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Providence close to landing transfer guard Junior Lomomba

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On Saturday, Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars missed out on landing 2014 guard Jared Terrell, as well as his friend Abdul-Malik Abu, but according to report on Sunday, Cooley is close to adding a new member to the Friars’ backcourt.

Junior Lomomba, who left Cleveland State, has been on campus in Rhode Island, and could be in the school as early as this week, according to a report from Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal.

The 6-foot-5 Canadian native averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game as a freshman at Cleveland State, missing seven games, dealing with a foot injury during the 2012-2013 campaign.

Cooley has not only been a great recruiter, landing some of the nation’s top talent in his short-time as the head coach in his hometown, but he’s also been able to get key transfers from players like Wake Forest center Carson Desrosiers and North Carolina State forward Tyler Harris — both who are eligible this season.

If everything goes according to plan, and Lomomba does enroll at PC soon, he would have to miss the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules. He would have three years remaining, and would become part of a Friars incoming class that includes Huntington Prep (W.Va.) wing Jalen Lindsey and Fairfield Prep (Conn.) 7-foot-2 center Paschal Chukwu.

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas