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Arizona holds Oregon St. to 34 points in rout

Brandon Ashley scored 12 points and T.J. McConnell had a career-high eight steals to spark No. 6 Arizona’s smothering defense, lifting the Wildcats to a 57-34 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.

Posted on 31 January 2015 @ 6:31 am

Missouri AD grateful, regretful in stepping down

An emotional Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said Friday he has reached “the perfect time” to step down after 17 years.

Posted on 31 January 2015 @ 3:14 am

St. John’s guard sorry for offensive tweet

St. John’s guard Rysheed Jordan has issued an apology after using a homophobic slur in a tweet earlier this week.

Posted on 31 January 2015 @ 2:27 am

McCain: Time to talk legalizing sports betting

Sen. John McCain says Congress needs to hold hearings to discuss legalizing sports betting.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 10:30 pm

No. 4 Duke dismisses junior guard Sulaimon

In a stunning announcement, Duke junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon was dismissed from the program on Thursday. The Houston native had not previously been disciplined, at least publicly, all season.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 1:36 pm

Brown: Winslow’s unique makeup

Duke’s Justise Winslow has a special combination of genes, talent and work ethic

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 7:02 am

Guard Lyle commits to Ohio State, sources say

Fresh off its big win over Maryland on Thursday, Ohio State landed a commitment from talented guard JaQuan Lyle, sources told

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 5:21 am

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No. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State in 57-34 win (Yahoo Sports)

Arizona guard Elliott Pitts (24) gets fouled by Oregon State guard Gary Payton II during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona won 57-34. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

When he wasn’t doing that, Arizona’s gritty point guard was deflecting passes, hounding every dribble and, of course, diving on the floor for loose balls any chance he had. With a leader like that, it’s no wonder the Wildcats turned their rematch with Oregon State into a rout. Sparked by McConnell’s career-high steals, No. 6 Arizona ran its smothering defense to near perfection in a 57-34 win over Oregon State on Friday night. ”You can make the argument that no player we’ve recruited in our seven or eight recruiting classes has had more of an impact on winning games than T.J.,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Posted on 31 January 2015 @ 6:18 am

Richmond looks to end recent skid in series with No. 14 VCU (Yahoo Sports)

VCU's Mo Alie-Cox and George Washington's Joe McDonald fight for control of the ball under the basket during an NCAA college basketball game at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. VCU won 72-48. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)

The first meeting of Atlantic 10 rivals Richmond and VCU happens Saturday, and the Spiders will be heading across town trying to start evening things out a little bit in the series. The 14th-ranked Rams (17-3, 7-0) have won 11 of the last 13 matchups, including all three last season, the latter knocking Richmond out in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. VCU is on a roll, too, having won 12 in a row overall, and can match its longest winning streak in Shaka Smart’s six seasons as coach.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 9:59 pm

No. 12 Wichita St, No. 18 Northern Iowa set for MVC showdown (Yahoo Sports)

Wichita State's Tekele Cotton dunks the ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Drake, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Wichita, Kan. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green)

Wichita State’s unbeaten romp through the Missouri Valley Conference has brought both notoriety and scrutiny to the league. Northern Iowa now gets a chance to show that the Valley is about more than just the Shockers.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 9:32 pm

Top-ranked UK keeps rolling as Cauley-Stein goes missing (Yahoo Sports)

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, center, sits on the bench with a towel on his head during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Cauley-Stein should be easy to find. Just look for the 7-footer with arms covered in tattoos and a decent outside shot. Lately, though, the national player of the year candidate has virtually disappeared.(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Dress him up in a red-and-white striped shirt and a pair of bluejeans, give him some brown loafers and round specs, and it would still be easy to find Willie Cauley-Stein. Lately, though, the national player of the year candidate for top-ranked Kentucky has gone missing. In his last two games, including Thursday night’s blowout of Missouri, the junior forward has taken two shots – making both – and scored a total of four points. Better question is, ”Where’s Willie?” Not even coach John Calipari is sure of the answer to that one.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 9:04 pm

