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  • Garland to leave Vanderbilt, enter NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Vanderbilt freshman point guard Darius Garland announced Tuesday that he will leave school and enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

    • He played in just five games for the Commodores before sustaining a knee injury that ended his season and, now, brief Vanderbilt career.

      "After considerable deliberation with my family and medical staff, I am withdrawing from Vanderbilt this semester to prepare for the NBA Draft," he posted on Instagram. "I will forever be grateful to Vanderbilt and wish the program much success for the remainder of this season and beyond."

      Garland, who attended Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tenn., was a five-star prospect and the No. 14 player in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite. He committed to Vanderbilt in November 2017.

      He is projected to be an NBA lottery pick, according to several recent mock drafts.

      Garland met Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew when he was a fourth-grader growing up in Indiana, and he has been billed as the top recruit in school history.

      In his five games with the Commodores, he averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

      Vanderbilt (9-8, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) won its first four games of the season, then lost the game in which Garland was injured, 77-75 to Kent State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Arizona assistant Richardson pleads guilty in NCAA scandal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to a federal funds bribery charge, the second coach to do so in the wake of the college basketball recruiting scandal.

    • In Manhattan federal court, Richardson admitted to taking $20,000 in bribes from Christian Dawkins in efforts to entice a recruit, five-star guard Jahvon Quinerly, to Arizona. He was also accused of efforts to steer Arizona basketball players into signing with Dawkins for representation in exchange for the $20,000 to entice recruits.

      Richardson wiped away tears and his voice was shaking as he told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that he accepted bribes on two different occasions over the summer of 2017 in New York and New Jersey.

      Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Richardson faces 18-24 months in prison when he's sentenced on April 24.

      Richardson was among 10 people arrested - and one of four assistant coaches - in September 2017 after being caught agreeing to bribes on FBI wiretaps. The other three coaches arrested were former Auburn assistant Chuck Person, former Southern California assistant Tony Bland and former Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans.

      Richardson reached a plea agreement with prosecutors earlier this month.

      Bland pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy to commit bribery. He admitted he accepted $4,100 in cash to steer USC basketball players toward certain financial advisers and business managers.

      Bland will be sentenced on April 2.

      Dawkins and two others - including an Adidas executive - were previously convicted of federal charges.

      Evans and Person are scheduled to go to trial in the coming months, barring reaching plea deals of their own.

      Richardson served as an assistant to Arizona head coach Sean Miller from 2009 until he was fired in January 2018. Miller was held out of coaching a game last season while the school looked into reports claiming federal wiretaps intercepted conversations in which Miller discussed paying more than $100,000 to make sure star player Deandre Ayton remained committed to the Wildcats.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 9 Kansas edges No. 24 Iowa State
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Dedric Lawson posted his ninth double-double in 12 games, recording 29 points and 15 rebounds Monday as No. 9 Kansas rallied to topple No. 24 Iowa State 80-76 in Lawrence, Kan.

    • The Memphis transfer went 13 of 17 and hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left for the last of his points -- in the process making it a two-possession game. Devon Dotson, who added 11 points and eight assists, made 3 of 4 free throws at the 14- and 6-second marks to seal the Jayhawks' 15th straight home win.

      Iowa State (14-5, 4-3), which beat Kansas 77-60 on Jan. 5, was bidding for just the second sweep of the Jayhawks by a Big 12 rival in the 15 seasons Bill Self has coached the storied program.

      The Cyclones, who went scoreless over a stretch of five-plus minutes when the Jayhawks made their second-half run, rallied for a 69-69 tie on a 3-pointer with 2:27 left by Michael Jacobson, who had 12 points and 11 boards. The Jayhawks (16-3, 5-2), however, did not surrender the lead and broke out of a four-way tie to grab sole possession of first place in the conference.

      No. 6 Michigan State 69, No. 13 Maryland 55

      Kenny Goins produced 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans past the Terrapins in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State (17-2, 8-0 Big Ten) picked up its 12th consecutive victory while snapping Maryland's seven game-winning streak.

      Cassius Winston overcame a 5-of-13 shooting night to score 14 points for the Spartans. Freshman Aaron Henry added a career-high 12 points while Matt McQuaid and Xavier Tillman scored 10 points apiece for Michigan State.

      Aaron Wiggins scored 15 off the bench to lead the Terrapins (16-4, 7-2). Bruno Fernando scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Darryl Morsell scored 10.

      No. 11 North Carolina 103, No. 10 Virginia Tech 82

      Coby White finished with 27 points as the Tar Heels rode a 20-0 first-half run to a win over the Hokies in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      North Carolina (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) made a season-high 16 shots from 3-point range, including 14 of 18 during one stretch. That came after the Tar Heels missed their first 11 long-range attempts. Nassir Little scored 23 points off the bench.

      Ahmed Hill put up 20 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker each had 19 points, and Justin Robinson added 17 for Virginia Tech (15-3, 4-2). The Hokies gave up 20 more points than they had in any other game this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke G Jones doubtful to play Tuesday at Pitt
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    Freshman guard Tre Jones is unlikely to play Tuesday when No. 2 Duke meets Pitt in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

    • Jones injured his shoulder during the first half of the Blue Devils' Jan. 14 loss to Syracuse.

      Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters Monday morning that Jones is doubtful for the game in Pittsburgh.

      "He's not going to play unless something miraculous happens," Krzyzewski said.

      Jones missed Duke's 72-70 victory on Saturday against previously unbeaten Virginia, but Krzyzewski said he is improving.

      "He's making really good progress, which is good because it looked like he might be out for most of the season," Krzyzewski said.

      According to reports, the injury is an AC joint separation.

      In 16 games, Jones is averaging 8.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

      --Field Level Media

  • AP Top 25: Tennessee takes over top spot
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    A 12-game winning streak has vaulted Tennessee to the top of the AP Top 25 men's basketball poll for the first time in 11 years.

    • The Volunteers (16-1), whose only loss came in overtime against then-No. 2 Kansas on Nov. 23, received 48 of the 64 first-place votes in Monday's poll. They climbed to No. 1 for the first time since February 2008 after wins last week against Arkansas and Alabama.

      No. 2 Duke received 11 first-place votes, while No. 3 Virginia had three and No. 6 Michigan State got two. Gonzaga and Michigan rounded out the top five.

      Duke lost its No. 1 spot after an up-and-down week, losing to Syracuse but then handing Virginia its first loss of the season. Michigan also lost its first game, leaving no unbeaten teams remaining.

      The last time that Tennessee was No. 1, it lost its next game against Vanderbilt -- the same team the Vols play on Wednesday night.

      A total of 13 ranked teams lost at least one game last week.

      Nevada jumped three spots to No. 7, with Kentucky, Kansas and Virginia Tech filling out the top 10.

      Texas Tech dropped from No. 8 to No. 14 after losses to Iowa State and Baylor. Florida State fell all the way out of the poll from No. 11 after losing to Pitt and Boston College.

      Riding a seven-game winning streak, Maryland climbed six spots, to No. 13, after defeating Big Ten foes Wisconsin and Ohio State. Along with Kentucky, No. 17 Houston, No. 18 Villanova and No. 19 Iowa moved up four notches.

      Louisville entered the Top 25 for the first time at No. 23 after victories against Boston College and Georgia Tech.

      No. 24 Iowa State and No. 25 LSU returned to the poll after 2-0 weeks. Oklahoma and Indiana fell out of the poll along with Florida State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star recruit Stewart commits to Washington
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Five-star prospect Isaiah Stewart announced his commitment to Washington on ESPN on Sunday night at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

    • The Huskies won out over Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Syracuse, mostly due to Stewart's already-established relationship with Washington head coach Mike Hopkins. Also, Washington already has two players from Stewart's grassroots program on the roster, guard Nahziah Carter and forward Hameir Wright.

