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Hot-shooting KU stifles Young, pounds OU

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Two of the Big 12's most powerful offenses collided when No. 8 Kansas hosted Oklahoma. Only one lived up to the hype, though.

Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists, Malik Newman added 20 points and No. 8 Kansas beat Oklahoma 104-74 on Monday night in its first true blowout of the Big 12 season.

"It was a fun night, a good win," coach Bill Self said. "Certainly we needed a game where we could not sweat until the very, very end."


Virginia stays No. 1, Duke jumps to 5th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 as it coasts to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, while Duke made a big jump after a pair of impressive wins without its top freshman.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That's 12 more than last week, when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.


Auburn C McLemore has left ankle surgery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Coach Bruce Pearl doesn't believe losing another post player will be a breaking point for an Auburn team on track for a rare Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and NCAA Tournament berth.

The 12th-ranked Tigers must get it done without center Anfernee McLemore, out for the season following surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated left ankle.


Walker IV hits 5 3s as Miami beats Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Mike Brey doesn't pay much attention to the NBA draft stock of opposing players, but the Notre Dame coach does hear his own staff's assessments and, on Monday night, he saw nothing from Miami's Lonnie Walker IV that would make him disbelieve the latest assessment.

"Walker's shots were pro stuff," Brey said after the freshman led the Hurricanes to a 77-74 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Irish. "He's a first-round guy, my assistants told me, and he looked it tonight. He made some money tonight."


Terps top Northwestern to end road skid

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Maryland finally won on the road and gave itself a chance to finish with a .500 record in Big Ten play.

The Terrapins will take it.


Badgers win in OT, Gophers' skid hits 9

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin made stops and hit their 3s down the stretch of a tight game.

The hard lessons from a challenging season might be finally paying off for a young team.


Spartans can seal share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title by beating Illinois at the Breslin Center, where three seniors will be honored at their last home game.

"That doesn't happen that often," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Monday. "No. 1, to do it at home is special. No. 2, to be able to do it on Senior Night is really special."


SEC could get record NCAA tourney berths

Mississippi State's Ben Howland was hardly shocked when South Carolina upset No. 12 Auburn, and doesn't believe his Southeastern Conference coaching peers were either.

"Auburn goes into South Carolina the other day and South Carolina dominates the game , which doesn't surprise any of us coaches," Howland said. "It's just so difficult night in and night out."


ETSU gives Forbes extension, raise

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes has signed a new contract that includes an extension and a pay raise.

Athletic director Scott Carter announced Forbes' new deal Monday.


Denver hires new director of athletics

DENVER (AP) The University of Denver has hired Karlton Creech as its new vice chancellor for athletics and recreation. He'll succeed Peg Bradley-Doppes, who is retiring after 13 years.

Creech will take over May 1, overseeing 17 Division I teams and a recreation program that engages more than 60 percent of the student body, including intramural and club sports and the Coors Fitness Center.

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