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  • Baylor jumps Gonzaga to become seventh No. 1
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 20, 2020

    Baylor jumped Gonzaga to become this season's record-tying seventh No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll released Monday.

    • The Bears (15-1) extended their winning streak to 14 with victories last week against Iowa State and Oklahoma State. The Bears received 33 first-place votes and 1,591 total points, while the Bulldogs (20-1) earned 31 first-place votes and totaled 1,588 points.

      Gonzaga lost its grip on the top spot after a four-week reign despite blowing out Santa Clara and BYU.

      Baylor's ascension matched the record set in 1982-83 with seven different No. 1 teams, the most since the poll debuted in 1948-49.

      Duke, Auburn and Butler all dropped out of the top five after a combined 0-6 week.

      Kansas (14-3) moved up three spots to No. 3 after wins against Oklahoma and Texas, followed by unbeaten San Diego State (19-0) and Florida State (16-2).

      No. 6 Louisville (15-3) climbed five places and No. 7 Dayton (16-2) jumped six spots. The Blue Devils (15-3), Villanova (14-3) and Seton Hall (14-4) round out the top 10.

      Michigan State (14-4) is 11th, followed by Oregon (15-4), Butler (15-3), West Virginia (14-3) and Kentucky (13-4).

      Auburn (15-2) plummeted 12 places to No. 16 after suffering its first two losses of the season against Alabama and Florida. Maryland (14-4) held steady at No. 17, followed by Texas Tech (12-5), Iowa (13-5) and Memphis (14-3).

      Iowa and No. 22 Arizona (13-5) both rejoined the poll.

      Newcomers this week are No. 24 Rutgers (14-4) and No. 25 Houston (14-4), with Ohio State, Michigan and Wichita State all dropping out. The Buckeyes, who were ranked as high as No. 2 on Dec. 23, have lost five of their last six games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Louisville upsets No. 3 Duke
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 19, 2020

    David Johnson scored 19 points as No. 11 Louisville withstood a charge from third-ranked Duke and pulled out a 79-73 road victory Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

    • The Cardinals (15-3, 6-1 ACC) saw all of their 15-point first-half lead vanish before they turned it on again. The Blue Devils (15-3, 5-2) lost for the second time in a week after Tuesday night's setback at Clemson marked the end of a nine-game winning streak.

      Duke trailed 73-70 and then had four consecutive possessions without scoring. Louisville's Malik Williams made both ends of a one-and-one at the 16-second mark and then dunked off a turnover to seal it.

      Johnson, a freshman guard who hadn't played more than 20 minutes in any game after missing the first four games while recovering from a shoulder injury, made 7 of 8 first-half shots from the field.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 92, BYU 69

      Killian Tillie recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs beat the Cougars in Spokane, Wash., to set a West Coast Conference record with their 33rd consecutive regular-season conference win.

      Corey Kispert added 19 points, and Joel Ayayi chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Bulldogs (20-1, 6-0 WCC). The win might have been costly, however, as leading scorer Filip Petrusev left the game with 15:03 to go after turning his right ankle while trying to block a shot along the baseline.

      TJ Haws led the Cougars (14-6, 3-2) with 17 points. Jake Toolson added 16 points for BYU. The Cougars played without leading scorer and rebounder Yoeli Childs, who was out with a finger injury.

      No. 2 Baylor 75, Oklahoma State 68

      Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie each scored 17 points as the Bears extended their winning streak to 14 games with a come-from-behind win over the Cowboys.

      Devonte Bandoo added 16 points for the Bears (15-1, 5-0 Big 12), who trailed by 10 with 12 minutes left. Bandoo made two straight 3-pointers to turn a 61-60 deficit into a 66-61 lead.

      Cameron McGriff and Isaac Likekele paced the Cowboys (9-8, 0-5) with 16 points each, while Thomas Dziagwa and Lindy Waters III hit for 14 apiece. Oklahoma State has lost five straight and six of its past seven.

      Florida 69, No. 4 Auburn 47

      Freshman Omar Payne had his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Gators routed the visiting Tigers in Gainesville, Fla.

      Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 11 points and 16 rebounds for Florida (12-5, 4-1 SEC), which shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Auburn 44-29. Danjel Purifoy scored 10 points to lead the Tigers (15-2, 3-2), who dropped their second straight game.

      After Samir Doughty's consecutive 3-pointers pulled Auburn within 49-43 with 8:40 to go, the Gators went on a 20-1 surge that finished with two 3-pointers from Keyontae Johnson and one from Blackshear.

      DePaul 79, No. 5 Butler 66

      Paul Reed had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Jalen Coleman-Lands added 20 points to steer the host Blue Demons to an upset of the Bulldogs in Chicago.

      DePaul (13-5, 1-4 Big East) never trailed and led by as many as 21 in the second half while forcing 17 turnovers and going 10-for-17 from long range. Reed finished 8-for-9 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.

      Butler (15-3, 3-2) lost its second straight game this week after rising to the No. 5 ranking and saw its winning streak against DePaul snapped at 11 games. Kamar Baldwin had 16 points to pace Butler, which shot 41.5 percent compared to 48.9 percent for the Blue Demons.

      No. 6 Kansas 66, Texas 57

      Devon Dotson scored 21 points, and Udoka Azubuike added 17 as the Jayhawks did just enough of the right things at the right times to run past the Longhorns in their Big 12 Conference matchup in Austin, Texas.

      Marcus Garrett added 13 points for Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12), which won its second straight game after a rare home loss to Baylor on Jan. 11. The Jayhawks owned a 40-30 advantage in points in the paint and outrebounded Texas 40-29.

      Jericho Sims scored a career-high 20 points for Texas (12-5, 2-3), with Matt Coleman adding 10 points. The Longhorns had a two-game win streak snapped.

      No. 7 San Diego State 68, Nevada 55

      Yanni Wetzell posted a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the Aztecs rallied from a halftime deficit to down the visiting Wolf Pack.

      The Aztecs (19-0, 8-0 Mountain West) held Nevada to just 20 second-half points and went on a 17-0 run during a seven-minute span. The dominant stretch erased a 35-33 halftime deficit and moved San Diego State one win from matching the best start in program history.

      Nevada (11-8, 4-3) built its first-half lead behind Jalen Harris, who scored 16 of his 19 points before intermission. A field-goal drought of more than 11 minutes doomed the Wolf Pack to their worst scoring output since recording just 42 points against BYU on Dec. 10.

      No. 8 Oregon 64, Washington 61 (OT)

      Payton Pritchard made a fall-away 3-pointer from 25 feet with 3.4 seconds remaining in overtime as the Ducks overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat the Huskies in Seattle.

      Pritchard scored 22 points, with six of his seven field goals coming from behind the 3-point arc, and freshman forward Chandler Lawson recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12).

      Freshman forward Isaiah Stewart led Washington (12-7, 2-4) with game-high totals of 25 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots. Freshman guard Marcus Tsohonis added 14 points for the Huskies.

      No. 9 Florida State 83, Miami 79 (OT)

      Sophomore guard Devin Vassell scored a career-high 23 points, and backcourt mate M.J. Walker scored 19 after going scoreless in the first half as the visiting Seminoles survived the Hurricanes in overtime in a matchup of in-state rivals in Coral Gables, Fla.

      Vassell hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds left in the extra period to seal the ninth straight win for Florida State (16-2, 6-1 ACC), which rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final five minutes of regulation.

      Guard Chris Lykes led Miami (10-7, 2-5) with 24 points but also committed six turnovers, including one in the closing seconds of regulation that gave Florida State the opportunity to tie.

      No. 10 Kentucky 73, Arkansas 66

      Nick Richards led the Wildcats with 17 points and added nine rebounds, helping them overcome the ejection of head coach John Calipari in the second half to beat the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.

      Calipari disputed a foul call with 8:19 to play in the game, and continued to argue before being sent to the visiting locker room. Kentucky (13-4 overall, 4-1 SEC), down 47-44 after Mason Jones' two free throws, responded with a 17-2 run to take control of the game for good.

      After Jimmy Whitt Jr.'s jumper with 7:14 to play gave the Razorbacks a 49-46 edge, Arkansas (14-3, 3-2) went scoreless for almost five minutes. Jones led the Razorbacks with 19 points. Whitt added 14, and Isaiah Joe had 13 points.

      Kansas State 84, No. 12 West Virginia 68

      Junior guard Cartier Diarra tied his career best with 25 points, and freshman DaJuan Gordon set a career-high with 15 points as the Wildcats beat the Mountaineers in Manhattan, Kan.

      Xavier Sneed scored 16 for Kansas State (8-9, 1-4 Big 12). West Virginia (14-3, 3-2) was led by Miles McBride and Chase Harler with 11 points each. Gabe Osabuohien added 10 points.

