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Player of the Week: Tayler Persons, Ball State
Player of the Week: Tayler Persons, Ball State

When you make two game-winners in one week, one of which was to beat the No. 9 team in the country on their own floor, you get recognized.

Three Things to Know: Victor Oladipo drops 47, he and Pacers are legit
Three Things to Know: Victor Oladipo drops 47, he and Pacers are legit

Also, Michael Beasley got a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden faithful.

Dose: Dennis The Menace
Dose: Dennis The Menace

Jonas Nader breaks down the biggest storylines from Sunday including Dennis Schroder getting benched in the fourth quarter.

ICYMI: Tennessee comes up with first big win in a while
ICYMI: Tennessee comes up with first big win in a while

Holly Warlick and the Tennessee Lady Vols have been searching for a signature non-conference win against a top five teams for the past few years. The 11th-ranked Lady Vols (10-0) remained unbeaten after a 82-75 victory over No. 2 Texas. The win came in front of a crowd that included members of the

Raptors visit Clippers in search of 7th straight win

The surging Toronto Raptors can extend their season-best winning streak to seven games when they face the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Monday. The Clippers, meanwhile, will look to win back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks and prove to themselves they can have some success

Back from perfect trip, Warriors host Trail Blazers

After getting outgunned at home by the top team in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers tip off a five-game trip against the West's second-best when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. In the Warriors, the Trail Blazers will encounter a team just home after a historic

Rockets look to stay unbeaten with Paul

While there are many hurdles left for the Houston Rockets to clear en route to cementing their status as legitimate title contenders, the challenge they faced and conquered Saturday night in Portland could prove landmark as opponents continue canvasing methods to keep the Rockets' high-powered offense

Bulls vie for third straight win as Celtics visit

Back-to-back victories may not seem like the biggest of accomplishments, but in a season in which the Chicago Bulls are experiencing plenty of growing pains and toll-taking injuries, even small successes carry some weight. After a weekend in which Chicago managed to snap a 10-game losing streak and

No. 14 Minnesota opens home stretch vs. Drake

The No. 14 Minnesota Golden Gophers host Drake on Monday to begin a stretch of six straight home games, the first four coming against non-conference opponents. It might have been looked at as a stretch to pad Minnesota's record before the beef of the Big Ten schedule begins. Perception now is much

NBA: Oladipo
NBA: Oladipo's career performance keeps Pacers rolling

The Indiana Pacers overcame the Denver Nuggets as Victor Oladipo continued to star in the NBA.

Joel Embiid:
Joel Embiid: 'If it was the Finals, I'm sure I could have gone'

Joel Embiid, who missed Sunday's game in New Orleans, said he's been dealing with back tightness since Thursday. By Jessica Camerato

College Basketball Power Rankings: After a wild week, let
College Basketball Power Rankings: After a wild week, let's start this thing over

This was a lot harder than you think.

Porzingis scores 30, Knicks hold off Hawks for 111-107 win
Porzingis scores 30, Knicks hold off Hawks for 111-107 win

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory Sunday night. One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by

GAME RECAP: Pelicans 131, 76ers 124
GAME RECAP: Pelicans 131, 76ers 124

Jrue Holiday drops 34 points while Rajon Rondo dishes 18 assists in the Pelicans 131-124 win over the 76ers. Ben Simmons had a double-double of 27 points and 10 assists for Philadelphia in the loss.

GAME RECAP: Timberwolves 97, Mavericks 92
GAME RECAP: Timberwolves 97, Mavericks 92

Karl-Anthony Towns emerges for the Timberwolves with 28 points and 12 rebounds in their 97-92 win over the Mavericks. Harrison Barnes scored 19 points for Dallas in the loss.

NBA standings

Dec 11 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Sunday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 23 5 .821 - 2. Toronto 17 7 .708 4 3. NY Knicks 13 13 .500 9 4. Philadelphia 13 13 .500 9 5. Brooklyn 10 15 .400 11 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 19 8 .704 - 2. Milwaukee 15 10

Williams leads No. 12 Gonzaga to 97-70 rout of Washington
Williams leads No. 12 Gonzaga to 97-70 rout of Washington

Johnathan Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Zach Norvell Jr. added 21 points and No. 12 Gonzaga ran away in the second half for a 97-70 win over Washington on Sunday. The Bulldogs (8-2) rebounded nicely from a loss to Villanova and never allowed the Huskies to entertain the idea of a second Top

No. 21 Purdue beats IUPUI for Painter
No. 21 Purdue beats IUPUI for Painter's 300th victory

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Carsen Edwards helped Matt Painter reach a coaching milestone.

Sixers-Pelicans observations: Strong effort shorthanded but skid continues
Sixers-Pelicans observations: Strong effort shorthanded but skid continues

The Sixers on Sunday had a strong effort without Joel Embiid and Robert Covington but fell, 131-124, to the Pelicans. By Jessica Camerato

Northern Kentucky tops in-state rival Eastern Kentucky 91-63

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) -- Drew McDonald and Carson Williams combined to score 44 points and Northern Kentucky topped Eastern Kentucky 91-63 on Sunday night.

Sluggish Cyclones hold off Alcorn State 78-58

Iowa State survived anyway, pushing its winning streak to seven games ahead of a key matchup against Northern Iowa. Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, including a career-high seven 3s, Cameron Lard had 15 points with 11 rebounds and Iowa State held off lowly Alcorn State 78-58. The Cyclones, fresh off

Celtics beat Pistons 91-81, getting revenge for rare loss
Celtics beat Pistons 91-81, getting revenge for rare loss

The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter. When Detroit beat the Celtics last month, Drummond scored 26 points and Jackson had 20. In the rematch, Drummond didn't make a shot until late in the game and finished with just six

No. 25 California women hold off Pacific in 92-85 win

Kristine Anigwe scored 28 points and hauled in 18 rebounds to lead No. 25 California to a 92-85 win over Pacific on Sunday. Penina Davidson had her third double-double of the season, a career-high 22 points to go with 10 rebounds, Mikayla Cowling added 15 points and Kianna Smith had 12 for Cal (7-2)

NBA results

Dec 11 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) INDIANA 126 Denver 116 (OT) Boston 91 DETROIT 81 Toronto 102 SACRAMENTO 87

Reath scores career-high 30; LSU beats UNC Wilmington 97-84

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Duop Reath scored a career-high 30 points and Tremont Waters added 20 as LSU beat UNC Wilmington 97-84 on Sunday.

GAME RECAP: Celtics 91, Pistons 81
GAME RECAP: Celtics 91, Pistons 81

Al Horford scores 18 points and grabs 9 rebounds as the Celtics get the win over the Pistons, 91-81.

Garza has 23 points, 13 rebounds; Iowa beats Southern 91-60
Garza has 23 points, 13 rebounds; Iowa beats Southern 91-60

Freshman Luka Garza had 23 points and 13 rebounds to help Iowa snap a four-game skid with a 91-60 win over Southern on Sunday. Connor McCaffery made the first appearance of his career Sunday afternoon for the Hawkeyes (5-6) after missing the first 10 games with a sprained ankle followed by illness.

Northern Iowa romps to 80-47 win over D-III member Dubuque

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Bennett Koch totaled 12 points and seven rebounds and Isaiah Brown and reserve Wyatt Lohaus scored 11 apiece to power Northern Iowa to an 80-47 victory over Division III member Dubuque on Sunday.

No. 11 Lady Vols stay unbeaten by stopping No. 2 Texas 82-75
No. 11 Lady Vols stay unbeaten by stopping No. 2 Texas 82-75

On a day that it honored three of its national championship teams, Tennessee made a statement that it's ready to start competing for titles again. Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell both produced double-doubles Sunday as No. 11 Tennessee outlasted No. 2 Texas 82-75 in a physical matchup of unbeaten

No. 19 Oregon State women defeat San Jose State 110-62

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Marie Gulich and Taylor Kalmer combined for 41 points on 17-of-23 shooting and 19th-ranked Oregon State blasted San Jose State 110-62 on Sunday, breaking 100 points for the first time since 2015.

Wagner cruises past Mercy for 75-41 win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Blake Francis scored 19 points, got seven steals and dished out five assists Sunday to help propel Wagner to its sixth-straight win with a 75-41 victory over Division II program Mercy College.

No. 6 Mississippi State overpowers Little Rock 86-48

Accomplishments have been aplenty for Mississippi State point guard Morgan William. William was back on the court Sunday to help the Bulldogs rout Little Rock 86-48. ''Coach Schaefer has talked about me being more offensive.

Oral Roberts ends Missouri St 7-game streak with 73-66 win

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 17 points, Javan White added 14, and Oral Roberts rallied to beat Missouri State 73-66 on Sunday to end the Bears' seven-game win streak and tie the series 8-8.

St. Francis (PA) edges Niagara in overtime 93-87

NIAGARA, N.Y. (AP) -- Jamaal King scored 26 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, Keith Braxton added 24 points to go with 12 rebounds and St. Francis (Pa.) edged past Niagara for a 93-87 win Sunday.

Henry lifts SIU-Edwardsville over South Alabama 76-75

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Jalen Henry poured in a season-high 26 points, including two free throws with three seconds left in the game, and SIU Edwardsville rallied to beat South Alabama 76-75.

