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2018 NCAA tournament: Previewing Wednesday’s First Four games / Some Dark Horses

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   Wednesday’s First Four games in Dayton:

No. 16 North Carolina Central (19-15) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (15-19)

West Region

Time, TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV

Why N.C. Central will win: Several Eagles players are familiar with this venue from a year ago and hope that experience will produce a better result this time. One of the guys who is not is freshman point guard Jordan Perkins, but he hands out more than five assists a game and gets plenty of support from the upperclassmen.

Why Texas Southern will win: After mixed success in head coaching stints at Indiana and UAB, Mike Davis has found his footing as he leads the Tigers into the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in six seasons. The catalyst is Demontrae Jefferson, a 5-7 point guard who averages 23.7 points and 4.5 assists and isn’t afraid to take on bigger defenders.

No. 11 Arizona State (20-11) vs. No. 11 Syracuse (20-13)

Midwest Region

Time, TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV

Why Arizona State will win: The Sun Devils are built from the outside, which means they could be well-suited to generate open shots over the top of the Syracuse zone . Even if they aren’t hitting a majority of their shots, Syracuse probably doesn’t have the scoring depth to pull away. If it’s close at all late, ASU should like its chances.

Why Syracuse will win: With few threats on the ASU interior, the Orange might be able to extend their zone and limit the open looks from the arc. While the shooting can be spotty, Syracuse’s size advantage could translate into second-chance opportunities.


USA TODAY Sports dissected the field of 68 and selected six teams that aren’t expected to be in San Antonio but could get there — based on matchup path, late-season momentum and overall strength.

Wichita State Shockers

The Shockers’ showing in the American Athletic Conference’s regular-season finale (a loss to Cincinnati) and AAC tournament (a semifinal loss to Houston) didn’t go as planned, but a year of playing in a power conference instead of the Missouri Valley will suit Gregg Marshall’s team well in this tournament. It’s already paid off as WSU is a No. 4 seed this year, compared to a No. 10 last year as a 30-win club. In the East Region, experts described how easy Villanova’s path to the Final Four might be. Not if WSU has anything to do with it. Third-team All-American Landry Shamet came alive in last year’s Dance, and he’ll need to do the same this year for a run to San Antonio.

Syracuse Orange

Syracuse did not deserve to make the tournament. But Jim Boeheim’s team could go on a deep run reminiscent of his 2016 team with similar long odds. The difficult task in facing the Orange is limited time to prepare and simulate their zone in a few practices. It’s much different than ACC foes who see Syracuse frequently. Syracuse is limited offensively, but Tyus Battle is a go-to player who can carry the load. The Midwest is stacked with Kansas, Duke and Michigan State. But consider 11th-seeded Syracuse a dark horse in the bracket’s toughest region. First, it needs to get past Arizona State in Dayton.

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TCU Horned Frogs

If there is such a thing as a Big 12 sleeper, look no further than Jamie Dixon’s sixth-seeded Horned Frogs, who finished .500 in the toughest conference in the country and have enough ammunition for an unexpected run in the loaded Midwest Region. The same group that won the NIT last season has virtually all of its players back, and this is an extremely balanced offense fueled by 6-foot-11 big man Vladimir Brodziansky’s 15.1 points a game. TCU lost a one-possession road game to Texas Tech late in the season and fell by two points to Kansas State in overtime at the Big 12 tourney.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Can Collin Sexton channel Shabazz Napier in 2014 — the last time a high seed won it all? (UConn was No. 7 that year when Napier steered an improbable run.) While Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has fizzled out late in the season, Sexton has come on strong, helping the Tide shoot off the bubble for a No. 9 seed. The 6-3 guard hit a buzzer-beater to lift Alabama past Texas A&M in the SEC tourney before scoring 31 in a quarterfinal win against Auburn. Sexton also scored 40 points in an early season loss to Minnesota. Can Avery Johnson’s team get all the way to the Final Four? With a player like Sexton on that side of the bracket, Villanova should be concerned.

Creighton Bluejays

Like Syracuse, Creighton maybe didn’t deserve to be in the field of 68. But unlike Syracuse, the Bluejays got a nice No. 8 seed in an interesting South Region. Now with Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter out with an injury, there’s a chance Creighton’s high-octane offense gets the best of the nation’s best defense. Yes, that means the top overall seed in the bracket would go down in the second round to an unlikely Big East team. Coach Greg McDermott’s team does a lot of things well, ranking fifth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and 10th in scoring offense (84.3 points a game) and field-goal percentage (50%). Marcus Foster (20.3 ppg) is the X-Factor.

St. Bonaventure Bonnies

Look, if VCU and George Mason can get to the Final Four, there’s got to be a mid-major on this list of the Bonnies’ stature. Winners of 20 of 21 games, St. Bonaventure is playing excellent basketball, evidenced by a solid win over UCLA on Tuesday in Dayton. St. Bonaventure faces tall odds, as it draws a dangerous No. 6 seed Florida in the first round and then would likely have to beat a team like Purdue to reach the Elite Eight. But for Cinderella’s sake, this team has the ingredients to shock better-seeded teams thanks to the 1-2 punch of Jaylen Adams (19.4 ppg) and Matt Mobley (18.4 ppg).



Missouri: Michael Porter Jr.’s late-season return makes the Tigers one of the most intriguing teams in the NCAA tournament, but his unimpressive outing in the SEC tourney — which resulted in an early exit to Georgia — likely will raise questions about the Tigers’ irhythm. Don’t listen to that noise. Porter was able to get some of the rust off in that first game back and coach Cuonzo Martin has  chip-on-their-shoulder players who had to prove themselves without their star freshman. Expect for Missouri to make a surprise run.

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Florida: Another SEC team, the Gators have a lot of nice ingredients to make some noise in March, starting with a dynamic backcourt that can fill it up. Jalen Hudson (15.3 ppg), Egor Koulechov (13.6 ppg), KeVaughn Allen (11.3 ppg) and Chris Chiozza (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) give  coach Mike White a four-guard offense that will be tough for NCAA opponents to stop. Florida had an unexpected SEC tourney exit to Arkansas, but before that had major statement wins over Auburn and Kentucky. Look for UF to outplay its seeding line, and perhaps replicate last year’s Elite Eight finish.

Texas Tech: A Big 12 tournament loss to West Virginia in the semifinals and a late-season rough patch — dropping five of seven — might tell a misleading story about the Red Raiders and disguise the potential of a sleeping giant poised for a deep tourney run. Texas Tech is just getting fully healthy and will surely benefit from being battle-tested in the country’s toughest conference. Whichever team draws TTU will be getting a defensively sound opponent. Chris Beard’s group ranks in the top-20 nationally in points allowed (under 65 a game) and field goal percentage defense (40%). Keenan Evans serves as the key, averaging 17.5 points a game.

Seton Hall: The Pirates, a preseason top-15 team, underachieved most of 2017-18 . No matter. They’ve still got all the dimensions to go on a deep run. This is a veteran group led by great guard play (the three-headed monster of Desi Rodriguez, Myles Powell and Khadeen Carrington) and a double-double machine in Angel Delgado. Seton Hall has started to hit its stride late, and nail-biting losses to Villanova and Butler conceal how surging this squad really is.

Houston: Overshadowed by Cincinnati and Wichita State, potential Final Four teams, the Cougars maybe didn’t get the love they deserved in building a solid all-around tourney profile and finishing tied for second in the AAC,  (seventh among conferences in RPI). Houston has beaten the Bearcats and Shockers and can easily play spoiler in the tournament against a similarly tough (and better-seeded) opponent. Coach Kelvin Sampson has a veteran group, fueled by Rob Gray (18.1 points and 4.7 assists per game), that utilizes a deep bench and plays with grit — key for teams that fare well in the Dance.


2018 NCAA tournament: Previewing Tuesday’s First Four games

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   Tuesday’s First Four games in Dayton:

No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn (18-16) vs. No. 16 Radford (22-12)

East Region

Time, TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV

Why LIU-Brooklyn will win: The Blackbirds are led by a pair of big-time scorers. Joel Hernandez (20.9 ppg) is more of a threat from the three-point arc, and Raiquan Clark (17.4 ppg) likes to take it to the rim. A fast tempo would help them both find a rhythm.

Why Radford will win: The Highlanders will look to keep the pace under control with strong defense and sound half-court sets with the ball. If they can get their share of rebounds, they’ll prevent LIU from building a cushion.

ANALYSIS:  East Region | South Region | Midwest Region | West Region

No. 11 St. Bonaventure (25-7) vs. No. 11 UCLA (21-11)

East Region

Time, TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV

Why St. Bonaventure will win: The Bonnies’ back-court duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley can score in a variety of ways. The Bruins aren’t exactly a lock-down defensive club, so if a track meet breaks out, St. Bonaventure should be in a good position.

Why UCLA will win: Of course, UCLA also likes high-scoring affairs, and the Bruins have more weapons. They’ll enjoy a considerable size advantage inside with Thomas Welsh and Gyorgy Goloman. In addition, the Bonnies might be shorthanded if third-leading scorer Courtney Stockard, who missed the semifinal loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament with a hamstring injury, remains unavailable.


USA TODAY Sports examines the field of 68 and pinpoints the teams with 1.) the best winning streak or momentum from championship week, and/or 2.) the best path — matchup-wise — to stage a deep run and go way further than their seeding line suggests.

Side note: No. 1 seeds are excluded.

Kentucky Wildcats

Coach John Calipari’s freshmen-laden teams always evolve interestingly over the course of four months. While it’s not always clockwork, that evolution of McDonald’s All-American teenagers usually looks something like this: In November, they buy in and try to toss their egos aside. In December, they come together more through growing pains. In January, they figure out how hard major conference basketball can be. In February, they weather more storms and come together — developing a team chemistry that is necessary for March. And this year’s group, adversity and all, followed suit to peak in March by winning seven of eight.

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Kentucky (24-10) drew a No. 5 seed in the South Region — a dangerous area for any power conference team when a really good No. 12 seed (in this case Davidson) is ready to shock the world. But don’t count the Wildcats out because the talent isn’t as jaw-dropping as it has been in the past and UK didn’t win the SEC regular season. Calipari’s mastery is creating a team and sometimes teams can do more with less. NBA-caliber freshmen Kevin Knox (15.6 ppg) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (13.9 ppg, 5.0 apg) have helped UK hit its stride late, including an impressive three-win showing to capture the SEC tournament title.

Final Four potential

Michigan Wolverines

Michigan (28-7), winners of nine consecutive games, has perfected the peaking-in-March magic over the last two seasons, winning back-to-back Big Ten Conference tournament titles. What will be interesting this year is how that momentum carries over following a week-long break since the Big Ten had its tourney a week early. That’s lots of practice time to get better for coach John Beilein’s best defensive team he’s ever had (yes the Wolverines are that good on D). It’s enough lag time to lose some momentum and swagger necessary for March success. This is a well-balanced offense this year, and Mo Wagner (14.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg) anchors the team with his motor and clutch shooting. Don’t be surprised to see Michigan come out of the West Region as a red-hot No. 3 seed.

► National champion potential 

Gonzaga Bulldogs

This isn’t a the same caliber of team that reached the Final Four last season, but it’s still a darn good one. The Bulldogs (30-4) are the No. 4 seed in the West Region and are good enough to knock off top-seeded Xavier if that matchup unfolds. Coach Mark Few has an extremely balanced and potent offense with six players averaging over nine points a game and spearheaded by 6-9 forward Johnathan Williams (13.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg), a key cog from last year’s Final Four squad. The ‘Zags have a top-10 offense, averaging 85 points a game and 50% from the field. The defense, which used to be a glaring weakness for this program, has come a long way. West Coast Conference play didn’t exactly prep this team for the tournament well, but it did help in one area: Guarding the perimeter. Gonzaga’s backcourt players are athletic and can stop lethal guards on the other end.

► Elite Eight potential 

Cincinnati Bearcats

Mick Cronin’s Bearcats are good enough to be a No. 1 seed, but the American Athletic Conference’s No. 7 RPI probably limited that from happening. Still, this is a team that shouldn’t be slept on for going to San Antonio. Cincinnati has won seven in a row, but more importantly has pulled off huge victories in close-game situations — first a one-point win in the regular-season finale over Wichita State and second a one-point win over Houston in the AAC tourney final. Streaking is one thing, but winning in a way that shows pressure and late-game anxiety can be handled well speaks volumes for deep-run capabilities. Outside of UVa, Cincy has the best defense in the country. As a No. 2 in the South, how nice it would be to see these two defensive-minded teams in an Elite Eight rock fight.

► Final Four potential 

Arizona Wildcats

Arizona (27-7) has clearly dealt with adversity (that’s what we’ll call the FBI probe and Allonzo Trier’s eligibility issues), and seems to have come out stronger because of it. The Wildcats have won eight of nine and their only loss came when coach Sean Miller wasn’t coaching in the wake of an ESPN report that implicated him in the FBI investigation into illegal recruiting. One critical major reason Arizona is hot and a team to circle on the bracket: 7-foot freshman sensation Deandre Ayton (20.3, 11.5 ppg) has been on a tear and might just be the best player in the tournament. He had back-to-back 32-point outings in Pac-12 tournament victories over USC and UCLA.

► National champion potential 

Tennessee Volunteers

The Volunteers (25-8) narrowly lost int the SEC tournament title game to Kentucky but have been rolling in late February and early March. They’ve won six of seven and are a dangerous No. 3 seed in the South Region. Coach Rick Barnes has reinvigorated the program with an SEC regular-season title, but more could be in store for this group, led by sophomore Grant Williams. The 6-7 forward averages 15.3 points a game and could be a matchup nightmare on the south side of the bracket.

► Elite Eight champion potential 

Providence Friars

The Friars (21-13) aren’t exactly hot when it comes to winning streaks, but it’s undeniable that Ed Cooley’s team is playing it’s best brand of basketball here in March. That was evidenced by two overtime victories over Creighton and No. 1 seed Xavier in the Big East tourney before succumbing to another No. 1 seed, Villanova, in the conference tournament championship. Providence might be the scariest double-digit seed (No. 10) around, and don’t be surprised if the Friars make it to the second weekend by bouncing better seeds out in the West Region.

► Sweet 16 potential 

Murray State Racers

Hello, Cinderella of the East Region. The 12th-seeded Racers have won 13 in a row and did so in convincing fashion en route to claiming the Ohio Valley’s auto bid by beating the likes of a really good Belmont team. If Murray State can manage against No. 5 West Virginia’s press and top-notch defense, there’s a deep run in store for this mid-major. Jonathan Stark (21.8 ppg, 3.9 apg) will need to show his takeover abilities against All-American defender Jevon Carter in this dynamite 5-12 first-round clash.

► Sweet 16 potential 

Honorable Mention: No. 12 seed South Dakota State, which faces No. 5 in the West Region, has won 19 of 20 while drubbing Summit League opponents behind must-watch big man Mike Daum (23.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg).

NCAA tournament bracketology: Big East set to win top seeds, bubble battles on Selection Sunday

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —    It’s surprising and rare for a bubble team to go toe-to-toe with a projected No. 1 seed — forcing overtime — as Providence did on Saturday against Villanova in the Big East final.

But that captures how the Big East is poised to win in multiple ways on Selection Sunday.

The Wildcats claimed the conference tournament title and are a lock for a No. 1 seed. Their conference foe Xavier, which won the regular season but lost in overtime to upstart Providence, will grab the last No. 1 — as the closest No. 2, North Carolina, just has too many losses (10).

Providence, meanwhile, shot up to a No. 9 seed after entering the league tournament as a projected No. 12 — in a play-in game. Seton Hall, a projected No. 7 seed, and Butler, another No. 9 seed, are in the safety zone as well.

On the unsafe area of the bubble, it’s the Big East that’s benefiting from ‘Nova and Xavier’s prowess — as well as the Friars’ late surge in the conference tourney. Fringe teams Marquette and Creighton are both two of the last four teams in the projected field — as No. 11 seeds slated to play in Dayton for play-in competition. They’re set to beat out ACC bubble teams Louisville, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

As a whole, the Big East is sending seven of 10 teams — tied with the Big 12 for the best overall percentage of teams dancing and just one back from the ACC and SEC’s eight projected teams. That’s eye-raising considering the season-long story line about the strength of the Big 12 (with nine of 10 teams in the NCAA tourney equation). Yet two of the Big 12’s bubble teams, Oklahoma State and Baylor, will likely be left out of the field.


► No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier

► Last four in: Oklahoma, Creighton, Marquette, Arizona State

► First Four out: Middle Tennessee State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame

  • Other bubble teams considered: Saint Mary’s, Syracuse, Baylor, Western Kentucky, Utah, Georgia, Oregon, Nebraska
  • On life support: Temple, Washington, Boise State, Penn State, LSU

With Selection Sunday on the horizon, USA TODAY Sports tracks how bubble teams fared in their ever-crucial championship weekend showings.

Outcomes are based on games from Thursday, Friday and Saturday in major conference tournament action. Teams that are sweating and lost earlier in the week  — including Saint Mary’s (first four out), Syracuse (next four out), No. 11 seed Arizona State (last four in), No. 11 seed Oklahoma (last four in) — are not included. Same goes for teams that are relatively safe but lost early in their league tourneys — including No. 11 seed Florida State and No. 10 N.C. State.

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► Kansas State (No. 8 seed, lock): The Wildcats defeated TCU 66-64 on Thursday in the Big 12 quarterfinals before bowing out to Kansas 83-67 on Friday in the semifinals.

► Rhode Island (No. 8 seed, lock): The Rams defeated VCU 76-67 on Friday in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals and then beat Saint Joseph’s 90-87 on Saturday in the semifinals to reach the tournament title game for the second year in a row. ⇒ [still playing]

Providence (No. 9 seed, safe): The Friars lost to Villanova 76-66 in overtime on Saturday night in the Big East tournament championship after upsetting Xavier 75-72 on Friday in the semifinals and defeating Creighton 72-68 on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

► Butler (No. 9 seed, safe): The Bulldogs beat Seton Hall 75-74 on Thursday in the Big East quarterfinals before bowing out to Villanova 87-68 on Friday in the semifinals.

► Alabama (No. 9 seed, safe): The Crimson Tide knocked off Texas A&M 71-70 on Thursday in the SEC tournament second-round, then upset Auburn 81-63 on Friday in the quarterfinals before bowing out to Kentucky 86-63 on Saturday in the semifinals.

► UCLA (No. 10 seed, safe): The Bruins defeated Stanford 88-77 on Thursday in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals before bowing out to Arizona 78-67 on Friday in the semifinals.

► USC (No. 10 seed, safe): The Trojans defeated Oregon State 61-48 on Thursday in the Pac-12 quarterfinals, then routed Oregon 74-54 on Friday in the semifinals to reach the Pac-12 tourney title game, where they fell 75-61 to Arizona.


St. Bonaventure (No. 9 seed, safe): The Bonnies lost to possible bid thief Davidson 82-70 on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 semifinals — snapping a 13-game winning streak — after beating Richmond 83-77 in the quarterfinals.

Texas (No. 10 seed, relatively safe): The Longhorns lost to Texas Tech 73-69 on Thursday in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals but escaped Iowa State 68-64 in the first round to avoid the résumé stain.

Creighton (No. 11 seed, unsafe and sweating): The Bluejays lost to Providence 72-68 on Thursday in the Big East quarterfinals.

Marquette (No. 11 play-in seed, unsafe and sweating): The Golden Eagles lost to Villanova 84-70 on Thursday in the Big East quarterfinals.

Middle Tennessee State (First four out): The Blue Raiders lost to Southern Mississippi on Thursday in the Conference USA quarterfinals.

Notre Dame (First four out): The Irish lost to Duke 88-70 on Thursday in the ACC quarterfinals after previously beating Virginia Tech 71-65 in the second round and Pittsburgh 67-64 in the first round.

► Louisville (First four out): The Cardinals lost to Virginia 75-58 on Thursday in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. They beat Florida State 82-74 in the second round.

Oklahoma State (First four out): The Cowboys lost to Kansas 82-68 on Thursday in the Big 12 quarterfinals. They beat Oklahoma 71-60 in the first round.

► Baylor (Out of the projected field): The Bears lost to West Virginia 78-65 on Thursday in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

► Georgia (Out of the projected field): The Bulldogs lost to Kentucky 62-49 on Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. They defeated Missouri 62-60 on Thursday in the second round.

► Oregon (Out of the projected field): The Ducks lost to USC 74-54 on Friday in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals. They beat Utah 68-66 on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

► LSU (On life support): The Tigers lost 80-77 on Thursday in the SEC tournament second round.


CBB Men’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 1 Virginia tops UNC, finishes historic run through ACC

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   NEW YORK – Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and No. 1 Virginia completed one of the most successful seasons in the storied history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball, beating No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the tournament championship game Saturday night to finish 20-1 against league competition.

The top-seeded Cavaliers (31-2) set a school record for victories and won the ACC Tournament for the second time in five seasons under coach Tony Bennett, and third time overall. With plenty of their fans packing Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Cavaliers beat sixth-seeded North Carolina (25-10) for the second time this season and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in ACC Tournament play.

Guy, the tournament MVP, scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and Hall added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Ty Jerome had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds for Virginia, which will certainly enter the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed.

Not bad for a bunch that started the season unranked and was picked to finish sixth in the ACC.

Luke Maye led North Carolina with 20 points.

(2) Villanova 76, Providence 66

NEW YORK – Mikal Bridges scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers in overtime to lift Villanova over Providence in the Big East Tournament championship game.

The Wildcats (30-4) won their second straight Big East Tournament and third in four years (losing in the 2016 final). They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Villanova had rolled to a pair of dominant victories in the tourney and held off a pesky Providence team that played its third straight overtime game.

The fifth-seeded Friars (21-13) rallied in the second half from yet another double-digit hole and seemed set to pull off one more upset and earn the automatic NCAA berth. Providence erased a 17-point hole in the second half to beat top-seeded Xavier to reach the final. With one stunning rally on its resume, Providence nearly made it two. But the Friars ran out of gas in OT.

(8) Cincinnati 70, Memphis 60

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and Gary Clark had 17 points and 12 rebounds to rally Cincinnati past Memphis in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Kyle Washington added 11 for the Bearcats (29-4), who advanced to meet No. 21 Houston in Sunday’s final.

Jamal Johnson led Memphis with 17 points but didn’t score in the second half, when the Tigers squandered a 13-point lead. Kyvon Davenport had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis (21-13), which is hoping for an invitation to the NIT.

(9) Kansas 81, (18) West Virginia 70

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Devonte Graham piled up 18 points and 13 assists, Silvio De Sousa came up big in place of Udoka Azubuike and Kansas proved its toughness down the stretch to beat West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament title game.

De Sousa had 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds, and Malik Newman added 20 points to cap a phenomenal tournament, lifting the Jayhawks (27-7) to their 11th tournament title and a likely No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed Sunday.

It was the second time in three years they’ve beaten West Virginia (24-10) in the title game.

Svi Mykhailiuk also had 16 points for the Jayhawks, who scrapped their way through three games in three days without their 7-foot anchor. Azubuike hurt a ligament in his left knee in practice early in the week and spent the weekend on the bench, though he’s expected to return next week.

Daxter Miles Jr. finished with 25 points, and Jevon Carter had 17 points and nine assists for the Mountaineers, who have lost three straight Big 12 Tournament championship games.

(21) Houston 77, (11) Wichita State 74

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rob Gray had a key steal and scored 33 points, including two free throws with 5 seconds remaining, as Houston held off Wichita State in an American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal.

Corey Davis Jr. scored 19 points for the Cougars (26-6), who advanced to play No. 8 Cincinnati in the championship game.

Houston led by as many as nine points in the first half before the lead changed hands or was tied eight times in the final seven minutes.

With the Cougars trailing 74-73, Gray intercepted a pass near midcourt and drove to the basket, handing off to Galen Robinson for a layup with 1:27 remaining. Houston sealed the victory when Robinson intercepted an in-bounds pass with 5 seconds left and a foul by the Shockers sent Gray to the free-throw line.

Landry Shamet led Wichita State (25-7) with 19 points while Shaquille Morris had 12, including 10 in the final seven minutes to keep the game close.

(13) Tennessee 84, Arkansas 66

ST. LOUIS – Jordan Bone scored 19 points to help spark a hot-shooting first half for Tennessee, which beat Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

The win is the sixth straight and 13th in the last 15 games for the second-seeded Volunteers (25-7), who will try to win their first SEC Tournament championship in almost 40 years when they face Kentucky on Sunday.

Bone scored 17 of his points in the first half, hitting 7 of 7 from the field and all three of his 3-point attempts. Admiral Schofield added 16 points for Tennessee, while Grant Williams, Kyle Alexander and James Daniel III finished with 12 points apiece.

Daryl Macon scored 19 points to lead the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (23-11), who had won eight of their previous 10 games.

(15) Arizona 76, Southern California 61

LAS VEGAS – Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 Tournament history, leading Arizona to its second straight title.

Ayton put on a show along The Strip, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener with two dominating games.

The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA and knocked the Trojans (23-11) around like bowling pins in the championship game. Ayton made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona (27-8) to its ninth Pac-12 title.

Nick Rakocevic led USC with 13 points.

Both teams fought through adversity to reach the title game.

Arizona was twice entangled in a federal investigation into shady recruiting practices. USC was named in the probe as well, leading to sophomore De’Anthony Melton to be ruled ineligible this season.

(25) Rhode Island 80, Saint Joseph’s 87

WASHINGTON – Andre Berry scored 18 points, Fatts Russell made two crucial 3-pointers in the final six minutes and Rhode Island rallied past Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals.

The Rams (25-6) are the first No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 to reach the conference championship game since Saint Louis in 2013.

Jeff Dowtin added 16 points and 10 assists for Rhode Island, Russell scored 14 points and E.C. Matthews had 11 of his 14 points in the second half for the defending tournament champions.

Shavar Newkirk had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the fourth-seeded Hawks (16-16), who drubbed Rhode Island 78-48 last week. Saint Joseph’s appeared poised to deliver another upset while trying to extend its season, building an 11-point lead early in the second half.

CBB Men’s Top 25 Roundup: Virginia tops Clemson to advance to ACC final

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(PhatzRadio Sports /AP)    —   NEW YORK – Kyle Guy scored 15 points and No. 1 Virginia advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 64-58 victory over No. 19 Clemson on Friday night.

The top-seeded Cavaliers (30-2) got several crucial plays from role player Jack Salt down the stretch and will face fifth-ranked and second-seeded Duke or 12th-ranked and sixth-seeded North Carolina for the tournament title Saturday night in Brooklyn.

Virginia’s only ACC Tournament crowns came in 1976 and 2014.

Shelton Mitchell had 18 points and Elijah Thomas added 15 for the fourth-seeded Tigers (23-9), who remain the lone original member of the ACC that hasn’t won the conference tournament. Clemson was trying to reach the finals for only the third time.

Tigers leading scorer Marcquise Reed, who was averaging better than 16 points, was held to six on 2-for-14 shooting by the nation’s most suffocating defense. He missed nine of 10 tries from 3-point range.

No. 2 Villanova 87, Butler 68

NEW YORK – Mikal Bridges had 18 points and Villanova scored the first 19 points and cruised toward its fourth straight trip in the Big East Tournament championship game in a win over Butler.

About 30 minutes after top-seeded Xavier was upset by Providence in overtime, the Wildcats (29-4) hit the court and showed how a favorite should play in a tournament semifinal.

The Wildcats scored five seconds into the game and used near-perfect execution on a 16-0 run before Butler coach LaVall Jordan finally called a timeout at the 15:37 mark. He could have waved a white flag to signal for the TO.

Omari Spellman buried a 3 to make it 19-0 and the Wildcats proved why the Big East tournament title always goes through the Main Line and straight to MSG. Butler finally scored and heard some mock cheers for the jumper.

Hey, at least the Bulldogs (20-13) were only down 17.

Providence 75, No. 3 Xavier 72, OT

NEW YORK – Alpha Diallo hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 left in overtime and fifth-seeded Providence rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit and stunned top-seeded Xavierin the semifinals of the Big East Tournament.

Kyron Cartwright hit a clutch jumper with 55 seconds to go and took an offensive foul on a layup attempt by J.P. Macura with eight seconds to play as the Friars (21-12) beat the Musketeers (28-5) for the second time in three games this season.

This one was totally unexpected after the opening 25 minutes at Madison Square Garden. The win sent Providence in the title game against the winner of the second semifinal between second-seeded and No. 2 Villanova and sixth-seeded Butler.

No. 12 North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 69

NEW YORK – Luke Maye scored 17 points, including North Carolina’s last field goal with 5:33 remaining, and North Carolina held off a late rally by Duke to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (25-9) will face top-seeded and top-ranked Virginia on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a rematch of the 2016 ACC championship, won by North Carolina.

North Carolina led by 15 when Maye hit a jumper with 5:33 left and it looked as if it would cruise into the title game. But the Tar Heels went cold and second-seeded Duke went on a 13-0 run, drawing within three on Gray Trent Jr.’s 3 with 50 seconds left.

The Tar Heels turned the ball over on consecutive possessions, but an offensive foul by Grayson Allen and then a missed 3 by Allen, trying to draw contact on Maye, stymied Duke (26-7).

Theo Pinson made two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal it and the Tar Heels snapped a six-game losing streak in the ACC Tournament to their most heated Tobacco Road rivals.

No. 8 Cincinnati 61, SMU 51

ORLANDO, Fla. – Kyle Washington scored 15 points and Gary Clark added 12 points and 11 rebounds Friday to help Cincinnati beat SMU in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Bearcats also got 13 points from Cane Broome and rallied from a six-point second-half deficit to move on to the semifinals against the winner of the Tulsa-Memphis game.

Jahmal McMurray led SMU with 17 points and Ben Emelogu had 11 points and seven rebounds. The Mustangs got eight points and six rebounds from their best big man, Akoy Agau. But Agau reinjured a severely sprained ankle on the first possession of the game and wasn’t much of a factor in his 24 minutes.

No. 9 Kansas 83, Kansas State 67

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Malik Newman poured in 22 points, Silvio De Sousa filled in admirably for ailing big man Udoka Azubuike and Kansas beat short-handed Kansas State to reach the Big 12 Tournament title game.

Devonte Graham added 15 points and Svi Mykhailiuk had 12 for the top-seeded Jayhawks (26-7), who will play No. 14 Texas Tech or No. 18 West Virginia for the championship on Saturday night.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-10) learned Friday morning they’d be without All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade, who hurt his foot in their quarterfinal win over TCU. Then they lost starting guard Barry Brown early against the Jayhawks when he was accidentally poked in the eye.

They still put up a fight, thanks primarily to Makol Mawien, the unheralded forward who scored a career-high 29 points.

No. 11 Wichita State 89, Temple 81

ORLANDO, Fla. – Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and Wichita State beat Temple in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

The Shockers (25-6) also got a strong performance from their reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. Next up is the winner of the Houston-Central Florida game.

Quinton Rose led Temple (17-14) with 25 points. Shizz Alston and Josh Brown each had 15 points for the Owls, who didn’t have enough depth to keep pace with Wichita State in the final minutes.

No. 13 Tennessee 62, Mississippi State 59

ST. LOUIS – Lamonte turner scored 15 points and Tennessee locked down on defense to beat Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The second-seeded Volunteers (24-7) led nearly the entire game, but the Bulldogs (22-11) had an opportunity to take the lead in the final 10 seconds. Down 61-59, Xavian Stapleton missed a 3-pointer that would have put the Bulldogs ahead.

Tennessee struggled to put away Mississippi State at the end, missing a slew of free throws. The Volunteers finished 17 for 28 from the free-throw line, but outrebounded the Bulldogs 50-33 and notched 22 defensive boards.

Admiral Schofield scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Grant Williams finished with a double-double, notching 10 points and 11 boards.

Lamar Peters led the Bulldogs with 22 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 17 points.

No. 18 West Virginia 66, No. 14 Texas Tech 63

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Daxter Miles Jr. had 22 points for West Virginia, and Niem Stevenson’s half-court heave at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the iron, giving the Mountaineers a win over Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.

Jevon Carter added 17 points and Sagaba Konate had 11 for the third-seeded Mountaineers (24-9), who advance to their third straight title game. They’ll face No. 9 Kansas on Saturday night.

Miles had a chance to clinch the game from the foul line with 6 seconds left, but he only made the first of two free throws. Texas Tech (24-9) corralled the rebound but struggled to get the ball up court, and Stevenson resorted to a half-court shot that would have tied the game.

Jarrett Culver had 16 points for the Red Raiders.

No. 15 Arizona 78, UCLA 67, OT

LAS VEGAS – Deandre Ayton scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and grabbed 14 rebounds, lifting Arizona to a victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.

Arizona (26-7) labored offensively before Ayton sparked the Wildcats in the second half. UCLA (21-11) matched Arizona nearly shot for shot, tying the game with about 5 minutes to go.

UCLA’s Jaylen Hands tied it at 67 on a drive with 8 seconds left in regulation and teammate Aaron Holiday’s runner at the buzzer was off the mark after an Arizona turnover.

Ayton dominated overtime and made 13 of 16 shots overall after struggling in the quarterfinals against Colorado.

The Wildcats get a chance to defend their Pac-12 tournament title against the Oregon-Southern California winner on Saturday.

Thomas Welsh had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Bruins.

Alabama 81, No. 16 Auburn 63

ST. LOUIS – Collin Sexton scored 31 points and Alabama used a strong second half to defeat Auburn in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Crimson Tide trailed 41-31 at halftime but started the second half on a 28-3 run. The stretch was keyed by three consecutive 3s by Sexton. Alabama’s surge put the Tigers away early in the half, and the Crimson Tide (19-14) outscored Auburn 50-22 after the break.

Mustapha Heron led Auburn (25-7) with 18 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Desean Murray scored 15 points, all in the first half. The Tigers moved the ball well on offense and drilled seven 3s in the first half.

No. 21 Houston 84, UCF 56

ORLANDO, Fla. – Galen Robinson scored 18 points, Rob Gray had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Houston beat UCF in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

The third-seeded Cougars will face 11th-ranked and second-seeded Wichita State on Saturday in the semifinal round.

The Cougars led almost the entire game, smothering the Knights defensively and outhustling them at the other end. The Knights never got closer than eight points in the second half.

Devin Davis had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars, who held a 37-28 edge in rebounds and scored 20 points off the Knights’ 11 turnovers.

B.J. Taylor scored 20 points for UCF, and Ceasar DeJesus had 10.

San Diego State 90, No. 22 Nevada 73

LAS VEGAS – Devin Watson scored 20 points to lead San Diego State to a blowout victory over Nevada in the Mountain West Conference semifinals.

The Aztecs, who haven’t won a tournament championship since 2011, will play in the title game for the fourth time in five years, and eighth time in 10 seasons.

Jalen McDaniels had his ninth double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

San Diego State, which trailed for only 42 seconds in the game, faces the winner of Friday’s late semifinal between New Mexico and Utah State.

The Wolf Pack was led by Jordan Caroline, who scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds before fouling out. Caleb Martin added 13 for Nevada, while Elijah Cooke had 10.

Arkansas 80, No. 23 Florida 72

ST. LOUIS – Jaylen Barford scored 27 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds to help send Arkansas to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a win over Florida.

The win ends an eight-game losing streak to the Gators for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (23-10), who are now 5-1 against ranked opponents this season and advance to face No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday.

Barford was 9 of 17 from the field, hitting four 3-pointers, for Arkansas – which led by as many as 14 points in the second half before holding on in the closing minutes. Freshman Daniel Gafford added 16 points and also matched his career-best with 12 rebounds, keying an effort that saw the Razorbacks outrebound the Gators 43-28.

No. 25 Rhode Island 76, VCU 67

WASHINGTON – Jeff Dowtin scored 18 points, Jared Terrell added 16 points and Rhode Island survived a challenge from VCU in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Top-seeded Rhode Island (24-6) snapped a two-game slide as it began its tournament defense.

Justin Tillman had 23 points and 15 rebounds for eighth-seeded VCU (18-15), which lost to Rhode Island in the conference tournament for the second consecutive season.

It wasn’t an easy afternoon for Rhode Island, which won its first 13 Atlantic 10 games before dropping three of its last five regular-season contests. After building a 9-point lead in the first 11 minutes, Rhode Island held a 36-33 edge at the break.

NCAA tournament bracketology: Major shakeups on the bubble with Selection Sunday nearing

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   For some teams, all it takes is one March win to put on those dancing shoes. For others, all it takes is one loss to take them away.

In the latter category, Cinderella favorite Middle Tennessee will likely be the frowning snubbed team on Selection Sunday after bowing out of the Conference USA tourney with an overtime loss to Southern Mississippi. The Blue Raiders, first-round bracket busters in 2016 and 2017, have both a great tournament track record and a nice at-large profile (including a top-10 non-conference strength of schedule) but Southern Mississippi (16-17 on the season) is an exact example of a résumé stain a mid-major bubble team just cannot have. It drops MTSU’s RPI to 32, which is just enough for the selection committee to nitpick at — along with no eye candy wins.

On the bright side of March, Alabama snapped a disastrous five-game losing streak that put them on the bubble by clipping Texas A&M off a buzzer-beater in the SEC tournament. With two days left of action, that victory likely secures the Crimson Tide’s at-large bid and puts them on the bubble safety zone, although their projected No. 11 seed could take a slide if other bubble teams come on strong in these next two days.

Similar to Alabama, Butler likely secured its at-large bid by knocking off Seton Hall in the Big East tourney. On the Big 12 bubble line, Oklahoma State fell short against Kansas (after beating the Jayhawks twice in the regular season) and Baylor fell to West Virginia. As good as the Big 12 has been this year — with the nation’s best RPI and nine of 10 teams contending for the NCAAS — both the Cowboys and Bears might be NIT-bound now. Big wins are nice, but both of their overall credentials are significantly lacking.

Unfortunately for the likes of on-the-outside-looking-in bubble teams Louisville and Notre Dame, they bowed out of the ACC tourney a game too early and came up short in their résumé-lifting opportunities against kingpins Virginia and Duke, respectively. It’s the same story for Marquette as far as coming up short against a top-tier team (Villanova) to build the profile, but the Golden Eagles are hanging on for dear life with a projected No. 12 seed in the play-in game in this round of bracketology.

With other bubble teams still playing, there’s no telling how long Marquette or fellow No. 12 seed Saint Mary’s stay on the right side of the bubble. Both Oregon and Georgia are their worst enemies right now, as the Ducks (beat Utah in the Pac-12 tourney) and Bulldogs (beat Missouri in the SEC tourney) are still alive in conference championship play and can shoot into the field with another key victory.


► No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Kansas

► Last four in: Providence, Arizona State, Saint Mary’s, Marquette

► First Four out: Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State



Others considered for at-large bids (in no particular order): Oregon, Syracuse, Georgia, Utah, Baylor, Nebraska.

On life support: Temple, Washington, Boise State, Penn State.

Multi-bid conferences: ACC (8), SEC (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (7), Big Ten (4), Pac 12 (4), AAC (3), Atlantic 10 (2), WCC (2).

Leaders or highest RPI from projected one-bid conferences — (23 total): America East (Vermont), Atlantic Sun (Lipscomb), Big Sky (Montana), Big South (Radford), Big West (UC Davis), CAA (Charleston), Conference USA Western Kentucky), Horizon League (Wright State), Ivy League (Penn), MAAC (Iona), MAC (Buffalo), MEAC (Hampton), Missouri Valley (Loyola-Chicago), Mountain West (Nevada), Northeast (Long Island), Ohio Valley (Murray State), Patriot (Bucknell), Southern (UNC-Greensboro), Southland (Southeast Louisiana), SWAC (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Summit (South Dakota State), Sun Belt (Louisiana), WAC (New Mexico State).

  • Banned from participating: Alabama A&M, Grambling, Southeast Missouri State.


Note:  All RPI and statistical data is used from WarrenNolan.com.

About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the field since 2005 on his website, Bracket W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his fifth season as our national bracketologist, Mast has finished as one of the top three bracketologists in the past four March Madnesses. He’s also predicted for The Indianapolis Star, collegeinsider.com and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.

March Madness: Coaches on the hot seat entering conference tournaments

(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    Mark Fox might need an improbable run through the Southeastern Conference tournament to save his coaching job.

He’s hardly alone on the college basketball hot seat.

From Georgia’s Fox to Pittsburgh’s Kevin Stallings to UConn’s Kevin Ollie, numerous coaches went into conference tournaments knowing their jobs could be in jeopardy without a few more wins.

Excluding employment decisions that might be affected by myriad off-the-court issues, such as Auburn (Bruce Pearl) and Arizona (Sean Miller), here are some schools that might soon be looking for a new coach, if they haven’t already started the process:


In a year where Kentucky and Florida ceded their dominance at the top of the Southeastern Conference standings, the Bulldogs squandered an opportunity for a breakthrough.

It could mark the end of Fox’s nine-year tenure , which has featured only two NCAA Tournament appearances (both of which were one-and-done).

While hardly a traditional powerhouse, Georgia certainly expected better from a team that featured Associated Press SEC player of the year Yante Maten. The Bulldogs are just 16-14 (7-11 SEC) heading into Wednesday’s first-round matchup against Vanderbilt in the conference tournament.

After weather issues delayed his team’s arrival in St. Louis by four hours, Fox said on a hastily assembled teleconference that there have been no discussions with athletic director Greg McGarity about his job status.

“I have not been told that we have to win a certain number of games to advance through the tournament,” Fox said. “I’d really like this tournament, like every game we’ve played the last nine years, to be about our team and these kids and trying to find them some success. It should not be about the coach.”

Ten years ago, in an SEC tournament remembered for a tornado striking the Georgia Dome, the Bulldogs pulled off a stunning SEC triumph after finishing last during the regular season. That performance saved Dennis Felton’s job for the moment, but he didn’t even make it through another full season.

Fox appears to be in a similar situation, requiring five wins in five days to even get a shot at Year 10.


The Panthers capped a historically awful season with a 67-64 loss to Notre Dame in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Tuesday night .

Now the question is: Will Stallings return for a third year?

While it would be unusual to fire a coach after such a short tenure, these are dark times in Pittsburgh. Stallings’ team lost all 19 games against ACC opponents this season and is just 24-41 overall since he arrived from Vanderbilt.

Also working against Stallings: He wasn’t a popular choice from the outset, and the current athletic director, Heather Lyke, isn’t the one who hired him.

“We knew this was going to be a little bit of a tough season,” Stallings said. “We didn’t know it was going to be this tough.”


Ollie has the 2014 national championship on his resume, as well as an American Athletic Conference title from just two seasons ago. But the Huskies have taken a significant fall since then.

After slipping to 16-17 last season, UConn is just 14-17 — and 7-11 in the league — heading into its AAC tournament opener against SMU on Thursday.

Athletic director David Benedict plans to evaluate Ollie after the season , and it’s clear the boss isn’t happy with the state of the program, which is also facing an NCAA investigation. On the other hand, Ollie’s lucrative contract would require a buyout of some $10 million.

“When you come to a place like UConn, you don’t expect to hope to get to the tournament. You expect that it’s a foregone conclusion,” Benedict told the Hartford Courant. “It’s important we get that figured out because we need to be a tournament team.”


Fran McCaffery brushed off questions about his job security , despite an unexpectedly dismal season that ended last week with an overtime loss to Michigan in the earlier-than-usual Big Ten Tournament.

While the overall body of work and a contract extension may give McCaffery some extra security, there’s no doubt the Hawkeyes faithful is on edge after a 14-19 campaign that included just five wins in 20 games against conference opponents. More troubling, Iowa wasn’t even competitive at times, losing eight Big Ten games by double-digit margins and finishing last in the league in scoring defense.

“The season did not go as we hoped,” McCaffery said. “No question.”

The Hawkeyes could be headed for another long season if sophomore star Tyler Cook decides to leave.


One of college basketball’s most prestigious jobs could be opening up unless the Cardinals decide to remove the interim from David Padgett’s title.

Padgett took over as coach after the firing of Rick Pitino, and any hope of keeping the job likely depends on at least making the NCAA Tournament.

Even then, there are other issues to consider.

All the uncertainty swirling around the NCAA coaching ranks because of an ongoing FBI probe could actually work in Padgett’s favor, since some of the top potential candidates have been linked to the scandal. But being a former Pitino assistant could be a major strike against Padgett, especially if Louisville’s new administration wants a totally clean reboot to the post-Pitino era.

The Cardinals’ NCAA hopes took a blow last week when they lost to No. 1 Virginia on a buzzer-beating shot , so they’ve got some work to do in the ACC Tournament. Louisville (19-12, 9-9) faces Florida State (20-10, 9-9) in the first of four games Wednesday, a contest that will likely determine which school remains in the NCAA mix for at least one more day.


A complete rundown of the postseason schedule for every men’s college basketball conference tournament this season.

The winners in each league receive automatic invitations to the NCAA tournament. The rest of the available spots in the 68-team field will be filled by at-large berths.

Selection Sunday will take place on March 11.

America East Conference

All games at higher-seeded schools

First round
Saturday, March 3

Maryland-Baltimore County 89, Massachusetts-Lowell 77
Hartford 71, New Hampshire 60
Vermont 75, Maine 60
Stony Brook 69, Albany 60

Tuesday, March 6
Vermont 70, Stony Brook 51
Maryland-Baltimore County 75, Hartford 60

Saturday, March 10
Maryland-Baltimore County at Vermont, 11 a.m.

Atlantic Coast Conference

At The Barclays Center, New York

First round
Tuesday, March 6

Boston College 87, Georgia Tech 77
Notre Dame 67, Pittsburgh 64
Syracuse 73, Wake Forest 64

Second round
Wednesday, March 7

Florida State vs. Louisville, noon
North Carolina vs. Boston College, 2:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
N.C. State vs. Syracuse, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Virginia vs. Florida State-Louisville winner, noon
Clemson vs. North Carolina–Boston College winner, 2:30 p.m.
Duke vs. Virginia Tech–Notre Dame winner, 7 p.m.
Miami vs. N.C. State–Syracuse winner, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Virginia–Florida State-Louisville winner vs. Clemson–North Carolina–Boston College winner, 7 p.m.
Duke–Virginia Tech–Notre Dame winner vs. Miami–N.C. State–Syracuse winner, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

Atlantic Sun Conference

All games at higher-seeded schools

First round
Monday, Feb. 26

Florida Gulf Coast 96, South Carolina Upstate 76
Jacksonville 87, Kennesaw State 68
North Florida 80, NJIT 76
Lipscomb 89, Stetson 73

Thursday, March 1
Florida Gulf Coast 95, North Florida 72
Lipscomb 77, Jacksonville 62

Sunday, March 4
Lipscomb 108, Florida Gulf Coast 96

Atlantic 10 Conference

At Capitol One Arena, Washington

First round
Wednesday, March 7

La Salle vs. Massachusetts, 6 p.m.
George Washington vs. Fordham, 8:30 p.m.

Second round
Thursday, March 8

VCU vs. Dayton, noon
George Mason vs. La Salle-Massachusetts winner, 2:30 p.m.
Richmond vs. Duquesne, 6 p.m.
St. Louis vs. George Washington-Fordham winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Rhode Island vs. VCU-Dayton winner, noon
Saint Joseph’s vs. George Mason–La Salle-Massachusetts winner, 2:30 p.m.
St. Bonaventure vs. Richmond-Duquesne winner, 6 p.m.
Davidson vs. Saint Louis–George Washington-Fordham winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Rhode Island–VCU-Dayton winner vs. Saint Joseph’s-George Mason–La Salle-Massachusetts winner, 1 p.m.
St. Bonaventure–Richmond-Duquesne winner vs. Davidson–Saint Louis–George Washington-Fordham winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 11

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Big East Conference

At Madison Square Garden, New York

First round
Wednesday, March 7

Georgetown vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m.
Marquette vs. DePaul, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Xavier vs. Georgetown-St. John’s winner, noon
Creighton vs. Providence, 2:30 p.m.
Villanova vs. Marquette-DePaul winner, 7 p.m.
Seton Hall vs. Butler, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Xavier–Georgetown-St. John’s winner vs. Creighton-Providence winner, 6:30 p.m.
Villanova–Marquette-DePaul winner vs. Seton Hall-Butler winner, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m.

Big Sky Conference

At The Reno Events Center, Reno, Nev.

First round
Tuesday, March 6

North Dakota 76, Montana State 74
Northern Colorado 82, Northern Arizona 59
Southern Utah 76, Idaho State 68
Portland State 71, Sacramento State 67

Thursday, March 8

Montana vs. North Dakota, 3:05 p.m.
Weber State vs. Northern Colorado, 5:35 p.m.
Idaho vs. Southern Utah, 8:35 p.m.
Eastern Washington vs. Portland State, 11:05 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Montana–North Dakota winner vs. Weber State–Northern Colorado winner, 8:35 p.m.
Idaho-Southern Utah winner vs. Eastern Washington–Portland State winner, 11:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 8:05 p.m.

Big South Conference

First round
Tuesday Feb. 27

Longwood 68, High Point 55
Charleston Southern 68, Presbyterian 51

At Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.
Thursday, March 1

Radford 59, Longwood 53
Winthrop 72, Gardner-Webb 68
UNC Asheville 71, Charleston Southern 66
Liberty 73, Campbell 59

At Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.
Friday, March 2

Radford 61, Winthrop 52
Liberty 69, UNC Asheville 64

At higher-seeded school
Sunday, March 4

Radford 55, Liberty 52

Big Ten Conference

At Madison Square Garden, New York

First round
Wednesday, Feb. 28

Iowa 96, Illinois 87
Rutgers 65, Minnesota 54

Second round
Thursday, March 1

Wisconsin 59, Maryland 54
Michigan 77, Iowa 71, OT
Penn State 67, Northwestern 57
Rutgers 76, Indiana 69

Friday, March 2

Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60
Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
Penn State 69, Ohio State 68
Purdue 82, Rutgers 75

Saturday, March 3

Michigan 75, Michigan State 64
Purdue 78, Penn State 70

Sunday, March 4

Michigan 75, Purdue 66

Big 12 Conference

At The Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

First round
Wednesday, March 7

Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
Texas vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Kansas State vs. TCU, 12:30 p.m.
Kansas vs. Oklahoma State-Oklahoma winner, 3 p.m.
Texas Tech vs. Texas-Iowa State winner, 7 p.m.
West Virginia vs. Baylor, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Kansas State-TCU winner vs. Kansas–Oklahoma State-Oklahoma winner, 7 p.m.
Texas Tech–Texas-Iowa State winner vs. West Virginia-Baylor winner, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Big West Conference

At The Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.

First round
Thursday, March 8

UC Davis vs. UC Riverside, 3 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton vs. Long Beach State, 5:30 p.m.
UC Irvine vs. Hawaii, 9 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly, 11:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed, 9:30 p.m.
Middle remaining seeds, Midnight

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 11:30 p.m.

Colonial Athletic Association

At North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C.

First round
Saturday, March 3

Drexel 70, James Madison 62
Delaware 86, Elon 79

Sunday, March 4

College of Charleston 66, Drexel 59
William & Mary 80, Towson 66
Northeastern 74, Delaware 50
UNC Wilmington 93, Hofstra 88

Monday, March 5

College of Charleston 83, William & Mary 73
Northeastern 79, UNC Wilmington 52

Tuesday, March 6

College of Charleston 83, Northeastern 76

Conference USA

At The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas

First round
Wednesday, March 7

Florida International vs. Southern Miss., 7 p.m.
Texas-San Antonio vs. Texas-El Paso, 7:30 p.m.
North Texas vs. Louisiana Tech, 9:30 p.m.
Alabama-Birmingham vs. Florida Atlantic, 10 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Middle Tennessee vs. Florida International-Southern Miss. winner, 7 p.m.
Marshall vs. Texas-San Antonio-Texas-El Paso winner, 7:30 p.m.
Old Dominion vs. North Texas-Louisiana Tech winner, 9:30 p.m.
Western Kentucky vs. Alabama-Birmingham-Florida Atlantic winner, 10 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Middle Tennessee–Florida International-Southern Miss. winner vs. Marshall–Texas-San Antonio-Texas-El Paso winner, 1:30 p.m.
Old Dominion–North Texas-Louisiana Tech winner vs. Western Kentucky–Alabama-Birmingham-Florida Atlantic winner, 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

Horizon League

At Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

First round
Friday, March 2

Green Bay 93, Detroit 81
Cleveland State 72, Youngstown State 71

Second round
Saturday, March 3

Wright State 87, Green Bay 72
Cleveland State 89, Northern Kentucky 80

Third round
Sunday, March 4

Milwaukee 80, Illinois-Chicago 75
Oakland 62, IUPUI 55

Monday, March 5

Cleveland State 44, Oakland 43
Wright State 59, Milwaukee 53

Tuesday, March 6

Wright State 74, Cleveland State 57

Ivy League

At The Palestra, Philadelphia

First round
Saturday, March 10

Harvard vs. Cornell, 12:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania vs. Yale, 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 11

Semifinal winners, noon

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

At The Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.

First round
Thursday, March 1

Saint Peter’s 60, Monmouth 58
Quinnipiac 67, Siena 58
Fairfield 71, Marist 57

Friday, March 2

St. Peter’s 66, Rider 55
Quinnipiac 72, Canisius 69

Saturday, March 3
Fairfield 90, Niagara 71
Iona 72, Manhattan 60

Sunday, March 4

Iona 65, Saint Peter’s 62
Fairfield 74, Quinnipiac 64

Monday, March 5

Iona 83, Fairfield 71

Mid-American Conference

First round
Monday, March 5

Central Michigan 81, Bowling Green 77 (OT)
Kent State 61, Northern Illinois 59
Miami (Ohio) 68, Ohio 55
Akron 79, Western Michigan 78

At Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Thursday, March 8

Buffalo vs. Central Michigan, noon
Ball State vs. Kent State, 2:30 p.m.
Toledo vs. Miami (Ohio), 6:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan vs. Akron winner, 9 p.m.

At Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Friday, March 9

Buffalo–Central Michigan winner vs. Ball State–Kent State winner, 6:30 p.m.
Toledo–Miami (Ohio) winner vs. Eastern Michigan-Akron winner, 9 p.m.

At Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

At Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.

First round
Monday, March 5

N.C. A&T 62, Delaware State 61 (OT)
Norfolk State 78, Maryland-Eastern Shore 68

Tuesday, March 6
Florida A&M 88, Howard 78
North Carolina Central 60, Coppin State 48
Morgan State 83, South Carolina State 80

Wednesday, March 7

Hampton vs. Florida A&M, 6 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman vs. Morgan State, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
Savannah State vs. North Carolina Central, 6 p.m.
North Carolina A&T vs. Norfolk State, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Hampton–Florida A&M winner vs. N.C. A&T–Norfolk State winner, 6 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman–Morgan State winner vs. Savannah State–N.C. Central winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Missouri Valley Conference

At Scottrade Center, St. Louis

First round
Thursday, March 1

Northern Iowa 60, Evansville 50
Missouri State 83, Valparaiso 79

Friday, March 2

Loyola (Ill.) 54, Northern Iowa 50
Bradley 63, Drake 61
Southern Illinois 67, Missouri State 63
Illinois State 77, Indiana State 70

Saturday, March 3

Loyola (Ill.) 62, Bradley 54
Illinois State 76, Southern Illinois 69, OT

Sunday, March 4

Loyola (Ill.) 65, Illinois State 49

Mountain West Conference

At The Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

First round
Wednesday, March 7

UNLV vs. Air Force, 2 p.m.
Utah State vs. Colorado State, 4:30 p.m.
Wyoming vs. San Jose State, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Nevada vs. UNLV-Air Force winner, 3 p.m.
Fresno State vs. San Diego State, 5:30 p.m.
Boise State vs. Utah State-Colorado State winner, 9 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Wyoming-San Jose State winner, 11:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Nevada–UNLV-Air Force winner vs. Fresno State-San Diego State winner, 9 p.m.
Boise State–Utah State-Colorado State winner vs. New Mexico–Wyoming-San Jose State winner, 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Northeast Conference

At higher-seeded schools

First round
Wednesday, Feb. 28

Wagner 73, Central Connecticut State 61
Robert Morris 60, Mount St. Mary’s 56
Fairleigh Dickinson 84, St. Francis (Pa.) 75
LIU Brooklyn 73, St. Francis (N.Y.) 50

Saturday, March 3

LIU Brooklyn 78, Fairleigh Dickinson 77
Wagner 75, Robert Morris 64

Tuesday, March 6

LIU Brooklyn 71, Wagner 61

Ohio Valley Conference

At The Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.

First round
Wednesday, Feb. 28

Tennessee Tech 60, SIU Edwardsville 51
Tennessee State 73, Eastern Illinois 71

Second round
Thursday, March 1

Jacksonville State 73, Tennessee Tech 70
Austin Peay 73, Tennessee State 66

Friday, March 2

Murray State 70, Jacksonville State 63
Belmont 94, Austin Peay 79

Saturday, March 3

Murray State 68, Belmont 51

Pacific-12 Conference

At T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

First round
Wednesday, March 7

Colorado vs. Arizona State, 3 p.m.
Stanford vs. California, 5:30 p.m.
Washington vs. Oregon State, 9 p.m.
Oregon vs. Washington State, 11:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Arizona vs. Colorado-Arizona State winner, 3 p.m.
UCLA vs. Stanford-California winner, 5:30 p.m.
Southern Cal vs. Washington-Oregon State winner, 9 p.m.
Utah vs. Oregon-Washington State winner, 11:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Arizona–Colorado-Arizona State winner vs. UCLA–Stanford-California winner, 9 p.m.
Southern Cal–Washington-Oregon State winner vs. Utah–Oregon-Washington State winner, 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 10 p.m.

Patriot League

At higher-seeded schools

First round
Tuesday, Feb. 27

Loyola (Md.) 82, Army 79
Lafayette 93, American 86

Thursday, March 1

Bucknell 81, Loyola (Md.) 78
Colgate 76, Lafayette 54
Holy Cross 81, Navy 65
Boston University 88, Lehigh 82

Sunday, March 4

Colgate 62, Holy Cross 55
Bucknell 90, Boston University 59

Wednesday, March 7

Colgate vs. Bucknell, 7:30 p.m.

Southeastern Conference

At Scottrade Center, St. Louis

First round
Wednesday, March 7

Georgia vs. Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Mississippi, 9:30 p.m.

Second round
Thursday, March 8

Texas A&M vs. Alabama, 1 p.m.
Missouri vs. Georgia-Vanderbilt winner, 3:30 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. LSU, 7 p.m.
Arkansas vs. South Carolina-Mississippi winner, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Auburn vs. Texas A&M-Alabama winner, 1 p.m.
Kentucky vs. Missouri–Georgia-Vanderbilt winner, 3:30 p.m.
Tennessee vs. Mississippi State-LSU winner, 7 p.m.
Florida vs. Arkansas–South Carolina-Mississippi winner, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Auburn–Texas A&M-Alabama winner vs. Kentucky–Missouri–Georgia-Vanderbilt winner, 1 p.m.
Tennessee–Mississippi State-LSU winner vs. Florida–Arkansas–South Carolina-Mississippi winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 11

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Southern Conference

At U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, N.C.

First round
Friday, March 2

The Citadel 78, VMI 70
Chattanooga 89, Samford 79

Saturday, March 3

UNC Greensboro 72, The Citadel 58
Wofford 73, Mercer 53
East Tennessee State 77, Chattanooga 59
Furman 97, Western Carolina 73

Sunday, March 4

UNC Greensboro 56, Wofford 55
East Tennessee State 63, Furman 52

Monday, March 5

UNC Greensboro 62, East Tennessee State 47

Southland Conference

At The Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

First round
Wednesday, March 7

New Orleans vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6 p.m.
Lamar vs. Central Arkansas, 8:30 p.m.

Second round
Thursday, March 8

Sam Houston State vs. New Orleans-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi winner, 6 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin vs. Lamar-Central Arkansas winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Southeastern Louisiana vs. Sam Houston State–New Orleans-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi winner, 6 p.m.
Nicholls vs. Stephen F. Austin–Lamar-Central Arkansas winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 9 p.m.

Southwestern Athletic Conference

First round
Tuesday, March 6

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 77, Mississippi Valley State 73
Southern 62, Jackson State 60
Texas Southern 90, Alabama State 76
Prairie View A&M 87, Alcorn State 71

At The Delmar Center, Houston

Friday, March 9
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Southern, 3:30 p.m.
Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern, 9:30 p.m.

At The Delmar Center, Houston
Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 5 p.m.

Summit League

At Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

First round
Saturday, March 3
South Dakota State 66, Western Illinois 60
South Dakota 87, Omaha 73

Sunday, March 4
North Dakota State 86, Fort Wayne 82
Denver 90, Oral Roberts 88

Monday, March 5

South Dakota State 78, North Dakota State 57
South Dakota 76, Denver 58

Tuesday, March 6

South Dakota State 97, South Dakota 87

Sun Belt Conference

At Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

First round
Wednesday, March 7

Coastal Carolina vs. Texas State, 12:30 p.m.
Appalachian State vs. Little Rock, 3 p.m.
Troy vs. South Alabama, 6 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe vs. Arkansas State, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Coastal Carolina-Texas State winner, 12:30 p.m.
Texas-Arlington vs. Appalachian State-Little Rock winner, 3 p.m.
Georgia State vs. Troy-South Alabama winner, 6 p.m.
Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana-Monroe-Arkansas State winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Louisiana-Lafayette–Coastal Carolina-Texas State winner vs. Texas-Arlington–Appalachian State-Little Rock winner, 12:30 p.m.
Georgia State–Troy-South Alabama winner vs. Georgia Southern–Louisiana-Monroe-Arkansas State winner, 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 11

Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.

West Coast Conference

At Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

First round
Friday, March 2

Loyola Marymount 78, Portland 72
Pepperdine 85, Santa Clara 69

Saturday, March 3

BYU 85, San Diego 79
San Francisco 71, Pacific 70 (OT)
Gonzaga 83, Loyola Marymount 69
Saint Mary’s 69, Pepperdine 66

Monday, March 5

Gonzaga 88, San Francisco 60
BYU 85, Saint Mary’s 72

Tuesday, March 6

Gonzaga 74, BYU 54

Western Athletic Conference

At Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

First round
Thursday, March 8

Grand Canyon vs. Missouri-Kansas City, 3 p.m.
Utah Valley vs. CSU Bakersfield, 5:30 p.m.
New Mexico State vs. Chicago State, 9 p.m.
Seattle vs. UT Rio Grande Valley, 11:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Grand Canyon-UMKC winner vs. Utah Valley-CSU Bakersfield winner, 9 p.m.
New Mexico State-Chicago State winner vs. Seattle-UT Rio Grande Valley winner, 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Semifinal winners, 10 p.m.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: TCU women upset No. 7 Texas 79-77 on Kianna Ray’s late FTs

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Ae’Rianna Harris scored 13 points and Purdue held Rutgers to 10 points in the first half en route to a 47-33 win on Wednesday night that ended the No. 21 Scarlet Knights’ 11-game winning streak.

Andreona Keys added 10 points for the Boilermakers (11-7, 2-2 Big Ten Conference), who spoiled Rutgers’ first appearance in the Top 25 since March of 2015.

The Scarlet Knights made the first and last basket of the first period and missed 10 to trail 10-4 after one quarter. Their shooting in the second quarter was 3 for 12 and the Boilermakers scored the last seven to lead 25-10. Rutgers’ shooting was 5 of 24 (21 percent), including 0 for 9 from 3-point range.

The highlight of the night for Rutgers (16-3, 4-1) was their last basket of the first half, scored by Tyler Scaife at the 4:36 mark that pushed the fifth-year senior into the exclusive 2,000-point club.

The Scarlet Knights made five field goals in each of the last two quarters. Ciani Cryor made a long shot that made it 41-33 with 1:01 to play but Purdue scored the last six points of the game. Rutgers’ second-half totals were 1 of 11 from distance, 10 of 32 overall (31 percent) for final 1 of 20 behind the arc and 15 of 56 overall (27 percent).

Both teams had 20 turnovers and Purdue shot just 24 percent in the second half and 33 percent (16 of 48) overall.



LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Naomi Davenport hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Teana Muldrow had 19 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals to help the No. 15 West Virginia women defeat Kansas 74-54 on Wednesday night.

Katrina Pardee added 15 points and senior Chania Ray had 12 points and a season-high tying 10 assists for West Virginia (15-2, 3-2 Big 12). The Mountaineers have won five in a row against Kansas (11-5, 2-3).

Davenport hit two 3s, while Muldrow and Pardee scored five points apiece, during a 16-1 run that gave West Virginia a 52-33 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Kylee Kopatich sandwiched a 3-point play and a layup around two free throws by Tyler Johnson as the Jayhawks scored the first seven fourth-quarter points to trim their deficit to 55-44. Muldrow had nine points from there as the Mountaineers pulled away.

Kopatich had 17 points and Austin Richardson scored 10 on 4-of-16 shooting for Kansas. The Jayhawks shot just 35 percent (19 of 54) from the field, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range.

West Virginia scored 24 points off 17 Kansas turnovers.


TCU 79, No.7  TEXAS 77

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU guard Kianna Ray stood at the free throw line with 6 seconds left and a chance to beat her hometown team.

Ray made both free throws, giving the Horned Frogs a huge upset, 79-77 over No. 7 Texas on Wednesday night for their first win over a Top 10 team in more than eight years.

“I really wasn’t,” said Ray, the sophomore from Austin, when asked what she was thinking then. “We shoot those every day. … Just take deep breaths and shoot it like I do every time.”

Ray was fouled by Ariel Atkins on a drive to the basket. That came after Atkins tied the game, and the second time in the final 38 seconds the two traded baskets. Atkins had made a short runner in the lane before Ray’s open 3-pointer put Frogs up 77-75.

TCU (11-5, 2-3 Big 12) had lost its last 13 games against ranked teams, and hadn’t beaten a Top 10 team since a 56-54 home victory over No. 10 Texas A&M on Dec. 12, 2009.

“It’s just a fun win. It’s a fun win, and I don’t really know how you can define a signature victory in the moment,” fourth-year TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “I think you have to see what happens after it. So we’re just going to love on it right now and go to work.”

Atkins had 25 points to lead Texas (13-2, 4-1), which had won six in a row since its only loss at Tennessee a month earlier. Lashann Higgs had 18 points, though her desperation 3 at the buzzer was way off the mark, and Audrey-Ann Cardon-Goudreaux had 11.

“I’m not shocked at all, actually,” Higgs said. “We didn’t come to play. We didn’t play defense like we know how to play.”

The Longhorns had a 10-point lead late in the first quarter, and then trailed by 12 before halftime. They led 69-64 with 4 1/2 minutes left after consecutive jumpers by Atkins.

“They played with more urgency and a lot more passion to win,” Texas coach Karen Aston said. “We played in spurts. … Really good in some spurts and disinterested in some spurts.”


Durr’s offense helps spark record start for No. 3 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr credits her Louisville women’s basketball teammates for creating opportunities that have allowed the junior guard to score from all over the court.

Durr is putting up career-best offensive numbers while making sure other Cardinals are involved. Their unselfish philosophy is one reason they’re unbeaten and enjoying the best start in school history — and have an eye on winning the national championship.

Louisville’s chances begin with Durr, who’s showing growth on the defensive end as well.

“I don’t want to be one-dimensional, just a pure scorer,” Durr said. “I want to be a player who passes the ball well, who can rebound the ball well and can guard. I’m trying to become a player who can do more than one thing.”

The Douglasville, Georgia, native is succeeding in many areas for Louisville (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which seeks its third Final Four appearance under coach Jeff Walz and first since 2013. Durr began the week tied for 31st nationally in scoring at 20.2 points per game, an average jump-started by her school-record 47-point performance in the Cardinals’ 95-90 overtime win at then-No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 12.

Durr shot 9 of 15 from long range against the Buckeyes and offered a hint that this season could be different for her and Louisville. The first team all-ACC selection has remained accurate from behind the arc and ranks seventh nationally in 3-point shooting at nearly 48 percent, with her 56 baskets on 118 attempts tying for 10th.

“I really worked on my shot,” said Durr, who is currently 13th in career scoring at Louisville with 1,378 points. “My teammates are doing a really great job of finding me on the court and the staff is doing a great job of putting together a great game plan to give my teammates a chance to find me on the court.”

Durr’s 47-percent shooting is more than five points better than last season and her solid defensive numbers have held steady. Her approach to defense is what pleases Walz most.

“She has taken pride in that, but defensively is where I’ve been impressed,” the coach said of Durr, who averaged a team-best 12.7 points playing under him last summer on the U.S. Under-23 squad. She also participated in the National Team camp with teammate and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen.

Walz added, “She is rebounding the ball better. All of the things that you might not look at first on the stat sheet, she’s really focusing on.”

Good as Durr has been, the Cardinals’ depth and selflessness means she doesn’t have to do everything.

Hines-Allen, a two-time All-ACC selection, is having another strong season at 13.2 points per game. Louisville’s three other starters — forwards Sam Fuerhing and Jazmine Jones and junior point guard Arica Carter — average from 6.5 to 8.9 points per contest. Freshman reserve guard Dana Evans has a team-high 71 assists.

The Cardinals’ rotation can go 10 deep, flexibility they’ll need in Thursday night’s ACC showdown against No. 2 Notre Dame (15-1, 4-0). The Irish’s lone loss came against top-ranked UConn, which Louisville visits on Feb. 12.

Louisville has lost its last 11 to the Irish and is 4-14 lifetime against them. As Walz tries to focus on big-picture goals for his team, he acknowledges this meeting’s importance towards the Cardinals’ hopes of winning its first ACC title.

Then again, wins against Top 25 opponents this season — Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and Duke — have Louisville believing it can beat powerhouse programs and establish itself as a title contender.

Durr sets the tone for the Cardinals.

She has combined for 30 first-quarter points the past two contests, demonstrating the green light Walz has given her.

“Sometimes he has to tell me to stop shooting,” Durr said, laughing. “But it’s a good thing when he has to tell a player to stop because that means you’re being very aggressive.”

Louisville is hoping all those good things happening for Durr — and the Cardinals — continue.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Rutgers back in AP women’s hoops poll; UConn still No. 1

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NEW YORK (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, C. Vivian Stringer has Rutgers back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers was last ranked on March 2, 2015.

There was a time not so long ago when Rutgers was a staple in the Top 25, but the team went through some lean years before returning to the rankings. Rutgers is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround after going 6-24 last season.

“To go to the low depths we did and to show that perseverance and fight we have is great,” Stringer said. “We had to build everything from scratch. It showed me a lot about myself. I never gave up. We had more resolve to fight.”

The Scarlet Knights visit Purdue on Wednesday.

UConn remained a unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel after cruising to two victories last week. The Huskies were followed in the rankings by Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor. Louisville hosts the Irish on Thursday.

South Carolina dropped from fourth to ninth after losing at Missouri on Sunday while the Tigers moved up three spots to 12th. It’s the Gamecocks’ worst ranking since Jan. 20, 2014.

Tennessee, Texas and Oregon are in front of the Gamecocks while Ohio State rounds out the top 10.

Green Bay also re-entered the poll this week at No. 25. Stanford and Villanova dropped out.

Other tidbits from the poll:

BIG TEN REVIVAL: With Rutgers’ return, the Big Ten has five teams in the Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2015. Ohio State is 10th, Maryland 11th, Iowa tied for 18th, Rutgers 21st and Michigan 23rd.

“It’s huge,” Stringer said of having so many ranked teams. “I try to treat this as I would the Big East with Notre Dame, Louisville, Connecticut, Rutgers. We had a monster there. If we can continue to play well, the NCAA would consider us to be a strong conference and we’ll get all five schools in.”

MIGHTY DUCKS: After sweeping Southern California and UCLA, Oregon has moved up a spot to eighth, which is the Ducks’ highest ranking ever. The Ducks had been as high as ninth in 1982 and again this season.

“That’s neat,” coach Kelly Graves said. “We don’t talk about it as a team, but it means we had a hell of a weekend.”

Oregon swept the Los Angeles schools for the first time in school history. It is 15-2 on the season, with the losses coming against Louisville and Mississippi State.

“I wouldn’t have guessed we’d be 15-2 against the 13th-toughest schedule in the country at this point with the youngest team in the Top 25. … We’re better right now than I thought we’d be. I got some gritty kids and they’re tough mentally.”


AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 10



1 UConn 13-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 15-1 747 0 32 2
3 Louisville 18-0 741 0 32 3
4 Mississippi State 17-0 702 0 32 5
5 Baylor 14-1 661 0 32 6
6 Tennessee 15-0 641 0 32 7
7 Texas 13-1 617 0 32 8
8 Oregon 15-2 559 0 32 9
9 South Carolina 13-2 557 0 32 4
10 Ohio State 15-2 520 0 32 10
11 Maryland 15-2 476 0 32 13
12 Missouri 14-2 426 0 32 15
13 Florida State 14-2 373 0 32 11
14 UCLA 11-4 367 0 32 14
15 West Virginia 14-2 320 0 31 12
16 Duke 12-4 280 0 31 17
17 Texas A&M 13-4 275 0 31 19
18 Arizona State 13-3 227 0 32 25
18 Iowa 15-2 227 0 30 18
20 Oklahoma State 12-3 224 0 30 20
21 Rutgers 16-2 139 0 27 NR
22 Oregon State 11-4 136 0 27 16
23 Michigan 13-4 115 0 27 22
24 California 11-4 67 0 18 23
25 Green Bay 12-2 51 0 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Villanova 49, Stanford 30, South Florida 24, Syracuse 22, Georgia 10, Marquette 5, LSU 4, Utah 3, Brown 2, Ball State 1, Belmont 1, Mercer 1

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Cunningham leads No. 15 Missouri to upset of No. 4 Gamecocks

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham was too much for South Carolina to handle for the second straight year, scoring 27 points to lead No. 15 Missouri to an 83-74 victory over the fourth-ranked Gamecocks on Sunday.

Cunningham, who suffered a right knee sprain last week and sat out Missouri’s loss to LSU on Thursday, returned with a knee brace but showed no ill effects. She made 9 of 10 shots from the field and had seven assists and six rebounds.

Last year, Cunningham scored 26 points and hit the winning shot in Missouri’s home victory over the eventual national champions.

The Tigers (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 56.3 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from 3-point range. Amber Smith had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Bianca Jackson and Tyasha Harris led the Gamecocks (13-2, 2-1) with 14 points each.


ATLANTA (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points, Jackie Young added 14 and Notre Dame had no trouble winning its eighth straight game with a victory over Georgia Tech.

Despite injuries reducing their roster to seven scholarship players and three walk-ons, the Fighting Irish (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a dominant inside game to put Georgia Tech away early with a 30-point halftime lead.

Kaylan Pugh had 17 points and Francesca Pan scored 11, but they were the only Yellow Jackets to finish in double figures. Georgia Tech (12-5, 1-3) gave itself no chance, missing 22 of their first 27 shots from the field and looking nothing like the team that played No. 3 Louisville tough in a narrow home loss Dec. 28.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 21 points to lead Louisville to a victory over Virginia Tech.

The Cardinals (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made their first seven shots to jump out to a 16-2 lead midway through the first quarter. Durr made her first five shots and scored 16 in the first period.

Regan Magarity scored 14 points to lead the Hokies (12-4, 1-2).


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 31 points and 20 rebounds to help Mississippi State stay unbeaten with a victory against LSU.

McCowan scored Mississippi State’s first nine points after halftime to extend a nine-point lead to 15 after being held to eight in the first half on 3-for-10 shooting. LSU got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. It’s the second time this season McCowan has had at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game.

Morgan William scored 13 points and Chloe Bibby had 10 for Mississippi State (17-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), whose bench outscored LSU’s 16-2.

Chloe Jackson led LSU (10-4, 2-1) with 25 points and Raigyne Louis had 20 despite being limited by foul trouble.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mercedes Russell scored a career-high 33 points as Tennessee came from behind in the second half to outlast Vanderbilt and remain unbeaten.

Vanderbilt (4-13, 0-3 SEC) has never beaten the Lady Vols (15-0, 3-0) at Knoxville in 33 attempts. Tennessee capitalized on its superior size to go on an 11-0 run midway through the second half and withstand an unexpected challenge from the Commodores.

Russell already had outscored her previous career high of 26 points by the end of the third quarter and ended up shooting 14 of 20 and pulling down eight rebounds. Cheridene Green shot 7 of 8 and scored 17 points — also a career high — and Jaime Nared added 15 points.


MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored 26 points and Texas used a big run to start the second half to beat Kansas State.

Even with leading scorer Brooke McCarty having a rough shooting day as she scored just nine points, the Longhorns (13-1, 4-0 Big 12) had enough to beat the Wildcats.

Kayla Goth scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats (1-3).

No. 9 OREGON 70, No. 14 UCLA 61

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ruthy Hebard scored 19 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 18 and Maite Cazorla 17 in Oregon’s victory over UCLA.

The Ducks (15-2, 4-0) won for the seventh consecutive game and remained perfect in conference play.

Oregon senior Lexi Bando hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 58 seconds left to give the Ducks a 63-59 lead and iced the game with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left. Bando has the best active career 3-point shooting percentage in the NCAA at 45.7.

The Bruins (11-4, 2-2) had won a school-record 20 consecutive home Pac-12 games.

Monqiue Billings led UCLA with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordin Canada added 19 points.

No. 10 OHIO STATE 78, No. 22 MICHIGAN 71, OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 37 points, carrying Ohio State through the final minutes of regulation and leading the Buckeyes to a victory over Michigan.

Mitchell scored Ohio State’s final nine points of the fourth quarter, then added nine more in the extra session, outdueling Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty in a matchup of two of the nation’s best scorers. Flaherty had 22 points and eight assists, and Hallie Thome added 27 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines (13-4, 2-2 Big Ten).


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Miranda Drummond scored a career-high 38 points, including 11 straight late in the fourth quarter that lifted Syracuse to a win over Florida State.

Drummonod’s 3-point play put the Orange (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on top 58-56, the 13th lead change, with 7½ minutes to go. She followed that with a layup and then hit a pair of 3-pointers for a 66-56 lead at the 2:42 mark.

The Seminoles (14-3, 2-1), who had won four straight, got four quick points but Drummond nailed her seventh 3-pointer and the Orange made 7 of 10 free throws in the last 69 seconds to finish the upset.


MORGANTOWN, Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and West Virginia beat Iowa State.

Along with Davenport’s fourth double-double this season, Chania Ray added 13 points and eight rebounds and Teana Muldlrow had 14 boards to go with nine points. The Mountaineers (14-2, 2-2 Big-12) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Bridget Carleton scored 14 points for Iowa State (7-8, 1-3), which swept the Mountaineers last season before West Virginia went on to win the Big 12 Tournament.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kristen Confroy, Kaila Charles and Eleanna Christinaki combined for 22 points in the first half when Maryland took a 19-point lead on its way to a victory over Wisconsin for the Terrapins’ 13th straight victory.

Maryland is only team in the country that came in with seven players averaging double figures and that balance was evident Sunday. Christinaki finished with 14 points, Confroy 12 on four 3-pointers and Charles 10 with Ieshia Small adding 13, 10 in the second half for the Terps (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten). Maryland shot 46 percent and made 9 of 21 3-point attempts while outrebounding Wisconsin 42-25.

Courtney Fredrickson scored 12 points and Marsha Howard had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Badgers (7-10, 0-4).


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Simon scored 21 points as USC rallied to beat Oregon State for its first Pac-12 Conference win of the season.

USC (11-4, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. Simon made an open basket inside to give the Trojans a 62-61 lead with 54 seconds left.

Oregon State (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) was down by two but a Katie McWilliams turnover — her only one of the game — against pressure by USC with eight seconds left ensured there would be no last-second heroics for the Beavers.

No. 17 DUKE 69, N.C. STATE 56

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown hit a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points to lead Duke to a win over North Carolina State.

Haley Gorecki added 13 points, making 3 of 4 3-pointers, for the Blue Devils (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had started 0-2 in the conference for the first time since going 0-9 in 1992-93. Brown made 7 of 13 behind the arc and 10 of 21 overall and was 7 of 9 at the foul line, bouncing back from having her 23-game double-figure scoring streak end.