      The Wildcats scored the first two baskets of the second half to extend the lead to 21 points. They eventually led by 24. But the Mountaineers used a 15-0 run to cut the lead to 57-49, and they eventually closed to 60-54 before K-State put away the game with a 9-0 run.

      No. 14 Villanova 61, Connecticut 55

      Jermaine Samuels scored a game-high 19 points, including a pair of critical buckets in the final three minutes, as the Wildcats rallied to subdue the Huskies in a non-conference game in Philadelphia.

      Samuels put Villanova (14-3) ahead to stay on a three-point play with 2:59 left in the game, then applied the back-breaker when he drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 31.2 seconds remaining that made it 57-53.

      Collin Gillespie added 12 for Villanova, which made just 38.8 percent of its shots but went 11 of 23 from the 3-point line and earned a 23-4 advantage in points off turnovers. Freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl chipped in 11 points, including four key foul shots in the final 20 seconds to seal the outcome.

      Houston 65, No. 16 Wichita State 54

      Fabian White Jr. had 14 points, and DeJon Jarreau finished with 12 to help the Cougars past the cold-shooting Shockers at Wichita, Kan.

      Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each added 10 points for Houston (14-4, 4-1 AAC). Wichita State (15-3, 3-2) went without a field goal in a 13:27 stretch and made only 30.4 percent of its shots overall. The loss snapped the Shockers' 14-game winning streak at home.

      Tyson Etienne led the Shockers with 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting. Jamarius Burton had nine points, making 2 of 9 from the field. No Wichita State player made more than three shots from the field.

      No. 17 Maryland 57, Purdue 50

      Jalen Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Terrapins built a big lead and then had to hang on to beat the visiting Boilermakers in College Park, Md.

      The Terrapins (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten) never trailed and snapped a two-game skid. Freshman Donta Scott chipped in a career-high 13 points, and Aaron Wiggins added 12. Nojel Eastern had 14 points for Purdue (10-8, 3-4).

      The Boilermakers sliced an 18-point deficit to 53-50 with 3:53 to play on three free throws from Sasha Stefanovic, but couldn't get closer, unable to muster a field goal in the final six minutes, and scoring just those three free throws over that span.

      No. 18 Seton Hall 82, St. John's 79

      Myles Powell scored 29 points, and Quincy McKnight added 20 as the Pirates recovered from a 14-point second-half deficit and rallied past the Red Storm in New York City.

      Powell was 11 of 20 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, while passing the 2,000-point mark for his career with a layup in the opening minute of the second half. Romaro Gill scored 14 points with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots as the Pirates (14-4, 6-0 Big East) extended their winning streak to eight games.

      Mustapha Heron scored 18 points for the St. John's (12-7, 1-5), which pulled within 78-77 with 20 seconds remaining, but two free throws from Myles Cale put the Pirates on top 80-77. Marcellus Earlington made it 80-79 on a jumper with 8.5 seconds left. Two McKnight free throws sealed the victory.

      Arizona 75, No. 20 Colorado 54

      Freshman post player Zeke Nnaji recorded his seventh double-double as the Wildcats used balanced scoring and dominant rebounding to beat the Buffaloes in Tucson, Ariz.

      Josh Green and Dylan Smith each scored 13 points for Arizona (13-5, 3-2 Pac-12), which won its first game in four tries against a ranked team. Nnaji had 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass to match Colorado's team total.

      The Buffaloes (14-4, 3-2) fell behind early because of 32 percent first-half shooting and never made a serious run. They were led by McKinley Wright IV, who scored 15 points. D'Shawn Schwartz contributed 12 points, and Tyler Bey added nine.

      Penn State 90, No. 21 Ohio State 76

      Lamar Stevens had 24 points as the Nittany Lions broke a three-game losing streak by beating the slumping Buckeyes at University Park, Pa.

      Stevens shot 7 of 12 from the floor and hit all eight free throws. Myreon Jones had 20 points, and Seth Lundy added 12 for Penn State (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten), which shot 53.7 percent from the field.

      Duane Washington Jr., who along with Luther Muhammad returned from a one-game team suspension, had 20 points and Kaleb Wesson scored 19 for Ohio State (12-6, 2-5), which has lost six of its past nine games.

      No. 23 Texas Tech 72, Iowa State 52

      Kyler Edwards poured in 22 points that included a 5-for-6 showing on 3-pointers to help the Red Raiders to an easy victory over visiting the Cyclones in Lubbock, Texas.

      Davide Moretti added 17 points for Texas Tech (12-5, 3-2 Big 12), which won its second straight game. Terrence Shannon Jr. returned after missing the past two games with a back injury and scored 11 points, hitting all four of his shots from the floor for the Red Raiders.

      Tyrese Haliburton led the Cyclones with 13 points and Jacobson added 10. Iowa State (8-9, 1-4) fell for the second straight outing and for the fifth time in its past six games.

      No. 24 Illinois 75, Northwestern 71

      Trent Frazier scored 16 points, Ayo Dosunmu had 15 points and six assists, and the host Illini held on to beat the Wildcats in Champaign, Ill.

      Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting for Illinois (13-5, 5-2 Big Ten), which won its fourth game in a row. The Fighting Illini, who are ranked for the first time since 2014, eclipsed their win total from all of last season.

      Robbie Beran scored a career-high 17 points to lead Northwestern (6-11, 1-6). Miller Kopp finished with 16 points for the Wildcats, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

      No. 25 Creighton 78, Providence 74

      Ty-Shon Alexander scored 24 points, and Marcus Zegarowski hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds as the host Bluejays rallied for a Big East Conference victory over the Friars in Omaha, Neb.

      Mitch Ballock scored 17 points, and Denzel Mahoney added 14 as the Bluejays (14-5, 3-3) rebounded from a defeat at Georgetown on Wednesday to win their second home conference game in three tries.

      David Duke scored a career-high 36 points for the Friars (11-8, 4-2), who lost on the road in conference play for the first time this season. Creighton held Providence leading scorer Alpha Diallo to eight points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Michigan State's Winston sets Big Ten assist mark
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Senior Cassius Winston handed out four assists on Friday night, leading No. 15 Michigan State to a 67-55 victory over visiting Wisconsin and becoming the Big Ten's all-time leader in career assists with 817.

    • It was, otherwise, a tough night for Winston, who scored six points on 3-for-12 shooting in East Lansing, Mich. But Winston had plenty of help, particularly from junior Xavier Tillman, who scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists for the Spartans (14-4, 6-1 Big Ten).

      Former Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves, who ended his career in 2000 with 816 assists, was in attendance Friday. Sophomores Aaron Henry and Gabe Brown each added 13 points while freshman Rocket Watts had 11 for Michigan State.

      Junior Nate Reuvers scored 19 to lead Wisconsin (11-7, 4-3), which had won six of seven entering the game and is the only Big Ten team with two road victories. Sophomore Kobe King added 10 points for the Badgers.

      No. 13 Dayton 78, Saint Louis 76 (OT)

      Jalen Crutcher's buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime completed a torrid rally, allowing the Flyers (16-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) to defeat the host Billikens.

      Crutcher scored seven of his team-high 21 points in the final 49 seconds of overtime, and he contributed to Dayton's raucous comeback in regulation. Obi Toppin, held to six points in the first half, finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

      Saint Louis' Javonte Perkins led all scorers with 25 points off the bench. Hasahn French and Jordan Goodwin scored 16 and 15, respectively, but they went a combined 8 of 19 on foul shots. The Billikens (14-4, 3-2) finished 20 of 37 shooting free throws. Goodwin's layup with one second left in regulation sent the game to overtime.

      Iowa 90, No. 19 Michigan 83

      The Hawkeyes' Luka Garza had another big offensive game against the Wolverines, who remained winless on the road in the Big Ten this season after the loss in Iowa City.

      Garza, a junior who made 10 of 18 field-goal attempts and 11 of 13 free throws, had a career-high 44 points against the Wolverines last month in a loss at Ann Arbor.

      Freshman CJ Fredrick tied his career high with 21 points on Friday, Joe Wieskamp contributed 20 points, and Ryan Kriener added 14 for Iowa (13-5, 4-3 Big Ten). Junior Eli Brooks scored a career-high 25 points for Michigan (11-6, 2-4). Franz Wagner had 18 points, Jon Teske tossed in 14, and David DeJulius chipped in 10.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Elleby carries Washington St. over No. 8 Oregon
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 17, 2020

    Sophomore forward CJ Elleby had game-high totals of 25 points and 14 rebounds as host Washington State gave first-year coach Kyle Smith a signature win early in Pacific-12 Conference play, upsetting No. 8 Oregon 72-61 on Thursday night in Pullman, Wash.

    • Isaac Bonton added 12 points and six assists and Jeff Pollard scored 11 points and made some key defensive plays as the Cougars (11-7, 2-3 Pac-12) snapped a streak of 19 consecutive losses against teams ranked in the top 10 dating to 2007.

      Freshman forward DJ Rodman, the son of former NBA star and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, scored a career-high eight points and grabbed five rebounds for the short-handed Cougars, who had four players sitting out with injuries.

      Senior Payton Pritchard led the Ducks (14-4, 3-2) with 22 points and also had five rebounds and five assists. But Pritchard also committed six turnovers. Fellow guard Chris Duarte scored 15.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 104, Santa Clara 54

      Joel Ayayi recorded 19 points, six rebounds and three steals and the top-ranked Bulldogs won their 11th straight game with a 50-point rout of the Broncos in West Coast Conference play at Spokane, Wash.

      Filip Petrusev had 18 points and seven rebounds and Admon Gilder added 18 points and three steals as the Bulldogs (19-1, 5-0 WCC) defeated Santa Clara for the 20th straight time. The Bulldogs stretched their homecourt winning streak to 33 games, the longest active one in the nation.

      Josip Vrankic scored 12 points while Trey Wertz and Jaden Bediako added 11 points apiece for the Broncos (15-4, 2-2), who dropped to 1-4 on the road. The away setbacks are by an average of 29.5 points.

      No. 20 Colorado 68, Arizona State 61

      Tyler Bey had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists and reserve Lucas Siewert had 14 points and four 3-pointers as the Buffaloes built a double-digit lead early in the second half and nursed it to a Pac-12 victory over the host Sun Devils.

      McKinley Wright IV had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists and Shane Gatling had 10 points and a pair of 3-pointers for the Buffaloes (14-3, 3-1), who have won seven of eight.

      Remy Martin had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Romello White had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Taeshon Cherry had a career-high eight rebounds for the Sun Devils (10-7, 1-3), who were playing their Pac-12 home opener.

      No. 22 Memphis 60, Cincinnati 49

      D.J. Jeffries scored 18 points, Precious Achiuwa recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the Tigers weathered a big second-half run to beat the Bearcats in Memphis, Tenn.

      The Tigers (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) built a double-digit lead in the first half, but an 18-2 Cincinnati run early in the second half gave the Bearcats a brief lead.

      Memphis buckled down after falling behind, however, holding Cincinnati to just 11 points over the game's final 12:37.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga freshman Watson (shoulder) out for rest of season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 17, 2020

    Gonzaga freshman forward Anton Watson will miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury, the school announced shortly before the start of Thursday night's game against Santa Clara.

    • Watson will undergo surgery. The school didn't divulge when that will occur.

      "Anton is one of the toughest guys I've coached," Bulldogs coach Mark Few said in the news release. "He's battled through a lot because he cares about this team. This is the right thing to do moving forward for his career, and he has a bright future with our program."

      Watson averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15 games (five starts) for the top-ranked Bulldogs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Richmond G Francis (sternum) out 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Richmond leading scorer Blake Francis is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a fractured sternum.

    • Francis sustained the injury while contesting for a loose ball in the second half of the Spiders' 74-58 loss to Saint Louis on Saturday.

      The junior guard sat out Richmond's 70-64 victory over Davidson on Tuesday.

      Francis is averaging 17.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season, his first with Richmond after transferring from Wagner. The Spiders are 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Alabama hands No. 4 Auburn first loss
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Kira Lewis Jr. scored a game-high 25 points, and Alabama dealt No. 4 Auburn its first loss of the season, 83-64 in Southeastern Conference action Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    • Lewis scored 17 of his total in the second half. Alex Reese scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as the Crimson Tide (9-7, 2-2 SEC) took advantage of the Tigers' sloppy play to take a quick 5-0 lead they would never give up.

      The 64 points were a season low for the Tigers (15-1, 3-1), who also shot a season-worst 31.7 percent from the field. The defeat leaves San Diego State (18-0) the only undefeated NCAA Division I team.

      Isaac Okoro led Auburn with 13 points, and senior Austin Wiley had 10 points and 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and ninth of his career. But the Tigers' leading scorer, Samir Doughty, scored just six, nearly 10 under his season average, before fouling out with 2:16 left.

      No. 2 Baylor 68, Iowa State 55

      Jared Butler scored a game-high 19 points as the Bears pulled away in the second half to dispatch the Cyclones in Waco, Texas.

      Davion Mitchell added 17 points and six assists for Baylor (14-1, 4-0 Big 12), while Freddie Gillespie contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Vital chipped in 11 points as the Bears heated up and shot 45.5 percent in the second half in their first game since their first-ever win at Kansas on Saturday.

      Iowa State (8-8, 1-3) was coming off an 81-68 rout of Oklahoma on Saturday night that represented its first conference win, but it couldn't find the same magic offensively. The Cyclones made just 39.7 percent of their field-goal tries, including only 6 of 23 from 3-point range. Rasir Bolton and Prentiss Nixon each scored nine points to lead Iowa State.

      No. 18 Seton Hall 78, No. 5 Butler 70

      Myles Powell scored a game-high 29 points, and Jared Rhoden swished the key 3-pointer as the Pirates won a battle of Big East unbeatens, toppling the Bulldogs in Indianapolis.

      Romaro Gill added 17 points for Seton Hall (13-4, 5-0 Big East) before fouling out with 3:48 left, and Quincy McKnight provided an 11-point, 13-assist double-double. Rhoden also finished with 11 points and hit a 23-footer from the left wing at the end of the shot clock with 42 seconds left for a 73-68 lead.

      That was the biggest shot in a game-ending 13-4 spurt that upped Seton Hall's winning streak to seven games while giving the Bulldogs (15-2, 3-1) their first home loss of the season. It also marked the most points Butler has allowed this season. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

      No. 9 Florida State 54, Virginia 50

      Devin Vassell scored 18 points, and the Seminoles extended their winning streak to eight games with a victory against the Cavaliers in Tallahassee, Fla.

      Florida State (15-2, 5-1 ACC) improved to 9-0 at home this season and extended its home winning streak to 16 games. Anthony Polite added 14 points and was 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

      Unranked for the first time since November 2017, Virginia (11-5, 3-3) has lost three straight games for the first time since February 2017. Mamadi Diakite led the Cavaliers with 16 points. Kihei Clark finished with eight points and five assists but committed nine of Virginia's 18 turnovers.

      South Carolina 81, No. 10 Kentucky 78

      Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard made the most of his first start, banking in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a career-high 26 points as the Gamecocks rallied for the victory over the Wildcats in Columbia, S.C.

      Forward Keyshawn Bryant scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half as South Carolina (9-7, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored Kentucky 56-45 in the half and 13-10 over the last 4:27.

      Immanuel Quickley, whose baseline jumper had tied the score at 78 with 4.1 seconds left, scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats (12-4, 3-1), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

      Temple 65, No. 16 Wichita State 53

      Quinton Rose had 19 points, three assists and three steals, and Nate Pierre-Louis had eight points and 12 rebounds as the Owls won in Philadelphia, snapping the Shockers' nine-game winning streak.

      Monty Scott had 11 points and five rebounds, and Jake Forrester had 11 points and two blocked shots for Temple (10-6, 2-3 American Athletic Conference).

      Senior Jaime Echenique had career highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamarius Burton added 16 points for the Shockers (15-2, 3-1). The Shockers entered the game as one of seven Division I teams with one loss or fewer.

      Georgetown 83, No. 25 Creighton 80

      Omer Yurtseven scored 20 points and Mac McClung added 19 as the Hoyas increased their home winning streak to six games with a tight Big East victory over the Bluejays in Washington, D.C.

      Jagan Mosely scored 13 points and Jahvon Blair added 12 as Georgetown (12-6, 2-3 Big East) was able to hold off a late Creighton push after leading by as many as nine points in the second half.

      Marcus Zegarowski scored 20 points and Denzel Mahoney added 19 as the Bluejays (13-5, 2-3) lost immediately after receiving their first national ranking in two years. It was Creighton's third defeat in conference play, but its first against a team that wasn't ranked.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Clemson ends No. 3 Duke's 9-game run
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    Aamir Simms scored a career-high 25 points, and Clemson recovered in the final few minutes to knock off No. 3 Duke 79-72 as fans stormed the court in Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night in Clemson, S.C.

    • Tevin Mack added 22 points and John Newman III had 14 points for the Tigers, who have won three consecutive games, including their first-ever win at North Carolina on Saturday.

      Clemson (9-7, 3-3 ACC) halted Duke's nine-game winning streak. The Blue Devils (15-2, 5-1) were led by Vernon Carey Jr.'s 20 points, Tre Jones' 17 points and Cassius Stanley's 14 points.

      Simms, one of the heroes in Saturday's win over the Tar Heels, shot 10-for-15 from the field. Mack, a transfer from Alabama, made 10 of 14 shots from the floor. Each pulled down nine rebounds while Simms contributed five assists.

      No. 6 Kansas 66, Oklahoma 52

      Isaiah Moss scored 20 points to lead the Jayhawks to a win over the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

      The Jayhawks were able to pull off the victory without Devon Dotson (hip pointer), the Big 12's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game. Moss, making his first start of the season in Dotson's place, hit a career-high-tying six 3-pointers to help make up for the absence.

      The game was tight most of the way before the Jayhawks (13-3, 3-1 Big 12) took control with a 15-2 run beginning with 7:37 left. Kansas' Marcus Garrett finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Oklahoma (11-5, 2-2) saw its top three scorers, Kristian Doolittle, Austin Reaves and Brady Manek, shoot a combined 10-for-43 from the field while contributing 27 total points.

      No. 7 San Diego State 64, Fresno State 55

      Malachi Flynn scored 22 points, and the Aztecs pulled within two wins of matching the best start in program history with a defeat of the host Bulldogs.

      San Diego State (18-0, 7-0 Mountain West) remained one of only two undefeated teams in the nation, along with 2019 national semifinalist Auburn. The Aztecs are chasing the 2010-11 team, which began its season 20-0.

      Orlando Robinson led Fresno State (5-12, 1-5) with 18 points. New Williams added 15 points, and Jordan Campbell followed with 11. For San Diego State, Yanni Wetzell followed Flynn with 17 points, and Matt Mitchell added 10 points.

      No. 11 Louisville 73, Pittsburgh 68 (OT)

      The Cardinals made seven of 10 free throws in overtime to escape with a win over the host Panthers. The Cardinals (14-3, 5-1 ACC) won despite trailing for nearly all of regulation and shooting just 38.3 percent from the field while being outrebounded for just the third time this season.

      David Johnson finished with 11 points while Jordan Nwora had 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting after going scoreless the first 15:40 of the game. Dwyane Sutton added 13 points and nine rebounds for Louisville.

      Pitt (11-6, 2-4), which shot 37.5 percent from the floor, got 24 points from Trey McGowens, but that came on 22 shot attempts. Xavier Johnson and Justin Champagnie each scored 11 points for the Panthers, and Champagnie had 11 rebounds.

      No. 12 West Virginia 81, TCU 49

      Derek Culver dominated the lane with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Mountaineers power past the Horned Frogs in Morgantown, W.Va.

      The Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) constantly pushed the ball inside to Culver, who went 6-for-7 from the floor, and Oscar Tshiebwe (4 of 6 on field goals), and TCU had no answer. West Virginia outscored the Horned Frogs 36-10 in the paint, outrebounded TCU 38-24 and had 14 second-chance points to just three for the visitors.

      RJ Nembhard led TCU with 14 points, with eight of those coming from the free-throw line. Desmond Bane added 13 points for the Horned Frogs (12-4, 3-1), who came into play with four straight wins and were off to their best start in conference play since going 14-0 when playing in the WAC during the 1997-98 season.

      No. 13 Dayton 79, VCU 65

      Obi Toppin scored 24 points and the Flyers rode a 22-0 run in the second half to defeat the visiting Rams. Dayton (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) won its sixth straight.

      The big story for the Flyers was Toppin being healthy enough to play. The redshirt sophomore, who last week was named to the Wooden Award midseason watch list, injured his ankle in Saturday's game against Massachusetts, and his status was in doubt.

      Jalen Crutcher finished with 20 points after carrying the Flyers offense in the first half before Toppin took over. De'Riante Jenkins and Nah'Shon Hyland each scored 16 points to lead the Rams (12-5, 2-2).

      No. 14 Villanova 79, DePaul 75 (OT)

      Collin Gillespie scored 21 points, Saddiq Bey added 18 and the Wildcats held off the visiting Demon Deacons in overtime. It was Villanova's 19th straight win over DePaul.

      Jermaine Samuels contributed 15 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (13-3, 4-1 Big East). Villanova posted its third win in a row.

      Moore led DePaul (12-5, 0-4) with a season-high 29 points, while Paul Reed added 18 points and 15 rebounds for his 12th double-double. Jaylen Butz had 16 points.

      Wisconsin 56, No. 17 Maryland 54

      Brad Davison drained a game-winning 3-point bucket with 11 seconds left to give the Badgers an upset win against the Terrapins in Madison, Wis.

      Davison stole the ball on a Maryland inbounds play with 12.4 seconds left, giving Wisconsin (11-6, 4-2 Big Ten) a chance for the victory. Anthony Cowan Jr. and Eric Ayala both missed a 3-point attempt in the closing seconds as Maryland fell to 0-3 in Big Ten road games.

      Nate Reuvers scored a team-high 17 points for the Badgers, and Davison and Micah Potter added 14 points each. Jalen Smith scored a game-high 18 points for Maryland (13-4, 3-3). Cowan delivered 16 points, and Aaron Wiggins added 13.

      No. 21 Ohio State 80, Nebraska 68

      CJ Walker scored a game-high 18 points, Kaleb Wesson added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and D.J. Carlton finished with 13 points to lead a balanced effort as the Buckeyes earned a victory over the Cornhuskers in Columbus, Ohio.

      The Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) had six players finish in double figures to end a four-game overall losing streak and a three-game conference losing skid.

      The Cornhuskers (7-10, 2-4) had a strong second half but could not recover from a slow first half in which they shot 31.4 percent from the field and committed nine turnovers.

      No. 23 Texas Tech 77, Kansas State 63

      Sophomore Kyler Edwards scored a career-high 24 points as the Red Raiders defeated the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan. Texas Tech (11-5, 2-2 Big 12) held a 31-23 rebounding advantage, including 14-6 on the offensive boards, leading to a 16-6 advantage in second-chance points.

      Kansas State (7-9, 0-4), which is last in scoring in the Big 12, was held below 64 points for the sixth time in seven games -- and all six were losses.

      Edwards was joined in double figures by Davide Moretti (14 points), and Jahmi'us Ramsey and Kevin McCullar (10 points each) for Texas Tech. Kansas State was led by Cartier Diarra with 19 points. Xavier Sneed added 14, and Montavious Murphy had 11.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dotson, Kansas' leading scorer, out with hip injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Kansas leading scorer Devon Dotson will miss the Jayhawks' Tuesday night game against host Oklahoma due to a hip injury.

    • Dotson, a sophomore guard, sustained the injury Saturday during Kansas' 67-55 home loss to then-No. 4 Baylor.

      Dotson is averaging 18.0 points and team-leading 4.4 assists in 15 games for the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. He also has a team-best 35 steals.

      Kansas coach Bill Self had felt Monday that Dotson would play against the Sooners, but Dotson didn't attend the game-day shootaround in Norman, Okla., and was declared out.

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA clears Tennessee C Plavsic to play immediately
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Tennessee center Uros Plavsic is eligible to complete, effective immediately, as the NCAA reversed an earlier ruling that declared the Arizona State transfer was not allowed to play this season.

    • "We're thrilled that Uros will receive his opportunity to compete and that he no longer stands to lose a year of his eligibility," Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a statement Tuesday. "Our compliance staff put a great deal of work and persistence into achieving this outcome. This is the right decision."

      Plavsic, a 7-footer, redshirted at Arizona State last season. The Serbian enrolled at Tennessee in May, and his application for immediate eligibility was originally denied by the NCAA, although it later granted him a travel waiver so he could be with the team on the road.

      He attended Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was a three-star recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings. The website rated him as a four-star prospect, No. 120 nationally, in its own ratings.

      Plavsic could provide a needed post presence for the Vols, who are 10-5 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. Tennessee only gets significant contributions from one player taller than 6-foot-8, that being 6-9 John Fulkerson (11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds per game). No player Vols player other than Plavsic is taller than 6-9.

      The Volunteers are back in action Wednesday night at Georgia.

      --Field Level Media

  • UNC Wilmington fires head coach McGrath
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    UNC Wilmington fired coach C.B. McGrath amid an 0-11 streak.

    • The Seahawks opened the season at 5-3 but now are 5-14 and 0-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play.

      Athletic director Jimmy Bass announced McGrath's dismissal on Monday and named assistant coach Rob Burke as interim coach. The school will conduct a national search for a head coach, he said.

      "We appreciate C.B.'s hard work with our program and student-athletes over the last two and half years and wish him well in the future," Bass said in a news release.

      McGrath, 44, played for coach Roy Williams at Kansas (1994-98) then joined his administrative staff with the Jayhawks. He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina under Williams and was on the bench during the Tar Heels' championship seasons in 2005, 2009 and 2017.

      The Seahawks hired McGrath in 2017 to replace Kevin Keatts, now the coach at North Carolina State. McGrath's teams finished 11-21 and 10-23 in his first two seasons and he leaves the Seahawks with a 26-58 record.

      Under Keatts, the Seahawks appeared in back-to-back NCAA tournaments.

      The Star News in Wilmington, N.C., reported that nine players left the program during McGrath's tenure for various reasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Baylor on heels of No. 1 Gonzaga in latest AP Top 25
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 13, 2020

    Gonzaga held on to the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll for a fourth straight week, but Baylor made a huge surge on the heels of a pair of impressive road wins during the week.

    • The Bears (13-1) took 31 of the 65 first-place votes to move to No. 2 in the poll after beating Texas Tech and Kansas. Gonzaga (18-1) garnered 30 first-place votes to narrowly hang on to the No. 1 ranking with 1,574 votes, just seven ahead of Baylor.

      Baylor jumped over Duke and Kansas to move to No. 2. The Bears' only loss of the season came Nov. 8 to Washington, 67-64.

      Duke (15-1) fell to the No. 3 spot, followed by Auburn (15-0), Butler (15-1), Kansas (12-3), San Diego State (17-0), Oregon (14-3) and Florida State (14-2).

      Kentucky (12-3) climbed four spots to No. 10.

      Ohio State (11-5), which was ranked No. 5 on Dec. 30, again plummeted down the list, moving from No. 11 to 21 after losses to Maryland and Indiana this week. The Buckeyes have lost four straight.

      Two other Big Ten teams made sharp drops, with Michigan State (13-4) falling from No. 8 to 15 and Maryland (13-3) from No. 12 to 17. Another conference team, Penn State fell from No. 20 last week to out of the poll after a pair of losses on the week.

      Wichita State (15-1) climbed seven spots from No. 23 to 16.

      Moving into the Top 25 were No. 18 Seton Hall (12-4), No. 24 Illinois (12-5) and No. 25 Creighton (13-4).

      Virginia and Arizona joined Penn State in falling out of the Top 25.

      --Field Level Media

  • New Mexico removes F Bragg from team after arrest
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 13, 2020

    New Mexico removed senior forward Carlton Bragg Jr. from the basketball team on Sunday following his arrest on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession.

    • "Based on what I know at this time, I will be removing him from the team," coach Paul Weir told the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday night in an email. "My hope is that he can find increased time and attention to heed to his personal well being.

      "My sole purpose going forward is to support Carlton in his health and growth as a young man. The game of life is much more important than basketball right now. I still believe in him and hope this next step will allow him to develop into a strong, responsible young adult while also completing his degree here at UNM. I am rooting that this next chapter is his best one yet."

      Weir's email did not make it clear whether the Lobos (15-3) would allow Bragg to rejoin the team later this season.

      Bragg, 24, was arrested at a sobriety checkpoint at 1:21 a.m. on Sunday, according to Albuquerque police. The police report said he smelled of alcohol, didn't fare well on field sobriety tests and refused a breath test, the Journal reported. Less than one ounce of marijuana was found on him as he was being booked, as well.

      Bragg had been suspended for three games amid an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct. He played Saturday in New Mexico's win over Air Force, his second game back since the suspension.

      The 6-foot-10 Bragg, who is from Cleveland, transferred from Kansas and began his Lobos career in 2018-19. In 15 games this season (13 starts), he is averaging 12.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is second on the team in scoring.

      The Lobos continue Mountain West Conference play Wednesday at Colorado State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Purdue stuns No. 8 Michigan St.
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 13, 2020

    Sophomore forward Trevion Williams led four scorers in double figures with 16 points, lifting host Purdue to a stunning 71-42 upset of No. 8 Michigan State in West Lafayette, Ind.

    • Williams added seven rebounds and four assists as the Boilermakers (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak and won their 15th consecutive home conference game. The 29-point margin was the second-largest in the history of the series, trailing only Purdue's 30-point home win on Feb. 27, 1971. The Boilermakers have won five of their past six home games against top-10 opponents.

      Senior forward Evan Boudreaux added 11 points off the bench for Purdue, while guards Eric Hunter Jr. and Sasha Stefanovic each scored 10 points. Purdue outscored Michigan State 23-17 in bench points.

      Michigan State (13-4, 5-1 Big Ten) had its eight-game winning streak snapped. Senior point guard Cassius Winston, who had averaged 29.5 points the past two games, was held to 10 points and five assists. The Spartans shot just 2 of 16 from 3-point range and were held to their lowest point total of the season.

      No. 23 Wichita State 89, UConn 86 (2OT)

      The Shockers recovered after giving up a nine-point lead in the final minute of regulation to beat the Huskies in double-overtime at Hartford, Conn.

      Jaime Echenique led four Shockers in double figures by scoring 19 points before fouling out in the second overtime. Erik Stevenson scored 16 points despite sitting for extended periods in the second half due to foul trouble. He fouled out in the first overtime.

      Dexter Dennis added 16 points off the bench, and Jamarius Burton scored 13 points for Wichita State.

      Minnesota 75, No. 19 Michigan 67

      Sophomore center Daniel Oturu scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Golden Gophers downed the Wolverines in Minneapolis.

      Marcus Carr supplied 21 points and 12 assists for the Golden Gophers (9-7, 3-3 Big Ten), who lost all three of their meetings with the Wolverines last season. Alihan Demir added 13 points and five rebounds for Minnesota, which ended the game on an 11-2 run.

      Zavier Simpson led the Wolverines (11-5, 2-3) with 19 points, six rebounds and nine assists, but his team remained winless in conference road games.

      No. 21 Memphis 68, South Florida 64

      Precious Achiuwa had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Tigers rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat the host Bulls in an American Athletic Conference game.

      Memphis (13-3, 2-1) snapped a two-game losing streak. Achiuwa shot 9 of 12 from the field and blocked five shots. Alex Lomax contributed five steals. The Tigers' Tyler Harris earned a spot in the starting lineup after scoring 17 points off the bench Thursday at Wichita State, and matched that total Sunday with 17 points.

      David Collins scored a game-high 24 points for South Florida (8-9, 1-3).

      Oregon State 82, No. 24 Arizona 65

      Senior forward Tres Tinkle scored 20 points and became the third-leading scorer in school history as the hot-shooting Beavers ran away from the Wildcats in Corvallis, Ore.

      Oregon State (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12) beat a ranked team for the first time since topping No. 21 USC 85-70 on Jan. 24, 2016. Arizona (11-5, 1-2) got swept on the two-game Oregon conference road trip for the first time since 2006 and has lost four of its past five games.

      Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji had 21 points and nine rebounds. Jemarl Baker Jr. added 10 points off the bench.

      No. 25 Colorado 91, Utah 52

      Evan Battey had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Tyler Bey scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the host Buffaloes routed the Utes in a Pac-12 Conference game.

      For Colorado (13-3, 2-1 Pac-12), McKinley Wright IV finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and D'Shawn Schwartz scored 14 points.

      Riley Battin led the Utes (10-5, 1-2) with eight points. Utah was outrebounded 42-24.

      --Field Level Media

  • Connecticut F Polley (knee) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 12, 2020

    Connecticut took a double hit Sunday, with news that starting forward Tyler Polley is out for the season with a torn ACL and meniscus injury in his left knee.

    • That news was revealed not long before the Huskies dropped a double-overtime game to Wichita State.

      The junior, who started all 15 games before Sunday, was injured in practice Friday. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.2 rebounds and had his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a victory Wednesday over Tulane.

      Polley is scheduled for surgery Friday and will need as much as nine months for recovery.

      Connecticut went with a three-guard look at the outset in an 89-86 defeat to Wichita State, with Akok Akok going 0 of 5 from the field as the lone starting forward.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 4 Baylor wins at No. 3 Kansas for 1st time
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 12, 2020

    Sophomore guard Jared Butler scored 22 points, and junior guard MaCio Teague added 16 Saturday as No. 4 Baylor claimed its 12th straight win, downing No. 3 Kansas 67-55 at Lawrence, Kan.

    • The Bears (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) won for the first time in 18 trips to Kansas, snapping a 28-game homecourt win streak for the Jayhawks (12-3, 2-1) that ranked second nationally behind Gonzaga.

      The win was Baylor's fifth against a ranked opponent this season and ended a string of nine straight home wins for Kansas against top-five opponents, dating to Roy Williams' tenure as coach.

      After closing the first half with 10 unanswered points, the Bears weathered a shaky start to the second half, then sealed the win by canning four consecutive shots for a 60-44 lead at the last media timeout. Backup guard Isaiah Moss scored 15 points to lead Kansas, which shot 39.2 percent.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 87, Loyola Marymount 62

      Admon Gilder and Drew Timme provided sparks off the bench as the Bulldogs went on the road and defeated the Lions in West Coast Conference play at Los Angeles.