Auburn’s Pearl acknowledges this won’t be typical road trip (Yahoo Sports)

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl disputes a call against his team during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Texas A&M won 71-61. (AP Photo/, Julie Bennett)

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl doesn’t bother pretending that his return to Tennessee is just another game. Pearl, who led Tennessee to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his six seasons as the Volunteers’ coach, is coming back to Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday to coach against his former team for the first time since his 2011 firing. ”From the minute I walk in that building and get off the bus, there’s going to be a camera in my face,” Pearl said. Although he was fired amid an NCAA investigation that landed Tennessee’s program on a two-year probation, Pearl remains so popular in Knoxville that fans circulated an online petition last season to bring him back as the Vols’ coach.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 8:50 pm

Oklahoma-Oklahoma St. Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Oklahoma players, from left, Isaiah Cousins, Buddy Hield, TaShawn Thomas and Ryan Spangler celebrate on the bench late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Oklahoma won 81-36. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Buddy Hield hasn’t been in a zone like this in years. Oklahoma’s junior guard has been lights out with a league-best 20.6 points per game in Big 12 play. ”It’s just turning on right now for me, and I feel like if I keep on playing more games, my confidence will just keep on increasing.” A highlight of his recent run was a 27-point outburst against Oklahoma State on Jan. 17, when he made all 10 of his shots from the field during an 82-65 win over the Cowboys in Norman. Oklahoma State (14-6, 4-4 Big 12) will get a second chance at him when the Cowboys host the 24th-ranked Sooners (13-7, 4-4) on Saturday.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 8:24 pm

Powell scores 23 to lead UCLA past No. 11 Utah 69-59 (Yahoo Sports)

UCLA's Norman Powell celebrates his team's 69-59 victory over Utah in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

In need of a signature win to bolster a sagging NCAA tournament resume, UCLA looked for leadership from its lone senior starter. Norman Powell didn’t disappoint. Powell scored 23 points and the Bruins defeated No. 11 Utah 69-59 on Thursday night for their first victory over a Top 25 opponent this season. ”He’s a senior and he made a lot of big plays for us,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 6:32 am

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RB James dislocates elbow in Oregon win

LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field with a dislocated elbow, dampening No. 9 Oregons 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nations leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name.

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RB James injures right arm in Oregon win

LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field after injuring his right arm, dampening No. 9 Oregons 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nations leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name.

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Lavin undergoes prostate cancer surgery

St. Johns coach Steve Lavin has had successful surgery to treat prostate cancer. The 47-year-old Lavin underwent the surgery Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. According to Lavins physicians, the surgery went as planned and there were no complications. Lavin is expected to return to his full-time coaching responsibilities after a recovery period.

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Calhoun: UConn talent better for 2011-12

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he has more talent this season than he had on the team that won the national championship in April. Calhoun made the comment before a dinner at which the 2010-11 Huskies received their national championship rings. The coach said having a more talented team doesnt mean they are going to win another title, but he thinks they can.

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Duke set to visit MSG twice this season

Mike Krzyzewski is bringing Duke to Madison Square Garden twice this upcoming season, according to the schedule announced Thursday. The Blue Devils will face Michigan State, and Kentucky will play Kansas in the second game of the Champions Classic on Nov. 15. Duke will return to take on Washington on Dec.

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Colorado suspends 5 defensive players

Colorado coach Jon Embree has suspended five defensive players indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. The suspended players include defensive backs Josh Moten, Ayodeji Olatoye, Parker Orms and Paul Vigo, along with linebacker Liloa Nobriga. Orms was the only starter among the group, but didnt play last weekend due to a leg injury.

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Big 12 moves to add Big East-bound TCU

Leaders of the Big 12 Conference cleared the way Thursday to add TCU, a move that would bring in a rising program and potentially shore up a league that seemed ready to fall apart just a few weeks ago. The Big 12s presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to authorize negotiations with the Horned Frogs, who play in Fort Worth, Texas, and boast the defending Rose Bowl champion.

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