(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS) — It’s called March Madness for a reason.
After an upset-filled opening weekend, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament rolls on Thursday, where the first four teams will look to advance to the Elite Eight.
While we won’t be seeing a No. 1 seed play on the opening day of the Sweet 16, Thursday’s action will feature the underdogs: Sister Jean and No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, No. 9-seeds Florida State and Kansas State and No. 7-seeds Texas A&M and Nevada.
Here is everything you need to know regarding coverage, along with must-read stories as one of the wildest NCAA tournaments in recent memory continues.
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Why Nevada will win: One of the best offensive teams in the country, the Wolf Pack’s ability to score means a game is never over — even if you put them in a 22-point hole, as Cincinnati did in the Round of 32. Four starters average at least 13 points, and they’re all 6-7, which can create matchup issues. Kendall Stephens set the Mountain West record for three-pointers in a season (126) and has made five or more in a game 13 times.
Why Loyola-Chicago will win: The power of Sister Jean is strong, but the real story of the Ramblers’ Sweet 16 run is that they’ve won 19 of their last 20 games. They rank third nationally in field goal percentage (50.6%) and have beaten three Power Five teams this season in Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Tennessee. They’re for real. Guard Clayton Custer, who hit the winner against the Vols, is shooting 46% for the season from three-point range.
7:37 p.m. ET, TBS
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Why Michigan will win: The Wolverines, a popular Final Four sleeper pick, know how to play defense. They haven’t shot the ball great in the tournament but held their first two opponents, Montana and Houston, to a combined 34.5% from the field. They also only allow opposing teams to score 63.1 points a game, which makes them the eighth best scoring defense in the country. The hero of the second round, freshman Jordan Poole, averages 6.2 points and 12.8 minutes per game — was Houston merely a breakout game for him? Regardless, Michigan will need Moritz Wagner (14.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg) to play well to advance.
Why Texas A&M will win: They’re huge. Three starters —Tyler Davis, Robert Williams and D.J. Hogg — are taller than 6-9. Davis (6-9, 270 pounds) and Williams (6-10, 241 pounds) in particular take up a lot of space. It’s tough for opposing teams to score just because of A&M’s length. Not to mention five players average double figures, which means they have a balanced attack. The Aggies team everyone was predicting in the preseason to make a deep tourney run seems to have finally showed up; it helps that they’re finally healthy and suspension-free.
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Why Kentucky will win: No matter what you think of the Wildcats’ inconsistency or how this roster stacks up to previous teams John Calipari has had, they’re the prohibitive favorite to get out of this region because they have lots of five-star talent who are starting to play their best basketball. Freshman point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 23 points and 6.5 assists in the NCAA tournament, lifting a team whose offensive production was in question at various points this season.
Why Kansas State will win: The size, physicality and age of Kansas State’s team could make this a sneaky tough matchup, especially if big man Dean Wade (16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds) is healthy enough to play. He sat out last weekend with a stress fracture in his foot. The Wildcats aren’t pretty on offense, but they were a top-20 defensive team this season and Bruce Weber will have a good scheme to contain penetration and force Kentucky to hit outside shots.
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Why Gonzaga will win: The guy who is arguably their best pro prospect, 6-8 sophomore forward Rui Hachimura (11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg), comes off the bench. This team might have lost a lot from the Final Four but they also returned some very good — and improved — players, led by 6-10 sophomore forward Killian Tillie (12.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg). They’re balanced, they know how to score (84.2 ppg, 10th in the country) and won’t be intimidated by the stage. Mobile 6-9 forward/center Johnathan Williams (13.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) provides matchup problems for pretty much everyone.
Why FSU will win: The Seminoles will hardly be intimidated by Gonzaga’s seed; they got to this point in part by going on a 31-14 run against Xavier in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16. They’re balanced, too, with seven players who average at least seven points, led by 6-8 senior forward Phil Cofer (12.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg); that means anyone could go off at any time. Against Missouri in the second round, it was 6-9 redshirt freshman Mfiondu Kabengele, who came off the bench to score 14. And while their 9-9 conference record is somewhat underwhelming, they are battle-tested after going through the ACC.
(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) — Basketball is undoubtedly a team game, but March Madness always has room for star players who can take over with highlight-reel, buzzer-beating heroics.
Now that we’re down to 16 teams in the NCAA tournament, there will be players who are crucial for their team’s advancement to the Elite Eight — either because of their takeover abilities or game-changing style of play.
Some might be stars, some might be unsung heroes. USA TODAY Sports tracks every Sweet 16 team’s most important player (in no particular order).
Cameron Krutwig, Loyola-Chicago. There’s no star player on the Ramblers’ roster, and that’s what makes them so dangerous. There’s a plethora of weapons at coach Porter Moser’s disposal. But for the hot-shooting guards to be successful on the perimeter, there has to be a little inside-out game. That’s where 6-9 center Krutwig (10.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg), a true freshman who plays like a senior, comes in. His passing skills are exceptional for a big man, and his defense against the athletic bigs of Miami and Tennessee paved the way for this Cinderella’s buzzer-beating wins.
Cody Martin, Nevada. Caleb Martin has been the Wolf Pack’s leading scorer and alpha dog all season, but in the team’s stunning 22-point comeback against Cincinnati, it was twin brother Cody Martin (13.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg) who sparked the resurgent Wolf Pack. Martin does a little of everything to help this team win and he’ll likely be the player to step up if his brother and elite scorer Jordan Caroline aren’t on their A-game against Loyola.
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Tyler Davis, Texas A&M. Davis pairs with Robert Williams to make the Aggies’ twin towers presence for this team’s formidable frontcourt. But it was Davis’ offense (18 points, nine rebounds) that fueled a dominant win over North Carolina in the second round. He’ll need another big performance against Michigan.
Mortiz Wagner, Michigan. Jordan Poole’s buzzer-beater helped the Wolverines prevail over Houston, but in order for Michigan to get to the Elite Eight it’s going to need better production from the 6-11 big man. Wagner is averaging just 8.5 points in the tournament.
Dean Wade, Kansas State. The Wildcats survived without their leading scorer in wins over Creighton and UMBC to get to the Sweet 16. But Wade, who said he’s “98% sure” he will play against Kentucky after dealing with a foot injury, could give this team enough offensive firepower to pull off a big upset over the heavily-favored Wildcats. He averages 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky. The Wildcats guard came up big with 27 points, six assists and six rebounds in Kentucky’s second-round win over Buffalo. He also was huge in UK’s SEC tournament title game against Tennessee, finishing with 29 points and seven assists. The better Gilgeous-Alexander plays, the better Kentucky plays.
Terance Mann, Florida State. The junior guard wasn’t expected to play against Xavier due to a groin injury. However, he opted to play and came up big for FSU by scoring 10 points, including some crucial baskets to help the Seminoles take down a No. 1 seed.
Zach Norvell Jr., Gonzaga. The freshman guard put the team on his back in a second-round win over Ohio State, finishing with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Norvell is really blossoming as a playmaker in March. He’ll also draw a tough defensive assignment in trying to slow Florida State’s guards in the ‘Zags’ Sweet 16 matchup against the Seminoles.
Gabe DeVoe, Clemson. The 6-3 senior guard helped pilot a 31-point blowout win vs. Auburn in the second round, finishing with 22 points. He and the rest of the Tigers’ backcourt will be tasked with slowing Big 12 player of the year Devonte’ Graham, an elite scorer who usually needs to play well for Kansas to win.
Udoka Azubuike, Kansas. Coach Bill Self put it out bluntly following the Jayhawks’ win over Seton Hall in the second round. “If Udoka wasn’t able to come back from his injury, we don’t win.” The 7-foot big man missed Kansas’ three Big 12 tournament games with a knee injury. His re-emergence was crucial in helping KU get to the Sweet 16. His presence in the paint, for an undersized team, can be a difference-maker against Clemson.
Jevon Carter, West Virginia. The All-American guard is the Mountaineers’ best offensive catalyst, averaging 17.4 points and 6.6 assists. He also is a tenacious ballhawk on the defensive end. To beat Villanova, Carter will have to frustrate national player of the year Jalen Brunson in the same fashion he did Oklahoma’s Trae Young during Big 12 play.
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova. Brunson and NBA talent Mikal Bridges will dominate most of the attention, but DiVencenzo’s offense and three-point shooting will be key for the Wildcats to escape West Virginia. His ball handling also will be needed for WVU’s press.
Tyus Battle, Syracuse. The Orange only has three capable scorers (and Battle is one of them) and relies heavily on its effective 2-3 zone. So, Battle will have to take on the scoring load and hit clutch shots — as he did against Michigan State in the second round, for this No. 11 seed to keep its unexpected tourney run going.
Trevon Duval, Duke. The Blue Devils’ point guard doesn’t demand the same type of attention as All-Americans Marvin Bagley III or Grayson Allen, but it’s Duval who has the ball in his hands a lot in close-game situations. His playmaking can be a difference-maker by getting into the seams of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. Duval averages 10.2 points and 5.6 assists, and he’s given coach Mike Krzyzewski a true point guard that he was lacking last season when the Blue Devils bowed out in the second round.
Keenan Evans, Texas Tech. The senior guard hasn’t been at 100% while dealing with a turf toe injury, but he’s been a warrior and the spark plug during the Red Raiders’ advancement. In TTU’s close win over Florida, it was Evans who drained a tie-breaking three-pointer with 2½ minutes left and assisted Zhaire Smith for an alley-oop with 30 seconds remaining. If it’s close late in the game, Texas Tech will have the ball in his hands.
Matt Haarms, Purdue. With Isaac Haas sidelined with an elbow injury, backup 7-footer Haarms is the next man up and will have the most important role in Purdue’s Sweet 16 clash against Texas Tech. A 7-3 freshman, Haarms played well through 29 minutes to help the Boilermakers advance past Butler. He’s certainly not as good as Haas, but he probably can do enough to help Purdue advance.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday:
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Michigan freshman Jordan Poole drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer after Houston squandered a chance to lock up a spot in the Sweet 16, giving the third-seeded Wolverines a heart-stopping victory.
Devin Davis had a chance to seal the win, but the Cougars’ gritty forward missed a pair of foul shots with 3.6 seconds left. The Wolverines (30-7) called timeout to set up a final play, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman found Poole on the wing, and the shot hit nothing but net.
The officials reviewed it to make sure, but Poole had clearly gotten the shot away.
Michigan advanced to Los Angeles for a West Regional semifinal against North Carolina or Texas A&M next week.
Rob Gray scored 23 points and Davis finished with 17 for the Cougars (27-8), who were trying to reach their first Sweet 16 since the last of the Phi Slama Jama teams went to the Final Four in 1984.
GONZAGA 90, OHIO STATE 84
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. had 28 points, Rui Hachimura added 25 and Gonzaga reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.
Norvell hit the late tiebreaking 3-pointer against UNC-Greensboro in the opening round to help the Zags (32-4) advance. The confident freshman made 6 of 11 from beyond the arc against Ohio State.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a big early lead, withstood a second-half Ohio State charge and made the big plays down the stretch to earn a spot in the West Region semifinals against the Xavier-Florida State winner in Los Angeles.
The resilient-all-season Buckeyes (25-9) rallied from an abysmal start and an 11-point halftime deficit to take a brief second-half lead before Gonzaga went on an 11-0 run to snatch it back. Keita Bates-Diop had 28 points for Ohio State, and Kam Williams finished with 19.
LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 63, TENNESSEE 62
DALLAS (AP) — Clayton Custer made a go-ahead jumper with 3.6 seconds left, sending 11th-seeded Loyola of Chicago to the Sweet 16.
Custer’s winner, which took a friendly bounce off the rim, came two days after Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beating 3 for Loyola against Miami, surely to the delight of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old nun, team chaplain and primary booster watching from her wheelchair on a platform near the main TV cameras.
The Ramblers (30-5) broke the school record for wins set by the 1963 NCAA championship team. The small Catholic college in the heart of Chicago will play the Cincinnati-Nevada winner in the regional semifinals Thursday in Atlanta.
No. 3 seed Tennessee (26-7) took its only lead of the second half on a three-point play by Grant Williams with 20 seconds remaining.
After Loyola almost lost the ball on an out-of-bounds call confirmed on replay, Custer took the inbounds pass with 10 seconds left, dribbled left and then right, pulled up and let go of the winner.
KENTUCKY 95, BUFFALO 75
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points and Kentucky pulled away for the victory.
Gilgeous-Alexander went 10 for 12 and made both of his 3-point attempts to send fifth-seeded Kentucky (26-10) to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
Coming into the day, the basketball world was still reverberating from Maryland-Baltimore County’s 16 vs. 1 stunner over Virginia the night before. Villanova and Duke both rolled early; the evening slate started with Kentucky, and the Wildcats, with their all-freshman starting lineup, trailed only once: 2-0.
It wasn’t a runaway until the last 7 minutes.
Buffalo (27-9), which got here with a 21-point blowout over Arizona, twice trimmed a double-digit lead to five midway through the second half.
Gilgeous-Alexander answered both times — once with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to eight, then again a few minutes later with a three-point play that started a 12-2 run and put the game away.
VILLANOVA 81, ALABAMA 58
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 23 points, helping No. 1 seed Villanova to an impressive victory.
The Wildcats (32-4) are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since they won the 2016 national championship. Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Phil Booth — and yes, The Big Ragu — look every bit the favorite to make it two in three years.
Villanova plays Friday in Boston against the Marshall-West Virginia winner.
Collin Sexton led Alabama (20-16) with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The star guard has to decide if he’ll join the ranks of the one-and-done freshman.
TEXAS TECH 69, FLORIDA 66
DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 1/2 minutes left, sending Texas Tech to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005.
Evans finished with 22 points, and Zhaire Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The third-seeded Red Raiders (26-9) will face Purdue or Butler next Friday night in Boston.
Jalen Hudson scored 23 points for Florida (21-13). Egor Koulechov had 12 points, and Chris Chiozza finished with 11.
KANSAS 83, SETON HALL 79
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Malik Newman scored 28 points, Udoka Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with Seton Hall’s bruising Angel Delgado, and No. 1 seed Kansas advanced to its third consecutive Sweet 16.
Svi Mykhailiuk added 16 points and Lagerald Vick had 13 for the Jayhawks (29-7), who converted on every crucial play down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Midwest Region.
They’ll take on the winner of Sunday’s game between Auburn and Clemson in Omaha, Nebraska.
Delgado finished with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a virtuoso effort for the No. 8 seed Pirates (22-11), who snapped a four-game NCAA Tournament skid in the opening round.
Khadeen Carrington finished with 28 points, many of them on 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and Myles Powell added 14 as the pair of guards tried in vain to keep Seton Hall alive.
DUKE 87, RHODE ISLAND 62
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marvin Bagley had 22 points and nine rebounds, leading Duke to its 26th trip to the Sweet 16.
It was Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,099th victory, breaking a tie with late Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt for the most wins by a basketball coach in NCAA history.
Duke shot 57 percent (29 of 51) from the floor and finished with 20 assists. The Blue Devils (28-7) will play either Michigan State or Syracuse in the Midwest Region semifinals in Omaha, Nebraska next Friday.
E.C. Matthews led Rhode Island (26-8) with 21 points but the Rams looked confounded at times by Duke’s much improved zone defense. A weakness during a mini-swoon in late January, the Blue Devils are no longer treating defense like a chore they’re forced to complete before getting the ball back in their hands.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday:
PURDUE 74, CAL STATE FULLERTON 48
DETROIT (AP) — Purdue center Isaac Haas broke his right elbow during a win over Cal State Fullerton and will miss the rest of the NCAA Tournament.
The 7-foot-2, 290-pound senior went down while taking a hard foul midway through the second half. Haas, who averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, had nine points and 10 rebounds in the first-round victory.
The second-seeded Boilermakers (29-6) will play Butler on Sunday.
Kyle Allman scored 21 for the Titans (20-12).
MARSHALL 81, WICHITA STATE 75
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Elmore scored 27 points and 13th-seeded Marshall toppled fourth-seeded Wichita State for its first NCAA Tournament victory.
The Thundering Herd (25-10) had been 0-5 in the tourney, with its last appearance in 1987.
Marshall became the second No. 13 seed to win this week. Buffalo did it Thursday night, beating Arizona.
Conner Frankamp scored 27 points for Wichita State (25-8).
WEST VIRGINIA 85, MURRAY STATE 68
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jevon Carter scored 21 points, had eight assists and six steals as No. 5 seed West Virginia overwhelmed 12th-seeded Murray State.
The Mountaineers (25-10) advanced to the round of 32 for the third time in the past four seasons. Next up for West Virginia is a Mountain State showdown with 13th-seeded Marshall far away from home.
Terrell Miller scored 27 points for Murray State (26-6).
BUTLER 79, ARKANSAS 62
DETROIT (AP) — Kelan Martin scored 27 points and Kamar Baldwin added 24 to lift 10th-seeded Butler over seventh-seeded Arkansas.
The Bulldogs (21-13) raced to a 21-2 lead in the opening minutes. Although Arkansas wiped out that entire deficit before halftime, Butler took control again early in the second.
The Bulldogs now play an in-state rival, second-seeded Purdue.
Jaylen Barford scored 15 points for Arkansas (23-12).
UMBC 75, VIRGINIA 54
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It finally happened — a 16 ousting a 1 in March Madness.
Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.
Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.
But the Cavaliers couldn’t get anything generated on offense and the nation’s top-ranked defense couldn’t contain American East Conference champions.
The 74 points were the most Virginia had allowed this year.
Lyles was the catalyst.
He diced up Virginia’s defense in the second half, getting the hole easily on six different occasions and making easy layups. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.
Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.
The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.
Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.
A Tony Bennett timeout couldn’t stop the bleeding, as Lyles hit two more 3’s and Sherburne hit one to extend UMBC’s lead to 14 with 14:57 left in the game. Lyles was fouled on a 3-point shot and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16.
A corner 3-pointer and a layups off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48. From there, the party was on as chants of “UMBC” rang through the arena.
It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that seemed to hold so much promise.
UMBC: Despite being undersized and unknown, they shocked the world and made history with an epic game.
Virginia: This isn’t the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime in 2014 to Coastal Carolina but went on to win 70-59.
UMBC: Will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round.
CINCINNATI 68, GEORGIA STATE 53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jarron Cumberland set career highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds as Cincinnati recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half.
The second-seeded Bearcats (31-4) advanced to play seventh-seeded Nevada.
After trailing 42-32 early in the second half, 15th-seeded Georgia State (24-11) rallied to take a pair of one-point leads, its last one coming on a driving bank shot from D’Marcus Simonds with 9:30 left.
NEVADA 87, TEXAS 83, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Caleb Martin scored 18 points and made two huge 3-pointers in overtime as seventh-seeded Nevada rallied for its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007.
Nevada (28-7) erased a 14-point, second-half deficit and tied it at 68 when Jordan Caroline hit one of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in regulation. The Wolf Pack trailed by four early in an overtime period that featured 34 total points.
Kerwin Roach II had a career-high 26 points for Texas (19-15).
KANSAS STATE 69, CREIGHTON 59
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Barry Brown scored 18 points and ninth-seeded Kansas State never trailed despite playing without top scorer Dean Wade.
Mike McGuirl added 17 points for the Wildcats (23-11). Wade had been expected to play after suffering a stress fracture in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, but never got on the floor.
Marcus Foster, thrown off the Kansas State team after the 2015 season for multiple violations of team rules, finished with five points on 2-of-11 shooting for Creighton (21-12).
CLEMSON 79, NEW MEXICO STATE 68
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shelton Mitchell scored a season-high 23 points, Gabe DeVoe had 22 and Clemson beat New Mexico State to out a perfect first round for No. 5 seeds.
The 5-12 line is usually one of the top spots for March Madness upsets, but Clemson (24-9) shot 56 percent from the field while advancing out of the first round for the first time since 1997. It was the Tigers’ first win in the NCAA tourney since the First Four in 2011.
Clemson was nearly flawless at the offensive end against the 12th-seeded champions of the WAC. It made 9 of 11 shots during one stretch on its way to a 12-point lead at halftime.
Zach Lofton led New Mexico State (28-6) with 29 points.
SYRACUSE 57, TCU 52
DETROIT (AP) — Marek Dolezaj scored 17 points before fouling out and 11th-seeded Syracuse shut down sixth-seeded TCU.
The Orange (22-13) won for the second time in the tournament, holding off the Horned Frogs with another impressive defensive effort. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.
TCU (21-12) is still without an NCAA Tournament victory since 1987, when coach Jamie Dixon was a player. This was the school’s first appearance since 1998, and it was short-lived.
There was little doubt who won the much-anticipated matchup between TCU’s excellent offense and Syracuse’s zone defense. The Horned Frogs were held 31 points below their season average.
MICHIGAN STATE 82, BUCKNELL 78
DETROIT (AP) — Miles Bridges outlasted Zach Thomas, scoring 29 points and grabbing nine rebounds to help third-seeded Michigan State beat Bucknell.
Thomas fouled out on a technical with 6:06 left and finished with 27 points. He put on a show in the first half, scoring 20 points and making all three of his shots beyond the 3-point arc.
The Spartans (30-4) made the most of playing about 75 miles from campus.
Leading by 15 points with 2 minutes left, Michigan State won by a slim margin after Bucknell (25-10) made a late flurry of long-range shots.
AUBURN 62, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 58
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jared Harper made a clutch 3-pointer with 1:17 to go — his only basket of the game — and Auburn held off No. 13 College of Charleston.
The Tigers (26-7) avoided being the second No. 4 seed to be upset at Viejas Arena. Marshall beat fourth-seeded Wichita State earlier in the day.
Auburn, playing under the cloud of a federal investigation, survived a poor shooting performance to win in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.
Jarrell Brantley scored 24 for the Cougars (26-8), the CAA champs who made their first NCAA Tournament since 1999.
FLORIDA STATE 67, MISSOURI 54
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ninth-seeded Florida State has lots of guys who can score, and the Seminoles used that depth to win their fourth straight NCAA Tournament opener.
Mfiondu Kabengele scored 14 points, and Florida State beat No. 8 seed Missouri.
PJ Savoy had 12 points and Phil Cofer scored 11. A total of 10 Seminoles scored at least two points apiece — by halftime — as they wore out Missouri, which had only eight healthy players available.
This was the first trip to the tournament for every player on the roster for Missouri (20-13). Even with new players and a new coach in Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers head home from their first NCAA trip since 2013 with the program’s fourth straight loss in a first round.