      The win was the 22nd straight for Gonzaga (18-1, 4-0 WCC) over Loyola Marymount.

      Five Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Filip Petrusev's 16 points. Corey Kispert added 15, Ryan Woolridge chipped in 13, Gilder finished with 12 and Timme had 10 points and 11 rebounds. But it was Gilder and Timme who keyed a first-half spurt, when the Lions (7-10, 1-2) were still in striking distance.

      No. 2 Duke 90, Wake Forest 59

      Tre Jones poured in 23 points as the Blue Devils ran away from the visiting Demon Deacons in Durham, N.C.

      Duke (15-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its past two games on the road, has run its winning streak to nine games and remained the only ACC team without a league loss. Duke, which shot 11-for-23 on 3-pointers, won for the 900th time in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

      Torry Johnson and Olivier Sarr notched 13 points apiece, and Sharone Wright Jr. registered 11 points for Wake Forest (8-7, 1-4), which suffered a loss to a top-10 team for the second time in four nights after a home setback to No. 10 Florida State. Wake Forest scoring leader Brandon Childress was scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting from the field.

      No. 5 Auburn 82, Georgia 60

      Samir Doughty regained his shooting eye, scoring 17 points to lead the Tigers to a victory over the visiting Bulldogs in Southeastern Conference action.

      The victory allowed the Tigers (15-0, 3-0 SEC) to remain unbeaten. San Diego State is the nation's only other undefeated team.

      Auburn pushed an 11-point halftime lead out to 46-27 to start the second half and never let the Bulldogs (10-5, 0-2) get closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Their biggest lead was 26 points at 80-54.

      No. 7 San Diego State 83, Boise State 65

      The Aztecs remained one of two unbeaten teams in the nation by beating Boise State behind 23 points by KJ Feagin in a Mountain West game in San Diego.

      San Diego State (17-0, 6-0 Mountain West) is off to the second-best start in program history, trailing only the 2010-11 team led by Kawhi Leonard that started 20-0.

      Feagin made 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and was 9 of 16 overall. Malachi Flynn added 19 points and six assists. Yanni Wetzell matched a career high with 20 points, and added five rebounds and four assists. Boise State (11-7, 3-3) was led by RJ Williams' 16 points and nine rebounds.

      No. 9 Oregon 78, Arizona State 69

      Payton Pritchard tied a career high with 29 points, leading the Ducks to a win over the Sun Devils in Eugene, Ore.

      Chris Duarte added 20 points and six rebounds for Oregon (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12). Arizona State's Remy Martin, in a battle of two of the Pac-12's top point guards featuring he and Pritchard, led the Sun Devils with 29 points.

      Both Martin and Pritchard had six assists. Oregon won its eighth straight at home against Arizona State (10-6, 1-2) and has won 14 of the last 16 meetings overall.

      Indiana 66, No. 11 Ohio State 54

      Senior guard Devonte Green scored 19 points off the bench, lifting the Hoosiers to an upset of the Buckeyes in Bloomington, Ind.

      Sophomore point guard Rob Phinisee added 13 points and seven rebounds as the Hoosiers (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten) were able to pull away down the stretch and improve to 11-1 at home this season.

      Senior forward Andre Wesson led Ohio State (11-5, 1-4) with 15 points. Junior center Kaleb Wesson added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who dropped their fourth straight game. Ohio State shot 32.7 percent from the floor and was held to just 20 points in the second half.

      No. 13 Louisville 67, Notre Dame 64

      Jordan Nwora scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and the Cardinals held on to beat the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind.

      Ryan McMahon added 17 points off the bench on 6-for-10 shooting for Louisville (13-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 7-0 run to take the lead for good with 1:12 remaining. Dwayne Sutton finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

      John Mooney and T.J. Gibbs scored 15 points apiece for Notre Dame (10-6, 1-4), with Mooney also grabbing 19 rebounds. Dane Goodwin contributed 14 points.

      No. 14 Kentucky 76, Alabama 67

      The Wildcats became the first school to reach 1,000 victories in Southeastern Conference play with their win over the Crimson Tide in Lexington, Ky.

      Kentucky (12-3, 3-0 SEC) led by as many as 15 points early in the second half, only to see its lead cut to 70-67 with 2:14 to play. The Wildcats scored the final six points to secure the win, including a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley with one minute left. He scored 19 points, making 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range.

      Junior forward Herbert Jones paced Alabama (8-7, 1-2) with 18 points. Junior guard John Petty scored 16.

      No. 15 Dayton 88, Massachusetts 60

      Obi Toppin scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half but left early in the second half with an apparent ankle injury, as the Flyers earned their fifth straight victory at the expense of the Minutemen in Dayton, Ohio.

      Toppin threw down three dunks and shot 6 of 9 from the field as the Flyers (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) scored the first nine points of the game, recorded an 11-0 run at one point and shot 58.8 percent to lead 48-22 at halftime. However, he appeared to roll his left ankle while back-stepping near a UMass player in the second half. He walked off on his own power, but he returned to the Flyers' bench in a walking boot.

      Freshman Tre Mitchell had 16 points for UMass (7-9, 1-2), which shot 26.1 percent and committed 12 of its 21 turnovers in the first half.

      No. 16 Villanova 80, Georgetown 66

      Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 33 points and made a career-best eight 3-pointers to tie the program record to lead the host Wildcats past the Hoyas in Philadelphia.

      Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 14 points and seven rebounds for Villanova, which was 15 of 29 from beyond the arc. Collin Gillespie contributed 11 points. The win was the second in a row for the Wildcats (12-3, 3-1 Big East).

      Reserve center Qudus Wahab led Georgetown (11-6, 1-3) with 13 points, while Jamorko Pickett added 12. Terrell Allen and Omer Yurtseven had 10 apiece.

      No. 17 West Virginia 66, No. 22 Texas Tech 54

      Miles McBride scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the Mountaineers to a win over the Red Raiders in Big 12 Conference play in Morgantown, W.Va.

      The Mountaineers led by six at the half and stretched their lead to 12 points by the middle of second half, thanks to a stifling defense and a 12-2 run. Texas Tech made one more serious run, clawing within 52-46 on a 3-pointer by Avery Benson with 7:09 remaining.

      Brandon Knapper added 10 points for West Virginia (13-2, 2-1 Big 12), which captured its second consecutive game and sixth in its past seven. Davide Moretti (16 points) was the only player in double figures for Texas Tech (10-5, 1-2), which dropped its second straight game after a five-game win streak.

      Syracuse 63, No. 18 Virginia 55 (OT)

      Buddy Boeheim, son of coach Jim Boeheim, scored nine of his 14 points in overtime to lead the Orange over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

      After Virginia's Mamadi Diakite made a layup to open the overtime period, Syracuse made three consecutive 3-pointers, capped by Boeheim's shot with 3:21 remaining. Boeheim later beat the shot clock with a 30-footer that banked in to put Syracuse ahead 57-49 with 1:19 left.

      Joseph Girard III led the Orange (9-7, 2-3 ACC) with 19 points, while Elijah Hughes added 18 points and nine rebounds. Jay Huff led Virginia (11-4, 3-2) with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

      Wisconsin 58, No. 20 Penn State 49

      Micah Potter scored a career-high 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds to lead the Badgers to a victory over the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa.

      Brad Davison collected 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Kobe King added 10 points for Wisconsin (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten), which has won 13 in a row over Penn State.

      Lamar Stevens had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (12-4, 2-3), who had their home winning streak snapped at 13 games. Stevens did extend his double-figure scoring streak to 30 straight games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vandy 3-point ace Nesmith likely out for season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Vanderbilt sophomore wing Aaron Nesmith, who entered the weekend as the nation's top 3-point shooter and fifth-leading scorer, is likely out for the season because of a stress fracture in his right foot, coach Jerry Stackhouse said Saturday.

    • "It was a tough blow, understanding that our leader and our best player, who has been a huge part of what we have done so far, probably no longer is going to be with us," Stackhouse said after Vanderbilt lost 69-50 to visiting Texas A&M on Saturday.

      The school announced before the game that he was out with a foot injury but at that time did not confirm a report from the school newspaper, the Vanderbilt Hustler, that Nesmith's season likely was over.

      Nesmith watched the game from the bench, wearing a walking boot for protection and using a scooter to keep weight off the foot.

      The 6-foot-6 Nesmith is averaging 23.0 points in 14 games, making 60 of 115 3-pointers (52.2 percent). He was projected to go 14th in the first round in a mock draft on CBSSports.com in late December.

      Stackhouse acknowledged that Nesmith could enter the 2020 NBA Draft, saying his pro stock was "in a good spot."