      "I'm a big relationship guy and relationships played a major role in my recruitment. He's a coach that I trust to push me hard and help me accomplish my goals," said Stewart, from Rochester, N.Y., who is playing his senior season at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind.

      "Me and Coach Hopkins go way back from when I was a freshman. ... Once he got that head coaching job at Washington, it changed a lot. At first, I wasn't leaning toward them, but as me and Coach Hopkins continued to talk, he's the type of guy that's like me -- different, works hard and wants to start his own legacy -- and that's what I want to do.

      Stewart, who is rated the No. 6 overall recruit nationally by 247Sports.com and No. 5 in the ESPN 100, helped Team USA win gold last summer at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina, where he averaged 11.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. The 6-foot-9 center started in all 29 games at La Lumiere his junior season and averaged 19.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and two assists per game en route to helping his team to a 25-4 record and a fifth seed in the GEICO High School Nationals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Boston College knocks off No. 11 Florida State
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Guard Ky Bowman scored 37 points as Boston College recorded an 87-82 upset win against No. 11 Florida State in Atlantic Coast Conference play on Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

    • After falling behind by 10 points at halftime, Boston College stormed out of the locker room on a 21-4 run and never looked back en route to its first ACC victory of the season. Guard Jordan Chatman added 17 points as the Eagles (10-7, 1-4 ACC) snapped a five-game losing streak.

      Seminoles forward Mfiondu Kabengele did his part to keep Florida State (13-5, 1-4) in the game, scoring a team-high 26 points and collecting nine rebounds.

      Chatman hit five 3-pointers in a row at one point in the second half during Boston College's comeback against Florida State, which led by as many as 15 points in the first half.

      No. 15 Marquette 79, Providence 68

      Sam Hauser had 25 points, Markus Howard supplied 24 and the Golden Eagles pulled away from the Friars in Milwaukee.

      Hauser made four 3-pointers and also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists. Howard, one of the nation's top scorers, also had nine rebounds and three assists.

      Marquette (16-3, 5-1 Big East) made 10 of 22 3-point attempts while Providence connected on just 4 of 19. Nate Watson led Providence (11-7, 1-4) with 21 points while Alpha Diallo contributed 16 points and six rebounds.

      No. 23 Iowa 95, Illinois 71

      Joe Wieskamp didn't miss a shot, going 8 for 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from 3-point range as the Hawkeyes set a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record by hitting 68 percent of their field-goal attempts in a rout of the Fighting Illini in Iowa City, Iowa.

      Wieskamp matched his season high of 24 points for Iowa (16-3, 5-3 Big Ten), which won its fifth straight game. Isaiah Moss scored 21 and dished out six assists, while Luka Garza added 20 points and Jordan Bohannon kicked in 10.

      Freshman Ayo Dosunmu paced Illinois (5-13, 1-6) with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Trent Frazier added 12 points but made only 4 of 18 shots from the field, while freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Aaron Jordan each scored 11.

      --Field Level Media

  • Florida F Stone tears ACL, will miss rest of season
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Florida forward Keith Stone will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee on Saturday in the team's win at Georgia, according to the university website.

    • Stone, a 6-foot-8 junior, was injured in the first half when he landed awkwardly after jumping and was carried to the locker room. An MRI exam on Sunday confirmed the diagnosis, and he is expected to have surgery.

      "We're really disappointed for Keith," Gators coach Mike White said, per the website.

      "Keith was having a really good game," White said. "He made an unbelievable play going left. As athletic a play as I've ever seen him make. He was gaining confidence. He came off the bench with a good attitude. Hit a 3-ball. You just hate to see guys go down."

      Stone scored eight points in nine minutes on Saturday.

      On the season, Stone appeared in all 17 games (13 starts) for the Gators, averaging 19.2 minutes and 6.1 points per game. His 67 rebounds are third on the team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Duke holds off Virginia in star-studded clash
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    RJ Barrett's 30 points and Zion Williamson's 27 guided top-ranked Duke as it knocked No. 4 Virginia from the unbeaten ranks with a 72-70 victory in Saturday night's showdown at raucous Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

    • Duke (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) benefited from late-game defense despite some woes on free throws (18 of 31 for the game). Cam Reddish returned from injury and had the clinching free throw with 8.3 seconds left.

      Virginia (16-1, 4-1) was the country's only undefeated Division I team after Michigan lost earlier in the day at Wisconsin. De'Andre Hunter posted 18 points, and Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy added 14 apiece for Virginia, which went cold down the stretch.

      It was the 16th top-five clash in Cameron Indoor Stadium history, with Duke winning 11 previous times. With Virginia holding the No. 1 ranking in the coaches' poll, this marked only the fourth meeting between two No. 1 teams in men's basketball history.

      Wisconsin 64, No. 2 Michigan 54

      Ethan Happ piled up 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Badgers handed the Wolverines their first loss of the season in Madison, Wis.

      Happ was the only Wisconsin player in double figures. Aleem Ford and Nate Reuvers added nine points apiece for the Badgers (12-6, 4-3 Big Ten).

      The Wolverines (17-1, 6-1) were off to the best start in program history and hadn't tasted defeat since last season's national championship game against Villanova. Jon Teske led them with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Poole had 14 points, while Zavier Simpson had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

      No. 3 Tennessee 71, Alabama 68

      Grant Williams scored 21 points and made a key block late as the Volunteers rallied to avoid the upset and extend their winning streak to 12 games with a victory over the pesky Crimson Tide (11-6, 2-3) in Knoxville, Tenn.

      Admiral Schofield overcame a 4-of-17 shooting effort to finish with 12 points plus 11 rebounds for the Vols (16-1, 5-0 SEC), who equaled their longest winning stretch since 1976-77, while also recording a 19th consecutive victory at home.

      Alabamla's John Petty scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half but committed a critical turnover with three seconds remaining and Alabama down by one. After two free throws by Tennessee's Lamonte Turner, Kira Lewis Jr.'s heave at the buzzer missed, sealing the Volunteers' win.

      No. 5 Gonzaga 89, Portland 66

      Rui Hachimura had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead seven Bulldogs scorers in double figures as they cruised to an easy win over the host Pilots.

      The Bulldogs (18-2, 5-0 West Coast Conference) increased their winning streak to nine games while Portland (7-13, 0-5) has lost five straight. Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who is 38-2 against Portland in his career, has coached the Bulldogs to 22 wins in their last 23 games at the Chiles Center.

      Gonzaga has won 26 consecutive road games in the WCC. The Bulldogs' last loss to a conference opponent on the road was at Saint Mary's 70-67 on Jan. 21, 2016.

      West Virginia 65, No. 7 Kansas 64

      Junior guard Jermaine Haley made a jumper with 8.5 seconds remaining as the Mountaineers stunned the Jayhawks in Morgantown, W.Va.

      The win was the first for West Virginia (9-9, 1-5 Big 12) in conference play. Its 0-5 league start was the worst experienced by Bob Huggins in his 35 seasons as a Division I coach.

      Haley scored after the Mountaineers forced Kansas (15-3, 4-2) to heave a desperation 3-pointer, which Lagerald Vick missed at the end of the shot clock. Vick missed another 3-point shot from the corner at the buzzer, setting off a wild celebration in the arena.

      Baylor 73, No. 8 Texas Tech 62

      In a game full of ebbs and flows, the host Bears had the final answer against the Red Raiders at Waco, Tex., as Jared Butler posted six points in less than a minute, and Baylor connected on 10 of 10 free throws in the final 2:10 to win easily.

      The outcome, along with other results around the Big 12 Conference, thrust the league standings into a four-way tie for first place among the Red Raiders (15-3, 4-2 Big 12), Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.

      Baylor (11-6, 3-2 Big 12) is half a game behind the frontrunners after handing Tech its second loss of the week.

      No. 9 Virginia Tech 87, Wake Forest 71

      Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 24 points as the Hokies remained perfect at home by beating the Demon Deacons (8-9, 1-4) in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Blacksburg, Va.

      Alexander-Walker shot 7 of 12 from the field, and Ty Outlaw made 4 of 5 from 3-point range to highlight his 14-point performance for Virginia Tech (15-2, 4-1), which made 11 of 26 3-point attempts and shot 56.9 percent from the field.

      Justin Robinson finished with 13 points as Virginia Tech rebounded after seeing its nine-game winning streak halted in Tuesday's 81-59 setback versus Virginia. The Hokies improved to 10-0 at Cassell Coliseum this season.

      No. 10 Nevada 67, Air Force 52

      Jordan Caroline recorded 19 points and eight rebounds to help the Wolf Pack down the visiting Falcons at Reno.

      Trey Porter added 11 points as Nevada (18-1, 5-1 Mountain West) won its fourth straight contest. Senior shooting guard Caleb Martin added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Wolf Pack established their best 19-game start in program history.

      Junior forward Lavelle Scottie had 15 points and seven rebounds for Air Force (7-11, 2-4).

      No. 12 Kentucky 82, No. 14 Auburn 80

      The Wildcats held off a furious comeback on the road to escape with two-point win over the Tigers.

      Down 17 points with 17 minutes to play, Auburn (13-3, 2-2 SEC) roared back with a desperate barrage of 3-pointers to take an 80-79 lead with 30.9 seconds to play. But Kentucky's Tyler Herro hit two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to put the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1) back on top, and Immanuel Quickley added another free throw to cement the win.

      Auburn's Jared Harper missed a layup with six seconds left while trailing 81-80, and Samir Doughty missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

      The Wildcats improve to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. Auburn fell to 13-4 and 2-2 in the conference.

      No. 13 North Carolina 85, Miami 76

      Cameron Johnson drained a couple of clutch 3-pointers and scored 22 points as the visiting Tar Heels withstood the Hurricanes for a win in Coral Gables, Fla.

      Kenny Williams poured in 16 points, Coby White chipped in 15 points and Luke Maye had 14 points for North Carolina, which is 3-0 in ACC road games. Freshman Nassir Little added 12 points off the bench.

      North Carolina (14-4, 4-1 ACC) has won two straight since last weekend's stunning lopsided home loss to Louisville. The Tar Heels shot 55 percent from the field and built a 38-23 rebounding advantage over Miami (9-8, 1-4).

      No. 17 North Carolina State 77, Notre Dame 73

      C.J. Bryce scored 23 points as the Wolfpack held on to defeat the Fighting Irish (11-7, 1-4) in South Bend, Ind.

      Devon Daniels scored 15 points, Torin Dorn scored 13 points in his first game as a reserve role this season and DJ Funderburk had 11 points for N.C. State. Bryce was 5 for 5 on 3-point attempts.

      The Wolfpack (15-3, 3-2 ACC) recovered from Tuesday night's upset loss at Wake Forest and now have won two of three road games in ACC play.

      No. 18 Ole Miss 84, Arkansas 67

      Breein Tyree scored 22 points as the Rebels bounced back from a mid-week loss to defeat the Razorbacks in SEC action in Oxford, Miss.

      Tyree was joined in double figures by Terence Davis with 18 points, Bruce Stevens with 14 off the bench and Dominik Olejniczak with 13. Ole Miss (14-3, 4-1) led from wire to wire.

      Keyshawn Embery-Simpson scored 16, Gabe Osabuohien added 13 and Isaiah Joe scored 11 to lead the Razorbacks (10-7, 1-4), who shot 40 percent (22 of 55) from the floor.

      Texas 75, No. 20 Oklahoma 72

      Kerwin Roach II scored 23 points to lead the Longhorns to a home win over the Sooners in Austin, Texas.

      The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Texas and gave Oklahoma their first losing streak of the season. With Texas up one in the final minute, Oklahoma's Christian James turned the ball over after dribbling the ball off his foot and out of bounds.

      The Longhorns took advantage on the other end with a 3-pointer from Jase Febres that put Texas up four. Dylan Osetkowski added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Texas. James scored 15 of his team-high 20 points after halftime for the Sooners, but fouled out with 19 seconds remaining and the Longhorns up one.

      No. 21 Houston 69, South Florida 60

      The Cougars survived a ragged foul-fest and ended the Bulls' home winning streak at seven games with a win at Tampa, Fla.

      The win kept the Cougars (18-1, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) atop the standings along with Cincinnati. UCF, Temple, and Memphis each are 4-1 and a half-game back of the two leaders.

      Forward Breaon Brady led Houston with 13 points, while guard Armoni Brooks added 11 and guard Nate Hinton 10. Guard David Collins scored 23 to lead the Bulls (12-6, 2-4 AAC).

      No. 24 Mississippi State 71, Vanderbilt 55

      Quinndary Weatherspoon had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Bulldogs cruised past the Commodores in Nashville.

      Mississippi State (14-3, 2-2 SEC) also got 10 points apiece from Tyson Carter and Aric Holman, with Holman adding a game-high nine rebounds. The Bulldogs never trailed, turned it over just nine times and had an 18-2 edge in points off turnovers.

      Vanderbilt (9-8, 0-5) had a miserable offensive evening. The Commodores, led by 13 points from Saben Lee and 11 from Aaron Nesmith, hit 36.7 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from the free-throw line.

      Purdue 70, No. 25 Indiana 55

      Carsen Edwards totaled 20 points and seven assists as the Boilermakers pulled away in the second half to beat the visiting Hoosiers at West Lafayette, Ind.

      Edwards entered the game leading the Big Ten in scoring at 24.9 points, and he reached double figures for the 38th straight game despite shooting 6 of 18 from the floor. Edwards also added four rebounds and three steals to help Purdue (12-6, 5-2 Big Ten) win for the sixth time in seven games. The Boilermakers shot 49.1 percent overall and 53.8 percent after halftime.

      Justin Smith scored 15 points for the Hoosiers, but Indiana (12-6, 3-4) lost its fourth straight and likely will drop out of the Top 25 on Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn C Wiley sidelined with leg injury
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Auburn junior center Austin Wiley will miss "a couple of weeks" with a lower-leg injury, the team announced prior to Saturday's contest against Kentucky.

    • Wiley reportedly suffered the injury during the week and was considered a game-day decision for the showdown between the No. 14 Tigers and No. 12 Wildcats.

      Wiley suffered a left foot injury earlier this season and missed the season opener before playing in each of Auburn's last 15 games.

      The 6-foot-11 Wiley is averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds and has blocked 28 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Reigning champion Villanova stays hot
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Phil Booth made five 3-point baskets as part of a 22-point effort to help No. 22 Villanova post an 85-75 victory over Xavier on Friday night in Big East play at Philadelphia.

    • The 20-plus-point effort was the fourth in a row for Booth, who is averaging 24 points during the stretch. Collin Gillespie drained a career-best six 3-pointers while scoring 18 points as the Wildcats (14-4, 5-0 Big East) won their sixth straight contest.

      Eric Paschall added 17 points and eight rebounds as Villanova, the defending NCAA champions, went 15-for-34 from 3-point range while defeating the Musketeers for the fifth straight time.

      Tyrique Jones scored a career-best 21 points and collected 12 rebounds for Xavier (11-8, 3-3). Naji Marshall had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Zach Hankins had 12 points.

      No. 16 Buffalo 77, Eastern Michigan 65

      CJ Massinburg erupted for 31 points, including a personal 10-0 run during a key stretch in the second half, and the host Bulls pulled away from the Eagles.

      Nick Perkins supplied 21 points off the bench for Buffalo (17-1, 5-0 Mid-American Conference), which is off to the best start in program history. Jayvon Graves added 10 points for the Bulls. Paul Jackson had 12 points and six assists for Eastern Michigan (8-10, 2-3).

      Buffalo, which swept its season series against the Eagles, is the first MAC team to start a season 17-1 or better since Western Michigan won its first 19 games in 1975-76. The Bulls have won 20 straight in their home building, Alumni Arena.

      No. 19 Maryland 75, Ohio State 61

      Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points, and four of his teammates finished in double figures as the Terrapins defeated the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, for their seventh consecutive win.

      Maryland (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten) also got 13 points and 15 rebounds from Bruno Fernando. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell scored 11 points apiece, and Jalen Smith added 10 points.

      C.J. Jackson had 15 points, Duane Washington Jr. 14 and Kaleb Wesson 11 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State (12-5, 2-4) lost its fourth game in a row.

      --Field Level Media

  • Princeton standout Cannady suspended after arrest
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Princeton basketball's leading scorer Devin Cannady has been suspended by the school after being arrested Friday morning and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

    • Cannady also was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

      Police responded around 3:30 a.m. to a campus convenience store after receiving reports about a disorderly person, according to the Mercer County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office.

      Cannady, 22, was allegedly high on marijuana and pushed a customer while threatening others. He then shouted and cussed at Princeton University police officers and took a swing at one of the patrolmen.

      Cannady struggled to get away from officers before being subdued and handcuffed.

      Princeton described Cannady's suspension as "due to a violation of team rules," and said it would review the situation.

      Cannady, a 6-foot-2 guard, is averaging 19.5 points in 12 games this season and ranks fifth in school history with 1,458 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • UConn self-imposes penalties on basketball program
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    The University of Connecticut announced on Friday that it has issued seven self-imposed penalties on the program for NCAA rules violations under former head coach Kevin Ollie.

    • Most notable among the penalties is the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season. UConn said it also will limit official and unofficial recruiting visits and cut the number of recruiting days this year from 130 to 126. The school also proposed the payment of a $5,000 fine to the NCAA.

      "Our athletics department recognizes its responsibility to promote an atmosphere of honesty and integrity as it relates to NCAA compliance and beyond," UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. "We take these allegations very seriously and will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA throughout this process."

      Following a formal investigation, the NCAA sent the university a notice of allegations in September that included an unethical conduct charge against Ollie. The charge alleged Ollie provided false information about phone calls that took place between a top recruit and former UConn star players Ray Allen and Rudy Gay.

      The NCAA contends Ollie also didn't tell the truth about what he knew about the workouts led for players by Derek Hamilton, a professional trainer and Ollie's friend. In all, Ollie was charged with violations that include exceeding limits on practice times, allowing unfair recruiting benefits and failing to monitor outside workouts.

      "I understand the decision by our athletic administration to impose these penalties," current coach Dan Hurley said in a press release. "We have been preparing for this eventuality and will make the necessary adjustments to move forward."

      Hurley took over as head coach of the Huskies after Ollie was fired last March and is 10-8 in his first season with the program.

      According to a report by the Hartford Courant, when Hurley was hired, he signed memo of agreement giving him the option to add another year to his six-year contract if severe sanctions were imposed due to actions from the previous regime. The report says these sanctions are within the scope of what was discussed.

      UConn, which was not listed as a party to the NCAA charges, hopes to avoid more serious sanctions by the NCAA, which still has the option to do so. The school is also engaged in a legal battle with Ollie over the remaining $10 million on his contract. In addition, his lawyers have filed a civil action alleging the university has illegally attempted to deter him from filing a racial discrimination complaint.

      Ollie went 127-79 in six seasons and guided the Huskies to the 2014 national championship.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former PSU, ASU guard Marshall found dead in France
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Former Penn State and Arizona State guard Jermaine Marshall was found dead in France on Friday, his professional team announced. He was 28.

    • The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

      Marshall was playing for Hermine Nantes Basket, a second-tier club located in Nantes, France. He was averaging 14.4 points in 14 games this season.

      "The Club joins the pain of his family and loved ones and gives them all support to face this terrible ordeal," the team said in a statement.

      Marshall played three seasons at Penn State (2010-13) before playing his final season (2013-14) at Arizona State. Marshall averaged 15.1 points while helping the Sun Devils reach the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

      The Arizona State basketball program tweeted, "Jermaine Marshall, 1990-2019. He gave us so many big buckets en route to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jermaine Marshall."

      Penn State's basketball program tweeted, "We're saddened to learn of the passing of Pa. native Jermaine Marshall, who played for the Nittany Lions from 2010-13. He graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jermaine's family and loved ones."

      Marshall averaged 15.3 points in his final season at Penn State before transferring.

      Marshall was in his first season in Nantes. He previously played for overseas teams in Italy, Hungary, Cyprus, Netherlands and Finland.

      Hermine Nantes Basket requested that its scheduled Saturday game be postponed.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Duke's Jones may return sooner than expected
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Three days removed from a stunning loss at home to Syracuse and with No. 4 Virginia coming to town Saturday, the top-ranked Duke basketball team could use some good news.

    • Looks like Coach K & Co. are getting just that.

      According to The Athletic's Dana O'Neil on Thursday, freshman forward Cam Reddish expects to play Saturday and freshman guard Tre Jones may be back sooner than originally thought from his shoulder injury.

      Reddish did not play against the Orange because he was sick. Jones played in the 95-91 overtime loss but left after 5 1/2 minutes because of a shoulder injury he sustained while battling for a loose ball on the floor. Coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters after the game that Jones would be "out for a while," but according to O'Neil, that opinion has changed.

      "I don't know if it's for this game or the next game, but it's not going to be long term, where it's a month or something," Krzyzewski reportedly told O'Neil. "He's going to be back." According to reports, the injury is an AC joint separation and more severe than a Grade 1 separation.

      Jones entered Monday's game averaging 30.8 minutes, 8.5 points and 5.9 assists per game for the Blue Devils (14-2, 3-1 ACC). Virginia remains unbeaten this season, carrying a 16-0 record (4-0 in conference play) into Saturday's contest.

      Virginia won at Duke, 65-63, last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • PG Fisher out for the season, leaving TCU
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    TCU junior point guard Jaylen Fisher is out for the rest of the season with chronic knee issues and will leave the program, having entered the transfer portal.

    • Both Fisher and TCU coach Jamie Dixon made announcements Thursday.

      "After talking with Jaylen, it's been determined that he will not play this season or in the future at TCU," Dixon said in a statement. "We want to thank Jaylen for all his contributions to the program and wish him all the best in the future."

      Fisher took to social media to make his.

      "After a lot of time and conversation with family and friends, I will be leaving the TCU basketball program," Fisher posted on Twitter. "I just thought at this point in time it is best to continue elsewhere."

      Fisher played in 61 games over three seasons -- including nine this season -- at TCU, averaging 10.9 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range. He was averaging 12.1 points and 2.7 assists this season.

      Fisher played 17 games as a sophomore before he tore his right meniscus last January. He's undergone three surgeries on that knee since.

      The 6-foot-2 guard could have two seasons of eligibility remaining if he's granted a medical redshirt.

      Fisher will remain enrolled at TCU and continue to rehab the knee for now.

      "He's taking classes this spring and we're supporting him in every way possible," Dixon told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "His intention is to finish classes this spring and then see if he can continue to play."

      --Field Level Media

  • Coaches can't believe sequence leading to their ejections
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Two coaches were ejected simultaneously -- over a quest to shake hands?

    • Connecticut's Dan Hurley and Tulsa's Frank Haith, briefly at odds over a contentious foul call play about midway through the second half of their teams' game in Tulsa on Wednesday night, were given the heave-ho after two quick technicals apiece.