XAVIER 102, TEXAS SOUTHERN 83
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Xavier looked every bit like a No. 1 seed its first time around in the role at an NCAA Tournament.
J.P. Macura scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and Xavier routed No. 16 seed Texas Southern in its tournament opener.
Trevon Bluiett added 26 points and Kerem Kanter had 24 for the Musketeers (29-5).
Texas Southern (16-20) came in having won the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, a First Four win over North Carolina Central in Dayton on Wednesday night.
NORTH CAROLINA 84, LIPSCOMB 66
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kenny Williams scored 18 points and defending national champion North Carolina took its time before opening up to beat Lipscomb.
Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double for the second-seeded Tar Heels (26-10). North Carolina next plays Texas A&M.
Playing for the first time in the NCAA tourney, the 15th-seeded Bisons (23-10) held an early six-point edge. They led 33-31 with under four minutes left in the first half before North Carolina went on a 12-1 run to take control by the break.
TEXAS A&M 73, PROVIDENCE 69
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Admon Gilder scored 18 points to help Texas A&M hold off Providence.
Robert Williams and Tyler Davis both had double-doubles for the seventh-seeded Aggies (21-12). The teams were tied at 50 with about 9 minutes left but Texas A&M responded with a 12-2.
Rodney Bullock scored 22 points for the 10th-seeded Friars (21-14).
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — DAYTON, Ohio – The basketball was still high in the air – flung to start the celebration – when the buzzer sounded and the Bonnies’ long-awaited March celebration commenced. Players chest-bumped on court. Coach Mark Schmidt jumped and waved his arms.
The crowd at the University of Dayton Arena – a place where St. Bonaventure is usually booed – got caught up in the moment, too. And why not? It had been 48 years since anyone saw something like this out of St. Bonaventure.
Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying the Bonnies to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.
At long last, it was time to party in March .
“It can’t get better,” Schmidt said.
They’ll have more chances. The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) in Dallas on Thursday night in the East region. They did interviews, showered and headed for a flight to their next destination.
“Florida’s got four or five days on us, so we’ll be watching tape on the plane,” Schmidt said. “We’ve got a 2 a.m. flight, but it couldn’t be a better flight. Ever.”
St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win. Stockard got the Bonnies in position for the drought-busting tournament victory by leading a late 12-0 run. Adams – who missed 14 of his first 15 shots – closed it out in the final 49 seconds.
“I’m still not 100 percent,” Stockard said, “but I’m feeling way better than when I did when I left the Richmond game. So I can’t really let an opportunity like this pass.”
UCLA (21-12) was surprised that it got relegated to the First Four for the first time in its history – the Bruins have been to 18 Final Fours. They had trouble making shots against the Bonnies’ zone defense and matched their season high with 20 turnovers, a disappointing ending to a season that started with an international incident .
Freshmen Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball were accused of shoplifting during a trip to China in November. All three were suspended for the season, and Ball left the school.
UCLA’s Aaron Holiday led the Pac-12 in scoring but couldn’t put his touch on the First Four game. He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including three in the final 29 seconds as the game slipped away.
“I felt like we matched them pretty well,” Holiday said. “We just turned the ball over too much.”
Adams is the Bonnies’ all-time leading scorer as a guard but had a rough time as well until the final minute. He finished with eight points on 2-of-16 shooting.
RADFORD 71, LIU-BROOKLYN 61
DAYTON, Ohio – Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.
Jones didn’t disappoint them. The redshirt freshman guard was the engine that drove the Highlanders, scoring 12 points to go with career highs in rebounds with 11 and assists with seven as Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 on Tuesday night to get its first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
“It’s just big to be able to come back home and perform in front of my family and friends that haven’t been able to see me play,” Jones said. “And it’s just been a good feeling.”
Radford didn’t play its prettiest game, but the team from rural southwest Virginia will celebrate briefly before heading to Pittsburgh to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday. The Big South champion Highlanders are making their third tournament appearance and first since 2009.
Ed Polite Jr. had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Fields Jr. also scored 13 for Radford.
Despite hitting just 7 of 23 shots from the floor in the second half, LIU Brooklyn managed to stay within striking distance, even taking the lead briefly early in the second half. The Northeast Conference champion Blackbirds got to within a point with five minutes left, but a 9-1 surge by the Highlanders opened up the lead.
“We remained calm,” Polite said. “Basketball is about a game of runs. So we knew they’re a good team, so they’re going to make shots. So we just had to remain focused and go with the game plan. And that’s to pressure them even though they’re a fast-paced team and don’t give them any easy baskets.”
The Blackbirds went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game and shot 30.4 percent in the second half. Each team committed 15 turnovers.
“I thought (Radford) did a nice job grinding it out on the offensive end of the floor and taking time off the clock to where we couldn’t get moving.” LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg said.
Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.
Radford led 30-28 at the end of a sloppy first half after leading by as many as nine. The Blackbirds scored 11 of their points on nine turnovers by Radford but were just 3 for 13 from beyond the 3-point line in the half.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) — The conference record for the most teams to ever reach the NCAA tournament goes to the old Big East when it sent 11 of its 16 members in 2011. That garnered the since-restructured league nearly 70% of its teams dancing.
This year, the ACC, like plenty of years in recent memory, is positioned to challenge that record for most teams. Currently, 11 of the ACC’s 15 teams have a shot at making the NCAAs. Nine of those 11 are in the latest USA TODAY Sports bracket projection, with N.C. State one of the first teams in, Syracuse one of the first four teams out and Notre Dame on life support.
Should the Wolfpack and Orange play their way off the tournament bubble, and/or the Irish (starter Matt Farrell is back from injury and preseason All-American Bonzie Colson could be back next month) make a late push, there’s a chance 10 ACC teams put on their dancing shoes come March. Notre Dame had a chance to play itself back on the bubble on Monday night at North Carolina, but succumbed to an 83-66 loss at Chapel Hill.
While the Big 12 features nine of its 10 teams in the mix to make the tournament (that’d easily be a percentage record for teams in the Dance), the ACC has an opportunity to notch 11 bids.
Also on the bubble Monday night, Baylor got a huge double-overtime victory over Texas to springboard into the field and push the Longhorns to a No. 11 seed.
► No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue.
► Last four in: Houston, Providence, North Carolina State, Baylor
► First Four out: Saint Bonaventure, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA.
Exactly one month away from Selection Sunday, the NCAA tournament committee revealed its top 16 seeds during the season.
The No. 1 seeds are: Virginia (top overall seed, projected in the South Region), Villanova (projected in the East Region), Xavier (projected in the Midwest Region)and Purdue (projected in the West Region).
The No. 2 seeds are as follows: Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati. The No. 3 seeds are Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and North Carolina. And the No. 4 seeds are Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has the most teams among the top 16 with four. The Big 12 and Big Ten have three, the SEC and Big East each have two and the American and Pac-12 both have one.
The breakdown by region with overall seed in parenthesis:
No. 1 Virginia (1)
No. 2 Cincinnati (8)
No. 3 Michigan State (11)
No. 4 Tennessee (13)
No. 1 Villanova (2)
No. 2 Duke (7)
No. 3 Texas Tech (10)
No. 4 Ohio State (14)
No. 1 Purdue (4)
No. 2 Kansas (6)
No. 3 North Carolina (12)
No. 4 Arizona (15)
No. 1 Xavier (3)
No. 2 Auburn (5)
No. 3 Clemson (9)
No. 4 Oklahoma (16)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina beat its two biggest rivals, then pulled away late to beat Notre Dame to cap a demanding stretch.
The 14th-ranked Tar Heels are tired. They also might have found a groove.
Theo Pinson scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to go with 10 rebounds, helping UNC pull away late to beat Notre Dame 83-66 on Monday night for its third win in five days.
Things certainly look different from 10 days ago for the Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were coming off their first three-game losing streak in four years and a win against a winless-in-the-ACC Pittsburgh team before the stretch. But they beat Duke at home on Thursday then won Saturday at North Carolina State in a pair of emotional rivalry games.
Martinas Geben and John Mooney each scored 18 points for the Fighting Irish (15-11, 5-8), with Mooney going 6 of 6 from 3-point range. But UNC — which shot 57 percent — later used its clinching run to turn a 67-63 margin into a 17-point bulge near the 2-minute mark.
No. 20 WEST VIRGINIA , TCU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Teddy Allen scored 16 points, giving No. 20 West Virginia a needed spark off the bench.
James “Beetle” Bolden added 14 points, Daxter Miles Jr. scored 13 and Wes Harris had 11 points for West Virginia (19-7, 8-5 Big 12). The Mountaineers’ 38 bench points were its most in a Big 12 game this season.
Desmond Bane had 16 points, Vlad Brodziansky added 15 and Kouat Noi scored 12 for TCU (17-9, 5-8).
West Virginia has had trouble holding onto leads throughout the Big 12 season but didn’t let the Horned Frogs come back from a 38-27 halftime deficit.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A loss didn’t prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men’s basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.
The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday’s AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week’s top three teams all losing.
Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.
Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova’s home loss to St. John’s before losing to the Hokies . Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.
The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.
“I do not get too carried away with where we are,” Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. “I always say ‘thus far,’ and now we have to prove it again. … Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough.”
Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.
Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.
This is Xavier’s highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.
Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue’s first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.
Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week’s biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels’ wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.
Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.
Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday’s loss at Iowa State .
St. Mary’s (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.
The newcomers aren’t entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.
Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season — It hadn’t happened since March 2014 before this year — from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 31 points despite leaving briefly with a left ankle injury, Donte DiVincenzo added 23 and top-ranked Villanova beat Marquette 85-82 on Sunday.
Last year, Marquette upset then-No. 1 Villanova in Milwaukee.
DiVincenzo’s putback off a missed 3 with 15 seconds to go gave Villanova (20-1, 7-1 Big East) a five-point lead. Andrew Rowsey led Marquette (13-8, 4-5) with 27 points, including a deep 3 from the wing that pulled the Golden Eagles to 83-80 with 1:30 left.
No. 3 PURDUE 74, INDIANA 67
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Isaac Haas matched his career high with 26 points, Vincent Edwards added 19 and Purdue held off Indiana for its school-record 17th consecutive victory.
The Boilermakers (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) extended the nation’s longest active winning streak with their 12th straight conference victory, also a school record. Purdue hasn’t lost since Nov. 23.
Juwan Morgan had 24 points and seven rebounds, and Robert Johnson finished with 21 points and six assists to lead Indiana (12-10, 5-5).
No. 6 MICHIGAN STATE 74, MARYLAND 68
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Joshua Langford scored 19 points and Michigan State beat Maryland for coach coach Tom Izzo’s straight 20-win season.
Down by 13 at halftime, Michigan State (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) outscoreed the Terrapins 20-4 in the opening 5 1/2 minutes and held on for its fourth straight victory. Izzo has 18 20-win seasons at Michigan State, missing the plateau only once since 2003-04.
Kevin Huerter led Maryland (15-8, 4-6) with 17 points.
No. 17 WICHITA STATE 90, TULSA 71
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Austin Reaves hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and scored all of his career-high 23 points before halftime to lead Wichita State.
Reaves made his first seven 3-point attempts. He finished 7 of 11 from outside the arc.
Shaquille Morris scored 20 points for Wichita State (17-4, 7-2 American Athletic Conference).
Corey Henderson, a transfer from Wichita State, scored 28 points for Tulsa (11-10, 4-5).
No. 18 CLEMSON 72, GEORGIA TECH 70
ATLANTA (AP) — Gabe DeVoe scored a career-high 25 points, Marcquise Reed hit a decisive layup in the closing seconds and Clemson held off Georgia Tech.
The Tigers (17-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a three-game road losing streak. They took their first lead on Elijah Thomas’ three-point play early in the second half and didn’t trail again even though Georgia Tech tied it at 70-all on two free throws by Josh Okogie with 41.2 seconds remaining.
Okogie finished with 26 points for Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — James Daniel has had his share of memorable moments in a basketball career filled with success, but ask the Tennessee guard, a graduate transfer from Howard, if he can pinpoint when he realized that Power Five basketball was different from mid-major hoops, and he just starts laughing.
“Did I have a ‘What did I get myself into?’ moment? Of course I did!” Daniel told USA TODAY Sports. “You know, everybody tells you that all the great coaches have a little crazy in them but man, coach (Rick) Barnes, he can be tough.”
The Vols, ranked No. 21 in the latest USA TODAY Coaches Poll, had been going hard for a couple of hours in a preseason practice and thought they were about to wrap up. Then Barnes ordered them to the sideline and called out “17!” a sideline-to-sideline sprint they repeated 17 times. When they were done, he yelled the number again.
“Coach Barnes and his intensity, that was my welcome to the Power Five moment,” Daniel laughed.
But it’s what he came here for: to be pushed outside his comfort zone and held to a higher standard. The hope is that his sacrifice comes with deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
Though Daniel is a graduate transfer — which means he received his undergraduate degree at a previous university and was therefore immediately eligible to play instead of sitting out a year — he is one of the dozens of transfers in college men’s basketball, a growing trend that has drawn criticism from pundits and mid-major coaches alike. Some call it an epidemic.
Critics say it’s unfair that players can suddenly abandon the small mid-major that was loyal to them initially and helped developed his skills. Why should a Power Five reap the benefits of someone else’s work? Mid-majors aren’t supposed to serve as farm systems, after all. It can destroy a mid-major’s depth, and throw off its recruiting plan. On the flip side, transfers usually are willing to sacrifice personal glory to help a (different) team — and isn’t that what coaches always preach?
“If you transfer to a perennial top 30 program … it’s just going to be a lot harder, and guys know that,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “Yeah, there are perks — you’re playing on ESPN, flying on charters, playing in front of packed arenas … But they’re signing on for more work and harder work, and you admire the kid who wants to challenge himself.”
Regardless of who’s right and who’s wrong in the debate — and players who spoke with USA TODAY Sports point out that coaches aren’t typically held in contempt when they move up for a bigger and better opportunities — the transition from Big Man On Campus to Guy Just Trying To Contribute takes time.
At Howard, Daniel led the NCAA in scoring during the 2015-16 season, averaging 27.1 points. He arrived in Knoxville as the NCAA’s No. 2 active scorer, totaling 1,933 points in three years at Howard (he’s currently at 2,052). A 6-foot, 172-pound guard, Daniel got a ball screen almost every possession at Howard, and was often left to create his own shot. At Tennessee, he’s not a starter. For the first time in Daniel’s career, he has more assists (67) than made field goals (35).
“You never really know what you’re getting yourself into when you transfer,” Daniel said. “Of course I thought I’d be scoring more, but my role has been being more of a defensive presence, or handing out assists.”
Barnes said he anticipated Daniel could come in and add instant leadership — he’s the only senior on the Vols’ roster — while he felt out the SEC.
“At Howard it was, ‘If in doubt, shoot,’ ” Barnes said. “So, from that standpoint he’s still learning when he’s really open and when he’s not. When he takes good shots, he’s very effective … and when he wants to get engaged defensively, he can be a difference maker.”
So how big of a hit did his ego take in transferring to Tennessee? Daniel laughed at that question, too.
“I’ve already scored the ball,” he explained. “It’s not like I haven’t been able to that. I’m just ready to win.”
Daniel always believed he was good enough to play at the Power Five. He played AAU ball with guys such as Frank Mason (Kansas) and Andrew Rowsey (Marquette) and, “I’m thinking to myself the whole time, ‘I’m just as good or better than these guys.’ But we had a loaded (AAU) team, so nobody really got to shine if you weren’t going to those big camps.”
Though VCU came after him late, Daniel decided he’d stick with the school that had shown interest right away, and signed with Howard. A few years later, he wondered if there was something bigger for him.
Auburn’s Desean Murray can relate. A Stanley, N.C., native, Murray grew up a Tar Heels fan, dreaming of the day he’d get a call from Roy Williams with an offer to wear Carolina blue.
But that never happened. Worried he might not have any offers come the spring of his senior year, Murray signed with Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., in the fall.
A forward who plays much bigger than his listed height of 6-3, Murray led the Big South in scoring as a sophomore, averaging 20.2 points. He doesn’t think it’s accurate to call him a late bloomer. “I was just given an opportunity to be dominant at Presbyterian,” he said. “In high school, most the five-star guys got the attention.”
And while he doesn’t blame college coaches, Murray does think they in general put pressure on players to sign early. That means players who didn’t get much exposure — and could benefit from being seen their senior high school season — commit to a smaller school when maybe they could play at a higher level if they waited.
“Coaches are looking at a bunch of other people, too, so if you wait they (on you) they might lose their backup option, too,” Murray said.
In some ways, Murray thinks that makes it more fun. There are so many kids trying to play college basketball, proving you’re wanted by someone early is a sign of success.
Murray felt comfortable the first time he played pick up with his new teammates, and has been surprised at all the space he’s had: At Presbyterian, Murray got double and triple-teamed every time he touched the ball. But at Auburn, because so many other players are a scoring threat, opposing teams have to guard everybody, which gives Murray more room to work. As a starter for the No. 19 Tigers, Murray averages 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in about 23 minutes per game. Being “the man” is fun, he said — but winning is better.
Some players transfer knowing they will need to score for their new team.
Oregon’s Elijah Brown, a graduate transfer from New Mexico who started his career at Butler, went to Eugene with the understanding that he needed to put the ball in the basket. Brown, the son of Warriors assistant Mike Brown, led New Mexico in scoring both his sophomore (21.7 points) and junior (18.9) years.
The Ducks lost their five top scorers from last year’s Final Four team, and restocked their roster with a mix of freshmen and transfers.
Besides Brown, they welcomed Mikyle McIntosh, a 6-7 forward from Illinois State. In his last three games, McIntosh has averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, surprising numbers considering he averaged 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds for the 28-7 Redbirds last season.
McIntosh said Oregon coaches told him in the recruiting process they envisioned him playing mostly in the paint but wanted him to stretch bigger defenders out the perimeter, too. At Illinois State, McIntosh came off his share of ball screens. At Oregon, he’s rarely isolated.
Playing in the Pac-12 has allowed McIntosh the chance to check items off his hoops-themed bucket list, like attending a game in the McKale Center, where Arizona fans create one of the rowdiest environments in the country. Except instead of just attending, he played there, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 90-83 loss.
“I don’t want people to think I hated my old school or despised my old coaching staff or anything,” McIntosh said. “This transfer was nothing about them, those are my guys. I just felt like personally, I needed to challenge myself and take the next step.”
Cane Broome has no regrets about how he found his way to Cincinnati. It was a circuitous path, and included stops at high school, prep school and Sacred Heart before finally settling on the Bearcats. And yes, he’d absolutely do it all over again.
“Sacred Heart, that was a big part of me finding myself as a basketball, player,” said Broome, who comes off the bench for No. 8 Cincinnati and averages 8.6 points and 3.4 assists.
A 6-foot guard from East Hartford, Conn., Broome said he had interest from a handful of schools — Boston College, San Francisco, Providence and St. Bonaventure, to name a few — coming out of high school, but didn’t have the grades. A year at Saint Thomas More prep fixed that, and when college hoops finally rolled around, Broome knew he wanted to go somewhere and play right away. Sacred Heart of the Northeast Conference gave him that opportunity.
And he didn’t just play — he played, and scored, a lot. Broome averaged 23.1 points a game for the Pioneers, earning the 2016 conference player of the year honors. And while he enjoyed Sacred Heart — and especially loved being close to his family — he noticed that in the locker room, no one ever talked about NBA aspirations or deep NCAA tournament runs. He craved both those things.
“At the end of the day, basketball is still basketball, but here, everyone expects you to win — coaches, teammates, alums, fans, people you walk by on campus,” Broome said. “The pressure, that’s the big difference.”
Broome likes that at Cincinnati, he doesn’t have to score the ball to feel like he’s contributing. If the team needed him to go out and get 20 one night, he believes he could do it. But he doesn’t feel the need to prove that to anyone.
“Whether it’s a different level or not, I already got 1,000 points. I achieved that,” he said. “I’d rather come here and be just a contributor but be on a team that has a chance to go far and win a national championship.”
For transfers, that’s a common desire — one they hope isn’t held against them.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Vincent Edwards scored 30 points, Isaac Haas added 24 and No. 3 Purdue matched a school record with its 16 straight victory, using a late charge to finally get past No. 25 Michigan 92-88 on Thursday night.
The Boilermakers (20-2, 9-0 Big Ten) have won 20 consecutive games at Mackey Arena and are off to their best start in conference play since the NCAA Tournament began. It’s the fourth time Purdue has won 16 in a row, most recently 30 years ago.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had career-high 26 points and Zavier Simpson added 16 for Michigan (17-6, 6-4). The Wolverines were swept by Purdue in the regular season for the first time since 2007-08.
No. 11 ARIZONA 80, COLORADO 71
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Allonzo Trier scored 23 points, Deandre Ayton added 20 and Arizona avenged its lone loss of the Pac-12 season.
The 7-foot-1 Ayton, expected to be at or near the top of the NBA draft this year, was 12 of 12 at the foul line as the Buffaloes tried to get physical with the big rookie, without much success.
Dusan Ristic added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Wildcats (17-4, 7-1 Pac-12). George King scored 22 points for Colorado (12-9, 4-5).
PENN STATE 82, No. 13 OHIO STATE 79
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tony Carr hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Penn State an upset victory over Ohio State, handing the Buckeyes their first Big Ten loss.
Carr had 28 points and was 4 for 5 from 3-point range for the Nittany Lions (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten). They were 11 for 14 from beyond the arc in beating a Top 25 team for the first time this season.
Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State (18-5, 9-1) with 25 points. He had three 3-pointers in the last 2:07, tying it with the last with 5 seconds left.
No. 15 GONZAGA 95, PORTLAND 79
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Killian Tillie had 27 points and seven rebounds, and Gonzaga cruised to a victory over Portland.
Corey Kispert added a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-4, 8-1 West Coast Conference), who won their 20th straight conference road game.
It was Gonzaga’s 10th straight win over the Pilots (8-14, 2-7). The Bulldogs are 27-2 against Portland under coach Mark Few.
Freshman Marcus Shaver Jr. had 16 points for the Pilots (8-14, 2-7), who trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half.
No. 16 SAINT MARY’S 75, BYU 62
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jock Landale had 32 points and 14 rebounds and Saint Mary’s pulled away in the second half to beat BYU, extending the Gaels’ winning streak to 15 .
The 15-game winning streak matches the longest in Saint Mary’s history. The Gaels also won 15 straight in 2008-09.
Emmett Naar added 13 points and 12 assists and Evan Fitzner made a key 3-pointer late to help the Gaels (20-2, 9-0 West Coast Conference) hold on for their fifth consecutive win over the Cougars (17-5, 6-3).
No. 17 WICHITA STATE 81, CENTRAL FLORIDA 62
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shaquille Morris scored 19 points to lead Wichita State.
Morris, demoted from his starting spot, was 8 of 10 from the floor in 21 minutes. Darral Willis had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Shockers (16-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference).
Dayon Griffin scored 15 points for Central Florida (13-7, 4-4).
UTAH 80, No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 77, OT
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Sedrick Barefield scored 17 points and hit the tying 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, helping Utah knock off Arizona State in overtime.
Utah (13-7, 5-4 Pac-12) led 79-77 late in overtime and had a chance to stretch it, but David Collette missed two free throws with 20.9 seconds left.
Arizona State (15-5, 3-5) missed two shots on the next possession and Barefield hit 1 of 2 free throws. The Sun Devils’ final shot, a running 3-pointer by Tra Holder at the buzzer, was nowhere close.
Holder led Arizona State with 23 points.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — PHILADELPHIA – Eric Paschall scored 17 points to lead No. 1 Villanova to an 89-69 victory against Providence on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (19-1, 6-1 Big East) placed six players in double figures in their sixth straight win. Omari Spellman scored 16 points and Jalen Brunson finished with 15 on 5-for-15 shooting.
Villanova grabbed control with a 22-2 run on its way to a 39-30 halftime lead.
Rodney Bullock led Providence with 16 points. Jalen Lindsey had 14 points, and Kyron Cartwright had 12 points and six assists.
The Friars (14-7, 5-3) dropped to 1-3 against Top 25 teams this season.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Devon Hall scored 14 points, Kyle Guy had 12 and Virginia broke open a close game with a 22-2 run in the second half.
The Cavaliers (19-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) allowed their fewest points of the season. They lead the nation in scoring defense.
Gabe DeVoe scored 11 points, all in the first 12 minutes, and was the only player in double figures for the Tigers (16-4, 5-3). They managed just 13 points in the second half.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wendell Carter Jr. had 23 points and 12 rebounds, powering Duke to the road win.
Marvin Bagley III had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (18-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who built a 20-point lead with their defense and kept Wake Forest at arm’s length the rest of the way.
Duke matched a season high by forcing 21 turnovers – 15 in the first half – and turned them into 34 points.
Doral Moore had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Wake Forest (8-12, 1-7), which has lost six in a row and eight of nine. Brandon Childress scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
NORMAN, Okla. – Trae Young had 26 points and nine assists, helping Oklahoma rally for the win.
Young, the nation’s leader in scoring and assists, struggled in losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma State last week. Against Kansas, the freshman point guard made 7 of 9 field goals and 10 of 12 free throws.
Christian James scored 15 points and Brady Manek added 14 for the Sooners (15-4, 5-3 Big 12), who won their 13th straight at home.
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 24 points and Malik Newman added 20 for Kansas (16-4, 6-2), which had won five straight. Devonte’ Graham, Kansas’ leading scorer, finished with 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Keenan Evans scored 26 points, and Texas Tech rallied from a 15-point deficit.
Evans hit a 3-pointer with 3:52 left that put the Red Raiders ahead to stay. That came only 40 seconds after his rebound and assist to Jarrett Culver, whose breakaway dunk gave Texas Tech (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) its first lead since the first half.
Culver finished with 25 points, including four 3-pointers. The Red Raiders had lost two in a row.
Jeffrey Carroll had 16 points for Oklahoma State (13-7, 3-5), which was coming off an overtime win over then-No. 4 Oklahoma.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Bowden scored 19 points, Lamonte’ Turner hit a huge 3-pointer and Tennessee held on for its fifth win in six games.
Tennessee (14-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) withstood a brilliant performance from Vanderbilt’s Riley LaChance, who scored each of his 25 points in the second half.
After trailing 41-21 with 14 1/2 minutes left, Vanderbilt (7-13, 2-6) cut Tennessee’s lead to 60-58 when Jeff Roberson made one of two free throws with 1:19 remaining. Turner answered by sinking a 3-pointer with 1:03 left.
Grant Williams had 19 points for Tennessee, two weeks after scoring 37 points in a 92-84 triumph at Vanderbilt. Roberson had 21 points for the Commodores.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty had 26 points with four 3-pointers and six assists and No. 16 Michigan beat short-handed Michigan State 74-48 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game skid in the series.
The 26-point margin of victory was Michigan’s largest in the series, topping 16 on Jan. 18, 1998.
Flaherty, ranked sixth in the country at 23.1 points per game, entered needing just six points to move into sixth on the Big Ten’s career scoring list. She passed Maggie Lucas of Penn State (2010-14). Flaherty’s 3-point play with 5:25 left in the third quarter put her at 20-plus for the 12th straight game.
Nicole Munger added 13 points and Hallie Thome grabbed 11 rebounds for Michigan (18-4, 7-2), which has its highest ranking in the AP Top 25 since coming in at No. 12 on Dec. 24, 2001.
Sidney Cooks scored 17 points for Michigan State (14-7, 4-4), which entered having won seven of the last nine in the series. The Spartans only dressed eight players due to a handful of injuries to their perimeter players, including starting point guard Taryn McCutcheon.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wichita State has hit its first bump in its new American Athletic Conference home. Coach Gregg Marshall now gets a chance to see how his seventh-ranked Shockers handle it.
The Shockers were one of five AP Top 25 teams to lose twice this week, joining No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 8 Texas Tech as top-10 teams in that group. First came an 83-78 home loss to SMU on Wednesday — snapping a 27-game home winning streak and giving Wichita its first lost in AAC play — followed by Saturday’s 73-59 loss at Houston.
This is part of the Shockers’ first go-around through the American after moving from their 72-year home in the Missouri Valley Conference, where they won four straight regular-season titles with a 68-4 record from 2013-17.
Wichita State (15-4, 5-2) had not lost consecutive conference games since the 2012-13 season before this week.
The problems hit both sides of the court. SMU shot nearly 64 percent in its win. Against Houston, though, Wichita State’s most glaring troubles came in a 33-percent, 18-turnover offensive showing.
Wichita State had won its first four AAC games by double-figure margins, but things have been tougher starting with a 72-69 win at Tulsa on Jan. 13.
“We have to work on everything,” Marshall said after the Houston loss, adding: “I have to coach better. We have to play better.”
The Big 12’s teams keep beating each other up.
The Sooners and freshman star Trae Young lost twice on the road, first at Kansas State on Tuesday and then in overtime at Oklahoma State on Saturday despite Young’s 48 points.
Then there were the Red Raiders with their own set of road league losses. They fell at Texas on Wednesday and at Iowa State on Saturday.
“We’re going to have to fight and get back up,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “This is life in the Big 12.”
Speaking of the Big 12, No. 10 Kansas had the week’s best win by beating sixth-ranked West Virginia 71-66 on the road.
No. 18 Kentucky and No. 19 Seton Hall were the other ranked teams to lose twice this week.
Both of the Wildcats’ losses came to unranked teams, first at South Carolina and then at home to Florida to snap a 30-game home winning streak against Southeastern Conference foes. It raises the question of whether the Wildcats could slide out of Monday’s new poll.
“As a team, there is no lack of confidence,” Wildcats sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones said. “We understand that we have work to do. We can’t go out there and mess around. We have to go out there and fight.”
As for the Pirates, they lost at Creighton — which has been ranked in four polls this season — and then at home to No. 11 Xavier in the Big East.
No. 3 Purdue (19-2, 8-0 Big Ten) has won 15 straight games and has won three straight Big Ten games by at least 23 points for the first time in school history. The Boilermakers beat Wisconsin by 28 points and Iowa by 23 this week.
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St. Mary’s (19-2, 8-0 West Coast Conference) is rolling and could go from “Others Receiving Votes” to ranked by Monday.
The Gaels won at No. 13 Gonzaga on Thursday, then won at Pacific for a 14th straight victory — the second longest streak in school history — behind 32 points from Jock Landale, who stands as one of college basketball’s top performers with Selection Sunday less than two months away.
Then there’s Kansas State (14-5, 4-3 Big 12), which followed its win against Oklahoma by beating No. 24 TCU . The Wildcats rank 24th in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency rankings (115.7 points per 100 possessions), but held both opponents to 42 percent shooting while forcing the Sooners into 20 turnovers.
“They’ve grown up,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said after the TCU win. “We have good leadership. And they’re guarding.”
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and No. 2 Virginia beat Wake Forest 59-49 on Sunday night for its 10th straight win.
De’Andre Hunter added 16 points to help the first-place Cavaliers (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extend their longest winning streak since 2015-16 and open league play with seven victories for the second time in four years. Virginia shot nearly 46 percent in the second half while holding Wake Forest to 30 percent shooting after halftime.
Bryant Crawford scored 11 points, and Mitchell Wilbekin and Brandon Childress added 10 apiece for the Demon Deacons (8-11, 1-6), who kept it close against a highly-ranked Virginia team for the second time in three years but still managed to lose their fifth straight.
Devon Hall added 12 points to help the Cavaliers win a tight one in which there were nine lead changes and five ties.
NO. 23 MICHIGAN 62, RUTGERS 47
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift Michigan over Rutgers.
The Wolverines (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) rebounded from a 20-point loss at Nebraska on Thursday, taking the lead for good with a 13-0 run in the first half. Both teams shot well under 50 percent from the field, but this Michigan team is more capable of winning with defense than in the past.
Corey Sanders scored 12 points for Rutgers (12-9, 2-6), and Deshawn Freeman added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freeman also had the only assist of the game for Rutgers, which finished with 13 turnovers.
NO. 25 MIAMI 86, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 81
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and Miami shot 58 percent from the field.
Anthony Lawrence II and Ebuka Izundu each had 15 points for the Hurricanes (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Miami led the entire second half but struggled to put the Wolfpack away in a game that came down to the final seconds.
Miami came into Raleigh as one the ACC’s worst 3-point shooting teams, but made 10 of 19 tries from behind the arc for its best output in a league game.
Omer Yurtseven had 28 points for the Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4), who shot 63 percent after halftime and 54 percent for the game.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kat Tudor made seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 34 points, and No. 18 Oregon State snapped No. 7 Oregon’s nine-game winning streak with an 85-79 overtime victory Friday night.
Marie Gulich added 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Beavers (14-4, 5-2 Pac-12), who extended their Civil War rivalry winning streak over the Ducks to 14 games.
Sabrina Ionescu had a career-high 35 points for the Ducks (17-3, 6-1), including a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
Gulich’s turnaround jumper with 1:42 left in the extra period gave the Beavers an 80-77 lead. She made one free throw to extend the lead.
Ionescu made two of three foul shots to close the Ducks within 81-79, but Katie McWilliams made a 3-pointer and free throw with 15 seconds left to put it out of reach.
Hebard finished with 24 points for the Ducks.
No. 13 UCLA 60, No. 21 CALIFORNIA 52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordin Canada scored 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, Monique Billings had 14 points and 18 rebounds, and UCLA held off California.
Canada scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to blunt a comeback by Cal, which played without their leading scorer and the Pac-12’s top rebounder, Kristine Anigwe, for nearly six minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters after she picked up her fourth foul.
