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  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Virginia clinches ACC tourney top seed
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Ty Jerome scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Virginia past struggling Georgia Tech 65-54 Wednesday night in Charlottesville, Va.

    • The Cavaliers clinched the No. 1 seed for next month's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in New York.

      Virginia (25-2, 14-1 ACC) overcame a slow first half and held Georgia Tech (11-17, 4-11) to 24 second-half points, including keeping the Yellow Jackets scoreless for the final 3:26 of the game.

      Joining Jerome, five players for the Cavaliers scored at least seven points. De'Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite scored nine points apiece off of the bench while Kyle Guy added eight. Ben Lammers had a game-high 22 points for the Yellow Jackets.

      No. 3 Villanova 93, DePaul 62

      Mikal Bridges scored 27 points, Eric Paschall added 16 and the Wildcats had little trouble defeating the Blue Demons in Philadelphia.

      Phil Booth contributed 14 for Villanova (25-3, 12-3 Big East). Booth had the cast removed from his injured right hand last Friday and was impressive after missing the previous seven games. Jalen Brunson chipped in with 11 and Omari Spellman had 10 points for Villanova.

      Max Strus led DePaul (10-17, 3-12) with 21 points while Marin Maric added 12.

      No. 4 Xavier 89, Georgetown 77

      Naji Marshall had 21 points and J.P. Macura scored 20 as the visiting Musketeers completed a season sweep of the Hoyas, winning at Washington.

      Xavier (25-4, 13-3 Big East) had won nine consecutive games before falling to Villanova 95-79 on Saturday. As a result, the Musketeers no longer control their own destiny for the Big East regular-season title.

      Nonetheless, Xavier bounced back with the victory over the Hoyas (15-11, 5-10) and is in position to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown got 21 points from Jamorko Pickett.

      No. 5 Duke 82, Louisville 56

      Grayson Allen poured in 28 points as the Blue Devils throttled the Cardinals in Durham, N.C.

      Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points and Gary Trent Jr. posted 11 points for second-place Duke (23-5, 11-4 ACC). The Blue Devils have won four games in a row since falling at rival North Carolina.

      Ray Spalding supplied 17 points and 10 rebounds, and V.J. King and Deng Adel both racked up 10 points for Louisville (18-10, 8-7). The Cardinals lost for the fifth time in seven games.

      Oklahoma State 79, No. 6 Texas Tech 71

      Kendall Smith scored 21 points, including seven free throws over the final 1:34, as the Cowboys soared past the Red Raiders in Stillwater, Okla.

      Mitchell Solomon made a free throw and Kendall Smith hit a pair from the charity stripe to push the Cowboys' advantage to 73-66 with 1:34 remaining. Oklahoma State (16-12, 6-9 Big 12) made enough free throws in the final minute to hold off the Red Raiders.

      The loss was the second in a row for Texas Tech (22-6, 10-5), dropping the Red Raiders a game behind Kansas for first place in the conference with three games to play. Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith scored 18 points.

      No. 10 North Carolina 78, Syracuse 74

      Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed a key rebound late in the game as the Tar Heels continued their late-season surge with a narrow victory over the Orange in Syracuse, N.Y.

      The Tar Heels (22-7, 11-5 ACC) have won six consecutive games, the best current streak in the conference. North Carolina has also won six consecutive games against the Orange.

      Syracuse (18-10, 7-8) remains on the edge of the NCAA Tournament bubble, as it is still looking for its first win against a nationally ranked team. Tyus Battle scored 26 points for the Orange against North Carolina.

      No. 12 Auburn 90, Alabama 71

      The Tigers moved another step closer to the Southeastern Conference's regular-season title by blitzing the Crimson Tide in the second half for a victory in Auburn, Ala.

      Auburn sophomore Jared Harper and Alabama freshman Collin Sexton, former teammates at Pebblebrook High in Mableton, Ga., put on a show. Harper led the Tigers (24-4, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) with 21 points, and Sexton scored a game-high 25 for the Crimson Tide (17-11, 8-7).

      Bryce Brown scored 18 and Chuma Okeke added a career-high 16 points for Clemson.

      No. 13 Wichita State 93, Tulane 86

      Shaquille Morris tied his career high with 25 points as the Shockers defeated the Green Wave in Wichita, Kan.

      The Shockers played without star guard Landry Shamet for the first time in two years. Shamet, who had played 61 consecutive games, was on the sideline, but he was too ill to play, perhaps due to food poisoning. He leads the AAC in assists (5.2 per game) and tops the Shockers in points (14.7 per game).

      Wichita State senior guard Conner Frankamp, who started in place of Shamet, tied a career high with 18 points. Austin Reaves added 10 points for the Shockers (22-5, 12-3 AAC). Tulane (13-14, 4-11), which has lost six consecutive games, was led by Melvin Frazier's 22 points and Samir Sehic's 16 points.

      Virginia Tech 65, No. 15 Clemson 58

      Justin Robinson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. each scored 14 points as the Hokies defeated the Tigers in Blacksburg, Va.

      Virginia Tech (20-8, 9-6 ACC) moved into a fourth-place tie in the league standings with Clemson and N.C. State, enhancing its chances of advancing to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year.

      Clemson (20-7, 9-6) lost a third straight game for the first time this season. The Tigers were playing their second consecutive game without starting point guard Shelton Mitchell, who sustained a concussion in a loss at Florida State on Feb. 14. He is expected to return to action Saturday when Clemson plays host to Georgia Tech.

      No. 17 Michigan 72, Penn State 63

      Duncan Robinson scored 19 points off the bench, and the Wolverines recorded their fourth straight victory, downing the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa.

      Moritz Wagner had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Poole tossed in 13 points for the Wolverines (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten). Zavier Simpson chipped in nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added nine points for Michigan.

      Tony Carr led the Nittany Lions (19-11, 9-8) with 21 points and six assists. Lamar Stevens supplied 19 points and eight rebounds.

      No. 19 Tennessee 62, Florida 57

      Grant Williams bounced back from public criticism by coach Rick Barnes to score 23 points and help the Volunteers post a victory over the Gators at Knoxville, Tenn.

      Admiral Schofield contributed 16 points and eight rebounds as Tennessee (20-7, 10-5 SEC) remained two games behind first-place Auburn in the conference race. The Volunteers improved to 12-2 at home.

      Jalen Hudson scored 13 points to lead the Gators, who lost their third straight game and fifth in the last seven. Keith Stone and Chris Chiozza (nine assists) scored 11 points apiece for Florida (17-11, 8-7).

      No. 20 Nevada 80, San Jose State 67

      Kendall Stephens scored a career-high 30 points and matched his career best of seven 3-pointers to lead the Wolf Pack past the Spartans in Mountain West play at Reno, Nev.

      Hallice Cooke added 15 points on a career-best five 3-pointers for Nevada (24-5, 13-2 MW). Jordan Caroline also had 15 points as Nevada won its fourth straight game and maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Boise State.

      Ryan Welage had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans (3-23, 0-15), who lost their 15th consecutive contest. Oumar Barry scored 12 points and Jalen James had 11.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Spartans lock up share of Big Ten title
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Michigan State has at least a piece of the Big 10 regular-season championship. Now, the Spartans will attempt to win the whole thing.

    • Miles Bridges scored 19 points to lead No. 2 Michigan State to an 81-61 win over Illinois in the home finale for the Spartans on Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich.

      Michigan State (27-3, 15-2) clinched a share of its first Big 10 title since 2012 and can win its first outright league crown since 2009 with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday.

      Leron Black scored 20 points to lead Illinois (13-16, 3-13).

      No. 16 Ohio State 79, Rutgers 52

      C.J. Jackson had 18 points off the bench and Kaleb Wesson added 14 points to lead the 16th-ranked Buckeyes to a win over the Scarlet Knights in Columbus, Ohio.

      The Buckeyes (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak.

      Corey Sanders had 12 points to lead Rutgers (13-17, 3-14). The Scarlet Knights lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

      No. 18 Rhode Island 95, La Salle 93 (OT)

      Jeff Dowtin came up with a key steal and hit several clutch free throws late to lift the Rams over the Explorers in Atlantic 10 action at Philadelphia.

      Dowtin finished with a career-high 25 points after sinking four free throws in the final five seconds of overtime. La Salle had a chance to take the lead down 91-90 before Dowtin came up with his clutch steal and got fouled. Rhode Island (22-4, 14-1) clinched at least a share of its first-ever Atlantic 10 regular-season championship.

      B.J. Johnson led all scorers with 31 points and grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds to lead La Salle (11-17, 5-10). Johnson is the first Explorers player with a 20-rebound game since Rasual Butler had 20 on Nov. 8, 2001.

      No. 21 West Virginia 71, Baylor 60

      Esa Ahmad ended a slump with 15 points and Sagaba Konate had nine blocks as the Mountaineers rolled over the Bears in Waco, Texas.

      Jevon Carter added 15 points as West Virginia (20-8, 9-6 Big 12) shook off a crushing loss at Kansas on Saturday in which it blew a late 12-point lead. Konate finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

      Frigid 32.8 percent shooting doomed Baylor (17-11, 7-8), which saw its five-game winning streak snapped and its NCAA Tournament bubble case dinged.

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA denies appeal, Louisville must vacate 2013 title
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Louisville became the first team to vacate a national championship in the Final Four era on Tuesday.

    • A formal appeal of NCAA penalties levied against Louisville on June 15 was denied, costing the Cardinal victories from several seasons and most notably the program's 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance.

      "I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong," Louisville interim president Greg Postel said Tuesday. "We disagree with the NCAA ruling for reasons we clearly stated in our appeal. And we made a strong case -- based on NCAA precedent -- that supported our argument."

      The initial ruling came as the result of an investigation launched when an escort accused a former Louisville staff member of arranging for strippers to entertain players and recruits during parties at an on-campus dormitory from 2011-15.

      Former coach Rick Pitino, who was fired amidst the ongoing investigation into payments facilitated by the school from adidas to a prominent recruit, denied knowledge of the on-campus misgivings.

      Pitino had been the only coach to lead two Division I teams to a national championship. He coached Kentucky during the Wildcats' title run in 1996.

      "We'll remove the official recognition, but it won't remove it from our hearts and minds," Louisville interim athletics director Vince Tyra said Tuesday moments after the NCAA's announcement at noon ET. "It brings closure to one of these situations. It's not going to bring closure to the successes and memories our teams had. I'm sad for our players and certainly our staff members."

      Louisville appealed the NCAA punishment in August, submitting a 68-page letter that charged the NCAA with "draconian" enforcement without precedent.

      Allegations made by Katina Powell, the former escort, were made in a book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."

      The NCAA announced not long after that it would begin looking into whether former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for a total of 22 shows at a university dormitory from 2010-14.

      McGee, who was an assistant coach at UMKC when the book was released and storm clouds formed over the UL program, refused to speak to NCAA investigators.

      Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired in October after the FBI informed Louisville of a federal investigation alleging the university ordered a payment of $100,000 to five-star recruit Brian Bowen's father.

      --Field Level Media

  • College basketball notebook: Virginia holds onto No. 1 spot
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    Virginia remained No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday for the second straight week, earning 12 more votes than last week when the Cavaliers earned the top ranking for the first time since Ralph Sampson's senior season in 1982.

    • Michigan State remained at No. 2, garnering 19 of 42 first place votes. Villanova earned the four other first-place votes while holding its spot at No. 3 thanks to a win over No. 4 Xavier. Duke jumped seven spots to No. 5 with wins over Clemson and Virginia Tech.

      Middle Tennessee moved to No. 24 in the poll, earning the first top 25 ranking in program history.

      --Purdue senior Vincent Edwards could miss the remainder of the regular season with a left ankle injury.

      Edwards sustained the injury in practice Saturday, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, and missed Sunday's game against Penn State.

      The senior forward is averaging 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. he is officially listed as questionable for the Boilermakers' final two regular-season games, against Illinois and Minnesota.

      --East Tennessee State announced a contract extension for coach Steve Forbes.

      The deal runs through the 2022-23 season and increases Forbes' annual pay to $650,000, up from $450,000.

      East Tennessee State is 23-5 this season and 74-25 overall in Forbes' three seasons at the school. The Buccaneers are looking for a second straight NCAA Tournament berth after going 27-8 last before losing to Florida in the first round of the NCAAs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia stays No. 1 in AP poll as Duke jumps to fifth
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    Virginia remained No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the second straight week while Duke jumped back into the top five.

    • Coach Tony Bennett's Cavaliers strengthened their hold at the top, receiving 42 of 65 first-place votes from the national media panel in the latest AP poll released Monday.

      Virginia (24-2) climbed to No. 1 last week for the first time since December 1982 -- the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson -- when the AP poll only ranked 20 teams. The Cavaliers earned 12 more first-place votes this week.

      No. 2 Michigan State (26-3) received 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 down to beat Northwestern 65-60 on Saturday as the top four teams in the poll remained unchanged. Third-ranked Villanova (24-3) got the other four first-place votes after winning 95-79 at Xavier (24-4), which stayed at No. 4.

      Duke (22-5) jumped seven spots to No. 5 after beating Virginia Tech on Wednesday and Clemson on Sunday despite playing without injured top freshman Marvin Bagley III.

      Gonzaga (25-4) and Texas Tech (22-5) are tied at No. 6, followed by Kansas (21-6), Purdue (24-5) and North Carolina (21-7) to round out the Top 10.