Kiara Leslie and Chelsea Nelson both had 15 points for NC State (12-5, 1-3), which missed its first 11 shots.

No. 18 IOWA 84, ILLINOIS 71

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 34 points with 12 rebounds for her 43rd career double-double, Kathleen Doyle had her second double-double and Iowa turned back Illinois.

Alexis Sevillian matched her career-high with 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers, for the Hawkeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Doyle had 15 points and 10 assists.

Doyle had her first double-double of 13 and 11 on Thursday when Iowa lost at No. 13 Maryland 80-64. In that game, the Hawkeyes had 23 turnovers but against the Illini, they had a season-low seven turnovers and 24 assists on 29 baskets.

Alex Wittinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Illinois (9-9, 0-4), which has lost five straight.

No. 19 TEXAS A&M 82, AUBURN 73

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored a career-high 31 points and Chennedy Carter added 22, combining for 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Texas A&M turned back Auburn.

Danni Williams had 16 points for the Aggies (13-4, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who handed the Tigers (10-5, 1-2) their first home loss of the 2017-18 athletic year in women’s and men’s basketball and football combined.

McKay was 11 of 11 from the foul line and had 25 points for Auburn, which set a school record by making 16 of 16 free throws. Unique Thompson added 22 points.


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin scored 31 points with eight rebounds and five assists to help lead Oklahoma State to a victory over rival Oklahoma.

It was the eighth straight game that Goodwin topped 20 points and her second 30-point outing of the season. Kaylee Jensen added 27 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma State (12-3, 3-1 Big 12), which snapped a three-game losing streak in the intrastate series known as ‘Bedlam.’

Maddie Manning scored 25 points and added eight rebounds, while Vionise Pierre-Louis had 19 points – 15 in the second half – and six rebounds for Oklahoma (7-8, 2-2).


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Mikayla Cowling hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help California beat Arizona.

Cowling’s final 3-pointer, with 4:09 left in the game, gave the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) a 53-45 lead. But it was also their last basket as they missed their only other shot and had four turnovers down the stretch.

The Wildcats (4-11, 0-3), who have lost five straight, only made 2 of 10 shots after Cowling’s basket, but closed within two on two free throws from Sam Thomas with 41 seconds left. Thomas had a steal with 12 seconds left but a final shot wouldn’t fall for Sammy Fatkin.

Thomas and JaLea Bennett both had 13 points for Arizona.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Charnea Johnson-Chapman scored a career-high 16 points and Arizona State beat Stanford.

Reili Richardson added 11 points for the Sun Devils (13-3, 4-0 Pac-12), who won their sixth straight.

Billed as “Snow Day” with fans invited to play in trucked-in snow before the game, frigid shooting doomed the Cardinals. Brittany McPhee and Kiana Williams scored on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 50. After that, the Cardinal went 3 of 18 until making their last three shots in the final 24 seconds.

Williams had 14 points, DiJonai Carrington had 13 and McPhee 12 for the Cardinal (9-7, 3-1), who were outrebounded 47-24.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Collier has 25 points, No. 1 UConn women beat USF 100-49

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Napheesa Collier had 25 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Connecticut remained unbeaten with a 100-49 rout of South Florida on Saturday night.

The Huskies (13-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, shooting 54 percent from the field and hitting the century mark for the fourth time this season while playing stifling defense in holding USF sta, Kitija Laksa scoreless.

Collier made 12 of 15 shots en route to her fourth double of the season and 21st overall. Katie Lou Samuelson sat out much of the first half with three fouls, but finished with 15 points in 22 minutes. Azura Stevens added 15 points off the bench.

Laksa entered the game ranked second in the AAC in scoring at 21.5 points per game. She missed all 11 shots she attempted, including eight 3-pointers.

Laura Ferreira also had a tough night shooting for USF (12-4, 2-1), missing all nine of her 3-points attempts and finishing 1 for 16 for two points. Overall, the Bulls shot 27.8 percent (20 of 72) from the field, including 7 of 31 (22.6 percent) from 3-point range.

No. 6 BAYLOR 83, KANSAS 48

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Dekeiya Cohen had 15 to help Baylor rout Kansas for its 11th straight victory.

The Lady Bears’ Big 12-best defense smothered the Jayhawks, limiting them to 28.6 percent shooting.

Lauren Cox added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Cohen had eight rebounds for Baylor (14-1, 4-0).

Christalah Lyons led Kansas (11-4, 2-2) with 14 points, and Brianna Osorio had 12. Scoring leader Kylee Kopatich was held to seven.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Cazorla hits big 3, leads No. 9 Oregon women past USC 70-66

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maite Cazorla hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:32 left and had 18 points to lead No. 9 Oregon over Southern California 70-66 on Friday night.

The Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) also got 16 points from Sabrina Ionescu, who was 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Cazorla added six assists.

The Trojans (10-4, 0-3) were led by Aliyah Mazyck’s 21 points. USC leading scorer Kristen Simon was scoreless in the first half but finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Ducks. They started the night averaging 89.2 points per game, fourth-most in the country.

No. 14 UCLA 84, No. 16 OREGON STATE 49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Monique Billings scored 19 points and UCLA ended Oregon State’s eight-game winning streak.

Billings was 8 of 12 from the field and had six rebounds and three steals for the Bruins (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12). They have won four of their last five.

Marie Gulich had 16 points for Oregon State (11-3, 2-1).


VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kelly Jekot scored 10 of her 21 points in the decisive third quarter and Villanova beat Xavier.

Jekot hit three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had six assists. Megan Quinn had 10 points, and Alex Louin added eight points and a career-high eight assists for Villanova (12-2, 2-2 Big East).

Jada Byrd scored 12 points for Xavier (8-5, 1-2).


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kianna Ibis scored 26 points and Arizona State beat California.

Jamie Ruden added 14 points, and Robbi Ryan had for 13 for the Sun Devils (12-3, 3-0) in their fifth straight victory.

Asha Thomas had 25 points, and Kristine Anigwe, a junior from Phoenix, added 24 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-14, 1-2).


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams had 12 points each for Stanford.

DiJonai Carrington added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12).

Lucia Alonso scored 15 points Arizona (4-10, 0-3).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Mabrey, Ogunbowale help No. 2 Notre Dame beat Miami

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 20 despite struggling from the field and No. 2 Notre Dame beat Miami 83-76 victory on Thursday night.

Jessica Shepard had 12 points, Jackie Young added 11 and Kathryn Westbeld scored 10 for the Irish (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Ogunbowale hit her first shot and then missed her next 12, going 28 minutes without a basket, before scoring on a rebound and hitting a free throw for a 62-57 Irish lead with 7:28 to play.

Erykah Davenport scored 24 points for Miami (11-4, 1-1).

No. 3 LOUISVILLE 66, No. 17 DUKE 60

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr had 22 points and came back from a first-half leg injury to grab a key rebound late that helped Louisville survive Duke’s fourth-quarter rally.

Louisville (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared in control with a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter. But the Cardinals made just 7 of 26 shots in the second half, allowing Duke (11-4, 0-2) to and get to 63-60 on Haley Gorecki’s 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining.

Gorecki led Duke with a career-high 25 points.


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 25 points and 15 rebounds, Alexis Jennings and Doniyah Cliney had 14 points apiece and defending national champion South Carolina beat Mississippi.

The Gamecocks (13-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had an answer for every Rebel rally and eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter. South Carolina shot 38 percent, including 8 for 27 from 3-point range.

Madinah Muhammad scored 29 points for Rebels (10-5, 0-2).


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 29 points, Morgan William added a season-high 18 and Mississippi State beat Arkansas,

Mississippi State (16-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) broke a fairly tight game open in the third quarter by outscoring Arkansas 30-18. Vivians made all seven of her shots during the run.

Jailyn Mason scored 15 points for Arkansas (10-5, 1-1).


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaime Nared scored 19 points, Evina Westbrook made a tiebreaking basket with 1:43 left and Tennessee outlasted Auburn to remain unbeaten.

Tennessee (14-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) withstood a season-high 28 turnovers and continued its best start since winning its first 18 games in 2005-06

Daisa Alexander scored 16 points for Auburn (10-4, 1-1). The Tigers have won seven in a row.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored 25 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 for Ohio State.

Mavunga was sensational in hitting 11 of her 15 shots from the floor and grabbing five rebounds before leaving the game with 7:49 left.

Ohio State (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its seventh in a row, including all six games in the month of December. Destiny Pitts led Minnesota (12-4, 1-2) with 28 points.


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored a career-high 18 points and Florida State beat Clemson for the 17th straight time.

The Seminoles (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight since their 87-72 loss at No. 8 Texas on Dec. 17. Alexis Carter had 16 points for Clemson (10-5, 0-2).

No. 13 MARYLAND 80, No. 18 IOWA 64

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter, and Blair Watson had nine of her 13 in the fourth quarter for Maryland.

Maryland (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten) won its 12th straight and ended Iowa’s winning streak at seven.

Megan Gustafson had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iowa (14-2, 2-1).

LSU 69, No. 15 MISSOURI 65.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Chloe Jackson scored 22 points, including four free throws in the last 10.4 seconds, and LSU ended Missouri’s 13-game winning streak.

With Amber Smith scoring 16 of her career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) erased most of an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but LSU (10-3, 2-0) made 8 of 10 free throws to hold on.

Jordan Frericks had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Missouri.

No. 19 TEXAS A&M 74, KENTUCKY 70

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored 20 points and Danni Williams added 19 in Texas A&M’s victory over Kentucky.

The Aggies (12-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a 61-59 loss to No. 4 South Carolina in on Sunday. Maci Morris scored 22 points for Kentucky (8-8, 0-2).


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, Hallie Thome added 20 points and Michigan gave coach Kim Barnes Arico the most wins in school history.

The Wolverines (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) never trailed en route to giving Barnes Arico her 124th win in six seasons. Barnes Arico had been tied with Sue Guevara.

Courtney Frederickson had 16 points for Wisconsin (7-9, 0-3).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 1 UConn women stay perfect, rout ECU 96-35

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut routed East Carolina 96-35 on Wednesday.

Gabby Williams added 18 points, Napheesa Collier had 14 points and Azura Stevens matched a season high with 16 rebounds for the Huskies (12-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference).

They shot 53 percent and scored 31 points off the Pirates’ 20 turnovers while extending their Division I record road winning streak to 42 and winning their 142nd in a row against unranked opponents.

Alex Frazier and Destiny Campbell had eight points apiece for East Carolina (8-7, 0-2).


WACO, Texas (AP) — Natalie Chou had 17 points and hit five of Baylor’s 12 3-pointers and the Lady Bears overwhelmed Iowa State.

Dekeiya Cohen and Lauren Cox each scored 14 points, and Kalani Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season. Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) started the game with a 10-0 run and won its 10th straight. The Lady Bears led by 18 points after the first quarter and had their largest halftime lead ever in a Big 12 game at 52-16.

Bridget Carleton led Iowa State (7-7, 1-2) with 15 points and five rebounds.

No. 8 TEXAS 84, No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 79

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — LaShann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points and Brooke McCarty added 21 to help Texas rally late to beat Oklahoma State.

Texas (12-1, 3-0) shot 56 percent and went 12 of 13 from the free throw after not getting to the line until there were less than three minutes left in the third quarter.

Braxtin Miller scored 23 points for Oklahoma State (11-3, 2-1 Big 12), and Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen each had 20 points.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Peyton Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kaylee Page scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and Kansas State handed West Virginia its second straight loss.

The Wildcats (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) had lost three straight. Teama Muldrow had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (13-2, 1-2). They had won 10 straight at home.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Stanford back in AP women’s hoops poll; UConn still No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — One week after seeing its 17-year run in the poll end, Stanford is back in the Top 25.

The Cardinal re-entered the poll at No. 24 on Monday after beating then-No. 11 UCLA and Southern California. Stanford fell out of the poll last week after being ranked in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for 312 consecutive weeks.

It was tied for the third longest streak in the history of the poll.

UConn remained the unanimous No. 1 choice from the 32-member national media panel. The top eight remained unchanged with Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Baylor, Tennessee and Texas following the Huskies.

Oregon moved up a spot to ninth and Ohio State is 10th.

Arizona State came back into the poll at No. 25 while South Florida and Green Bay dropped out of the rankings.

The Cardinal and Sun Devils play in Arizona on Sunday.

Other tidbits from the poll:

FALLING PHOENIX: Green Bay fell out of the poll after losing to Northern Kentucky (3-10) this week. It was the first time that the Norse had beaten the Phoenix in program history.

UNBEATENS: And then there were four. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee are the final four undefeated teams left. Louisville is off to the best start in program history with a 16-0 mark after Sunday’s win over N.C. State.

“I’ve really been proud of our kids, the fight that they’ve shown,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “Now we’ve got to continue to grow.”

UConn visits East Carolina on Wednesday and South Florida on Saturday. Louisville hosts No. 17 Duke and Virginia Tech this week. Mississippi State plays Arkansas and LSU. Tennessee hosts Auburn and Vanderbilt.


 NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu closed out 2017 with a record performance.

Oregon’s sophomore guard had her NCAA record eighth career triple-double in the 10th-ranked Ducks victory over Washington on Sunday.

She had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks win their fifth straight game. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.

“It’s pretty surreal to be honest,” Ionescu said. “I don’t think I’ve really realized that I just broke it, but I’m just happy that we won and got better.”

Penn State’s Suzie McConnell (128 games) and Louella Tomlinson (125) of Saint Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.

It was Ionescu’s fourth triple-double in 15 games this season.

“As long as we continue to win, that’s what’s important to me,” she said. “The triple-doubles just come.

“Coach (Kelly Graves) was joking that I almost got a quadruple-double with my (seven) turnovers, so maybe I should have turned it over a little more and set another record.”

Ionescu’s efforts helped Graves win his 500th game.

Other tidbits from the week:

WINNING IN ATHENS: Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer walked out of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum with a win Sunday for the first time in 21 years.

“I have never won here,” said Schaefer, speaking of his time as an assistant coach and as a head coach. “It is good to finally walk off with a victory.”

Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 5 team to an 86-62 victory. It was Mississippi State’s first win in Athens, Georgia, since a 72-71 squeaker in 2002.

POLL WATCH: One week after dropping out of the poll for the first time in 17 years, Stanford most likely will come back into the Top 25 after victories over No. 11 UCLA and Southern California.

SLAYING THE PHOENIX: Northern Kentucky beat No. 19 Green Bay on Saturday for the first time in program history after five losses since 2016.

AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 9


1 UConn 11-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 13-1 750 0 32 2
3 Louisville 16-0 736 0 32 3
4 South Carolina 12-1 680 0 32 4
5 Mississippi State 15-0 677 0 32 5
6 Baylor 12-1 634 0 32 6
7 Tennessee 13-0 619 0 32 7
8 Texas 11-1 600 0 32 8
9 Oregon 13-2 515 0 32 10
10 Ohio State 13-2 485 0 32 12
11 Florida State 13-1 455 0 32 13
12 West Virginia 13-1 453 0 32 9
13 Maryland 13-2 420 0 32 15
14 UCLA 10-3 371 0 32 11
15 Missouri 13-1 362 0 32 16
16 Oregon State 11-2 323 0 32 17
17 Duke 11-3 291 0 31 14
18 Iowa 14-1 228 0 32 23
19 Texas A&M 11-4 172 0 28 22
20 Oklahoma State 11-2 161 0 27 24
21 Villanova 11-1 126 0 28 18
22 Michigan 12-3 105 0 25 21
23 California 10-3 94 0 22 20
24 Stanford 8-6 85 0 18 NR
25 Arizona State 11-3 67 0 18 NR

Others Receiving Votes: South Florida 65, Rugers 47, Green Bay 46, Miami 14, New Mexico 14, Syracuse 3, Georgia Tech 3, North Carolina State 2, Brown 1, Virginia Tech 1, DePaul 1, Navy 1

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: McCarty leads No. 8 Texas past No. 9 West Virginia

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Williams scored 20 points, making all 10 of her shots, to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed Memphis 97-49 in the conference opener for both teams Sunday.

Kia Nurse had 16 points and Napheesa Collier added 14 for the Huskies (11-0) who have never lost in 83 American Athletic Conference games.

The win was their 71st straight conference win in the regular season to go along with all four post-season tournament titles.

Brea Elmore had 20 points for Memphis (5-9), which came into the game on a four-game winning streak.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points and Marina Mabrey added 22 to help Notre Dame beat Wake Forest.

The Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC) made their first six shots en route to taking a 24-6 lead late in the first quarter. Notre Dame shot 56 percent from the floor to win its sixth straight game since losing at top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 3.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Wake Forest (8-6, 0-1), which was led by Elisa Penna’s 24 points.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Louisville beat North Carolina State.

Asia Durr also scored 17 points for the Cardinals (16-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a program record for most consecutive wins to start a season. With its 16th consecutive victory, Louisville tied the 2013-14 team for the longest winning streak in program history.

Louisville began the game on a 26-1 run as N.C. State missed its first 24 shots from the field. The Cardinals led 41-18 midway through the third quarter and held on after their lead was trimmed to 47-43 late in the fourth.

Kiara Leslie scored 18 points to lead N.C. State (12-3, 1-1).

No. 4 SOUTH CAORLINA 61, No. 22 TEXAS A&M 59

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1.3 seconds left, as South Carolina rallied from 11 points down in the final 13 minutes to upend Texas A&M to open Southeastern Conference play.

The Gamecocks (12-1) looked like they were finished as the Aggies (11-4) took a 47-36 lead on Chennedy Carter’s 3-pointer with 2:32 to play in the third quarter. But South Carolina, behind their 6-foot-5 All-American in Wilson, used a 15-2 spurt to go up 51-49.

Texas A&M was not done. Danni Williams’ jumper with 1:05 to go gave the Aggies a final lead, 59-57, before Wilson tied things with a short jumper in the lane.

After two bad turnovers by the Aggies — a 10-second call and a double-dribble violation by Williams’ as she tried to gather in the ball — Wilson came through once more. She drove across the lane and banked in a short basket for the winning points.

Carter finished with 36 points — 19 of those in the third quarter — but was clearly out of gas as the game wound down. She was 1 of 7 in the final period.


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help Mississippi State remain unbeaten with a win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

McCowan scored nine of Mississippi State’s (15-0, 1-0 SEC) 16 points in the first quarter when not much else was going right. She gathered in 12 of her 13 rebounds in the first half.

Victoria Vivians added 20 points for State while Roshunda Johnson had 16.

Georgia (12-2, 0-1 SEC) got 13 points from Caliya Robinson and 10 apiece from MacKenzie Engram and Haley Clark.


WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Baylor beat Texas Tech.

The Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) turned a one-point deficit in the first quarter into a 25-8 lead with a 17-2 run, and they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Baylor shot 79 percent (11 for 14) in the first quarter and 53 percent for the game (37 for 70).

Lauren Cox added 21 points and nine rebounds for Baylor, which had a 58-30 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Texas Tech 53-21.

Erin DeGrate scored 12 to lead Texas Tech (6-7, 0-2).


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Evina Westbrook scored 17 points, Mercedes Russell added 16 and Tennessee started quickly against Kentucky and didn’t let up in rolling to a victory in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.

Playing their first game since beating then-No. 18 Stanford 10 days ago, the Lady Vols (13-0) scored the game’s first 10 points and led 26-7 after one quarter. Their lead grew to as many as 23 midway through the third as they remained unbeaten while handing the Wildcats (8-7) their sixth consecutive loss.

Maci Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats.

No. 8 TEXAS 79, No. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 58

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored 17 points and Texas beat West Virginia.

Texas (11-1, 2-0 Big 12) held West Virginia scoreless for seven minutes starting late in the second quarter and without a field goal for more than 12 minutes. The Longhorns put together an 18-0 push during that span. Texas led by 30 in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Rellah Boothe scored a season-best 14 points, converting 6 of 8 shots in 13 minutes. Alecia Sutton scored 11 points, while Jatarie White produced 10 points and nine rebounds.

Naomi Davenport led West Virginia (13-1, 1-1) with 20 points.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple-double to lead Oregon to a victory over Washington.

Ionescu had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) to their fifth consecutive win. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.

Penn State’s Suzie McConnell and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.

Ruthy Hebard added 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, and Bando had 20 points.

Amber Melgoza had 23 of her 31 points in the final quarter for the Huskies (6-7, 0-2).

No. 11 UCLA 82, No. 20 CALIFORNIA 46

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Monique Billings scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double and UCLA beat California.

Jordin Canada, who is third in the NCAA in assists (5.8), had 16 points and nine assists for UCLA (10-3, 1-1 Pac-12). Kennedy Burke added 10 points, five assists and four steals as the Bruins had 26 assists on 34 field goals.

The Bruins finished the second quarter on a 13-1 run for a 34-19 halftime lead. The Golden Bears were held without a field goal for 9:25 of the second quarter for a record-low-tying four points.

Kristine Anigwe opened Pac-12 play with back-to back double-doubles to pace Cal (10-3, 1-1). She had 15 points and 10 rebounds.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper turned in double-doubles to lead Ohio State to a victory over Indiana.

Mitchell, the all-time Division-I leader for career 3-pointers, was only 1 of 8 from the arc but 8 of 11 otherwise in passing Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2000-04) for second on the Big Ten’s career scoring list with 2,938 points.

Mavunga had 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for her eighth double-double this season with Harper picking up her sixth with 19 points and 10 boards for the Buckeyes (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten).

Tyra Buss scored 24 points and Kym Royster a career-high 22 for the Hoosiers (7-8, 0-2).


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright sank a school record eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 33 points to propel Florida State to a win over North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Wright missed just four of her 12 shots from behind the arc and finished with 11-for-18 shooing overall as Florida State (13-1) dominated from long range, sinking 10 of 20 while holding North Carolina to just 1 for 13.

Shakayla Thomas added 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

After a tight first quarter, Florida State opened the second quarter with an 18-3 run to make it 41-24 and took a 57-36 advantage into the halftime break.

Janelle Bailey and Paris Kea led North Carolina (10-4) with 17 points apiece.

MIAMI 51, No. 14 DUKE 48

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Erykah Davenport had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Miami picked up a rare win over Duke, outlasting the Blue Devils in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Shaneese Bailey also had 13 points for the Hurricanes (11-3), who are now 3-14 all-time against Duke (11-3), where Miami’s 13-year coach Katie Meier was a standout player. Both teams entered the game with five-game winning streaks.

After Duke’s Leaonna Odom tied the game at 45 with 4:45 remaining, Miami scored its final six points from the foul line, shooting 4 of 6 while going 0 for 3 from the field. Duke missed five straight shots before Lexi Brown swished a 3-pointer from the left corner with 27 seconds left to make it 50-48. The Blue Devils, who lead the ACC at 40 percent behind the arc, were 0 for 8 in the second half and 2 of 14 overall before Brown’s basket.

Duke finished 3 of 16 behind the arc and 19 of 55 overall (24.5 percent) and had 22 turnovers.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and Maryland pulled out a win at Penn State, pushing their win streak to 11 games.

Penn State called a 30-second timeout with 1:19 to go and tied at 65, but were unable to inbound and the turnover resulted in Jones getting fouled and going to the line for the first time. She made both free throws and, after a Penn State miss, the Terps went deep into the shot clock before Jones scored with 12 seconds remaining. Penn State missed two final shots.

Penn State is winless against Maryland since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2015.

Maryland (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) opened conference play by dropping 100 on Illinois Thursday, but the outcome against Penn State (9-6, 0-2) was in doubt until Jones found her shooting touch in the last minute.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jordan Chavis made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Sophie Cunningham added 13 points and Missouri beat Alabama to open SEC play.

Alabama went on an 11-0 run, with eight points from Hannah Cook, to cut Mizzou’s lead to 57-54 with under a minute to play, but Chavis was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds left and made all three free throws for a 60-54 lead.

Lauren Aldridge added two 3-pointers and eight points as Missouri (13-1) was 10 of 22 from distance. The Tigers have won 13 straight since a season-opening 79-76 loss to Western Kentucky.

Cook and Shaquera Wade each scored 11 points for Alabama (10-4).


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles and Oregon State pulled away from Washington State for its eighth-straight win.

Gulich had 22 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and Pivec 10 and 10 for the Beavers (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12), who outscored the Cougars 22-10 in the third quarter after trailing 31-29 at the half.

Chanelle Molina had 13 of her season high 17 points in the first half and Alexys Swedlund added 13 for the Cougars (7-7, 0-2).

No. 23 IOWA 82, No. 21 MICHIGAN 72

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 14th double-double, sophomore Kathleen Doyle set career-highs with 23 points and nine assists, and Iowa beat Michigan.

Iowa (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season when the Hawkeyes opened at 20-1.

Michigan went on a 7-0 run to pull within 64-62 but Iowa answered with an 8-0 spurt, capped by Gustafson’s layup with 1:21 to go. The Hawkeyes’ lead didn’t dip below nine points the rest of the way.

Alexis Sevillian added 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting for Iowa. Gustafson went 11 of 11 from the free-throw line for the second straight game and she was 8 of 9 from the field.

Katelynn Flaherty, ranked seventh nationally with 22.7 points per game, led Michigan (12-3, 1-1) with four 3-pointers and 24 points.


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen had double-doubles and Oklahoma State held on to defeat Kansas State after giving up most of an 18-point lead in the second half.

Goodwin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Jensen 19 and 18 for the Cowgirls (11-2, 2-0 Big 12), who won their fifth straight. Mandy Coleman scored 17.

Coleman opened the game with two 3-pointers and Oklahoma State opened a 10-0 lead on the Wildcats (8-5, 0-2). It was 19-13 after one quarter and a 10-0 run in the second quarter helped stretch the margin to 19 before KSU cut it to 42-26 at the half.

Kayla Goth had 17 points, Peyton Williams 15 and Rachel Ranke 13 for Kansas State.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Maria Jespersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds and South Florida opened American Conference play with a win over Tulane.

Tamara Henshaw and Kitija Laksa added 14 points apiece and Laia Flores had 11 assists for the Bulls (11-3).

Meredith Schulte led the Green Wave (8-6), who had a three-game winning streak snapped, with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Kolby Morgan, who averages 21.8 points, was held to eight on 3-of-19 shooting.

CBB Men’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 11 Kansas wins 27th straight conference opener

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 2 Michigan State rolled to a 111-61 victory over Cleveland State on Friday night, the third straight game for the Spartans with over 100 points.

The Spartans led 63-25 at halftime after shooting 74 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes — including 9 of 13 from 3-point range. Michigan State (13-1) is making short work of the weaker opponents on its schedule. The Spartans scored 107 points against Houston Baptist and 102 against Long Beach State.

Joshua Langford scored 23 points for Michigan State, and Miles Bridges added 18 with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Bobby Word scored 26 points for Cleveland State (3-10) and made seven 3-pointers.


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Teddy Allen scored 15 points to lead six West Virginia players in double figures in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

West Virginia (12-1, 1-0 Big 12), trailed by seven early in the second half, but rode Allen, who scored 13 of his team-high points over the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers, who won their 12th straight, got 13 points from Sagaba Konate, 12 each from Javon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., 11 from Lamont West and 10 from James Bolden in a balanced scoring night.

The Cowboys (10-3, 0-1), the nation’s No. 2 free throw shooting team entering the game, went just 11 of 19 from the line in the second half.

Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine scored 17 points each to lead the Cowboys.

No. 11 KANSAS 92, TEXAS 86

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Devonte’ Graham had 23 points and eight assists, converting six 3-point baskets, for Kansas in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Kansas (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), which converted 17 of 35 3-point attempts, including 11 in the second half, won a conference opener for the 27th consecutive season.

Lagerald Vick scored 21 points, making a career-best five 3s. Svi Myhailiuk added 20 points, hitting five 3-pointers.

Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike had 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for Kansas.

Kansas has won 13 of its last 14 games against Texas, including eight in a row.

Freshman Mohamed Bamba led Texas (9-4, 0-1) with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks, all season bests.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score a career-high 24 pointsa and PJ Washington added 16 for Kentucky in the annual showdown for Bluegrass supremacy.

The Wildcats (10-2) used a 20-6 run to close the first half. Their 24-11 surge over 8:41 built a 67-38 lead that eventually reached 32, a gap helped by 57 percent second-half shooting.

Kentucky earned its biggest series win since a 76-46 rout in the 1999-00 season.

Deng Adel had 13 points for Louisville (10-3).

No. 22 TEXAS TECH 77, No. 18 BAYLOR 53

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 18 points and freshman Zhaire Smith added 15 in his Big 12 debut as Texas Tech won in the conference opener for both teams.

Jarrett Culver finished with 13 points and Niem Stevenson had 11 points and a game-high five assists for the Red Raiders (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) in the first meeting out of 135 with both of these longtime conference rivals ranked.

Mark Vital scored 12 points for the Bears (10-3, 0-1), who were missing Big 12 rebounding leader Jo Lual-Acuil because of a left foot sprain. Baylor was outrebounded 39-21, including 22-8 in the first half while falling behind 40-19.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Shepard’s double-double leads Irish over Syracuse, 87-72

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Junior Jessica Shepard, playing despite a sprained ankle, had 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame pulled away from upset-minded Syracuse for an 87-72 Atlantic Coast Conference victory on Thursday night.

Jackie Young tied her career-high with 23 points, Kathryn Westbeld had 16 with the help of three 3-pointers and Arike Ogunbowale had 12 points for the Irish (12-1).

Sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia had a game-high 26 points, eight assists and nine rebounds to lead Syracuse (12-2). Miranda Drummond added 15 points.


ATLANTA (AP) — Louisville point guard Asia Durr returned to her hometown and scored 38 points, but it took teammate Myisha Hines-Allen’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds remaining for the third-ranked Cardinals to squeak out the win.

The Yellow Jackets (11-3) built a 22-13 lead on a jumper by freshman Kierra Fletcher with 9:55 left in the second quarter only to watch Louisville (15-0) close the period on a 33-12 blitz in which Durr scored 18 points.

Tech was led by reserve guard Kayla Pugh’s 17 points.


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 41 points, and Mississippi State scored the second-most points in school history/

McCowan put together the 12th 40-point game in Mississippi State history and the first since Morgan William scored 41 in last season’s NCAA Tournament. She added 13 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double and ninth this season.

The 112 points were just five shy of the school record set in 1986 against Judson.

The Bulldogs (14-0) put the game away in the second quarter with a 24-0 run.

Kristy Parker had 10 points to lead the Devilettes (0-11).


MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Baylor in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Baylor (10-1, 1-0 Big 12) led 8-0 2:05 into the game, a run that included a technical foul on Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie.

The Lady Bears hammered the Wildcats (8-3, 0-1) in the paint, scoring 48 points inside.

Kansas State’s Kayla Goth had 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 25 points and Texas won at Oklahoma for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Ariel Atkins added 15 points and nine rebounds and Brooke McCarty had 12 points for Texas (10-1, 1-0 Big 12), which had lost its previous seven games at Oklahoma (5-7, 0-1). The Longhorns never trailed and led by as many as 20 points.

Oklahoma had won its last 12 Big 12 openers and is now 19-3 in such games under coach Sherri Coale. The Sooners’ last loss in their league opener was on Jan. 5, 2005, at Texas Tech.

Shaina Pellington scored 16 points and Ana Llanusa and Maddie Manning each added 14 to lead the Sooners.


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Katrina Pardee and Chania Ray combined on two quick baskets in the fourth quarter to finally put No. 9 West Virginia ahead to stay.

Naomi Davenport scored 19 of her career-high 32 points in the first half for the Mountaineers (13-0, 1-0 Big 12). Teana Muldrow had 20 points and 17 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season, while Pardee had 17 points and Ray 11.

Amber Ramirez had 21 points for TCU (9-3, 0-1).


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 24 points, leading four in double figures, the 12th time in 13 games Florida State has had four or more in double figure .

Shakayla Thomas scored 18 points, Chatrice White and Nicki Ekhomu added 14 apiece and Florida State (12-1) shot 51 percent for the game while holding Jacksonville (9-5) to 35 percent shooting.

Jasmyn Brown led Jacksonville with 12 points.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 24 points, Blair Watson had 22 as Maryland opened Big Ten play.

Stephanie Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (12-2), who have won nine straight.