      Hurley called it "surreal" and "embarrassing" for all involved, and Haith said he couldn't believe that what started out as "competitive banter" ended the way it did.

      Neither had kind words to say about the officials.

      It began when Tulsa's DaQuan Jeffries was whistled for a blocking foul on a cut to the basket by UConn's Christian Vital with 11:19 left and Tulsa leading 61-47. The Golden Hurricane hung on to win 89-83.

      As Haith argued the call, he and Hurley, who both said after the game that they are longtime friends, briefly had some heated words, drawing a technical from one official.

      "I was interacting with the official," Hurley said. "'Yeah, that was a foul because they were getting that call all night.' I was talking to the official, then I was engaged by somebody on the other sideline that said my name so I turned and looked, kind of a look of surprise. I've known Frank a very long time, 15 to 20 years. I feel as though that situation escalated because of the officials' handling of it."

      As the chaos appeared to be de-escalating, Hurley approached the scorer's table to try to get Haith's attention and make sure there was no lingering animosity. He even had his hand extended to shake Haith's hand if he could reach him.

      When Haith, who had begun to walk to his own bench, realized what was going on, he went back toward Hurley to acknowledge the peace gesture. That's when another official apparently believed the coaches might be coming together to restart their dispute.

      Hence, the second technical for each coach and the ejection, but not before they tried to plead their case that all was well.

      "We were looking to come together and shake hands," Hurley said, "and show some sportsmanship there, but the mishandling of it led to just embarrassment, and it looks worse on television. ... Even though I feel that's on the officials and the way they handled it, I'd like to apologize to the university and the fans for that, it was just bad."

      Haith wasn't too happy either.

      "Both coaches are competitors and both are trying to help their team win. I think it started out like that. I don't think it escalated to both of us being ejected, and that's disappointing. I would have hoped it would have been handled a lot differently."

      Through a statement given to a pool reporters, the officials issued a statement:

      "The first double technical fouls on the head coaches was for unsportsmanlike behavior according to NCAA (rules regarding taunting and baiting). The second technical fouls on the head coaches were for continuing to violate Rule 10, section one, bench decorum. The head coach or any other coach may not be outside the prescribed coaching box except when otherwise permitted by rule. After a warning, for the first violation, a technical foul should be assessed for any subsequent infraction."

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Iowa State dumps No. 8 Texas Tech
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Marial Shayok's clutch free throws in the final seconds secured a 68-64 upset victory for Iowa State over No. 8 Texas Tech on Wednesday night in Lubbock, Texas.

    • Texas Tech (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) had its five-game winning streak end while taking its first conference defeat.

      The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak despite getting just five points from Shayok in the second half and committing nine turnovers after halftime.

      Shayok finished with 20 points on 6-of-14 field-goal shooting for Iowa State. Jarrett Culver paced the Red Raiders with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but shot just 7-for-21 from the floor and committed five turnovers.

      No. 14 Auburn 85, Texas A&M 66

      Bryce Brown scored 22 points as the Tigers rolled past the Aggies at College Station, Texas.

      Jared Harper, who scored 17 points, and Anfernee McLemore, who added 13, joined Brown in providing nearly all of Auburn's 3-pointers. Brown made 5 of 11, Harper 4 of 9 and McLemore 3 of 4 as the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 SEC) sank 13 of 34 3-point attempts.

      Savion Flagg and Wendell Mitchell scored 22 points each to lead Texas A&M (7-8, 1-3).

      Kansas State 74, No. 20 Oklahoma 61

      Barry Brown scored 25 points and added five assists to lead the Wildcats to an upset victory over the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

      It was the Wildcats' second consecutive road win over a ranked team. Kansas State (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) won 58-57 at then-No. 20 Iowa State on Saturday. This time, the Wildcats did it wire to wire, never trailing to the Sooners (13-4, 2-3) in snapping Oklahoma's seven-game home winning streak.

      Kansas State's Dean Wade, playing his second game since returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him for nearly a month, scored 20 points. Christian James led the Sooners with 20 points, and Rashard Odomes added 17.

      No. 21 Houston 69, SMU 58

      Kelvin Sampson reached two milestones with one win as the Cougars used strong defense to turn away the Mustangs in Dallas.

      Holding SMU (11-6, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) to 38.2 percent shooting from the field and 5-for-24 accuracy from the 3-point arc, the Cougars (17-1, 4-1) presented Sampson with his 100th win at Houston and his 600th Division I victory.

      Corey Davis Jr. paced Houston with 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field, and Armoni Brooks scored 19. Jimmy Whitt topped SMU with 20 points.

      No. 23 Iowa 89, Penn State 82

      With Tyler Cook sitting out due to an ankle injury, Iowa's Jordan Bohannon drilled a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to propel the Hawkeyes to victory over the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa.

      Bohannon, who has been struggling with his shot all season, made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts. He knocked down 5 of 8 from 3-point range to finish with 19 points. His late 3-pointer gave the Hawkeyes an 86-82 lead.

      Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-3 Big Ten) with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Reaves had 16 points and seven assists, and Rasir Bolton scored 16 points off the bench for Penn State (7-11, 0-7).

      --Field Level Media

  • Oklahoma State dismisses three players for rules violation
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Guard Michael Weathers and two other Oklahoma State basketball players have been booted off the team due to an undisclosed violation of team rules, Cowboys coach Mike Boynton announced Wednesday.

    • "We have a standard of behavior that we expect from everyone in our program and we're going to move forward with the people who want to abide by those standards," Boynton said in a statement. "I wish the others well as they move on."

      Weathers, a sophomore, averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16 games this season.

      Weathers sat out last season after transferring from Miami (Ohio), where he was the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 2016-17.

      Also dismissed were freshman forwards Maurice Calloo and Kentrevious Jones. Calloo averaged 2.5 points in 16 games and Jones averaged 1.3 points in eight games.

      Oklahoma State (8-9, 2-3 Big 12) is down to nine available players on the roster, with graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham leaving the program last week.

      The Cowboys next play at Iowa State on Saturday.

      This is Boynton's second seasons as the coach in Stillwater. Oklahoma State finished 21-15 and reached the NIT quarterfinals last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 4 Virginia rips No. 9 Virginia Tech
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    No. 4 Virginia flexed its muscles on its home floor Tuesday night with a dominating 81-59 win over in-state rival No. 9 Virginia Tech in Charlottesville, Va.

    • The Cavaliers never trailed in the game and led by as many as 25 points in the second half before cruising to the 22-point win.

      De'Andre Hunter scored a game-high 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting, while the backcourt duo of Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome combined for 29 points in the win. Jerome recorded his first-career double-double as he added 12 assists to his 14 points.

      Virginia Tech (14-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was slow out of the gates and couldn't rebound, as the Hokies shot 43.2 percent for the game but allowed Virginia (16-0, 4-0) to shoot 58.5 percent. The Cavaliers made 13 of their 24 3-point attempts and assisted on 18 of 31 made field goals.

      No. 3 Tennessee 106, Arkansas 87

      The Volunteers' Lamonte Turner scored 21 points, including seven straight in a first-half run, and Jordan Bowden added 19 as Tennessee steamrolled the visiting Razorbacks in Knoxville, Tenn.

      Grant Williams scored 18 points and had seven rebounds, Admiral Schofield added 17 points, and Kyle Alexander chipped in 12 as Tennessee (15-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 11th straight game. Its only loss was to then-No. 2 Kansas 87-81 in overtime on Nov. 23.

      Freshman Isaiah Joe, who entered the game as an SEC co-leader in 3-pointers made with 51, hit seven treys in 13 attempts and led Arkansas (10-6, 1-3) with 23 points.

      No. 10 Nevada 72, Boise State 71

      Cody Martin drained the decisive 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds remaining as the Wolf Pack edged the Broncos at Boise, Idaho.

