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  • Arizona G Trier out indefinitely due to PED
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Suspended Arizona guard Allonzo Trier won't play again until a banned performance-enhancing drug that was detected during a positive test completely leaves his body.

    • A random sample taken by the NCAA earlier this season detected a trace amount of the substance. ESPN reported that Trier appealed the suspension and won but cannot play until the drug is out of his system.

      His last test apparently was two weeks ago and the drug was still present.

      Trier, a sophomore, said he took a drug to recover more quickly from an injury suffered during a car accident last summer, ESPN reported. But he denied knowingly taking a banned product.

      "After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned but misguided person not associated with the university after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA," Trier said in a statement released Wednesday night. "The NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored.

      "Although I can practice and travel with the team, I am not allowed to resume playing in games until the substance completely leaves my body, even at a trace amount. Unfortunately, I am unsure of when that time will be, but I hope it is soon."

      Neither Arizona coach Sean Miller nor athletic director Greg Byrne would comment on the case.

      The 6-foot-5 Trier has not played this season, missing all 18 games, but he is practicing with the team. As a freshman in 2015-16, he averaged 14.8 points per game.

      Trier had been cleared by the NCAA to travel with the team starting with a Dec. 3 game at Gonzaga, but Miller doubts Trier will play this season.

      "I don't have control of the situation," Miller said Monday on a podcast. "So when you're dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we've had plenty here over the last nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

      "He does what he's supposed to. He practices hard every day. He's in great physical condition, but he's not allowed to play and it's not my choice. And it's just one of those situations that I wish was different, but it's not."

      Without Trier, who was expected to be the team's top scorer this season, the 14th-ranked Wildcats are 16-2 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12. Arizona has 13 games remaining.

  • Top 25 roundup: Oklahoma stuns No. 7 West Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- After Jordan Woodard's missed free throw cost Oklahoma a chance to upset No. 7 West Virginia in regulation, the guard made amends in overtime.

    • Woodard's length-of-the-court drive and layup with 2.5 seconds left gave the Sooners a stunning 89-87 victory on Wednesday night. Woodard scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime as Oklahoma (8-9, 2-4 Big 12) handed the Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2) their first home loss this season.

      West Virginia's Jevon Carter finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists but made only one of two free throws with 7.8 seconds left, keeping the score tied, before Woodard's decisive play. The Mountaineers blew a 15-point second-half lead.

      Kameron McGusty scored 17 points and Jamuni McNeace added 14 for the Sooners. Woodard, an 86 percent foul shooter, missed a free throw with 3.1 seconds left in regulation after his basket tied it at 77. He made 31 of his last 33 before the miss.

      No. 10 Florida State 83, No. 15 Notre Dame 80

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and also notched the game-sealing block as the Seminoles bounced back from their lone ACC loss of the season by defeating the Fighting Irish.

      Xavier Rathan-Mayes finished with only eight points, but he was Florida State's closer Wednesday, scoring six of the team's final 15 points. The Seminoles (17-2, 5-1 ACC) improved to 13-0 at home this season and won 16 straight games in Tallahassee dating back to last year.

      Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) was led by Steve Vasturia's 18 points. Matt Farrell added 17 points, VJ Beachem notched 14 points, and T.J.Gibbs contributed 12.

      No. 16 Virginia 71, Boston College 54

      BOSTON -- The Cavaliers turned the ball over only five times -- once in the first half -- and the nation's No. 1 scoring defense shackled the Eagles.

      Virginia (14-3, 4-2 ACC) put the clamps on Boston College's 1-2 punch of Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman as the duo combined to score 16 points. They finished a combined 7 of 20 from the floor and 1 of 7 from 3-point range as the Eagles fell to 9-10, 2-4.

      Devon Hall scored 13 points, Isaiah Wilkins had 11 and Darius Thompson 10 for the Cavaliers. Hall had six assists and Wilkins nine rebounds.

      No. 24 South Carolina 57, No. 19 Florida 53

      COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell scored 20 points on a night in which both teams shot poorly as the Gamecocks outlasted the Gators.

      Chris Silva scored 11 points and Maik Kotsar collected nine rebounds for South Carolina (15-3, 5-0), which won its fifth consecutive game. The Gamecocks were victorious despite making 29.4 percent of their shots and committing 15 turnovers.

      Canyon Barry scored 13 points and Kasey Hill contributed 11 points and four steals for Florida (14-4, 5-1), which had a seven-game winning streak snapped. The Gators shot 35.2 percent from the field, missing all 17 3-point attempts, and a porous 15 of 28 from the free-throw line.

      No. 20 Cincinnati 81, Temple 74

      CINCINNATI -- Troy Caupain scored 18 points, and Kevin Johnson and Kyle Washington each added 16 to help the Bearcats win their ninth consecutive game.

      Gary Clark scored seven points but had a career-high eight assists, while Caupain added nine rebounds and seven assists for Cincinnati (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic Conference). The Bearcats trailed by two points at halftime before shooting 73.9 percent in the second half to extend their home winning streak to 19.

      Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls (10-10, 1-6 AAC) with 25 points, and Daniel Dingle and Quinton Rose contributed 12 points apiece. Obi Enechionyia added 11 before fouling out with two minutes left as Temple lost for the sixth time in nine games.

  • No. 25 Maryland goes on road to Iowa as Big Ten leader
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    With one-third of Big Ten play in the books, a somewhat unlikely team is currently atop the standings.

    • In a conference where Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan State were considered the favorites, the 25th-ranked Maryland Terrapins sit in first place entering Thursday's game at Iowa.

      The Terrapins (16-2, 4-1) got to this point by winning three straight games after a shocking loss at home to Nebraska. The most recent victory came last weekend when Maryland defeated Illinois 62-56 in Champaign, Ill.

      This winning streak was enough to propel the Terrapins back into the Top 25 for the first time since entering the season ranked 25th.

      "It's a new experience," Maryland guard Kevin Huerter said to the Baltimore Sun. "We were ranked for it seemed like a week at the beginning of the year, but it doesn't really change anything.

      " ... We can't let the number in front of our name on TV bother us. We've still got to come in and work every day and get wins."

      While the Terrapins enter Thursday's game against the Hawkeyes in first place, playing a second straight road game against a team that's 3-0 at home in Big Ten play and possesses the conference's leading scorer in guard Peter Jok.

      There will be plenty for challenges for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and his squad.

      "We've got a tough stretch ahead of us," Turgeon said to the Sun. "In every season, unless you've got superior talent, you have your ups and downs. We haven't had our downs yet. Hopefully, we don't."

      As for the Hawkeyes, they have had plenty of ups and downs since conference play began. The best such evidence of the roller coaster came last week. Iowa followed an 83-78 home upset of then-No. 17 Purdue by going to Northwestern and getting slaughtered by 35 points last weekend.

      The most surprising part of the Hawkeyes' 89-54 loss to the Wildcats was the play of the aforementioned Jok, who only played 21 minutes and was 2 of 9 from the floor en route to a season-low four points.

      "Any time he plays poorly, he takes it personal and that's what the great ones do," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said to reporters on Tuesday. "They should. I never want them to feel blame. I'm not going to blame them.

      "And at some point, you don't want them to blame themselves too much because sometimes the biggest problem you have is they're too tough on themselves."

      For the players themselves, their challenge is putting that loss to Northwestern behind them and working toward finding the consistency they've lacked since the start of Big Ten play.

      "At the end of the day, we've already been through 18 or so games," guard Jordan Bohannon said. "We know what it's like in the Big Ten. We just have to have that consistent mindset every day."

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Kentucky rebuffs Mississippi State
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Fifth-ranked Kentucky nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead, but held on to defeat Mississippi State 88-81 on Tuesday night for their 11th straight victory over the Bulldogs.

    • De'Aaron Fox paced the Wildcats (16-2, 6-0 SEC) with 21 points, five assists and five rebounds. Malik Monk scored 14, Wenyen Gabriel recorded 13 points and eight rebounds and Isaiah Briscoe scored 12.

      Kentucky shot 50.8 percent from the field, making more than half its shots for the sixth straight game. The Wildcats' streak of shooting 50 percent from the field entering the contest was their longest since the 1991-92 season and longest in the SEC since 1983-84.

      Mississippi State (12-5, 3-2) got 25 points and seven rebounds from Lamar Peters. Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 15 and Mario Kegler had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

      No. 6 Baylor 74, Texas 64

      WACO, Texas -- Johnathan Motley recorded 32 points and 20 rebounds as the Bears raced past the Longhorns.

      Motely scored Baylor's first six points of the second half for a double-digit lead that effectively put away Texas. Nuni Omot scored 14 and Al Freeman had 10 for the Bears (17-1, 5-1 Big 12).