Brandi Beasley had 16 points and Alex Wittinger 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Illini (9-5).


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Audrey Faber and Jaylyn Agnew each scored 19 points and Creighton gave coach Jim Flanery his 300th program win.

Sydney Lamberty’s three-point play off a layup put Creighton (7-4) ahead 39-36 with 5:51 left in the third quarter and the Bluejays never trailed thereafter.

Megan Quinn and Jannah Tucker led Villanova (10-1) with 11 points each.


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had a double-double and Jen Wellnitz had 11 points, including the clinching three-point play with 17.3 seconds left for Green Bay.

Lindstrom had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (11-1), who have won six straight.

Green Bay has won 30-straight conference opening games but the Raiders (9-4) made this one tough on the league favorites.

Chelsea Welch scored 22 points for the Raiders


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty had a school record 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points, Hallie Thome had a double-double and Michigan used a 20-0 run in the first quarter to roll to the win/

It was coach Kim Barnes Arico’s 123rd win in her six seasons with the Wolverines (12-2), who have won eight straight, tying her with current Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara for the most wins at the school.

Flaherty had the previous single-game record for 3-pointers with eight.

Teniya Page had 19 points for the Nittany Lions (9-5).

No. 22 TEXAS A&M 79, SMU 57

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 28 points and Anriel Howard had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Texas A&M.

The Aggies (11-3) rebounded from an 84-62 loss to No. 10 Oregon on Dec. 21.

Kiara Perry scored 11 points to lead SMU (6-7).

No. 23 IOWA 56, WISCONSIN 46

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Iowa to its sixth straight win.

Gustafson was 5 of 12 from the field, made all 11 of her free throws, and collected her 13th double-double of the season and the 40th of her career. Chase Coley added 14 points and Alexis Sevillian had 11 for Iowa (13-1), which is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season.

Suzanne Gilreath scored 11 points to lead Wisconsin (7-7), which has lost three of its last four games.


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kaylee Jensen had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Oklahoma State won its fourth straight.

Jensen was 12 of 16 from the field. Loryn Goodwin added 20 points and Braxtin Miller 17 for Oklahoma State (10-2), which has won nine of its last 10 against the Lady Raiders.

Recee’ Caldwell scored 20 points to lead Texas Tech (6-6), which had its three-game win streak snapped.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Stanford’s 17-year run in AP women’s hoops poll ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford’s 17-year run in the Top 25 is over.

The Cardinal on Monday fell out of The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 consecutive ranked weeks.

The remarkable run started with the 2001-02 preseason poll and ended on Christmas. Stanford (6-6) lost at home last week to Western Illinois and Tennessee to fall to .500 on the season. Five of the Cardinal’s six losses this season have come to teams that were in the top 10 when they played.

“We can schedule it so that we are 12-0 or 10-2. But this team went to the Final Four last year, and that’s the level that we have to get to,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said after an 83-71 loss to No. 7 Tennessee on Dec. 22. “Tennessee wasn’t in the Final Four last year, Baylor wasn’t, Ohio State wasn’t, but those are the teams you have to play to get there. We need our tough schedule to pay off for us.

“But it only pays off if we build on it. Don’t get frustrated. Get mad and go to work. We are looking up at people right now. We need people to look up at where we need to be and embrace that challenge.”

Life doesn’t get easier for the Cardinal, who host No. 11 UCLA and Southern California this week to begin Pac-12 play.

Only UConn, which remained the unanimous No. 1 team as voted on by a 32-member national media panel, has a longer active streak in the poll. The Huskies have been ranked for 458 consecutive weeks. Stanford’s streak is tied for third longest in the history of the poll. Tennessee had the longest run at 565 weeks. Stanford’s mark ties it with Duke.

UConn was followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State. With a light schedule because of the holidays, the top 17 teams stayed the same.

Oklahoma State replaced the Cardinal in the poll, coming in at No. 24.

Other tidbits from the poll:


The Southeastern Conference has five teams ranked, while the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten each have four. The American Athletic Conference has two while the Big East and Horizon League have one team apiece. Conference play begins this week.


With Stanford falling out of the poll, Baylor now owns the second-longest active run in the poll at 267 consecutive weeks. Notre Dame is third with 201, Maryland 142 and South Carolina 100.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: No. 1 UConn beats Duquesne 104-52 in Toronto

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TORONTO (AP) — Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33 points, Kia Nurse had 24 and No. 1 UConn posted its biggest victory of the season, routing Duquesne 104-52 on Friday.

Samuelson made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, including seven straight in the second and third quarters for the Huskies (10-0) before taking the rest of the night off.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Nurse. The senior forward from Hamilton, Ontario, received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd when she was introduced as UConn’s final starter, and another when she checked out with 3:24 remaining and her team leading 98-50. Nurse finished with five rebounds and two assists. She was 9 for 11 from the field.

Chassidy Omogrosso scored 15 points and Libby Bazelak had 14 for Duquesne (10-3), which had won eight in a row.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and eight rebounds in Oregon’s victory over Hawaii in the Duel in the Desert.

Ruthy Hebard hit 8 of 10 shots and finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the Ducks (11-2). Julissa Tago had 11 points for the Rainbow Wahine (6-6).


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 27 points to lead Missouri to its 12th straight victory.

Cunningham was 8 of 11 from the field, with three 3-pointers, and 8 of 8 from the foul line for the Tigers (12-1). Brandi Beasley had 14 points for the Illini (9-5).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Davenport leads No. 10 West Virginia past Radford, 75-55

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 20 points to lead No. 10 West Virginia to a 75-55 victory over Radford on Saturday.

The Mountaineers improved to 10-0 for the second straight season.

Teana Muldrow, the nation’s sixth-leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, added 12 points and 13 rebounds for West Virginia. Kristina King and Katrina Pardee had 11 points apiece.

Khiana Johnson led Radford (4-4) with 17 points, and Jayda Worthy added 11.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Aleah Goodman had 17 points and Oregon State beat UC Santa Barbara in the Dam City Classic at the Moda Center.

Kat Tudor added 14 points to help the Beavers (7-2) run their winning streak to five. Tal Sahar led the Gauchos (1-8) with 11 points and seven rebounds.


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 14 points and Stanford rolled past UNLV.

Alanna Smith and Maya Dodson both added 11 points for the Cardinal (6-4). Brooke Johnson had 19 points for UNLV (5-4).


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Karly Murphy scored a career-high 18 points and Allie LeClaire added 15 to help Green Bay beat Bradley.

Frankie Wurtz added 12 points for the Phoenix (9-1). Shunseere Kent had 12 points for Bradley (5-4).


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 21 points, Hallie Thome added 18 and Michigan cruised to its sixth straight victory.

The Wolverines (10-2) scored the first 10 points and led 21-2 after the first quarter. Jaelencia Williams had 13 points for Fort Wayne (3-8).


BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mikayla Cowling scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half and California routed BYU.

Cal (8-2) has won four of its last five games by 20 or more points, and is 5-0 against West Coast Conference teams. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee scored 10 points for BYU (4-6).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Carter scores school-record 46 points for No. 19 Texas A&M

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman Chennedy Carter made a jumper from the baseline with 9 seconds left for the last of her school-record 46 points in No. 19 Texas A&M’s 75-74 victory over Southern California on Friday night.

Carter scored 15 points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting and finished 17 of 28 from the field for the Aggies (9-2).

USC’s Aliyah Mazyck missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left but it didn’t fall. Sadie Edwards had 20 points for USC (8-1), and Kristen Simon added 18.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa made 11 3-pointers and scored 40 points — both career highs — to help South Florida beat Southern.

Laksa made 11 straight 3s after missing on her first attempt, and added six rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals for the Bulls (8-2). She was 13 of 16 from the field overall and made all three of her free throws.

Laia Flores had with 14 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, and Alyssa Rader added 13 points and with six rebounds. Briana Green led the Jaguars (1-7) with 18 points and five rebounds.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State scored 33 straight points to rout Dartmouth.

The Buckeyes (10-2) led 58-51 with four minutes left in the third quarter and extended to 91-51 on Makayla Waterman’s free throw with 6:30 left in the game. The Big Green (7-3) missed nine straight shots and committed seven turnovers during the stretch.

Sierra Calhoun added 20 points for Ohio State, Stephanie Mavunga had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Linnae Harper scored 16 points. Andi Norman had 23 points for Dartmouth, and Kate Letkewicz added 22.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says freshman guard Mikayla Boykin will miss the rest of the season after injuring her left knee.

Team spokesman Lindy Brown said Friday that Boykin was hurt Sunday in the 14th-ranked Blue Devils’ victory over Winthrop.

Boykin averaged 4.6 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals while starting Duke’s first eight games.

She was the Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year in North Carolina last season, averaging 37.4 points for Clinton High School while setting the state high school athletic association’s scoring records for both single game (63 points) and in a season (1,159).

The disclosure of her injury came 10 days after another guard, Kyra Lambert, said she would redshirt this season after tearing a knee ligament last March during the NCAA Tournament.


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CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: McCowan leads No. 5 Mississippi St over No. 9 Oregon 90-79

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help No. 5 Mississippi State beat No. 9 Oregon 90-79 on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-7 McCowan was nearly unstoppable, making 15 of 18 shots from the field. She scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds before halftime and continued to dominate during the second half, scoring after offensive rebounds and off well-timed passes.

She blocked five shots, and 12 of her 19 rebounds were on the offensive end.

Mississippi State (10-0) also got a steallar performance from Victoria Vivians, who scored 30 points, including 26 in the second half. She shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Oregon (8-2) was led by Ruthy Hebard, who had 25 points and seven rebounds. The Ducks lost despite shooting 55 percent from the field.


WACO, Texas (AP) — Kristy Wallace scored 20 points and Baylor opened on a 27-3 run to rout McNeese State.

Kalani Brown had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Didi Richards added 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double with the Lady Bears (9-1), who were playing their first game in eight days.

Natalie Chou scored 17 points, and Moon Ursin pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.

McNeese State (4-5) shot 18 percent (11 of 61) and didn’t make its first 2-point field goal until the 6:53 mark of the second quarter.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ariel Atkins had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in only 21 minutes as Texas beat Northwestern State.

The senior guard made all six of her shots from the field for the Longhorns (8-1). Jatarie White added 15 points in 19 minutes, and Jada Underwood had 11 points.

Freshman Jha’ne Wheeler led Northwestern State (4-5) with a season-best 15 points.

Texas played without injured guard Brooke McCarty, the reigning Big 12 player of the year and the Longhorns’ second-leading scorer behind Atkins. McCarty’s status is day to day.


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec scored 19 points, Marie Gulich had 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Oregon State used a 26-5 second quarter to beat Savannah State.

Joanna Grymek added 16 points for Oregon State (7-2), which had the third-highest attendance (8,280) in program history. Kat Tudor scored all 11 of her points in the first half.

Gulich had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes to help Oregon State build a 45-14 halftime lead.

Kaylee Allen led Savannah State (2-6) with 16 points.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: No. 11 Lady Vols top No. 2 Texas 82-75 to stay unbeaten

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaime Nared had 23 points and 13 rebounds and No. 11 Tennessee outlasted No. 2 Texas 82-75 on Sunday in a physical matchup of unbeaten teams.

Mercedes Russell Russell added 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Tennessee to the 10th 10-0 start in school history and the second in Holly Warlick’s six seasons as coach.

Tennessee maintained a narrow lead throughout the final 19 minutes and overcame some shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch by making seven of its last eight field-goal attempts.

Lashann Higgs scored 13 points for Texas (7-1).


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Morgan William scored a season-high 16 points and Mississippi State overpowered Little Rock to improve to 9-0.

Teaira McCowan added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Victoria Vivians had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs have won 31 straight regular-season nonconference games and 30 nonconference home games in a row.

Monique Townson and Kyra Collier each had 11 points for Little Rock (3-6).


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Katrina Pardee scored a career-high 25 points and West Virginia reached 909 for the second straight season.

Teana Muldrow added 22 points for West Virginia. Genesis Lucas scored 10 of her 15 points in the second quarter for the Eagles (1-9).


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 22 points and Florida State used a big first quarter to turn back Arizona State.

Florida State is 10-0 for the third time ever, and two shy of its best start ever. Shakayla Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles, and AJ Alix added 14 points and 11 assists.

Reili Richardson led the Sun Devils (7-3) with a career-high 18 points.

NO. 14 DUKE 101, WINTHROP 30

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 32 points, Haley Gorecki added a career-high 20 for Duke.

Brown was 14 of 22 from the field, two more field goals than the Eagles had (12 of 46). Gorecki went 7 of 11, including 5 of 7 behind the arc for the Blue Devils (8-2), who shot 61 percent for the game.

Kayla Brown had 12 points for Winthrop (1-8).


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham had a career-high seven 3-pointers and a season-high 35 points and Missouri rolled to its ninth straight victory.

Cunningham was 11-of-16 shooting with all five of her misses for the Tigers (9-1) coming from 3-point range. Gwen Adams led the Cougars (3-5) with 12 points.


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marie Gulich scored 22 points, Taylor Kalmer had 19 and Oregon State broke 100 points for the first time since 2015.

Kat Tudor added 15 points for the Beavers (6-2). Myzhanique Ladd matched her career high with 19 points for the Spartans (2-7).


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Endia Banks had 13 points and eight assists and Miami handed Kentucky its second straight loss.

Erykah Davenport added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Hurricanes (6-3). Maci Morris had 18 points for Kentucky (8-3). The Wildcats were coming off a 70-64 loss at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alex Louin scored with 43 seconds left and she and Adrianna Hahn made 3 of 5 free throws to help Villanova hold off Big 5 rival Temple for the Wildcats’ best start in 37 years.

Villanova is 9-0 to start a season for the first time since the 1979-80 season. Tanaya Atkinson had 24 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for Temple (7-3).


CHICAGO (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Green Bay.

Frankie Wurtz had 16 points and five rebounds, and Karly Murphy added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor for the Phoenix (8-1). Jessica Cerda led Loyola-Chicago (1-8) with 13 points.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hailey Brown and Hallie Thome each scored 11 points and No. 24 Michigan overcame a slow start to get past Kent State.

Nicole Munger added 19 points for Michigan (8-2). Alexa Golden had 15 points for Kent State (6-5).


STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Kristine Anigwe had 28 points and 18 rebounds for California,

Penina Davidson added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (7-2). Luaulu-Summers had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Pacific (4-5).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Ogunbowale has 20 points, No. 3 Notre Dame women beat Penn

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 points and Marina Mabrey added 15 points and eight rebounds, leading No. 3 Notre Dame over Penn 66-54 on Saturday.

Notre Dame (9-1) took the lead for good in the early minutes and dominated inside, outscoring Penn 40-18 in the paint 40-18.

Lauren Whitlatch led Penn (2-4) with 18 points, all on 3s. Quakers senior forward Michelle Nwokedi, the defending Ivy League Player of the Year, was held to four points. She shot 2 for 14 and didn’t score in the second half. She had been averaging a team-high 13.6 points.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 19 points in 20 minutes for Louisville.

Louisville (11-0) had a 28-1 first-quarter runs abd shot 70.8 percent in the first half and 56.3 percent for the game. Bionca Dunham added 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

Jess Louro led Middle Tennessee (5-3) with seven points.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 16 points and 12 assists, and Lexi Bando scored 17 points to help Oregon overpower Southern Utah.

Ionescu had her fifth double-double of the season and the Ducks (8-1) won their fifth in a row. Ruthy Hebard added 13 points, and Mallory McGwire had 10.

Breanu Reid had 11 points for the Thunderbirds (1-8).


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Gabbi Ortiz had eight 3-pointers and 31 points, both career highs, and Oklahoma beat South Florida to snap a four-game losing streak.

Vionise Pierre-Louis added 18 points, and Ana Llanusa had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Sooners (4-5). Kitija Laksa had 21 points for the Bulls (7-2).


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored half of her 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Anriel Howard tied the Texas A&M record for career double-doubles.

Howard had 20 points and 10 rebounds to tie Daniel Gant and Kelsey Bone with 19 double-doubles, one ahead of Hillsman. Hillsman was 10 of 14 and had six rebounds and three blocks for the Aggies (8-2).

Taylor Baudoin had 18 points for the Sugar Bears (5-3).

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