      "He has an opportunity to do something (and) have a greater legacy for his family," said Stackhouse, whose team is 8-7 in his first season. "That's the most important thing for us right now. We would love to have him (for another season), but we want what's best for him."

      Stackhouse's squad was down to eight available scholarship players on Saturday. Three walk-ons played in the game against Texas A&M.

      --Field Level Media

  • Calhoun joins elite group with 900th career win
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun got his 900th career victory Friday night as his Division III St. Joseph team defeated Pratt Institute 105-61 in West Hartford, Conn.

    • Calhoun, who coached Connecticut to three national championships, became the 11th coach in men's basketball history to reach that mark. Among coaches with at 600 wins at the Division I level, he became fourth to 900, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (1,046), Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (954) and Bob Knight (902).

      The 77-year-old won 248 games at Northeastern (1972-86) and 625 at UConn (1986-2012). He is 27-14 at St. Joseph, which plays in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. He came out of retirement in 2018 to coach at St. Joseph.

      After the game Friday, he just wanted to talk about his team.

      "I'm so proud of them," he said of players, per the Hartford Courant. "They give me as much as, hopefully, I give them. ... Those kinds of things mean more to me than basketball sometimes, that these guys truly care about doing something special with themselves and something special with their life."

      His players recognize they are playing for a legend.

      "It's crazy because we're all from here and we all watched him when we were young on TV, winning national championships," junior Jordan Powell, of Middletown, Conn., told the Courant. "Now to see him every day, it's really a blessing. And he doesn't make it about him. He helps us on the court, off the court."

      --Field Level Media

  • Washington PG Green academically ineligible
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 10, 2020

    Washington starting point guard Quade Green is academically ineligible for the winter quarter, the school announced.

    • He missed Thursday night's loss at Stanford and won't be able to return, provided he regains his eligibility, until the quarter ends on March 20.

      The first round of the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin March 19, so he could return for a potential second game should the Huskies qualify.

      The 6-foot Green can practice with the team.

      A former McDonald's All-American and five-star recruit, Green is in his first season with the Huskies after transferring from Kentucky, where he played 43 games over one-plus seasons. He decided to transfer in December 2018 after his role on the team diminished.

      On the season, Green is averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from 3-point-range.

      Sophomore Elijah Hardy is expected to take over point guard duties. He had two points, three assists and three steals for the Huskies (11-5, 1-2 Pac-12) in their 61-55 loss on Thursday night.

      The Huskies play Saturday at Cal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 college basketball roundup: No. 9 Oregon edges No. 24 Arizona
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 10, 2020

    Payton Pritchard stole an inbounds pass with 2.1 seconds to play, and Will Richardson scored 21 points off the bench to lead No. 9 Oregon to a 74-73 overtime win over No. 24 Arizona in their Pac-12 matchup Thursday night in Eugene, Ore.

    • The Wildcats had two chances to win in the final four seconds, but Nico Mannion, a freshman who led the Wildcats with 20 points and six turnovers, missed a jumper and threw a bad pass.

      Pritchard had 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Richardson scored seven of Oregon's eight overtime points. The Ducks (13-3, 2-1) have won four straight against the Wildcats. Josh Green had 17 points and Zeke Nnaji added 11 points with 14 rebounds for Arizona (11-4, 1-1).

      Chris Duarte has 17 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks, who never led by more than three points throughout the game.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 94, San Diego 50

      Joel Ayayi recorded 20 points and six rebounds as the Bulldogs steamrolled the host Toreros in their West Coast Conference matchup.

      Filip Petrusev scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting as the Bulldogs (17-1, 3-0) won their ninth straight contest. Admon Gilder tallied 12 points and Corey Kispert added 10 as Gonzaga defeated San Diego for the 11th consecutive time and 22nd in the past 23 meetings.

      Braun Hartfield recorded nine points and seven rebounds, and Yauhen Massalski and Jared Rodriguez also scored nine points for the Toreros (7-11, 0-3). San Diego shot just 32.8 percent from the field, including 3 of 16 from 3-point range. Gonzaga shot 48.6 percent and was 8 of 19 from behind the arc.

      No. 8 Michigan State 74, Minnesota 58

      Junior Xavier Tillman scored 19 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Spartans past the Golden Gophers in East Lansing, Mich., to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

      Senior Cassius Winston took over late in the game and finished with 27 points and six assists for Michigan State (13-3, 5-0).

      Minnesota (8-7, 2-3) never let the game get out of hand thanks to the play of sophomore big man Daniel Oturu. He scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Golden Gophers, who had won four of their previous five games. Marcus Carr chipped in 11 points and Alihan Demir added 10 points.

      No. 19 Michigan 84, Purdue 78 (2OT)

      Zavier Simpson had 22 points and nine assists and the Wolverines survived a double-overtime scare and a career night from sophomore forward Trevion Williams to top the Boilermakers in Ann Arbor, Mich.

      Jon Teske supplied 18 points and nine rebounds for Michigan (11-4 overall, 2-2 Big Ten), and freshman Franz Wagner contributed 15 points. David DeJulius chipped in 11 points.

      Williams scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Isaiah Thompson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (9-7, 2-3).

      No. 23 Wichita State 76, No. 21 Memphis 67

      Big runs early in both halves powered the host Shockers to a defeat of the Tigers in their American Athletic Conference matchup in Wichita, Kan.

      Jamarius Burton led the Shockers (14-1, 2-0) with 16 points. Erik Stevenson knocked down three 3-pointers en route to 12 points. Tyson Etienne scored 11 points and led the defensive effort with four steals.

      Precious Achiuwa finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Memphis (12-3, 1-1). Tyler Harris finished with 17 points off the bench.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Duke wins 8th straight
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 9, 2020

    Tre Jones made a couple of clutch baskets in the late going as second-ranked Duke pulled out a 73-64 victory against host Georgia Tech on Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.

    • Jones ended up scoring eight of his 16 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes, and Cassius Stanley and Vernon Carey Jr. scored 14 apiece as the Blue Devils won for the third time in an Atlantic Coast Conference road game. Matthew Hurt added 11 points.

      Duke (14-1, 4-0 ACC) has an eight-game winning streak, though this was the first of those outcomes decided by less than a dozen points. The Blue Devils entered the game leading the country with a plus-21.7 scoring margin.

      Georgia Tech (7-8, 2-3) went cold down the stretch, including when it had an attempt to take the lead in the final three minutes. The Yellow Jackets, who were coming off a victory at North Carolina, didn't score in the final 3:10.

      No. 3 Kansas 79, Iowa State 53

      Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson recorded 20 points as the Jayhawks broke away with a first-half blitz and trounced the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa.

      The Jayhawks (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) closed the first half with a 21-3 flurry, including nine straight points before the break, to establish a 20-point halftime bulge. They were never threatened in a renewal of last season's championship game of the Big 12 tournament, won by Iowa State.

      Sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton, the second-leading scorer in the Big 12 behind Dotson, did not score for Iowa State (7-7, 0-2) until the 15:29 mark of the second half. Haliburton netted just five points in 36 minutes after posting the sixth triple-double in school history four days earlier against TCU.

      No. 5 Auburn 83, Vanderbilt 79

      Freshman forward Isaac Okoro posted his collegiate high with 23 points as the Tigers held off the Commodores in Southeastern Conference play in Auburn, Ala.

      Guard J'Von McCormick hit two free throws with 45.8 seconds left to break a 79-79 tie, and Okoro added one more with 22.8 remaining before forward Danjel Purifoy came up with a big steal to deny the Commodores an opportunity to answer in the closing seconds.

      Austin Wiley posted his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds, hitting hit two big free throws late for the Tigers (14-0, 2-0 SEC), who won their third straight in the series after losing the previous 13 meetings with the Commodores.

      No. 7 San Diego State 72, Wyoming 52

      Malachi Flynn scored 19 points, Yanni Wetzell added 17 without missing a field-goal attempt, and the Aztecs continued their undefeated start with a rout of the Cowboys in Laramie, Wyo.

      San Diego State (16-0, 5-0 Mountain West Conference) used a 14-2 run late in the first half that gave it a double-digit cushion it held most of the final 20 minutes.

      With the win, the Aztecs pulled to just four games shy of matching the program's all-time best start, a 20-0 run to begin the 2010-11 season. That team was headlined by current NBA star Kawhi Leonard.

      No. 10 Florida State 78, Wake Forest 68

      Devin Vassell scored 17 points as the Seminoles squandered a double-digit lead but recovered to defeat the host Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C.

      M.J. Walker's 15 points and Trent Forrest's 14 points and 10 rebounds also provided a boost for Florida State (14-2, 4-1 ACC), which won its seventh game in a row.

      Brandon Childress poured in 20 points, and Olivier Sarr added 10 points for Wake Forest (8-6, 1-3), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Demon Deacons were trying to knock off a ranked team for the second time in four games, but 17 turnovers hurt their cause.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pitt gives Capel two-year contract extension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 8, 2020

    Pittsburgh signed men's basketball coach Jeff Capel to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping him with the Panthers through the 2026-27 season.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed.

      He signed a seven-year contract when he took over the struggling program in March 2018 and has a 24-23 record. The Panthers had a 12-35 record in the 47 games before Capel arrived.

      "I am excited about the direction of our basketball program as we continue to build a sustainable winning culture in the Atlantic Coast Conference," Capel said in a statement. "We will continue to give 100 percent of ourselves as we represent Pitt on the court, in the classroom and in the community. The Pittsburgh community has embraced my family and me and we look forward to deepening our roots here."

      Capel 44, was an assistant coach at Duke for seven seasons and also coached at VCU (2002-06) and Oklahoma (2006-11) before taking the job at Pitt.

      Capel has a reputation as a top-flight recruiter, and that is beginning to show at Pitt. Two 2020 recruits -- center John Hugley from Cleveland and forward Noah Collier from Norristown, Pa. -- are ranked in the top 165 by the 247Sports composite.

      And last week, five-star combo guard Jalen Hood-Schifino from Charlotte, N.C., committed to Pitt's Class of 2022. He is ranked as the No. 3 player in the nation at his position.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 12 Maryland stymies No. 11 Ohio State
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 8, 2020

    Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points to lead 12th-ranked Maryland to a 67-55 victory over visiting No. 11 Ohio State in a Big Ten game on Tuesday night in College Park, Md.

    • The Terrapins (13-2, 3-1) won their third straight behind staunch defense and some timely 3-point shooting. Maryland was 8 of 18 (44.4 percent) behind the arc, while limiting the Buckeyes (11-4, 1-3) to 31.3 percent shooting, including just 5 of 27 from 3-point range.

      Ohio State, which was recently poised to take over the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll, lost its third consecutive game. The Buckeyes were led by the Wesson brothers -- Kaleb had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Andre scored 14. Freshman guard D.J. Carton also had 14.

      Jalen Smith added 11 points and seven rebounds for Maryland, and Darryl Morsell had 10. Both were keys to the strong defensive effort, with Smith keeping Kaleb Wesson in check in the second half.

      No. 4 Baylor 57, No. 22 Texas Tech 52

      Davion Mitchell scored 14 points, and Mark Vital pulled down 13 rebounds to lead a dominating performance on the boards as the Bears beat the host Red Raiders in Big 12 play in Lubbock, Texas.

      Baylor (12-1, 2-0) took the lead seven minutes into the game, earned a three-point advantage at halftime and never allowed Texas Tech closer than three points until the final seconds.

      Texas Tech (10-4, 1-1) got within 52-50 on a three-point play by Chris Clarke with 29 seconds to play. But Baylor made its free throws down the stretch and snapped the Red Raiders' 15-game home win streak.

      No. 13 Louisville 74, Miami 58

      ACC Preseason Player of the Year Jordan Nwora had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, leading the Cardinals to a win over the visiting Hurricanes.

      Louisville center Steven Enoch added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwyane Sutton had nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

      Louisville (12-3, 3-1 ACC), which was ranked No. 1 in the nation one month ago, snapped a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals also swept their two-game season series against the Hurricanes (9-5, 1-3).

      No. 14 Kentucky 78, Georgia 69

      The Wildcats placed four players in double figures and pulled away late from the host Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.

      Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards led the Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 SEC ) with 17 points each, followed by Immanuel Quickley with 15 and Ashton Hagans with 13. Hagans played despite suffering a sprained ankle last Saturday against Missouri.

      A give-and-go from Maxey to Richards put Kentucky up 70-64 with 1:42 left. The Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1) would get no closer, despite 23 points from freshman Anthony Edwards.

      No. 16 Villanova 64, Creighton 59

      Collin Gillespie scored 24 points and the Wildcats rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat the Bluejays in Omaha, Neb.

      Saddiq Bey scored 11 points, Jermaine Samuels added 10 and freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl swept 14 rebounds for the Wildcats (11-3, 2-1 Big East).

      Christian Bishop led Creighton with 16 points and nine rebounds, but its 15-game home winning streak was snapped. The Bluejays (12-4, 1-2) had won their first 10 at home this season.

      Boston College 60, No. 18 Virginia 53

      Jared Hamilton hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 38 seconds left and the short-handed Eagles handed the Cavaliers their first regular-season ACC loss in 11 months in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

      The Eagles (9-6, 3-1 ACC) started three freshmen and played without senior point guard Derryck Thornton, who leads the team in scoring and assists, due to an ankle injury. Senior forward Nik Popovic missed his sixth straight game with a back injury.

      Jay Heath scored 17 points and Hamilton had 16 for Boston College, which weathered a 20-3 second-half run by Virginia (11-3, 3-1). The Cavaliers shot just 32.7 percent from the field and 18.8 percent (3 of 16) from 3-point distance.

      Rutgers 72, No. 20 Penn State 61

      Ron Harper Jr. scored 22 points, including making 12 of 12 shots from the free throw line, as the Scarlet Knights beat the visiting Nittany Lions in Piscataway, N.J., for their sixth consecutive win.

      Jacob Young added 13 points, and Myles Johnson had 10 for the Scarlet Knights (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who are two games above .500 in the conference for the first time since 2002.

      Myreon Jones led Penn State (12-3, 2-2) with 21 points while Mike Watkins added 17. Lamar Stevens had 12. The Nittany Lions went ahead 49-47 with 8:39 left but Rutgers rallied, helped by eight free throws from Harper, including six in a 10-0 run for a 68-54 lead with 1:41 to go.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke G Moore out indefinitely with broken hand
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 6, 2020

    Freshman guard Wendell Moore Jr. will be sidelined indefinitely for No. 2 Duke after breaking a bone in his right hand in Saturday night's 95-62 win at Miami.

    • Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday that Moore was scheduled to undergo surgery.

      The 6-foot-4 Moore, who is from Charlotte, N.C., has played in all 14 games for the Blue Devils, starting five. He averages 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game.

      Moore told Duke trainers on Sunday that he experienced overnight swelling after the injury. He was diagnosed with a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone.

      "We were on it right away and there's quickness today in getting it done," Krzyzewski said Monday of the injury. "We think everything is going to be OK but he'll be out for a while."

      The Blue Devils (13-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) play Wednesday night at Georgia Tech.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 6 Butler achieves its highest ranking in AP poll
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 6, 2020

    The top three teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll remained unchanged Monday, while Butler moved up to its highest ranking ever at No. 6.

    • Gonzaga (16-1) is No. 1 for the third consecutive week, receiving 54 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel after earning 63 first-place nods last week. Duke (13-1) is No. 2 with nine first-place votes, and third-ranked Kansas (11-2) was at the top spot on two ballots.

      No. 4 Baylor (11-1) climbed two spots, while 13-0 Auburn -- one of two unbeaten teams -- is fifth.

      Butler (14-1) moved up five spots from last week after winning at St. John's and beating Creighton. The Bulldogs' only loss was a one-point defeat at Baylor. Their other victories include Minnesota, Florida, Purdue, Missouri and Stanford.

      Butler's highest ranking had been No. 8 back in February of 2008.

      The nation's other unbeaten team, San Diego State (15-0), jumped six places and sits seventh. Michigan State (12-3) is eighth, with Oregon (12-3) and Florida State (13-2) rounding out the top 10.

      Memphis took the biggest tumble within the poll, falling from ninth to 21st after a 65-62 home loss to Georgia on Saturday.

      Only one team dropped out of the Top 25, that being Iowa, which was No. 23 when it lost 89-86 on Saturday to Penn State in Philadelphia. The Hawkeyes are first among "others receiving votes," while Colorado -- which upset visiting Oregon but lost Sunday night at home to Oregon State, rejoined the poll at No. 25.

      AP TOP 25

      1. Gonzaga (16-1)

      2. Duke (13-1)

      3. Kansas (11-2)

      4. Baylor (11-1)

      5. Auburn (13-0)

      6. Butler (14-1)

      7. San Diego State (15-0)

      8. Michigan State (12-3)

      9. Oregon (12-3)

      10. Florida State (13-2)

      11. Ohio State (11-3)

      12. Maryland (12-2)

      13. Louisville (11-3)

      14. Kentucky (10-3)

      15. Dayton (13-2)

      16. Villanova (10-3)

      17. West Virginia (11-2)

      18. Virginia (11-2)

      19. Michigan (10-4)

      20. Penn State (12-2)

      21. Memphis (12-2)

      22. Texas Tech (10-3)

      23. Wichita State (13-1)

      24. Arizona (11-3)

      25. Colorado (12-3)

      --Field Level Media