Cal (13-5, 4-3) put together an 8-0 run with four points from Kianna Smith to get within four, 51-47, with two minutes left, but Kennedy Burke had a tip-in and Canada made a lunging 3-pointer as she was falling that banked in for a 56-47 lead with 37 seconds left. UCLA (14-4, 5-2) added four free throws before Anigwe got Cal’s last bucket with 13 seconds left.
UTAH 58, No. 22 ARIZONA ST. 56
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Utah rallied from an 11-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and handed Arizona State its first home loss of the season.
It was the third straight loss for the Sun Devils (13-6, 4-3 Pac-12).
Megan Huff had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Utes (13-5, 4-3), who outscored the Sun Devils 26-13 in the final quarter. Torri Williams added 10 points, including four free throws in the final 18.4 seconds.
Robbi Ryan scored 16 for Arizona State but missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds. Williams’ two free throws with 2.6 seconds left sealed the victory.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges made a 3-pointer and bounced on his toes with joy, enjoying a game he and Michigan State desperately needed.
Bridges scored 22 points to help the ninth-ranked Spartans respond to adversity with an 85-57 win over Indiana on Friday night.
The Spartans (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) had a confidence-boosting performance after going from a top-ranked team to a reeling one. They were slumping after a 16-point loss at Ohio State, an overtime win over Rutgers and an 82-72 setback to Michigan at home.
“I was just trying to prove that we weren’t soft and that we can compete with any team,” Bridges said. “We were trying to prove a point.”
Michigan State took control with an 18-0 run midway through the first half, led by as much as 23 and was ahead 42-23 at halftime.
“We were aggressive and played our game,” Bridges said. “We had a great sense of urgency.”
Nick Ward had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Cassius Winston had 10 points, eight assists and only one turnover and Jaren Jackson had 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks and for the Spartans.
The Hoosiers (11-8, 4-3) lost for the first time in four games, falling into a fourth-place tie with the Wolverines and Nebraska.
Indiana’s Robert Johnson had 21 points and the rest of his teammates struggled offensively. Josh Newkirk scored 14, but missed 12 of 17 shots.
“If those two guys can continue to play well, I think we’ll be OK,” coach Archie Miller said.
The Hoosiers were held to 34 percent shooting.
“It wasn’t a good offensive showing and they had a lot to do with it,” Miller said.
WISCONSIN 75, ILLINOIS 50
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — He scores, he rebounds, he leads the press break at 6 feet, 10 inches tall.
Not an everyday combination for a post player, but Ethan Happ doesn’t want you to forget he played point guard early in his high school career before he shot up.
It all added up Friday to 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Happ as Wisconsin broke out of an offensive slump to beat Illinois 75-50.
“The biggest thing was we played as a unit tonight,” Happ said. “There wasn’t one guy trying to do it himself.”
On paper, Illinois (10-10, 0-7 Big Ten) should have given Wisconsin (10-10, 3-4) fits. The Illini like to pressure the perimeter, the Badgers’ backcourt has been thinned by injury and starting point guard Brad Davison went to the bench midway through the first half with his second foul.
But the Badgers didn’t miss a beat.
Up 24-18 about two minutes after Davison went out, Wisconsin went on a 16-6 run over the next five minutes to take control.
Suddenly, a team that had lost its first six Big Ten games by an average of 3.5 points was in a double-digit hole from which it would not recover despite trying to press the Badgers and switching to a zone defense for spurts.
Illinois coach Brad Underwood said the Badgers “just picked us apart” by being patient and taking advantage of poor defensive rotations. He also said it was the first time this season his team lacked effort.
“The team that gets you deep in the shot clock, they’re just going to wait until you make mistakes, and we made mistakes,” he said.
Leron Black scored 16 to lead Illinois, while Trent Frazier added 11.
The Badgers snapped a streak of three straight conference losses in which they failed to score more than 60 points. But they cracked that mark with more than 11 minutes to go, and their 43 points to open the contest was their best mark for a half in Big Ten play this season.
Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by Brad Davison’s 18. Brevin Pritzl scored 16 shooting 3 for 6 from the 3-point line, including one that banked in as the shot clock expired.
“It was ugly. But sometimes it bounces your way,” he said.
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin scored 14 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter to help No. 24 Oklahoma State pull away and beat No. 17 West Virginia 79-73 on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma State (13-4, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) rebounded from a 16-point loss at Kansas State on Saturday and improved to 2-3 against Top 25 opponents. West Virginia (15-4, 3-4) has lost consecutive games and four of its last six.
Goodwin now has three 30-point games, the most since Toni Young had three for the Cowgirls in the 2010-11 season. Braxtin Miller added 23 points, and Kaylee Jensen had 17 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
Miller and Goodwin made back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 21-12 surge that stretched the Cowgirls’ two-point lead to 74-63 with 2:46 left. West Virginia pulled within six points with 40 seconds left before Miller and Jensen combined for 5-of-6 shooting at the line to seal it.
Naomi Davenport scored 25 points and Teana Muldrow had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia.
No. 4 BAYLOR 79, IOWA STATE 50
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Just 20 seconds into her first career start, Baylor freshman Didi Richards scored on a putback.
That would be as close as Iowa State would ever get.
Kalani Brown scored 25 points, Lauren Cox had 21 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks, and No. 4 Baylor beat Iowa State 79-50 on Wednesday for its 13th straight win.
Kristy Wallace scored 16 points for the Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0 Big 12), who never trailed in picking up their sixth straight league win by at least 22 points.
“Our defense is pretty good. I thought we helped each other a lot,” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, whose team held the Cyclones to 24.6 percent shooting. “It’s a road win. Road wins are tough to come by.”
Baylor outscored the Cyclones (8-10, 2-5) by 38 in the first half two weeks ago in Waco, and it was nearly as dominant early on in the rematch. The Lady Bears stormed out to a 19-2 lead after a quarter — with Iowa State missing 19 of its first 20 shots — and pushed their lead to 26-4 less than 13 minutes into play.
It was all keyed by Brown and Cox, whose interior play suffocated the Cyclones.
“Just good defense. Coach (Mulkey) puts emphasis on that all the time, and I tried to move my feet. I had to play inside and out,” Cox said.
Though the outcome was never really in doubt, Baylor let Iowa State climb back to 45-30 in the third quarter. But Wallace drilled a corner 3 to put the Lady Bears back ahead by 20.
Bridget Carelton had 24 points for the Cyclones, who’ve lost five of six.
“They’re a monster,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. “I guess the only good thing about tonight is that we don’t have to play them again.”
Baylor rested senior Dekeiya Cohen after she played 36 minutes against Oklahoma. Cohen, a co-captain, is averaging 10.8 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Former California women’s basketball player and current WNBA All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon has filed a lawsuit against Cal claiming she was sexually assaulted by a longtime member of the athletic department
The school acknowledged the lawsuit Wednesday night and said the staff member, Mohamed Muqtar, had recently been placed on paid leave. The assistant director of student services, Muqtar has been working for the university for just more than 25 years, the school said. An e-mail to Muqtar’s Cal email account was not immediately returned.
Cal said in a statement “the University is aware of the complaint, but has not received a copy of the lawsuit nor had the benefit of reviewing the allegations.”
Clarendon, who plays for the Atlanta Dream and was at Cal from 2009-13, posted on Twitter her thoughts about the lawsuit.
She said in three separate tweets:
— “Regarding the news today: I want the shame to not be my own anymore, because it’s not my shame to carry, but it’s something that I’ve had to carry. It’s a horrible thing to live in silence, to carry that pain and that weight and the guilt.”
— “My biggest hope is that he never does this to anyone else. That no one else has to suffer under his hand, or him violating their bodies again. That this would be the end of him assaulting people. #TimesUp.”
— “It feels there is a big level of responsibility there for me, to make sure this doesn’t continue. And he doesn’t continue to harm other people.”
Cal explained in its statement that this case goes beyond the athletic department for investigation.
The statement reads: “Our department policy states that once anyone in Cal Athletics is made aware of any instance or allegation of a violation of University policy involving a coach, staff member or student-athlete, those matters are referred to the appropriate departments on campus responsible for investigating them. Athletics does not have its own specific conduct process nor does it investigate allegations or cases on its own, but follows the University’s policy and works in concert with campus professionals who are responsible for those areas. All university staff are also required to complete sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training, and those programs have increased in recent years. Cal Athletics is and will always be committed to fostering a culture where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected. We encourage anyone who is feeling distressed or troubled to contact the PATH to Care Center and other campus resources.
“Layshia holds a special place in our history for her contributions to Cal women’s basketball both on and off the court and we are saddened to hear of the allegations that are coming to light today.”
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first Top 10 matchup on its home court, beating second-ranked West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday.
Evans hit a lean-in jumper to give the Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) a four-point lead in the final minute and send the first sellout crowd of the season into a frenzy. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped.
Jevon Carter scored 28 points — one off his career high — for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1). Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension.
MICHIGAN 82, No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 72
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points for Michigan.
The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games overall and two straight against their rivals.
The Spartans (16-3, 4-2) have lost two of three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks.
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
No. 1 VILLANOVA 78, ST. JOHN’S 71
NEW YORK (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help Villanova silence a rowdy crowd and hold off upset-minded St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
Shamorie Ponds came close to leading the Red Storm (10-8, 0-6 Big East) to their first win over a No. 1 team in 33 years. Ponds scored a career-high 37 points in front of 17,123 fans.
The Wildcats (16-1, 4-1) were flawless from the free-throw line over the final minute to avoid the startling upset. Mikal Bridges had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Villanova. The Wildcats went 13-for-30 on 3-point range.
No. 5 PURDUE 81, MINNESOTA 47
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vincent Edwards scored 25 points in 29 minutes on 9-for-14 shooting for Purdue in its 13th consecutive victory.
Isaac Haas pitched in 14 points and five rebounds for Purdue (17-2, 6-0), which produced its best Big Ten start since going 8-0 to begin conference play in the 1989-90 season.
Jordan Murphy had 10 points and four rebounds for the Gophers (13-6, 2-4), who have lost all three games since center Reggie Lynch was suspended and small forward Amir Coffey was sidelined by a shoulder injury. This was the second-largest margin of defeat at home in program history, behind only a 90-51 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Dec. 20, 1968.
No. 5 WICHITA STATE 72, TULSA 69
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Landry Shamet and backcourt mate Conner Frankamp each scored 16 points and Wichita State held off Tulsa.
Shamet made the first of two free throws with 8 seconds left for a three-point edge. After Shamet missed his second shot, the Shockers fouled Sterling Taplin. He missed the front end of a one-and-one with 4.9 seconds left, Junior Etou rebounded and passed back to Taplin, whose 3-point try rimmed out.
Taplin scored 26 points. Markis McDuffie added 10 points and nine rebounds for Wichita State (15-2, 5-0 American Athletic Conference). Henderson had 14 points for Tulsa (10-8, 3-3).
No. 7 DUKE 89, WAKE FOREST 71
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Duke, which was without Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski due to a virus.
With longtime assistant Jeff Capel in charge, the short-handed and illness-ravaged Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight and moved their conference record over .500 for the first time this season.
Bryant Crawford scored 21 points and Keyshawn Woods had 15 to lead Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4), which hasn’t won at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 21 years.
No. 9 OKLAHOMA 102, No. 16 TCU 97, OT
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime for Oklahoma, which won in overtime.
