Northwestern hot 3-point shooting buries Valparaiso 84-50

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Vic Law scored 18 points and re-energized Northwestern blew out Valparaiso 84-50 on Thursday night. Coming off the biggest win in program history, the Wildcats (7-4) rode Law’s early hot hand and a stifling team defensive effort to a second straight decisive victory. Northwestern, which beat Chicago State by 65 points Read more

Abdur-Rahkman leads Michigan over Texas 59-52

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman averages a fairly modest 10 points a game for Michigan, but Wolverines coach John Beilein said, ”he’s better than his stats would say.” On Tuesday night, Abdur-Rahkman’s stats were more than sufficient. The senior guard matched a season-best with 17 points to go with 10 rebounds and Michigan beat Read more

No. 11 Cincinnati beats Alabama State 83-51, Xavier up next

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — The stretch of games against overmatched teams is finished. No. 11 Cincinnati gets to start measuring its worth, starting with its crosstown rival. The Bearcats finally have a game that everyone in Cincinnati is awaiting. Gary Clark had 14 point and seven rebounds, and No. 11 Cincinnati stayed unbeaten heading Read more

No. 16 Baylor tries to maintain momentum

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year ago, Baylor carried momentum from winning a November tournament all the way to its first No. 1 national ranking. The 16th-ranked Bears have a chance to see how far another title carries them. Baylor won last week’s Hall of Fame Classic by beating Wisconsin and Creighton , allowing the Read more

Guy, Hall lead No. 18 Virginia past Wisconsin, 49-37

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Always a perfectionist, especially when it comes to how No. 18 Virginia plays defense, even Tony Bennett found no room to complain. ”Collectively, we did as well as we could have defensively,” Bennett said Monday night after Virginia beat Wisconsin 49-37 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Badgers’ point total represented Read more

Missouri Valley thriving despite loss of Wichita State

The Missouri Valley Conference was supposed to be devastated by the loss of Wichita State. So far, the league has shown it might have been vastly underrated for 2017-18. Nearly every team in the Valley is off to a strong start, boosting the conference’s reputation in a season many thought could be the start of Read more

Duke now unanimous No. 1, Arizona falls out of new AP Top 25

Duke pulled off two big comebacks to become the unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll. Now Arizona could use one of their own from a holiday-tournament stumble that has dropped them from No. 2 to out of the poll in a week. The Blue Devils (8-0) were atop all 65 Read more

Notre Dame, Villanova shine in early season hoops tourneys

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Notre Dame, Villanova and Wichita State have serious potential for deep March runs. Duke’s freshmen are fast learners. And Arizona is in an early funk. Three Thanksgiving-week tournaments – the Maui Invitational, the Battle 4 Atlantis and the PK80 Invitational’s two brackets – provided early tests for some of college Read more

Portland State upsets Stanford 87-78 in the PK80

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Barret Peery wanted to see what he would get from his team Sunday, two days after a difficult two-point loss to Butler at the PK80 Invitational. Portland State’s coach got a squad that didn’t go away after falling behind by double digits in the first half. The Vikings kept up their Read more

Martin’s layup sends Butler to 67-66 OT win over Ohio State

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Butler Bulldogs didn’t get rattled by a double-digit deficit against Ohio State, or the presence of their former coach. Kelan Martin hit a layup with 3.8 seconds left and Butler edged the Buckeyes 67-66 in overtime on Sunday for the final day of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament. ”We just Read more

No. 5 UCLA beats Creighton in Las Vegas Shootout

LAS VEGAS (AP) — No. 5 UCLA got a first-half scare from Creighton. But the Bruins’ size and athleticism wore out the Bluejays after halftime at the Las Vegas Shootout. Kennedy Burke scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead UCLA to a 72-63 victory over Creighton at the South Point Arena on Saturday. Read more

Iowa State cruises past Western Illinois 70-45

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is going to need its freshmen to play older than they are this season. The Cyclones’ newcomers more than came through on Saturday night, keying a blowout that gave them their first win at Hilton Coliseum. Freshman Lindell Wigginton scored a career-high 21 points and Iowa State cruised past Read more

UNLV needs late run to pull away from Southern Utah 101-82

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Johnson had 24 points and 14 assists to lead three with double-doubles and UNLV finished with a big run on Saturday night for a 101-82 win over Southern Utah. Shakur Juiston added 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Brandon McCoy had 15 points, 14 boards and six blocks. The Rebels Read more

Brown leads No. 11 Miami past North Florida 86-65

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Brown and Anthony Lawrence scored 14 points each to lead No. 11 Miami to an 86-65 victory over North Florida on Saturday. Dewan Huell finished with 13 points for the Hurricanes (5-0) while Ja’Quan Newton and Chris Lykes had 12 and 10 points, respectively. Brown scored six points in Read more

Winston sparks No. 4 Michigan State past UConn 77-57

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tom Izzo wasn’t pleased with much about No. 4 Michigan State’s offensive performance, except for Cassius Winston. Winston scored 12 of his career-high 28 points during a 4-minute span late in the second half to help the Spartans pull away for a 77-57 victory over Connecticut on Friday night to reach Read more

No. 7 Florida beats No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double OT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jalen Hudson couldn’t wait to get back to Florida’s locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga. Hudson had a career-high 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the No. 7 Gators downed the No. 17 Bulldogs 111-105 on Friday night at the PK80 Invitational. ”We Read more

No. 20 Seton Hall beats Vanderbilt 72-59

NEW YORK (AP) — Seton Hall spent Friday morning watching film and the Pirates did not like what they saw, especially defensively. Once it was time to take the court, the 20th-ranked Pirates decided to do something about it, even if it took a half to get going. Desi Rodriguez scored a season-high 27 points Read more

Vikings end has creative way of asking what to name his son

Sometimes we get stuck on a new baby’s name. It happens. What most of us won’t do is get a sack in an NFL game, then display a T-shirt asking what to name the baby. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had a unique way of figuring out what to name his new baby boy. Read more

Dallas continues to struggle without Zeke Elliott

Let’s start with the good news: the Dallas Cowboys have now endured half of Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension. But the bad news is, Dallas may not recover. The Cowboys are now 0-3 without Elliott, and we’ve seen enough to realize that their offense is inept without the Pro Bowl running back. Dallas lost its traditional Read more

Awful Giants-Redskins game meant nothing, taught nothing

On the list of Thanksgiving horrors, Thursday night’s New York Giants-Washington Redskins game ranked somewhere between pre-chewed turkey and political discussions with your angry uncle who’ll tell you exactly what’s wrong with this country. The Redskins won 20-10, but that wasn’t the point. This was an atrocity of football, a game that fulfilled every dire Read more