No. 10 West Virginia women cruise past Coppin State 101-43

After three Power 5 games, there wasn't much for No. 10 West Virginia to learn on Sunday. Coach Mike Carey was less than pleased with the some of his players' habits as the Mountaineers cruised to victory over Coppin State, 101-43. Nothing against them (Coppin State), but we don't get much

Cunningham has 35, No. 17 Mizzou women top SIU-E 78-48

Sophie Cunningham had a career-high seven 3-pointers and a season-high 35 points and No. 17 Missouri rolled to a 78-48 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Sunday for the Tigers' ninth-straight win. Cunningham was 11-of-16 shooting with all five of her misses coming behind the arc to reach

Clarke, Hokies bury Maryland Eastern Shore 93-40

Chris Clarke scored a season-best 18 points to carry Virginia Tech to a 93-40 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday. Clarke hit 7 of 9 from the floor, including all three of his 3-point attempts for the hot-shooting Hokies (9-1), who won their seventh straight game. The nation's highest

No. 22 Villanova women beat Temple, push record to 9-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Alex Louin scored with 43 seconds left and she and Adrianna Hahn made 3 of 5 free throws as No. 22 Villanova held off Big 5 rival Temple 69-65 on Sunday for the Wildcats' best start in 37 years.

No. 13 FSU women use strong start to top Arizona St 77-66

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Imani Wright scored 22 points, Shakayla Thomas and AJ Alix had double-doubles and No. 13 Florida State used a big first quarter to turn back Arizona State 77-66 on Sunday.

No. 24 Michigan women pull away 54-41 over Kent State

Hailey Brown and Hallie Thome each scored 11 points and No. 24 Michigan overcame a slow start to get past Kent State for a 54-41 win Sunday. Michigan (8-2) got the first bucket of the game, a quick layup from Brown, but then went scoreless until the end of the first quarter when Kayla Robbins sank a

Drexel's 3-game winning streak snapped by Robert Morris

Kurk Lee had 15 points for Drexel on Saturday afternoon, but the Dragons' three-game winning streak ended with a 74-60 loss to Robert Morris.

Ohio holds off W Kentucky 89-84 behind Laster's 23 points

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Mike Laster scored 23 points and all five of his free throws, Kevin Mickle added 17 points, and Ohio held off a late Western Kentucky run to win 89-84 on Sunday, ending the Hilltoppers' three-game win streak.

DiVincenzo, Booth rally No. 4 Villanova past La Salle 77-68
DiVincenzo, Booth rally No. 4 Villanova past La Salle 77-68

Duke's run at No. 1 ended with a court-storming loss at Boston College and No. 2 Kansas wilted in a rare home loss. Undaunted and undefeated, Villanova is charging toward the top spot. ''We played the next No. 1 team in the country,'' La Salle coach John Giannini said Sunday.

Donte DiVincenzo, Phil Booth help No. 4 Villanova survive La Salle scare
Donte DiVincenzo, Phil Booth help No. 4 Villanova survive La Salle scare

Donte DiVincenzo helped No. 4 Villanova avoid a Big 5 scare Saturday afternoon and remain undefeated with a 77-68 win over La Salle.

Holder leads No. 16 Arizona State to upset over No. 2 Kansas
Holder leads No. 16 Arizona State to upset over No. 2 Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Tra Holder scored 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting, and No. 16 Arizona State pulled off a 95-85 upset of No. 2 Kansas on Sunday.

No. 23 Green Bay shuts down Loyola-Chicago 76-39

Jessica Lindstrom scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and five assists to propel No. 23 Green Bay to a 76-39 victory over Loyola-Chicago on Sunday. Frankie Wurtz came off the bench to score 16 with five rebounds and Karly Murphy added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor for the Phoenix (8-1),

Brown, Gorecki lead No. 14 Duke women past Winthrop 101-30

Lexie Brown scored 32 points, Haley Gorecki added a career-high 20 and No. 14 Duke cruised to a 101-30 win over Winthrop on Sunday. Gorecki went 7 of 11, including 5 of 7 behind the arc for the Blue Devils (8-2), who shot 61 percent for the game (42 of 69). Rebecca Greenwell, who is two 3-pointers

Anderson rallies Navy to 73-68 win over Columbia

Shawn Anderson scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his first double-double and Navy rallied in the second half on Sunday to edge Columbia 73-68 for its fifth-straight win. Hasan Abdullah added 16 points and Evan Wieck 14 as the Midshipmen (9-3) erased an 18-point first-half deficit. Columbia

Balanced Miami women topple 20th-ranked Kentucky 65-54

Erykah Davenport and Shaneese Bailey made key plays back-to-back late in the game and four players scored in double figures as a balanced Miami upset the No. 20 Kentucky women 65-54 on Sunday, handing the Wildcats a second loss in as many games. With the Hurricanes (6-3) holding a 56-52 lead with 97

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