Young, the freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists, also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Brady Manek added 22 points for the Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12), who made a school-record 19 3-pointers.
Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vlad Brodziansky added 21 for TCU (13-4, 1-4), which lost its second overtime game of the week.
No. 10 XAVIER 92, No. 25 CREIGHTON 70
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett emerged from his shooting slump with 24 pointsa and Kaiser Gates responded to getting dropped from the starting lineup by scoring 16, as Xavier recovered from back-to-back road losses.
The Musketeers (16-3, 4-2 Big East) shook up their starting lineup and got back in form after losses to Providence and No. 1 Villanova. They pulled ahead by 27 points midway through the second half.
The Bluejays (14-3, 4-2) gave up a season high in points and took their most lopsided loss.
No. 11 Arizona State 77, Oregon State 75
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shannon Evans scored seven of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run for Arizona State.
Cody Justice added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Sun Devils (14-3, 2-3 Pac-12), who were coming off an upset home loss to Oregon on Thursday night.
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 for the Beavers (10-7, 2-3), including five 3s (in 10 attempts).
Arizona State prevailed despite an off night from point guard Tra Holder. The Pac-12’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game made 1 of 9 shots for four points.
Tres Tinkle scored 18 for Oregon State but missed a 3-pointer that would have won the game at the buzzer.
No. 12 KANSAS 73, KANSAS STATE 72
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Devonte Graham had 23 points, and Malik Newman hit the go-ahead foul shots with 15 seconds left for Kansas.
Udoka Azubuike added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1 Big 12), who beat their Interstate 70 rival for the sixth straight time and 12th in a row at Allen Fieldhouse.
Dean Wade had 22 points to lead Kansas State (12-5, 2-3).
No. 13 SETON HALL 74, GEORGETOWN 61
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead Seton Hall.
The Pirates (15-3, 4-1 Big East), who remained undefeated at home (11-0), received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Angel Delgado.
The Hoyas (12-5, 2-4) were led by Marcus Derrickson, who scored 18 points while Jahvon Blair and Jessie Govan scored 11 points each.
No. 14 CINCINNATI 78, SOUTH FLORIDA 55
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and Cincinnati shrugged off a slow start.
Jacob Evans III had 16 points and Kyle Washington added 14 to help the Bearcats (15-2, 4-0) remain unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play. The victory was the eighth straight for Cincinnati, which shot 70 percent while outscoring the Bulls 43-22 in the second half.
USF (7-11, 0-5) has lost six in a row, remaining winless in the AAC, where it has been beaten by an average of nearly 25 points per game. Payton Banks led the Bulls with 22 points.
No. 15 GONZAGA 75, SAN FRANCISCO 65
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnathan Williams scored 17 points and Josh Perkins added 16 to lead Gonzaga to 18th straight road victory in the West Coast Conference.
The Bulldogs (16-3, 6-0) got a rare test in conference play after winning their first five games by at least 29 points. But they were up to the task with help from two key blocked shots late by Rei Hachimura.
Souley Boum scored 22 points and Frankie Ferrari added 18 for the Dons (10-9, 2-4). San Francisco has lost 14 straight games against ranked opponents since beating Gonzaga at home 66-65 on Feb. 12, 2012.
No. 17 ARIZONA 90, OREGON 83
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Allonzo Trier scored 25 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 for Arizona.
Arizona (14-4, 4-1 Pac-12) scored eight straight points to go up 84-77 with 72 seconds left. The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field.
Elijah Brown scored 25 points and MiKyle McIntosh had 20 for the Ducks (12-6, 2-3).
No. 19 CLEMSON 72, No. 18 MIAMI 63
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, for Clemson.
The Tigers (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) continued their best start in nine seasons and bounced back from their first ACC defeat that snapped a 10-game win streak at North Carolina State on Thursday night.
Clemson made a season-high 12 3-pointers.
Anthony Lawrence II and Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points each for Miami (13-3, 2-2).
No. 20 NORTH CAROLINA 69, NOTRE DAME 68
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as North Carolina earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season.
Berry finished with 15 points while Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2). Sophomore point guard T.J. Gibbs got a game-high 19 points and six assists for the Irish (13-5, 3-2).
Gibbs dribbled downcourt and got off an errant shot but got a rebound which spun out at the buzzer.
No. 21 KENTUCKY 74, VANDERBILT 67
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Knox scored five straight points to put Kentucky ahead to stay.
With the score tied at 59, Knox hit a jumper with 3:48 left and hit the free throw that put Kentucky ahead for good. He added a layup on the next possession for the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference). Wenyon Gabriel added a tip-in, and Hamadou Diallo knocked down a 3-pointer for a 10-2 run clinching the victory.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Kentucky with 22 points. Knox finished with 17.
Jeff Roberson led Vanderbilt (6-11, 1-4) with 20 points.
No. 22 AUBURN 76, MISSISSIPPI STATE 68
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored 23 points and Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray both added 14 for Auburn.
Auburn (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 14th straight game despite trailing by 13 points early in the second half. It’s the program’s longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 season, when the Tigers also won 14 in a row.
Quinndary Weatherspoon had 14 points for Mississippi State (13-4, 1-3).
No. 23 FLORIDA STATE 101, SYRACUSE 90, 2OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Briain Angola scored 24 points, including five in the second overtime, and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 for Florida State.
Tied at 82 at the end of the first overtime, the Seminoles scored the first six points of the second extra session to take control. Two free throws by Tyus Battle cut FSU’s lead to 88-84 but it scored nine of the next 11 points to put it out of reach.
Phil Cofer added 16 points for Florida State (13-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which played without leading scorer and rebounder Terance Mann, who missed the game due to a concussion.
Battle, who had five points at halftime, led the Orange (12-6, 1-4) with 37 points,
No. 24 TENNESSEE 75, TEXAS A&M 62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Bowden scored 15 points as Tennessee handed Texas A&M its fifth consecutive loss.
Kyle Alexander had 14 points, Admiral Schofield scored 12 and Jordan Bone added 10 as Tennessee (12-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won its third straight in Volunteers coach Rick Barnes’ 1,000th career game. Barnes improved his head coaching record to 647-353.
After being ranked fifth in the nation at the start of SEC play, Texas A&M (11-6, 0-5) hasn’t won since.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No. 1 Villanova to an 89-65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East) returned to the top spot of the poll on Monday.
The Wildcats raced to a 22-9 lead. Booth hit three 3s in the first half and Brunson was solid both from long range and in attacking the basket to make it 40-28 at the break.
Naji Marshall had 13 points for Xavier (15-3, 3-2),
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 76, RUTGERS 72, OT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges ended his scoreless start with 7:43 left in regulation and finished with just 11 points for Michigan State.
The Spartans (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) were coming off a lopsided loss at Ohio State and the setback seemed to have lingering effects for the team and their sophomore star.
The Scarlet Knights (11-7, 1-4) took a one-point lead on Corey Sanders’ step-back jumper with 1 minute left. Sanders missed a long jumper with 16 seconds left.
Bridges was fouled with 8 seconds left, but made only the second free throw to tie the game.
With a chance to win, Sanders missed a shot near the top of the key with a second left in regulation. Sanders made a game-tying floater with 1:21 left in overtime. He made a layup to pull Rutgers within two with 9 seconds left, but Cassius Winston sealed the win with two free throws to put the Spartans ahead by six.
Sanders scored 22 points for the Scarlet Knights.
Michigan State’s Nick Ward had 17 points.
No. 7 DUKE 87, PITTSBURGH 52
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marvin Bagley III scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Duke.
Bagley recorded his 13th double-double of the season, one shy of the Duke freshman record shared by Jabari Parker and Gene Banks.
The Blue Devils (14-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and needed less than 17 minutes to build a 30-point lead.
Jared Wilson-Frame led the Panthers (8-9, 04) with 17 points.
TEXAS 99, No. 16 TCU 98, 2OT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jericho Sims made a free throw with 5 seconds left, then Texas watched as TCU’s Jaylen Fisher missed a layup off the rim at the final buzzer in the second overtime.
Sims had missed his second free throw and the Horned Frogs got the play they wanted with Fisher driving the lane for a point-blank layup that somehow bounced out.
Texas got it biggest win of the season hours after the school announced that sophomore guard Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia and has started treatment. Further details on his diagnosis and condition have not been released.
TCU had rallied from 13 down in the second half and led 94-90 in the second overtime. The game was tied at 98 when Desmond Bane of TCU missed a shot and Kenrich Williams fouled Sims on the rebound.
Eric Davis scored 22 points to lead Texas (11-5, 2-2 Big 12). Williams scored 26 for TCU (13-3, 1-3), which made 15 3-pointers but none in the second overtime.
LOUISVILLE 73, No. 23 FLORIDA STATE 69
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Deng Adel scored 16 points and Louisville rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat to snap Florida State’s 28-game home winning streak.
Ray Spalding added 15 points for the Cardinals (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who made six 3-pointers in the second half. Ryan McMahon, who scored 11 points, had three 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes, including one that gave the Cardinals the lead and another with 59 seconds remaining that pushed the lead to 71-66.
Terance Mann tied a career high with 25 points and Braian Angola added 18 for Florida State (12-4, 1-3).
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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.
No. 15 WEST VIRGINA 74, KANSAS 54
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.”
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.
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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.”
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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
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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.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 77, GEORGIA TECH 54
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.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 67, VIRGINIA TECH 56
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).
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 83, LSU 70
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.
No. 7 TENNESSEE 86, VANDERBILT 73
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.
No. 8 TEXAS 75, KANSAS STATE 64
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 76, No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 69
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.
No. 12 WEST VIRGININA 57, IOWA STATE 49
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.
No. 13 MARYLAND 77, WISCONSIN 44
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).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 65, NO. 16 OREGON STATE 61
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.
No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 96, OKLAHOMA 82
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).
No. 23 CALIFORNIA 53, ARIZONA 51
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.
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 73, No. 24 STANFORD 66
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.
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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.
(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 12 North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia. One of two matchups of ranked teams this weekend has the defending national champion Tar Heels (12-3, 1-1) looking to bounce back from their first conference loss of the season, a 81-80 defeat at No. 24 Florida State on Wednesday night. That attempt comes at the site of perhaps their most humiliating defeat from a year ago — a 53-43 loss in Charlottesville, Virginia, that marked the lowest-scoring game in coach Roy Williams’ tenure at his alma mater. The Cavaliers (13-1, 2-0) have won five in a row and, true to form under coach Tony Bennett, have held each opponent in that stretch to 60 or fewer points.