      Martin's winning shot was the lone field goal in the final 4:44 for Nevada (17-1, 4-1 Mountain West). Martin scored a team-high 16 points and senior center Jordan Caroline added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Wolf Pack won their third straight game.

      Junior guard Alex Hobbs had 19 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Justinian Jessup scored 17 points for the Broncos (8-9, 3-1). Sophomore guard Derrick Alston Jr. had 14 points and junior guard Marcus Dickinson tallied 11.

      No. 12 Kentucky 69, Georgia 49

      The Wildcats scored the first nine points of the second half, including seven by Ashton Hagans, to spark an easy victory over the host Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.

      The Wildcats, who jumped from No. 18 to No. 12 in this week's AP Top 25 poll, improved to 13-3 and 3-1 in the SEC with their third straight win. Georgia (9-7, 1-3) lost for the third time in its past four games.

      Hagans finished with 23 points and three steals, the first player in school history with three or more steals in six straight games.

      No. 13 North Carolina 75, Notre Dame 69

      Coby White scored 17 points and fellow freshman Nassir Little recorded all 11 of his points in the second half to help the Tar Heels bounce back from their worst home loss under coach Roy Williams with a victory over the visiting Fighting Irish at Chapel Hill, N.C.

      It wasn't easy as the Tar Heels (13-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by three at halftime, needed an 8-0 run with less than six minutes to play to generate some breathing room and eventually rebound from an embarrassing 83-62 loss to Louisville on Saturday.

      After the break, they held the Fighting Irish (11-6, 1-3) to 37.5 percent shooting, including 4 of 15 from 3-point range. John Mooney posted a third straight double-double with 16 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for Notre Dame.

      No. 15 Marquette 74, Georgetown 71

      Sam Hauser scored a career-high 31 points, and the visiting Golden Eagles overcame the early loss of Big East leading scorer Markus Howard to beat the Hoyas in Washington.

      Hauser was 10 of 20 from the field and 7 of 7 from the foul line. Theo John added 14 points for Marquette (15-3, 4-1 Big East), which has won four straight.

      Mac McClung scored 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Jessie Govan had 14 points and nine rebounds for Georgetown (12-6, 2-3).

      No. 16 Buffalo 88, Western Michigan 79

      Jeremy Harris posted 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Bulls defeated the pesky host Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich.

      Harris has led the Bulls (16-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) in scoring three straight games. Nick Perkins contributed 14 points and five rebounds, CJ Massinburg had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists and Dontay Caruthers chipped in 11 points and five rebounds.

      Josh Davis piled up 24 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Broncos (6-11, 0-4). Seth Dugan tossed in 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Michael Flowers chipped in 10 points.

      Wake Forest 71, No. 17 North Carolina State 67

      Jaylen Hoard scored 16 points, and the Demon Deacons, which surrendered all of a 22-point, second-half lead, recovered to defeat the Wolfpack in Winston-Salem, N.C.

      Wake Forest (8-8, 1-3 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games. Torry Johnson added 11 points and Brandon Childress had 10 points for the Deacons.

      Torin Dorn's 18 points and C.J. Bryce's 17 points led the Wolfpack (14-3, 2-2), who were playing the first of three consecutive road games. Braxton Beverly made three second-half 3-pointers and finished with nine points.

      LSU 83, No. 18 Ole Miss 69

      Using balanced scoring and tough defense, the Tigers won the battle of SEC unbeatens, toppling the host Rebels in front of a sellout crowd in Oxford, Miss.

      Tremont Waters paced LSU (13-3, 3-0) with 20 points and nine assists, while Kavell Bigby-Williams chipped in a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and blocked five shots before fouling out with 50.9 seconds left. Skylar Mays also scored 14 points and Marlon Taylor added 12.

      Terence Davis led Ole Miss (13-3, 3-1) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to extend the Rebels' 10-game winning streak that propelled the program into the rankings in Kermit Davis' first season as coach.

      No. 24 Mississippi State 71, Florida 68

      Quinndary Weatherspoon converted a three-point play with four seconds remaining to lift the Bulldogs over the visiting Gators in Starkville, Miss.

      The teams went back and forth for the entire game before Weatherspoon made the difference even though he finished with just nine points, eight below his team-leading average.

      Lamar Peters scored 16 points, Tyson Carter added 12 and Aric Holman had 10 for the Bulldogs (13-3, 1-2 SEC). KeVaughn Allen scored 17, Andrew Nembhard added 13, Noah Locke had 12 and Keyontae Johnson 11 for the Gators (9-7, 1-3), who lost to a ranked team for the second time in four days.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke in OT
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points as Syracuse knocked off top-ranked Duke 95-91 in overtime Monday night in Durham, N.C.

    • Elijah Hughes scored 18 of his 20 points in first half, Frank Howard pumped in 16 points and Oshae Brissett had 14 points for Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Orange bounced back from a 14-point home loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday night.

      Freshman Zion Williamson scored a season-high 35 points, RJ Barrett had 23 points, Alex O'Connell notched 16 points and Marques Bolden had 12 points for Duke (14-2, 3-1). The Blue Devils had a nine-game winning streak end.

      Duke, which missed its last three shots, had another misfortune occur. Point guard Tre Jones, a freshman who has started every game this season, will be out indefinitely after sustaining an AC joint separation. He was hurt chasing a loose ball about six minutes into the game when Howard crashed into his right shoulder.

      No. 7 Kansas 80, Texas 78

      Sophomore Marcus Garrett netted a career-high 20 points Monday as the Jayhawks outlasted the Longhorns at Lawrence, Kan.

      Garrett made his first seven shots and finished 8 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range as the Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) extended their win streak in the series to 10 straight. Kansas improved to 17-1 all-time against the Longhorns at home.

      Lagerald Vick added a game-high 21 points for Kansas, which shot 53.7 percent. Matt Coleman had 16 points to pace Texas (10-7, 2-3).

      Pittsburgh 75, No. 11 Florida State 62

      Trey McGowens scored a game-high 30 points, pouring in 12 points during a key run in the second half that gave host Pitt (12-5, 2-2 ACC) a 60-50 lead, and the Panthers coasted from there.

      McGowens added seven rebounds, five steals and four assists in the win, which Panthers fans stormed the court to celebrate. Pitt's Xavier Johnson contributed 18 points.

      Florida State (13-4, 1-3 ACC) was an abysmal 2 of 22 from 3-point range while taking its second consecutive defeat. The Seminoles fell 80-78 on a last-second shot to Duke on Saturday. Florida State had only one double-figure scorer against the Panthers: Trent Forrest, who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

      No. 19 Maryland 64, Wisconsin 60

      Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 21 points as the Terrapins survived a furious Wisconsin rally to hold on for a 64-60 win in College Park, Md., their sixth consecutive victory.

      Cowan hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put the Terrapins (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) back in front 62-60 after Wisconsin had come all the way back from trailing by 18 in the first half and 21 in the second half.

      The Badgers (11-6, 3-3) hit 11 of 22 3-point attempts in the second half and rallied behind sophomore Nate Reuvers' career-high 18 points.

      Nebraska 66, No. 25 Indiana 51

      Glynn Watson Jr. led four Nebraska players in double figures to boost the Cornhuskers (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten) to an upset victory in Bloomington, Ind.

      Watson hit 6 of 12 field-goal attempts. Also scoring in double figures for Nebraska were Isaac Copeland Jr. with 14, James Palmer Jr. with 11 and Thomas Allen with 10.

      The Cornhuskers shot 45 percent from the floor while holding Indiana to 36.5 percent shooting. Romeo Langford had a team-high 18 points for the Hoosiers (12-5, 3-3), who had a season-low scoring output.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke will be without PG Jones (shoulder) indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Duke starting point guard Tre Jones will be out indefinitely after sustaining a shoulder injury during the top-ranked Blue Devils' 95-91 overtime loss to visiting Syracuse on Monday night.

