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Former Creighton star Maurice Watson appeared in front of a Douglas County judge Monday after turning himself into authorities Sunday following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest Thursday on the charge of first-degree sexual assault.
Watson’s bail was set at $750,000, which he would have to produce 10 percent of to be released from jail.
Prosecutors also detailed some of the allegations against Watson from the night of Feb. 3, when a 19-year-old woman alleges he raped her. Graphic details of the prosecution’s allegations can found here.
Watson’s attorneys said he denies the allegations.
Creighton said Sunday that Watson is barred from campus and not enrolled as a student, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The Bluejays announced last week that Watson, who has been sidelined since tearing his ACL last month, had been suspended.
Gonzaga feel from first to fourth in the latest Coaches Poll after suffering its first loss of the season over the weekend.
Kansas moves into the top spot with UCLA and Villanova tied at No. 2.
The Bulldogs lost 79-71 to BYU at home after winning the first 29 games of the season.
The Jayhawks have won six-straight heading into Monday’s tilt with Oklahoma.
Here’s the full poll:
1. Kansas (23)
2. UCLA (3)
2. Villanova (5)
4. Gonzaga (1)
5. North Carolina
10. West Virginia
13. Notre Dame
17. Florida State
18. Saint Mary’s
22. Wichita State
24. Iowa State
Kansas is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.
The Jayhawks (26-3) moved up two places to the top spot, receiving 58 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.
Kansas is the sixth school to be No. 1 this season. The Jayhawks were on top last season for five weeks, including the final three polls of the season.
Villanova (27-3) remained second despite losing to Butler last week. The Wildcats were No. 1 on two ballots. UCLA (26-3), which was No. 1 on three ballots, moved up from fifth to third after its win over Arizona on Saturday.
Gonzaga (29-1) fell to fourth after losing its first game of the season, an upset by BYU on Saturday. The Zags, who had been No. 1 for the last four polls, received two first-place votes.
North Carolina moved from eighth to fifth and was followed by Oregon, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Here’s the full top 25″
- Kansas (58)
- Villanova (2)
- UCLA (3)
- Gonzaga (2)
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Florida State
- Notre Dame
- St. Mary’s
- Wichita State
- Iowa State
Earlier this month, NBC announced the launch of
TOMBOY, a multi-platform documentary project that aims to elevate the conversation about gender in sports told through the voices of many of the world’s most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives. The first-of-its-kind integrated initiative culminates with a special one-hour documentary, also titled TOMBOY, which will air across all NBC Sports Regional Networks, nationally distributed NBCSN, and select NBC Owned Television Stations in March.
You can view the trailer for the project above, and browse through the myriad of pieces that have already been released over the course of the last two weeks here.
“We are excited to share the stories of some of the most remarkable female athletes in the world,” said Ted Griggs, President, Group and Strategic Production & Programming Leader for NBC Sports Regional Networks. “
TOMBOY aims to elevate, invigorate and inspire the conversation about gender in sports, and we’re proud to create a platform for open, candid discussion featuring a variety of perspectives.”
Yes, Gonzaga lost a home game to BYU. Although somewhat surprising, it doesn’t yet knock the once-beaten Bulldogs from their No. 1 Seed in the West Region. What it does do, however, is open to door for the Pac-12 champion (or someone else) to overtake the Zags, especially if they slip again in the West Coast Conference tournament. As an example … should Oregon win out and claim the Pac-12 tournament, the Committee would have to determine the hierarchy between the Ducks and the Zags.
Championship Week is upon us. The next two weeks are important for both the top and bottom of the bracket.
By sheer volume, the number of teams in play for at-large berths with double-digit losses is quite rare. Thus, the math for several bubble teams is becoming increasingly tough to manage. On the flip side, it’s potentially good news for teams like Wichita State, Illinois State, and Middle Tennessee State should they fall a game short in their conference tournaments. We’ll just have to see where we stand on selection weekend.
UPDATED: February 27, 2017
Regarding bracketing principles, can read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)
- Seton Hall vs. USC | South Region
- Rhode Island vs. California | Midwest Region
- MT. ST. MARY’S vs. NC-CENTRAL | East Region
- UC-IRVINE vs. NEW ORLEANS | Midwest Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|MIDWEST – Kansas City||EAST – New York|
|1) KANSAS||1) VILLANOVA|
|16) NEW ORLEANS / UC-IRVINE||16) NC CENTRAL / MT ST. MARY’S|
|8) South Carolina||8) DAYTON|
|9) Northwestern||9) Michigan State|
|5) Virginia||5) Notre Dame|
|12) ILLINOIS STATE||12) NC-WILMINGTON|
|4) PURDUE||4) Florida|
|13) VALPARAISO||13) MONMOUTH|
|6) Wisconsin||6) SMU|
|11) California / Rhode Island||11) Syracuse|
|3) Florida State||3) Baylor|
|14) EAST TENNESSEE ST||14) WINTHROP|
|Salt Lake City||Indianapolis|
|7) Creighton||7) Maryland|
|10) Wichita State||10) Xavier|
|2) Arizona||2) Louisville|
|15) SOUTH DAKOTA||15) FLA GULF COAST|
|WEST – San Jose||SOUTH – Memphis|
|Salt Lake City||Greenville|
|1) GONZAGA||1) NORTH CAROLINA|
|16) NORTH DAKOTA||16) TX-SOUTHERN|
|8) Virginia Tech||8) Michigan|
|9) VCU||9) Arkansas|
|5) Minnesota||5) Cincinnati|
|12) NEVADA||12) UT-ARLINGTON|
|4) Duke||4) West Virginia|
|13) PRINCETON||13) VERMONT|
|6) Iowa State||6) Oklahoma State|
|11) MID TENNESSEE ST||11) USC / Seton Hall|
|3) Butler||3) KENTUCKY|
|14) AKRON||14) BELMONT|
|7) Miami-FL||7) Saint Mary’s|
|10) Marquette||10) Providence|
|2) OREGON||2) UCLA|
|15) CSU-BAKERSFIELD||15) BUCKNELL|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Kansas is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Villanova, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.
Last Four Byes (at large): Wichita State, Providence, Marquette, Syracuse
Last Four IN (at large): USC, Seton Hall, California, Rhode Island
First Four OUT (at large): Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Illinois
Next four teams OUT (at large): TCU, Houston, Indiana, Georgia
Breakdown by Conference …
ACC (9): NORTH CAROLINA, Louisville, Florida State, Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia, Miami-FL, Virginia Tech, Syracuse
Big 10 (7): PURDUE, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern
Big East (7): VILLANOVA, Butler, Creighton, Xavier, Providence, Marquette, Seton Hall
Big 12 (5): KANSAS, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma State
Pac 12 (5): OREGON, Arizona, UCLA, USC, California
SEC (4): FLORIDA, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas
Atlantic 10 (2): DAYTON, VCU, Rhode Island
American (2): SMU, Cincinnati
West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s
Missouri Valley (1): ILLINOIS STATE, Wichita State
Mountain West (1): NEVADA
ONE BID LEAGUES: Monmouth (MAAC), Middle Tennessee State (C-USA), UT-Arlington (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), North Dakota (BSKY), Valparaiso (HORIZON), New Orleans (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Akron (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), UNC-Wilmington (CAA), Winthrop (BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), North Dakota State (SUM), CSU-Bakersfield (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Mount St. Mary’s (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)