Saint Mary's. Reigning national champion Villanova earned the other five first-place ballots.

      Baylor (22-3), which spent a week at No. 1 earlier in the season, moved up from sixth to No. 4 while Arizona (23-3) jumped up four spots to round out the top five.

      Two Pac-12 rivals of Arizona, UCLA (23-3) and Oregon (22-4), checked in at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, and were followed by Louisville (20-5), West Virginia (20-5) and North Carolina (21-5).

      Wisconsin (21-4), the lone team to drop out of the top 10, was at 11th while Duke (20-5), Kentucky (20-5), Virginia (18-6) and Florida (20-5) rounded out the top 15. Purdue (20-5) held steady at No. 16 and was followed by Florida State (21-5), Cincinnati (22-3), SMU (22-4) and Creighton (21-4).

      Each of the next four teams -- South Carolina (20-5), Saint Mary's (22-3), Maryland (21-4) and Butler (19-6) -- dropped two spots while Notre Dame (19-7) was the lone newcomer at No. 25. Xavier was the only team to drop out of the poll.

  • Top 25 roundup: Three ranked teams upset
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 12, 2017

    MADISON, Wis. -- Bryant McIntosh scored a game-high 25 points and Northwestern snapped No. 7 Wisconsin's eight-game winning streak with a 66-59 Big Ten upset on Sunday night at the Kohl Center.

    • The Wildcats halted a 19-game home winning streak for the Badgers.

      Vic Law and Derek Pardon contributed 11 points each for Northwestern (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten), which stopped its two-game losing streak.

      Nigel Hayes scored a team-high 13 points for Wisconsin (21-4, 10-2), which shot 38 percent from the field in the only regular-season game this season between the teams.

      Virginia Tech 80, No. 12 Virginia 78, 2 OT

      BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Seth Allen made a driving shot in the lane with three seconds left in double overtime to lift Virginia Tech past Virginia in an ACC game.

      The second overtime included two ties and six lead changes. Justin Robinson's two free throws with 37 seconds left put Virginia Tech (17-7, 6-6 ACC) ahead 78-76. After a Virginia timeout, Devon Hall made a layup to tie the score. Allen, who led the Hokies with 20 points, hit his winning shot after a two-foot jump stop that made two defenders fall back.

      Virginia has won nine of the last 11 against Virginia Tech, which upset the Cavaliers last year in Blacksburg. London Perrantes led Virginia (18-6, 8-4) with 22 points.

      No. 10 UCLA 78, Oregon State 60

      LOS ANGELES -- Freshman Lonzo Ball had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead UCLA over Oregon State for its fourth straight win.

      UCLA (23-3, 10-3 Pac-12) had seven players other than Ball score at least six points. T.J. Leaf, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, was the only other Bruins player who reached double figures.

      Oregon State (4-22, 0-13) was led by 18 points from Stephen Thompson Jr.

      No. 25 SMU 60, No. 11 Cincinnati 51

      DALLAS -- In a high-stakes, showdown, Southern Methodist made a mammoth statement with an upset of Cincinnati at Moody Coliseum.

      The Mustangs (22-4, 12-1 AAC) snapped Cincinnati's 15-game win streak, avenged a Jan. 12 loss to the Bearcats (22-3, 11-1) and vaulted into first place in the American Athletic Conference. SMU also extended its winning streak to eight games.

      The Bearcats were led by Jacob Evans' 15 points.

  • Oklahoma G Woodard tears ACL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Oklahoma point guard Jordan Woodard, the team's leader in scoring and assists, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the school announced Sunday.

    • Because Woodard is a senior, his college career is over.

      Woodard injured the knee during the second half of Saturday's 80-64 loss at Iowa State.

      Woodard started every game his first three years at Oklahoma, including last season when the Sooners got to the Final Four before losing to Villanova in the national semifinals. Woodard was Oklahoma's high scorer in that game with 12 points.

      Woodard averaged 13.0 points and 3.4 assists last season, and he scored 14.6 points per game and 3.4 assists per contest this season.

      But the Sooners are not having nearly the success they had last season. They are in last place in the Big 12 with a 2-10 conference record and are 8-16 overall. They are currently riding a seven-game losing streak.

      Woodard ranks 14th in school history with 1,440 points, fourth in assists, fifth in made free throws, seventh in steals, eighth in free throw percentage and eighth in minutes played.

      "We are so grateful for Jordan and what he has brought to our program the past four seasons," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said in a statement released on the Sooners' webpage. "The work ethic, determination and dedication he has displayed throughout his career have been key factors to our success and growth as a team. It is unfortunate to lose him for the conclusion of the season and his collegiate career. We will continue to support Jordan and use our resources to aid him in the recovery process."

  • Towson F Davis injured in shooting
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Towson senior forward John Davis was injured in a drive-by shooting outside his family's home in Philadelphia, the school announced Sunday.

    • Davis scored a team-high 14 points off the bench in the Tigers' 69-65 win at Drexel and remained in the city to celebrate the birth of his son.

      Davis was treated for a gunshot wound to an undisclosed part of his body and released later that night. The team said in a statement that "his status for the remainder of the basketball season is still being determined."

      "John stayed back in Philadelphia Saturday night for the dedication of the birth of his son, Bryson Hunter Davis Harris," head coach Pat Skerry said in a statement released by the university. "He was outside of his family home when a car drove by and opened fire. We are extremely thankful that John, and everybody else involved, was not seriously harmed. Our main focus is the health of John Davis."

      Davis is averaging 11.8 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest this season.