      Jarrett Allen scored 17 points to lead the Longhorns (7-11, 1-5). Andrew Jones added 15 and Shaquille Cleare had 14 before fouling out with 10:42 to play. Texas shot only 36 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes after keeping pace with Baylor during the first half.

      No. 17 Wisconsin 68, Michigan 64

      MADISON, Wis. -- Bronson Koenig scored 16 points as the Badgers held off the Wolverines.

      Koenig scored 13 points in the second half to help Wisconsin rally from an eight-point deficit. Vitto Brown and Nigel Hayes scored 13 points apiece for the Badgers (15-4, 4-1 Big Ten), who won their second straight.

      Zak Irvin scored 20 points for Michigan (12-7, 2-4), which lost its fifth in a row to Wisconsin. Derrick Walton Jr. had 15 points.

      No. 21 Purdue 91, Illinois 68

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Isaac Haas scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Caleb Swanigan recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers.

      Purdue (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) established a 14-point halftime lead before dominating the final 20 minutes, building a 27-point lead on a Haas dunk with 8:26 remaining. The Boilermakers also got 14 points from Carsen Edwards, 11 from Vince Edwards and 10 from P.J. Thompson.

      The Fighting Illini (12-7, 2-4) received 15 points from Maverick Morgan and 12 from Malcolm Hill but could not contend with the 7-foot-2 Haas and the 6-8 Swanigan. Illinois shot 40.3 percent from the field while Purdue made 60.4 percent.

  • Austin Peay coach Loos to return Thursday
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Austin Peay coach Dave Loos is slated to return for Thursday's game against Morehead State after taking a leave of absence due to his battle with cancer.

    • Loos missed four games while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Assistant coach Jay Bowen guided the team to a 2-2 mark during Loos' absence.

      The 69-year-old Loos is undergoing chemotherapy for a cancerous lymph node. The issue with the lymph node was discovered when Loos underwent surgery in July to remove a malignant tumor on his colon.

      Loos spent 18 days in the hospital after the surgery.

      Loos, who is in his 27th season as Austin Peay coach, is happy to resume coaching the Governors (6-13, 2-3 Ohio Valley).

      "I'm looking forward to getting back on the sideline and back to work with these guys," Loos said in a statement. "I'm feeling better and hoping we can keep this momentum going into the OVC Tournament."

      Loos has guided Austin Peay to four NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.

  • Creighton star Watson out for season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Creighton standout point guard Maurice Watson Jr. is done for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Monday's 72-67 victory over Xavier.

    • Watson, who leads the nation in assists at 8.5 per game, was injured after driving for a basket and landing hard. An MRI exam on Tuesday confirmed the torn ACL.

      "We are sorry to learn of the severity of Maurice's injury, but are thankful for his contributions since joining the Bluejay program three years ago," coach Greg McDermott said in a statement. "Our team will regroup, and we have a lot of young men who are capable of stepping up to fill the void in Maurice's absence. Maurice's leadership role on our team will continue to be a huge part of our success."

      Watson, who averages 12.9 points, is a prime reason why the seventh-ranked Bluejays (18-1, 5-1 Big East) are off to the best start in school history.

      He expressed his disappointment over the devastating injury on his Instagram account.

      "My MRI discovered I suffered a torn ACL," Watson wrote. "I'm devastated in the fact that I cannot finish out the season with my boys & that my college career is cut short during the best basketball I've ever played in my life.

      "I've gotten to experience a lot of things in these 5 years. This is a sad time now, but God has a plan for me. My boys got my back & I will be on the sidelines all the way, even if a wheelchair!"

      Watson was in his second season with the Bluejays. He played his first two college seasons at Boston University.

      Creighton hosts Marquette on Saturday.

  • Top 25 roundup: UNC's Williams nets 800th win
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams recorded his 800th victory as a college coach on Monday as No. 9 North Carolina cruised to an 85-68 victory over Syracuse.

    • Isaiah Hicks scored 20 points and North Carolina used relentless offensive rebounding to help Williams reach a milestone at the Smith Center. Williams, who has an 800-212 record in 29 seasons, became the ninth Division I coach to reach 800 victories. One of those coaches on the short list is Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.

      Justin Jackson had 19 points, Kennedy Meeks added 15 and Joel Berry scored 10 points for the Tar Heels (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

      Tyler Lydon poured in 26 points, Andrew White had 15 and Tyus Battle added 13 for Syracuse (11-8, 3-3), which won three of its previous four games.

      No. 1 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46

      VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Kris Jenkins scored 16 points to lift the Wildcats to a record-setting victory over the Pirates at The Pavilion.

      Jalen Brunson added 13 points and Josh Hart had 11 for the Wildcats (18-1, 6-1 Big East), who returned to No. 1 in the country earlier in the day and then secured their 47th straight victory at their on-campus arena on the Main Line.

      Desi Rodriguez led Seton Hall (12-6, 2-4) with 15 points and Angel Delgado added eight points and six rebounds. Delgado had registered double-doubles in his last 11 games.

      No. 2 Kansas 76, Iowa State 72

      AMES, Iowa -- Frank Mason, playing on a sore knee, scored a team-high 16 points as Kansas downed Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum.

      The Jayhawks (17-1, 6-0 Big 12) led most the game and combined balanced scoring with an overwhelming 41-24 advantage on the boards in the road win.

      Iowa State (11-6, 3-3) lost its second straight game despite 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Monte Morris. Deonte Burton added 21 points.

      No. 7 Creighton 72, No. 22 Xavier 67

      CINCINNATI -- Justin Patton's putback with 49 seconds left helped the Bluejays hold off a late surge for a victory at raucous Cintas Center.

      Marcus Foster scored 15 points and Toby Hegner added 12 for Creighton (18-1, 5-1 Big East), which won despite losing Maurice Watson to a knee injury with six minutes remaining in the first half. Watson came in averaging 13.4 points and a nation-leading 8.8 assists.

      Trevon Bluiett scored 17 points for Xavier (13-5, 3-3 Big East), which saw its 15-game home winning streak come to an end. Bluiett missed two key shots in the closing seconds.

      No. 13 Butler 88, Marquette 80

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Kelan Martin scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting to help the Bulldogs rally from an 18-point deficit early in the second half to a win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

      Freshman guard Kamar Baldwin added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting and senior Kethan Savage scored 17 for Butler (16-3, 5-2 Big East). Savage hit 9 of 11 from the foul line.

      Marquette (12-6, 3-3) drilled 7 of 15 from 3-point range to take a 41-25 halftime lead. The Golden Eagles took their largest lead at 18 by hitting two throws in the opening minute of the second half.

  • No. 21 Purdue seeks to rebound from rout
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A time to panic, or nothing more than an important week during which to stay the course?

    • That's the situation for No. 21 Purdue and Big Ten Conference rival Illinois as the Boilermakers and Illini prepare for Tuesday night's game in Mackey Arena.

      Purdue (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) is coming off a frustrating 83-78 loss this past Thursday night at Iowa, an opponent the Boilermakers crushed 89-67 in the Dec. 28 conference opener.

      After Tuesday's game against Illinois and Saturday's noon game against Penn State in Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers will play seven of their final 11 conference games on the road.

      Illinois (12-6, 2-3) faces a critical week on the road after dropping a 62-56 decision to Maryland Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

      In addition to Tuesday's game at Purdue, Illinois plays Saturday at Michigan. If the Illini lose both road games, they will fall to 2-5 in the league.

      As far as Purdue is concerned, coach Matt Painter believes the Boilermakers must stay the course.

      "Any time you are in a race, you really watch it when it gets to the halfway point," Painter said of the Big Ten's 18-game, regular-season schedule. "When you are playing or coaching, you just look at the next game.

      "If you have guys on your bus who don't get that, then you have immature players. That is not the case with us."

      The scenario appears to be a bit more difficult for Illinois, which blew a nine-point lead against Maryland. The Illini's strong trio of guards -- Malcolm Hill (18.2), Tracy Abrams (9.9) and Jalen Coleman-Lands (9.1) -- was a collective 8 of 29 from the field and scored only 20 combined points against Maryland.

      "We cut it to three with three minutes and change left, and I'm thinking we've got a shot," Illinois coach John Groce said. "Our one, two and three men went 8 of 29. That's probably not going to bode well for us. It's just disappointing, because we played some pretty good basketball this week.

      "I would have liked to have gotten both of them (a midweek victory against Michigan), but it just didn't go that way. The game was hanging in the balance, and then their 14-0 run was the difference. We need to make a few more plays with our playmakers."