    • Jones, a freshman who has started every game for Duke, was chasing a loose ball about six minutes into the game when Syracuse guard Frank Howard crashed into his right shoulder.

      Jones, who had four steals and two points, did not return to the game. The Blue Devils (14-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) announced afterward that he had sustained an AC joint separation and is out for an uncertain period.

      "I knew he was hurting," coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. "You could see excruciating pain on his face. We just tried to calm him, not that he was yelling or anything, but he felt that something could be broken. That's how much pain he was in. ...

      "Anyway, there are bumps in the road along the way for a lot of people. This was a very difficult night for our basketball program and our team. We'll figure out ways of handling it."

      Jones, a former five-star recruit, is averaging 8.1 points and 5.7 assists per game. He leads the Blue Devils with 33 steals and has only 16 turnovers in 16 games. Jones entered Monday's game second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 5.93.

      Jordan Goldwire, averaging 8.7 minutes per game, is the backup point guard, although freshman star RJ Barrett might take on the majority of the ball-handling responsibilities.

      "We'll figure that out later," Krzyzewski said.

      --Field Level Media

  • USC evaluating status of suspended G Porter
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 14, 2019

    USC coach Andy Enfield said Sunday that the future of freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. will be reevaluated this week after he was suspended indefinitely.

    • Enfield told the Los Angeles Times he was "suspended for conduct issues," and the Times said it is possible Porter won't play again for the Trojans.

      He has been projected as a lottery pick in June's NBA draft.

      Porter sat out seven games earlier this season with a thigh bruise but played Thursday night in a loss to Oregon State, when he scored five points and added four rebounds and two assists.

      On the season, he's averaging 10.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

      "It's very disappointing. We need all our players to be healthy and available," Enfield said. "The last thing you want to do as a head coach is suspend any of your players, but when there's conduct issues, we have no choice."

      At Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Porter was ranked as a five-star recruit and the No. 4 shooting guard in the nation by the 247Sports composite.

      The Trojans are 9-8 on the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Zion hurt as No. 1 Duke edges No. 13 FSU
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Cam Reddish drilled an open 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to play off an inbounds pass as top-ranked Duke escaped with an 80-78 victory against No. 13 Florida State on Saturday afternoon at Tallahassee, Fla.

    • Reddish converted his fifth 3-pointer in eight attempts after the Seminoles failed to corral a critical rebound.

      RJ Barrett scored 32 points, and fellow freshman Reddish added 23 as the Blue Devils (14-1, 3-0 ACC) won their ninth straight despite playing without first-year standout Zion Williamson in the second half. Williamson was poked in the eye late in the first half and did not return, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds.

      Mfiondu Kabengele had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Phil Cofer scored 21 points to lead the upset-minded Seminoles (13-3, 1-2), who went without a field goal for the final 7 1/2 minutes of the game.

      No. 3 Tennessee 78, Florida 67

      After fouling out with just four points Tuesday night against Missouri, Grant Williams bounced back with 20 points as the Volunteers pulled away late to defeat the Gators at Gainesville, Fla.

      Jordan Bowden added 17 points off the bench for the Volunteers (14-1, 3-0 SEC), who extended their win streak to 10 games. Admiral Schofield had 14 points, including a big 3-pointer with 45 seconds left that extended Tennessee's lead to 72-67.

      KeVaughn Allen led Florida (9-6, 1-2) with 18 points, and freshman guard Noah Locke added 16 points.

      No. 4 Virginia 63, Clemson 43

      The Cavaliers flexed their muscles once again to remain unbeaten with a big win over the Tigers at Clemson, S.C.

      Virginia (15-0, 3-0 ACC) held Clemson to 25.9 percent shooting, including 3 of 19 from beyond the arc, as the Cavaliers continued their dominant play. The win extended UVA's nation-best road winning streak to 13 games.

      After Clemson (10-6, 0-3) cut the Cavs' lead to two at 29-27 with 17:26 to play in the game, Virginia used a 12-1 run to retake control and eventually surrendered just 22 second-half points to the struggling Tigers.

      No. 5 Gonzaga 96, San Francisco 83

      Zach Norvell Jr. and Geno Crandall stroked consecutive 3-pointers to snap a late tie as the Bulldogs finally pulled away from the upstart Dons at San Francisco.

      Brandon Clarke led five Zags (16-2, 3-0 WCC) in double figures with 24 points and nine rebounds while Rui Hachimura scored 21 points. Josh Perkins added 16 points, all in the second half, while Killian Tillie came off the bench for 14 points before fouling out. Norvell finished with 13.

      Six players reached double digits for USF (14-3, 2-1), paced by Frankie Ferrari with 21 points. Charles Minlend scored 14 while Nate Renfro and reserve Matt McCarthy each tallied 12. Jimbo Lull and Jordan Ratinho chipped in 10 points apiece.

      No. 7 Kansas 73, Baylor 68

      Lagerald Vick scored 18 points and topped the 1,000-point mark on his 22nd birthday as the Jayhawks recorded their first true road victory of the season, topping the Bears at Waco, Texas.

      Dedric Lawson had 17 points, and Devon Dotson added 14 for the Jayhawks (14-2, 3-1 Big 12), who shot 54.5 percent from the field, including 9 of 16 (56.3) from 3-point range.

      The Jayhawks, who dropped their first two true road contests at Arizona State and Iowa State, also recorded a season-high 11 blocked shots and held Baylor (9-6, 1-2) to a season-low 33.3 percent shooting.

      No. 8 Texas Tech 68, Texas 62

      Matt Mooney scored 22 points, including eight in an early second-half run, as the Red Raiders outlasted the host Longhorns at Austin, Texas.

      The win snapped Texas Tech's 22-game losing streak to the Longhorns in Austin, dating back to Feb. 24, 1996. The Red Raiders (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) still have not allowed any of their opponents to score over 70 this season.

      Kerwin Roach II led Texas with 17 points, 13 of those in the first half, with Jaxson Hayes tallying 15 and Jase Febres recording 12 for the Longhorns (10-6, 2-2).

      No. 10 Nevada 74, Fresno State 64

      Caleb Martin recorded 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack past the Bulldogs at Fresno, Calif.

      Jordan Caroline added 19 points and matched his career high of 16 rebounds for Nevada (16-1, 3-1 MW).

      Braxton Huggins made five 3-pointers while scoring 25 points for the Bulldogs (12-4, 3-1). Deshon Taylor added 16 points, and Nate Grimes registered 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for Fresno State, which had a three-game winning streak halted.

      No. 11 Auburn 93, Georgia 78

      The Tigers made sure their hiccup earlier this week at Ole Miss was exactly that, returning home to cruise past the Bulldogs at Auburn, Ala.

      Five different players finished in double figures for Auburn, led by Jared Harper with 22 points, followed by Bryce Brown and Anfernee McLemore with 15 each. Malik Dunbar and Samir Doughty both scored 11 for the Tigers (12-3, 1-1 SEC), who shot 50 percent for the game.

      William Jackson II scored a season-high 16 points to lead the Bulldogs (9-6, 1-2) and was followed by Nicolas Claxton with 15 and Teshaun Hightower with 12. Georgia shot 44.8 percent.

      Louisville 83, No. 12 North Carolina 62

      Steven Enoch's 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench helped the Cardinals to an upset of the Tar Heels at Chapel Hill, N.C.

      Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora each posted 17 points, and Christen Cunningham had 10 points for the Cardinals (11-5, 2-1 ACC), who handed the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-1) their most lopsided home loss in coach Roy Williams' 16 seasons.