      Middle Tennessee (22-5) is No. 24 to mark its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Purdue could be without Vincent Edwards (ankle) for stretch run
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    Purdue senior Vincent Edwards could miss the remainder of the regular season with a left ankle injury.

    • According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the injury suffered in practice Saturday that caused Edwards to miss Sunday's game against Penn State might require several days of rest.

      Edwards, averaging 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, is officially listed as questionable for games against Illinois and Minnesota this week, coach Matt Painter said. Edwards and teammate Carsen Edwards are among the 20 finalists for the Wooden National Player of the Year Award.

      The Boilermakers (24-5) have dropped three of their past four games, ending a three-game losing streak Sunday by knocking off Penn State.

      The Big Ten Tournament begins Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 12 Duke dumps No. 11 Clemson
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Grayson Allen scored 19 points as No. 12 Duke handed No. 11 Clemson its first home defeat of the season, 66-57, on Sunday in Clemson, S.C.

    • The Blue Devils improved to 22-5 overall and 10-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, snapping a tie with the Tigers (20-6, 9-5) for sole possession of second place in the ACC standings with four regular-season games remaining.

      Clemson entered the game unbeaten in 13 home games this season. The Blue Devils have won nine of their past 11 games.

      Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Duke. Elijah Thomas led Clemson with his seventh double-double of the season, 13 points and 15 rebounds.

      No. 19 Wichita State 76, No. 5 Cincinnati 72

      Landry Shamet scored 19 points as the Shockers snapped the Bearcats' 39-game home winning streak with a victory in Highland Heights, Ky.

      Shamet scored 16 of his points in the first half and shot 6 of 13 in the first meeting between the schools since 1981. He also handed out five assists. Shaquille Morris added 13 points as Wichita State (21-5, 11-3 American Athletic Conference) posted its fourth straight win.

      Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points for the Bearcats (23-4, 12-2), who lost their second straight game and first home game since falling to Temple on Dec. 29, 2015.

      No. 6 Purdue 76, Penn State 73

      Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and notched three steals to help the Boilermakers end a three-game losing streak by posting a victory over the Nittany Lions in West Lafayette, Ind.

      Dakota Mathias added 18 points as Purdue (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) moved into a tie for second place with Ohio State. Isaac Haas scored 12 points as Purdue defeated Penn State for the sixth consecutive time.

      Tony Carr scored 19 points for the Nittany Lions, who had a four-game winning streak halted. Shep Garner added 17 points and sophomore forward Lamar Stevens had 13 as Penn State (19-10, 9-7) lost for the 11th straight time at Mackey Arena.

      No. 22 Michigan 74, No. 8 Ohio State 62

      Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had scored 17 points to lead the Wolverines to a win over the Buckeyes at Ann Arbor, Mich., in a Big Ten result that did Michigan State a huge favor.

      With the loss, Ohio State (22-7, 13-3 Big Ten) fell one game behind the Spartans for first place in the league standings with two games to play.

      Despite being out of the race for the conference title, Michigan (22-7, 11-5) enhanced its NCAA Tournament resume and stayed on Nebraska's heels for fourth place in the league standings. Jae'Sean Tate had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Keita Bates-Diop scored 15 points for Ohio State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kennedy steps down at Ole Miss
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Andy Kennedy has stepped down as the men's basketball coach at Ole Miss and will be replaced by fourth-year assistant Tony Madlock for the remainder of the season, the university announced Sunday.

    • Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in school history, had announced last week that he would depart at the conclusion of the season.

      "We all know that ‘clean breaks' are always best, and I should have realized this last Monday. My apologies," Kennedy said in a statement announcing the decision.

      Kennedy, a two-time Southeastern Conference coach of the year, was 245-156 record in 12 seasons. His finale was a 79-62 loss Saturday at Kentucky, the team's seventh consecutive setback.

      "Andy and I spoke this morning, and I fully support his decision to step away today," Ross Bjork, the Ole Miss vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, said in the school's announcement. "While we had hoped to relieve some pressure with last week's announcement, it simply did not work out that way.

      "Our student-athletes are the most important aspect of our athletics program, and we must always put them in the best position for success, no matter what. Coach Kennedy will always be remembered as an Ole Miss Rebel, and we wish him the best."

      -- Field Level Media

  • Michigan honors two-time crash survivor Hatch on senior day
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Former Michigan basketball player Austin Hatch, who survived two deadly plane crashes, was honored along with the seniors on the Wolverines' roster before Sunday's Big Ten game against Ohio State.

    • Hatch played in five games as a Michigan freshman and took a medical hardship scholarship at the end of the 2015 season. He has served as a student assistant to coach John Beilein since.

      Hatch was placed into a medically induced coma after a June 2011 crash just days after he committed to play for Michigan. His father and stepmother died in the plane crash.

      Eight years earlier, Hatch's mother and his siblings died in a crash that he survived when his father threw him from the wreckage.

      Hatch suited up, went through warm-ups and was introduced during the senior day ceremony as an honorary captain before Sunday's game.

      "I just love what he's brought to this team," Beilein said in a video during the ceremony. "Hopefully in some way we've brought a similar substance to him -- a sense of belonging."

      Hatch told the Detroit Free Press that he valued his time at the Ann Arbor, Mich., school.

      "I don't think it's an accident I ended up at a place like Michigan. I don't think there was any better place I could've been in the country given the circumstances," Hatch said Friday. "I don't think there's a better man that I could have played for. He's taught me more about life and that's the ultimate measure of a coach."

      Hatch is scheduled to graduate at the end of the spring semester.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Spartans use huge rally to top Wildcats
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Cassius Winston posted 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and No. 2 Michigan State erased a 27-point deficit to deny upset-minded Northwestern 65-60 on Saturday in Rosemont, Ill.

    • Nick Ward supplied 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who won their 10th straight and took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten, a half-game over idle Ohio State. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 11 points for Michigan State (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten), which scored 24 unanswered points during the second half to take the lead.

      Vic Law led the Wildcats (15-13, 6-9) with 21 points and five assists but he scored only three points after halftime. Gavin Skelly tossed in 11 points and Scottie Lindsey chipped in 10 points with four assists for Northwestern, which went more than 11 1/2 minutes without scoring during the Spartans' rally.

      The Wildcats played without second-leading scorer Bryant McIntosh, who suffered a right shoulder injury in an overtime loss to Rutgers on Tuesday. Northwestern had only eight scholarship players available.

      No. 3 Villanova 95, No. 4 Xavier 79

      Mikal Bridges scored 25 points, Donte DiVincenzo added 21 and the Wildcats picked up a huge road victory over the Musketeers in the first matchup featuring two top-five teams in the conference since 2009.

      Jalen Brunson, Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall each had 11 points for Villanova, which improved to 24-3 overall and 11-3 in the Big East. Collin Gillespie also chipped in with 10. The Wildcats had dropped two of three but still haven't lost consecutive games in five seasons.

      Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 26 points while J.P. Macura added 14. Naji Marshall contributed 11 and Quentin Goodin had 10 for the Musketeers, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped. Xavier is 24-4 overall and 12-3 in the conference.

      Baylor 59, No. 7 Texas Tech 57

      The Bears swung and knocked down a top-10 opponent at home for the second straight weekend as they edged the visiting Red Raiders in the closing minutes.

      A week after Baylor felled then-No. 10 Kansas, forward Terry Maston nailed a jumper to push the Bears in front 58-57 with 1:26 remaining. That was the Bears' first lead since the first two minutes of the second half. Maston scored 24 to lead Baylor (17-10, 7-7 Big 12) and guard Manu Lecomte added 10.

      Texas Tech guards Jarrett Culver and Brandone Francis each missed 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds. Guard Zhaire Smith led the team with 15 and forward Justin Gray added 13 for the Red Raiders (22-5, 10-4).

      No. 9 Gonzaga 81, Pepperdine 67

      Senior forward Johnathan Williams recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for his sixth straight double-double as the Bulldogs slipped past the pesky Waves in Spokane, Wash.

      Junior guard Josh Perkins contributed 15 points and seven assists as the Bulldogs (25-4, 15-1 WCC) won their ninth consecutive game. Sophomore forward Killian Tillie also scored 15 points and freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr. added 13 as Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine for the 35th consecutive time.

      Freshman guard Colbey Ross had 21 points and six assists for the Waves (4-24, 1-15), who have lost seven straight games and 18 of their past 19. Pepperdine is 0-13 on the road this season and has dropped 27 of its last 28 away games dating back to late in the 2015-16 campaign.

      South Carolina 84, No. 10 Auburn 75

      Frank Booker's 19 points led a balanced attack as the Gamecocks upset the Tigers in Columbia, S.C.

      Chris Silva chipped in a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Wesley Myers came off the bench to add 13 points for South Carolina (14-13, 5-10 SEC) before fouling out. It marked the third time this year that the Gamecocks have clipped a ranked SEC opponent.

      Mustapha Heron paced the Tigers (23-4, 11-3), who remain in the SEC lead, with 16 points. Jared Harper added 13, Chuma Okeke scored 11 points and Bryce Brown netted 10 but made just 3 of 15 shots from the field.

      No. 13 Kansas 77, No. 20 West Virginia 69

      Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike went 7-for-8 from the field and also managed to go 7-for-10 from the foul line to score 21 points as the Jayhawks rallied from a 12-point deficit to down the Mountaineers at Lawrence, Kan.

      The victory was the second in as many years at home against West Virginia for Kansas when it rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat the Mountaineers (19-8, 8-6 Big 12).

      The Jayhawks used a string of 16 unanswered points down the stretch to climb to 21-6, while improving to 10-4 in the Big 12 in pursuit of their 14th consecutive league title.

      No. 14 North Carolina 93, Louisville 76

      Joel Berry II scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and made a key defensive play late in the game as the Tar Heels remained one of the hottest teams in the country by defeating the Cardinals in Louisville, Ky.

      Theo Pinson and Luke Maye each provided 19 points, Cameron Johnson had 12 and Kenny Williams chipped in 11 for North Carolina, which has a five-game winning streak. Maye also grabbed 13 rebounds, producing his 14th double-double of the season.

      The Tar Heels (21-7, 10-5 ACC) have won four games in a 10-day period and carry the longest active winning streak in the conference. Deng Adel scored 20 points off the bench to pace Louisville (18-9, 8-6).

      No. 15 Saint Mary's 73, Portland 61

      Senior center Jock Landale recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Gaels beat the Pilots in Portland, Ore.

      Sophomore guard Tanner Krebs added 16 points and eight rebounds as the Gaels (25-4, 14-2 WCC) ended a two-game slide. Saint Mary's defeated Portland for the 16th time in the past 17 meetings and remained one game behind first-place Gonzaga in the WCC race.

      Freshman guard Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 15 points for the Pilots (10-19, 4-12), who dropped their fourth straight game. Freshman guard Malcolm Porter had 11 points for Portland.

      Georgia 73, No. 18 Tennessee 62

      Senior forward Yante Maten once again carried the Bulldogs to an upset in Southeastern Conference play as they knocked off the Volunteers in Athens, Ga.

      After scoring 23 points in an overtime win at Florida his previous game, Maten came back with 19, as Georgia (15-11, 6-8 SEC) knocked off the conference's second-place team for a second straight outing. Forward Derek Ogbeide added a season-high 16 off the bench.

      Guard Lamonte Turner scored 14 points and forward Kyle Alexander had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Vols (19-7, 9-5).

      Arkansas 94, No. 21 Texas A&M 75

      The Razorbacks got big games out of senior guards Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon and freshman forward Daniel Gafford in whipping the Aggies in Fayetteville, Ark..

      Barford scored 21 points, Macon 20, and Gafford 18 as the Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6 SEC) stretched their winning streak to four games, all by double digits. It was the most points the Aggies (17-10, 6-8) have given up this season.

      After leading by 11 points at the half, the Hogs led by double digits for most of the second period with the final margin marking their largest lead of the game.

      Texas 77, No. 23 Oklahoma 66

      Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points to lead the visiting Longhorns over the Sooners, snapping a three-game losing streak and sending their Red River rivals to a fifth consecutive loss.

      Kerwin Roach II added 12 for Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12), though his primary assignment was slowing down Trae Young, who finished with 26 points and seven assists but struggled again from the floor.

      Oklahoma's freshman duo of Young and Brady Manek have carried the Sooners (16-10, 6-8) through much of the season, but both continued their recent struggles Saturday. Young was just 7-of-21 from the floor and made just 3-of-10 from behind the 3-point line.

      No. 24 Nevada 93, Utah State 87

      Cody Martin poured in a career-high 30 points and twin brother Caleb added 23 as the Wolf Pack held off the Aggies in Logan, Utah.

      The win completed a season-series sweep for Nevada, who thumped Utah State 83-57, holding the Aggies to a season-low in points, in their January meeting in Reno, Nev.

      The Wolf Pack (23-5, 12- MW) were playing for the first time since Lindsey Drew, their leader in assists, was lost for the season after rupturing his Achilles in Wednesday's 77-72 win at Boise State. Nevada overcome a season-best 32 points from Utah State sophomore Koby McEwan, who had three 3-pointers among his 10 field goals for the Aggies (14-14, 7-8).

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn F McLemore suffers gruesome leg injury
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Auburn sophomore forward Anfernee McLemore will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious injury to his left leg during Saturday's loss against South Carolina.

    • McLemore said on his Twitter account that he will be sidelined from four to six months after dislocating his ankle and fracturing his tibia.