      Purdue is averaging 82.6 points per game, getting 18.2 points and 12.6 rebounds from Caleb Swanigan, 13.3 and 5.5 from center Isaac Haas and 12.0 and 5.1 from Vince Edwards.

      But the Boilermakers' perimeter defense is suspect. Minnesota guard Nate Mason had 31 points in a New Year's Day victory, and Iowa guard Peter Jok scored 29 in Thursday's victory in Iowa City.

      "I'm confident in my guys," Purdue point guard P.J. Thompson said. "The Big Ten is a tough league, and we've got experienced guys in our locker room and some really competitive guys. We're going to be ready to play."

      Edwards anticipates a fast start against Illinois.

      "It's just got to be guys coming out ready to play," Edwards said. "We've had a couple of times this year when we haven't done it."

  • No. 17 Wisconsin returns to action vs. Michigan
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    MADISON, Wis. -- Coach Greg Gard hasn't seen any drop off in effort for No. 17 Wisconsin, despite consecutive off weekends during the first three weeks of the Big Ten Conference slate.

    • The schedule picks up for the Badgers with a pair of games this week. First off, Wisconsin (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) hosts Michigan (12-6, 2-3) on Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.

      The chance to develop reserve players with an aim to regulate starters' minutes is coaching staff's objective for the veteran-laden team.

      "They don't waiver, there's not a lot of up and down," Gard said. "They approach every day pretty consistently, and in long part that's the mind set that's been here for a long time. They've gotten that from guys before them. (Veterans) do a pretty good job of passing that on to the younger guys.

      "I think the experience has helped us. It's helped us already."

      That growth was on display in the team's 89-66 win over Ohio State last Thursday as the Badgers got 31 points from their bench. Wisconsin distributed double-digit minutes to redshirt freshman guard Brevin Pritzl, junior guard Jordan Hill, sophomore forward Alex Illikainen and sophomore guard Khalil Iverson. Hill and Illikainen had two 3-pointers each in the win.

      Wisconsin freshman guard D'Mitrik Trice leads all reserves with averages of 17.3 minutes and 6.3 points. Senior guard Bronson Koenig paces the team in overall scoring with 14.4 points and is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.

      Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner scored 23 points to pace four players in double-digit scoring this past Saturday as Michigan snapped a two-game losing streak with a 91-85 win over Nebraska.

      Gard said Wolverines senior guard Zak Irvin (14.2 points) and junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. (12.4) bring valuable experience to the Wolverines, but Wagner and junior forward DJ Wilson also have the capability to make impacts.

      Wagner averages 12.2 points for Michigan, which leads NCAA Division I teams with fewest miscues at 9.1 turnovers per game.

      "Maybe (the Wolverines) had one big guy who could shoot the 3 or stretch you from the perimeter, but not two at the same time," Gard said. "Both of them have the ability to put the ball on the floor, too. Wagner made some plays against Nebraska that were (Frank) Kaminsky-like in terms of putting the ball of the floor."

      Michigan lost four straight games against Wisconsin but coach John Beilein said the Wolverines will have a "bit of bounce in our step" heading into Madison following the Nebraska win.

      The Badgers pose many challenges on offense and Beilein said he respects the experience that Koenig, senior forward Nigel Hayes, senior forward Vitto Brown and senior guard Zak Showalter have established in playing their entire careers together at Wisconsin.

      "There are very few ball screens, although there are, but their plan is post up, post up," Beilein said of the Badgers' strategy. "I call it the LeBron (James) post-up -- you catch it in 3 and you just dribble the guy back in. They're just really good off of that. Everybody is an elite passer.

      "If you have a bunch of three- or four-year players, they play connected like crazy, defensively and offensively. We haven't been able to get to that point to have that type of consistency that they have."

  • Creighton's Watson (knee) carried off court
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    Creighton guard Maurice Watson Jr. sustained an apparent knee injury and was carried off the court in the first half of Monday's game between the seventh-ranked Bluejays and No. 22 Xavier.

    • Watson, who leads the country in assists with 8.8 per game, was injured while converting a layup to tie the game at 21 with 6:55 remaining before halftime. He was fouled on the play, and Khyri Thomas made the free throw in his place.

      Watson was overheard telling Creighton coach Greg McDermott, "I'm done. I heard it pop," according to Joe Danneman of Cincinnati's FOX19.

      Watson was still being evaluated at halftime and was in uniform during second-half warm-ups, but was on crutches. He scored four points and had three assists at the time of his injury as Creighton led 32-29 at halftime.

      Watson is the Bluejays' third-leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points on 50.8 percent shooting through 18 games this season.

  • Villanova moves back to No. 1 in AP poll
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    After a one-week absence, Villanova reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

    • The reigning national champion Wildcats (17-1), who were No. 1 for five straight weeks before dropping to No. 3 a week ago, leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas (16-1) to supplant Baylor atop the poll.

      Villanova received 28 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while the second-ranked Jayhawks were No. 1 on 32 ballots.

      No. 3 UCLA (18-1) received three first-place votes while the remaining two went to fourth-ranked and unbeaten Gonzana (17-0). Kentucky (15-2) checked in at No. 5 while Baylor (16-1) tumbled five slots following its loss at West Virginia (15-2), which vaulted three spots into a tie with Creighton (17-1) at No. 7.

      ACC rivals North Carolina (16-3) and Florida State (16-2) rounded out the top 10, with the Tar Heels climbing two slots after beating the Seminoles on Saturday.

      Oregon (16-2) and Louisville (15-3) each moved up two spots to Nos. 11 and 12 and were followed by Butler (15-3), Arizona (16-2) and Notre Dame (16-2), which made the biggest move from 20th to No. 15.

      Rounding out the top 20 were Virginia (13-3), Wisconsin (14-3), Duke (14-4), Florida (14-3) and Cincinnati (15-2). Duke plummeted 11 spots after losses at Florida State and Louisville.

      Purdue (14-4), Xavier (13-4) and Saint Mary's (15-2) each dropped but held down the Nos. 21-23 slots, while No. 24 South Carolina (14-3) and Maryland (16-2) were newcomers to the poll. Dropping out of the Top 25 were Minnesota, Kansas State and USC.

  • Top 25 roundup; Louisville, UNC win ACC showdowns
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 14, 2017

    LOUISVILLE -- No. 14 Louisville forced No. 7 Duke into 18 turnovers during a 78-69 win on Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center.

    • The Cardinals (15-3, 3-2 in the ACC) were led by 17 points and 11 rebounds from junior center Anas Mahmoud and 15 points from sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell.

      The Blue Devils (14-4, 2-3) got 23 points from junior guard Grayson Allen.

      The Cardinals went on a 9-0 run to take a 45-37 lead, capped by a layup from Ray Spalding. Louisville maintained a lead and pushed ahead to 57-49 with just over eight minutes left.

      No. 11 North Carolina 96, No. 9 Florida State 83

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joel Berry scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half as No. 11 North Carolina withstood several threats from No. 9 Florida State in its victory at the Smith Center.

      Isaiah Hicks and Justin Jackson scored 22 points each for the Tar Heels (16-3, 4-1 ACC), who have won for in a row. Theo Pinson, in his third game of the season, added 12 points.

      Dwayne Bacon's 18 points and Jonathan Isaac's 17 points paced the Seminoles (16-2, 4-1), though their school-record 12-game winning streak came to an end. P.J. Savoy and Terance Mann both had 10 points.

      No. 1 Baylor 77, No. 25 Kansas State 68

      MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Top-ranked Baylor rebounded from its first loss of the season with a victory at No. 25 Kansas State.

      The Bears, who lost 89-68 to West Virginia on Tuesday in their first-ever game as the top-ranked team, overcame an off-night from leading scorer Johnathan Motley, who fouled out with just seven points. Baylor (16-1, 4-1 Big 12) was led by Manu Lecomte with 26 points. He was joined in double figures by Ish Wainright and Al Freeman with 15 points apiece.

      Kansas State (13-4, 2-3) was led by D.J. Johnson with 20 points. Barry Brown scored 13, Xavier Sneed added 12 and Kamau Stokes tallied 10.

      No. 2 Kansas 87, Oklahoma State 80

      LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Senior guard Frank Mason scored 22 points and led Kansas in scoring for the 14th time this season as the No. 2 Jayhawks outlasted Oklahoma State in Allen Fieldhouse.

      Kansas (16-1, 5-0 Big 12) rebounded from a halftime deficit for the second straight game, though the Cowboys never went away behind a game-high 23 points from junior guard Jeffrey Carroll. Junior guard Devonte' Graham added 21 points as the Jayhawks claimed their 52nd consecutive home win, the longest active streak in the country. The win was the 16th straight for the Big 12 leaders since a season-opening loss to Indiana.

      Sophomore guard Jawun Evans added 15 points for the Cowboys (10-7, 0-5), who lost their fifth straight game, all to open Big 12 play.

      No. 3 Villanova 70, St. John's 57

      NEW YORK -- Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points in No. 3 Villanova's win over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

      The Wildcats (17-1, 5-1 Big East) overcame a poor shooting performance by two of their stars to hand the Red Storm (8-11, 2-4) their fourth straight loss. Villanova has won 16 of the last 17 games against St. John's.

      Josh Hart, the Big East's Preseason Player of the Year, was 4 of 13 from the floor and finished with 11 points. Kris Jenkins made only 1 of 10 shots and scored 10 points. Freshmen Shamorie Ponds and Marcus Lovett led St. John's with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

      No. 4 UCLA 83, Utah 82

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Lonzo Ball scored 17 points, dished out eight assists and collected six rebounds to help No. 4 UCLA escape with a victory over Utah.

      T.J. Leaf added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins. Five different UCLA (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) players scored in double figures.

      The Bruins went ahead for good after Aaron Holiday buried a deep 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining to give UCLA an 81-80 lead. Utah (12-5, 3-2) had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but Kyle Kuzma missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer in traffic.

      No. 5 Gonzaga 79, No. 21 Saint Mary's 56

      SPOKANE, Wash. -- Nigel Williams-Goss recorded 19 points and six assists and No. 5 Gonzaga remained the only undefeated team in the nation by rolling over No. 21 Saint Mary's in a West Coast Conference showdown.

      Jordan Mathews added 16 points) and Johnathan Williams contributed 14 points and five blocked shots) for the Bulldogs (17-0, 5-0). Gonzaga used a 14-0 second-half surge to turn an eight-point contest into a one-sided affair.

      Calvin Hermanson led Saint Mary's (15-2, 5-1) with 12 points. The Gaels shot only 39.7 percent from the field while Gonzaga shot 64.7 percent.

      No. 6 Kentucky 92, Auburn 72

      LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 6-ranked Kentucky maintained its hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference with an easy victory over Auburn.

      Freshman guard Malik Monk scored 24 points to lead Kentucky (15-2, 5-0 SEC). Freshman Bam Adebayo followed with 15 points and eight rebounds while senior guard Mychal Mulder came off the bench for 12 points. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe added 10 and freshman Wenyen Gabriel had a career-best 16 rebounds.

      Auburn (11-6, 1-4) got 23 points from senior guard T.J. Dunans. Freshman guard Mustapha Heron added 11.

      No. 8 Creighton 101, Truman State 69

      OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton sprinted to an early lead, sputtered a bit in the middle and finally dusted Division II Truman State in the final 12 minutes in its final nonconference game of the season.

      This was a game the No. 8-ranked Bluejays (17-1) had to schedule after an edict from the Big East Conference that all teams needed to play on Saturday before a full slate of conference games Monday.

      Creighton would have been the only team without a quick turnaround for that special schedule of games. Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster led three Creighton players in double figures with 21 points before an announced crowd of 17,466.

      No. 10 West Virginia 74, Texas 72

      AUSTIN, Texas -- Jevon Carter scored nine of his 15 points in the final four minutes and Teyvon Myers added 16 points as 10th-ranked West Virginia outlasted Texas 74-72 in Big 12 Conference play at the Frank Erwin Center.

      West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) also got 14 points from Tarik Phillip as 10 of the 11 players who took the floor for the Mountaineers scored.

      Texas (7-10, 1-4) was led by Jarrett Allen's career-high 19 points while Andrew Jones tied a career high with 17 before fouling out with 3:23 to play. Shaquille Cleare scored 12 points and Kerwin Roach II had 11 for the Longhorns.

      No. 12 Butler 83, No. 15 Xavier 78

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Freshman guard Kamar Baldwin scored all of his career-high 21 points in the second half to lead No. 12 Butler over No. 15 Xavier in a Big East Conference game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

      Baldwin stole a pass in the final seconds to keep Xavier from getting a shot a potential game-tying 3-pointer and then hit two free throws to seal it with less than one second left.

      After trailing Xavier (13-4, 3-2 Big East) 31-25 at halftime, Butler (15-3, 4-2) opened the second half with eight unanswered points to take a 34-31 lead.

      No. 19 Virginia 77, Clemson 73

      CLEMSON, S.C. -- Senior guard London Perrantes scored 25 points and hot-shooting Virginia held off Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Littlejohn Coliseum.

      Perrantes made 8 of 15 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, as the 19th-ranked Cavaliers (13-3, 3-2 ACC) shot 58 percent to defeat the Tigers for a sixth consecutive time.

      Jaron Blossomgame, who averaged 27 points in two games against Virginia last season, scored 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting for Clemson (11-6, 1-4), which dropped its fourth straight game and suffered its second loss in nine home games this season.

      No. 20 Notre Dame 76, Virginia Tech 71

      BLACKSBURG Va. -- Notre Dame guard Steve Vasturia scored 20 points and the 20th-ranked Irish took over sole possession of first place in the ACC with the help of a late 6-0 run to beat Virginia Tech.

      The Irish (16-2, 5-0) squandered a 19-point first-half lead and a 14-point second-half lead, but still ended a 15-game home winning streak by the Hokies (13-4, 2-3) in Cassell Coliseum.

      Notre Dame became the only undefeated team in ACC play after Florida State lost at North Carolina on Saturday. Chris Clarke collected 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Seth Allen scored 16 for Virginia Tech.

      No. 23 Florida 80, Georgia 76 (OT)

      GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior guard Canyon Barry established season highs of 27 points and five 3-pointers to help No. 23 Florida notch an overtime victory over Georgia.

      Freshman forward Keith Stone added a career-best 17 points as the Gators (14-3, 5-0 SEC) won their seventh consecutive game. Florida also recorded its 14th consecutive home victory over the Bulldogs.

      Senior guard J.J. Frazier scored 25 points for Georgia (11-6, 3-2). Junior guard Juwan Parker added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs and junior forward Yante Maten scored 15 points before fouling out.

      Penn State 52, No. 24 Minnesota 50

      STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Tony Carr drew a foul and sank two free throws with five seconds left to lift Penn State over No. 24 Minnesota.

      Referees had to go to a review to determine whether Carr was indeed fouled by Minnesota's Eric Curry and when they saw that he was, Carr drained his only two shots of the game. Mike Watkins had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Payton Banks added 10 points for Penn State (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten), which bounced back from a 32-22 halftime deficit.

      Reggie Lynch led the Gophers (15-4, 3-3) with 12 points while Jordan Murphy and Nate Mason added seven apiece.

  • Clemson tries to ride school's momentum vs. No. 19 Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, January 13, 2017

    After Virginia's win over Wake Forest on Sunday night, head coach Tony Bennett knew his team's upcoming matchup against Clemson would be tough.

    • In addition to the Tigers being an up-and-coming team in the ACC, their football team was getting ready to play for a national championship the next night against Alabama.

      "I'm sure if Clemson wins the national championship, they'll unveil their team at our game on Saturday," Bennett said after the Wake Forest game. "That'll be a pleasant environment."

      The Tigers knocked off Alabama, setting up a championship parade on Friday night and even more momentum for the Clemson basketball team to knock off the visiting 19th-ranked Cavaliers on the hardwood.

      After their 75-63 loss at Georgia Tech on Thursday, the Tigers have now lost three straight ACC games and will be desperate for a win against the Cavaliers.

      Virginia is back on track after dropping two straight games in the conference, but a road win at Clemson won't be easy.

      "You lose. Everybody loses. Look at the ACC -- everyone's been losing," Virginia point guard London Perrantes said. "Duke lost, everybody else has lost. My first three years, I would've held my head down and went into a shell after the loss, but now I try and encourage the team to get back on track. This was a good step forward."

      Perrantes started to pick up his game as of late and dropped a season-high 24 points in Virginia's win over Wake Forest. The senior may be coming on at the right time and will need another solid performance against the Tigers.

      Clemson, which has been known for its defense under head coach Brad Brownell, sputtered of late by giving up an average of 79.7 points in its last three games -- all loses. The Tigers are now allowing 67.3 points per game for the season and will try to defend a Virginia team that has been hitting the three ball.

      The Cavaliers knocked down nine from beyond the arc against the Demon Deacons and have a variety of players who can spread the floor. Guard Devon Hall is another bright spot for Virginia and enters Saturday's game averaging 12 points and seven rebounds in ACC play.

      Clemson has still been reliant on forward Jaron Blossomgame, who is averaging 18.2 points and six rebounds.

      Virginia's key will be to consistently make shots, which they have of late, while Clemson will need to turn its defense around in front of the home crowd.

      The two teams tip off at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 17 Purdue falls at Iowa
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 12, 2017

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tyler Cook hit a go-ahead free throw with 1:36 to play, Peter Jok scored a game-high 29 points, and Iowa went on to pull out an 83-78 win over No. 17 Purdue on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    • Cook made one of two foul shots to put the Hawkeyes (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten) on top 79-78. Purdue (14-4, 3-2) called its final timeout with 28.6 seconds left, but Caleb Swanigan missed a driving layup. The ball was rebounded by Iowa's Cordell Pemsl, and Swanigan fouled him with 13.8 seconds remaining. Pemsl missed the front end of a one-and-one, but the ball went off the Boilermakers out of bounds. Iowa's Jordan Bohannon was then fouled and made both of his free throws.

      Swanigan led for Purdue with 17 points and eight rebounds.

      No. 4 UCLA 104, Colorado 89

      BOULDER, Colo. -- Bryce Alford scored a career-high 37 points and helped UCLA's offense assert itself in the second half as the fourth-ranked Bruins pulled away for a win over Colorado.

      Isaac Hamilton had 20 points and Aaron Holiday added 14 points for UCLA, which surpassed 100 points in a game for the sixth time this season.

      The Bruins, with the nation's third-ranked scoring offense coming into the game, got plenty of looks from beyond the arc and capitalized more often than not, hitting 19 of their 31 3-point tries. Alford made 9 of 14 from beyond the arc, matching a career best. Seven of his 3-pointers came in the second half.

      UCLA (17-1, 4-1 Pac-12) won its fourth in a row since its only loss of the season 89-87 to Oregon on Dec. 28.

      No. 5 Gonzaga 93, Loyola Marymount 55

      SPOKANE, Wash. -- Six players scored in double figures, led by Przemek Karnowski's 17 points, as hot-shooting Gonzaga defeated Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference.

      The Bulldogs (16-0, 4-0 WCC) shot 53.1 from the field, including 55.6 from 3-point range. Zach Collins and Johnathan Williams combined for 27 points.

      Loyola Marymount (8-8, 1-4) made only 34.5 percent of its shots, including 36.8 from 3-point range. Guard Buay Tuach was the Lions' only scorer in double figures with 19 points.

      No. 16 Arizona 91, Arizona State 75

      TUCSON, Ariz. -- Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 30 points to help Arizona withstand a barrage of 3-pointers in the second half by Arizona State in a Pac-12 game.

      Markannen drained 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to help Arizona take control with a 29-12 lead midway through the first half. Markkanen, whose scoring high was 26, made 12 of 18 shots and grabbed eight rebounds. He was 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Arizona (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) won its 10th consecutive game.

      Obinna Oleka had 22 points and nine rebounds for Arizona State (9-9, 2-3).

      No. 18 Wisconsin 89, Ohio State 66

      MADISON, Wis. -- Bronson Koenig scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Badgers to a victory over the Buckeyes. Koenig showed off his long-range prowess, drilling 5 of 7 from 3-point range. The Badgers (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) hit 12 of 22 3-point attempts.

      Nigel Hayes registered 15 points and Brown had 12 to help Wisconsin to its third straight win against Ohio State (10-7, 0-4). Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle scored a team-high 13 points for the Buckeyes, who never got closer than 20 points in the closing 20 minutes.

      No. 20 Notre Dame 67, Miami 62

      CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Steve Vasturia dropped in a layup that just beat the shot clock to key Notre Dame's win at Miami in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

      The Hurricanes frittered away a chance to tie by committing 13th turnover of the game.

      Guard Matt Farrell led the Irish (15-2, 4-0 ACC) with 15 points. Forward V.J. Beachem's added 13 and Vasturia scored 10. Senior Davon Reed matched his career high with 21 points for the Hurricanes (11-4, 1-2), and guard Ja'Quan Newton scored 14.

      No. 21 Saint Mary's 74, Portland 33

      Calvin Hermanson had the hot hand early to help No. 21 Saint Mary's roll past Portland in a West Coast Conference game at the Chiles Center in Portland, Ore.

      Hermanson had a career-high 27 points and six rebounds for Saint Mary's (15-1, 5-0 WCC), which has won nine in a row. Jock Landale had eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.

      Jazz Johnson scored 13 points for Portland (9-7, 2-2). West Coast Conference scoring leader Alec Wintering was held to four points on 1-of-9 shooting.

      No. 22 Cincinnati 66, SMU 64

      CINCINNATI -- Gary Clark scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and Troy Caupain added 16 points as Cincinnati held off SMU in an American Athletic Conference game at Fifth Third Arena.

      Kyle Washington added 11 points for Cincinnati (14-2, 4-0 AAC). Sterling Brown scored 20 points for SMU (14-4, 4-1), which saw its 10-game winning streak end.

      Utah 86, No. 25 USC 64

      SALT LAKE CITY – Devon Daniels scored 17 points and Lorenzo Bonam and David Collette added 15 apiece to lead Utah to a Pac-12 win over No. 25 USC.

      Kyle Kuzma added 12 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and Sedrick Barefield chipped in 14 points off the bench. The Utes (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12) claimed their eighth straight victory over the Trojans.

      Chimezie Metu scored 17 points to lead USC. The Trojans (15-3, 2-3) lost for the third time in four games after struggling to slow down the Utes' offense.

  • Texas suspends leading scorer Mack
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Texas suspended sophomore Tevin Mack, its leading scorer, indefinitely after "a violation of team rules," the school announced Thursday.

    • This is the second time Mack has been suspended this season. The forward was suspended for an exhibition game and the season-opener after an earlier violation of team rules.

      Mack is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Longhorns, who face a difficult stretch of the Big 12 schedule with his presence for those games now up in the air.

      "We have a set of standards that we expect people in our program to adhere to," Texas coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. "Tevin has failed to reach them."

      The Longhorns have a disappointing 7-9 record, including 1-3 in Big 12 play.

      Over the next nine days Texas faces No. 10 West Virginia, No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Kansas.

      Mack not only provides scoring for the Longhorns, but he is also a versatile defender. He scored 27 points in the Longhorns' only Big 12 win.

      The only other Texas players averaging in double figures in scoring are guard Kerwin Roach Jr. (11.3) and center Jarrett Allen (11.2).

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 8 Creighton bests No. 12 Butler
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 12, 2017

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Another efficient performance from the field, paired with a better-than-usual showing at the defensive end, led No. 8 Creighton to a 75-64 Big East Conference basketball victory over No. 12 Butler on Wednesday.

    • The Bluejays (16-1, 4-1 Big East) are enjoying a historic week. On Monday, they moved up to No. 8 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls, the highest rating in school history. Winning 16 of their first 17 games also matches the fastest start to a season in school history, first done by Creighton's 1942-43 team.

      Maurice Watson led Creighton with 21 points. Khyri Thomas scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Cole Huff and Justin Patton both finished with 10 points.

      The Bulldogs (14-3, 3-2) needed nearly 39 minutes to get one player into double figures. A pair of 3-pointers near the end of the game got Avery Woodson to that milestone with 14 points.

      No. 11 North Carolina 93, Wake Forest 87

      WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Justin Jackson scored 19 points as the Tar Heels survived a big comeback from the Demon Deacons.

      Joel Berry's 18 points and Kennedy Meeks' 18 points and 11 rebounds were also huge for the Tar Heels, who saw most of their 19-point lead disappear before responding.

      Isaiah Hicks added 16 points, including two clutch free throws in a 1-and-1 situation with 31 seconds to play, and Kenny Williams had 10 points for the Tar Heels (15-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Bryant Crawford scored 22 points before fouling out with 41 seconds left for Wake Forest (10-7, 1-4).

      No. 14 Louisville 85, Pitt 80

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Cardinals overcame a 43-point effort from Pitt senior guard Jamel Artis, holding off the Panthers.

      Louisville (14-3, 2-2 ACC) used a 23-4 first-half run to build a 21-point halftime lead before Pitt got close in the second half. Quentin Snider led the Cardinals with 22 points, while Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell added 15 points apiece.

      Michael Young contributed 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Pitt (12-5, 2-2).

      Michigan State 65, No. 24 Minnesota 47

      EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Freshman Miles Bridges scored all of his game-high 16 points by halftime, and the Spartans defeated the Golden Gophers for the second time this season.

      Playing in his third game since an ankle injury sidelined him for seven games, Bridges also grabbed six rebounds. Fellow freshman Joshua Langford had 13 points for the Spartans (12-6, 4-1 Big Ten), who bounced back from a road loss to Penn State on Saturday.

      Minnesota's Nate Mason scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Dupree McBrayer had 11 points for the Golden Gophers (15-3, 3-2).