      Enoch, a transfer from Connecticut, posted career-high point and rebounding totals to help first-year Louisville coach Chris Mack notch another signature victory. The Cardinals also have wins against Michigan State and Seton Hall.

      Ole Miss 81, No. 14 Mississippi State 77

      Breein Tyree scored the final four points, including a tiebreaking layup with 50 seconds remaining, as the visiting Rebels edged the Bulldogs at Starkville, Miss.

      The Rebels (13-2, 3-0 SEC) won their second consecutive game against a ranked team, having upset No. 11 Auburn 82-67 at home on Wednesday, and extended their winning streak to 10 games. Freshman Blake Hinson had season-highs of five 3-pointers and 26 points to lead Ole Miss.

      Quinndary Weatherspoon led Mississippi State (12-3, 0-2) with 18 points, Lamar Peters added 16 and Nick Weatherspoon scored 11.

      No. 15 North Carolina State 86, Pittsburgh 80

      DJ Funderburk, forced into heavy minutes because of an early ejection, posted career highs with 18 points and nine rebounds as the shorthanded Wolfpack survived to beat the Panthers at Raleigh, N.C.

      Funderburk came on after starting big man Wyatt Walker was ejected two minutes into the game on a flagrant technical foul for tripping Pitt's Xavier Johnson after they got tangled on the floor under the Panthers' basket. NC State (14-2, 2-1 ACC) also lost point guard Markell Johnson to injury with 9:45 left in the first half.

      Johnson led Pitt (11-5, 1-2) with 25 points.

      Iowa 72, No. 16 Ohio State 62

      Luka Garza scored 16 points as the Hawkeyes dominated the second half to knock off the turnover-plagued and poor-shooting Buckeyes at Iowa City, Iowa.

      Ohio State (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten), which fell to conference lightweight Rutgers on the Scarlet Knights' home floor Wednesday, lost its third straight conference game.

      Iowa (14-3, 3-3) has won three straight and eight of nine, losing only to Purdue in that span, a loss that contributed to knocking it out of the Top 25.

      No. 17 Houston 79, Wichita State 70

      Corey Davis Jr. scored 20 points, and Armoni Brooks chipped in 14 as the Cougars turned a second-half surge from behind the 3-point arc into a victory over the Shockers at Houston.

      Following a miserable perimeter shooting display before halftime, the Cougars (16-1, 3-1 American) converted 7 of 14 3-pointers in the second half to extend their home winning streak to 29 consecutive games.

      Markis McDuffie paced Wichita State (7-8, 0-3) with 22 points while Samajae Haynes-Jones added 14. The remaining Shockers combined to shoot 9 of 24 (37.5 percent) as Wichita State suffered a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time since January 2009.

      No. 18 Kentucky 56, Vanderbilt 47

      The Wildcats held service at home with a hard-fought victory over the Commodores at Lexington, Ky.

      Ashton Hagans and Keldon Johnson paced Kentucky (12-3, 2-1 SEC) with 15 points each. Immanuel Quickley added 12 for the Wildcats.

      Vanderbilt (9-6, 0-3) was led by Aaron Nesmith's 11 points. He was the only Commodore in double figures.

      No. 19 Buffalo 88, Miami (OH) 64

      Jeremy Harris scored 17 points to help the Bulls pull away to a win over the RedHawks at Buffalo, N.Y.

      Montell McRae tossed in 13 points for Buffalo (15-1, 3-0 MAC), which has won 19 straight at home. Nick Perkins had 12 points and six rebounds while Dontay Caruthers filled the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals off the bench. CJ Massinburg added 10 points and nine rebounds.

      Nike Sibande's 18 points led Miami (8-8, 0-3). Darrian Ringo contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Milos Jovic chipped in 10 points off the bench.

      Kansas State 58, No. 20 Iowa State 57

      Barry Brown Jr.'s layup with 5.2 seconds left helped the Wildcats edge the Cyclones at Ames, Iowa.

      Brown scored a game-high 23 for Kansas State (12-4, 2-2 Big 12). He scored 18 in the second half.

      Nick Weiler-Babb led the way for the Cyclones with 11 points. Iowa State (12-4, 2-2) has lost two straight since dominating then-No. 5 Kansas in a 17-point win on Jan. 5.

      No. 21 Marquette 70, Seton Hall 66

      Markus Howard followed up the most productive game in Big East history by scoring 26 points as the Golden Eagles remained unbeaten at home with a win over the Pirates at Milwaukee.

      Three days after setting a school and Big East record with 53 points, Howard scored 18 in the first half. He finished 7 of 20 and missed 6 of 9 3-point attempts but drained all nine free throws while adding six rebounds and six assists.

      Seton Hall (12-5, 3-2) held a 63-62 lead with 3:05 remaining after Myles Powell hit a 3-pointer, but Marquette (14-3, 3-1) took the lead for good on two free throws by Theo John with 2:12 remaining and then held on for its 11th win in 12 games.

      No. 23 Oklahoma 76, No. 25 TCU 74

      Kristian Doolittle scored a season-high 24 points, including the game-winning jumper with 3.2 seconds left, to lift the Sooners past the Horned Frogs at Norman, Okla.

      Doolittle also had 10 rebounds, giving the junior his first double-double since his freshman season. Christian James added 15 points for Oklahoma (13-2, 2-2 Big 12).

      Kouat Noi led TCU (12-3, 1-2) with a career-high 30 points, going 8 for 12 from behind the 3-point line.

      DePaul 79, No. 24 St. John's 71

      Long Island product Femi Olujobi scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Blue Demons to victory over the Red Storm, who were minus star guard Shamorie Ponds at Queens, N.Y.

      Prior to the tip, St. John's (14-3, 2-3 Big East) announced Ponds, the preseason player of the year in the league, would sit out due to a lower-back strain. The junior entered play third in the Big East in scoring, averaging 20.6 points, and first in assists (6.0) and steals (2.7).

      Ponds' absence led to a major advantage for the Blue Demons (10-5, 2-2), who got a huge effort from Olujobi. Teammate Paul Reed added a career-high 18 points with 10 rebounds, and Max Strus had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • College basketball notebook: Duke's Williamson exits with eye injury
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Duke freshman Zion Williamson departed Saturday's victory over Florida State with double vision after being poked in the eye late in the first half of the No. 1 Blue Devils' 80-78 road victory.

    • Coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters during the postgame press conference that the symptoms prevented the star forward from returning to action. Krzyzewski said he learned about the double vision when a trainer told him about three minutes prior to the start of the second half.

      "I said, 'He can't play, obviously, if he has that,'" Krzyzewski told reporters. "We waited and it didn't clear up. The good thing is he didn't have headaches. He got poked right in the eye and he's better now."

      Williamson's injury came after the finger of Seminoles junior guard Trent Forrest appeared to enter his eye. Krzyzewski said Williamson is expected to play when Duke hosts Syracuse on Monday.

      --Baylor sophomore Tristan Clark will miss the rest of the season due to a left knee injury that will require surgery, the school announced prior to Saturday's game against No. 7 Kansas.

      The 6-foot-9 forward leads the nation in field-goal shooting at 73.7 percent through 14 games. He is averaging 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and a team-high 2.4 blocked shots per game.

      "He's a tremendous player and teammate, so this is obviously disappointing news, but Tristan is determined to do whatever it takes to rehabilitate and return to being one of the nation's premier big men," Bears head coach Scott Drew said in a statement.

      --South Florida junior guard LaQuincy Rideau recorded a rare points-assists-steals triple-double during Saturday's 82-80 overtime loss to Temple in Philadelphia.

      He finished with 18 points, 10 assists and 10 steals to become the sixth Division I player in the past 20 seasons to complete that particular triple-double, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

      Rideau made 6 of 18 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point distance, and added four rebounds in 37 minutes. USF finished the game with 17 steals.

      --Field Level Media