      "Thank you Auburn Family for all the love and support! Doctors said I dislocated my ankle, fractured my tibia, and will need surgery for some torn ligaments. Not to worry, I'll be back in 4-6 months. War Eagle everybody," McLemore said.

      McLeomore is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday morning.

      "Anfernee is a huge part of this team and this family," Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said after the contest. "He is one of the most unique athletes in college basketball. He's a 6-foot-7, shot-blocking, 3-point-shooting warrior.

      "Our thoughts and our prayers are with him. The injury was gruesome and we do not have him for the rest of the season. But I promise you, Anfernee McLemore will not be held down. He will be back."

      McLemore was injured late in the first half on a play in which South Carolina's Wesley Myers drove toward the basket. Myers and Auburn's Desean Murray made contact and then Murray collided with McLemore's leg.

      McLemore's lower leg twisted in a gruesome manner and he immediately screamed out in pain. The leg was placed in an air cast and he was wheeled off the court via stretcher and taken to a hospital in Columbia, S.C.

      The 6-foot-7 McLemore is averaging 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in 27 games (21 starts) for the No. 10 Tigers, who lost 84-75 to the Gamecocks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke F Bagley (knee) to miss third straight game
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Standout Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III will miss his third consecutive game due to a knee injury when the No. 12 Blue Devils visit No. 11 Clemson on Sunday.

    • Bagley, who is recovering from a sprained right knee, was ruled out on Saturday. He was injured in a game against North Carolina on Feb. 8.

      Bagley is averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds. He is regarded as a probable top-five selection should he opt to enter the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Duke defeated Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech without Bagley.

      Clemson is expected to be without starting guard Shelton Mitchell, who suffered a concussion during Wednesday's loss to Florida State. Mitchell averages 11.8 points and 3.8 assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Louisville coach Pitino undergoes eye surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is recovering after having emergency surgery on his left eye earlier this week.

    • Horse trainer Dale Romans told the Courier Journal that Pitino "lost vision" in the eye on Wednesday while at Gulfstream Park near Miami. Pitino departed the track for the hospital and underwent surgery for a torn retina, according to Romans.

      Pitino, 65, was reportedly back at the track on Thursday, sporting dark glasses.

      He said the following in a Friday text to the Courier Journal: "should b fine in a couple of weeks."

      Pitino, who was fired in October amid the ongoing college basketball bribery scandal, co-owns a horse that is housed at Gulfstream Park.

      Pitino has been living near the track since losing his coaching job. He won two national champions during a 31-season college coaching career -- one at Kentucky and one at Louisville.

      --Field Level Media

  • USC second-leading scorer Boatwright out for season with knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    A preseason top-10 team, Southern California now sits squarely on the tournament bubble with only four games remaining in the regular season.

    • And now things are about to get worse.

      Benny Boatwright, the Trojans' second-leading scorer, will miss the remainder of the season after injuring the patella in his left knee, the university announced Friday. The injury, which occurred during USC's dramatic victory against Oregon a night earlier, will demand a multi-month recovery but is not expected to require surgery.

      Boatwright is averaging 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds this season, a season which is in tournament peril with the Trojans sitting at 18-9 overall and 9-5 in Pac-12 play. The 72-70 victory in Los Angeles on Thursday ended USC's three-game losing streak.

      The Trojans were already without sophomore De'Anthony Melton, who has missed all of this season due to his connection to the FBI bribery scandal engulfing college basketball.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Four ranked teams take upset losses
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    Rob Gray shook off a cold shooting performance by delivering down the stretch of host Houston's 67-62 victory over No. 5 Cincinnati on Thursday.

    • Gray scored nine of his 13 points over the final 3:33, sinking a 3-pointer that gave the Cougars the lead for good before adding a pullup jumper and four free throws, his last six points coming inside the final 61 seconds of play.

      Devin Davis and Corey Davis Jr. scored 16 points apiece for the Cougars (20-5, 10-3 American Athletic Conference). Houston improved to 13-0 at home this season by holding the Bearcats without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes in the second half.

      Jacob Evans paced Cincinnati (23-3, 12-1) with 16 points, while Jarron Cumberland scored 14 and Gary Clark had 13.

      Wisconsin 57, No. 6 Purdue 53

      Ethan Happ had a double-double and made some key late free throws as the Badgers won in Madison, Wis., handing the Boilermakers their third straight loss.

      Happ finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Brad Davison added 16 points for the Badgers (12-16, 5-10 Big Ten). Wisconsin snapped a four-game losing streak to the Boilermakers.

      Carsen Edwards scored 22 points, and Isaac Haas had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Purdue (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten). The Boilermakers were coming off consecutive losses to Ohio State and Michigan.

      Penn State 79, No. 8 Ohio State 56

      Tony Carr poured in 30 points as the Nittany Lions rolled past the Buckeyes in University Park, Pa.

      Shep Garner added 13 points, Josh Reaves had 12 and Mike Watkins contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for Penn State (19-9, 9-6 Big Ten). The Nittany Lions built a 24-point halftime lead while cruising to their fourth straight victory and sixth in the past seven games.

      C.J. Jackson scored 13 points for the Buckeyes (22-6, 13-2), who fell into a first-place tie with Michigan State. Keita Bates-Diop added 10 points.

      No. 9 Gonzaga 76, Loyola Marymount 46

      Corey Kispert scored 14 points as the Bulldogs stretched their winning streak against the Lions to 18 games with a trouncing at Spokane, Wash.

      Johnathan Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and sophomore forward Killian Tillie also had 12 points for Gonzaga, which defeated Loyola Marymount at home for the 28th consecutive meeting. The Bulldogs (24-4, 14-1 West Coast Conference) won their eighth straight game and moved into first place by one game over Saint Mary's.

      Loyola Marymount played without James Batemon (unspecified reason) and Steven Haney (injury) -- the team's first- and third-leading scorers. Eli Scott, the second-leading scorer, had a team-best 16 points for the Lions (8-18, 3-12).

      San Francisco 70, No. 15 Saint Mary's 63

      Matt McCarthy gave San Francisco the lead for good on a layup with 4:32 to play, and the Dons held on down the stretch to beat the visiting Gaels.

      The win was the first for San Francisco (15-13, 7-8 WCC) over a ranked team since they beat 24th-ranked Gonzaga on Feb. 18, 2012. The Dons had lost 16 in a row to ranked opponents since then. Saint Mary's (24-4, 13-2) dropped out of a first-place tie with Gonzaga with just three games remaining.

      Frankie Ferrari paced the Dons with 20 points and seven assists. Jock Landale led the Gaels with 19 points.

      No. 17 Arizona 77, No. 25 Arizona State 70

      Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and Allonzo Trier added 19 points as the Wildcats completed a season sweep of the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz.

      Ayton had 15 points and assisted on another basket in the final nine minutes as arizona (21-6, 11-3 Pac-12) pulled away for a 70-63 lead with 1:27 remaining and held on to maintain control of the conference race.