  • WRs Williams, Scott leave Clemson to enter NFL Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Clemson wide receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott declared for the 2017 NFL draft on Wednesday, two days removed from helping the Tigers' win the national championship.

    • Williams is projected as the top wide receiver off the board by and Scott is viewed as 14th on the list.

      The duo joins quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Wayne Gallman as Tigers underclassmen entering the draft.

      Williams returned after breaking his neck in 2015 to lead the team with 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He caught eight passes for 94 yards and a score in the title game against Alabama, including a 24-yard reception on the winning drive.

      Scott reeled in 76 catches for 614 yards and five touchdowns this season.

  • Duke's Allen shoves FSU assistant after chasing loose ball
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Duke guard Grayson Allen appeard to shove a Florida State assistant coach as he was falling into the seats chasing a loose ball during the Blue Devils' 88-72 loss on Tuesday night.

    • No. 7 Duke was trailing ninth-ranked Florida State 75-61 with 6:00 to play in the second half when Allen raced toward the sideline to try to grab a loose rebound near the Seminoles bench.

      As Allen was in mid-air and about to fall into the Florida State bench, he shoved Florida State assistant Dennis Gates with two hands.

      The game was Allen's third and first on the road since serving a one-game suspension for intentionally tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana on Dec. 21. Allen tripped three players over the past two seasons.

      In another incident, the Atlantic Coast Conference reviewed video footage to determine whether Allen attempted to trip a player last Saturday during the Blue Devils' game against Boston College but said there was no conclusive proof.

      In Tuesday's incident, it was not clear whether Allen was intentionally shoving Gates in frustration or attempting to push the assistant coach out of the way as he fell.

      Gates tweeted a statement Wednesday morning with a hashtag reading "give Grayson a break," writing he did not "in any way feel attacked nor disrespected as the media and others are portraying Grayson Allen's character and hustle."

      "I clearly need to do a better job of moving out of the way like my coworkers," Gates wrote on his Twitter account. "I clearly did not make the correct decision. I misread Grayson Allen's speed the same way you all are misreading the clip."

      Gates, a sixth-year assistant coach on Leonard Hamilton's staff, also told ESPN that the collision was "not a dirty play."

      "Grayson Allen did not make a dirty play," Gates said Wednesday morning. "That was not a dirty play. He plays hard, he dove after a loose ball. I should have been sitting down, but I wasn't. My intent was to absorb the contact. His hip hit my hip and that's what people aren't looking it. That's a basketball play. Not a dirty play. We teach kids to run down loose balls and make hustle plays. That's what he did. He was just trying to get back in the play.

      "No words were exchanged on the play. It was just a basketball play."

      Duke interim head coach Jeff Capel, who is replacing Mike Krzyzewski while he recovers from back surgery, was not asked about the incident after the game but said he didn't believe Allen was affected by the Florida State crowd.

      "I don't think what other people say, chant or do wears on him that much," Capel said. "The kid has been through a lot -- he brought a lot of it on himself, but some of the things that have happened are just crazy. I am not talking about the chanting; that stuff happens on the road with a really good crowd, and they had a really great crowd tonight. But I don't think that wore on him. I think Florida State's defense and their relentless pressure did."

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 10 West Virginia crushes No. 1 Baylor
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Nathan Adrian poured in 22 points, Jevon Carter had 17 points and seven assists, and the two combined for eight of No. 10 West Virginia's 15 steals in an 89-68 blowout of No. 1 Baylor on Tuesday.

    • The Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) forced 29 turnovers, the most in their 82-game Big 12 tenure. The loss by the Bears (15-1, 3-1) left Gonzaga as the lone unbeaten team in Division I.

      Brandon Watkins and Tarik Phillip added 11 points each for West Virginia, which beat Baylor for the third consecutive time.

      Al Freeman, Lual-Acuil and Terry Maston scored 10 points each for the Bears, who were routed one day after climbing to the top spot in the AP poll. The 7-foot Lual-Acuil also grabbed 12 rebounds, the only category in which Baylor was competitive

      No. 2 Kansas 81, Oklahoma 70

      NORMAN, Okla. -- Bill Self became the fourth Jayhawks coach to win 400 games at the school when Kansas knocked off the Sooners.

      Frank Mason III led the way for the Jayhawks, scoring 19 of his 28 points in the second half as Kansas won its 15th straight after dropping its season opener. Josh Jackson added 16 points, Devonte' Graham 13 and Landen Lucas had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (15-1, 4-0 Big 12).

      Kameron McGusty and Rashard Odomes led a balanced Oklahoma attack with 13 points apiece. The Sooners (6-9, 0-4) welcomed the return of leading scorer Jordan Woodard (seven points, six rebounds and five assists), who missed the previous four games because of injury or illness.

      No. 3 Villanova 79, No. 15 Xavier 54

      VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Josh Hart had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists while one of five players in double figures as the Wildcats won their 46th straight game at the Pavilion

      Kris Jenkins scored 20 points and Jalen Brunson added 11 for Villanova (16-1, 4-1 Big East), which also won 46 in a row at the 6,500-seat campus arena in 2007-11. Darryl Reynolds and Donte DiVincenzo scored 10 each for the Wildcats. Villanova's senior class -- Jenkins, Hart and Reynolds -- has never lost in this arena.

      Edmond Sumner led the Musketeers (13-3, 3-1) with 11 points while J.P. Macura and Trevon Bluiett scored 10 apiece. Xavier, which shot only 29.8 percent, had a six-game winning streak snapped and had been the last remaining unbeaten team in the Big East.

      No. 6 Kentucky 87, Vanderbilt 81

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Isaiah Briscoe scored 23 points, De'Aaron Fox had 22 and Malik Monk added 18 as the Wildcats survived an upset bid from the Commodores.

      The trio was Kentucky's offense down the stretch, scoring the team's last 27 points over the final 12:31.Bam Adebayo added 15 points for the Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 SEC), who survived 1-for-9 shooting from 3-point range.

      Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance and Jeff Roberson scored 19 points apiece for Vanderbilt (8-8, 2-2), which trailed by two with 32 seconds left. Monk, though, got into the lane and hit a short pull-up with 32 seconds left, putting Kentucky up 83-79.

      No. 9 Florida State 88, No. 7 Duke 72

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the Seminoles routed the Blue Devils for their 12th straight victory.

      Also contributing for Florida State (16-1, 4-0 ACC) were Dwayne Bacon and Terance Mann, who scored 13 points apiece. Jonathan Isaac rounded out the Seminoles' double-figure scorers with 11 points, while Mann led the team in rebounds with seven.

      Duke (14-3, 2-2) fell to 0-2 away from Cameron Indoor Stadium, also losing to Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils got a great game from leading scorer Luke Kennard with 23 points while Jayson Tatum added 21.

      No. 23 Florida 80, Alabama 67

      TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Keith Stone scored 14 points and drained all three of his 3-point attempts as the Gators won their sixth straight game.

      Canyon Barry and Kasey Hill added 13 points apiece for Florida (13-3, 4-0 SEC), which defeated the Crimson Tide in 12 of the past 13 meetings.

      Braxton Key scored a season-best 24 points for Alabama (9-6, 2-1). Donta Hall added 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Crimson Tide, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

      Texas Tech 66, No. 25 Kansas State 65

      LUBBOCK, Texas -- Keenan Evans scored 18 points, including the game-winning bucket with 15 seconds left, to help the Red Raiders defeat the Wildcats in their third straight game against a ranked opponent.

      Evans got a steal with 20 seconds left and rebounded Niem Stevenson's miss on the ensuing fastbreak before giving Texas Tech (13-3, 2-2 Big 12) the lead for good. Zach Smith added 16 points, and Aaron Ross finished with 10 for the Red Raiders, who defeated No. 10 West Virginia before losing to No. 2 Kansas.

      Kamau Stokes scored 17 to lead Kansas State (13-3, 2-2). Dean Wade added 12, and forward D.J. Johnson had 11.

  • Baylor ranked No. 1 in AP poll for first time
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 9, 2017

    Baylor took over the No. 1 ranking in men's basketball for the first time in school history in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

    • The unbeaten Bears (15-0) took advantage of Villanova's loss at Butler last week to claim the top spot, ending the reigning NCAA champions' five-week run at No. 1.

      Baylor, ranked second a week ago, received 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel following narrow Big 12 Conference victories over Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

      Kansas (14-1) gave the Big 12 the top two spots in the poll, earning eight first-place votes, while third-ranked Villanova (15-1) and No. 4 UCLA (16-1) each snagged the remaining first-place votes.

