Lecomte returns as No. 21 Baylor tops Texas Southern 99-68

WACO, Texas (AP) — Manu Lecomte's wrap on his injured left thumb will come off eventually, assuming it heals. Baylor coach Scott Drew chuckled while wondering whether that was a good thing. ''Maybe we need to wrap his hand all the time,'' Drew said after Lecomte scored 22 points in his return after missing a Read more

No. 5 Florida upset again, this time by Loyola-Chicago 65-59

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 5 Florida followed a performance coach Mike White called ''the epitome of soft'' with an even bigger flop. Aundre Jackson scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and Loyola-Chicago stunned the Gators 63-59 on Wednesday night, handing them a third consecutive loss. ''Hopefully we've been humbled a bit,'' White said. Read more

VCU guard Johnny Williams no longer a scoring liability

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Johnny Williams laughs now at the memory. As a freshman point guard at VCU, he didn't get to play much. When he did see any action, his inability to make outside shots eventually elicited groans from the home crowds whenever he pulled up to shoot. He shot just 35 percent from Read more

Temple routs South Carolina 76-60 behind Rose's 24 points

NEW YORK (AP) — When it was over, the question posed to Fran Dunphy was simple: Was this his team's best performance so far this season? His answer, though, could and maybe should concern future opponents. ''”I don't know that I can say that,'' Dunphy said after Temple's 76-60 rout of South Carolina on Thursday Read more

Arizona still searching for consistent defensive intensity

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona freshman Brandon Randolph watched the ball rotate to his side of the floor and was late getting out to a shooter on the wing. The Long Beach State player made the open shot and Randolph jogged back on offense. Wildcats coach Sean Miller saw the play unfold and turned a Read more

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames

The second Battle of Alberta of the season is on tap this weekend when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, Dec 2. There is so much to look forward to with this matchup. The Flames are about where they should be this season, slightly better than last but not Read more

Carter scores 29 points, West Virginia beats Missouri 83-79

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — West Virginia had a wild weekend in Florida that ended up with a three-game sweep. Jevon Carter scored 29 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and the No. 23 Mountaineers overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat Missouri 83-79 on Sunday night in the Advocare Invitational 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

Tim Floyd announces retirement after UTEP's loss to Lamar

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — UTEP coach Tim Floyd abruptly announced his immediate retirement after a 66-52 loss to Lamar on Monday night. Floyd won 466 games as a college coach at five schools, including Iowa State and Southern California. He also was coach for the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. Read more

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: 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

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

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

Guard Haanif Cheatham leaves Marquette for personal reasons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette says junior guard Haanif Cheatham has left the team for personal reasons. Cheatham was the most experienced player on the Golden Eagles' young roster, starting 63 of 70 career games. Cheatham was averaging 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds while starting each of the team's five games this year. Coach Steve Wojciechowski 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

No. 9 Michigan State thumps No. 4 North Carolina 63-45

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joshua Lanford made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and No. 4 Michigan State toppled No. 9 North Carolina 63-45 on Sunday night to win the ''Victory Bracket'' of the PK80 Invitational. Tom Izzo got the best of Roy Williams for the first time since Williams arrived in Chapel Hill, thanks Read more

Knox leads No. 8 Kentucky past Illinois-Chicago, 107-73

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kevin Knox scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 107-73 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday night to conclude play in the Adolph Rupp Classic. The win gave Kentucky coach John Calipari his 700th career victory, three years after he notched his 600th. He Read more

Jaylen Barford leads Arkansas rout of UConn 102-67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All the attention will be on the amount of points Arkansas dropped on Connecticut. It got out of hand because of how good the Razorbacks were on defense. “I thought we had fun playing defense,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “And that's what I stressed with our guys coming out early Read more

No. 17 Gonzaga blows big lead, holds off Texas 76-71 in OT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Coach Mark Few had no idea what to expect from No. 17 Gonzaga when his team arrived here and knowing the kind of competition the Bulldogs could end up facing. Based off the results, it could be one wild ride for the Zags. ''We feel like we should have went 3-0 Read more