      Tra Holder had 20 points and Kodi Justice had 19 points and tied a season high with four 3-pointers for Arizona State (19-7, 7-7). The Sun Devils had a three-game winning streak broken, and they have not beaten Arizona in coach Bobby Hurley's three seasons.

      No. 19 Wichita State 93, Temple 86

      Shaquille Morris scored 23 points and grabbed career-high 13 rebounds as the Shockers rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the Owls in Wichita, Kan.

      Darral Willis Jr. had 24 points while Austin Reaves finished with 11 for Wichita State (20-5, 10-4 American Athletic Conference). Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp scored 10 points apiece for the Shockers, who earned their third straight win.

      Obi Enechionyia scored 17 points and Quinton Rose added 16 for Temple, which saw its five-game winning streak end. De'Vondre Perry had a career-high 15 points, and Shizz Alston Jr. also had 15 for the Owls (15-11, 7-7).

      --Field Level Media

  • Minnesota C Lynch expelled after dropping appeals
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 15, 2018

    University of Minnesota center Reggie Lynch will drop his appeals in a pair of sexual misconduct rulings and accept an expulsion from the school, he said Thursday.

    • Lynch once again denied the allegations against him.

      "I did not commit any of the acts I'm being accused of," he said. "I've become a victim of false allegations. The truth did not set me free."

      Lynch dropped the appeals because he does not feel he can receive a fair hearing through the school's Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee. He was scheduled to appear at hearings in both cases Thursday and Monday, respectively, before his announcement.

      In January, the university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action found Lynch responsible for sexual misconduct for an alleged assault during April 2016 and subsequently recommended him for expulsion. He was suspended from the basketball team the week prior for sexual misconduct following a school investigation into an unrelated incident alleged to have occurred three weeks after the most recent accusation.

      "This is not the right arena to try to clear your name in," Ryan Pacyga, Lynch's lawyer, told ESPN.

      Pacyga said Lynch will consider his legal options.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Clemson G Mitchell (head injury) released from hospital
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Clemson guard Shelton Mitchell has been discharged from a hospital and is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury on Wednesday, the school announced Thursday.

    • Mitchell was injured in the final 11 seconds of the Tigers' 81-79 loss at Florida State and remained in Tallahassee for observation after being hospitalized. He returned to the Clemson campus on Thursday.

      "Shelton Mitchell arrived safely back in Clemson this afternoon. He is currently undergoing concussion protocol and his status will be updated during head coach Brad Brownell's media availability (Friday) afternoon," the university said in a statement.

      Mitchell was taken to the hospital for a CT scan, Clemson said Wednesday, and then transferred to the hospital overnight as a precaution.

      The junior is averaging 11.8 points and 3.8 assists per game.

      Clemson plays host to Duke on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Providence upsets No. 3 Villanova
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 15, 2018

    No. 3 Villanova took its second loss against an unranked team in a span of three games, falling 76-71 to Providence on Wednesday in Providence, R.I.

    • Kyron Cartwright scored 17 to lead the Friars to their second win against a top-five team this year. Providence (17-9, 8-5 Big East) upset then-No. 5 Xavier 81-72 at home on Jan. 6 before losing at then-No. 1 Villanova 89-69 four games later.

      Villanova's slump began with a shocking 79-75 loss to St. John's on its home court Feb. 7. The Wildcats (23-3, 10-3) overcame a 13-point, first-half deficit to win 86-75 against Butler at home before falling to the Friars.

      Rodney Bullock and Alpha Diallo each had 14 points and six rebounds, Jalen Lindsey scored 13 points and Isaiah Jackson added 11 for Providence. Mikal Bridges had a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds for Villanova.

      No. 4 Xavier 102, Seton Hall 90

      Trevon Bluiett scored a season-high 37 points, and the Musketeers withstood a second-half charge by the Pirates in Cincinnati.

      Four days after being held to a season-low six points in a win at Creighton, Bluiett helped Xavier (24-3, 12-2 Big East) extend its winning streak to nine games and improve to 16-0 on its home court, matching the 2007-08 school record.

      Naji Marshall added a career-best 20 points as Xavier set a season high in points. Myles Powell helped Seton Hall threaten in the second half by scoring 24 of his career-high 30 points after halftime. Desi Rodriguez added 16 of his 20 after the break for the Pirates (17-9, 6-7), who dropped their fourth straight game.

      No. 10 Auburn 76, Kentucky 66

      The Tigers tightened their hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference with a victory over the Wildcats at Auburn, Ala.

      Kentucky (17-9, 6-7 SEC) held a 55-51 lead with 10:21 remaining, but a 17-6 spurt put Auburn (23-3, 11-2) in control at 68-61 with 3:57 to play. The Wildcats have now lost four straight games, a first in the John Calipari era and the first time that has happened since the 2009 NIT season in Billy Gillispie's final year.

      Auburn got 18 points apiece from Jared Harper and Bryce Brown. Kevin Knox led Kentucky with 19 points.

      Florida State 81, No. 11 Clemson 79 (OT)

      Down by as many as 18 in the second half, the Seminoles topped the Tigers in overtime at Tallahassee, Fla., for head coach Leonard Hamilton's 500th career win.

      The Seminoles never led in the game until Trent Forrest's spinning bucket with 1:05 in overtime to put them ahead 75-74. Forrest finished with a career-high 16 points along with four assists, while Phil Cofer paced Florida State (18-8, 7-7) with 17 points.

      Clemson (20-5, 9-4) got a game-high 23 points from Marcquise Reed, who missed a 15-foot jumper at the regulation buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

      No. 12 Duke 74, Virginia Tech 52

      Grayson Allen scored 25 points and Gary Trent Jr. poured in 19 points as the Blue Devils torched the Hokies with outside shooting in a victory at Durham, N.C.

      Duke's backcourt -- including Trevon Duival in its three-guard starting lineup -- combined to shoot 14 of 30 on 3-pointers. Wendell Carter Jr. added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Duval provided 10 points for Duke (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils were without Marvin Bagley III (mild right knee sprain).

      Justin Bibbs scored 15 points for Virginia Tech (18-8, 7-6), which was coming off Saturday's overtime victory at now-No. 1 Virginia.

      No. 22 Michigan 74, Iowa 59

      Duncan Robinson came off the bench to score 18 points, and the Wolverines blew past the struggling Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor, Mich.

      Robinson hit six 3-pointers, including a pair on back-to-back possessions midway through the second half, as the Wolverines pulled away and won for the fourth time in their past five games. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 18 points and seven assists for Michigan (21-7, 10-5).

      Luka Garza scored 22 points to lead Iowa (12-16, 3-12, Big Ten), which has lost four in a row.