      Undefeated Gonzaga (15-0) and Kentucky (13-2) held steady at Nos. 5 and 6 while the top 10 was rounded out by Duke (14-2), Creighton (15-1), Florida State (15-1) and another Big 12 member in West Virginia (13-2).

      Following North Carolina (14-3) at No. 11 was Butler (14-2), which made the biggest jump by climbing six spots after handing Villanova its first defeat. Oregon (15-2), Louisville (13-3), Xavier (13-2), Arizona (15-2), Purdue (14-3), Wisconsin (13-3), Virginia (12-3) and Notre Dame (14-2) filled out the Top 20.

      The final six spots were occupied by Saint Mary's (14-1), Cincinnati (13-2), Florida (12-3), Minnesota (15-2) and USC (15-2) and Kansas State (13-2), who were tied at No. 25.

      Minnesota and Kansas State were both newcomers to the poll, replacing Virginia Tech and Indiana.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 4 UCLA notches 16th win
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 9, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- UCLA surpassed its win total of last season with an 89-75 win over Stanford behind 21 points from guard Lonzo Ball in a Pac-12 game Sunday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

    • The fourth-ranked Bruins are 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12. They finished 15-17 a season ago.

      Ball made 4 of 5 attempts from 3-point range and finished with eight assists and six rebounds. Guard Bryce Alford, who also made 4 of 5 shots from beyond the arc, added 17 points for the Bruins while forward T.J. Leaf had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and guard Isaac Hamilton had 15 points.

      Stanford (8-8, 0-4) played its second consecutive game without leading scorer and rebounder Travis Reid, a junior forward who suffered a shoulder injury in practice last week. He is out indefinitely.

      No. 11 Virginia 79, Wake Forest 62

      CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Guard London Perrantes scored a season-high 24 points as No. 11 Virginia shook off two consecutive loses, knocking off Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena.

      Virginia (12-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 10-0 burst midway through the second half to pull away from a pesky Wake Forest squad that played the Cavaliers tight for 30 minutes. Perrantes' 24 points were the most by any Virginia player this season.

      Wake Forest (10-6, 1-3) was held to 40.4 percent shooting and 28.6 percent from 3-point range, 6 of 21. The Demon Deacons put four players in double figures, led by John Collins with 16 points. Guard Bryant Crawford scored 15 points and handed out six assists.

      No. 20 Purdue 66, No. 13 Wisconsin 55

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Big men Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas, along with some clutch shooting from guard Ryan Cline, lifted No. 20 Purdue to an emphatic 6victory against No. 13 Wisconsin, halting the Badgers' nine-game winning streak.

      Swanigan had 18 points and 13 rebounds -- his eighth consecutive double-double -- and the 7-foot-2 Haas added 13 points and five rebounds while Cline scored seven of his nine points during a decisive 12-0 second-half run for Purdue (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten).

      Ethan Happ had 17 points and Nigel Hayes added 10 for Wisconsin (13-3, 2-1), which was limited to 39 percent shooting (23 of 59), including 2 of 14 from 3-point range.

      No. 14 North Carolina 107, North Carolina State 56

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Justin Jackson scored 21 points and Joel Berry pumped in 19 as North Carolina, which built a huge early lead, blew out visiting North Carolina State at the Smith Center.

      The Tar Heels overwhelmed their rivals with a strong long-range shooting display and an effective fast break in one of the most thorough whippings in the 231 all-time meetings between the teams. Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley added 11 points apiece for North Carolina (14-3, 2-1 ACC), which made 12 of 27 shots from 3-point range.

      It was the most points the Tar Heels ever scored against N.C. State (12-4, 1-2) and the fourth time they reached the 100-point mark the series, though the first time in 24 years.

      Cal 74, No. 25 USC 73

      LOS ANGELES -- Ivan Rabb made the go-ahead free throws and blocked a shot as time expired to help the Bears upset the Trojans.

      Rabb posted 17 points and eight rebounds for Cal (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12). Charlie Moore scored 16 points for the Bears, and Jabari Bird and Don Coleman added 12 points apiece.

      Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points apiece for USC (15-2, 2-2). De'Anthony Melton contributed 13 points and eight rebounds.

  • ACC: No proof Duke's Allen tried to trip BC player
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 8, 2017

    The Atlantic Coast Conference reviewed video footage to determine whether Duke guard Grayson Allen attempted to trip a player Saturday during the Blue Devils' game against Boston College but said there was no conclusive proof.

    • Allen was suspended for a game earlier this season for intentionally tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana on Dec. 21.

      On Saturday, Allen was attempting to fight through a screen set by Boston College's Connar Tava and his left leg went out and upward between Tava's legs.

      The ACC's statement said "there is nothing conclusive that can be determined" about whether the contact was intentional or not.

      Boston College's Tyler Donlan posted video of the play on his Twitter feed and said, "Back at it again."

      Tava responded to the post, saying "Can't stop, won't stop."

      Allen tripped three players over the past two seasons.

      In addition to the earlier incident with Elon, he tripped Louisville's Ray Spalding and Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes last season.

      Allen was hit with a flagrant foul for the incident with Spalding.

      Duke stripped Allen of his captaincy after this season's tripping incident. He was suspended indefinitely but missed only one game before being reinstated.

  • Weather wipes out Gonzaga-Portland game
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 7, 2017

    Saturday's scheduled game between No. 5 Gonzaga and Portland was postponed because of inclement weather in Portland, Ore.

    • Weather forecasts calling for dangerous levels of snow and ice in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington led to the postponement.

      No makeup date was immediately announced.

      "For the safety of all involved, we have decided to delay tonight's game," Portland athletic director Scott Leykam said in a statement. "After consulting with a variety of public safety officials, and with the support of the West Coast Conference, it is the best decision to postpone the game."

      The NBA's Portland Trail Blazers postponed their scheduled Saturday night home game against the Detroit Pistons until Sunday.

  • N.C. State-North Carolina postponed a day by bad weather
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 7, 2017

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Saturday night's scheduled game between North Carolina State and No. 14 North Carolina has been postponed for one day because of wintry weather.

    • The teams will play the Atlantic Coast Conference game at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Smith Center.

      The announcement regarding the change came about five hours before the scheduled 8 p.m. tip-off "due to the likelihood of dangerous and worsening road conditions later this evening," according to a release from the University of North Carolina.

      North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement: "Considering the travel conditions we are not comfortable with the idea that thousands of people, from the players, coaches and officials to fans of both teams and the hundreds of people that staff the Smith Center for the game, would be leaving the arena tonight after tonight after 10 p.m.

      "Everyone attending the game on Sunday will still need to use extreme caution in getting to and from the game, but we think there is a huge difference between driving in the daylight as opposed to this evening, when conditions are expected to be treacherous."

  • Top 25 Roundup: No. 18 Butler survives in OT
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 7, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Kamar Baldwin scored 16 points and No. 18 Butler overcame Georgetown 85-76 in overtime on Saturday in a Big East Conference game in Washington, D.C.

    • Nate Fowler had 11 points for the Bulldogs (14-2, 3-1 in the Big East), who pulled away with 11 straight points in overtime after rallying late in regulation to force the extra session. Andrew Chrabascz also scored 11.

      Butler, which ended reigning national champion and No. 1-ranked Villanova's 20-game winning streak on Wednesday night, avoided the upset when Fowler's two free throws with nine seconds remaining in regulation, after he grabbed an offensive rebound, tied the game at 68-68.

      L.J. Peak scored 18 points for the Hoyas (8-8, 0-4), but missed a potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer in regulation. His layup with 3:23 left in overtime tied the score 70-70.

      No. 1 Villanova 93, Marquette 81

      PHILADELPHIA -- Kris Jenkins scored a season-high 23 points and Josh Hart added 19 points as top-ranked Villanova defeated Marquette in Big East play.

      Jalen Brunson contributed 16 points and Mikal Bridges had 15 for the Wildcats (15-1, 3-1), who rebounded from their first loss this season, 66-58 at No. 18 Butler on Wednesday. In that loss, Villanova produced season lows in points (58) and shooting percentage (37.3).

      Markus Howard led Marquette (10-5, 1-2) with 21 points. Katin Reinhardt scored 15 points, Sam Hauser added 13 points and Jajuan Johnson had 12 for the Golden Eagles, who have dropped two in a row following a three-game winning streak.

      No. 2 Baylor 61, Oklahoma State 57

      WACO, Texas -- Manu Lecomte scored Baylor with 17 points to lead No. 2 Baylor past Oklahoma State in Big 12 play.

      Johnathan Motley added 13 points and reserve Terry Maston had 11 for the Bears (15-0, 3-0). Baylor could ascend to the top of the national polls for the first time in school history on Monday following Villanova's loss to Butler on Wednesday.