LOOKING AHEAD: No. 25 Clemson is off to a surprisingly strong start, earning its first national ranking since 2010, and the Tigers will look to keep it going next Thursday night when they look to complete a season sweep of North Carolina State. The Wolfpack have been tough to beat at home under new coach Kevin Keatts, winning nine of their first 10 home games before Sunday’s visit from No. 2 Duke. Clemson won its debut as a ranked team Wednesday night by beating Boston College 74-70.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Notre Dame freshman D.J. Harvey might be asked to mature in a hurry, with forward Bonzie Colson out for about eight weeks with a broken left foot. Harvey figures to be Colson’s replacement until the All-American is healthy again. He had a season-best 17 points in his first start in place of Colson, a rout of N.C. State, and will be counted upon to replace at least some of the 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds that Colson averaged for the Irish.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Marvin Bagley III has wasted no time making history during his first — and only? — season at Duke. In Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s nearly four decades with the Blue Devils, only four times has a played had 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Three of those performances belong to Bagley, who had 32 points and 21 rebounds in last week’s victory over Florida State. Bagley leads the league in both scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) and his rebounding total in that game was a program record for freshmen.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Third-ranked Louisville (16-0, 2-0) is off to the best start in school history, and after winning a pair of road games to begin ACC play, the Cardinals look to keep pace with perennial league champion Notre Dame at the top of the standings with home games against No. 17 Duke and Virginia Tech. Louisville held N.C. State without a field goal for the first 14-plus minutes of a win last week, and the Cardinals’ average margin of victory of 24.8 points ranks second in the league to No. 11 Florida State.
What I am watching this weekend in college basketball:
Saturday, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The Jayhawks are coming off another loss at home, and they look vulnerable in the Big 12. Still time to fix things, however.
Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
The defending champs, who average 85.2 points per game, vs. one of the best defensive programs (36.4 field goal percentage defense) in the country? Yes, please. Theo Pinson’s season stats don’t jump off the page — 9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.5 APG — but he’s the X-factor for the Heels.
Saturday, 2:15 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Once a favorite to win the SEC, A&M comes limping into this game after two consecutive losses, to Alabama and Florida, respectively. The Aggies are very banged up, and LSU gave Kentucky all it could handle earlier this week. The conference known for football gets tougher for basketball teams every week.
Saturday, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU
After a few weeks of landing on the “also receiving votes” list, Arkansas finally got into the top 25 this week. Then the Razorbacks promptly lost to unranked Mississippi State. Auburn and Bruce Pearl, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive road win at Tennessee.
Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2
True freshman point guard Trae Young — who leads the country in both scoring and assists, at 29.6 and 10.7, respectively — has been terrific for the Sooners. But how does he handle going on the road at a school known for suffocating pressure defense? Keep an eye on 6-foot-9 senior forward Khadeem Lattin (7.9 PPT, 7.3 RPG), too.
Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Kentucky might be young, but Kevin Knox (14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Wildcats are used to being in the spotlight. Tennessee is still feeling out this Top 25 thing, as evidenced by the Vols loss at home to Auburn earlier this week.
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).
No. 21 VILLANOVA 75, XAVIER 57
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).
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 80, No. 23 CALIFORNIA 71
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).
No. 24 STANFORD 61, ARIZONA 46
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).
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges had 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks to help No. 1 Michigan State turn a closely contested game into another rout, pulling away to beat Maryland 91-61 on Thursday night.
The Spartans (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) went on a 15-0 run late in the first half to take control and led 44-32 at halftime. They refused to be content with the 12-point lead, building 30-plus point cushions in the second half by diving for loose balls, playing tough defense and finishing with a season-high 16 3-pointers.
Freshman Jaren Jackson had 15 points, three blocks and two steals despite playing just 4 minutes in the first half because he had two fouls.
Anthony Cowman scored 26 points for the Terrapins (13-4, 2-2), who had won seven straight.
COLORADO 90, No. 4 ARIZONA STATE 81, OT
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Namon Wright scored five of his 19 points in overtime, including two crucial free throws at the end, for Colorado.
Down 11-0 to start the game, the Buffaloes (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) steadily whittled away and opened up a six-point lead with 1:17 remaining in regulation. But the Sun Devils (12-2, 0-2) stormed back, with Mickey Mitchell tying the game at 74 with 5 seconds left on an emphatic dunk.
In overtime, the Buffaloes hit six straight free throws down the stretch. It was the highest-ranked team Colorado has beaten since knocking off No. 3 Texas on Feb. 4, 2003. The Colorado fans stormed the court to celebrate.
McKinley Wright added 19 points and George King chipped in 18 as Colorado snapped a three-game skid, including two straight to start conference play.
Tra Holder had 24 points for Arizona State before fouling out in OT.
No. 9 WICHITA STATE 81, HOUSTON.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Landry Shamet scored 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead Wichita State.
Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) made nine of its first 11 3-point shots and led by as many as 25 in the first half. Starting guards Shamet and Conner Frankamp (15 points) were a combined 12 of 15 from the field.
Rob Gray led Houston (12-3, 2-1 American) with 13 points, six below his season average. He was 6 of 14 from the field.
No. 14 ARIZONA, UTAH 82
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deandre Ayton scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Arizona.
The Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) have won nine straight.
Rawle Alkins finished with 22 points for Arizona and Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 19.
Sedrick Barefield led Utah (10-4, 2-1) with 23 points and David Collette added 19.
Utah rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game late, but couldn’t pull off the upset.
No. 19 CINCINNATI 55, TEMPLE 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jacob Evans III hit the winner with .4 seconds to play for Cincinnati and the Bearcats got a needed assist from a soaring water bottle.
The Bearcats (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) rallied down the stretch to win their sixth straight game.
Temple led by two points when a turnover and on offensive foul caused coach Fran Dunphy to angrily smack a water bottle on the scorer’s table and send the plastic container to the court. Dunphy was whistled for the technical. Gary Clark made one of two free throws to cut the Bearcats’ deficit to one.
Kyle Washington put the Bearcats ahead 52-50 on a 3-pointer from the wing and Evans hit the jumper in the final second to win it.
Washington led the Bearcats with 18 points and Evans had 14.
Obi Enechionyia led the Owls (7-7, 0-3) with 14 points. The Owls have lost four straight games.
No. 19 GONZAGA 89, PEPPERDINE 59
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Killian Tillie had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Gonzaga.
Johnathan Williams scored 13 points and Rui Hachimura had 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who have not lost to Pepperdine since 2002.
Gonzaga outscored Pepperdine 48-14 in the paint and had a 36-13 edge off the bench, with Corey Kispert adding nine points and eight rebounds. Zach Norvell Jr. scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
Eric Cooper Jr. had a season-high 19 points for the Waves (3-12, 0-3).
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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.
No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 88, MISSISSIPPI 62
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).
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 111, ARKANSAS 69
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).
No. 7 TENNESSEE 70, AUBURN 59
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.
No. 10 OHIO STATE 91, MINNESOTA 75
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.
No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 69, CLEMSON 47
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).
No. 22 MICHIGAN 80, WISCONSIN 57
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).
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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).
No. 6 BAYLOR 89, IOWA STATE 49
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.
KANSAS STATE 60, No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 52
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.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — J.P. Macura scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to get Xavier rolling, and Trevon Bluiett had 21 points as the fifth-ranked Musketeers won their 10th in a row, beating Butler 86-79 on Tuesday night.
The Musketeers (15-1, 3-0 Big East) matched their highest ranking in school history on Monday. A day later, they matched the best start in school history by getting up 14 points and holding on against the team that’s pulled off the biggest upset so far in the conference.
Butler (12-4, 2-1) was coming off 101-93 win over then-No. 1 Villanova on Saturday. The Bulldogs were only 4 of 14 from beyond the arc in the first half, with Xavier leading 44-36. Kaiser Gates had a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 66-52 midway through the second half.
Kamar Baldwin had 28 points for Butler and Kelan Martin added 25.
No. 18 TEXAS TECH 85, No. 10 KANSAS 73
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 15 points, Norense Odiase and Justin Gray had 12 apiece, and Texas Tech never trailed in winning at Allen Fieldhouse or the first time in 18 tries.
The Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) built a 16-point lead midway through the first half, then found an answer every time the 3-point-dependent Jayhawks (11-3, 1-1) tried to mount a second-half charge.
Zach Smith had 11 points and Jarrett Culver contributed 10 for Texas Tech, which has won its first two Big 12 games for the first time in a decade. The Red Raiders also snapped a four-game skid in league road openers by winning their seventh straight game in the toughest of venues.
Devonte Graham led the Jayhawks with 27 points. They were 6 of 26 from beyond the arc and missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts in the second half.
FLORIDA 83, No. 11 TEXAS A&M 66
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Egor Koulechov scored 19 points and Keith Stone added 18 as Florida built a big lead early and cruised to victory.
The short-handed Aggies, who were playing without three starters, dropped their second straight game after starting the season 11-1 and rising to No. 5 in the poll. This was A&M’s second straight lopsided loss after a 79-57 defeat at Alabama on Saturday.
The Gators (10-4, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) made 17 3-pointers, led by five from Koulechov and four from Stone to win their fourth straight game.
Texas A&M (11-3, 0-2) was led by Jay Jay Chandler’s 17 points on a night the team was missing Admon Gilder, who missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury, and Duane Wilson who also sat out with a knee injury. Leading scorer D.J. Hogg, who is averaging 14.6 points a game, served the last game of a three-game suspension for an undisclosed team rules violation.
No. 16 TCU 81, BAYLOR 78, OT
WACO, Texas (AP) — Vladimir Brodziansky had 18 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, as TCU bounced back from its first loss.
The Horned Frogs (13-1, 1-1 Big 12), after blowing a 12-point lead in the second half, went ahead to stay on Brodziansky’s 3 from the top of the key with 1:29 left in overtime that made it 75-74.
Jo Lual-Acuil had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (10-4, 0-2), while Terry Maston had 20 points and nine rebounds.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 78, No. 22 ARKANSAS 75
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Weatherspoon scored 22 points and his brother Quinndary Weatherspoon added another 22 for Mississippi State.
Mississippi State (13-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) built off its best start during non-conference play in years, rallying for the win after trailing for much of the second half.
Arkansas (11-3, 1-1) was playing its first game in the AP’s national rankings since March 2015. The Razorbacks came in averaging more than 90 points per game, but Mississippi State slowed the pace and took a 32-28 lead into halftime.
Daryl Macon led Arkansas with 24 points while Daniel Gafford added 17.
AUBURN 94, No. 23 TENNESSEE 84
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bryce Brown and Jared Harper each scored 18 points as Auburn erased an early 14-point deficit for its 11th straight victory.
By rallying in its Southeastern Conference opener, Auburn extended its longest winning streak since a 14-game run in 1999-2000. Auburn (13-1, 1-0 SEC) also ended a 10-game road skid in this series and beat Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time since a 74-69 triumph on Jan. 7, 1998.
Lamonte Turner had a carer-high 25 points for Tennessee (9-4, 0-2) has lost two straight games for the first time this season.
TUESDAY WOMEN’S ROUNDUP:
BUTLER 76, No. 21 VILLANOVA 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tori Schickel scored 16 of her 26 points in the second half on Tuesday when Butler pulled away to whip No. 21 Villanova 76-53.
Schickel, who averaged 24.5 points and 18 rebounds against the Wildcats last year, had 10 points in the third quarter when the Bulldogs (9-5, 1-1 Big East) pulled away.
Whitney Jennings added 16 points, Kristen Spolyar had 13 and Michelle Weaver 11 for Butler. Schickel, who had seven rebounds to give her 700 for her career and six assists, made 10 of 11 shots as the Bulldogs finished at 53 percent (28 of 53).
Villanova scored the last five points of the first half to trail 31-29 and took the lead on back-to-back baskets by Alex Louin less than a minute into the second half.
The Wildcats went ahead by a basket again before the Bulldogs reeled off 12 straight points, half by Schickel. After another Louin basket, Spolyar had two 3s in a 9-0 run. Butler ended up with a 27-11 scoring advantage in the third quarter and was never threatened.