      No. 24 Nevada 77, Boise State 72

      Kendall Stephens made six 3-pointers while scoring 21 points, and Jordan Caroline made the tiebreaking free throws to help the Wolf Pack register a victory over the Broncos in Boise, Idaho.

      The win proved costly, though, as Nevada lost Lindsey Drew to a season-ending torn Achilles at the end of the first half. Caleb Martin also scored 21 points for Nevada (22-5, 11-2 Mountain West).

      Lexus Williams scored 15 points and Chris Sengfelder added 14 for Boise State (20-6, 10-4), which had a 13-game home winning streak halted.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke's Bagley out vs. Virginia Tech with knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Duke star freshman Marvin Bagley III will miss Wednesday's game against Virginia Tech as he continues to recover from a mild right knee sprain.

    • Bagley is out for the second game in a row. He suffered the injury in last Thursday's 82-78 loss against North Carolina when he scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, playing all but one minute in the game.

      The 6-foot-11 Bagley missed Sunday's 80-69 win against Georgia Tech for precautionary reasons. It was the first game Bagley had missed all season. Duke started sophomore center Marques Bolden in his place and he finished with eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 25 minutes.

      Bagley is the ACC's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds this season for the 12th-ranked Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4 ACC).

      The Hokies (18-7, 7-5) are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 61-60 overtime victory over then-No. 2 and now-No. 1 Virginia on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Virginia bounces back from first ACC loss
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points as No. 1 Virginia held Miami to a season scoring low in a 59-50 victory Tuesday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

    • The Cavaliers (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got 13 points from guard Kyle Guy. Virginia led all the way while bouncing back from its first league defeat of the season, Saturday against visiting Virginia Tech.

      Chris Lykes scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Hurricanes (18-7, 7-6), who lost their second in a row.

      No. 2 Michigan State 87, Minnesota 57

      Jaren Jackson Jr. erupted for a career-high 27 points, and the Spartans extended their winning streak to nine games by overwhelming the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.

      Jackson added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Nick Ward bounced back from committing six first-half turnovers to contribute 13 points and nine rebounds for Michigan State (25-2, 13-2 Big Ten). He didn't give the ball away in the second half.

      Isaiah Washington's 18 points led the Gophers, who have lost eight straight. Jordan Murphy had 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals, and Nate Mason added 14 points for Minnesota (14-14, 3-12).

      No. 7 Texas Tech 88, No. 23 Oklahoma 78

      Niem Stevenson buried a fallaway 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining to help lift the Red Raiders to a win over the Sooners in Lubbock, Texas.

      After Stevenson's big trey, Keenan Evans attacked the basket for a thunderous dunk on Texas Tech's next possession. Evans finished with a game-high 26 points as the Red Raiders won for the seventh consecutive time. Norense Odiase added 14 and Zhaire Smith 13 for Texas Tech (22-4, 10-3 Big 12). Stevenson had 12.

      Christian James led the Sooners (16-9, 5-6) with 23 points, his second consecutive career-high mark. Trae Young added 19 points but shot just 4 of 16 from the field, missing all nine of his 3-point tries.

      No. 13 Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

      Udoka Azubuike finished with 19 points on 9-for-10 shooting as the Jayhawks toppled the Cyclones at Ames, Iowa.

      Kansas (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) also got 17 points from Malik Newman and 16 from Lagerald Vick.

      Cameron Lard posted 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Cyclones. Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton went just 3-for-12 and netted 12 points after scoring 27 in the first meeting against Kansas.

      No. 16 Rhode Island 85, Richmond 67

      Jared Terrell scored a team-high 17 points to power the Rams to their 16th consecutive victory, a rout of the Spiders in Kingston, R.I.

      Cyril Langevine (15) and Fatts Russell (14) combined for 29 points off the Rhode Island bench. The Rams (21-3, 13-0 Atlantic 10) matched Cincinnati for the longest active winning streak in the country.

      Nick Sherod finished with a game-high 21 points, Grant Golden added 16 and seven rebounds and Khwan Fore chipped in 15 for the Spiders. Richmond (9-16, 7-6) lost its second straight and has dropped three of four since a season-best five-game winning streak.

      No. 18 Tennessee 70, South Carolina 67

      Grant Williams scored 22 points to help the Volunteers record a victory over the Gamecocks in Knoxville, Tenn.

      Jordan Bowden made four 3-pointers while scoring 14 points for Tennessee, which won for the seventh time in eight games. Junior forward Admiral Schofield added 13 points for the Volunteers (19-6, 9-4 SEC).

      Frank Booker scored 19 points for the Gamecocks (13-13, 4-9), which lost its sixth consecutive contest. South Carolina's Justin Minaya missed a potential tying 3-point attempt as time expired.

      Missouri 62, No. 21 Texas A&M 58

      Kassius Robertson scored 16 points, 13 of them in the second half, and the Tigers made the key plays in the final minute to hold off a late rally and defeat the Aggies in Columbia, Mo.

      A pair of free throws from Jontay Porter with eight seconds left cemented win for the Tigers, their fifth straight. Jordan Barnett added 15 points Missouri (18-8, 8-5 SEC).

      TJ Starks and Admon Gilder scored 14 points each to pace the Aggies (17-9, 6-7). Texas A&M had a four-game win streak snapped.

      --Field Level Media

  • College basketball notebook: Ole Miss' Kennedy to step down after season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 12, 2018

    Andy Kennedy will step down as Ole Miss men's basketball coach after the current season, his 12th leading the Rebels.

    • The 49-year-old coach -- the longest tenured basketball boss in the SEC -- made the announcement at a news conference Monday afternoon.

      The Rebels (11-14, 4-8 SEC) have lost five straight games and are on pace for their worst record under Kennedy, whose teams have fallen short of 20 wins only twice in his previous 11 seasons.

      Kennedy has a 245-154 record during his tenure with Ole Miss, leading the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances and one SEC tournament title in 2012-13. His nine 20-win seasons are more than the school had (seven) in its entire history before his arrival.

      --Virginia is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 1982 -- the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson.

      Coach Tony Bennett's Cavaliers earned 30 of 65 first-place votes from the national media panel in the latest AP poll released Monday despite taking an overtime home loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

      Virginia (23-2) outdistanced No. 2 Michigan State in the poll shakeup that included last week's top three teams all losing. Former No. 1 Villanova (23-2) dropped to third after a home loss to St. John's. Xavier (23-3) and Cincinnati (23-2) rounded out the top five.

      --Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured left elbow, coach Josh Pastner announced.

      Alvarado sustained the injury when he fell on his arm during Sunday's 80-69 loss to Duke. It was initially described as a dislocated elbow, but Pastner said Monday that X-rays revealed the fracture. Alvarado will undergo surgery and will need six to eight weeks to recover.

      "He's done," Pastner said. "Even if we went on a run and went to the Final Four he wouldn't play the remainder of the year."