      Guard Phil Forte scored 17 to pace the Cowboys (10-5, 0-3). Jeffery Carroll added 14 points.

      No. 3 Kansas 85, Texas Tech 68

      LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Frank Mason III scored 26 points and third-ranked Kansas used a 12-0 two-minute blitz to pull away from Texas Tech in the Big 12 play.

      Devonte' Graham tallied 20 points and Josh Jackson added 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0). The victory was No. 2,200 all-time for Kansas.

      Zach Smith and Aaron Ross scored 17 points apiece for the Red Raiders (12-3, 1-2). Keenan Evans added 16 points.

      No. 5 Gonzaga-Portland, ppd.

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- The scheduled West Coast Conference game between No. 5 Gonzaga and Portland was postponed because of inclement weather in Portland, Ore.

      Weather forecasts calling for dangerous levels of snow and ice in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington led to the postponement.

      No makeup date was immediately announced.

      No. 6 Kentucky 97, Arkansas 71

      LEXINGTON, Ky. -- De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 27 points and No. 6 Kentucky rolled past Arkansas in SEC action.

      Derek Willis equaled his season high with 15 points for the Wildcats (13-2, 3-0 SEC). Willis made his first five shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. Isaiah Briscoe also finished with 15 points.

      Daryl Macon led Arkansas (12-3, 1-2) with 15 points. Moses Kingsley and Jaylen Barford each had 14 points.

      No. 7 West Virginia 72, TCU 70

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia emerged from a second-half dogfight against TCU thanks to a flurry of late 3-pointers and the inside play by freshman Sagaba Konate.

      Daxter Miles scored 22 points, Jevon Carter sank three 3-pointers in a span of 2:15 and Konate had three blocked shots while scoring 13 points. Esa Ahmad scored 16 for the Mountaineers (13-2, 2-1 Big 12), who were only 3 of 17 from 3-point range before hitting 4 of 5 in the final 5:07 to break open a tie game.

      Erasing an 11-point halftime deficit, TCU (12-3, 1-2) capped a 17-6 run on Desmond Bane's free throw to pull even at 57-57 before the Mountaineers regained command.

      No. 8 Duke 93, Boston College 82

      DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman Jayson Tatum scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures as Duke, playing without Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, overcame Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

      Frank Jackson had 15 points, Grayson Allen added 12, Harry Giles supplied 12 points before fouling out with 3:41 left and Matt Jones had 10 points for Duke (14-2, 2-1 ACC).

      Jerome Robinson, who's from nearby Raleigh, had 21 points, Ky Bowman poured in 19 points and A.J. Turner added 13 points for Boston College (8-8, 1-2).

      No. 9 Louisville 65, Georgia Tech 50

      ATLANTA -- Guard Donovan Mitchell made a career-best five 3-point baskets and scored 20 points to help Louisville earn its first ACC win of the season over Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion

      Mitchell shot 5 of 7 on 3-pointers and the Cardinals shot 56.3 percent (9 of 16) on 3-pointers. Mitchell gave Louisville (13-3, 1-2 ACC) a 15-point lead, its largest of the game, when his second straight 3-pointer made it 41-26 with 12:14 remaining.

      Ben Lammers finished with a career-high 24 points and added nine rebounds for Georgia Tech (9-6, 1-2), which also got 15 points and seven rebounds from freshman Josh Okogie.

      No. 10 Creighton 78, Providence 64

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Justin Patton scored 20 points and blocked a career high-tying three shots and Maurice Watson dished out a season-high 14 assists as Creighton held on to win for the first time in five tries at Dunkin Donuts Center dating to 1981.

      Marcus Foster added 17 points, topping the 15-point plateau for the 15th time in 16 games this season and Khyri Thomas added 16 for the Bluejays (15-1, 3-1 Big East).

      Emmitt Holt scored 17 points and had a game-high seven rebounds to lead Providence (11-6, 1-3), which saw its 10-game home winning streak snapped and lost for the fourth time in five games.

      No. 12 Florida State 93, Virginia Tech 78

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State, enjoying its highest ranking in nearly 25 years, won its 11th straight by dominating Virginia Tech.

      Terance Mann scored with 22 points and was one of five players in double figures for the Seminoles (15-1, 3-0 ACC). Mann's big day included going 7 of 11 from the floor, a perfect 2 of 2 from 3-point range and 6 of 8 from the free-throw line.

      Forward Chris Clarke paced the Hokies (12-3, 1-2) with 22 points and eight rebounds. Virginia Tech was blown out by N.C. State on Wednesday.

      North Carolina State-No. 14 North Carolina, ppd.

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The scheduled game between North Carolina State and No. 14 North Carolina has been postponed for one day because of wintry weather.

      The teams will play the Atlantic Coast Conference game at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Smith Center.

      The announcement regarding the change came about five hours before the scheduled 8 p.m. tip-off "due to the likelihood of dangerous and worsening road conditions later this evening," according to a release from the University of North Carolina.

      No. 16 Xavier 97, St. John's 52

      CINCINNATI -- Edmond Sumner scored 20 points with seven assists and Kaiser Gates had a career-high 17 points as Xavier won its sixth straight by turning back St. John's at Cintas Center.

      Trevon Bluiett showed signs of breaking out of his shooting slump with 15 points and three 3-pointers as Xavier (13-2, 3-0 Big East) held on to the top spot in the conference standings.

      Shamorie Ponds scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, but it was another freshman, Marcus LoVett, who did most of the damage for the Red Storm (8-9, 2-2) with a career-high 32 points.

      No. 17 Arizona 82, Colorado 73

      TUCSON, Ariz. -- Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points and Kadeem Allen added 18 as No. 17 Arizona cruised past Colorado in Pac-12 play.

      Dusan Ristic had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (15-2, 4-0. Allen made all three of his 3-point attempts and achieved his career high in scoring at Arizona after playing two seasons in junior college.

      Colorado (10-6, 0-3) became the first team to score more than 69 points against Arizona. Xavier Johnson scored 26 points and George King had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

      No. 19 Saint Mary's 63, San Francisco 52

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Jock Landale scored 21 points and collected 11 rebounds to lead No. 19 Saint Mary's to the victory over San Francisco in a West Coast Conference game.

      Saint Mary's (14-1, 4-0) won its eighth straight game but needed a late surge to shake San Francisco (11-6, 1-3). Dane Pineau came off the bench to add 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Gaels, and Joe Rahon had 13 points.

      San Francisco guard Ronnie Boyce scored 19 points, including 15 in the second half.

      No. 22 Cincinnati 67, Houston 58

      HOUSTON -- Kyle Washington had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 22 Cincinnati past Houston in an American Athletic Conference game.

      Troy Caupain had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Bearcats (13-2, 3-0). Jacob Evans scored 12 points and Gary Clark had 11 points and eight rebounds.

      Rob Gray Jr., who missed Houston's game against Tulane on Wednesday with the flu, returned to the lineup to score 21 points. Wes VanBeck scored 11 points and Damyean Dotson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (12-4, 3-1).

      No. 23 Notre Dame, 75, Clemson 70

      SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Matt Farrell connected on a 3-pointer with the shot clock down and nine seconds remaining to seal the victory victory for Notre Dame over Clemson in Purcell Pavilion.

      V.J. Beachem scored 22 points for the Fighting Irish (14-2, 3-0 ACC). Jaron Blossomgame had 22 for Clemson (11-4, 1-2).

      Notre Dame trailed by seven points at halftime, its largest halftime hole this season. It marked the second time in three league games that the Irish have trailed by at least 10 points.

      No. 24 Florida 83, Tennessee 70

      GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior forward Justin Leon scored a career-high 19 points and sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen fueled a hot-shooting second half as No. 24 Florida fought off a gritty effort from Tennessee.

      After hitting just 2 of 12 3-pointers in the first half, Florida caught fire in the second half. The Gators (12-3, 3-0 SEC) connected on all seven of its treys in the second half, including four by Allen, who finished with a game-high 23 points.

      Sophomore Admiral Schofield posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Vols (8-7, 1-2) before fouling out late with four minutes left in the game. Freshman guard Jordan Bowden finished with 18 points for Tennessee.

      No. 25 Indiana 96, Illinois 80

      BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 25 Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak with a 15-0 start in its Big Ten home rout of Illinois at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

      Junior guard James Blackmon Jr. scored a game-high 25 points for the Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten), who reversed being outscored 13-0 at the start of a Tuesday home loss to No. 13 Wisconsin by hitting 5 of 8 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers to open up the early 15-point advantage in just under six minutes.

      The Fighting Illini (11-5, 1-2) missed seven shots and committed three turnovers before finally ending the drought with 6:17 elapsed on a pair of Jalen Coleman-Lands free throws.