No. 1 Kansas gets big test against No. 17 Villanova

Kansas started the season No. 1, dropped to No. 2 despite not losing and moved back to the top spot after playing its worst game of the season. Now, the Jayhawks get a massive test. On Saturday, newly-No. 1 Kansas hosts No. 17 Villanova at Allen Fieldhouse in a rematch of the 2018 national semifinals. The Wildcats stomped Kansas on the way to the national title, and the Jayhawks are coming off a shaky performance against New Mexico State. “We’ve played a really hard schedule. It’s just going to get…

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Washington holds off late Seattle rally for 70-62 victory

SEATTLE (AP) — Usually the suit jacket Washington coach Mike Hopkins wears to start each game is gone long before the end of the first half. On Sunday night the jacket lasted about 33 minutes before Washington’s coach ditched it and rolled up his sleeves, just as the Huskies were doing their part to give away most of a 20-point lead. “We just got sloppy. That’s just the bottom line. We have to do a lot better job,” Hopkins said. “We have to have more respect for that in terms…

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Big East extends tournament deal with MSG through 2028

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East Conference has extended its agreement with Madison Square Garden to hold its postseason tournament at the venue through 2028. The deal announced Sunday extends the current partnership by two years and ensures the Big East Tournament will be played at Madison Square Garden in the week leading up to Selection Sunday. The Big East Tournament has been played at Madison Square Garden each year since 1983 and is the longest-running postseason championship at the same location in college basketball. “Madison Square Garden and…

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Henn scores 15, California Baptist beats Cal Tech 87-4489

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Mike Henn hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 15 points and Milan Acquaah scored 13 to help California Baptist beat D-III Cal Tech 87-48 on Saturday night. Ty Rowell added 12 points for California Baptist. It was the first game between the teams since the 1989-90 season but the 17th overall — all wins for the Lancers (5-4). Acquaah hit a jumper to make it 4-3 and CBU led the rest of the way. Acquaah hit a 3-pointer to make it 35-19…

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NCAA denies appeal of Wichita St’s Allen to play this season

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA denied an appeal by Wichita State’s Teddy Allen to play immediately after transferring from West Virginia on Friday, forcing the sophomore guard to sit out a redshirt season. Allen appealed to the subcommittee for legislative relief arguing that the transfer was so that he could be closer to his support system in Boys Town, Nebraska. The small village near Omaha provides care, treatment and education to at-risk children with behavioral, emotional and academic issues. Allen arrived at Boys Town when he was 17 and…

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Arizona rallies in second half to beat Utah Valley 80-69

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Freshman guard Brandon Williams had his first career double-double and Brandon Randolph scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half when Arizona extended its nonconference home winning streak to 52 games with an 80-69 victory over Utah Valley at McKale Center on Thursday. Williams had 15 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and five assists and Dylan Smith had 10 of his 13 points in the second half for the Wildcats, who trailed by 12 points at halftime but pulled away by shooting 61 percent…

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NCAA announced sanctions for Oregon infractions

The NCAA has imposed two years of probation on Oregon after finding it violated rules related to the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the track and field program. The NCAA’s decision issued Wednesday said women’s coach Kelly Graves failed to “monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program.” The infraction stemmed from an assistant strength coach’s participation in on-court activities during and after practices, which caused the team to exceed the number of allowable coaches. Graves must serve a two-game suspension this season. The NCAA found men’s…

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No. 25 Furman tops Elon 98-77 after debut in rankings

ELON, N.C. (AP) — Alex Hunter scored all of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 25 Furman won its first game since the program’s debut in the AP Top 25, 98-77 over Elon on Tuesday night. Matt Rafferty also scored 18 points and Clay Mounce added 17 for the Paladins (9-0), who cracked the rankings this week thanks to an early-season resume that includes road victories over defending national champion Villanova and Loyola-Chicago, which made the Final Four last season. Steven Santa Ana led the Phoenix (3-6)…

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