      Alvarado is Georgia Tech's second-leading scorer with an average of 12.1 points per game to go with 3.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The freshman is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ole Miss, Kennedy to part ways after season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 12, 2018

    Andy Kennedy will step down as Ole Miss men's basketball coach after the current season, his 12th leading the Rebels.

    • The 49-year-old coach -- the longest tenured basketball boss in the SEC -- made the announcement at a news conference Monday afternoon.

      The Rebels (11-14, 4-8 SEC) have lost five straight games and are on pace for their worst record under Kennedy, whose teams have fallen short of 20 wins only twice in his previous 11 seasons.

      "For those of you that know me, I've always prided myself in being direct and in being accountable," Kennedy said. "So with that, I'd like to address the ominous cloud that seems to be hovering over our program. I woke up Sunday morning with a true conviction that there needs to be some clarity as it relates to the future of Ole Miss basketball moving forward.

      "I've been blessed -- truly blessed -- to have the opportunity to be a head coach in the Southeastern Conference in my home state for 12 years. That is a true blessing. This I know. I also know that it's time for a new voice and a new vision for this program moving forward. ...

      "I have too much respect for this university, I have too much respect for the position of being a head coach in the SEC to allow any speculation about my job status to create a divisive distraction for this program and for the people that support it. I'm at complete peace with this decision. I truly am."

      Kennedy has a 245-154 record during his tenure with Ole Miss, leading the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances and one SEC tournament title in 2012-13. His nine 20-win seasons are more than the school had (seven) in its entire history before his arrival.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia No. 1 in AP poll for first time since 1982
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 12, 2018

    Virginia is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 1982.

    • Coach Tony Bennett's Cavaliers earned 30 of 65 first-place votes from the national media panel in the latest AP poll released Monday despite suffering an overtime home loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

      Virginia (23-2) outdistanced No. 2 Michigan State in the poll shakeup that included last week's top three teams all losing.

      The Cavaliers climbed one spot to No. 1 for the first time since December 1982 -- the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson -- when the AP poll only ranked 20 teams.

      "I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the 61-60 loss to Virginia Tech. "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) moved up two slots after its win Saturday against then-No. 3 Purdue, which also lost against Ohio State last week. The Spartans received 21 first-place votes.

      Former No. 1 Villanova (23-2) dropped to third after a home loss to St. John's. Villanova, which had a five-week stay at No. 1, had nine first-place votes.

      Xavier (23-3), which got five first-place votes, and Cincinnati (23-2) rounded out the top five in the AP poll. This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history.

      When the Division I men's basketball committee released a snapshot of its top 16 teams on Sunday, Virginia held down the top spot overall, with Villanova, Purdue and Xavier flagged as the other projected regional No. 1 seeds.

      Purdue (23-4) fell from third to sixth after back-to-back losses that ended the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games.

      Texas Tech (21-4) was No. 7, followed by Ohio State (22-5), Gonzaga (23-4) and Auburn (22-3) to round out the top 10. Ohio State rose six spots this week.

      Kentucky (17-8) fell out of the rankings for the second time this season from No. 24 after three straight losses.

      --Field Level Media

  • Georgia Tech's Alvarado out for season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 12, 2018

    Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured left elbow, coach Josh Pastner announced Monday.

    • Alvarado suffered the injury when he fell on his arm during Sunday's 80-69 loss to Duke. It was initially described as a dislocated elbow, but Pastner said Monday that X-rays revealed the fracture. Alvarado will undergo surgery and will need six to eight weeks to recover.

      "He's done," Pastner said. "Even if we went on a run and went to the Final Four he wouldn't play the remainder of the year."

      Alvarado is Georgia Tech's second-leading scorer with an average of 12.1 points per game to go with 3.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The freshman is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.

      Alvarado had played every minute in each of the team's previous four games. He and center Ben Lammers are the only players to appear in every game for Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) this season.

      "He's a really good kid and player," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Alvarado after Sunday's game, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

      Pastner has not announced who will start in Alvarado's place when the Yellow Jackets play at Wake Forest on Wednesday. However, it is expected that freshmen Moses Wright and Evan Cole will move into more significant roles. Guard Josh Okogie played point for most of Sunday's game after Alvarado was injured, finishing with a season-high 29 points to go with four assists.

      Point guard Justin Moore has not played since the Wright State game Dec. 22 and did not make the trip to play at Louisville last week due to academic obligations, and Pastner declined to say whether he's a potential option moving forward.

      "People might ask, ‘What about Justin?'" Pastner said. "Again, I won't make any decisions until I get with the staff and we decide what's best as we continue to move forward."

      Tech has six regular-season games remaining.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 6 Cincinnati routs SMU for 16th straight win
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 11, 2018

    No. 6 Cincinnati suffocated the short-handed SMU Mustangs on Sunday in Dallas, rolling to its 16th consecutive victory, 76-51, to remain unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference.

    • The Bearcats (23-2, 12-0 AAC) turned an 11-point halftime lead into a blowout by holding SMU scoreless over the opening 4:37 of the second half. Cincinnati stretched its 32-21 lead at the break to 28 points before SMU forward Akoy Agau got the Mustangs off the schneid at the 15:23 mark.

      The 16-game winning streak represents the longest for Cincinnati under Mick Cronin, who is in his 12th season at the school. Kyle Washington led the Bearcats with 17 points.

      SMU (15-10, 5-7) took its third consecutive loss and fourth in five games despite getting 19 points apiece from Jahmal McMurray and Jimmy Whitt. With Jarrey Foster and Everett Ray already out for the season due to injuries, the Mustangs also played without their leading scorer, Shake Milton (hand), and Ethan Chargois (ankle).

      No. 9 Duke 80, Georgia Tech 69

      Grayson Allen paced a balanced attack with 23 points, and the Blue Devils snapped a two-game slide by beating the reeling Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

      Duke (20-5, 8-4 ACC) won despite being without freshman Marvin Bagley III, the ACC's leading scorer and rebounder. Bagley was held out as a precautionary measure after sustaining a mild knee sprain in Thursday's loss at North Carolina.

      Josh Okogie scored 29 points for the Yellow Jackets (11-14, 4-8), who have lost seven of eight. Okogie has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games.

      No. 20 Michigan 83, Wisconsin 72

      Thanks to a 65.4 percent shooting performance from the field in the first half, the Wolverines jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead and held off a late Badgers rally in the second half at Madison, Wis.

      Michigan (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten) remained one game behind fourth-place Nebraska in the conference standings, which is important since the top four seeds earn double byes in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

      Wisconsin (11-16, 4-10) cut Michigan's lead to seven at 79-72 with 39.8 seconds remaining, but couldn't get any closer in falling to 2-9 in its last 11 games. The Badgers' Ethan Happ scored a game-high 29 points, while Moritz Wagner had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines.

      --Field Level Media